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.