Anchor Watch April 7th, 2016

ANCHOR WATCH

THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEWPORT-BALBOA

April 7, 2016

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And so, as a drizzly, gray day turned into evening, it was Newport-Balboa Rotary Time, with Pat on the keyboard to lighten the mood!

Andrew B provided our Invocation, Dan Hoffmann led us in the Pledge, and Richard O led The Four Way Test, but the Prez declared “no song” and so it was.

We had quite a bunch of visiting Rotarians including PDG Charlie Barr (D 5300, 2007-08) and his buddy PDG Gene Hernandez (D 5300, 2008-09, yes, Gene is Roger’s classmateJ), James Morgan (RC Pomona), Cora Jackson (RC Santa Cruz, Bolivia), and Tony Sayegh (RC Glendora). Eve Holmgren and Kay Jaitly classed up the room, as they always do, and it’s always great to have our traveler, Wendell Sawyer, join us!

Jerry Morris invited all Red Badgers to stick around after the meeting to accelerate their Blue Badges, and will do so again next week. Dan Hoffmann reminded all that the Coin Banks fund many of our local programs, and thanked those who have continued with them, asking all to do so.

A new addition to the Calendar will be the return of the LA Harbor Cruise and Dinner on Thursday May 26 – and we will be DARK at BCYC that evening. Ron Gill will be working the details with the Prez, so watch this space for further details, but plan on a 1pm departure from OASIS.

President Steve shared a couple of pretty good jokes and then it was time for Finemaster(PE) Mike to start the collection! Andy C paid to pitched “Rotary Direct”: (we need five more sign-ups this month), Roger thanked Lauren and Mark for expanding the Vintage 5320 Wine Tasting to our Club Members ( a lovely evening at Chez Pittman) and Wendell and Jerry also pitched in.

So what does the Calendar look like?

The Frank Anderson Youth Track Meet of Champions, in conjunction with Newport Beach Recreation Department, will be at CdM High School Track, next  Friday  April 15  starting at 4pm .

RYLA is the following weekend, April 22-24, and our returned campers will be our guests on April 28!

Online Registration is open (DaCdb) for Joint District Conference, May 13-15 at Fairmont on MacArthur, we’ve reserved our location for Friday Hospitality Night, BUT WE NEED WORKERS so register now to cook pasta, pour wine, learn  a bit, and spend time with great Rotarians!.

As noted above, the LA Harbor Cruise will be May 26  and then the Daily Pilot Community Service Award Luncheon will be held on Friday, June 10 at the American Legion Post and it will be dedicated to Jim deBoom, and we will have a table (or two). And finally, on Thursday, June 30 we bid farewell to Prez Steve and welcome Prez Mike at our Demotion DinnerJ. And the Angels Game will be August 22.

It’s been said before, but Craft Talks by our new members are some of the most enjoyable programs of our Club. Suneel did a masterful job in telling the story of his family, his life, his career, and what brought him to Rotary against a backdrop of pictures ranging from his family in India, his years in England and in New York,  through the lucky day he was seated next to Kay on a delayed flight! Thank you, Suneel, it is our privilege to count you among us!

Remember that DUES are Due!

Next week two Elementary School  teachers who received Grants from us (through Newport Mesa Schools Foundation) will be our guest speakers!

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