Rolling Wheel 3-30-11

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!