Anchor Watch – May 21, 2015

May 23rd, 2015

image3You’ve got give President Lauren a lot of credit for her enthusiasm and for her creativity!

As members pulled into the BCYC Parking Lot  to follow a path of checkered flags (black and white, of course) leading down to the dock, there she was setting cars in place, with snacks, and with Mike the server standing by to run to the bar, as the cars filtered in. In addition to the Pittman stable (Jeep and Party Wagon), Kent Martin brought his beautiful, stock (!) M5, Jo Holman brought her “67 Mustang Convertible, Andy C. with his elegant (but hot) Lexus IS 350, Tom Walley drove his classic, original condition ‘78 Porsche 911 SC, Steven Williams his Tesla, and our speaker image2Chris Casler brought an almost completely restored Porsche 356 C Cabriolet.  Oh, and the weather was beautiful down on the dock!

Around 7ish, the Prez dragged us away from the cars and up to our meeting room, where a fun, casual evening progressed.  Our guests included visiting Rotarian Bailey Smith (Newport Irvine), candidates Andrew  Balzerit and Bob Kelly, along with  First Dude Mark, assisted by daughter Taylor and friend Tom Dennis –all of whom worked the set-up.

Keeping it light, we marked the Birthdays of two of our Rotarians Wendell Sawyer and Ron image4Gill (both absent) with two great chocolate cakes (Yum!), and PDG Roger announced sign-ups for the Seventh Annual  Angels Game to End Polio, on August 22. We’ve got six seats in our Suite sold already-remember a portion of all ticket sales will go, in your name, to the End Polio Now program. (don’t worry, you’ll hear it again☺).  It was reported that the very successful “Taste of Japan, OC” will net our Club some $8,000 (thanks and congrats to all)

Tom Walley mentioned that Art Walton really enjoys hearing from us, so make it a point to check on him at 949 422 7179.

Chris Casler built on earlier conversations about cars when he took the lectern. As Sales Manager of European Collectibles (on Coast Highway, near the Balboa Bay Resort ) with a full restoration shop nearby in Costa Mesa, he has bought, sold, and restored European sports image1cars for nearly 20 years. Things have changed in the global market with the internet, but he told of some transactions that include active participation by all parties, as well as those where buyer and seller never meet! Questions and conversations marked the evening, everything from the appearance (and disappearance) of major auctions locally, to the traditional car shows that many of us know and enjoy. We thank Chris for sharing his story and helping us learn a bit more about his business.

Mike Lawler stopped in at the end of the meeting to present an exchange banner from  the Rotary Club of Kathmandu, Nepal which he visited following that devastating earthquake, to deliver good and contributions collected at our recent Club Meeting.

And on this Sunday, our Club’s “Get Dirty” project  takes off for Fiji!  President Lauren taught us, in closing, that “Bula” is the Fijian word for “Hello” and so thanks to the internet, we say “Vanuinui  vinaka e  nomu  volau” to our intrepid team, wishing them “A Good Journey”


And, please have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend!!

Anchor Watch March 19, 2015

March 21st, 2015

Well, it was great to have our President set the tone as we swung into Spring!

Jo Holman provided a thoughtful Invocation, Marc the 4Way Test, and Dick Dickson led us in that all-time favorite “R-O-T-A-R-Y”.
We welcomed back candidates Paul Jensen, Gil Yurly, Andrew Balzert and Nancy Barocio, along with visiting Rotarian Ted Fuller from Tahoe. Corinne Rennie joined us for the second consecutive week ( great job with Speakers, Miyuki!) and Nanette and Marina McDonough stopped in after Track practice.

Speaking of the McDonoughs, Secretary Mike went out to set a new record for fines, and boy, did he ever!! Quite a few were in absentia, so we’ve gotta watch that mailbox, but Justin, Grace and Wajih said it’d be there. Rebecca sent an Aloha (Hello and Goodbye) from Maui, where it appears she has found the perfect setting for her mom and dad – Mahalo Rebecca for the extra contribution and Marc kicked in as did Andy, Steve, Roger, Ed, Gary Myers, and Ron Gill!

Many of the Happy Fines were in appreciation of the great time had by all who attended the David Sanborn Concert to End Polio on Sunday. We may not have had the most in attendance (but it was close) as were the seats, right in the front row-center☺ Thanks Marc and Andy!!

President-Elect Steve reminded us, that this Saturday, is the District Training Assembly at the Argyros Forum on the Chapman Campus in Orange. Coffee from 7am, Opening Program at 8am, sessions through noon don’t forget to print your Parking Permit and Campus Map from DaCdb. And don’t forget lunch at Gina’s for all of our participants.

REMEMBER-We will NOT meet at BCYC for the next two weeks! March 26 is the Los Angeles Harbor Tour, catching the bus at the OASIS lot at 1pm, and April 2 will be our trip to the CHOC Follies performance of CHOCAGO , featuring our own Wajih Malki, at the Moore Theatre on the OCC campus. That evening, we will meet for dinner at 6pm at Newport Rib Co. on Harbor Boulevard, and then proceed to the show.

Thanks to all for the success of the Spirit Run and Arbor Day , although there are a few remaining details on a presentation to the School Board.

District Conference will be on Catalina May 1-3 and room reservations at The Pavilion Lodge are almost sold out, so we need to sign up soon because we must have enough members to staff our booth on Hospitality Night.( Not to worry other hotels still have space)

The following Saturday, May 9, is our fundraiser, Taste of Japan, OC, and the Prez thanked Andy C. and Gary Myers for their generous support of that event. And that’s almost FIJI time, for our dedicated travelers, doing good across the globe.
The Prez has launched two more “happenings” for us, one called “ROADary” for all the car nuts among us, setting May 21 as the evening when we drive our favorite collectible to the Club Meeting and “POUNDation” a “ friendly weight-loss competition/fundraiser” among those interested, employing the expertise of candidate Gil who owns and operates Body Wise Fitness at 640 Terminal Way, Costa Mesa. That will run April 2 through June 18. Watch for more details!

Our Speaker, Kelly Keyes, Supervising Deputy Coroner for the Sheriff’s Department told us how her childhood interest in TV’s Quincy, Medical Examiner led her to witness her first autopsy at age 16, earn a degree in Biology at UCSD, and begin a career in that field.

The numbers were hard to consider. Over 19,000 deaths in a year (2013) in Orange County, of which a quarter required an investigation by the Coroner’s Office, which led to 1700 autopsies! Despite the statistics, Kelly’s casual style helped us to appreciate that a) “It just isn’t like what we see on TV” and b) although we live where we do, the need for the services of her department is a 24/7 situation.

Thank you Kelley for what you and your staff do, and for sharing it with us!

Anchor Watch – March 12, 2015

March 15th, 2015

Guests galore! And no wonder… we had a beautiful evening on the harbor and a great speaker. That’s why we’re known as the Best Rotary Club in the world. Prez Lauren invited Wajih Malki to lead us in prayer, Ron Gill to guide us in the salute to our flag and Gary Myers, the 4-Way Test.

Did I mention we had guests? We had family guests, visiting Rotarians, Facebook guests, a former- member-guest and friend-guests. Family guests were Corinne Rennie and Dick Valdes. Visiting and former Rotarians included PDG Rae Shirer and Gary Hensley. We were honored to host guests of the club, Facebook recruits and friends: David Cuccia, Becky Lyon, Mike Saidi, Jennifer Pfeiffer, Nancy Baricio, Paul Jensen, Ted Kullar, Peter Maxwell, Gil Yurly , Catherine Cunningham, Bob Chesney, Nate Darnell, Andrew Boswith and Michael Lawler – former Rotarian and past speaker at our club.

We had a number of announcements: Lyman Porter is on the mend, but not taking visitors right now; Ron Gill promoted our vocational visit to L.A. harbor on March 26. Wajih Malki will be performing at Costa Mesa’s Robert B Moore Theater in the CHOC Follies – a rollicking musical fundraiser for CHOC on April 2, following dinner at Newport Rib Co. at 6pm; be sure to sign up for this fun event.

Richard Oberreiter told “the Viagra joke”; you had to be there. A.J. Thelen drew a few boos as finemaster, recognizing Bill McClellan who is recovering from surgery and travels, and Roger McGonegal, who is just happy. Roger briefed us on his trip to India to participate in child vaccination days for Polio Plus, and to enjoy great hospitality of his hosts. He lauded the volunteer Indian people who visited remote villages to ensure that all children and newborns have received the polio vaccine.march12_1

Prez-Elect Steve Speer announced the upcoming District Assembly on March 21st. Attendance is mandatory for board members and new members of the club; it’s a great opportunity to learn much more about Rotary at the district level and to get new ideas to increase our club, community, vocational and international service. As a BONUS to encourage your attendance, Steve will provide lunch after the assembly – at Gina’s in Irvine, of course.

Marc Aarons reminded us about the David Sanborn concert at Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB this coming Sunday. Proceeds will support Polio Plus, as Mr. Sanborn is a polio survivor and a great fan of Rotary’s efforts to eradicate the disease in the world.

Prez Lauren concluded the business portion of our meeting by requesting all to bring in their sponsorships and auction items for our May 9th Taste of Japan Orange County. Show up early Sunday March 15th for the Spirit Run, and don’t forget that Lauren, Mark, Tom & Steph Walley and Wajih & Myrna Malki will be going to Fiji in May to participate in a Rotary event.

Miyuki Smith-Richardson introduced our speaker – Chris Voss, CEO of Black Swan Group. Ltd. Black Swan is a business advisor in negotiations, focusing on the role of emotions in negotiating. Chris brings his many years of experience in directing and advising hostage negotiations for the FBI to the business community and to the faculty of USC’s school of business. Our audience’s attention was held by the “war stories” Chris related in a humorous and engaging manner. I wish I had taken this class in school, but that was probably before Chris was born!

Yours-in-Rotary, Jimmy Olson, Cub Reporter


Anchor Watch, March 5th 2015

March 12th, 2015

Well, it was Prime Rib night, but President Lauren couldn’t make it, so President-Elect Steve Speer, fresh from PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar), took the reins!

With the clocks changing this weekend, the dark evenings of winter will soon disappear (hopefully) so we can really see/enjoy our beautiful view of the harbor!  !(So don’t forget to spring forward on Saturday evening)
PDG Roger provided the Invocation, Bill Davies led the Flag Salute, Marc the 4Way Test, and then John Kerr,accompanied by Pat, led us in song.
We welcomed back candidate Mike Saidi, and returning for his second visit in as many weeks, Attorney Paul Jensen ( a Law School classmate of Richard O.)
Justin told a joke, and Roger collected fines from Miyuki who celebrated getting her Program Chair mojo back, and Bill Davies who sold a couple of cars from his Tucson garage, and proud dad John Kerr whose son completed his college program! . Roger chipped in to mark his 40 hours airborne to/from India, Richard O. celebrated the CDM Girls Softball win against Harbor, Wendell glad that he was in town and with us, and PE Steve who may have discovered why he’s been feeling poorly lately!

Steve reminded all, especially his Board and new (and more senior) Rotarians of the District Training Assembly coming up on Saturday, March 21 at Chapman, beginning at 8am – 7:30am if you want coffee – promising a reward of a free lunch at Gina’s for all of our participants.
Then Marc reminded us about the Concert to End Polio,  featuring  jazz saxophonist and polio survivor David Sanborn,  at 2pm on Sunday, March 15 at The Carpenter Center at CSULB,  as he still has a few VIP tickets, but don’t delay.  Again, the Newport Mesa  Spirit Run will be earlier that day at Fashion Island to support our schools, so make it a full day of Rotary service and fun.

Of course, we all know that Titivating for Arbor Day will be this Saturday, starting at 8am at the Fire Station at Mesa and Acacia, with a full week of deliveries to the schools.

Steve reminded us about the District Conference on Catalina  May 1-3 noting that room reservations  at The Pavilion Lodge are open and we need to be sure to have enough members participating, especially to staff our booth on Hospitality Night.

And of course, a week later, on May 9, Taste of Japan, OC, our Joint Fundraiser with Newport Beach Sister Cities Assoc. will take place at OASIS, so keep looking for sponsors and auction items, cause Linda K. will be calling.

Steve asked PDG Roger to share some highlights from his two week trip to India to participate in the National Immunization Days, and he noted the warm hospitality extended by fellow Rotarians in the community of Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, where his Team delivered polio drops to local children. Sights, sounds, smells, and smiles that he will remember for his lifetime.

Secretary Mike, with assistance from the crowd who had brought laptops and tablets, shared the secrets of DaCDB, (District and Club Data Base) which is the primary roster, record  keeper, and communications hub for our District and for our Club. People got passwords and began to explore, heck! a few even did the same at the Rotary Website!  What a night!!

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.

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