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 www.danapoint5thmarines.com 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.