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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
Scott Turnbull spoke to us about the being the new Superintendent of Schools at the Soquel school district.  He has been in education for 27 years. He comes to us from the Santa Barbara area. He spoke about the passing of Measure C and how they will now be able to replace the portable classrooms. They are actively recruiting for the citizen’s oversight committee. Sandra will have the paperwork for anyone interested.
Michelle announced Feb 3rd is a luncheon for Meals on Wheels at 11:30 at Chaminade. Called Food From the Heart, Mark Stone will be the speaker. Tickets are $60. She also announced that Sat March 4th is the crab feed fundraiser for the fair grounds. Tickets for this are also $60.
Friday May 5th is our fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. It is a roast of Zach Friend. The committee meets the first and third Thursdays before our regular meeting. Silent and live auction items needed as well as bottles of wine.
Rotary night at the warriors is $25. Al has tickets. Deadline is next Thursday.
Sandra will be putting out application soon for RYLA. Sophomore and juniors are welcome to apply. Sandra will have the applications.
Doug Deaver reminded us of the speech contest. He also announced the Stop Hunger Now package wrapping will be on Sat Feb 25th 8:00 to 11:30.
Dr. Art introduced our speaker, Robert Strayer, who is a professor of world history. He has written a number of textbooks and is teaching at local colleges and writing another textbook. He spoke to us today about Islamic fundamentalism.
Announcements and Reminders
Rotary Night at the Warriors will be February 3rd at 7:00. They are playing the Iowa Energy. Al has twenty tickets at $25 each if you wish to go. You’ll get a tee shirt with your ticket!
Michelle has Rotary shirts for us women! Give her your size or she will assign one. Also fundraiser meetings will be held 1st and 3rd Thursday right before the regular meeting. Start looking for silent and live auction items!
Doug said the club speech contest will be February 23rd and March 16th will be the areawide competition. We will be hosting both of them here.
We will be putting together a Stop Hunger Now event at New Brighton middle school on Saturday February 25th . It will be similar to the barrel wrap that we do. Sign up with Doug Deaver.
Al announced that the Rotary Foundation International has given away $3 billion since its inception!!
May 7th will be our area meeting at the Boardwalk.
After several serious meetings today was all about fun. Jaqueline Kabat (pictured above with Bee Peters) was with us today. She is a comedian who teaches improvisation, works with corporations to do team building and also taught at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
Announcements and reminders
A visiting Rotarian from the Santa Cruz  Sunrise  club announced that they now meet at the Back Nine on Tuesday at
May 26th is our major fundraiser. The planning committee will meet on the first and third Thursdays before the regular meeting. Come and join in!
Keith reported back on the International Rotary dinner where they spoke about the foundation and the convention in Atlanta.
Doug announced that we ran an ad in the Aptos Times congratulating them on their 25th anniversary.
Doug also announced The speech contest  will be Feb 23rd and the area contest will follow. Sign-ups next week.
We received a nice Christmas card from a student we support at the school of St. Jude.
Dr. Art says flu vaccine is ‘right on target’  this year and you can receive shots from him.
Dr Laina Fambrat Holtzman was our speaker today. She spoke on  the topic ‘Is there a global rule of law? And who is enforcing it?’
Today we enjoyed Christmas music from the Higher Ground...
and said good by to one of our oldest and best loved  members, Chuck Witt as he moves to Southern California to be with family.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Capitola Aptos Rotary!
Announcements and reminders
Rotarian of the week is Al for not being at this meeting
February 3RD is Rotary Night at the Warriors. See Al for tickets.
Speech contest is February 23rdiI
On Jan 3rd the International Rotary president will speak at the Doubletree Inn. We plan to get a limo to go over.  It will leave at 5:00 or so.
Tim said the check has been delivered for the stop signs we donated to the Rio del Mar Parents Alliance.
Red badge requirement been reviewed (going from red to blue). New requirments are available from Al.
Keith announced that his Christmas party was a great success. He thanked Sheri de Cameron and Michelle Bagley and Art Dover for their help.
Brenda said we are going to have an ad in the Aptos Times with congratulations to them for 25 years.
Primary care provider Dr. Motyka spoke to us about the future of primary care. She is a family practice physician and a licensed acupuncturist.  She has staff privileges at Dominican
She spoke about the bewildering array of challenges right now in primary care.  
Rotary meeting
Announcements and Reminders
Al announced Rotarian of the week is Michelle Bassey for her service to the community.
International Rotary President John Germ will be at Double Tree Inn Feb 3rd
Club speech contest will be here the 23rd of February. The date for the area contest will be announced later.
December 15th will be carol singing with Sam and his band.   
Tim was awarded the Paul Harris fellow 2nd level pin for his contributions to the foundation.
John announced that the club donated over $7000 this year to the Rotary Foundation and an additional amount to Polio Plus.
Keith’s Christmas party is this Sunday December 4th at 4:00. Come all and wish each other a Merry Christmas!
There is a Watsonville Band concert on Dec 11th at the Mello center at 2:00 PM free!
Today our speakers were from the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office Consumer Fraud Division. They spoke to us about current scams in our area and how to protect ourselves.
Announcements and Reminders
Feb 3rd is Rotary night at the Warriors. More information later.
RYLA will be June 24th thru the 30th;
We are dark next week (Nov 24th) as well as December 22nd and 29th.
Stan’s memorial service is Dec 2nd 1:00 PM at Watsonville Buddhist Temple.
John Fisher reminded us of our Foundation giving, due by the end of this November.
In memory of Veterans Day our many Veteran’s (12 in total) shared their experiences in the service, including which war they served in and where they served.
Today our own Claire McAdams and her husband, Rich, shared the story of their trip to Cuba.  It was part of an exciting tour they took last spring. It was a face to face program where you really get to meet some of the people. They went to schools and senior homes, cathedrals, community centers and art studios. Claire said it was difficult to get in, but there was already a contract with Alabama rice farmers, so things will be changing.
Announcements and Reminders
Several Rotaract members from Santa Cruz County attended today’s meeting including their president, secretary and committee chairs. They spoke to us the Big West conference that our club helped to fund.
A roast for Zach Friend will be the major fund raiser for this year. The beneficiary will be the Chanticleer St. accessible county park for children and others with disabilities (Leo’s Haven)
Doug Deaver is the organizer for the speech contest which will be held on Feb 23rd.
We will be dark on the 22nd and the 29th of December.
Tim gave a ‘thank you’ to all of our veterans. Veteran’s Day is tomorrow!
Happy Birthday to John Fisher who will be 94 on Saturday!
Our speaker today was Bonnie Hawly who spoke about the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. It is the 40th anniversary of the state park system. In our area in Aptos we have Nisene Marks, New Brighton and Sea Cliff State Parks. In addition The Santa Cruz Mission (Holy Cross) is a State Historic Park as well as the Castro Adobe.
Over 30 Interact students joined advisor Mr. Whitwam and Rotarians Al DeCamara, Richard Watson-Riley for a beach cleanup last Saturday.  The crew did a great time, had a lot of fun, and enjoyed a great BBQ.   Fantastic job!
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week is Keith.
Kate announced it’s time for the home tour for the symphony . She has tickets for $40 each.
John Fisher announced that Foundation month is here! Make donations to him. Prizes will be available!
There is an InterAct beach cleanup is this Saturday November 5th at Trestle Beach. InterAct will be doing a barbecue afterwards.
Doug announced that if you know a junior in high school that might be interested in being a an entrepreneur  let him  know and he’ll give you an application for the Roatary sponsored competition.
Tricia Potts was our speaker today. She founded the Santa Cruz Playground project.  It is  a volunteer organization working in a public private partnership with the county. It will be at Chanticleer Park and will be our county’s first inclusive playground.
Announcements and Reminders
Al was the Rotarian of the week for organizing a very successful Avenue of Service trip on Oct 22nd.
Michelle announced that Digital Nest is having its 2nd birthday on Sunday, November 13th.
John Fisher announced that 19 of our members contributed $ 4,100 for annual giving to the Rotary Foundation  and $15,000 for Polio Plus. November is the month to contribute!
Aptos Interact club is doing a beach clean-up at Trestle beach at 9:00 AM this Saturday.
Keith said pick up your invitation to the Christmas party. It is on December 4th at Keith’s house at 4:00. Everything is provided! Please come and bring your singing voice!
Jan Hadjuk led us in an informal memorial to Stan, her husband, who passed away two weeks ago. He was a faithful Rotary member, serving in many capacities throughout his adult life. She thanked specifically Dennis, his true blue friend, as well as Sandy, Pam Goodman, Bee, Doug and especially Al.
Today the club heard from the Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raisers (see photo). Guide Dogs was set up after WWII for veterans. Today they serve anyone with a visual impairment. Services are provided free of charge and owners are given support the whole time they are teamed with the dog. 
The dogs are born in San Rafael .They are purposely bred there; Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and mixes of these two breeds. They then go into the home of a volunteer puppy raiser to develop socialization skills, learn to focus and work on self-control. They begin to serve at 15 to 20 months of age. They should by then be able to follow instructions and be mature.
Announcements and Reminders
John Fisher reminded us of Foundation giving next month.
Sandra read us a thank you note from our Soquel High Interact club for our support for the RYLA  fall leadership conference.
Dr. Art will have senior flu vaccines next week.
Keith announced our Christmas party will be December 4th at 4:00. Let him know if you are coming!
Our scholarship recipient from UCSC thanked us for our support. He is a cancer researcher at the molecular level. Later in the year he will make a presentation to the club on his research.
Jim Zenner and Jim Weisenstein, both past presidents from Santa Cruz Rotary, spoke to us today about the Water Warriors project whose motto is Service Explore Connect. It is a program to promote water, education and peace. Jim Zenner said his niece introduced him to John Kaufman who runs H2Open doors within Rotary International.   This is a service and cultural exchange program that offers  ‘volontourism’ trips especially created by Helping Hands USA for H2Open Doors, for members of Rotary and friends and family.
The club was dark today as we went off an a planned field trip to Digital Nest at 318B Union Street in Watsonville (on the south county Cabrillo College campus).  
The Nest is only a few years old and moved to its new setting less than a year ago, tripling the size of its facility (which is the old post office in Watsonville complete with preserved customer service windows!). Their focus is work force development and already six of their members have gone on to jobs in the tech field. Others have gone on to college.
Members aged from 12 to 24 can focus on web site development, graphics, digital music and video production.Instructors come from all over, some paid staff, others offering their volunteer time.  Local businesses are beginning to look to them for skilled labor and they are also beginning to establish a price structure for future contracts.
Members attend for free and can use (and even check out) the laptops to work on their projects. Through relationships with Second Harvest and local chefs, they even offer their members free food. They are open nearly every day of the year.
As we were finishing the tour, one of the students offered his opinion that Digital Nest was the ‘coolest place’ to hang out and learn.  
Announcements and Reminders
Today’s Rotarian of the Week was Laura  who got a $5000 grant for RotaCare from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Congratulations to her and the rest of the RotaCare team!
Saturday Oct 1st between 8 and 8:30 is the annual holiday barrel wrap at the food bank benefitting Second Harvest.
Avenue of Service is Oct 22nd. Board members are encouraged to attend.
Oct 13th we are meeting at Digital Nest on Union Street in Watsonville. Sign up for your lunch choice if you are planning to come.
Dr. Susan Hughmanick and her team spoke today about Karimu (meaning generous or willing in Swahili) established in 2008 to renovate the Ufani Primary School in a subsistence farming village in Tanzania There is now not only a a new toilet with sinks but a new school with 350 students. They became a nonprofit in 2008. Since then Karimu has grown to offer many other services to meet local needs.
Sept 22nd
Announcements and Reminders
The Second Harvest Barrel wrap is on Sat Oct 1st 7:30 at the Food Bank.
Sandra announced that Soquel Interact has 35 kids in the club.  She may come back to the club and ask for some financial help to get the kids to the Fall Leadership Conference in San Jose.
Santa Cruz Office of Education has the S4C forum here at 5:30 Monday night.  All of the Districts and Cabrillo are working together to improve math /science education.
Al mentioned that an art auction fundraiser needs a contact person. Laura agreed to be that person.
Oct 13th we will be meeting at Digital Nest in Watsonville on Main St.
Bee announced that Bob Curtis donated his lottery winnings to the Elkhorn Slough and that they will be used to help low income children be transported to the Slough educational programs.
Pam Goodman introduced Dr. Strayer who is a history professor but spoke to us about climate change with a particular focus on a proposal for addressing this issue.
September 15, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Rachel Ann Goodman spoke to us about a new community radio station to replace KUSP which went bankrupt.  The new station would have public service as its core.  The current effort is to get the license and transmitters for our community before they are bought by an outside company. For more information or to make a financial contribution contact  or 831 call 419-9047.
Doug Deaver was Rotarian of the week.
Win shared info from a membership meeting in Milpedes. We need to reconfigure our club to look like the community it serves (blend of age gender and ethnicity) and consider creating interest groups.
Doug announced Second Harvest Barrel Wrap is Saturday Oct 1st.  It starts at 7:30 AM.
Dr. Art is offering flu shots today and in two weeks.
This Saturday will be Beach Clean-up at Sumner and Dolphin at 9:00. Look for a red Prius with tailgate up. Gloves,bags and tally sheets will be there.
Our speaker today was Virginia Goulin, a coastal and marine scientist. She is a UCSC graduate and then went to San Jose State. She came to speak to us about Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve which is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. They work with two partners: The Elkhorn Slough Foundation, whose mission is to conserve and interpret the national resources at the reserve (they are also a land trust) and  NOAA, which  is the federal partner. Elkhorn is one of their 28 reserves.
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week was Pam Goodman.
Dr. Art will begin to offer flu shots next week.
John Fisher passed out pledge cards for the foundation. They need to be in by November 3rd.
Pam Goodman announced that there are baskets to raffle for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk which will be on September 24th.
Rich announced beach clean-up will be September 17th at Beer Can Beach. Meet there at 9:00.
      Dr. Aaron Morse, Medical Director of Sleep Health MD, was our speaker today. He spoke on Sleep and Wellness. He has been in Santa Cruz since 1981, practicing pulmonary and critical care medicine. He began by stressing that sleep is a detoxifying process that purges us of neurochemicals that build up during  the day.
Sleep duration recommendations  go down over time. Adults need 7-9 hrs and the elderly may need a bit less. The risks of insufficient sleep are major. It doubles the risk for breast cancer and heart disease. In addition, weight gain and obesity are both correlated with less sleep. It is also a mortality risk. An increase in one hr of sleep per day is associated with a 14 lb weight loss per year. Sleep deprivation is of concern because we are all getting on average an hour less sleep than we were around 50 yrs ago (in the 70’s).
September 1, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
This week’s Rotarian of the Week is Michele Bassi nominated for woman of the year by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.
We are looking for a 2019-2020 District Governor.
A fund development training will be held in Los Gatos September 24th 8:30-12:00.
Michelle announced that a luncheon is coming up for the scholarship program for emergency grants to benefit  the Cabrillo College Foundation WES Women Education Success program. It is $100 a ticket for the luncheon which will be held Friday September 30th at the Cabrillo College Horticultural Center.
         Kendra Cleary introduced our speaker Lynne Grossi who spoke about the upcoming attractions at the Santa Cruz County Fair. This year the fair is September 14-18th.
August 25, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Today’s Rotarian of the week was Rich Hamlin for handling the finances as treasurer… truly our unsung hero!
Next Monday Aug 29th there a mixer at Bruno’s in Scotts Valley. You can sign up with Al.
John Fisher announced that the Rotary Foundation will be soliciting the membership for their annual donation next month!
Sept 17th is the Beer Can Beach Clean-up. Meet at 9:00 AM.
Kendra introduced the speaker today, Cathy Conway, the Chief Communication Officer from Hospice.
August  18, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Doug Deaver introduced one of our scholarship recipients from Aptos High, who took a gap year but now is going on to Fordham University. Congratulations Sarah and good luck!
We would like to welcome Scott Gillette who was inducted today as a new member.  He is actually a return member! So welcome back Scott!
Ken Gorman, a local attorney , was also inducted as a new member. Scott is also a gymnast! Welcome Ken!
Richard announced that the sign-up is available for beach cleanup at Beer Can Beach on Saturday Sept 17th  at  9:00 AM. Save Our Shores is the sponsor. If you don’t feel like bending over and picking up trash you can be the person who keeps the tally.
Win mentioned a program on membership a week from Saturday in Milpedes. Let Win know if you wish to go. You will need to sign up by the 20th.
Today Capitola Aptos Rotary joined in a group assembly led to discuss club membership and promotion. It is a follow-up to a meeting we had in March. The assembly was led by our President  Al de Camara and our President elect, Win Fernald ( see photo below).
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week was Doug Deaver for his preparation for the governor’s visit.
President Al welcomed our District Governor with his usual dignity. (See photo below).
Kelly announced that Al’s faux debunking is Thursday August 11th at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. Please sign up if you haven’t yet.
Jeff Orth, District Governor, was here today to speak to us along with Donna Maurello, Assistant District Governor for the Santa Cruz area.
July 21, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Doug  Deaver announced: (1) That we have two articles in this week’s Aptos Times; (2) The  faux debunking for Al is on Aug 11th at the Yacht Club; (3) Next Thursday the district governor will be here with his wife. They will be the program next week.
Keith announced that we received thank you notes from several of our community grant recipients  including the Volunteer Center, Save our Shores, and the Kids Foundation.
Pam Goodman introduced Sam Bishop our speaker for the day, pictured above with his wife, Elena. He is a member of the Santa Cruz Rotary Club, an adventurer, and a world traveler.  He presented a slide show about  Monsters of Guyana or rescuing the world’s largest scaled freshwater fish.
Announcements and Reminders
Michelle Averill was welcomed as a new member.
July 28th the District Governor will be here. Board members should be here at 10:30.
On Aug 11th in the evening at the we’ll non-debunk Al (as he is staying on for another year). Pass on any information on Al to Doug. Pam Goodman announced we will be dark that day.
 Doug shared a photo of the sign thanking the Club for the money we donated for the new mural under the Aptos trestle
The speakers today were Allison Cruz from Estate Planning services, (, Jen Walker, Programs and Development Manager from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCAS) (, and Renee M. Snow, PhD from ASL Financial ( The topic was planning for your beloved pet as part of your estate planning or  what happens to them if something happens to you 
Announcements and Reminders
Tim Powell, Rotarian of the Week, announced that the 4th of July event was a success.
Doug Deaver announced that we are non-debunking Al on Thursday night Aug 11th. It is at the yacht club and is $35 per person. See Doug to sign up.
Richard said our next beach cleanup is on Sept 17th.
        Jerry Pettibone the incoming governor and John Fisher brought RYLA  (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) to our club in 1983-1984. RYLA started in Camp Harmon and now it is in Mission Springs.  Today Sandra introduced our RYLA recipients (pictured above with her) . They are both from Soquel High and involved in Interact.  Alyssa and Hyunkyung will be president and vice president of the club. They did a powerpoint narrated presentation about their time at RYLA camp.
Announcements and Reminders
The District Governor visit is on July 28th.  Board members need to be here at 10:30.
Tim announced that 4th of July will be our day to provide beer at the Aptos Park after the parade. Doug will send around an e-mail reminding volunteers of their time slots.
Doug read thank you notes from two students who have been awarded Rotary scholarships.
Heather Moffat was our speaker today from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History where she has been director since 2015. Her degree is in geology and she has two master’s degrees. She came to us from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
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