THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEWPORT-BALBOA
June 2, 2016
Warming temperatures and big surf, it must be June (already) along the Coast, combined with the convergence of Newport-Balboa Rotary and Prime Rib Night at BCYC! (There was also some alleged conspiring going on in the corner of The Columbia Room, which is another Rotary Year-end tradition.)
Andy C provided our Invocation, Suneel led us in the Pledge to our Flag, PDG Roger led the Four Way Test, and Dick Dickson led us in “God Bless America”. In his comments Andy noted the recent passing of two of our outstanding Past District Governors, our own Jim deBoom (1997-98)and Dr. Mike Abdalla (1995-96).
Visiting Rotarians included PDG Charlie Barr (RC Upland,D-5300) and Alex Garcia (RC Morelia, Mex. D-4160) and Eve Holmgren, Shelli Oberreiter, and First Lady to-be Nanette McDonough brightened the room with their presence.
Visitor Alex Garcia of Morelia, Mexico, who will serve his Club as President in 2017-18, exchanged banners with Prez Steve, who then shared a couple of pretty good, and evenly balanced, political jokes with the assembly.
Dan Hoffmann got the fine machine rolling with promises from Ed Rennie, Jose Vergara, and Bob Wood, and we all know that they are good for it! He also shared a unique opportunity, thanks to onetime visitor Cathy Reed, Senior VP of F&M Bank, to enjoy the “ Ultimate Collector Car Beach Party” aka Russo and Steele Automobile Auction, June 10-12 from the Bank’s Skybox! Interested parties should contact Dan ASAP. He also noted a recent outbreak of non-Rotarian behavior, i.e candidates for fining not responding to messages left, soliciting their participation in this Club Tradition. He did not mention names, but there were EIGHT recent occurrences!!
On a lighter note, Andrew B celebrated ten days in NYC followed by Memorial Day in Palo Alto; Jo noted the handsome visitors flanking her; Roger noted the beginning of The Rotary Foundation’s Centennial Year at this week’s Seoul Convention, and wished PE Mike and Nan a “fun” year leading our Club; and Andy, Suneel, Alex, Gary, and Dan all had cause for some more Happy Fines! Thanks to all!
President Steve thanked Ron Gill for hosting last week’s exceptional Port of LA Tour (our fourth!) and also Hostess Jo for making sure that all participants had a fun outing! He went on to remind us of the Daily Pilot Community Service Hall of Fame Luncheon, next Friday June10 at the American Legion Post on the Peninsula, at Noon. He announced that Marc Aarons will be recognized at the event and that our Club will have at least one table, so, SIGN UP NOW! Contact Jo please!
Suneel, back from a dash across the Pond to see his kids, received his Blue Badge. Congrats Suneel
And for the Calendar, Demotion will be June 30, we will be DARK on July 7, DG Ray Sanford’s Official Visit to our Club will be August 11, and The Angels End Polio Now Game will be September 10. In the interim, we’ll have programs on Adult Literacy (6/16) and the Beckman Laser Institute (6/23).
Richard O introduced our Speaker, Matt Szabo, Sports Reporter for the Daily Pilot. A tall athletic kid who found that he enjoyed writing, Matt has the perfect job as he’s been covering High School Sports in our Community for the past ten years. He shared stories of watching young athletes progress from the Daily Pilot Cup to the Olympic Trials and foresees a very busy weekend with CIF State Finals in Track and Field, and Southern Section Championship Games in Baseball and Softball.
See you at the Track Meet next April, Matt! And thanks, Richard!!