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Anchor Watch: June 3, 2013
Intro. of RCN-B/N.B.S.C.A. Exchange Students Going to Okazaki, Japan and Ambassadorial Scholar @ UCI - Shuji Tanaka (RCN-B is Hosting) Greeting a large group of guest was Immediate Past President Bill Hossfeld with Past President Ed Rennie checking everyone in at the Front Desk. We had 35 guests this evening and approximately and 24 N-B Rotarians. President AJ Thielen signaled the *Meeting to Order* by the ring of the Rotary Bell at 6:15 P.M. Steve Speer gave the Invocation, President AJ lead us in the Salute to the Flag, followed by Grace Austin guiding the Rotarians in *The Four Way Test,* and AJ almost forgot President-elect Bob Merring that lead us in a patriotic version of *God Bless America.* We adjourned for a large buffet dinner with a multitude of entry selections. After dinner, AJ presented Rayna Richardson (Ensign), John Leisure (CdM), Slater Plant (St. Joachim), Nichole Meindl (CdM), Nikola Knaeps (CdM), and Sam Wertheimer (Ensign) along with the two chaperons who are Science Teachers at CdM: Kim Rap and Jennifer Walters. Pres. AJ talked about recent fund raiser with N.B.S.C.A. and took a “photo op” with Connie and Liddy with Connie introducing her Board of Directors. Following that AJ plugged that he took us out of the “Dark Ages” with FaceBook and what our Club did in the Community. Pres. AJ introduced his old grade and high school friend Major Mark Simpson from the Pasadena area, who is a 12 year USMC jet pilot flying the F-18 and currently training pilots in the T-45C jet. Roger McGonegal passed the hat for the disaster victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma. It is always nice to induct a new member and PDG Roger McGonegal handled the induction of Justin Peister, with the classification of “General Contractor,” who stated that his was looking forward in giving back to the Community. Pres. AJ did announce that Dick Dickson would be honored by the Daily Pilot for the Community & Clubs Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to the communities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Rotarian Dickson will be honored at Noon on Friday, June 14th at American Legion Post #291 and if you would like to attend please call President AJ to fill at least one or more tables. Past Pres. Marc Aarons and Director of International Service introduced UCI Student and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Shuji Tanka, not to be confused with “Sushi!” Shuji was introduced to our Club at our October 10, 2012 Meeting and since that time he has shared his story with some fifteen (15) Rotary groups with his English improving from 62% efficiency when he was appointed as an Ambassadorial Scholar to now where he is in the mid 90% English efficiency. The 300 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars this Rotary Year are to promote international peace and understanding and Shuji is a great example of the goals and objectives of this Rotary program. I have driven Shuji on a regular basis in our visits to the different Rotary groups where he has or will be speaking over fifteen (15) times and he has been extremely well received by all that have come in contact with him. He will be staying another year in the USA and will be doing internships before returning to Japan to complete his master’s degree in electrical engineering. Shuji fits the mold of a Rotarian providing *Service Above Self* with his work in Cambodia teaching young people who grew up as orphans Japanese so they can work in the tourist industry catering to the Japanese tourist. Two other summers he worked in India at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage and at Kalighat Hospice where he witnessed people dying in front of his eyes but still giving these people some hope with his friendly warm smile. With a little R & R in Thailand he was involved in a motorcycle accident where his leg was seriously broken with the treat of possibly not able to walk but with Shuji’s positive attitude he overcame that injury and you would never know he was involved in that accident.. He went through the Japanese 9.0 earth quack on March 11, 2011 at his university library near Tokyo, Japan where all the books were thrown from the racks and studies were restricted and transportation was none existent where the students including Shuji were living in his university’s gym. He showed and gave a great overview of the damage done in northern Japan immediately after the quake and recent photos some two years later. It is hard to believe that over 15,000 people were killed and approximately 2,500 people are missing with some 398,0009 buildings damaged or destroyed with 54 nuclear energy facilities damaged and not operating and restricting electrical power in that part of Japan. Helping Japan recover were 142 out of 195 countries from around the world. Some questions were asked and Shuji addressed how Americans complement everyone compared to Japan and that Americans will ask a questions to make sure they understand what is being discussed which is not true in Japan. Pres. AJ ended the tonight’s meeting with a quote from one of the four original founding Rotarians; Paul Harris. AJ pulled off a very full scheduled meeting and closed the meeting with the ring of the Rotary Bell at 7:47 P.M. so my older brother Dick Dickson could have Eleanor tuck him into bed by 8:30 PM! Scribe Bill Hossfeld for Rotary Meeting on May 30, 2013 [gallery ids="630,631,632,633,634,635,636,637,638,639,640"]
ANCHOR WATCH: April 3, 2013
Another great meeting, the evening started with President AJ on edge from his seat with his team playing in the sweet 16 in the other room. Tom Walley extracted fines in an efficient manner as usual he is our best, AJ was happy not have spent $300 to watch Arizona lose at Staples Center. We inducted two new members Grace Austin & Yukari Johnston, please call them to introduce yourself. No meeting this Thursday because Friday we will all be at CDM High School Track for the Annual Frank Anderson Track Meet from 3pm- 7pm. Call Art Walton with your rsvp 949-497-4604. FUNDRAISER!! i am so happy with all the stepping up of auction items, we need more and we need you to attend April 24th and buy tickets to the fundraiser $40 each, use the link below to pay with credit card. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9ZJVRD6C3TMZ4 I got a call from Dr. Raj's son, he thinks that Raj is getting too old to go to our meetings with the risk of falling it becoming too great. Be sure to call Raj to keep in touch. Dues are late May 1st, official invoice to follow, please send your $145 to P.O. Box 1944 Newport Beach, CA 92659. If you send it after May 1st it is $150. Dr. Jerry Klemmer gave a great craft talk about his life, graduating from UCLA and helping Kareem Abdul Jabar relieve his headaches through his chiropractic expertise. [gallery columns="2" ids="567,568"]
ANCHOR WATCH: March 4, 2013
What a great weekend of service with Arbor Day Tittivating and Spirit Run volunteering, really is what Rotary is all about! No meeting this Thursday but we will have the tree planting ceremony at Sonora Elementary 966 Sonora Rd. Costa Mesa 7:45am on Thursday 7th of March. The school is south of Baker, East of Fairview, West of the 73 and north of Arlington. Saturday March 9th is District Conference at Chapman University 7:30am to noon. All board members and new Rotarians (blue badge "district" requirement) are encouraged to attend, please talk to Bob Merring 714-444-9944 if you are able to join us. The Okazaki Application is online (top of the website in the middle bar) , if you know any high school juniors please call Marc Aarons 949-371-6272 as we need applicants. Our old sign in laptop is nearly dead, if anyone has one newer than 8 years old please let me know as we keep track of dinner expense and sign in on it. Go to www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofnewportbalboa there is a nice story written by a local reporter on our Arbor Day tradition. Do you really care who led the Pledge of Allegiance at the last Rotary meeting? Phew. I’m so relieved since it wasn't until Richard Oberreiter fessed up to forgetting that he was the scribe the week before that my memory cells were tickled to remind me that February 28 was my turn. So, beginning with fines here we go. The evening started out with dueling travel plans for the big $40 finees. Among other places, Tom Walley was going to go scuba diving in Indonesia for three weeks, while Jerry Morris was going to go to Gay’s ancestral home of Norway and Scandinavia this summer and next year on a river cruise in the Bordeaux region of France. A happy fine was paid by Liana Sullivan for the safe return of her membership book, and a penance happily contributed by Richard Oberreiter for forgetting his scribal duties. Our guests and featured speakers Majors Dane Hanson and Dave Goodwin led us in a somewhat less than rousing chorus of the Marine Corps Hymn to kick off the evening’s festivities. Honorary club member Judge Steven Bromberg gave a brief history of the 2003 adoption of the First Battalion/First Marines by a group of citizens from Newport Beach. The goal was to give enlisted families “things they couldn't imagine,” and over the years the program has grown to annual contributions in the tens of thousands of dollars. Major Hanson then gave an overview of the command structure and mission of the 1/1, The First Battalion/First Marines comprises about 1,000 active Marines organized into three rifle companies and two line companies. Its primary missions are to locate, close with, fire and destroy the enemy and to repel every assault by maneuvering and close combat, if necessary. Presenting a slide show about the most recent deployment of the 1/1 in Afghanistan, Major Hanson stressed the strategic importance of the Kajaki Dam and the great store of initiative that the Marines give its combat troops. For example, it would not be uncommon for a corporal to have the authority to request hundreds of thousands of dollars of armament to rain down on the enemy and for the chain of command to follow that recommendation of a 22 year old. He also noted the hardships of war. For example, in many counterinsurgency operations, the Marines may have to be self-sustaining for 24 to 48 hours. This requires them to carry over 100 pounds of gear, including 24 water bottles to keep hydrated in the 100 degree plus temperatures. Unfortunately, corruption appears to be rampant in the local police, and relationships with the militia battalions of the Afghanis, while cordial, do not appear to be on track for them to successfully prosecute the war after the Americans pull out of the theater. But hope–and American armaments–spring eternal. [gallery ids="508,509,510"]
ANCHOR WATCH: February 14, 2013
Duties this Thursday 21st *Takedown Jerry Klemmer, Scribe Oberreiter, Desk Owens, Invocation Robert Smith, Songs Dickson, Jokes Konence, Fines Morris, Photos Kerr, Greeter Sullivan, if you are unable to perform please find a replacement for your duty. To see all the pictures from last week go to https://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubOfNewportBalboa , I included one picture of the elusive Wendell Sawyer for your enjoyment. This week we have Dr. Richard McKenzie a renowned Economics professor from UCI, thanks Lyman Porter for getting us such a great speaker and setting a great example for other members to drum up speakers! We need help with this badly. We also have a board meeting upstairs at the BCYC at 4:15pm please come and sit in to participate in the inner workings of our club. Upcoming events:
- Tomorrow Feb 19th Roger Gilbert's funeral at Pacific View Mortuary reception to follow at Santa Ana Country Club, members are encouraged to speak at his service but no one person is speaking for the club specifically.
- Tittivating March 2nd 8:30am at the firestation on the corner of Mesa & Acacia by the Newport Beach Golf course. Email John Kerr if you can attend email@example.com
- Spirit Run Volunteers March 3rd 5am-10am- right in front of Big Newport Theater. Email Dan Hoffmann firstname.lastname@example.org
- March 7th 7:45am -Sonora Elementary in Costa Mesa between Newport Blvd & Bristol.
- April 24th Fundraiser to Further the Relationship between Okazaki and Newport Beach, 930 Sushi on PCH. More info to follow.
- No regular meeting on March 7th because hopefully everyone is participating in Arbor Day by delivering trees to schools. Email Bill Hossfeld if you need a school. email@example.com
ANCHOR WATCH for Meeting of February 7, 2013
We are not in our normal room this week, instead go into the room that is straight ahead when you walk in the club. Its the room directly to the right of the bar. *Setup Hodges, Greeter Hossfeld, Desk Sullivan, Invocation Walt Smith, Songs Wendell Sawyer, Jokes Rennie, photos Currie, no scribe or fines this week. * I put one of the pictures from the tour that is on Facebook below, panoramic from my new Iphone 5, the rest are at www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofnewportbalboa It must have been cold, since everyone seemed to be buddle up in their heavy jackets, scarfs and even hats Thursday late afternoon for one of the two tours starting at 4:00 P.M. followed by a second tour at 4:45 P.M. on February 7th. So unlike many other Thursday evening meetings, but this night’s Scribe did see the sun going behind Catalina from City Manager’s Office on the second floor of the New City Hall still under construction. We had a fabulous turn out with 24 Rotarians and 17 guests including a visiting Rotarian, our Ambassadorial Scholar Shuji Tanaka, 2 potential Rotarians and 14 wives, a daughter of a Rotarian, a special guest of a Rotarian, and a previous past president of our Club that attended the new N.B. City Hall tours plus others that came late thus meeting us at Muldoon’s Pub. We want to have a special thank you for Assistant City Manager and Project Manager for the new City Hall: Stephen Badum, City Manager Dave Keiff, Principal Civil Engineer from Public Works: Fong Tse, and the person behind the scenes that worked with me to coordinate the tour: Jenny Sude, Stephen Badum’s Administrative Assistant. What were the highlights of the new Newport Beach City Hall tour? First, I must say that this is one of the best planned city halls I have had the pleasure in seeing since I have been dealing with governmental agencies starting with the City of Newport Beach in 1960 when I was working for an architectural design firm. In talking to City Manager Dave Kiff during the second tour, they started the process over five years ago when the City approved Measure “B” in February 2008. At that time, the City had many more employees than today so when occupied in another two months you may say they over built. Attached is the *Project Overview* that was sent out to all that participated in the tours for information. What I think the Architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson did a great job of listening to all the needs and comments and put together an extremely functional design the will be heavily used by our Community. Environmentally, it was designed to meet at least a LEED Silver certification but that could be elevated to Gold for this 98,000 square foot structure. The budget for this project is $131.4 that includes the total Civic Center, parking structure, library expansion, two park and open space areas that are tied together by a pedestrian bridge over San Miguel Drive. Based on the City’s monthly reports that are released, they are still within the approved final budget for the total project. A comment was made by either the Kiff or Badum, that the City just received a proposal for the old City Hall property that more than exceeded their expectations (don’t know any more but I am sure it will be in the papers soon). The spaces are designed to expand at peak times such as the City Council Chambers and nice community room that can open up to accommodate a very large attended meeting. A wonderful lawn area between the building and the parking structure for community functions or to be able to be rented for private functions when not being used by the City is very nicely planned and convenient to parking. I was most impressed by how the spaces will really assist both the City Staff and those that will need the services of the City to be conveniently served. Especially liked the how one will interact when working with staff on planning, engineering, and building needs during the planning and permit process. It is the first city I have seen that has space to handle the construction documents correctly for both the staff and customers. The Finance Service section has greatly been expanded and is conveniently located compared to a three window area that is hard to locate in the existing City Hall. I think the biggest asset in the complex is the Emergency Coordination Area in the basement area facing the Library. It is not only centrally located in the Community but was designed to be “ready to roll” to guide community emergency needs. They are running a little behind schedule for occupancy but they are hoping to be fully operational in less than two months including the Library. Per City Manager Dave Kiff, they are planning a really great dedication and tour of the facility when it opens which I hope we can all attend to see the final results. I think everyone seemed to be impressed with the tours and all the comments I heard were positive as we all adjourned to Muldoon’s for some great fellowship, great food and we had fantastic service by our waitress. But we were a little disappointed that there was no dancing on the tables this year!?! BOY! Do we have a great deal on our Club’s Calendar in the next two months, so please scan below and put some of these dates in your calendar and we hope to have you involved: - February 14th is our Club’s Valentine’s Party at BCYC starting at 6:00 P.M., - Steve Speer coordinating, - February 21st is our regular Meeting of RC of N.-B. with Fellowship at 5:45 P.M. and meeting in session at 6:15 P.M. Dr. Lyman Porter has invited the head of UCI’s Economics Department to be our Guest Speaker plus this is also Election Night with Bob Merring and Martin Pitha coordinating the elections for the Officers and Directors for Rotary Year 2013-2014. – Steve Speer, Bob Merring and AJ Thielen coordinating, - February 28th is our regular Meeting of RC of N.-B. with Fellowship at 5:45 P.M. and meeting in session at 6:15 P.M. Program has not been confirmed. – Steve Speer, Bob Merring and AJ Thielen coordinating, - February 26th through March 8th covers our 44th year of Arbor Day activities: - Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 P.M. with two activities at the same time: - Presentation of seedlings of the Carrotwood trees to Newport Beach’s Mayor and City Council at the opening of their meeting at the City’s new City Council Chambers on Avocado Ave. – Bill Hossfeld coordinating, - Presentation of seedlings of the Carrotwood trees to the President and members of the N-MUSD Board of Education at the opening of their meeting at 2985 Bear St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 – Jim DeBoom coordinating, - Titivating on Saturday, March 2nd starting at 8:30 A.M. located at the Back Bay Fire Station #7 and Training Facility, 20401 Acacia, St, N.B. 92660 (northwest corner of Mesa Dr. and Acacia St. near the intersection of Mesa Drive and Irvine Blvd. – adjacent to the driving range that borders Mesa Drive). Bring some rags and dress warm and enjoy some special treats and fellowship – John Kerr and Bill Hossfeld coordinating, - March 4th through March 8th – Rotarians bring approximately 2,500 seedling Carrotwood trees and make a special Arbor Day presentation to some 40 public and private schools in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. If you have not signed up, please call or E-mail Bill Hossfeld, we are hoping to have 45 to 50 of our members participating during our Arbor Day activities, - Tuesday, March 5th @ 6:00 P.M. will be a presentation of seedlings of the Carrotwood trees to Costa Mesa’s Mayor and City Council at the opening of their meeting at the City Council Chambers, – Bill Hossfeld coordinating, - Thursday, March 7th starting at 7:45 A.M. (this is the official date for Arbor Day in California) is the Dedication of a large tree at Sonora Elementary School, 966 Sonora Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (maps will be available at our meetings on Feb. 21st, 28th, and at Titivating) – Principal Christine Anderson and Bill Hossfeld coordinating. The Mayor of Costa Mesa, C.M City Council, Supt. Dr. Fred Navarro, N-MUSD Board of Education, our Honorary Member Jack Hammett (Pearl Harbor and “D” Day survivor) will lead the Flag Deck in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Sonora’s band will be part of this Dedication and Celebration of Arbor Day. - March 3rd is the Spirit Run scheduled at Fashion Island in front of Fashion Island Cinema. – Diane Daruty and Dan Hoffmann coordinating, - March 9th is District 5320’s Assembly at Chapman University starting at 8:00 AM to Noon in Orange. Free to all Rotarians and recommended for all Officers, Board Members plus all new members that have joined in the past year. – Bob Merring coordinating for Club involvement, - Friday, April 5th are the Frank E. Anderson Memorial Track and Field Newport Beach Championships starting at 4:00 P.M. with a fellowship following at Muldoon’s. – Art Walton coordinating, - Wednesday, April 24th is the Newport Beach Sister City Association and RC of N.-B.’s Fund Raiser for the International Student Exchange Program between Newport Beach and Okazaki, Japan. Details forth coming – Lauren Reeves (future Mrs. Pittman) and A.J. Thielen coordinating, - Sunday, May 26th ? A blessed event! Proud to be a Rotarian and your Scribe for February 7th’s Meeting Bill Hossfeld [gallery ids="472"]
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