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Capitola/Aptos

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Seascape Golf and Country Club
610 Club House Drive
Aptos, CA  95003-4868
United States
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Announcements and Reminders
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
 
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
 
John Fisher announced that the Rotary Foundation is 100 yrs old this year. Every Rotarian should make a contribution this year small or large to support our Annual World Polio Plus day.
 
Pam Goodman awarded a basket from the Alzheimer’s Fundraiser to Lynette Cleland.
Eric announced a fundraiser for kids who don’t have shoes from Catalina Island Rotary. The shoes which grow with the child will be delivered to Ensenada in January. If you would like to contribute see Eric. The cost of the shoes is around $13.
 
Win announced a New Zealand tour. See him and he’ll get you the info.
 
Win announced a program called “Not in our Town” at Semper Recital Theater at Cabrillo College Oct 26th at 7:00 to discuss resolving anti-immigration differences in our community.
 
Rob introduced Jessica Ridgeway. In 2007 she received an MS in Environmental and Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. She helped to found Farm Discovery at Live Earth in 2008. They run nine different programs for students throughout the year about growing food, including a summer camp, an immersion program that includes a sleepover and an art camp. The goal is to improve consumption habits.
       
 
Announcements and Reminders
Becky Peters reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.  
October 7th at 7:30 am will be the annual second harvest barrel wrap.  Contact Doug Deaver for more information.
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
Club congratulations to Dr. Art Dover (see above) on receiving the major donor level 3 award, the first one in our club from the major gift officer for Zone 26. We also found that our club has contributed over $500,000 to polio plus!
 
Today Amy East, Ph.D. (pictured above) spoke to us talk dam removal. She is with USGS, providing earth science information to the public. Her specialty is in rivers. Entitled Dam and Blast, she spoke about watersheds and restoring rivers by removing dams.  
 
Announcements and Reminders
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
The UCSC founder dinner will be this month with J Herman Blake as the honored guest. See Michelle for more info.  
October 7th at 7:30 am will be the annual second harvest barrel wrap. Sign up with Doug.
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
 
Pam Goodman introduced our speaker today. His name is Dan White and he is the author of a book entitled Under the Stars on America’s love affair with camping. Reviewed as the definitive book on camping in America, he also wrote The Cactus Eaters.
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
Rich announced that the beach clean-up went well. Ten people participated and picked up many bags of trash!
Eric is organizing a series of Rotary fund-raising dinners focusing on wild game and needs to have a count by this Friday. Sign up now if you wish to be on the invitation list.
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
Pam Arnsberger announced that Oct 18th  is the Senior Solution Summit. See her if you are interested in addressing senior issues and she will provide you with the registration information. Cost is $20 to cover the cost of lunch.
Our speaker today was Dr. Bruce Jaffe from UCSC. He spoke about near shore hydrodynamics with an emphasis on catastrophic events.  He began by asking us about the highest Tsunami event which was in Alaska in 1958. The most deadly tsunami was in Indonesia where over 220,000 people were killed.  The oldest tsunami that we know of happened 60 million years ago and helped to wipe out the dinosaurs.
 
Announcements and Reminders
The beach clean-up is on this Saturday Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach. Rich will be there is his red Prius to meet you.
Doug Deaver announced that this Friday Sept 15th there will be a flash mob at Rancho del Mar food mall. Go there to support our local businesses! There will be other events around this issue so stay tuned!
There will be a dinner at Aptos Chamber of Commerce honoring Doug Deaver’s election as Man of the Year. The dinner will be Oct 27th and tickets are $85. The event will be at Aptos Seascape. See Pam Goodman to get a ticket.
Our speaker today was Holly Blue Hawkins. She is from the Integral Thanatology Institute and is a counselor who does needs assessments and referrals and focuses on end of life issues. Today she spoke to us about Natural Deathcare Advocacy and ‘green’ burials.
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
 
Keith announced there will be cocktails Sept 8th at his house at 4:00.
 
Pam announced there is a lifespan open house at 600 Frederick St. from 11:00 -3:00 also today Friday Sept 8th.
 
Bee announced that she represented our club at the Abbott square opening and met people from different clubs. She said it is a fun place to go!
 
Our speaker today was Gabby Johnson who spoke about the Autism Family Network.  She is the assistant director, but also a teacher and has been a teacher for many years. The AFN began 5 years ago and they offer programs from pre-school to middle school level.
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
August 31st
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
Doug announced that Rancho del Mar shop owners have been given 30 days notice to vacate their premises during the new owners planned redecorating phase. This seems to make it unlikely that many of the smaller businesses can liquidate during that period of time and survive the period of redecoration.
We welcomed Thomasjohn Wellsmiller as a new member to our club today. He is an entrepreneur and musician.
 
Our speaker today was Rebecca Hurdis from Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County, one of the community agencies that our club supports. She has been the executive director  of Siena House for the past three years and before that taught at colleges in the area.Siena House is a residential program supporting and empowering pregnant women. It was founded in 2000 by local caring individuals who in the spirit of God’s love envisioned a safe residential environment for pregnant women in need. 
 
        
        
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
August 24th
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
CASA’s Imagine Event will be Sunday September 10th. We have two $150 tickets available to our members for free! If you wish to go, speak to Michelle.
September 2nd is the Rotary Abbott Square event. It is at 5:30. If you can help set up or take down, please sign up on the sheet.
RotaCare thanked the club for a $3802 donation for last year. Remember those RotaCare buckets!
The Diversity Center fundraiser will be on Oct 21st. If interested see Michelle.
Dr. Art said he will be offering flu vaccines in October.

           Bee introduced our speaker, Gisela Zebroski, an author who survived the Soviet Union invasion into Latvia. Her family fled west to Germany in 1945 where her father was killed in battle and the family fled to Austria.  She emigrated to California with her husband where she graduated from college.  She is the author ofThe Baroness and Mephisto Waltz.
Announcements and Reminders
August 31st
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
 
Doug announced that Rancho del Mar shop owners have been given 30 days notice to vacate their premises during the new owners planned redecorating phase. This seems to make it unlikely that many of the smaller businesses can liquidate during that period of time and survive the period of redecoration.
 
We welcomed Thomasjohn Wellsmiller as a new member to our club today. He is an entrepreneur and musician.
 
Our speaker today was Rebecca Hurdis from Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County, one of the community agencies that our club supports. She has been the executive director  of Siena House for the past three years and before that taught at colleges in the area.
 
 
        
        
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Sign up for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 at Beer Can Beach.
Doug announced the Cabrillo Women’s Foundation luncheon will be Friday September 15th.  Tickets are $100 and funds go to an emergency fund to help women students who might otherwise drop out of school.
CASA’s Imagine Event will be Sunday September 10th. We have two $150 tickets available to our members for free! If you wish to go, speak to Michelle.
This Saturday is the Membership event for Rotary in Pleasanton. See Win if you wish to go.
Cindy Balthaser was our speaker today. She has been a teacher for over 40 years. She is the former director of the SC/SVNTP (Santa Cruz/ Silicon Valley New Teacher Project).
   
     
 
        
        
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
A special welcome to Bill Witmer who is joining our club!
Come on Saturday, September 16th to the Beer Can Beach Clean-up at 9:00.
 
A Rotary membership program will be offered a week from Saturday in Pleasanton. Let Win know if you would like to go.
 
Rotary Avenues of Service is coming up October 5th at the Santa Clara Biltmore at 5:00.
 
Kate reported back from the library meeting. There will be an event where the friends of the library will encourage people to read a selected book and share it with children. She will keep us informed of future events.
Today was our meeting with the district governor, Orrin Mahoney. The area governor, Donna Maurello, also accompanied him. He worked for many years at Hewlett Packard as a mechanical engineer and served on the city council and finally as Mayor of Cupertino. He has a real commitment to international service and has been on many Rotary Service trips.
He spoke about a number of Rotary District 5170 issues and opportunities including international service, membership and fundraising.
Announcements and Reminders
August 3rd
 
Next week August 10th is our meeting with the district governor. Board members please come at 10:30. (note: we will be in our regular room)
 
September 16th will be the Beer Can beach clean-up  at 9:00.
 
The Aptos Library asked us about participation  in a program where people to read books and discuss them with kids. To find out more or if you want to participate, you should attend the food and wine reception on Aug 9th  5-7 at the library on Soquel Drive.
 
Two of our RYLA participants, Matt DeCamera and Izzi Pryce, shared with us their RYLA experience (see photo above). They were divided into 6 families with about 30 people to a family.  They participated in workshops including service, band and choir, speech and debate entertainment health and wellness and sports and fitness. Their families put on a performance and planted succulents around the campus. They also worked on a project to help underprivileged women, one about mental health and appreciating themselves. The both stressed that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
 
          Two red badge members, Kyle Sharp and Craig Matthews, also shared their stories with us today.
 
Announcements and Reminders
Our district governor will be here August 10th. There will be an early board meeting that same day at 10:30.
Keith’s house tomorrow (July 21) will be the setting for a cocktail party at 4:00. All are invited! Bring munchies if you wish!
Win announced that there will be a club assembly on the 27th and a possible Facebook training.
Pam Goodman reminded us that the Walk for Alzheimer’s is September 23rd. You can donate here at our club.
Bee introduced our speakers today. They were Rob Darrow, Director of Research and Ron Indra, Executive Director from the Safe Schools Project. Established in 2004, it now reaches out to the 40,000 k-12 students in our local school districts.
 
                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our district governor will be here August 10th. There will be an early board meeting that same day at 10:30.
 
The 4th of July World’s Shortest Parade Capitola Aptos Rotary Beer Booth was very busy. Tim says we netted $4552 (including tips)!
 
Keith announced that a week from tomorrow (July 21st)  at 4:00  PM there will be a happy hour at his house.
 
Pam announced that the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be the third weekend in September. She sent around the sign-up to walk and/or make donations to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 
  
Win announced that there will be a club assembly on the 27th and a possible Facebook training.
 
Karen  Haralsan  from Nourishing Generations spoke to use today about Linking Communities to Reverse the Rising Trend of Childhood Obesity and Diabetes.  She is a certified diabetes educator and  holistic  nutritionist.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
Our district governor will be here August 10th. Save the date!
Two of our rotary scholarship winners visited us today! One is going to the University of Santa Clara and one is going to UC Berkeley.  Congratulations and best wishes to both of these young women as they move towards the future!
John Fisher reminded us to give checks to him for polio plus in order for them to be matched.
The club awarded a check for $70,000 to Leo's Haven, an accessible park, today. Oliver (center below) said it will help him because his wheelchair won't get stuck on the curb anymore!
 
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Sharon Pappo from the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County was our speaker today. She is a graduate of UCSC and Berkeley. Founded in 1989,the Diversity Center is the hub of the LGBT community here.
 

Announcements and Reminders

Our district governor will be here August 10th. Save the date!

Al’s debunking will be June 22nd at Santa Cruz Yacht Club. (Remember we will be dark next week for the regular meeting!). People should park below the club and walk thru the dry boat storage and take the tram or walk up the stairs. $35 per person and remember to tip the bartender!

John Fisher reminded us to contribute $27.50 per person to the final effort to eradicate polio (Polio Plus).

Rotarian of the week is Art Dover who went to the Atlanta convention. He gave us an update. Rotary is giving 50 million a year for 3 years (and there will be a $300 million donation match from the Gates Foundation) to eradicate polio forever. Another topic was the campaign to end human trafficking. He said it was an amazing experience!

Today our speaker was Howard Heevner Asst Vice Chancellor of Alumni Engagement and Advancement Services from UCSC. He spoke about the work of UCSC in the community including efforts such as Partners in Arts and Culture with over 100 public events including the acclaimed Dickens Project. Another popular item is the Grateful Dead Archive at the UCSC library.

 

 

Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarians of the week were all those who helped out with the music festival. We collected $1273 and $887 in tips (plus $5000) for a total net profit of $6,800.
John Fisher mentioned the district wants each member to donate $30 to Polio Plus again in June and it will be matched as before.
Al’s debunking will be June 22nd. Send Kelly an email if you plan to go.  It is at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
We received some lovely thank you notes from the recipients of our community awards.
Art said available international projects for Rotary members include two water projects (in Guatemala and Uganda) and also one in Brazil (connecting high school students with local rivers) . Let him know if you are interested in any of these!
Sign up for the Fourth of July celebration to help out at the Rotary beer and wine booth at Aptos Park.  Tim and Kyle will be assigning time slots. The event goes from 10-5 so your participation would be during that time period.
 
Melissa Rempfer was our speaker today. She spoke on the topic.  “Lead with the vision and the money will follow”. She has created two very successful businesses helping non-profits and others raise money for their work.
 
Announcements and Reminders
The honorary Rotarian of the week is Kathy our much put upon waitress! Thanks Kathy for all your service to the club!
A special guest today was our scholarship recipient from Soquel High Ellie Gressley. She is going to study life sciences at UCLA.
Al reported made about $2000 in tips at the music festival and around $7000 total. We will have a fuller report next week.
Al’s second debunking is June 22nd.
Sunrise Rotary has a run on July 4th at Harvey west park.  For more information see www.firecracker10k.org. 100% of the race proceeds will go to Teen Kitchen Project and American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross will also have a “Celebrate our Community Heroes” event on Friday June 16th at 8:30 AM at Twin Lakes Church.
 
 
Mike Ahern, our featured speaker, was here today to talk about electric bicycles (E bikes). He owns Current E bikes which is a local source for quality electric bicycles and Brompton folding bikes. It is located right by Kaiser arena on Front Street.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
Bee Peters received her blue badge today after being the longest red badge member in the history of the club.
Dr. Art said the Rise Against Hunger event last Sunday went well.  180 people participated and the food will go to Cambodia. 30,024 bags were filled.
Doug has the sign-up sheet for the American Music Festival. We still can use volunteers for May 27th and May 28th.
Michelle announced that net proceeds from our fundraiser last week, including the county match, should exceed $100,000.
Sunrise Rotary has a run on July 4th at Harvey west park.  For more information see www.firecracker10k.org. 100% of the race proceeds will go to Teen Kitchen Project and American Red Cross.
 
Today community agencies received grants from Capitola Aptos Rotary.  Claire and Sue made the presentations. These included  Cabrillo Engineering Abroad ($500), CASA ($2000), Digital Nest ($2000), For Kids Foundation ($1000),  Helping Hands ($500),  Homeless Services Center ($1500), Kid Power, ($500), Learn to Discover ($1000), Literacy Program( $500), Music in May ($500), Meals on Wheels ($500), O’Neill sea Odyssey ($500), Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes ($1000), St Francis/JMJ home ($500), Safe School Project ($1000), Second Saturday Network ($500), Seymour Marine Center ($1000), Sienna House Maternity Home ($1000), Symphony League of SC ($1000).
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Tomorrow, May 5th, is our annual fundraiser. Tickets are still available at $150. County Parks and Recreation will match the amount we raise, including donations at the silent auction, so come and bid! Dinner will be served at 6:45.
 
The postponed Stop Hunger Now barrel wrapping event will be this Sunday morning May 7th at the Boardwalk. Check with Doug Deaver for time and exact location.
 
We still need volunteers for the American Music Festival on May 27th and May 28th. You must be prepared to stay all day. Talk with Doug Deaver or Sandra to let them know if you are available.
 
Claire announced our community service award grantees. Among them were Cabrillo Engineering Abroad, CASA, Digital Nest, Helping Hands, Kid Power, Learn to Discover, Meals on Wheels, Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes, The Symphony League of Santa Cruz and many more. Next week will be the awards luncheon. Come and meet the recipients!
 
 
 
Darryl Perkins (pictured below) spoke to us today about the move of Kaiser Permanente into Santa Cruz County. There are three new locations: Scotts Valley, downtown Santa Cruz, and Main Street in Watsonville
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarian of the week was Al because it is his birthday!
Michelle reminded us of our major fundraiser on Friday May 5th to benefit Leo’s Haven. We have 78 people signed up to attend. We have 7 live auctions items but could use one more. We have between 15 and 20 silent auction items but keep those coming in. Major donors can still be welcomed for one more week.
District conference annual meeting is May 6th. Saturday night is a dinner at $50 per person. See Doug Deaver to sign up.
May 7th is Stop Hunger Now at the Boardwalk. Volunteer with Doug from 10:00 am to noon.
The Music Festival will be Saturday May 27th  and Sunday May 28th . We need volunteers for the 28th especially. You must be there from 9:00 to 5:00.
Saturday April 29th at Harbor High will be a presentation of the inventions that  the students created. Our club donated $158 to this effort so it might be nice to see what our students accomplished.
Their first silent auction and dinner will be held by Rotaract  on April 29th at 5:00 at Peace United Church on High Street. It will benefit Jacob’s Heart and Feed the Children.
 
Representatives of the Soquel Creek Water District spoke to us today. They spoke about replenishing mid county groundwater and the community water plan.
 
Announcements and reminders
 
We were reminded that the beach clean-up is this Saturday April 8th at 9:00 AM at beer can beach.
Sandra reminded us of the music festival on memorial day weekend. We need volunteers on Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th. You must work all day.
Kendra announced that there is a signup sheet for the major fundraiser on May 5th. We are in desperate need of silent auction items.  They  should be worth at least $30 - $50  in value.
Doug announced that they are looking for a fourth on for the Dominican  benefit golf game on Friday June 16th.  He also reminded us that the District conference is Saturday May 6th. If you would like to go or be part of a table just for the dinner portion see Doug for details.
Pam Goodman reminded us to bring 2 bottles of wine for the auction on May 5th.  Pam also reminded us that we will not meet here on April 27th, but will be going to Aptos High. Bee will take sign-ups for a sandwich lunch. They will plan some events and we will take a tour.
 
 
   
 
 
 
Announcements and reminders
 
Doug announced that the Stop Hunger Now event is changed to Sunday May 7thth (during the district conference) at New Brighton Middle School
We need volunteers for the American Music Festival May 27th and 28th. If you wish to volunteer see Sandra.
There is a town hall meeting Saturday at New Brighton Middle School. More than 1200 people are expected. Both our representatives will be there along with John Laird and Zach Friend.
May 5th is our major fundraiser. Sign up to go at a meeting. Tickets are $150 ($100 per ticket is tax deductible). Check should be payable to the Foundation. Michelle is still looking for major sponsors, silent auction items  and wine for the wine wagon/wheelbarrow.
District assembly is on April 13th at 5:00 (but we leave at 3:30). We have room for two more people in the limo. See Win if you wish to go.
Today our speaker was Mark Trabing from Habitat for Humanity. He is a local person who has a Masters Degree in community development from UC Davis and served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica.
Habitat is active in 70 countries. Locally Santa Cruz and Monterey Habitat have recently merged. They build two houses a year on average.  They have two stores in Seaside and Santa Cruz where they sell lightly used items. We are the first Habitat to build affordable accessory dwelling units (ADUS).
 
Announcements and reminders
Our annual fundraiser dinner will be May 5th from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. We will be roasting Zach Friend. Tickets are $150. We need silent auction items.
 
A new member was inducted today. Constantin Gehriger received a blue badge as a ‘permanent guest’ of the club.
Rotarian of the week was Tim Powell for his distribution of our elementary school books.
 
Win reinstated the past presidents meeting. It will meet next Thursday at 1:30 after the meeting. Foundation meeting is before next week’s meeting at 11:00.
 
Please sign up to volunteer for the music festival on May 27th and May 28th. You must work all day from 9:00 AM until closing. It is also possible to help with set-up on Friday. See Sandra for more information.
 
Pam Goodman announced that on April 27th we will not meet here but will have a tour at Aptos High School.
 
Sign up for beach cleanup at Beer Can beach at 9:00 AM on April 8th (a Saturday morning).
 
John Fisher reminded us to make our $30 donation for Polio Plus.
 
Sloane introduced Dr. Merrianne Burtch from Birchbark Foundation. She has practiced veterinary medicine in this area for more than 20 years. She spoke about the need for comprehensive affordable pet care and the importance of animals in research.
 
  
 
 
 
Speakers
Julie James
Oct 26, 2017
Jewel Theatre Performance--Patsy Cline!
Peggy Flynn
Nov 02, 2017
MAH
Foster Anderson, ED
Nov 09, 2017
Shared Adventure
Pat Brady
Nov 16, 2017
Providing Clean Water for Villages and Prisons in Malawi
Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2017
We are dark!
Dorris Welch, Marine Biologist
Nov 30, 2017
Marine Whale Santuary
Carmel Jud: Founder,Executive Director
Dec 07, 2017
Rising International
Sam Nigh and his quartet....
Dec 14, 2017
Sing Christmas
Thomas Lucking PhD.
Dec 21, 2017
Successful Relationships with Asperger's and the Neurodiverse Couple
Christmas Week
Dec 28, 2017
We are dark!
Gail Pellerin: Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections
Jan 11, 2018
Santa Cruz County Elections: Past, Present and Future
John Fry
Jan 18, 2018
The Santa Cruz Grand Jury Process
Alex Rinkert
Jan 25, 2018
Breeding Bird Atlas Project
 
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