THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEWPORT-BALBOA
May 19, 2016
You had to know that it was May, with that May Gray all dayJ But that didn’t dampen the spirits of Rotarians coming together for fellowship and service, Newport-Balboa style.
Steve Williams provided our Invocation, Bob Kelly led us in the Pledge to our Flag, Gary Myers led the Four Way Test, and Jerry Morris led us in “God Bless America”.
Visiting Rotarian Tony Sayegh joined us for dinner, anticipating that his transfer from RC Glendora will be complete soon. Dick Dickson hosted Diane Oaks, Director of Marketing for Irvine Valley College and Mike Saidi brought Marc Bruner, an environmental engineer, as his guest. Thanks for sharing Rotary!
PE Mike got the fine machine rolling with contributions from Steve Williams who is still celebrating the end of tax season, and Miyuki celebrating her completion of five years’ service to our Club as Program Chair. In fact Mike then asked everyone to kick in $5 as an expression of gratitude for all those great programs, and we did!! Roger kicked in, acknowledging the great turnout, and FUN, by all at last week’s Hospitality Night at District Conference. And Bob Kelly reported on a very successful Spring Faire at ENC, of which our Club was a proud supporter, and noted the scheduled appearance of Chris Epting, a favorite speaker of ours, at ENC on June 29, discussing his latest book on Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir’s cooperation in the establishment of Yellowstone National Park.
President Steve reported from the Board Meeting that the Trip to Okazaki, Japan has been cancelled, but that the Taste of Japan is alive and well, scheduled for October 29 at OASIS. Also, with large organizations being placed ahead of our group of Rotary Clubs, we will, most likely, not have our Habitat for Humanity build this Rotary Year (but that’s only 44 days). It was also noted that Wajih will be attending not only the International Convention in Seoul, beginning next weekend, but also will spend a day at the World Water Summit, as our representative. Thanks Wajih!!
President Steve has asked for Nominations for this year’s Daily Pilot Community Service Hall of Fame, which henceforth will be named in honor of its founder, Jim de Boom. Please email to the PREZ by next Thursday, May 26, the name of a RCNB Rotarian that you feel deserves to be recognized for his/her outstanding contributions to our community as well as to our Club. The Award Luncheon will be at The American Legion Post at Noon on June 10.
Other things for your calendar: We will be DARK NEXT WEEK AT BCYC, 5/26 for the Port of LA Tour and Vocational Visit to Container Terminals and Dinner. Space is still available, leave from OASIS at 1pm.
Watch for upcoming “Firesides” to help President Elect Mike and his Board set priorities, budgets, and programs for the coming year.
The second weekend of June is shaping up to be a busy one, with the Daily Pilot Luncheon on Friday 6/10, the ENC Summer Soiree the evening of Saturday, 6/11, Bob and Lynda Wood have invited all to an 88 (Bob’s age) 77 (Lynda’s upcoming Birthday), 11 (their Wedding Anniversary) Party at their home on the afternoons of either 6/11 or 6/12, and there will be a Celebration of Life for PDG Mike Abdalla on Sunday 6/12 (check with Roger for details).
Frank Pine, Executive Editor of Southern California News Group, which recently acquired the OC Register and which operates 10 other daily newspapers, as well as weeklies and websites, was our Speaker. He provided a very interesting picture of how the information business has changed, the resulting impact on daily newspapers, and how they are changing in and for the digital age, and future.