Anchor Watch: Rotary Meeting April 11, 2014
Tonight's meeting was most enjoyable as we enjoyed a beautiful sunset during social hour while meeting new guests, wonderful piano music played by our pianist Pat Reilly, a delicious buffet dinner and great craft talk by Gigi Tsontos.
Everyone in attendance was greeted with a smile by AJ at the front desk who was busy collecting for dinner and obtaining new e-mail addreses.
During social hour this scribe enjoyed conversation with Gigi's husband Max, Dan Hoffmann, Dick Holmgren, Gary Konecne, Pres. Bob, Ed Rennie, Terry Rousselot, Gary Myers, Steve Speer and Andy Campbell.
Pres. Bob started the meeting asking Roger McGonegal to give the Invocation, Steve Speer the Pledge to our flag, Miyuki Smith-Richardson the 4-way test and Terry Rousselot leading us in singing God Bless America. Introduction of guests included visiting Rotarians Fatima and Wilson Paschoalin along with daughter Ingrid; Tony Abbate from Fort Lauderdale Florida; and prospective Rotarian Hanna Jane (3 months old) daughter of Jay and Miyuki.
Following dinner Pres. Bob called on Andy Campbell to humor us with a story about Obama- care; Tom Walley raising funds for our treasury by asking Bill Davies about his travels; Andy Campbell learning daughter Annie is coming home; and himself for his travels. Happy fines came from Gary Konecne, Gigi Tsontos, Andy Campbell, Roger McGonegal, AJ, John Keer, Fatima Paschoalin and Tony Abbate.
Pres. Bob encouraged all to attend the Dist. Conference in May and volunteer to assist Steve Speer in hosting Hospitality Night.
As usual our best programs come from our own members and Gigi was no exception as she told of her life story growing up in Kansas, learning to be a mini entrepreneur by charging family and friends to view her baby brother, attending the University of Kansas, joining the Peace Corps and living in Koutiala Mali, West Africa; returning to graduate with a Masters degree from Columbia University, moving to California, marrying Max and becoming Executive Director of WTLC. We are proud to have Gigi in our club.
Prayers and wishes go to Wendell Sawyer who is in Hoag Hospital with a staff infection.
Special thanks to Terry Rousselot for taking pictures.
Your scribe for the evening Dick Dickson
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Anchor Watch: February 27, 2014
Upon entering the BCYC for tonight's meeting this scribe was greeted by Justin Peister with a big smile and hand shake while working the front desk.
During social time I had the opportunity to talk with visiting Rotarian Gary Gunther from Boise, Idaho and guest of the club Kent Martin; plus Dan Hoffmann and Roger McGonegal who were both busy preparing for induction of a new member and Jerry Morris who had the room all set up for our meeting.
I found a seat at a bay front table along with Gary Konecne, Ed Rennie, Jerry Klemmer, John Kerr, Justin Peister and Gary Myers with AJ joining us later.
Pres. Bob called the meeting to order and asked Hunter Cook to give the invocation, Richard Oberreiter to lead us in the flag salute, Jerry Morris for the 4 way test and Bill Davies in singing "Take me out to the Ballgame".
Following a delicious buffet dinner Pres. Bob asked Roger McGonegal and Pres. Elect Lauren Reeves to perform the induction of our newest member Gigi Tsontos, Executive Director of the Women's Transitional Living Center.
John Kerr gave us a little humor with a few good stories while Roger McGonegal donated to the club foundation for his involvement in the International Assembly for incoming Governors and the PETS conference for incoming club Presidents. Richard Oberreiter also donated for discovering his ability to free style skiing is not the same as it was when he was in his 20's...
Pres. Elect Lauren Pittman reminded all to attend the District Assembly this Saturday, 8:00AM March 1 at Chapman University "A free event for all Rotarian's "featuring Guest Speaker Michael Gibbons "Attitude over Altitude". Club Sect. Mike McDonough distributed ballot's for the Notice of Election to the incoming Board of Directors and Foundation Board.
On Sunday March 2 we will meet at Fire Station Seven located at 20401 S.W. Acacia Street at the Northwest corner of Mesa Drive and SW Acacia Street; at 1:00PM for Titivating or cleaning the little plastic pots of some 2500 trees for presentation to 3rd grade students in celebration of Arbor Day.
We also need volunteers for the Spirit Run, March 23 and Track Meet, April 4. Contact John Kerr for further info...
As in the past our greatest programs come from very our own members and tonight was no exception as new member Jose Vergara gave his craft talk which included a fasinating life story from his humble beginnings in Columbia to his present day life here in Orange County.
Your scribe for the evening,
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Anchor Watch Feb. 20, 2014
ANCHOR WATCH – 2/20/14
In Prez Bob’s absence (back healing slowly), Dick Dickson, ’89-’90 Club Prez, “graciously” agreed to pinch-hit at the podium. He went right to work: John Kerr the invocation, himself the Pledge to the Flag, Jerry Klemmer the 4-Way and the song was Grand Old Flag.
Guests: Walter Smith’s wife Barbara, Steven and Laurie Wick (Rotarians from Canada), Gigi Tsantos (future member) and Kent Martin (second visit to our Club).
Late arrival Tom Walley hit us with some intellectual jokes, e.g: Women like silent men. They think they’re listening.
Finemaster Dan Hoffmann had a banner evening. Fined:
• Grace Austin - $80 fine and rounded it up to $100
• Dave Weiderman - $40 fine, happy to be going to Okazaki
• Jim DeBoom - $80 fine – haven’t seen Jim—Thursday’s are a bad day for him
• Ron Gill - $80 fine and rounded it up to $100
• Happy fines:
o Andy Campbell – bad golf game but still won money
o Steve and Laurie Wick – Canadian women’s hockey team beat the U.S.
Special Presentation: Andy Campbell presented Walter Smith with his Paul Harris +6 pin. Great guy, great organization, great thing to do.
Dick then introduced Warren Johnson of the Salvation Army. Warren’s grandfather and parents belonged to the Army so it was in his blood; he joined in 1985. He is also a member of the Santa Ana North Rotary Club—worked 16 years at District. He rode on the SA float in the Rose Parade for 35 years. Warren is also a chaplain for the OC fire and police departments—on duty 24/7.
Warren spoke about the many excellent programs that do more good than one can imagine:
• Anaheim Rehabilitation Center helping to overcome lifestyles of drugs and alchohol
• Senior Leagues provide services to needy seniors in Anaheim, Santa Ana and Tustin Ranch
• The Hospitality House provides shelter and transitional living to the homeless.
Warren recalled his travels to New Orleans immediately after Katrina providing counseling, shelter and replacement habitats for those affected. The SA ministered to 9,000 temporarily housed in an airport hangar. Particularly gratifying was arranging for a wedding for a couple who lost everything, and getting a deceased foster mother of 84 her just recognition and respect.
All of us recognize the myriad benefits bestowed on humanity, in general, that the Salvation Army provides. And Warren is just one of the thousands in the Army that make it all happen, all without fanfare, notoriety. Thank you Warren for your visit and presentation.
By the way, as the meeting ended, Mary’s little lamb stormed into the meeting, knocked over the desert table and ate the table cloth—you had to be there to believe it!!!
February 6, 2014 Meeting
Welcome back Pres. Bob....Following back surgery and 4 weeks of recuperation Pres. Bob was happy to ring the bell to start our meeting.
This scribe was met at the front desk by Dave Widerman who was busy checking everyone in and collecting $$$ for dinner. Steve Speer was also assisting and taking reservations for our Valentine dinner/party.
During social hour this scribe had the opportunity to talk with Grace Austin, Yukari Johnston, Robert Haunschild our speaker along with Barbara Smith and Diane Haunschild (wife of our speaker).
Pres. Bob called upon John Kerr for the invocation, Jerry Klemer for a pledge to our country's flag and Bob Wood in singing America the Beautiful.
Guests included Nancy Kerr, Barbara Smith, Eve Holmgren, Shelli Obberreiter; visiting Rotarian Gary Gunther from Boise, Idaho and Guest of the Club Gigi Tsontos.
Fortunately I sat at the speakers table with Justin Peister, Andy Campbell, Ed Rennie, Bob Wood and Jose Vergara where we were first in line for a delicious BCYC Prime Rib dinner.
Following dinner Bob Wood called for volunteers to assist one on one with students at Wilson Elementary School in Costa Mesa. Contact Bob @ 949 548-2878 for details.
Jery Klemer, Chairman of Arbor Day asked for sign-ups to assist with our 45th year of Titavating and delivery of some 120,000+ trees to students in the Newport Mesa School District. On Sunday March 2nd., we will meet at 1:00PM for Titivating and starting Monday March 3 through March 7 we will deliver trees to all 3rd., grade students in both Public and Private schools.
Our jokemaster Steve Speer reminded everyone our Valentine Dinner/Party is next Thursday and then proceded to tell a few Jay Leno jokes as this will be has last night for the Jay Leno show.
Finemaster Andy Campbell taged Walter Smith for the opportunity to be in the Rose Parade with wife Barbara on the E-Harmony float and Steve Speer for upcoming 3rd Grandchild. Happy Fines were received from John Kerr, AJ and Jose Vergara.
Our speaker for the evening was Rotarian Bob Haunschild of the Cardio Group (http://www.thecardiogroup.com/)
who has spoken to over 120 Rotary Clubs during the past 18 months on the subject of Heart Disease Prevention.
Hope to see everyone next week at our Valentine Dinner/Party....
Your scribe for the evening, Dick Dickson
Anchor Watch - December 12, 2013
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.