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2/12/14 Valentines Celebration and singing competition


3/1/14 – District Assembly – at Chapman U. Nuts and bolts training for your Club Treasurer, Secretary and service project chairs. Special classes for new members!


3/29/14 or 4/12/14 – Foundation Grants Training – Boy Scouts Conference Center. MANDATORY for all clubs. Create sustainable projects with funding from a District Grant or Foundation Global Grant. For service project chairs and club money managers.


4/4/14 The students from King Elementary school are scheduled for their House for Hermit Crab Lab on Friday April 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM. This is a large group of students so half of the group will be in our labs and the other half will do a tide pool/harbor walk then they will switch.

Any members of the San Clemente Rotary are welcome to join us- the 9:30 lab is the same as the 10:30 lab. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for supporting the Adopt A Class program, this is a very special group of students and this is a truly special opportunity for these students to experience hands on learning outside of the classroom.


4/25/14 to 4/27/14 – RYLA.


4/26/14 – Rotarians at Work Day – a District-wide event fighting hunger.


5/2/14 to 5/4/14 – District 5320 Conference – Temecula Creek Inn


5/31/14 Swing Night


6/1/14 to 6/4/14 – Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia


6/16/14 – Governor’s Transition Party – Knott’s Berry Farm


President’s Meetings Monday Evenings, Areas of Focus Speakers and Training:

February 10, 2014 – Knott’s Berry Farm

April 14, 2014 – The Hills Hotel




Speaker: Club Assembly


Speaker this week: TBD


Speaker next week:TBD

Gifts this week: Bob Burns, Ruben Casey, Lori Donchak

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2/12/14 Valentines Celebration and singing competition

3/1/14 – District Assembly – at Chapman U. Nuts and bolts training for your Club Treasurer, Secretary and service project chairs. Special classes for new members!

3/29/14 or 4/12/14 – Foundation Grants Training – Boy Scouts Conference Center. MANDATORY for all clubs. Create sustainable projects with funding from a District Grant or Foundation Global Grant. For service project chairs and club money managers.

4/25/14 to 4/27/14 – RYLA.

4/26/14 – Rotarians at Work Day – a District-wide event fighting hunger.

5/2/14 to 5/4/14 – District 5320 Conference – Temecula Creek Inn

5/31/14 Swing Night

6/1/14 to 6/4/14 – Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia

6/16/14 – Governor’s Transition Party – Knott’s Berry Farm

President’s Meetings Monday Evenings, Areas of Focus Speakers and Training:

February 10, 2014 – Knott’s Berry Farm

April 14, 2014 – The Hills Hotel

Speaker: Mary Perdue, Executive Director Family Assistance Ministries.

Speaker this week: Craft Talk by Tom Miller and Assembly.

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Next week gifts by Bob Burns, Wendy Carlton and Reuben Casey

Flash…Announcement…for next week! Paul Harris Day – Get out your PH medal and wear it to the meeting.

We will be celebrating our own John Struchen who is a major donor. Along with John, ten other Rotarians will receive pins. Our District Governor will be present to celebrate with us. District 5320 is one club away from being a 100% PH district. There are only two others in the world.

• We are very sad to hear that Marsh Arnold is critically ill with Bone Cancer. Tom McCrellis announced he chose to start chemotherapy. Marsh welcomes visits, cards and prayers.Marsh, we are all pulling for you!

Assembly: Lee talked about membership. Showed us several forms used to introduce possible new members to Rotary. Our newest Special Guest is Joe Anderson. His orientation will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the Hotel Calypso. Contact lee if you would like to participate.Club Service: Our next “social event” is a very special event on June 29th. We are planning to celebrate President Paul’s reign and roast him to well-done! More to follow on this event.

Community Service: Wendy talked about the corn booth coming up at the Fiesta. The Chamber of Commerce will only have us selling corn – so no competition there. The Swing Night in June4th. Everyone will be contacted by Pat Sabin for their two tickets to purchase. The next charity visit is at Great Opportunities

• For Thanks Giving, the Home Hospitality, Adopt a Marine is on a first come, first serve basis. You can sign up now and theysend out letters in September. They usually have approximately1300 Marines participate and they send out at least 2 marines.The number to call is: 760-385-4921.

• John Ezell talked about Swing Night which is quickly approaching us. The Swing Night in June 4th. Everyone will be contacted by Pat Sabin for their two tickets to purchase.Rotary Club of San Clemente Rolling Wheel 4272011Volunteer time starts at Noon to decorate through the event. As before, dinner is at 6 p.m. and dancing 7-10 p.m

.• Tyler reviewed for us our fantastic website. If you have not checked it out – it has a wealth of information for us and the public. He showed us how to get onto Facebook, to share our events with people, and better yet how to invite them to our events through Facebook. Also on the page is upcoming events, and the “Members Only” page.

• Lee said the Endless Night will be sponsored by Hurley. Their logo will be on our information.The entire weekend is a surf event with our event and the Hurley surf contest the following day This was a great and informative meeting with no controversy…way to go!

If you missed the GSE Team – they were great! Following pages includes their bios.Their Team Leader was T

hom van der Goot from the Netherlands District 1590.E-mail: t.vandergoot@home.nlLeslie Mowers

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Next week gifts: Lee VanSlyke, Phil Wagner, and Perry Anderson

Guests: Casey Campbell and Special Guest Joe Anderson

Announcements: May 4th the GSE Team from the Netherlands will have a dinner meeting with our Club and Sunrise – there will be no lunch meeting that day.  Cost is $30 for a guest and $10 for Rotarians that are pre-paid quarterly.   Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m.

  • Peter Rock asked for volunteers for the Cinco de Mayo festival at Maxberg Park on May 7th from 12-6 p.m.  This is to work the beer booth – this booth is a Rotary fundraising event.
  • May 11th is an Assembly meeting – no guests please.
  • June 4th is our “Swing Dance by the Sea”.  John Ezell is looking for sponsors if you have any recommendations.

Craft Talks: We had two craft talks today, the first from new member Pat Sabin.  Pat is a retired teacher which we witnessed when she used her “teacher voice” and displayed her “me bag” idea from school.  She worked at four CUSD schools in our area.  Teaching runs in Pat’s family from her grandmother (who taught in a one room schoolhouse), father and now her daughter who teaches in Boston.  Pat enjoys retirement now making jewelry and time with her family in their dune buggy built by her husband who is a computer technician.

Our second craft talk was from Dave Stepek, who graduated from West Point and is a Vietnam Vet.  Dave worked 35 years in the auto industry, and now is in finance.  He shared with us some of his philosophy working with clients and how he guides them with their financial decisions.


Thank you Pat and Dave – we are glad to have both of you as members of Rotary.



Guest Speaker: Then came the jokes, which Tony Struthers did his best to moderate.  Our speaker, Casey Campbell (Kent Campbell’s son) shared a little of his stand-up comedy with us.  Casey received a scholarship from our club four years ago.  Casey is a graduate of Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.  He gave us a plug for his show coming up at the El Camino Real Playhouse on May 21st.

Casey gave advise to the following jokesters to memorize their jokes and be confident in their presentation.  They will work on that for future presentations!



So came the jokes – and the list of Rotarians walking up to the podium was long.  But, Bob Burns stole the floor with his rendition of…what was that Bob – a Genie?  whatEVER…it was funny.



Thanks to all that participated and shared.


Don’t forget, next week is a night meeting.

Have a great weekend.


Leslie Mowers


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Guests:   Special Guest Bill Ewing and his wife Diane, Brandon Daniel and speaker Chris Able.


April 26 at SCHS Rotary Scholarship interviews.• April 27th is our “Joke-a-Thon” so start collecting your favorite jokes to share with us.

• May 4th the GSE Team from the Netherlands  will have a dinner meeting with our Club and Sunrise  – there will be no lunch meeting that day.

• Peter Rock asked for volunteers for the Cinco de Mayo festival at Maxberg Park on May 7th from 12-6 p.m.  This is to work the beer booth – all proceeds are returned to our club!

• June 4th is our “Swing Dance by the Sea”.  John Ezell is looking for sponsors if you have any recommendations.

Today we had the honor of inducting a new member,  William (Bill) Ewing  –classification: Human Resources Consulting.  Denny Lindeman did a great job, with Diane pinning Bill.  Welcome to our club!

Guest Speaker:  Today Chris Able from SONGS San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station spoke to us today.   His talk was very timely and informative after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.Some facts that Chris shared:   Our electric energy comes from:  78% SCE, 20% SDG&E and 2% from Riverside.There is a 50,000 square mile service area12,000 miles of transmission circuits42 years of safe, reliable, cost-effective, generation, 24/7 with virtually no emissions vs. 100,000 metric tons of smogproducing pollutants from coal, gas and oil180 million metric tons of carbon emissions from fossil fuelThey pay approximately $6 million annually in property taxes that support local servicesEmploy 2,000 high-paid skilled workersOnly two reactors are permitted per state – partially due to lack of location to dispose of spent fuel.Chris went into the technical information of safety in case we experience by a large earthquake.  The facility is surrounded by a 30 foot sea wall, with the buildings 20 feet above that.  He reviewed all the scientific testing and preparation to keep the facility safe.  Another part of safety are the highly skilled security, not to mention the protection of Camp Pendleton.  Wonderful presentation.  To contact Chris: 949-368-3319

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Next week gifts: Sam Salkin, Klaus Schadow    and Dave Stepek.

Guests:  Special Guest Bill Ewing.


Announcement: Tyler brought us up to date on how our club is electronically accessible.  We are now available on our webpage at: We have a beautiful webpage.  Tyler, thank you for all your hard work on setting this up for our club!

Tyler also has us on a Twitter feed and Facebook.


Dick McArthy was our Fine Master today – and he did a fine job at raising money for our club.  I think he got everyone’s attention with the Rotary mallet!


Guest speaker: Our own Mayor, Lori Donchak helped us out by filling in today as our speaker. In June Lori will give her State of the City talk.

The topics she covered for us today were:

  • Water conservation
  • Beach trail debris from the storms
  • San Replenishment
  • Pico roadwork
  • Miramra Theater
  • North Beach
  • SONGS in comparison to Japan’s earthquake

Thanks Lori for stepping up to the plate on the last minute need.

Joke-a-Thon: Bob Hayden and Peter Rock told a couple of jokes for us in preparation for our Joke-a-Thon.  Thanks boys.

This week’s featured Rotarians are (left to right):

Tony Rodriguez, Ron Trosper and Mark Taylor.

Next week’s speaker is

Dick Veal – an organ transplant recipient

who will talk about his experiences.


In two weeks a representative from SONGs will be our speaker.



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Next week gifts:  Peter Rock, Tony Rodriguez and Pat Sabins

Guests:  Jim and Michele Rutter, Special Guest Bill Ewing, Gary Carlton, Marlis Wehmeier, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Assistant Das Tracy Rinauro, and Frank Acosta, DA Kevin Ruiz, Principal Kenny Moe, Sgt. Scott Kennedy and deputy Rod Valdez.


Announcements: Paul, Wayne, Bettie, Reuben, and Wendy cleaned up the storage area this weekend with Bob Denault furnishing storage bins.  Thank you to all for your ongoing volunteer help.

Jim Rutter announced their clubs 2011 Golf Tournament on Monday, May 17th at Bella Collina Town & Golf Club 8:30 a.m. registration; 11:30 a.m. Scramble Shotgun Start. Fee includes golf, lunch, open bar on the course, arrival packet and dinner. Questions?  Call Debbie McGilligan at 949-291-8056 or Jim Rutter at 949-361-5866. Jim said for everyone we bring to this fundraiser, he will match that and bring people to our event.

Dr. Friedel (Fred) Wehmeier was presented his Paul Harris today.  Fred visits us six months of the year then spends the rest of the year in Germany.  Congratulations Fred!


Guest Speakers:  District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Deputy DA Tracy Rinauro, Peggy Lacayo from city Parks & Recreation, Kenny Moe principal of Shorecliffs Middle School presented GRIP (Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership). GRIP started in Orange County in 2007 to identify students with excessive truancy problems and aims to increase attendance and decrease gang activity.   Statistics indicate that 76% of adults in prison did not finish school.

The GRIP program includes the District Attorney’s office, several city law enforcement agencies, the OC Sheriff’s Department, OC Probation which partners with schools, faith-based groups, non-profit agencies and the community to mentor at-risk students from 4th to 8th grades that are not in gangs.  All of these participants are trained in gang prevention.

They talked about the positive results of truancy and curfew sweeps, tutoring and mentoring programs, an rewards for students that improve grades, show up at school and avoid gang activity.  Some of the results are:

  • Up to 50% increase in student attendance at targeted schools
  • Significant improvement in student behavior
  • More parents becoming involved in community and campus groups.
  • More than 500 parents from each GRIP school are volunteering in the morning and afternoon for the “Greeter” program

After school programs coordinated by the City of San Clemente Parks and Recreation give students somewhere to go after school with positive adult participation, two hours of academic support and recreation activities, then later given a ride home.

Great program that had so much information!

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Gifts for next week provided by Dean Papas, Abner Polanco and Bill Ray

Guests: Rotarian Dave Halm, Hildogard Boursein visiting Rotarian from Berlin, Germany; former member Kim Forsyth, Ed Ferguson (Fergie’s favorite son), Assistant Governor Linda Hess, and Guest Speakers Cassandra Tombes and Jay Anderson.


Announcements: Bob Burns talked about “Dancing for a Cause”.  I think I heard Bob danced his feet off and it was well worth it…please do tell Bob.

  • Next weekend the mayor of Santa Caterina will be visiting San Clemente. Friday we will arrange a lunch or dinner with them.
  • Next week our speaker will be the District Attorney and a Deputy DA.
  • You can make a donation for Japan relief through the District’s website:
  • Lee mentioned that we are talking to Hurley to be a sponsor at our summer fundraiser.  More to follow on that.


Guest speaker: Jay Anderson spoke about and represents “Operation Home Front” which helps military families with financial, moral and emergency needs.  Here is some information off their website:


MISSION: Operation Homefront (OH) provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: In 2010, we met 167,795 needs for military families, including active duty, Guard and Reserve members from all branches of service. Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided more than $92 million dollars of funding to programs to benefit military families.

KEY SERVICES: Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:

  • Financial assistance
  • Emergency food
  • Emergency home repairs
  • Critical baby items: formula, food and diapers
  • Home and appliance repair
  • Furniture and household items
  • Local moving assistance
  • Community events
  • Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing

BACKGROUND: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Operation Homefront was formed in February 2002. It was developed to support the families of deployed service members immediately following 9/11. Operation Homefront is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and has evolved into a major nonprofit. The organization currently provides services to military families across the nation with 23 chapters serving 32 states. The national office handles cases in states that do not have their own chapters. The majority of our clients – 75 percent – are the lowest-paid service members, the E-1 through E-6 enlisted ranks.
The target population is American military personnel and/or their families who have unmet needs due to financial hardship, death, injury, or physical or mental detriment as a result of service in Iraq or Afghanistan. These may include active duty, Reserve, National Guard and veteran service members. They are a diverse ethnic group (64 percent are minorities): approximately 20 percent are African-American; 5 percent Asian-American; 34 percent Hispanic/Latino; 5 percent Native American; and 36 percent Caucasian. Roughly 75 percent live at an income level 80 percent below the median income for the communities in which they reside.

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Guests:  Bonnie (one of Fergie’s favorite daughters) and Special Guest Bill Ewing.


From Paul:

I am saddened to report that our brother in Rotary Pete Woll passed away last evening.  I do not have details except that it sounds like he passed peacefully.  When we learn more we will let you all know.

  • Tyler told us about his President Elect Training Seminar (PETS).  Next year’s theme is: “Reach within to Embrace Humanity”.  Their goal is to promote Rotary to younger people and bring them in as members of our clubs.  We want to give them something to do that relates to them; bring them balance between hands-on and giving service.  Also, Tyler WILL be delegating everyone in the club to somehow participate depending on their level of availability and physical capabilities.
  • Bob Burns reminded us of the following:
  1. Stars of Tomorrow: tomorrow (see attachment)
  2. Dancing for a Cause: March 25th (See attachment)
  3. Group Study Exchange GSE May 3 – 8(See attachment). Peter still needs placement for two of the visitors.  This entails a place to sleep, breakfast and a ride in the morning for their excursion.  Please call Peter if you can help out.  Thank you to the other person that has graciously volunteered their home.
  4. St. Patrick’s Day Party – Fundraiser at Wendy’s (See attachment)

Guest Speaker: well, today it was me (Leslie Mowers) Crime Prevention Specialist with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department talking about Senior Scams.  Three senior scams we talked about were the “Granny”, “Lottery” and “Hit man” scheme.  Five Rotarians talked of stories where they were victims of the “Granny” scheme.  Although this has been around for several years – people still fall victim.  My advice, if it seems fishy it is probably stinks.   J  Protect your family and tell them to run things by you if it does not sound right or is “too good to be true.”  If someone calls saying they are your grandchild in trouble asking for money, ask their last name or something significant the crook would not possibly know.  Any doubts, call the police to answer your concerns.  I attached a form with information on Identity Theft and how to get a free yearly credit report.

Speakers:  March 23rd:  Next week’s speaker will be Fred Swegles talking about our sister city.

April 27th we will hold a “Joke-a-thon”…find those jokes you have always wanted to share!

Leslie Mowers


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Gifts for next week provided by Tom Levy, Denny Lindeman and Tom Marier

Guests: George Duarte (Principal of SC High School), and Bill Ewing.

Announcements:  Bob announced that this upcoming Saturday is the “Stars of Tomorrow” performance; many San Clemente students will perform.  This includes 21 singers from 12 different schools.   For further information contact Bob Burns:

Saturday, March 12, 2011 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Community Center & Sports Complex
25555 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

  • Bob also announced a fundraiser “Wendy” style on St. Patrick’s Day at her house.  Brisket will be served – donation of $30.
  • Dancing for a Cause is a fundraiser for both of the San Clemente clubs.   We each raise our own money by selling tickets, a silent auction and cash donations.   So far, we have $500 donated funds.  This money goes towards our scholarships and Polio Plus…great cause and a bunch of fun (and we get to watch Bob dance J
  • Peter Talked about the GSE visit from the Netherlands, Rotary District 1590.  They are in need of three host families.  If you can help out, please let Peter know you are available.   The date is April-May, and will visit conflict resolution in relation to their professions and vocations.

The five outstanding young adults are:  Michel, is in training to become a pediatrician.  Laura is a teacher; Richard is a stock and logistics manager, Linda is a qualified mental health nurse, and Ellen is a social worker that counsels young people.

  • Pete Woll is now home with two caretakers.  Hi Pete, please get well quickly to we can see you soon at our meetings!
  • Bob Hayden shared with us that this is our club’s 65th birthday.  Happy Birthday to all of you.
  • Speaking of:  it was Paul Henry’s birthday today.  Melissa brought out a cupcake for Paul to blow out.


Guest Speaker:   This week principal George Duarte from San Clemente High School spoke to us.  He covered so much information to bring us up to date on most of the school activities.

  • Budget issue:  George said the school district has a $19 million shortfall.  One of the things we have already seen is larger class size, and there is no resolution at this time for this problem.
  • Sports:  George talked about Soccer has gone to the CIF, both boys and girls.  Girl’s water polo has gone to finals, Wrestling has gone to state.
  • Whooping Cough – surprising topic.  The law now states that grades 7-12 must have a booster or they are not allowed in school.
  • Upcoming play:  Fiddler on the Roof will be the spring play.  They are outstanding, and you don’t want to miss this event.
  • Their band is one out of 100 invited to march in the Washington D.C. Memorial Day Parade – this is quite an honor.
  • Lawsuit between the ACLU vs. CUSD.  This is very serious because the center of the lawsuit is school should be free.  So, who pays for the trips, equipment, buses, etc.?

It was great having George back with us – always enlightening and educational.

This week’s featured Rotarian:

This week our Finemaster was Tony Struthers.  Very clever man! He put together a “Rotary Jeopardy Game!


Leslie Mowers