Anchor Watch May 19th, 2016

May 20th, 2016



May 19, 2016

You had to know that it was May, with that May Gray all dayJ But that didn’t dampen the spirits of Rotarians coming together for fellowship and service, Newport-Balboa style.

Steve Williams provided our Invocation, Bob Kelly led us in the Pledge to our Flag, Gary Myers led the Four Way Test, and Jerry Morris led us in “God Bless America”.

Visiting Rotarian Tony Sayegh joined us for dinner, anticipating that his transfer from RC Glendora will be complete soon.  Dick Dickson hosted Diane Oaks,  Director of Marketing for Irvine Valley College and Mike Saidi brought Marc Bruner, an environmental engineer, as his guest.  Thanks for sharing Rotary!

PE Mike got the fine machine rolling with contributions from Steve Williams who is still celebrating the end of tax season, and Miyuki celebrating her completion of five years’ service to our Club as Program Chair. In fact Mike then asked everyone to kick in $5 as an expression of gratitude for all those great programs, and we did!! Roger kicked in, acknowledging the great turnout, and FUN, by all at last week’s Hospitality Night at District Conference. And Bob Kelly reported on a very successful Spring Faire at ENC, of which our Club was a proud supporter, and noted the scheduled appearance of Chris Epting, a favorite speaker of ours, at ENC on June 29, discussing his latest book on Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir’s cooperation in the establishment of Yellowstone National Park.

President Steve reported from the Board Meeting that the Trip to Okazaki, Japan has been cancelled, but that the Taste of Japan is alive and well, scheduled for October 29 at OASIS. Also, with large organizations being placed ahead of our group of Rotary Clubs, we will, most likely, not have our Habitat for Humanity build this Rotary Year  (but that’s only 44 days). It was also noted that Wajih will be attending not only the International Convention in Seoul, beginning next weekend, but also will spend a day at the World Water Summit, as our representative. Thanks Wajih!!

President Steve has asked for Nominations for this year’s Daily Pilot Community Service Hall of Fame, which henceforth will be named in honor of its founder, Jim de Boom. Please email to the PREZ by next Thursday, May 26, the name of a RCNB Rotarian that you feel deserves to be recognized for his/her outstanding contributions to our community as well as to our Club. The Award Luncheon will be at The American Legion Post at Noon on June 10.

Other things for your calendar: We will be DARK NEXT WEEK AT BCYC, 5/26 for the Port of LA Tour and Vocational Visit to Container Terminals and Dinner. Space is still available, leave from OASIS at 1pm.

Watch for upcoming “Firesides” to help President Elect Mike and his Board set priorities, budgets, and programs for the coming year.

The second weekend of June is shaping up to be a busy one, with the Daily Pilot Luncheon on Friday 6/10, the ENC Summer Soiree the evening of Saturday, 6/11,  Bob and Lynda Wood have invited all to an 88 (Bob’s age) 77 (Lynda’s upcoming Birthday), 11 (their Wedding Anniversary) Party at their home on the afternoons of either 6/11 or 6/12, and there will be a Celebration of Life for PDG Mike Abdalla on Sunday 6/12 (check with Roger for details).

Frank Pine, Executive Editor of Southern California News Group, which recently acquired the OC Register and which operates 10 other daily newspapers, as well as weeklies and websites, was our Speaker. He provided a very interesting picture of how the information business has changed, the resulting impact on daily newspapers, and how they are changing in and for the digital age, and future.

Anchor Watch May 12, 2016

May 13th, 2016



May 12, 2016

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As soon as you approached the Meeting Room, you knew that it was time for our Track Meet Awards Dinner!  All of the energy and excitement that the student/athletes brought to the field was evident throughout the halls of BCYC!!

Dick Dickson provided our Invocation, Medal Winner Owen Lucas led us in the Pledge to our Flag, Kent Martin led the Four Way Test, and Dick Dickson did double duty and led us in “God Bless America”.

In light of the atmosphere, it was decided not to announce the passing of Dr. Mike Abdalla of RC Orange, who had served not only as our District Governor (1995-96), but also as a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation (2004-08), but please keep his widow Jean and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

As noted, the room was packed, some families had been there before and some were new-comers, but we did our best to welcome and congratulate them all. The entire McDonough clan was in attendance and it was learned that former NB Rotarian Burr Allegaert had hoped to come down from Camarillo to see his grandson Gavin receive his two medals, but alas complications prevented it, so his son Steve and family conveyed Burr’s best wishes to all. Molly Patience and Cody Muson from Newport Parks and Recreation were there to assist in the presentations.

In all, 16 student/athletes were in attendance, representing Harbor View, Newport El, Lincoln, OLQA,  and Mariners, among others, and the presentations of the medals, as part of our exchange with our Sister Club, RC Okazaki South (D-2760, Japan) went smoothly, with plenty of photo opportunities for all.

Coach Bill Sumner, noting 33 years at CdM, saluted the winners and inspired all with his comments, then introduced Lilly Schmidt, one of his latest crop of outstanding runners whose candor about the challenges overcome and the sweet glow of victory capped the presentations.

For the calendar:

Hospitality Night will be tonight, at The Fairmont on MacArthur, so we’ll see you at your volunteered time, or earlier as the bar opens at 4:30!

Our Joint District Conference with our friends from San Diego (D-5340) continues through the weekend.

Next week, our speaker will be the new editor of the OC Register, Frank Pine.

The Port of LA Tour and Vocational Visit to Container Terminals and Dinner will be May 26  (we will be dark at BCYC).

On June 2, sports writer Matt Szabo will be our speaker.

Demotion will be June 30 and PP Lauren will appreciate your help in planning and executing this great Year End Tradition.

Remember your Coin Banks next week, and we’ll see you tonight!!

Anchor Watch May 5th, 2016

May 6th, 2016



May 5, 2016

And so it came to be Cinquo de Mayo at BCYC, where it was not Prime Rib Night (shifted because of BCYC schedule), and the gang assembled for more Rotary, Newport-Balboa style, with Pat on the keyboard and friends and family in attendance.

And what a crew it was! Visiting Rotarians included PDG Charlie Barr (RC Upland), Cora Jackson (RC Santa Cruz ,Bolivia), and Tony Sayegh (RC Glendora). Laurie and John Bishop came to assist Bob Kelly in his assigned task, and it’s always good to see Jay Prenta when he’s in town, and Mike Saidi hosted Dr. Kory Toumineh for his first visit with us. Returning travelers included Grace Austin, Yukari Johnston, Tom Walley, and Wajih Malki, along with PP Lauren, and Justin, both of whom have been real busy balancing work and family lately. Great to see you all!

Andy C provided our Invocation, Justin led us in the Pledge to our Flag, Tom Walley led the Four Way Test, and Dick Dickson led “God Bless America”.

Prez Steve shared a few pretty good political jokes and then turned the fines over to PE Mike who had tapped Wajih (his Second CHOC Follies, a family vacation cruise and work in SE Asia!), Yukari ( Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, on the way to Japan!!) and Lauren ( District Conference Gala and , as she found out, Demotion!!!)J  Tom W was happy to be back, midway between Miami and Palau, and reported a good conversation with Art Walton, Roger mentioned the District Conference, and Tony Sayegh, sadly noted the destruction of his home city, Aleppo, but he’s glad to be here and to be alive!!

Grace Austin presented President Steve with four Exchange Banners from Rotary Clubs in Tokyo, where she had “made up” meetings during her travels. Thanks Grace!

Noting that support of Club and District activities is a part of membership, our calendar includes: Track Meet Awards, next Thursday May 12 to present awards to our Track Meet Winners!  And what a great opportunity to invite a friend to see our Club’s work! (Thanks, Marc, for sharing that suggestion)

Hospitality Night next Friday, May 13, at The Fairmont on MacArthur. Volunteers are still needed. Set-up will begin at 4pm, and three shifts of pasta preparation/serving and wine pouring will highlight our traditional “Italian Night” theme. AND The Joint District Conference continues through the weekend.

Our Port of LA Tour and Vocational Visit to Container Terminals and Dinner will be May 26 so you need to sign up soon (we will be dark at BCYC), and, yes, Demotion will be June 30 and PP Lauren will appreciate your help in planning and executing this great Year End Tradition.

We always welcome the opportunity to learn more about our new members in their Craft Talks, and Bob Kelly has quite a story to tell. Weaving links to Jackie Robinson, Knute Rockne, Harrison Ford, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bob told us about his family, his Forty-One year career as a Teacher at Newport Heights Elementary, and his life of service, particularly to youth.  Even after retiring, he voluntarily conducts sessions for students five days a week, helping prepare them for life. This is in addition to his service to the Environmental Nature Center and to the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation. His list of Awards and Recognitions run two pages (single spaced), but include “Exemplary Science Educator” (UCI), and Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2001 (NMUSD). We are grateful to Dick Dickson for bringing Bob Kelly into our Club, and we thank Bob for all that he has done, and continues to do, in our community.




Anchor Watch April 7th, 2016

April 9th, 2016



April 7, 2016

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And so, as a drizzly, gray day turned into evening, it was Newport-Balboa Rotary Time, with Pat on the keyboard to lighten the mood!

Andrew B provided our Invocation, Dan Hoffmann led us in the Pledge, and Richard O led The Four Way Test, but the Prez declared “no song” and so it was.

We had quite a bunch of visiting Rotarians including PDG Charlie Barr (D 5300, 2007-08) and his buddy PDG Gene Hernandez (D 5300, 2008-09, yes, Gene is Roger’s classmateJ), James Morgan (RC Pomona), Cora Jackson (RC Santa Cruz, Bolivia), and Tony Sayegh (RC Glendora). Eve Holmgren and Kay Jaitly classed up the room, as they always do, and it’s always great to have our traveler, Wendell Sawyer, join us!

Jerry Morris invited all Red Badgers to stick around after the meeting to accelerate their Blue Badges, and will do so again next week. Dan Hoffmann reminded all that the Coin Banks fund many of our local programs, and thanked those who have continued with them, asking all to do so.

A new addition to the Calendar will be the return of the LA Harbor Cruise and Dinner on Thursday May 26 – and we will be DARK at BCYC that evening. Ron Gill will be working the details with the Prez, so watch this space for further details, but plan on a 1pm departure from OASIS.

President Steve shared a couple of pretty good jokes and then it was time for Finemaster(PE) Mike to start the collection! Andy C paid to pitched “Rotary Direct”: (we need five more sign-ups this month), Roger thanked Lauren and Mark for expanding the Vintage 5320 Wine Tasting to our Club Members ( a lovely evening at Chez Pittman) and Wendell and Jerry also pitched in.

So what does the Calendar look like?

The Frank Anderson Youth Track Meet of Champions, in conjunction with Newport Beach Recreation Department, will be at CdM High School Track, next  Friday  April 15  starting at 4pm .

RYLA is the following weekend, April 22-24, and our returned campers will be our guests on April 28!

Online Registration is open (DaCdb) for Joint District Conference, May 13-15 at Fairmont on MacArthur, we’ve reserved our location for Friday Hospitality Night, BUT WE NEED WORKERS so register now to cook pasta, pour wine, learn  a bit, and spend time with great Rotarians!.

As noted above, the LA Harbor Cruise will be May 26  and then the Daily Pilot Community Service Award Luncheon will be held on Friday, June 10 at the American Legion Post and it will be dedicated to Jim deBoom, and we will have a table (or two). And finally, on Thursday, June 30 we bid farewell to Prez Steve and welcome Prez Mike at our Demotion DinnerJ. And the Angels Game will be August 22.

It’s been said before, but Craft Talks by our new members are some of the most enjoyable programs of our Club. Suneel did a masterful job in telling the story of his family, his life, his career, and what brought him to Rotary against a backdrop of pictures ranging from his family in India, his years in England and in New York,  through the lucky day he was seated next to Kay on a delayed flight! Thank you, Suneel, it is our privilege to count you among us!

Remember that DUES are Due!

Next week two Elementary School  teachers who received Grants from us (through Newport Mesa Schools Foundation) will be our guest speakers!

Anchor Watch – Sep. 19, 2015

September 21st, 2015

It was time to get back to BCYC, with a clear sky over the harbor, and Pat on the keyboard.

The Board Meeting finished on time, so there was no rush to get things going, and it turned out to be “just us”, no visitors.

Bob Kelly provided a very nice invocation, Bill Davies led The Pledge, Jerry the Four Way Test, and Steven Williams led us in “Take Me Out….”.

The Prez reported on the Board Meeting, with a focus on upcoming events, of which there are quite a few, for example:

Back Bay Cleanup-BBQ  this Saturday morning (9/19)at Shellmaker Island, beginning at 10 am we’ll cook and serve burgers for 150+volunteers.

Annual Okazaki Exchange BBQ on Friday, October 2 at the Park on Private Road, with our Students, their Host Families, Sister City folks, and City Officials, with NBFD on the Grill.

DG Kevin’s Official Visit on Thursday, October 8, starting with the Board Meeting at 3:30pm, followed by a regular Club Meeting.

We have received a shipment of our new Club Exchange Banners, which received nice comments, so when you travel, be sure to bring some with you.

Many nice things were said about last week’s Family Picnic, be sure to mark your calendars for our Christmas Boat Parade Party on Thursday, December 17.

For all who have served our Club as President, our Annual Past Presidents’ Cruise will be finalized soon.

Mike Saidi and Bob Kelly have expressed interest in getting things rolling for our RYLA interviews. Isn’t it great for our new members to jump right into this program! Thanks fellas.

PP Lauren has developed a list of “Rotary Rudders” ( buddy/mentor pairing ) assignments that will be distributed shortly, so that we can be sure that we do not lose track.

Jerry K shared a joke and Mike McD got the fines rolling, having caught Ed Rennie and Gary Myers from the Poker Group, and Aj, Roger, Dick, Bob K., Marc, Ed and Hunter shared their reasons for being happy (some of which were related to College Football)

Mike McD introduced Jay Johnstone as our speaker, and he was perfect for the crowd, as he shared insider stories, from on the field and off, from his twenty years as a professional baseball player with a reputation for jokes and pranks. In addition he was a color commentator for the Yankees and the Phillies and also appeared in the ‘Naked Gun” movie series. There were names all over the place, Sinatra, DiMaggio, Mantle, Lasorda, Steinbrenner, too many to write down!!

We’ve seen Jay before, particularly since he’s a Rotarian (RC LaHabra) and a Paul Harris Fellow, and we hope to have him come back to share more of his stories.

See you next Thursday, if we don’t see you before then!


August 17th, 2015

The Board Meeting ran into overtime, so when the Prez finally got to the Meeting Room, we had quite a crowd assembled! But with Pat on the keyboard and Mike taking care of the Bar Runs we were able to settle down and get on with the Meeting. (OBTW, thanks Andrew for taking care of the Desk!)

Richard O. provided a brief Invocation, Ed Rennie led the Pledge, Andy C. the Four Way Test,  and Bob Wood led us in song.

We were happy to see Corinne Rennie, along with candidates Bob Kelly and Paul Jensen. Rotary Youth Exchange Student Harrison Turton (Brisbane, AU) was visiting us from his hosts in Minneapolis while catching some beach time with his grandmother Brenda Alcott ( in from Down Under), and uncle Heath Clarke and his family all of whom are locals.  Yukari was joined by her son Noah (Tokyo), daughter Sara, and friend Keiko, all in provide support for her Craft Talk.

Harrison presented the Prez with an Australian Flag to mark his visit with us, and Andy had a golf joke. John Kerr stepped up to collect some fines and got PDG Roger, the” Fabulous” Jerry Morris ( with a now legal ‘Vette), and ( a very air conditioned) Dick Dickson to pay their “voluntary contributions” for half year, and then whipped the crowd into a frenzy selling Raffle Tickets for the District Foundation Gala drawing (Thank you Gary Myers, Bob Kelly, Lauren among others) and collecting a special Happy Fine from Bob Wood, plus it was reported that Kent Martin has recently become engaged☺   Best Wishes!

I must have missed the sign-up sheet for cooks at the Chili Cookoff next Saturday before the Angels Game or let Marc A. know if you can help out.  Tickets for the game will be distributed at next week’s meeting.  

Also Coastal Clean up Day/Clean the Back Bay will be Saturday, September 19 and we have been asked to once again support that effort by providing lunches for the volunteers, so mark your calendar for that AND for the Okazaki BBQ happening that first weekend in October.

Noting the start of the new Rotary Year, we scored only 44% in attendance last month, let’s do better!!  Remember, if you miss a meeting, make-ups are fun.

PP Lauren presented the winners of POUNDATION 2015 with their checks! Mike Saidi came in first, Marc at second, and a tie for third between  Lauren and Miyuki – thanks for having fun while getting healthier and helping our Foundation!!

Sharing the good works of other Rotary Clubs, RC Monarch Beach Sunrise will sponsor a Night at The Improv  (Irvine Spectrum) on Monday, September 28 to raise funds to assist  Marine Families “Laughs for Leathernecks”. That Club has a long history of supporting  the Fifth Marine Regiment (as we do with the First of the First) so go to  for details, including an opportunity to sponsor a Marine, if you cannot attend!

Continuing with the theme of being a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club PDG Roger presented Marc Aarons with his PHF+2 pin.  Thanks Marc, for your continuing support of our Foundation!

Many times it has been said that Craft Talks are some of our best programs and last evening certainly proved that to be true. Yukari Johnston shared her life story with us, and with all the challenges that she faced, and overcame, we are proud to count her as a member.

Born in Japan, near Okazaki, she completed college and then went to Hawaii under a homestay program, to learn English and experience a different part of the world. She married, returned to Japan for the birth of her two children, then moved to CA but subsequently divorced.  As a single mother with two small children, she entered the workforce, first as an employee, and then circumstances forced her to start her own business. Recalling the positive impact of her homestay experience, she established a similar program for Japanese students in Irvine. Twenty years later it is AOL College of Languages, an accredited institution with over 120 students from many countries, learning language and building understanding, a key focus of Rotary.  And along the way, she authored three books!

Yukari apologized for her missed meetings, but we are glad that her school received the accreditation that consumed so much of her time, and we look forward to seeing her regularly at our meetings.

Thank you Yukari, and our thanks to Grace who introduced her to our Club!

 Mark your calendars, because next week we’ll host Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

Keep hydrated/ cool this weekend, and we’ll see you next week.

Anchor Watch – July 23, 2015

July 24th, 2015

Another beautiful evening on the Harbor, and with summer weather upon us, many learned that the Prez had declared a casual dress code for the meeting!

Unfortunately, most did not receive the email on time, so only a bold few showed up in shorts!!

It was great to have Grace Austin, and Yukari Johnston back among us, along with  “Back from Texas”  Miyuki!  Our guests included  Paul Jensen and Dinh Ta, a web designer who works locally, on his first visit with us.

Bob Wood offered the Invocation, Dick Dickson led the Pledge, Andrew Balzerit led the 4Way Test (without the banner!) and John Kerr led us in “In the Good Old Summertime”.

The Prez reported that the Club Service surveys, that had been received had been compiled (thanks Jo) and those who had not yet done so could still provide their input and suggestions to the Board by completing one ASAP. He also mentioned that he needed a break from the Prez Gig, so he was taking a sabbatical next week, and we will be led/inspired/motivated by everyone’s favorite IPP Lauren!!

PDG Roger reminded all that field seats are still available for the Angels Game on August 22 (details on our Chili Cookoff entry should be available next week). He also shared the great news that as of July 24, Nigeria will have gone one full year without a new case of polio!!  And in two weeks, the entire continent of Africa (20% of the world’s landmass) will reach that threshold!!! He went on to caution that this must be maintained for two more years for Polio to be declared eliminated from that continent, so we need to continue to support the effort.  At the President’s suggestion, members wishing to make a contribution to End Polio (which will be doubled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, e.g. your $100 donation will provide for 375 doses of the vaccine)  please BRING CHECKBOOKS NEXT WEEK!

“Rotary Direct” information was distributed and this is a program that will help our Club receive the Rotary Presidential Citation, so more information will be forthcoming, but you can learn more and enroll online at .

Steven Williams shared a couple of basketball jokes and then Dan H. got into the fines, first from himself and then Kent and then Yukari after which point the happy fines came from Gary, and Jo, Roger, Paul, and AJ, all with good news!! Dan did share news about two of our long-time members: Jose Joab has transferred his membership to a Rotary Club in Luxembourg; Hanspeter Denzler suffered a second stroke recently and is not recovering well – we will be circulating a card for him at our next meeting.

Our Calendar for the coming year has been uploaded and can always be checked at  It includes The Angels Game on 8/22, and the Rotary Business Luncheon on 10/16, Foundation Dinner on 11/14, and even our Boat Parade Party on 12/17 !  BUT the Rotary World Peace Conference scheduled for January 15 &16, 2016 in Ontario, CA isn’t listed! You can find out more at


Aj introduced our Guest Speaker, Arnold Kunst, who recounted his own experiences in researching and writing “Lincoln 365” and shared several of the quotes, highlighting the remarkable insight and wit of our sixteenth President. Copies of his publications were available and Dick Holmgren won a Zip Drive of four of his publications as an early Birthday Present!

Thank you for sharing your fascination with Lincoln, Mr. Kunst.

Anchor Watch – July 9, 2015

July 10th, 2015

A beautiful evening on the Harbor, Pat at the keyboard, a new Rotary Year, and an experienced President! Who could ask for anything more?

It was great to have Dick Dickson and Terry Rousselot back among us! Our guests included PDG Charlie Barr, our new Assistant Governor (and Lauren’s classmate) Mary Kinkella from RC Huntington Beach, and occasional visiting Rotarian Clark Lee from RC Fullerton South. Candidates Bob Kelly and Paul Jensen were there, and Mike Saidi hosted his son Kayuon and his friend, Kajis Poponia , visiting from South Africa, to dinner with us.

President Steve put Dick to work with the Invocation, Bob Wood with the Pledge, Dan Hoffmann led the 4Way Test, and Terry led us in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in recognition of the upcoming All-Star Game. The Prez greeted us to the new Rotary Year, shared our theme “Be a Gift to the World” made sure that the theme pins were distributed to all members, saying that he would return later in the meeting with more on this. Lauren shared a joke and PDG Roger led a bunch of happy fines including Lauren, Dick D., Bob Wood, Andrew B., Jerry Morris, and Dan Hoffmann among others.

There is still one open seat in our Suite at the Angels Game (to End Polio) on August 22, and Marc A. offered to sponsor our entry in the Chili Cook-off, so dig out your tasting spoons! Steve took a moment to note the recent loss of two of our more senior members: Walt Smith, whose service will be on July 18, at 1pm, at Harbor Christian (2401 Irvine Blvd, NB) and Lyman Porter whose family will have a private service with a celebration of his life to be announced for a subsequent date. Sympathy cards were circulated for members to sign- a nice tradition in our Club. Ed Rennie will be making a presentation on our Club Foundation’s investments next week, and if you have any questions that you would like him to answer, please send him an email. New Club Secretary Jo advises that our Calendar for the coming year has been uploaded and you can find it anytime at Thanks Jo, that’s a great resource! And it includes The Angels Game on 8/22, and the Rotary Business Luncheon on 10/16, Foundation Dinner on 11/14, and even our Boat Parade Party on 12/17 ! BUT the Rotary World Peace Conference scheduled for January 15 &16, 2016 in Ontario, CA isn’t listed! You can find out more at


President Steve showed a clip of a Speech by our new International President, S.K. “Ravi” Ravindran regarding this year’s theme, the following is an excerpt: “…We all have so much. Others have so little. We have received so many gifts: others, so few. And I am asking you all when you go back to your clubs, when you make your plans for next year: Remember what it is we do. Remember why we are here. Remember who it is we serve. And so, with God’s blessings behind us, and your prayers before us, let us go forth together. This is out time. Let us grasp it. Let us Be a Gift to the World.” Building on that, Steve distributed the Annual Survey or Volunteer Form, asking all members to take a few minutes to comment on the various programs of our Club, critique them, make suggestions, and then conduct “Roundtable Conversations” with a summary by a designated Rotarian. From the results, this was time well spent! Furthermore, Steve asked that all completed forms be returned to him so that when the Board of Directors meets next week, they can adjust/refine programs and priorities to be consistent with the wishes of our members!! Sounds like a great start to the New Year!!!.


June 26th, 2015

If you weren’t there, it might be difficult to follow this, but I’ll do my bestdemotion_mulit to explain it all

First impressions count – most of the time – so to mess with Lauren’s head, the tables were not decorated or even set for dinner, and upon her entrance the only sound was “crickets chirping”

Then I guess, you’ll have to consider the crowd, beginning with SIX Governor types – Lauren’s Dad PDG Bill Reeves from District 5190, our own DG Jim Paddock and Kathy, DGE Kevin Padilla and Lorraine, and those great friends of our Club, PDG Bret Gerdes and Natalie, and PDG Greg Owen and Val, and of course, PDG Roger and Sheila. We were proud to host Mayor Ed Selich of our fair city, and our Sister City friends turned out in good numbers, including Scott and Liddy Paulsen, Ced and Beth Fields, Flossie Dunning and John, Suzan Berkley, Connie Skibba and her sister Joann, and Yuko and Ichiro Williams.

Lauren’s mom Rita, First Dude Mark, and sons Connor and Blaydon joined at her table and PE Steve’s family including First Lady to be Heather, joined daughter Stephanie and husband Wade Chapman, and in-laws Dick and Rosanne Valdez at his table. Many Rotary spouses and freonds were there to make sure that Lauren had a proper sendoff, including Nancy Kerr, Myrna Malki, Nanette McDonough, Gay Morris,
Shelli Oberreiter, Teri Peister (with Alexa), Corinne Rennie, Sona Saidi, Yvonne Smith, Jenna Thielen, Pilar Vergara, Stephanie Walley, Monica Williams, and Lynda Wood. Past President Nan Raney, who had sponsored Lauren joined us as did Andrew McDonough, Morghen Rhodes, Amy Cowan, and Rachel Paget.

Whew! Now back to the proceedings.

Finally, the Prez entered the room, greeting all her “peeps” and emcee AJ reminded us all of the great accomplishments of the year, which was a major rejuvenation, thanks to dedication and the hard work of “The First
Dude, Mark Pittman”, who was suitably recognized.

In recognition of the great success of the joint fundraiser with Sister City, “Taste of Japan, OC”, a Traditional Tea Ceremony (one of Lauren’s favorite traditions – NOT) had been chosen to start the evening. And what to my wondering eyes should appear but Justin Peister in Japanese robes coming forward to conduct it, and, WAIT FOR IT, Marc Aarons dressed as a Sumo Wrestler!! (You really had to be there) There were traditional prayers, with taiko drums, as the formal tea ceremony dragged on.
Finally, having had enough of that torpidity, we are grateful that Tom Walley jumped in and “Got the Party Started!” (It should be noted that thanks to outstanding work by Heather Speer, Miyuki and Jo, the table decorations that had been pre-staged – a separate theme for each highlight of Lauren’s year, good thing there were a lot of tables- were installed beautifully by the people who paid good money to be there!- and who were able to follow simple (well prepared) instructions) And the Prez was draped in her feather boa, a simple strand of pearls, and her lampshade hat☺

Ed Rennie led us in a specially prepared song, we ate (nice job BCYC!), then four unrecognizable Past Presidents performed their version of “What’s My Line?” in blonde wigs (of course), in a salute to the occasionally out-of-town Prez Lauren. Mayor Ed presented his Proclamation, AJ said real nice things, and we toasted Lauren upon her induction into the Past Presidents’ Club!!

Then Lauren expressed her appreciation for everyone’s support during the year, and presented recognitions to her Board, her “Masters”, and special awards to “Rotarian of the Year” Mike McDonough, who also received “The Bob Callis Award” for the individual who was most helpful to the President, and “Icebreaker of the Year” to Jo Holman! (Congratulations to you both! )

Governor Jim came forward to express his gratitude to Lauren for all her fine efforts to “Light Up Rotary”, including a surprise Birthday Party for him in Sydney last year. He presented her Past Presidents Pin and announced that First Dude Mark had been recognized by Rotary International as one of only 100 Rotarian Spouses in the World for his support of Rotary’s work!! (Congrats Mark, well deserved, and thanks).
Governor-Elect Kevin installed Steve and his Board for the coming Rotary Year, in which we are challenged to “Be a Gift to the World”
The party continued…

Remember that we are back at BCYC on July 9, and that DUES ARE DUE!!

Anchor Watch – June 18, 2015

June 19th, 2015

And the President wore Rotary Blue (Pantone 286) to mark her last meeting!   (Her self-described  “Almost Send-Off”)

Andrew B. provided our Invocation, Jerry Klemer led The Pledge, Terry Rousselot (great to have you back with us!) led us in “Let me call you Sweetheart”, and Bob Wood (welcome back, as well!) led the 4-Way Test.

Our guests included visiting Rotarians, PDG Charlie Barr of RC Upland (even though he lives in Laguna), and Rotarian Gary Wat of RC Arcadia, along with returning candidate Bob Kelly, guests David Cuccia , business associate of Richard O, and Jo’s friend Jay Prenta,  First Mom Rita Reeves, First Dude Mark, and Heather Speer came to make sure that the Transition planning wasn’t out-of-control (yet!)

Prez Lauren reminded us that it was time for the final weigh-in for “Poundation” before she led us in celebrating Richard O’s birthday ( geez, I remember when he turned 40!), and there was a special dessert too!! Marc Aarons asked for 5 volunteers to work with him in our first-ever entry in the Chili Cookoff before the Angels Game on August 22 .  Still one seat left in our Suite for the Game!

wahji_pinnedOther Presidential  announcements included recognition of Wajih as Rotarian of the Month for his active involvement in so many things, and especially for his 24 hour jog to/from Fiji. And then she shared photos from that beautiful place (that needs some work) including introductions of our “Fiji Friends” – yes, she will share contact information, if you wish.

Ed put on his Finemaster’s Hat and tagged  Danny Frankel in absentia, and Bob Wood, who was happy to be fined, and then Kent , John K, Mike, Steve, Roger, Jo and Ed all added to our Foundation with good news.

Acting Treasurer Marc announced that upon review, our Club has an operating surplus for this year and that the Board asked that members provide the Prez with nominations of local charitable organizations that we might assist with a contribution.  In addition, members who would be willing to pre-pay the total Annual (2015-2016) Club dues ($680) should notify Marc.

Plans are proceeding nicely for our Transition Dinner, next Thursday, June 25, here at BCYC, so pre-pay if possible to facilitate check-in. The dinner price will be $45pp. PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY AND BE SEATED BY 5:45PM. ALSO BCYC has asked that some of us park on the street in anticipation of a very full parking lot.

Miyuki introduced our Guest Speaker. O.C. Sheriff and Coroner Sandra Hutchins. It was great to have her back for a return engagement/update on her multifaceted operation that impacts so many aspects of our lives. The numbers are staggering: 3800 employees; the eighth largest jail system in the nation, with 5600 inmates; three harbors and forty miles of coastline to patrol in conjunction with USCG/DHS;  Customs and Border Patrol;  the crime lab, the coroner’s office and training facility; John Wayne Airport: the Courts; Metro Trains and Buses; the Joint Terrorism Task Force; plus thirteen contract cities and the unincorporated areas of the County! And she talks about it so easily, with a pleasant smile!

Our thanks to you Sheriff Sandra, and to all the men and women that work with you to make our Orange County the wonderful place that it is!!


Enjoy the weekend, and Happy Fathers’ Day, as appropriate!

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