Anchor Watch – Feb 26, 2015

February 27th, 2015

Tonight we enjoyed a beautiful sunset evening with back ground music being played by our pianist Pat Riley prior to the meeting getting underway at the beautiful Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

This scribe along with Hunter Cook were both greeted by AJ and John Kerr at the front desk with big smiles and handshakes.  During social this scribe and the opportunity to talk with Marc Aarons, Dan Hoffmann, Jerry Klemer, Kent Martin, Mike McDonough, Gary Myers, Justin Peister, Pres. Lauren, Terry Rousselot, along with guests of the club Andrew Balzerit and Gil Yurly.

Pres. Lauren called upon Jerry Klemer for the invocation who asked all to keep thoughts and prayers for those members to ill to attend our meeting.s and Pres. Lauren called for a moment of silence for the four kidnapped polio workers found dead in Pakistan.

Mike McDonough led us in the Flag salute followed by Dan Hoffmann in the 4-way test and John Kerr in song.

Guests of the club were Gil Yurly, Andrew Balzerit, Mike Saidi, Paul Jensen and visiting Rotarian Clark Lee.

Following a delicious buffet dinner Pres. Lauren called upon Jokemaster AJ for a chuckle and Marc Aarons to raise some $$$ for our treasury. Marc was able to obtain a donation from Steve Speer for attending the PETS conference and Gary Myers for another grandaughter expected in a couple of months thus giving Gary and Nancy eight grandchildren.  Happy fines were received from AJ, Marc, Terry and prospective member Mike Saidi. Marc also announced we have 3 tickets remaing for the David Sanborn concert benefiting Polio Plus on Sunday, March 15. Seats are front row and include backstate passes.

Justin Peister asked for sign-ups of those attending the Titivating of seedlings on March 7 from 8AM to 11AM at the Birch Street Fire Station. followed by delivery of trees to all 3rd. grade students in the Newport Mesa School District between March 9 and 15.

Dan Hoffmann announced our involvement on two Rotary International Global grants totalling $139,000 for aTecate Mexico Computer Room and Egypt Water Project.

Pres. Lauren announced that Linda Klevatt was seeking donations from members for our “Taste of Japan” fundraiser  on May 9 at the Oasis Center in Corona del Mar. Auction items suggested are: Round of Golf, Ride in a boat, Sports memorabilia, Art Work, Event tickets, catered dinner for 8, Wine, etc., Each member should be contacting local merchants to assist in the event.

Pres. Lauren announced that we should support Wajih Malki who will be our representative appearing in the 2015 CHOC Follies.

anchorwatch_feb26Miyuki introduced our guest speaker Dr. Sandra Morgan, PhD, RN who spoke on subject of Human Trafficking both locally and Internationally. An excellent program drawing our attention to the Labor and Sex Trafficking right here in Orange County.

Thank you to Mark Pittman for the Photography….

Your Scribe for the evening, Dick Dickson

Anchor Watch – Feb 19, 2015

February 20th, 2015

Prez Lauren gonged us to order, calling on John Kerr for a thoughtful invocation. He was followed by your scribe leading the flag salute (no comma between “one nation” and “under God”…), Hunter Cook leading the 4-Way Test and Jerry Morris conducting a song on page 40.

We had a plethora of guests, including Mark’s (first hub) parents Mabel and Ed Pittman, first kid Bladen Pittman, and guests of the club: Gil Yourly, David Burnhardt and Seth Siegel. anchorwatch_feb19

Jokemaster Bladen hit us with knock-knock jokes, including one about a lawyer. In his defense, Tom Walley became Finemaster and recognized Dick Holmgren (merger of his CPA firm is going smoothly) and himself (retirement isn’t happening as planned). Happy fines were offered by Marc Aarons (sister in USN is back safely from Africa), Joann Holman (participated in a polio inoculation day in Caborca, MX), Seth Siegel (Mom had a fall and is enjoying rehab), Steve Speer (going to PETS this weekend), Prez Lauren (celebrating new first dog, Princess) and Hunter Cook (thankful for Rotary and all the good things we do.)

Gary Konecne is receiving a lot of RYLA applications; if you know a high schooler who would benefit from leadership training, get them an application on our website.

Our Taste of Japan OC fundraiser is coming up on May 9th. Rebecca Armato has obtained a donation of an original painting; we all need to contact Linda Klevatt with our auction items and sponsor commitments.

Other members’ doings: Roger McGonegal is in India for a polio vaccination day; Dan Hoffman is preparing a “new program”, so hold your breath….
Prez-Elect Steve Speer is recruiting his new board; Marc Aarons will be treasurer of the club. The District Conference will be in Catalina beginning Friday, May 1st. Marc Aarons said there will be the standard Hospitality Night on Friday. If we book 20 tickets for the Catalina Express, it’ll cost only $50 pp instead of $64 round-trip.

Marc Aarons has a couple of tickets left for the David Sanborn concert on Sunday, March 15th. The seats are on the front row, and include backstage passes (hard to get). Tickets are $153.75 – remember this concert supports Polio Plus! Call Marc ASAP to buy your tickets.

Titivating of seedlings for 3rd-graders will be done on March 7 at the Birch Street fire station.

Hunter Cook introduced our speaker, Paul Miller, a founder of CureDuchenne. Paul is a former professional hockey player whose son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age 6. Only 1/3500 young boys is affected by Duchenne. Their typical progression is to a wheelchair by age 12, degenerating to a life expectancy of 18 – 20 years of age.
CureDuchenne is a nonprofit 501 c (3) organization, meaning contributions to the organization are tax-deductible. It has supported seven research projects which made their way into clinical trials during its eleven years. “CureDuchenne’s research investments have leveraged pledges of more than$100 million from government agencies and pharmaceutical companies to fund research leading to a cure. Based on current scientific knowledge, Duchenne could become treatable for this generation of boys. We just need the funding to make it happen now.”

On a sad note, longtime member Lyman Porter has been in and out of Hoag hospital with liver failure recently. Please give Meredith your support.

Yours in Rotary,
Jimmy Olson, Cub Reporter

Anchor Watch – Feb 12, 2015

February 13th, 2015

As should have been expected, President Lauren pulled out all the stops to get us in the Valentine’s Day mood! From decorative details to delicious cupcakes the theme was set!

And the guest list showed it. Spouses Brett Austin, Eleanor Dickson, Eve Holmgren, Nancy Kerr,  Sid Klevatt, Nanette McDonough, Sheila McGonegal, Gay Morris, Corinne Rennie, Sally Rousselot, Heather Speer were all there, as were Heather’s parents Dick and Roseanne Valdes, along with candidates Andrew Balzert and Nancy Barocio, and visiting Rotarian Steve Bender, President-Elect of Newport Beach Sunrise. Thank you all for joining us!
All were happy to see Rebecca back with us, and she provided a thoughtful and appropriate invocation to start things off. Linda led the Flag Salute, Jo the 4Way Test, and then Miyuki-accompanied by Pat (welcome back as well) -led us in “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”

All spouses received a red rose and there was a special drawing of gifts provided by Grace Austin (Thank you, Grace!)

Mike McDonough told a joke, and fines were “voluntary” for those without their “Light Up Rotary” Theme pins.

Announcements were kept to a minimum, but for your calendars:
Our thanks to John Kerr and Jo for heading up the interviews of candidates for the Okazaki Exchange last weekend,  twelve exceptional students, but only seven spaces☹
Titivating for Arbor Day will be March 7, so keep that morning open and watch for details.
Marc still has some tickets for the Concert to End Polio featuring  jazz saxophonist David Sanborn, Sunday, March 15 at The Carpenter Center at CSULB, but don’t delay.
You can head there after starting the day at the Newport Mesa Spirit Run at Fashion Island.! Prez Lauren announced our new Upgraded location for our volunteers, so be sure to sign up and help Diane Daruty in this great fundraiser for our schools!
Linda Klevatt reminded us of the importance of providing raffle/auction items for the Taste of Japan, O.C. and gave us commitment sheets, so be sure to do your share(even if it’s just a few Gift Cards) Of course, that will be on May 9 at the OASIS Center from 5 to 9pm.
Wishes for a safe trip went out to Jo Holman who is enroute to Caborca, Mexico this weekend to distribute polio vaccine to the children there.  We look forward to her report on the experience!

And then, to get back into the spirit of the party, Prez Lauren hosted her version of “The Newlywed Game”, with Rotarians Speer, McDonough, McGonegal, and Kerr “picked at random”.  How their spouses responded to the same questions (involving romance/kissing/wine/etc.- not quite Fifty Shades material, thankfully) was interesting and…informative☺ And Mike and Nanette agreed the most!

Despite wild bidding, no one succeeded in winning the Special Auction item (you had to be there to see it) and so the evening came to a close. Just another special evening on the Bay!!

Anchor Watch – February 5, 2015

February 9th, 2015

It was a little different, walking into the room at BCYC without Pat’s music to welcome us, but we hope that she’s feeling better soon, and things can return to normal next week. But it was Prime Rib Night, so we knew that somehow we would survive.
Wajih provided a very nice invocation, John Kerr led the Flag Salute, Richard O. the 4Way Test, and then President Lauren led us through our new welcoming song   with the lyrics available to all, -much better!
Our guests included PDG Lane Calvert, Rotarian Gary Gunther from Boise, and candidate  Mike Saidi,  and on their first visits to our Club, Ryan Dwight, Andrew Balzerit and Seth Siegel.  From CdM Middle School we welcomed  Principal Becky Gogel and two time Chaperone of the Okazaki Exchange,  Julie Oblouk.  Shelli and Simone Oberreiter also joined us, as did Eve Holmgren. Feb5_2015
Marc Aarons told a joke, and Jerry Klemer, Finemaster, cleaned up, catching Ron Gill and Linda K along with a bunch of others expressing appreciation for last week’s great Progressive Dinner. Marc then updated us on the Concert to End Polio featuring  jazz saxophonist David Sanborn  ( Sunday, March 15 at The Carpenter Center at CSULB, at 2pm). He has five front row tickets remaining in his block of VIP seats, so be sure to follow up with him soon! And there are still some general admission seats available in the Rotary block.
PDG Lane stirred up the group with details about our upcoming District Conference on Santa Catalina Island (May 1-3) where we will enjoy many of the new facilities built there, a luau, and all the usual fun of our District Conference. The block of rooms at The Pavilion Lodge is limited so make your plans early, AND if you would like to bring your boat to the Conference, moorings are available (also help with supplies for Hospitality Night would be appreciaited.)
Getting down to business, the Prez recognized Dick Holmgren as Rotarian of the Month for his service (since joining in 1979) including President in1994-95 and serving as our Club’s Rotary Foundation Chair for many years. Thanks and congratulations Dick!
Lauren learned in a recent conversation that Art Walton is making good progress in his recovery, which was good to hear. Drop him a line to let him know you’re thinking of him. She also announced that interviews for this year’s Okazaki Exchange will be this Saturday at the Central Library (thanks John Kerr and Jo Holman)
Also, Jo Holman reported that she will be participating in the multiple Club/Dual District polio trip to Caborca, Mexico later this month and was successful in getting a bit of financial assistance from our members to purchase books and toys for the kids there. Thank you Jo! We look forward to hearing about your experiences!
The Prez reminded us to spread the word on the Joint Fundraiser (with Newport Beach Sister City Association on May 9 at Oasis) with friends and potential sponsors to ensure its success. And then she asked Linda K. to explain what we need to do next   I.e. find auction items. Linda had already provided each table with a sign-up sheet listing suggested items with space for volunteers☺ Lauren also thanked Dick D. and Roger for starting the ball rolling with their contributions.
Lauren made it a point to thank everyone associated with the Progressive Dinner: Committees, Hosts, Cooks, Set up and Take Downers, and all who participated. It truly was a great event and we should thank her for reintroducing it to our calendar. And she expressed her gratitude with Gift Bags!

DickHolmgrenOur speaker was Dick Holmgren, who with Eve at his side, shared his Rotary story of perfect attendance and the wonderful personal experiences associated with International Conventions, which are so much a part of Rotary. From his first foray into service clubs in Whittier, to a business merger that brought him to Newport Beach, and an introduction to Rotary by the Late PDG Keith Burnham, Dick shared stories from Taipei and Glasgow, to Buenos Aires and Barcelona, with stops along the way including Copenhagen and Malmo.
Thank you, Dick and Eve, for sharing your Rotary experiences with us. Just as Craft Talks help us to learn about our new members, presentations such as yours help us appreciate the role that Rotary plays in our lives.

Anchor Watch – Jan 22, 2015

January 23rd, 2015

Upon entering the BCYC along with Dick Holmgren we were greeted at the front desk by Mike McDonough and Hunter Cook with a big smile and handshake along with Steve Speer who was recruiting volunteers to assist as he was filling in for Pres. Lauren who was unable to attend this evening.

During social hour I had the opportunity to talk with Dan Hoffmann, Ron Gill, JoAnne Holman, Roger McGonegal, Wendell Sawyer,  Rick Weiss and Dick Valdes, Steve’s Father-in-law prior to finding a seat along with Jerry Klemer, Hunter Cook, Wendell Sawyer, Ed Rennie, Kent Martin, Terry Rousselot and Gary Myers.

Steve asked Andy Campbell for the Inovocation, Rick Weiss the Flag Salute, Wendell Sawyer 4-way test and also to lead us in singing “My Bonnie lies over the ocean”.

Guests included Mike Saidi back for the 3rd., time; Dick Valdes, Gil Yurly introduced by Justin Peister, Portia Weiss, Seth Siegel “Sister City Association” and JoAnnee Holman’s boyfriend Jay Prenta visiting from Chicago.

Following a delicious buffet dinner with background music provided by our pianist Pat Reilly; Andy Campbell humored us with a golf joke about a Catholic Priest and Sister Josephine. Tom Walley then proceded to fine Hunter Cook for his association with Lee Rocker an American rockabilly of the revival band “The Stray Cats”.  Hunter will be performing along with Lee at the Laguna Playhouse. Tom also fined Richard Oberreiter for his new position as C.O.O. of a new start-up company and trying to teach his daugher how to make a right hand turns prior to obtaining her drivers license. Happy fines were received from AJ Thielen

Announcements were from Roger McGonegal who presented Paul Harris recognition to Steve Speer and Steve Williams;  Jerry Klemmer, tickets to the David Sanborn Concert March 15 at Cal State Long Beach.

Our Progressive Dinner is on for this coming Thursday January 29th., with 52 signed up to participate. Cocktails and appetizers will be at Andy Campbell’s home, barbecue dinner at Pres. Lauren’s and dessert at Ed Rennie’s.

longbeachport_anchorJan22Ron Gill introduced our speaker Chris Chase the Business Development Manager for Port of Los Angeles. Chris grew up in Irvine attending University High School prior to attending Tufts University in Medford, Maine (outside of Boston). Chris presented us with a power point presentation on the Port which was founded in 1907 and currently the largest Port in the U.S. that accomodates 1 million cruise passengers annually along with being the 6th
busiest container complex in the world.

Great presentation and one of the best programs with special thanks to Ron Gill for making it possible.

Remember we are dark at the BCYC next Thursday because of the Progressive Dinner.

Special thanks to AJ for the photography…

Your scribe for the evening, Dick Dickson

Anchor Watch – Jan 15, 2015

January 16th, 2015

As we prepared for our second meeting of the New Year, Pat provided some background tunes as President Lauren greeted a substantial number of guests and visitors.
Linda Klevatt provided the invocation, Jerry Klemer led the Flag Salute, Dick Holmgren the 4Way Test and then Lauren led us through our new welcoming song  (PLEASE bring the lyrics, Prez, so we can do it justice☺)
Our guests included Rotarian Gary Gunther, in from Boise for a few more weeks, Vivian Lewis a Rotarian from Pacific Grove relocating here, and candidate Mike Saidi making his second visit. Miyuki brought her mom Miko and  friend Yvonne to check us out, and Jo brought her mom Betty Nakahira (as both moms are originally from Okinawa, they might even be related!). Jo also hosted the Founder of CHOC Follies Gloria Zigner, her husband Irv Goldberg, and her business partner Marcie all in support of our Guest Speaker.
Dan Hoffmann, Finemaster, did a great job hustling the crowd, as usual, tapping Jo, and Mike McD, AJ, Steve Speer, Wendell, and Ed Rennie among others.

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Marc Aarons did an exceptional job telling us about the upcoming Concert to End Polio featuring polio survivor and well known jazz saxophonist David Sanborn (Sunday, March 15 at The Carpenter Center at CSULB, at 2pm) Marc volunteered to organize ticket purchases so we can all sit together. There will be a VIP Reception after the performance to meet the artist, and 80% of the proceeds will go to End Polio , which will then be doubled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Check your calendars and contact Marc.
President Lauren reported on the Platters Live event, honoring Rotary International President Gary Huang, and made sure to mention that over 100 Special Olympians and families attended as guests of Rotary-specifically ten as guests of our Club!! Thanks to our Club for supporting the event☺
Plans are moving forward on the Fiji Water Project and Trip in May, and the Prez asks all to share the details of the Joint Fundraiser (with Newport Beach Sister City Association on May 8 at Oasis) with  friends, potential sponsors, sources of auction/raffle items, etc. ensuring its success.
Steve Speer started the sign-up for the Progressive Dinner coming up soon-ON JANUARY 29!! From those in attendance, over 30 signed up and a few members were not at the meeting , so we could be looking at 50!! PLEASE CONTACT STEVE SO WE KNOW HOW/WHAT TO PLAN.

IMG_2969Our guest speaker, Paul-Dean Martin, provided an outstanding overview of the CHOC Follies, which has raised over $7 Million in support of the mission of our premier children’s hospital. He shared his passion and enthusiasm for the community volunteers and the quality of the performances, which trace back to its inception eighteen years ago under the guidance of our guest Gloria Zigner.
This year’s presentation will be CHOCago, April 2-4 at the Robert Moore Theatre at OCC.  Details at
We are fortunate to have volunteers and organizations such as this in our community, who are so dedicated to help sick children and their families.

Anchor Watch – January 8, 2015

January 9th, 2015

Entering the Fireside Room of the BCYC this scribe was met by A.J. and Andrew McDonough with a big smile and handshake while working the front desk signing in all attendees. Dan Hoffmann was also welcoming all to our first meeting of the new year.

President Lauren sure knows how to bring everyone together as the room was packed with members, visitors and guests. This Scribe found a seat at a table along with Hunter Cook, Dick Holmgren, Gary Myers, Justin Peister and Steve Speer where we enjoyed some great conversation during Cocktail Hour before the meeting started.

Pres. Lauren started the meeting by welcoming all to the Greatest Rotary Club in “All the World” and asking yours truly for the Invocation followed by Ron Gill in the Pledge to our Country’s Flag, Jerry Morris in Tall Fashion the 4-way test and PDG Bill (Lauren’s Dad)  Reeves in song.

Guests included William Reeves PDG Carson City, Nevada; Mark Pittman “Lauren’s Husband and 1st. Dude”;  Portia Weiss;  Jo Holman’s daughter Asia Lani and her boyfriend plus her best friend and business partner Marci Prentiss along with a number of Guest’s of the Club.

Following a delicious Prime Rib buffet Pres. Lauren introduced the Rotarian of the Month Justin Peister who joins Miyuki Smith-Richardson, Roger McGonegal, Ed Rennie, Mike McDonough and Jerry Morris a very select list of Rotarians who are making a difference for this club’s operation. Justin who is our Director for Community Relations and President Elect for 2017-18 headed up a fundraising effort within our club to the tune of $1800.00 for three family’s from the Child Abuse Center presents to enjoy during Christmas.  IMG_8752

Finemaster Ed Rennie found two finee’s without to much trouble: the first being yours truly who has been a member of the club for 45 years and happy to be able to stil be involved. Second was Ron Gill who was pleased to have his daughter home for the holidays from U of A. Happy fines came from Portia Weiss, Rick Weiss, Steve Speer, Gary Myers, Roger McGonegal, Justin Peister and Ed Rennie.

Pres. Lauren thanked everyone who attended the great Holiday Party held on the second night of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and surveyed the group as next year the party will be back in the main dining room.  Also, she reminded everyone tho help her with with “Taste of Japan” on May 9th., along with our Sister City Association to raise funds in order to continue sending deserving students to Okazaki, Japan for an annual reciprocal student exchange. Lauren needs help from every Rotarian in seeking sponsors in the categories of beverages, banking, automobile, culinary products, utilities, electronics and trade sponsors in the newspapers, radio and TV.

The best part of the evening was a craft given talk by Jo Holman who joined our club last August.

From her presentation and the write-up Dan Hoffmann gave her when joining our club we are fortunate to have Jo as a member of our club.

IMG_8753.2Jo spent her early years in Buena Park and graduated with a BA from California State University in Communications with focus on broadcasting and producing of broadcasts.  She had a career in the ad industry producing radio and TV ads. She married and raised two kids, currently age 19 and 17.  While being a  “stay-at-home” mom, she developed her artistic side and learned jewelry using semi-precious stones.  Jo became quite proficient in jewelry making and decided to turn it into a business.  She started to hold “jewelry Tupperware parties” to sell her art to friends and acquaintances. An ensuing divorce and the 2007 crash required her to go back to work.  She hired on as a personal assistant to a wealthy executive, running the gentleman’s life and partially the business.  There she picked up the knack for business and after several strenuous years of “24/7” assistance, decided to buy a franchise.

Jo is co-owner of Home Helpers OrangeCounty, providing home health care for elderly people.  Jo, of Hawaiian descent, spent summer’s with her grandmother in Hawaii. Not surprisingly, one of her hobbies is Polynesian dancing,

She is the oldest of 4 siblings.   A personal tragedy, the unexpected death of her older sister at the age of 21 and the ensuing care she gave to her parents, coined her very much and was instrumental later in her life in entering the elder care business. Why did Jo want to join Rotary?  She has always been volunteering.  First to help her parents get over the death of her older sister, then as mom being active in PTA.  Because of her professional background she has been in community outreach, helping kids in education.  Jo feels that she wants to give back to her community and sees Rotary as an excellent venue to doing so.  She joined Rotary to “give back” to the community and to be part of a larger organization.  She is very interesting in supporting the various community service endeavors of our club.

Pres. Lauren announced we will have a Progressive Dinner scheduled for Thursday, January the 29th., our regular scheduled meeting night. The dinner will be coordinated by Linda Klevatt, Roger McGonegal and Wendell Sawyer.

A super great evening and wonderful way to start the New Year.

Your scribe for the evening, Dick Dickson

Anchor Watch – Dec 18, 2014

December 19th, 2014

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Anchor Watch – DECEMBER 11, 2014

December 12th, 2014

Against a backdrop of holiday lights on homes across the bay, with Pat providing sounds of the season, President Lauren called the meeting to order
Hunter provided the Invocation, John Kerr the Pledge, Jo Holman the 4Way Test, and Ron Gill set a new standard for song-leading, with “Jingle Bells”. (Written by James Lord Pierpont, published in the fall of 1857 under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh”)
Guests included First Dude Mark Pittman and Ken Lorin, Ken Sachs, and Jerry Herrington all friends and supporters of our Guest Speaker.
President Lauren reminded us that for The Boat Parade Party next Thursday: we will be on the patio; there will be a tent and heaters; she will bring blankets, earmuffs and scarves; our hospitality begins at 5:30pm (remember that traffic can be “difficult” and that BCYC will probably have valet parking); the lead boat is scheduled to pass BCYC at 7pm; and we will be able to access the dessert bar easily☺
There were some disparaging remarks about the absence of costumes at our Halloween meeting, with the challenge that we do a better job with Yule Garb!!. (so dig out those Ugly Christmas Sweaters!)
The Prez and the PDG then made presentations of recognitions, thanking these Rotarians for their generous support of The Rotary Foundation: PHF+7 Hunter Cook, PHF+4 Gary Myers, PHF+2 Dick Dickson and Ron Gill, and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation  Dick and Eve Holmgren. Miyuki Smith-Richardson also received recognition from RI for Sponsoring a New Member, Jo Holman.
The Prez then thanked PDG Roger for taking over coordinating the scribe duties for the balance of the year.      NOTE: Volunteers who would be willing to serve in this important Club Service role, once a month, should contact him at .
Tickets are still available for the Dinner with Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang on December 28 at The Grove in Anaheim, with entertainment by The Platters-Live!  Check with PDG Roger for details.
Justin Peister then thanked the Club for the generous support of the Families Helping Families program, having collected over $1800 for necessities and gifts for the three families adopted by our Club.And then he took over as Finemaster nabbing Marc Aarons, who recognized his sister, currently stationed in Germany with the US Navy, whose operational responsibilities are focused in Africa. And in absentia, Justin tagged Kent Martin and Lyman Porter. Jerry Klemer paid a happy fine for his granddaughter, a student at U of Utah, who landed a paying intern job in her field, public relations!
A Committee has been formed to redesign and order of a supply of the small banners exchanged by members and presented to guests. Anyone with graphic or design talent would be welcome to join First Dude Mark, Secretary Mike McD, and that PDG guy in this effort.
Dick Dickson introduced our Guest Speaker John Sturgess, a friend of his for over 20 years, who recently authored a book “How a Boy Grows Up to be a Man”. Starting his comments with a comparison of how a family functioned in the post WWII era to one of today, he reflecting on the work ethic and the expected courtesies demonstrated in public, to exposure to the arts, dress codes, and sportsmanship.  These, along with the importance of having and using a sense of humor, and maintaining a spirit of curiosity are challenged by the digital revolution, but are essential in the development and refinement of the current and future generations.  Our thanks to John for reminding us of the importance of values and principles in everyday life

Anchor Watch Oct 2, 2014

October 3rd, 2014

Welcomed by Dan Hoffmann at the entrance to the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club this scribe enjoy’s the fellowship of belonging to the “Greatest Rotary Club In All The World” .

AJ Thielen and JoAnne Holman greated members and guests at the front desk as PDG Roger McGonegal was preparing to get the meeting started as Pres. Lauren was away on business.

This scribe found a seat along with Richard Holmgren, Terry Rousselot, Linda Klevatt, Steve Williams, Bill Davies and Linda’s guest Denese Zink when Roger called the meeting to order and asked Steve Williams for an Invocation; followed by Richard Oberreiter the Plege of Allegiance; Justin Peister 4-way test andTerry Rousselot in singing “Take me out to the Ballgame”..Introduction of guests included Denese Zink, Nancy Kerr and Marlene Prentis.

We than enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner which included my favorite (Prime Rib, Creamed Spinich and Seared Ahi, Ice Cream and Cookies” along with background music provided by our Pianist Pat Reillly.

PDG Roger called up Marc Aarons for the outstanding Okazaki BBQ and Pumpkin carving event with over 120 in attendance. Marc then gave special thanks to: Dan Hoffmann, Gary Konecne, Matt Larson, Jerry Klemer, Mike McDonough, Steve Speer, Richard Oberreiter, Grace Austin, Linda Klevatt, JoAnne Holman, Rebecca Armato, Roger McGonegal, Dick Dickson and Bob Wood who participated in making the event so successful.

Roger asked Justin Peister to auction two tickets to this weekend’s play at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center with Steve Speer being the top bidder; upcoming announcments included Tuesday, October 14 a delegation from the city of Okazaki will be in town; Friday, October 17 Business Leadership Awards; Friday October 24 World Polio Day and Saturday Nov. 8 Foundation dinner.

Our Jokemaster for the evening was Steve Speer with some Baseball one liners for all the Sports fans in attendance; followed by our Finemaster Ed Rennie who was greeted with plenty of Boo’s before removing $$$ from John Kerr (Daughter Senior in College); Diane Daruty (Upcoming Frank Andersen Track Meet) and Gary Myers (Hopeful someday retirement with son’s taking over business). Happy Fines came from Roger McGonegal, Ed Rennie and Marc Aarons.

Hunter Cook introduced our speaker Dennis Miyati who presented a very personal and informative talk about a disease that can affect us all and our loved ones. The Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County is here to help with a 24/7 telephone support helpline 1 800 272-3900 or

We are very very fortunate to enjoy Rotary with such a great group of friends, beautiful sunset and location!!

Your scribe for the evening, Dick Dickson

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