Tonight we enjoyed a beautiful sunset evening with back ground music being played by our pianist Pat Riley prior to the meeting getting underway at the beautiful Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
This scribe along with Hunter Cook were both greeted by AJ and John Kerr at the front desk with big smiles and handshakes. During social this scribe and the opportunity to talk with Marc Aarons, Dan Hoffmann, Jerry Klemer, Kent Martin, Mike McDonough, Gary Myers, Justin Peister, Pres. Lauren, Terry Rousselot, along with guests of the club Andrew Balzerit and Gil Yurly.
Pres. Lauren called upon Jerry Klemer for the invocation who asked all to keep thoughts and prayers for those members to ill to attend our meeting.s and Pres. Lauren called for a moment of silence for the four kidnapped polio workers found dead in Pakistan.
Mike McDonough led us in the Flag salute followed by Dan Hoffmann in the 4-way test and John Kerr in song.
Guests of the club were Gil Yurly, Andrew Balzerit, Mike Saidi, Paul Jensen and visiting Rotarian Clark Lee.
Following a delicious buffet dinner Pres. Lauren called upon Jokemaster AJ for a chuckle and Marc Aarons to raise some $$$ for our treasury. Marc was able to obtain a donation from Steve Speer for attending the PETS conference and Gary Myers for another grandaughter expected in a couple of months thus giving Gary and Nancy eight grandchildren. Happy fines were received from AJ, Marc, Terry and prospective member Mike Saidi. Marc also announced we have 3 tickets remaing for the David Sanborn concert benefiting Polio Plus on Sunday, March 15. Seats are front row and include backstate passes.
Justin Peister asked for sign-ups of those attending the Titivating of seedlings on March 7 from 8AM to 11AM at the Birch Street Fire Station. followed by delivery of trees to all 3rd. grade students in the Newport Mesa School District between March 9 and 15.
Dan Hoffmann announced our involvement on two Rotary International Global grants totalling $139,000 for aTecate Mexico Computer Room and Egypt Water Project.
Pres. Lauren announced that Linda Klevatt was seeking donations from members for our “Taste of Japan” fundraiser on May 9 at the Oasis Center in Corona del Mar. Auction items suggested are: Round of Golf, Ride in a boat, Sports memorabilia, Art Work, Event tickets, catered dinner for 8, Wine, etc., Each member should be contacting local merchants to assist in the event.
Pres. Lauren announced that we should support Wajih Malki who will be our representative appearing in the 2015 CHOC Follies.
Miyuki introduced our guest speaker Dr. Sandra Morgan, PhD, RN who spoke on subject of Human Trafficking both locally and Internationally. An excellent program drawing our attention to the Labor and Sex Trafficking right here in Orange County.
Thank you to Mark Pittman for the Photography….
Your Scribe for the evening, Dick Dickson