Anchor Watch June 12, 2014

June 17th, 2014

The Club’s going upscale—valet parking tonight; outside, another perfect evening.

Prez-for-a-day Andy Campbell opened the meeting on the dot of 6:15. Mike McDonough gave a thoughtful invocation; Terry Rousselot led the salute to the Flag; Bill Davies was out in front for the 4-Way Test; Richard Oberreiter conducted “Take me out to the ballgame.”

Guests included Roman Darmer, Joanne Holman, and Rebecca Armato all membership candidates. Also introduced and reconsidering membership was Robb Livingston, a Club member for many years—years ago. Robb is back in the area permanently and looking forward to renewing friendships

After dinner, Lauren Reeves recalled fond memories from the recent Rotary Int’l Convention in Sydney, Australia. Terrific would be an understatement. Even the Prime Minister of AUS, Tony Abbott, attended. Lauren hosted a party on our behalf.

Steve Speer reminded all of the Club’s 75th Anniversary bash at the Club in two weeks—on 6/26. The price is $39.75 each. Come one! Come all! For anyone with a drop of Rotarian blood or appreciation, it’s a “must do.” Steve then launched into the role of Jokemaster—got a 50% rating from the group.

Dan Hoffmann excelled as Finemaster going first after infrequent attendees. His victims: Nate Owens $80, Tariq Shamma $80, Kwamina Botsio $80, Burt Zillgitt $40, and Marc Aarons $40. Hunter Cook who almost never misses a meeting also threw in $40. Happy fines were paid by Ed Rennie, Terry Rousselot and Dick Dickson. Our speaker Bill Parrish even threw in $5 followed by a whopping $50 from guest Rebecca Armato.

Hunter Cook introduced our speaker for the evening, Bill Parrish, who has been in the insurance industry for most of his life. While Bill’s topic was the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), Bill gave an interesting overview of the industry in general. The government began requiring employers to offer HMOs in 1973. Since then, the industry has become steadily more complicated with the ACA being the icing on the cake—20,000 pages now with many thousands of pages of rules and regs to follow.

Insurance used to be the purview of each State. ACA obviously changed all of that. Bill was very reluctant to predict the structure of health insurance in years to come. Bill noted the $95 fee or 1% of income (whichever is more) that must be paid if those who choose not to have insurance. The IRS will levy such fees. To boil things down to understandable terms, Bill used a great flower analogy—very entertaining, informative and effective—and scary.

A spirited, non-political discussion followed—yea right! Was great fun.

Lauren concluded the meeting by passing out mementos of her AUS trip to club members using raffle tickets and Justin Peister’s impartiality.

Great meeting! Good speaker! Good subject! Great participation!

Ed Rennie
El Scribé

Anchor Watch May 22nd, 2014

May 28th, 2014

Tonights meeting was a great time enjoyed by all, filled with much laughter and sharing of stories capped off with a fabulous speaker.

The evening started out with anticipation of a great program. Roger McGonegal past district governor and past president of our club led this evenings meeting and welcomed everyone to the greatest Rotary Club in the World Newport Balboa.

Dick Dickson gave us a heart felt invocation about appreciation and reminder to remember all those who have served in our military and remember those who currently serve abroad.during the Memorial Holiday Weekend. Jerry Klemer led us in the pledge of allegiance, followed up by song master Bill Davies with America the Beautiful

Guests were introduced starting with Steve Speer who introduced his wife Heather followed by Art Walton back two weeks in a row who introduced visitor and past member Jack Connole “a blast from the past”,

Dan Hoffmann introduced two guests, returning visitor from last week visiting us from Pasadena Rotary Rebecca Armato. It is my understanding Rebecca is working on transferring over to Newport Balboa Rotary club. Dan’s second guest was a friend of Dan’s who is in town to celebrate his son’s graduation this coming Sunday from San Diego State. His name is Jean-Luc-Bussy whom Dan worked with years ago at Swiss RE. Jerry Klemer introduced his guest Cynthia Beutel who is a healthcare advocate.

Mike McDonough brought two guests this evening, his wife Nannette and their son Andrew. Hunter Cook introduced last weeks guest speaker Dr. Jim McGaugh who was visiting with us tonight in support of this evening guest speaker Jim’s good friend and colleague Dr. Claudia Kawas professor at UCI. Also joining us a bit late was Art Walton’s wife Andra.

We then broke for dinner and everyone enjoyed a nice meal and there was much laughter and comradery. After dinner we were entertained by VP and current acting president our own Jerry Morris who was our joke master. The first joke was his best and then it went down hill from there. He told about 3 jokes and he became the butt of his own jokes. It was fun.

John Kerr was this evenings Fine Master and was able to fine 3 members $40.00, Walter Smith who bought a new home with wife Barbara in Mesquite NV and is still thinking about building a new home, Diane Daruty was fined $40.00 and she was grateful for her son attending RYLA camp this year and John read a nice thank you note written by Diane’s son who mentioned what a great time he had and how many nice people he made and new friendships created.

The 3rd fine went to tonights greeter Lyman Porter. Lyman’s story was about past member and late member H. Woodrow “Woody” Linton and his second wife who recently passed. Her name is Mary Teegardin and she was 99 years, 11 months and 3 weeks old when she passed. One week away from her 100th birthday.

Happy fines were started off by visitor and past member Jack Connole, Bill Davies paid happy fine for his return from Caribbean, Panama Canal and he said in another week his wife will be shopping in Paris France. Hunter Cook paid happy fine returning from his recent vacation, Steve Speer paid happy fine because he is happy we are back to cool weather, Dan Hoffmann paid happy fine for his friend whom he used to work with was in town and he came to visit Dan while in town. Ed Rennie paid the last happy fine, he was happy that Mike McDonough played poker the night before with the prestigious Rotary Club poker club. Ed was happy because Mike McDonough who dealt last hand made 2, 3, and 4 wild and it made the poker game more interesting with 3 wild cards. Incidentally Ed won that hand!

Roger McGonegal then inducted our newest member Kent Martin who is sponsored by Dan Hoffmann. Kent is from the Verdugo Hills area and now current resident of Newport Beach. Kent is a successful realtor and will be a great asset and Rotarian of Newport Balboa. Roger then recognized membership chair Dan Hoffmann for all his efforts in increased membership and Dan’s commitment as membership chair. Roger awarded Dan with an Ignite Rotary Pin as recognition for all is efforts.

The program continued with Hunter Cook introducing our guest speaker Dr. Claudia Kawas professor at UCI. Dr. Kawas is a colleague of last weeks guest speaker and resident of Newport Beach Dr. Jim McGaugh. Dr Kawas was recently on 60 Minutes a couple weeks ago. 60 Minutes aired a special on seniors living over age 90. Dr. Kawas’s research stems back to 1981 and 14,000 residents who lived at Leisure World in 1981 and is now known as Laguna Woods Community. The research is specific to brain function and the causes of dementia as we age. Out f the 14,000 past residents they have been able to locate approximately 1,600 from around the US and they are all part of the current studies being done by Dr Kawas and her research team. It was a very interesting and informative talk that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Anchor Watch for May 8, 2014

May 13th, 2014

Prior to the meeting, all attendees toured the trailer our Club Foundation purchased for Disabled Sports USA which was in the parking lot. It was new and very impressive, all kinds of skis and equipment for the slopes.

Acting Prez Steve Speer announced that President Merring has resigned both his presidency and also his membership in the Club, effectively immediately. Jerry Morris will coordinate further Presidential activities. Various Past Presidents will assume duties at front of the room on a weekly basis.

Richard Oberreiter gave the invocation, Stephen Williams the pledge, and Gary Konecne the 4-Way Test. Guests included visitors Tim and Marie Takeshita from Costa Mesa, and Joanne Holman all considering Club membership. Gary Konecne introduced love-of-his-life Eileen Murphy. Guests from DSUSA were Glen Lunzman, Steve Reese, Fong Lee and Michelle Pastor.

After dinner, Jokemaster Jerry Klemmer laid three jokes on us averaging 7.5 (scale of 10). Finemaster Ed Rennie then had a field day–$40 fines from Danny Frankel, Mike McDonough, Lauren Reeves and John Kerr. Noting $160 already in the till, Ed added a $20 happy fine and asked for four more $5 happy fines to make the $200 mark. Wow! The following responded: Roger McGonegal $5, guest Joanne Holman $20, AJ Thielen $5, José Vergara $5, Gary Konecne $10 and Grace Austin $20. $245 total! Bigfoot (Yetti) said he would have given $100 but lost his wallet on Mount Everest.

Grace presented Rotary banners from clubs in Tokyo and Osaka obtained on her recent two-month sojourn through the Far East.

Jerry Morris reminded that the Club is still trying to meet its $200/member contribution to the RI Foundation. Dick Holmgren will be making phone calls next week. He also asked members to keep tabs on Hal Gray and Art Walton who are both having severe health problems.

Lauren then introduced Dave Widerman for a craft talk. Dave is a CPA and has had his own business for about 15 years. After high school, Dave took a job with Kaiser Aluminum at $28.50/hour (big money in those days) but working under ungodly conditions. After four months, he knew there had to be something better; he immediately enrolled at Penn State. Many of Dave’s clients are blue-collar types whom Dave empathizes with. He loves his practice.

Gary Konecne then took the floor to describe the efforts and activities of DSUSA. He noted how the trailer purchased by our NBRC Foundation has really made the group’s skiing activities at Mammouth Mountain much easier. Fong Lee then offered appreciative thanks and showed a video of DSUSA skiers going through their paces at Mammouth. As Fong told us, DSUSA gives him opportunities he would never have had and has made his life much better. He said his experiences were multiplied many times over for many others. As regards the money for the trailer, we all agreed it was money very, very well spent!

Ed Rennie
El Scribé

Rotary Meeting May 1st 2014

May 6th, 2014

Past President Jerry Morris back from Okazaki arrived early to have the room set-up for tonight’s meeting while Pres. Bob was out of town representing our club at the District Conference in Temecula.

Incoming President Lauren Reeves-Pittman was at the front desk checking in members, visitors and guests while Jose Vergara was greeting all in attendance with a big smile.

During social time this scribe had the opportunity to talk with Jerry Klemmer, Bill McClellan, Ed Rennie, Steve Speer, Andy Campbell, Bob Smith, David Hodges, Dick Holmgren and Linda Klevatt prior to Jerry Morris who calling the meeting to order by asking John Kerr to give the invocation, Jose Vergara the Flag salute, Richard Oberreiter 4-way test, Steve Williams in “God Bless America” accompanied by pianist Pat Reilly on the Piano; and introduction of guests by Pres. Elect Lauren which included James Surber with the Coast Guard, Guests of the Club Michael Weishafter, Kent Martin and JoAnn Holman plus Marie and Tim Takashita and Hanna Richardson (Miyuki and Jay’s daughter),

Following a delicious buffet dinner Ed Rennie brought smiles to everyone by giving us a number of one-liners prior to Roger McGonegal giving recognition to Dick Holmgren for his recent trip to New Mexico where he and Eve rode in a baloon during the baloon festival; Jerry Klemmer who gave up his time so Jerry Morris could tell us about our Sister City Club visit to Okazaki and Bill McClelland who has not been in attendance during the past couple of months traveling and enjoying family. Happy fines came from Linda Klevatt, Diane Daruty, Steve Williams, Jose Vergara and Roger McGonegal.

Jerry Morris reminded all to participate in our clubs goal to the Rotary Foundation or expect a call from Dick Holmgren; and to send in quartely dues which were due this past month. Jerry then thanked John Kerr and Richard Oberreiter for assisting in the selection of seven students (3 boys and 4 girls) to represent Newport Beach and our club during the student exchange with Okazaki, Japan.

Pres. Elect Lauren reminded us that we will have a fund raiser in October and celebrate our clubs 75th.,Diamond Jubilee anniversary on June 27th.

Richard Oberreiter introduced our guest speaker Capt. James Jenkins, USCG Sector Commander who gave us a video presentation and brought us up to date on the Coast Guard in Today’s World. With over 41,000 active duty; 8000 Reserves and 30,000 Auxiliary members the main goal is to provide Marine Safety, Maritime Security and Maritime Stewardship for Southern California. With 40% of all cargo entering the U.S. through Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors this is no small task. James was first stationed in Newport during the years 1991-93 on the Point Divide located at the Coast Guard Station just down the street.

Thanks to all who helped make this evening so enjoyable,

 

 

Your Scribe for the evening,

Dick Dickson

 

Special thanks to Jose for the photos.

Anchor Watch for April 17, 2014

April 18th, 2014

We had special vocational visit to the Orange County Rescue Mission. Our hosts were Jim Palmer, President and Ryan Burris, Chief Relationship Officer.

The meeting and dinner was held in the Grand Theater Foyer, which is adjacent to the theater/chapel.
After calling the meeting to order Rodger provided a meaningful invocation. Guests where introduced including: prospective member Joanne Holman, Conner Pittman, Lauren Oberreiter and Simone Oberreiter. Also, joining us from warm Arizona were Walter and Barbara Smith.

Jim Palmer them led off the evening’s discussion about the Rescue Mission. Jim is actually a Newport Beach native having grown up in East bluff and attended CDM High School. Right after high school, Jim started working for the Irvine Company and at age 19 was the executive director of its low-income housing operations. This ultimately led to working for the OC Rescue Mission 14 years ago.

The OC Rescue Mission is a faith-based homeless services charity that operates seven campuses, health and dental clinics, day-care centers, job training and after-school tutoring for its clients. All of this is done at no cost to the clients. What is remarkable is that they mission has no debt and operates without any local, state or federal funding. All of its operations are fully funded by donations.

To learn more about the mission visit http://www.rescuemission.org

Our speaker next week is Olympian Steve Scott who will speak and present the track meet awards.

Anchor Watch: Rotary Meeting April 11, 2014

April 14th, 2014

Tonight’s meeting was most enjoyable as we enjoyed a beautiful sunset during social hour while meeting new guests, wonderful piano music played by our pianist Pat Reilly, a delicious buffet dinner and great craft talk by Gigi Tsontos.

Everyone in attendance was greeted with a smile by AJ at the front desk who was busy collecting for dinner and obtaining new e-mail addreses.

During social hour this scribe enjoyed conversation with Gigi’s husband Max, Dan Hoffmann, Dick Holmgren, Gary Konecne, Pres. Bob, Ed Rennie, Terry Rousselot, Gary Myers, Steve Speer and Andy Campbell.

Pres. Bob started the meeting asking Roger McGonegal to give the Invocation, Steve Speer the Pledge to our flag, Miyuki Smith-Richardson the 4-way test and Terry Rousselot leading us in singing God Bless America. Introduction of guests included visiting Rotarians Fatima and Wilson Paschoalin along with daughter Ingrid; Tony Abbate from Fort Lauderdale Florida; and prospective Rotarian Hanna Jane (3 months old) daughter of Jay and Miyuki.

Following dinner Pres. Bob called on Andy Campbell to humor us with a story about Obama- care; Tom Walley raising funds for our treasury by asking Bill Davies about his travels; Andy Campbell learning daughter Annie is coming home; and himself for his travels. Happy fines came from Gary Konecne, Gigi Tsontos, Andy Campbell, Roger McGonegal, AJ, John Keer, Fatima Paschoalin and Tony Abbate.

Pres. Bob encouraged all to attend the Dist. Conference in May and volunteer to assist Steve Speer in hosting Hospitality Night.

As usual our best programs come from our own members and Gigi was no exception as she told of her life story growing up in Kansas, learning to be a mini entrepreneur by charging family and friends to view her baby brother, attending the University of Kansas, joining the Peace Corps and living in Koutiala Mali, West Africa; returning to graduate with a Masters degree from Columbia University, moving to California, marrying Max and becoming Executive Director of WTLC. We are proud to have Gigi in our club.

Prayers and wishes go to Wendell Sawyer who is in Hoag Hospital with a staff infection.

Special thanks to Terry Rousselot for taking pictures.

Your scribe for the evening Dick Dickson

 

Anchor Watch: February 27, 2014

March 10th, 2014

Upon entering the BCYC for tonight’s meeting this scribe was greeted by Justin Peister with a big smile and hand shake while working the front desk.

During social time I had the opportunity to talk with visiting Rotarian Gary Gunther from Boise, Idaho and guest of the club Kent Martin; plus Dan Hoffmann and Roger McGonegal who were both busy preparing for induction of a new member and Jerry Morris who had the room all set up for our meeting.

I found a seat  at a bay front table along with Gary Konecne, Ed Rennie, Jerry Klemmer, John Kerr, Justin Peister and Gary Myers with AJ joining us later.

Pres. Bob called the meeting to order and asked Hunter Cook to give the invocation, Richard Oberreiter to lead us in the flag salute, Jerry Morris for the 4 way test and Bill Davies in singing “Take me out to the Ballgame”.

Following a delicious buffet dinner Pres. Bob asked Roger McGonegal and Pres. Elect Lauren Reeves to perform the induction of our newest member Gigi Tsontos, Executive Director of the Women’s Transitional Living Center.

John Kerr gave us a little humor with a few good stories while Roger McGonegal donated to the club foundation for his involvement in the International Assembly for incoming Governors and the PETS conference for incoming club Presidents. Richard Oberreiter also donated for discovering his ability to free style skiing is not the same as it was when he was in his 20′s…

Pres. Elect Lauren Pittman reminded all to attend the District Assembly this Saturday, 8:00AM March 1 at Chapman University “A free event for all Rotarian’s “featuring Guest Speaker Michael Gibbons “Attitude over Altitude”. Club Sect. Mike McDonough distributed ballot’s for the Notice of Election to the incoming Board of Directors and Foundation Board.

On Sunday March 2 we will meet at Fire Station Seven located at 20401 S.W. Acacia Street at the Northwest corner of Mesa Drive and SW Acacia Street; at 1:00PM for Titivating or cleaning the little plastic pots of some 2500 trees for presentation to 3rd grade students in celebration of Arbor Day.

We also need volunteers for the Spirit Run, March 23 and Track Meet, April 4. Contact John Kerr for further info…

As in the past our greatest programs come from very our own members and tonight was no exception as new member Jose Vergara gave his craft talk which included a fasinating life story from his humble beginnings in Columbia to his present day life here in Orange County.

Your scribe for the evening,

Dick Dickson

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Anchor Watch Feb. 20, 2014

February 26th, 2014

ANCHOR WATCH – 2/20/14

In Prez Bob’s absence (back healing slowly), Dick Dickson, ’89-’90 Club Prez, “graciously” agreed to pinch-hit at the podium. He went right to work: John Kerr the invocation, himself the Pledge to the Flag, Jerry Klemmer the 4-Way and the song was Grand Old Flag.

Guests: Walter Smith’s wife Barbara, Steven and Laurie Wick (Rotarians from Canada), Gigi Tsantos (future member) and Kent Martin (second visit to our Club).

Late arrival Tom Walley hit us with some intellectual jokes, e.g: Women like silent men. They think they’re listening.

Finemaster Dan Hoffmann had a banner evening. Fined:
• Grace Austin – $80 fine and rounded it up to $100
• Dave Weiderman – $40 fine, happy to be going to Okazaki
• Jim DeBoom – $80 fine – haven’t seen Jim—Thursday’s are a bad day for him
• Ron Gill – $80 fine and rounded it up to $100
• Happy fines:
o Andy Campbell – bad golf game but still won money
o Steve and Laurie Wick – Canadian women’s hockey team beat the U.S.

Special Presentation: Andy Campbell presented Walter Smith with his Paul Harris +6 pin. Great guy, great organization, great thing to do.

Dick then introduced Warren Johnson of the Salvation Army. Warren’s grandfather and parents belonged to the Army so it was in his blood; he joined in 1985. He is also a member of the Santa Ana North Rotary Club—worked 16 years at District. He rode on the SA float in the Rose Parade for 35 years. Warren is also a chaplain for the OC fire and police departments—on duty 24/7.

Warren spoke about the many excellent programs that do more good than one can imagine:
• Anaheim Rehabilitation Center helping to overcome lifestyles of drugs and alchohol
• Senior Leagues provide services to needy seniors in Anaheim, Santa Ana and Tustin Ranch
• The Hospitality House provides shelter and transitional living to the homeless.

Warren recalled his travels to New Orleans immediately after Katrina providing counseling, shelter and replacement habitats for those affected. The SA ministered to 9,000 temporarily housed in an airport hangar. Particularly gratifying was arranging for a wedding for a couple who lost everything, and getting a deceased foster mother of 84 her just recognition and respect.

All of us recognize the myriad benefits bestowed on humanity, in general, that the Salvation Army provides. And Warren is just one of the thousands in the Army that make it all happen, all without fanfare, notoriety. Thank you Warren for your visit and presentation.

By the way, as the meeting ended, Mary’s little lamb stormed into the meeting, knocked over the desert table and ate the table cloth—you had to be there to believe it!!!

Ed Rennie
El Scribé

February 6, 2014 Meeting

February 10th, 2014

Welcome back Pres. Bob….Following back surgery and 4 weeks of recuperation Pres. Bob was happy to ring the bell to start our meeting.
This scribe was met at the front desk by Dave Widerman who was busy checking everyone in and collecting $$$ for dinner. Steve Speer was also assisting and taking reservations for our Valentine dinner/party.

During social hour this scribe had the opportunity to talk with Grace Austin, Yukari Johnston, Robert Haunschild our speaker along with Barbara Smith and Diane Haunschild (wife of our speaker).

Pres. Bob called upon John Kerr for the invocation, Jerry Klemer for a pledge to our country’s flag and Bob Wood in singing America the Beautiful.

Guests included Nancy Kerr, Barbara Smith, Eve Holmgren, Shelli Obberreiter; visiting Rotarian Gary Gunther from Boise, Idaho and Guest of the Club Gigi Tsontos.

Fortunately I sat at the speakers table with Justin Peister, Andy Campbell, Ed Rennie, Bob Wood and Jose Vergara where we were first in line for a delicious BCYC Prime Rib dinner.

Following dinner Bob Wood called for volunteers to assist one on one with students at Wilson Elementary School in Costa Mesa. Contact Bob @ 949 548-2878 for details.

Jery Klemer, Chairman of Arbor Day asked for sign-ups to assist with our 45th year of Titavating and delivery of some 120,000+ trees to students in the Newport Mesa School District. On Sunday March 2nd., we will meet at 1:00PM for Titivating and starting Monday March 3 through March 7 we will deliver trees to all 3rd., grade students in both Public and Private schools.

Our jokemaster Steve Speer reminded everyone our Valentine Dinner/Party is next Thursday and then proceded to tell a few Jay Leno jokes as this will be has last night for the Jay Leno show.

Finemaster Andy Campbell taged Walter Smith for the opportunity to be in the Rose Parade with wife Barbara on the E-Harmony float and Steve Speer for upcoming 3rd Grandchild. Happy Fines were received from John Kerr, AJ and Jose Vergara.

Our speaker for the evening was Rotarian Bob Haunschild of the Cardio Group (http://www.thecardiogroup.com/) who has spoken to over 120 Rotary Clubs during the past 18 months on the subject of Heart Disease Prevention.

Hope to see everyone next week at our Valentine Dinner/Party….

Your scribe for the evening, Dick Dickson

Anchor Watch – December 12, 2013

December 13th, 2013

With two craft talks scheduled, Prez Bob got the meeting off precisely at 6:15 asking John Kerr for the invocation which asked special attentiveness to politicians and Prez Bob’s back surgery tomorrow.  Bill Davies led the Pledge and Bob Wood the 4-Way Test.  With more than a bit of urging, Prez Bob led the Club through a rather ragged rendition of “Deck the Halls.”

Guests were Ray Sanford – District Governor Designate 2016-17, Mark Pitman, Barbara Smith, members in waiting Gigi Tsontes and Jose Vergara.

Prez Bob called BCYC waiter José and cook George Repicault to the podium and presented them with Xmas gifts in recognition of all that they do for us.

Jerry Morris announced that the Club is putting together a delegation to go to Okazaki in April 2014.  The expected tab is $3,000.  All are welcome, no encouraged.

Steve Speer said that 66 have already signed up for the Xmas party on 12/19; he expects the final tally to be near 80, really great.

Roger McGonegal noted that contributions to The Rotary Foundation are still very welcome.  The Club’s goal is $250/member.

Walter Smith announced that he and wife Barbara will be on the E-Harmony Float in the upcoming Rose Parade; Walter and Barb met on E-Harmony.

Former member Hal Gray, a great one really, continues to battle cancer.  A prayer or two wouldn’t hurt.  Hal’s spirits are high as always.

Jokemaster Ed told three lawyer jokes.  Surprisingly, Prez Merring followed up with one of his own.

Finemaster Jerry Klemmer extorted $40 from Bob Wood who still loves his wife.  Tom Walley paid a sad $20; alma mater USC lost to UCLA.  Walter Smith paid a happy fine for the expected clean bill of health from yesterday’s PET scan.  Roger McGonegal paid a $66 fine matching his age at last week’s birthday.  Finally, Harvey Wallbanger paid a happy fine for the continuing sobriety of his grandmother.

Newer member Mike McDonough began the first craft talk with another lawyer joke.  Mike noted his famous grandfather who was the politician responsible for the law which inserted “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mike is a CA native beginning life in Riverside.  Mike started out making pizza pies and quickly gravitated upward to management.  Mike moved on to retail management for Thrifty Drugs.  He began working in a restaurant—he loves cooking and thought Chef-ing would be a great career.  A friend asked Mike if he would like to try insurance which started Mike on his lifetime career path, unbeknown to him at the time.  Realizing that a college degree was almost a prerequisite, Mike quickly got one.  He still couldn’t shake the restaurant bug; he bought a restaurant of his own.  However. the insurance business was not to be denied.

Mike has now been a Commercial Insurance Broker in San Clemente for about 20 years specializing in workers compensation.  Mike tries to minimize claims through training, education and negotiating solutions with all of the parties involved.

Mike has never let the grass grow under his feet.  He likes taking risk.  Looking back on it all, Mike exemplifies the “it’s a wonderful life” theory.  Thanks for joining the Club Mike; you’re sure to make it a better place.

Long-time member Terry Rousselot complemented Mike’s craft talk with one of his own.  He grew up on an orange ranch in Whittier, CA.  He got a degree in Business-Marketing from UCLA and quickly joined the Navy.  He served two tours both in the Yellow Sea (between Korea and China).

After being a “landman” in Casper WY for a short time, Terry joined the Exxon-Mobil team in Southern CA buying/trading corner properties destined to be gas stations.  Five years later, Coldwell Banker called.  Kaufmann & Broad followed.  Finally, Terry became an independent real estate broker.  Not sure if Terry is retired, but does an independent real estate broker ever really retire?

Terry joined Rotary in 1968 and was Club President 20 years later.  He cherishes his years as a Rotarian.  He has made the Club a better place.

Ed Rennie

El Scribé

 

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