THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEWPORT-BALBOA
May 5, 2016
And so it came to be Cinquo de Mayo at BCYC, where it was not Prime Rib Night (shifted because of BCYC schedule), and the gang assembled for more Rotary, Newport-Balboa style, with Pat on the keyboard and friends and family in attendance.
And what a crew it was! Visiting Rotarians included PDG Charlie Barr (RC Upland), Cora Jackson (RC Santa Cruz ,Bolivia), and Tony Sayegh (RC Glendora). Laurie and John Bishop came to assist Bob Kelly in his assigned task, and it’s always good to see Jay Prenta when he’s in town, and Mike Saidi hosted Dr. Kory Toumineh for his first visit with us. Returning travelers included Grace Austin, Yukari Johnston, Tom Walley, and Wajih Malki, along with PP Lauren, and Justin, both of whom have been real busy balancing work and family lately. Great to see you all!
Andy C provided our Invocation, Justin led us in the Pledge to our Flag, Tom Walley led the Four Way Test, and Dick Dickson led “God Bless America”.
Prez Steve shared a few pretty good political jokes and then turned the fines over to PE Mike who had tapped Wajih (his Second CHOC Follies, a family vacation cruise and work in SE Asia!), Yukari ( Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, on the way to Japan!!) and Lauren ( District Conference Gala and , as she found out, Demotion!!!)J Tom W was happy to be back, midway between Miami and Palau, and reported a good conversation with Art Walton, Roger mentioned the District Conference, and Tony Sayegh, sadly noted the destruction of his home city, Aleppo, but he’s glad to be here and to be alive!!
Grace Austin presented President Steve with four Exchange Banners from Rotary Clubs in Tokyo, where she had “made up” meetings during her travels. Thanks Grace!
Noting that support of Club and District activities is a part of membership, our calendar includes: Track Meet Awards, next Thursday May 12 to present awards to our Track Meet Winners! And what a great opportunity to invite a friend to see our Club’s work! (Thanks, Marc, for sharing that suggestion)
Hospitality Night next Friday, May 13, at The Fairmont on MacArthur. Volunteers are still needed. Set-up will begin at 4pm, and three shifts of pasta preparation/serving and wine pouring will highlight our traditional “Italian Night” theme. AND The Joint District Conference continues through the weekend.
Our Port of LA Tour and Vocational Visit to Container Terminals and Dinner will be May 26 so you need to sign up soon (we will be dark at BCYC), and, yes, Demotion will be June 30 and PP Lauren will appreciate your help in planning and executing this great Year End Tradition.
We always welcome the opportunity to learn more about our new members in their Craft Talks, and Bob Kelly has quite a story to tell. Weaving links to Jackie Robinson, Knute Rockne, Harrison Ford, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bob told us about his family, his Forty-One year career as a Teacher at Newport Heights Elementary, and his life of service, particularly to youth. Even after retiring, he voluntarily conducts sessions for students five days a week, helping prepare them for life. This is in addition to his service to the Environmental Nature Center and to the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation. His list of Awards and Recognitions run two pages (single spaced), but include “Exemplary Science Educator” (UCI), and Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2001 (NMUSD). We are grateful to Dick Dickson for bringing Bob Kelly into our Club, and we thank Bob for all that he has done, and continues to do, in our community.