This week, President Mike decided to “take us on the road” and so, with a little help from Bob Kelly, it was off to the Environmental Nature Center for Rotary, Newport-Balboa style!
Jo and Charlie Barr were working the desk at ENC (and Jo is putting together a new order for RCNB shirts, if you are interested) and the crowd gathered for a short tour. It was getting dark, so we got to see only about 1/3 of the trails, but especially for those who had never been there before, it was a very interesting walk!
When we returned to the only Platinum LEED building in Orange County, Hal Barstow provided a thoughtful Innvocation .
Charlie had invited his neighbors to join us and so Mike, Paige, and Leo Lavorando came to their second (hopefully not last) Rotary event and Jerry Klemer’s friend Linda Carl accompanied him. Kay Jaitly brightened up the room and Vince Priolo attended his last full meeting as a guest.(Hal was there for his last partial meeting as a guest) It was great to see Lauren, and Justin, and it’s good to know that Andy C had a nice month in France! Other good news is that Heather Speer is at home and doing well with her two new kneesJ
The Prez asked Roger to induct Hal Barstow, and so, that was done. Welcome Hal, we look forward to many years of friendship and stories!
Past President and Chair of our District’s Rotary Foundation Centennial Gala (to be held on November 19 at The Balboa Pavilion) Lauren expressed her pride and gratitude for our growing (beyond two tables) support of the event, and reminded Roger to push those Raffle Tickets, which of course, he did! (Don’t worry, there are still some left!!)
And it would be most appropriate to thank Steve Speer for the great salads and pizzas that he provided for our meal, and Bob Kelly for the nice selection of wines that he brought for us to enjoy!
Old friend of our Club, Bo Glover, Executive Director of the ENC provided an interesting presentation of the history and site of this unique learning campus, which has grown over the past 44 years, thanks to the vision and hard work of dedicated educators and volunteers. Last year, over 28,000 students from Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties experienced the variety of species of plants and trees, learning environmental lessons. Always improving the programs, he told of the Travelling Naturalists who brought the learning to over 10,000 students whose Districts did not have funding to transport the students here! Bo also expressed his appreciation for the support we and our Sister Rotary Club (Okazaki-South, Aichi, Japan) have provided, especially with the dedication of the only Butterfly House in Orange County (a Rotary Centennial Joint Project) and this year’s refurbishment work! Thanks Bo for your wonderful work right here in our backyard!
Don’t forget, our Spooktacular Halloween Party is next week at BCYC!