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.
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.
Our 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 www.chocfollies.org
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.