Club Information

      Welcome to our Club!

Del Mar - Solana Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Hilton Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA  92014
United States
DistrictSiteIcon
District Site
VenueMap
Venue Map
 
About Our Club
THE DEL MAR-SOLANA BEACH
ROTARY CLUB
Is a leadership organization of local business, professional and civic leaders, and others with an interest in community service.
Members meet regularly to learn more about many subjects, form connections and friendships, and plan projects to benefit our community and the world.
 
Join us!

Contact Charles Foster

Charles@FosterDM.com

+1 858-414-8638

DMSB
P.O. Box 1115
Solana Beach, CA  92075

DMSB Facebook Page

_______________________________

 
Calendar
August 2019
S M T W T F S
28
29
30
31
01
03
04
05
06
07
08
10
12
13
14
15
17
18
19
20
21
22
24
26
27
29
31
 
Speakers
Rick Schwartz
Aug 23, 2019
San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park
Dark***Dark
Aug 30, 2019
Labor Day - Holiday
Zubair Shaban
Sep 06, 2019
Toilets for Life in Uganda
Shelley Zimmerman
Sep 13, 2019
From Undercover Cop to Police Chief
No Speaker
Sep 20, 2019
Rotary Affairs - Bocce Ball Tournment Discussions
No Speaker
Sep 27, 2019
Final Bocce Plans
Jeffrey Seay
Oct 04, 2019
Sharing His Story: Former NCIS Special Agent Turned Thriller Writer, Jeffrey Seay
Sheri Painter
Oct 11, 2019
Bird's Eye Aerial Drones
Dave Jones
Oct 18, 2019
Mental Illness and Suicide
Taryell Simmons
Oct 25, 2019
Embracing Diversity and Inclusion
Lauren Welch
Nov 01, 2019
Urban Corps’ Dual Focus Program. I am the Development Manager.
Dan DeSaegher
Nov 08, 2019
Safe House Project
Hunter Christian
Nov 15, 2019
Villa de Vida
David Wellis, PhD
Nov 22, 2019
San Diego Blood Bank
DARK***DARK***
Nov 29, 2019
Thanks Giving Holiday
Allan Vitkosky
Dec 06, 2019
FBI Agents in US Embassies
To be announced
Dec 13, 2019
“Pure Water San Diego Program: San Diego’s Sustainable Water Future.”
DARK***DARK***
Dec 20, 2019
Christmas Holidays
DARK***DARK***
Dec 27, 2019
Christmas Holidays
Maxie Gluckman
Jan 10, 2020
Rotary Dollars at Work in Honduras
Speaker arranged by others
Jan 24, 2020
5-way Club Meeting at Braille Center
 
Home Page Stories
 
The meeting started off with Kevin and Phil being presented their new Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) awards by Paul and Ken. This is Phil's first PHF award and Kevin's fifth.
 
## “In  pursuit of Nuclear Technology for 21st Century" by Puja Gupta
 
Puja delivered a very interesting talk about her research and some details about the Nuclear Technology in the 21st century.  She is smart with a very dynamic personality. She also showed interest in joining our club as a regular member since she lives in Del Mar.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The slides above are self-explanatory and describes her points.
 
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
============= 
 
 
We had a new baby Rotarian in today :-). Molly brought her daughter Riley and she was so cute in that stroller :-).
 
 
Charlotte was happy that her son Mauer was graduating 4th grade.
Venky was celebrating his 49th anniversary this week.
Charles reminded everyone that the blood drive was finalized for August 11th at the Von's parking lot off Lomas Santa Fe.
 
 
"Highlights of City of Del Mar" by Mayor Dave Druker
 
 
Dave Druker has been on the Del Mar City Council from 1996 through 2008 and 2016 to present. He has been Mayor four times. Dave has lived in Del Mar since 1986. His wife Kristen is a retired History teacher at The Bishop's School and Culver City High School. They have two adult children and one grandson. Both Dave and Kristen graduated from USC. Dave has a BA in Match and an MS in Counseling. Dave works at DataSkill, a software development company that uses artificial intelligence to facilitate international trade finance.
 
He said Del Mar's boundary is from Jimmy Durante Blvd. to Crest Canyon and that Del Mar has 4000 residents. He has been Mayor 4 times, no staff and he spends about 40 hours each month. Del Mar split off from San Diego county about 60 years ago - primarily to avoid giving development rights to San Diego county. The city's budget is $10M per year and $8M of that is from property taxes. The city gets about 13% of that property tax. City has no ability to control anything at the Fair since state owns the property.
 
The major issues that the city has been facing are; 1) short-term rentals and 2) sea-level rise leading to bluff erosions. The tracks are not actually impacting the bluff since the train vibrations dissipate horizontally.
 
Street Scape is the new project to allow sidewalk cafes. This should be ready by end of July 2019. He has lived in Del Mar for 32 years, married for 48 years and works at Dataskill.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Venky Venkatesh presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
============= 
 
 
Ken announced that the next BocceFest meeting will be at the Sutton's home on Sat June 8, 2019 at 10 am.
The Beer committee is pushing for a Gold Tap award to one brewery to increase participation.
 
 
We had a guest today - Matt Walker, Public Defender, who took over from Steve Binder. He gave quick updates on the veterans' Stand Down event coming up soon on June 28, 29 and 30. He indicated that out of the 8,102 homeless people about half of them get the needed support. At StandDown they get legal help, medical, dental, eye care, showers, etc. The Public Defender's office also does Homeless Courts once a month with the help of about 60 volunteers.
 
## "Juveniles and Adult Probation Population for next 5 years" by Gonzalo Mendez
 
 
Gonzalo Mendez grew up as an immigrant. His father was invited to the U.S. and later his brother went to the state penitentiary and they lived in the rough neighborhood of south east San Diego. He once went to the El Centro prison to meet his brother, who advised him to become a lawyer. At 19 Gonzalo volunteered in the Probation Department and he was sent to some bad areas. He soon got used to it. He worked hard and went to SDSU and paid for his college by working at various restaurants. He graduated with no college debt!
 
His first job was at Campo where there were 250 juvenile youths. In the first 6 months he was ready to quit. He had to sleep with roaches. But he pulled through and in 1995 he was promoted to Correctional Deputy Probation Officer (CDPO) and soon after that in 1997 he was promoted to Deputy Probation Officer and then in 1999 he became a Senior Probation Officer (SrPO). In 2001 he was promoted to a Supervising Probation Officer (SPO) and finally in 2012 he became the Division Chief! When he was a supervisor his brother died in a car accident after being hit by a drunk driver. That was a very disturbing moment for him and the family.
 
 
The probation officer has several tasks as shown above. He found jobs for many of the juvenile kids and changed their lives for ever. In the past 7-8 years he has helped reduce juveniles in San Diego by almost 70%. He is very proud of his team.
 
 
He created Collaborative Courts and helps to get felons into a rehab program that pays 90 days of living expenses and gived them financial literacy education so that they can go out and work and be financially responsible. They also have a human trafficking task force that prevents kids from getting lured into prostitution, etc.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
============= 
 
 
We had a guest (Chuck) today all the way from Arizona from the Via Verde Club.
Charles reminded members about the Demotion Party for Ken Barrett on Sunday June 23, 2019 at 5 pm.
Steve reminded all that the District Governor's dinner is on June 27, 2019.
 
 
Ken awarded the Rotarian Member of the Month awards to Charlotte Jones and Sanjiv Prabhakaran for their work on the web sites and Bocce planning.
 
## Global Grant for Paraplegic/Quadriplegic clinic update by Sanjiv Prabhakaran
 
Sanjiv provided a final update on the completion of the global grant project # 1861779. Below slides will provide the details.
 
 
 
 
The training center
 
The quadriplegic beneficiary (Ajay) getting the special chin-operated automatic chair.
 
 
 
## "Eliminating Pain & Chronic Fatigue" by Dr. Alan Blum
 

Dr. Alan M. Blum has been a practicing chiropractor in San Diego for over 40 years and has been studying kinesiological muscle testing techniques for over 30 years. A national speaker, he has invented or innovated several groundbreaking kinesiological muscle testing techniques and has taught many of those techniques at the Total Body Modification Research Seminars.

Dr. Blum’s greatest joy is helping to heal people. Experiencing firsthand severe stress and severe chronic fatigue, he spent years looking for solutions and created some groundbreaking techniques to heal others and teach them how to have more energy, combining chiropractic practices. The chart below shows the various areas of the spine and how it controls various aches in our body.

 
He talked about instantly correcting the energy inside the body. He uses a technique called Total Body Modification (TBM), which is similar to acupuncture. A chiropractor works form brain down through the spine to the legs. The body has electric signals that pass through every cell in the body. By re-charging these cells the pain can be minimized. He says that most tissues can be regenerated but some tissues are slower.
 
 
 
 
We had several volunteers that stepped up to get a quick massage from Dr. Blum. Paul Butler, Herb Liberman and Bev Liberman all had a good dose of his techniques for some instant rejuvenation :-).
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
=========== 
 
 
 
 
Scott Carr, past District Governor was there to award Steve Weitzen with the Paul Harris Society certificate.
 
###
"San Diego Fair Update" by Fred Schenk
The speaker today was Mr. Fred Schenk, who has been the Chair of Operations at the San Diego County Fair from 2007 – the present. This year the fair will run from May 31 – July 4, closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June.
 
The San Diego County Fair, which began in 1880 with the aim of bringing SD County farmers together to share ideas, compete for the best pies and citrus fruits and challenge each other to horse races, continues to celebrate agriculture and community pride. It simply wouldn’t be summer in San Diego without this iconic fair, which is one of the top five fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually.
Fred talked about some of the highlights of 2018 which included three beverage festivals of wine, beer and distilled spirits. There will be nine stages for entertainment, including the grand stand stage for the main entertainment. The theme of the fair will be peace, love and livestock. Every Wednesday afternoon talent from the fifty-year-old Woodstock festival will be featured. There is a 20-minute presentation of fireworks held every year.
 
The theme of the 2019 fair is going to be OZ-some. Presented by Albertsons|Vons, this year’s County Fair invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
 
Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.
 
 
The “Oz-some” lineup for the Toyota Summer Concert Series will feature 27 night of entertainment on the Corona Grandstand Stage. Notables such as Smokey Robinson, Neil Sedaka, KC and the Sunshine Band, Pitbull, Credence Clearwater and others will cater to every musical taste.  Sundays will be especially dedicated to music that caters to the Hispanic market, and will include musicians that cater to various age groups.
 
Eating is a major San Diego County Fair activity, with more than 100 food booths, several sit-down restaurants, and food-and-beverage events. On Thursdays from noon to 5:00PM, food vendors offer a small portion of one of their featured foods for $3.00. Great for small appetites, or for grazing your way through the Fair. Sometime in May, there will be a Food Map showing where to find those delicious Fair treats, both the ones you’ve come to love, and some new ones, too!
 
At the conclusion of the meeting Fred handed out complimentary fair tickets to all the Rotary members in attendance, which were well received. For more fair information go to: https://sdfair.com/.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
========= 
 
Steve Weitzen was very happy since it was his 66th birthday. He was also sad since his close friend Lori was the victim of the Poway Synagogue shooting.
Steve also announced that the Director of the San Diego Fair Fred Schenk will be coming next week to give us the update on this year's theme and also distribute few tickets.
Charlotte announced that the new Bocce website is up and can be viewed at www.BocceFestSD.com.
 
###
"Financial Market Update" by Clyde Chandler of Fidelity
Clyde has been in the financial field for over 20 years and currently he is a Senior VP at Fidelity Investments in Carmel Valley and deals with hi-net worth clients. Clyde has a BS in Economics and has many certification in wealth strategy, financial planning and has passed Series 6,9,10, 63 & 65 exams. Clyde enjoys running, surfing, coaching soccer, and spending time with his family. Clyde has been a staunch supporter of our Bocce Ball fund raising events for several years and this year he has graciously agreed to be the $5k primary sponsor.
 
Clyde talked about the various types of investments and how the markets are reacting. They provide 3 types of strategies --
Secular (10-30 years) that covers sectors, such as, Energy, etc. This category goes up and down over many years.
Business Cycle (1-10 years) - this sector goes through growth, stagnation and recession.
Tactical (1-12 months) - this is for the day to day stuff.
 
He indicated that the economic growth is directly tied to labor and productivity. Output is the measure of the economy's success.
Japan has had no economic growth for 30 years due to the aging population.
His prediction was that the Feds might lower the interest rates.
 
 
The above slide shows the signs of recession - high labor costs, negative rate of return, profits declining. He says that 2 years of negative rate of return is an indication of a future recession.
 
His advice to all is that the ration of stocks to bonds is usually 60 to 40  for basic investors but then age also plays a big factor. For example a 25 year old investor will be recommended 90% in stocks since he/she can bear some risks.
 
His final point was that earnings per share drives the stock price and that in turn drives up the economy. He said that some companies buy back their shares but that unfortunately does not grow the company.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
============== 
 
 
We had a wonderful social gathering at the Casa Sol y Mar in Carmel Valley in the Del Mar Highlands Mall. We had 13 people attend the event with friends and family members. You can see more photos and a video of a wonderful dance at the link below. George was all ready to dance too :-).
 
 
Enjoy!
======== 
 
 
We started off with some quick announcements by various members --
  1. Patricia reminded all about the social gathering at Casa Sol y Mar on Sunday at 3:30 pm.
  2. Bill announced that Stand Down starts on June 28, 2019 and ends on June 30, 2019. He had sign-up sheets passed around.
  3. Charlotte talked about a new plan for Bocce to move forward with requesting the beneficiaries to help promote the event. She encouraged members to bring in more sponsors.
  4. Charlotte said that she is hoping to have the new site ready by May 13, 2019 unless there are any critical issues.
 
## The Coin-Up Story by Leena Patidar
 
 
Leena is a CFO by trade and the Managing Director at Ascent Private Capital Management. She was born and raised in Chicago, but her parents took her to India often to visit their grandparents and relatives.  Every time, she could not bear the thought of the children and infants that were on the streets and so vulnerable.  She felt they were put in circumstances that nobody deserves, especially the innocent.  So she knew one day that she would want to come back and help protect them by getting them off the streets, providing medical care, education, clothing and giving them a chance to survive in a better environment.
 
 
Over the years she noticed how charities like Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, and Salvation Army have all collected millions of dollars in spare change each year. However, as we move towards a cashless society, that loose change is no longer available. So, Leena came up with a new way to donate and her entrepreneurial drive led to a very creative company called Coin Up. She had to fight with Apple to accept her donation app for over 3 months before they finally agreed to approve the first donation app on Apple store. Apple used to reject Donation apps due to several fraudulent apps.
 
The idea is to donate your “loose change” from a credit or debit card transaction to one of your favorite charities. Coin Up makes it really easy to do and to manage your total donations including setting monthly limits. Coin Up now has over 300 charities to choose from, including ones that support orphanages in India and around the world. The app won the San Diego 2017 Athena Pinnacle Award.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Vicky Mallett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
============== 
 
 
We started the meeting with some updates from members' trips.
1. Susan H. went on a trip to the Sea of Cortez and had lots of fun.
2. Charlotte and family just returned from a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
3. Suchandra just returned from India and will be in San Diego for about 6 months.
4. Phil was excited since he said there will be some 3000-4000 people registering at the hotel for the La Jolla Half Marathon.
 
 
## BOCCE MEETING:
 
 
 
Today's meeting was dedicated to the planning and updates on the Bocce event.  Malcolm stressed on the fact that we need get closer to the $100K revenue. He had a tentative plan for a new layout for the field that keeps the auction items & beer vendors inside the big tent and the VIP canopies along the border of the tent so they can keep ordering beer. He said that the local Brewers' Guild has sanctioned our BocceFest event. The beers are all donated and so no cost to the club. He had invited Dick Stevens from the Eco-Encinitas club to learn some ideas from him. He gave some very good ideas of how to involve other charity organizations to help.
 
 
Then we had Charlotte give an update about her marketing strategy.
 
 
And, finally Molly spoke about the sponsorship plans.
 
============== 
 
 
# MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS:
  1. Diane Huckabee announced that she just got her 2nd grandson!
  2. Steve Weitzen announced it was his 33rd anniversary!
  3. Ken Barrett was celebrating his 50th birthday!
  4. Herb showed pictures of devastating floods in Malawi that destroyed many homes.
  5. Ken showed the club a video about education and healthcare in Uganda -- video link.
 
# "Children's Picture Books" by Scott Sussman
Today's speaker, Scott Sussman, was born in Fountain Valley, California in 1971 and currently divides his time between California and Italy. His children’s picture books include Silly the Seed, Weird the Beard, Lerky the Handturkey, the Mark and the Molecule Maker trilogy, and Fred and the Monster, which was an Independent Publisher Award Winner, 2015. He has also written a middle grade novel, The Shining Adventures of Shelpa McStorm, and is currently working on more middle grade novels. When not reading or writing, Scott enjoys playing the harmonica and traveling with his wife.
 
 
He became a school substitute teacher and later moved to Israel and settled into a unique type of settlement (commune) known as KIBBUTZ. The residents of these communes shared everything and worked as members of that community. While there, he studied Hebrew and started to write. One day he wrote on a blank paper "Lovely Flower in a Red Rose Sky" and gradually the words just started to flow.
 
 
The time he was in Israel he witnessed the Prime Minister getting assassinated and many people getting killed. From there he went to Santiago in South America and wrote more books there. After that the next 13 years he was in Rome, Italy. He learned the language and taught English to teenagers and older people.  There he met his wife Francesca in 2006. She had a big job with company car, etc. When they decided to move back to USA in Sep 2016 it was a tough decision. They settled in Carlsbad. He makes a living by selling autographed books. Many of the club members purchased several books from him.
 
His favorite quote is by a Japanese author -- "When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing".
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
======== 
 
Today we had a surprise visit by Alicia Foster to celebrate Charles' 75th birthday. Alicia said that over the years it has been tough to find a gift for Charles and so this time she gave him a $10,000 check that he can spend on Rotary in any manner he wishes! Everyone was thrilled at her gesture.
 
 
## ""Providing assistance to child & family support with a clean diet with nutritional beneficial foods" by Crystal Hilsley
 
 
Members attended an informative talk by Crystal Hilsley, a Child Food Advisor who specializes in transitioning families to eating a clean diet with nutritionally beneficial foods as a daily reality. Crystal’s unique and highly effective approach involves participation from the whole family, schools and recreational clubs. According to Crystal one in eight children are on the Autism spectrum and one in three children is predicted to be obese. Sugar is the main ingredient in 80% of the food we buy and consume. Crystal described how most of the treats brought by parents to after school games and sports involved empty calories and high levels of food dyes and sugar, such as in donuts, cookies, cupcakes with enormous amounts of artificially dyed cream frosting and even artificially dyed Gatorade.  Apples, oranges, cheese and crackers, healthy nutrition bars and plain water would be much better substitutes, but many parents need to be educated about these alternatives.
 
Crystal also talked about how so many elementary school children cannot sit still in class and focus on the teacher’s instructions because of all the extra sugar and chemicals that they consume in popular foods. They also suffer from dehydration. Sometimes simply drinking a glass of water helps them to calm down.
Crystal created a program called Crystal Clear Kids to emphasize the importance of looking carefully at food labels before buying foods with chemicals and dyes in them that can adversely affect children’s’ moods. Many inner city and low income neighborhoods have become “food deserts” – where only highly processed, convenience foods like donuts and hot dogs are available instead of fresh produce and healthy foods. The program aims to educate parents and children about how chemical dyes, food coloring and unhealthy foods can create cravings and affect children’s chromosomes.
 
Crystal has partnered with Dr. Brian Alman at Kaiser Permanente to create a company called TruSage International that teaches parents and children how to relieve stress naturally through healthy means such as coloring, drawing, yoga, swimming and other physical activities. She is available to give talks and workshops to schools, clubs and other community groups to spread the message of making wise choices in foods, which will help heal bodies and minds in a natural way.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
============== 
This event is held once a year and all members, especially red badgers, are encouraged to attend. They offer various training sessions for club chairs to learn more about their roles and how to become more effective leaders. This year we had Jan Parsons, Venky Venkatesh and Beverly Liberman attend the events. Steve Weitzen was also there in funny costumes :-).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
============ 
 
 
## Miscellaneous Topics:
Steve talked about “adopting” a Rotary scholar – it was unanimously approved by the members.
 
Charlotte send around a reminder sign-up sheet for Rotarians at Work day on April 27th at Solutions For Change.  Members will prepare and serve food to about 20 – 30 people at Solutions for Change.
 
Patricia sent a reminder about the Rotary Cook-out at San Dieguito Park on April 7th.
 
 
Venky Venkatesh, who took over the President’s gavel today, brought and displayed the new Rotary flag.
 
## "Finding Peace in a noisy world" by Orlando Javien Jr.:
Orlando Javien Jr. is the man of many hats. By day he is a bookkeeper, tax preparer and domestic engineer. By night he is a religious education teacher, inspirational speaker, and author of “Stop Googling Yourself." He opened with a funny story about a boy living on a farm who, one day, dumped a despised “Porta-potty” into the river, unfortunately, while his dad was in the potty smiley! He went on to talk about the different noises in his life and how he learned to find peace.
 
 
Noise #1: His first example was about the noise of pride, a story about his refusing to take care of the dirty dishes because “it was not his turn to do them”. After almost precipitating a fight over this between himself and his wife, he realized that he needed to get rid of his pride. The lesson was that one should put in 100% effort but with 0% expectation in return.
 
Noise #2: Another time he volunteered to teach a group of children in his daughter’s class. He felt pretty pleased with what he did until he asked his daughter for validation and to his surprise she replied: “Dad you talk too much”. So the second noise in his life was his own voice! One day when his wife came home tired and upset because she had had a long day and had had nothing to eat, he rushed in with suggestions about what she could do next time. When, to his surprise, his wife became even more upset, he realized that again he was talking too much. What she needed at that moment was a hug of empathy, rather than a quick fix or lecture about what to do next time.
 
Noise #3: The most touching example was when he came home from work one day, very tired, and refused to play with his young son. Being exhausted he sent the child to his room. Later, he was very moved when the child came to him with money from his piggy bank and offered to pay his dad his hourly wage if he would take some time to play with him.
 
Noise #4: The noise of “addiction” was the last one he mentioned. He admitted that he had been addicted to pornography but had eventually been able to give it up.
He concluded by discussing the biggest problem of all in our society – the addiction to technology and social media. He has put filters on his phones and computers to protect his family from the “noise” of technology. It was a good reminder to the rest of us to be more heedful of the “noises” in our own environment.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club interim President Venky Venkatesh presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
============ 
 
 
 
We had a surprise guest that Herb brought in - their dog Tootsie! She was really cute and friendly. She made sure she smelled everyone :-). Also, Malcolm pointed out during the "Fines" session that Herb and Bev listed two different anniversary dates :-) and gave Herb a fine for that!
 
Bill announced that Stand Down event will be on June 28, 29 and 30 at the same location as past years. He added that May 10th is the clothing drive.
 
Charlotte mentioned that the Rotarians At Work day will be on Sat Apr 27, 2019 at Solutions For Change and the plan is to make and serve dinner between 4 and 7 pm.
 
 
Ken and Paul then announced another Paul Harris Fellow award. This time it was for Sanjiv Prabhakaran for his work with the website blogs and Bocce web site design, development and management.
 
 
## "Berlin before, during and after the Wall and the Berlin Crisis 1960-61"; 
Roger Liles was stationed in Turkey and Germany for 5 years as a USAF Signals Officer and stayed in Europe for 8 years. As a military electronics officer for 40 years, Roger's main function was to translate engineering jargon to understandable English and communicate to the senior officers of the US Government in written and verbal form.
 
In the 1990s he began taking novel writing classes at UCLA, and writing for pleasure. Now retired, he spends full time writing. He is author of THE BERLIN TUNNEL—A COLD WAR THRILLER, first released in Oct 2018 and became #13 on the Amazon Best Seller List for New Releases in Historical Mystery, Thriller and Suspense Fiction and has sold of 1000 copies.
 
 
He mentioned about how Churchill talked about the Iron Curtain. He said that during the Berlin airlift there were 275,000 airlift missions and 2.3 million tons of food delivered between 24jun48 to 12may49.
 
The Berlin Wall was about 94 miles around Berlin. About 200,000 people per year moved to the west. They had 81 checkpoints built in 1961 to control the flow of people. The wall was closed on August 13, 1961 and within a month the American Checkpoint "Charlie" was built.
 
 
There were times when people attending church would cut through barbed wire fence and escape to the West. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of East and West. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin crisis of 1961. That was almost the start of World War III, but fortunately the Russian tanks did not do anything catastrophic.
 
The wall remained closed for 28 years and many families were separated for all those years. About 560,000 people escaped during those years. Roger wrote a wonderful book (The Berlin Tunnel) with all these historic details and old pictures. The book's cover was designed by an artist in New Zealand and the tag line "A Cold War Thriller" was suggested to him. He received 4.6 out of 5 stars and the book became #13 on Amazon's Best Seller List. The Berlin Tunnel was a joint spy operation between the CIA & Britain's MI6 called Operation Gold to enter into Russian zone and listen-in on communications. The Allied Museum has a presentation of this Berlin Spy Tunnel.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
============== 
 
 
Paul Butler & Ken Barrett awarded few Paul Harris Fellow awards/pics to few folks that contributed extensively last year towards the Bocce event and other areas.
 
 
 
 
The awards were given to Charlotte Jones, Molly Fleming and Kitty McGee. Congratulations to all of them from the club.
Following that Charlotte announced that Rotarians Work Day at Solutions For Change will be on Saturday April 27, 2019 and the exact schedule and type of work will be announced next week.
 
 
Then Charlotte & Ken presented the $2,000 check to YMCA for Youth Camp Scholarships and Tom accepted the award on behalf of YMCA Youth Camp.
Molly announced Bocce already has THREE premier sponsors onboard for this year (Capital One from Patricia, Merrill Lynch from Jan & one more).
 
## "Tracking Your Inner Maverick: From Wall Street to the Plains of Africa" by Fred Krakowiak
 
 
Fred Krakowiak presented "Tracking your Inner Maverick" discussing giving up Wall Street for guiding safaris in Africa & being an artist.
He has some amazing artwork shown above and a book that he has published - "The Artist's Safari: Capturing Africa with Pens, Lens and Paintbrush". Available for purchase at Barnes & Noble.
 
 
xxxx
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
======== 
 
 
 
Yesterday (Mar 7, 2019) many members attended the VIP ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly launched Capital One Cafe in the re-modeled Westfield mall in UTC. Our club Rotarian Patricia Case, who works there was responsible for this opening.
 
 
 
We had some announcements by Ken on Bocce planning updates and suggested all members to look at who they brought in as Bocce sponsors in the past and start talking to them for this year. Charlotte had a printout for each member showing their sponsors and took a survey.
 
Patricia & Charlotte announced few events coming up soon --
  1. Cookout Social on Sunday April 7, 2019 from 1-4 pm at the San Dieguito park.
  2. Rotarians at Work on Saturday April 27, 2019. Options are still to be finalized.
 
 
Then we had Zubair Bakubye from East Riverside Rotary club drop-by to share some updates and request for help with some of hte proejcts he does in Uganda. DMSB had supported him and his club in the past on some projects.
 
"Empowering Youth as Future Leaders of Change" by Sarah Heirendt
 
 

As San Diego Site Director for Hands of peace (HoP), Sarah Heirendt (pronounced Hi-rent) is responsible for overseeing the annual three-week summer program that brings together 50 Israeli, Palestinian and American youth right here in Carlsbad, and other year-round projects that take place in the San Diego area. This includes community education and outreach, participant and volunteer recruitment, alumni engagement and event planning as well as coordination and execution of the many details that go into the summer program.

Sarah served as the San Diego Assistant Program Director in 2016 as well as one of the leadership training facilitators. She received her BA from Vanguard University in Cultural Anthropology and her MS from George Mason University in Conflict Resolution. She has worked for multiple non-profits specializing in community development.  While studying and traveling abroad, her interest in the Middle East peace process developed firsthand when she volunteered at a refugee camp near Nablus in the West Bank.

She said that the organization was founded in Chicago since the founder lives there. Sarah brought a guest Darling Kittoe, who was visiting from their Chicago office. They have a location in San Diego and one in the middle-east. The students in the program are usually between 15-17 years old and they go through 6 phases of HoP program. They train students on cross-culture, other religions, dialogues, etc. They also have a shorter summer program that is for 3 weeks. The teams come from Israel and Palestine. They currently have about 300 "Host" families that help to provide living space and about 200+ volunteers to manage the operations during those program sessions. They have to be careful about showing the pictures of kids on their website due to security concerns for these kids and their families. Many of their student stories can be seen here.

 
 

In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.

========== 
 
 
We had a good audience today along with guests from Just In Time (Nathan) and out of town visitor. Susan presented the check for $8,777.60 to Nathan from Just In Time (JIT). Nathan then gave a short talk about their appreciation of being a major beneficiary during the BocceFest event. He mentioned that being a foster child himself he truly understands the value of organizations, such as, JIT. He also announced that he is getting married next year!
 
 
In the end we took a group picture of all club members with the JIT check.
 
 
We also had a new "baby member" Riley (courtesy Molly Flemingsmiley.
Patricia announced that the membership social event is scheduled for April 9, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Hilton itself. 
Sanjiv was designated by Malcolm as the Fine Master for the day and he fined people who were not aware of what the "Rule of 85" meant. In addition there were about 8 members that got fined $2 for an overall attendance of less than 60%.
 
###
Bill Sutton's "My 3 Things in Life"
 
 
This was the last session on "My 3 Things". Bill talked about how his family did everything together, went on camping trips in their tine VW '57 Beetle and they would drive up to Bishop that has pretty winding and steep roads and they would cheer each time the Beetle made it up there smiley.  He graduated from UCLA, got accepted to law school but he declined and joined the Marine Corps.
 
He was Assistant Professor for some time, then met Suzanne in a methodist church. He got married on a Dec 27th just 3 days after getting drafted into the military and soon after marriage he had to leave. He got deployed to Israel, Damascus, Jordan and swam "on" the dead sea. Later in life he joined Loyola Law school in LA.
 
###
"How to communicate your way to success" by Noushin Dunkelman
 
 

Noushin Dunkelman, founder and president of MaxSynergy Consulting, graduated from UCSD with a degree in bio-mechanical engineering. She has over 30 years of product development, management, team building and coaching experience in small to midsize companies.  After years of working on the technical side, 5 years ago she decided to refocus her career in helping companies with their organizational challenges.

At MaxSynergy Consulting, she works with companies to find out their internal problems and provide custom practical solutions that meet each company’s needs such as improved communications, develop and implement new skills and tools and train them on actionable feedback to create accountability.  She also coaches experienced executives and new managers to further develop their leadership skills.

She talked about the tactical aspects of communication and that the key reasons why people communicate are to problem-solve and exchange ideas.  Relationship provides better communication and how listening is a very key aspect of proper communication. She says that humans have 2 ears and 1 mount and so focus more on "listening" smiley.  One key fact she stressed on was the primary misunderstanding people have about giving feedback. People feel that the person providing the feedback has control over the change they seek in others. That is not true at all. The change can happen only if the person receiving the feedback takes action to make that change. The person giving the feedback must be very clear about the reasons for that feedback and that makes for a far better communication. 

In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.

=========== 

 
1. George Sousa and Animal Shelter at Camp Pendleton and Patricia’s Social announcement
 
 
Few girls from R. Roger Rowe School decided to collect donations for the Camp Pendleton Animal Shelter and they donated $700 worth of supplies. George Sousa, whose honor flight trip was also sponsored by the students from same school helped to deliver the supplies. You can read the full article at this Rancho Santa Fe Review link.
 
 
Then we had Patricia make her announcement about the club Social event coming up on March 17th at the Hilton with some song and dance :-).
 
 
 
 
Jon Fish announced that the BocceFest date has been fixed for Sunday September 29, 2019. Ken also showed a video about why Rotary is fun and how people get engaged in it. He then awarded the Rotarian of the Month award to Malcolm.
 
2. “My 3 Things” by Suzanne Sutton
 
 
Suzanne talked about her early childhood days and how she enjoyed horseback riding.
She talked about her fun experience at a boarding school in Switzerland and how she made lots of friends there. She had no emails or phones at that time and the communication back home was via Airmail envelopes. Those were the fun days :-). She later attended a 50th reunion event at a villa in Tuscany and she was afraid she would recognize anyone.
As part of Bill’s military career they moved 11 times and that was pretty challenging for them.
 
2. “Integrated Healthcare” by Pouya Afshar
 
 
Dr. Pouya Afshar is board certified in internal medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, and venous and lymphatic medicine.  Since 2010 he has served as an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He works in different levels of healthcare in an effort to provide continuity of care for all his patients.
As an acute care physician, Dr. Afshar has served as a hospitalist at UCSD Thornton, UCSD Hillcrest, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and the VA San Diego Hospital.  A pioneer in transitional care medicine, Dr. Afshar is a medical director for several skilled nursing facilities, where he manages patients’ post-hospitalization during their short-term rehabilitation.
Dr. Afshar founded Integrated Healthcare Alliance (IHA) in 2015, where his primary care physicians lead a multidisciplinary team that delivers in-home medical care.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Afshar is married and is a proud father of 4 children, including 2 newborn twin boys.  He is an avid soccer player, former personal trainer, and completed 14 marathons, including two trips as a qualifying runner for the Boston Marathon.
 
He was accompanied by his intern Dr. Samantha Spilman. Dr. Afshar said that he started the company with personal funds with the core focus to reduce the healthcare costs for senior citizens. He has seen all the wastes happening at emergency centers and hospitals and wanted to change that.
 
 
 
He showed some statistics about how air crashes went down significantly over the past 40 years due to automation and high-end technology. Similarly, he is predicting that self-driving cars will eventually reduce car accidents since the human emotions will be out of the equation. He talked about how the top 2 causes for human deaths in U.S. are heart diseases and cancer. But the 3rd most common cause it seems are MEDICAL ERRROS - almost 250,000 deaths each year! He also mentioned that the U.S. is dead last when it comes to overall healthcare satisfaction.
 
He compared how patients in the past had lot more access to talk to doctors compare to today’s practice. It seems people go to emergency care just to get refills for prescriptions and the staff there will send the patient to all kinds of tests to eliminate various issues and then after 12 hours send them back with just a prescription refill. Sometimes this could be $15,000 worth of tests for no reason!
 
 
IHA’s goal is to provide chronic care by visiting patients at their home and avoid emergency visits as much as possible. They use a technology process called “STAT” to securely transmit patient vital stats to a physician or their call center. They designed a personalized medical alert device (similar to the Life Alert system) and this device is essentially a cell phone and a GPS tracker with built-in speaker and microphone to carry a conversation with the care center or family members.
 
 
They did some benchmarks by comparing hospital costs and found that they can save almost 27% of the costs. They are also working with a local company called Tealium to bring data analytics to improve their care model. Currently they are SD based and have about 6000 patients. They partner with about two-thirds of the skilled nursing facilities in the San Diego county to get all their patients.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
==============
 
 
$8,755 Check Presentation to Jacqueline Guan for Reality Changers
 
Jacqueline Guan of Reality Changers attended the meeting to thank DMSB Rotary for its recent $8,755 donation to Reality Changers.  Reality Changers was one of the two Major Beneficiaries of the Club’s 2018 BocceFest fundraiser, receiving 20% of its net proceeds.  Reality Changers’ mission is to transform lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates.  It is a homegrown organization, started 18 years ago.  It serves students throughout San Diego County from its main facility in the City of San Diego and branch in Solana Beach.  Jacqueline updated us with news that their main facility now has 15,000 square feet, a major increase from their recent, crowded 3,000 square feet space, and their search for a new leader now that its founder, Christopher Yanov, has stepped down as CEO.
 
Molly’s My Three Things
 
 
Molly Fleming told the Club of the 3 big things in her life:  Family, Health, and Career.  We learned that she had great, loving parents, even though they were quite strict.  She seemed to like her brothers, too.  Her parents taught her to work hard (jobs since age 14, including waitressing and phone solicitations while at SDSU), get a good education, and help others through charitable activities (that’s how we found Molly, checking in donors at a mobile Blood Bank event in Solana Beach). 
 
Health is important to Molly, partly due to her experience with panic attacks in college, which she overcame through help, meditation, and increased attention to her overall health.
 
Molly spoke about her career, why she chose real estate (more personal control), some great mentors (two really great ones), and now her balancing act between career and baby Riley (with Tim’s help, of course).
 
 
Program Speaker, Jim Bettencourt of the California Highway Patrol
 
 
California Highway Patrol officer Jim Bettencourt provided our program this morning, covering much good information.  With 19 years as a CHP’s officer, Jim now serves as a Media Information Officer.  He does outreach and news reporting among his many jobs   There are two main CHP facilities in San Diego County, one off Ruffin Road in San Diego and the “Oceanside” facility actually in Vista.  Their Transportation Management System watches over all of the roads in San Diego County and is worth a visit by the club. 
 
CHP has a Freeway Service Patrol to clear highway lanes clogged by vehicle breakdowns, out of gas, or health and other issues.  It also serves as eyes and ears for CHP officers.  Call 511 if you need help; it’s free.  CHP also provides many educational programs, including its Smart Start education program that teaches high school students (with their parents) about safe driving, including the many poor decisions that can impact them and others.  Other programs include Just Drive (for business drivers), Age Well (for older drivers), and Cheaters Program (concerning residents who don’t register their cars in California to save money).
 
Other tidbits included:  In a no-injury crash, clear the lane first and stay in a safe area.  Deaths from crashes normally involve at least 1 of 3 causes - Speed, DUI, No Seatbelts.  DUI check points catch relatively few abusers, but they serve as a caution to drivers.  Most DUI stops are made by patrolmen who notice unsafe driving.  The CHP is California’s state police, having absorbed the early California State Police some time ago.  So, the CHP can enforce laws anywhere within the state, not just on highways.  CHP officers are paid well (about $100,000/year after 5 years), but recruiting good officers is still difficult.  CHP emphasizes respect for all, with training and the practice aimed at verbally de-escalating situations verbally if at all possible.
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
======== 
 
 
This week we missed Molly Fleming, who was supposed to give her brief talk on "My Favorite 3 Things in Life". Hopefully she will do that next week.
 
 
Then we had a donation check of $3,000 presented by Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary club to Nicole Green of Casa de Amistad.
 
 
Following that we had a talk by Lannette Cornell Bloom about "Shifting Our Perspective of Death and the Dying Process".  Her daughter Melissa also was our guest and she provided some insights at the end during the Q&A session. Lannette is a registered nurse (RN), healer, and author who is passionate about bringing simple joys to others. As an RN and health practitioner of more than thirty years, she has seen firsthand the need to care for others both emotionally and physically. When her mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2003, she came to understand how critical it is that we talk about death in a more positive way and that emotional healing is possible through mindful choices. She shares her story and that wisdom in her book, Memories and Dragonflies, Simple Lessons for Mindful Dying, which is on Amazon.
 
She says that there are 90 million unpaid caregivers and many are struggling to care for themselves and their families at the same time. Her focus is to change the negative outlook of dying  and turn that into mindful dying  by being in the present moment. She elaborated about the 5 ways to look at dying in a positive way --
  1. Ignore the clock - don't stop living.
  2. Remember to look up - she talks about her mom one day just wanted to go into a store and look around because that was her favorite store & the store clerk did not even bother to look up.
  3. Always have a sense of humor - she talks about a story of how her mom was watching TV and saw a fire outside and had her daughter call 911 and it turned out in the end to be just a waving flag reflected in the neighbor's pool that looked like fire :-).
  4. Spiritual energy - she refers to a red dragon fly that gives energy and shows how to let go of anger.
She mentioned about some funny movies that helps bring humor to the dying process. One of the movies is "Death at a funeral". She also suggested that more information about the dying process can be viewed at https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx and https://www.aginglifecare.org/.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club Vice President Vicky Mallett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
========= 
 
 
President Ken updated the Club about Bocce 2019, saying that we were targeting the last Sunday in September and first Sunday in October..  Responding to Ken’s inquiry, Art thought that Pacific Rim Pathology should be able to be a VIP sponsor again this year and Art would be happy to help Malcolm with the “beer” thing.  Bill matched Art by offering his family’s VIP sponsorship again this year plus an offer to help where needed.  Steve raised a concern that the Jewish holy days begin the first Sunday in October.
 
“My Three Things” by Phil Campanelli
 
 
With only a few minutes available for the three big things in his life, Phil quickly talked about the three big things in his life, Family, Friends, and Faith, and shared a few photos (which we’ll try to add to this writeup later).  He came from a very Italian family back in Ohio.  In addition to Phil’s going to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, both of Phil’s sons graduated from there the same year, even though they were several years apart in age.
 
“Pay it Forward Processing Donates Parts of Its Fees to Charities” by Renee VanHeel
Renee and David VanHeel started Pay it Forward Processing to offer an improved credit card processing experience for businesses in the U.S. and Canada.  But, they did it with a twist:  they donate a portion of their processing fees to charities that meet their vetting process.  Client businesses of PFProcessing benefit from no long-term contracts, reduced processing fees (98 % of the time), business development advice, social media promotions, and the satisfaction of helping their communities.  The businesses also gain additional positive exposure as socially responsible companies.  Renee introduced Cade VanHeel, a Vice President of PFProcessing, and Andi VanHeel, Executive Director of Every Swipe Benefits Charity, who added additional insights.  Nonprofits are encouraged to introduce businesses to Pay it Forward Processing and its Every Swipe Benefits Charity program to provide the nonprofits with a continuing stream of contributions.  Thus, Pay it Forward Processing gains new client businesses, the businesses save on processing fees, and the charities receive additional funds to do good things in their communities.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
======
 
 
Ken started the meeting announcing that today it was mainly to discuss DMSB club issues and Bocce planning.
 
Steve Weitzen gave a quick story about how he was invited to meet the incoming Rotary International President SUSHIL GUPTA at a local Rotary meeting. He said that was a big honor and he was able to discuss few interesting points with him. Mr. Gupta is from New Delhi, India.
 
 
Then we had Phil talk about increasing memberships to the club and how each current member needs to be an ambassador and invite guests. He suggested that we plan a social in March to attract more guests and provide some Rotary education.
 
 
 
Ken and Malcolm gave an update on Bocce - what happened last year and what we need to do this year. Key points highlighted were --
  1. Need more revenue and member participation
  2. Promote the "beer" part of the fest more
  3. Member participation needed during the "preparation" stages weeks before the event day
  4. The goal for 2019 is to raise at least $65K
  5. Patrica said her company Capital One has already committed $5,000!
  6. Steve has committed to $1,000
  7. Venky said he will bring $5,000 one way or another
  8. So, we are already $11,000 into the fund raising!! That is awesome!
  9. Charlotte is heading up Marketing as per Charles
  10. Molly will help with Sales
  11. Sanjiv to be involved in the web stuff and will help the Auction chair with Auction related technology stuff
  12. Bev has made a list of all the other volunteers
 
Following this we had a surprise Baby Shower and gifts for Molly Fleming. Her new baby girl is named RILEY! Patricia had secretly planned this session with all the members :-). Nice work Patricia!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Molly spent some time opening all the gifts and reading out the cards and each member gave her some quick "baby" advice.
 
CONGRATULATIONS Molly & Tim!
============== 
 
 
 
 
The regular Friday meeting was replaced with this 7-way club meeting at the Del Mar Hilton. It was a packed room and Don Fipps from the Rotary Club of Del Mar kicked off the event. 
 
 
Each club's President gave a quick presentation and update about their clubs. Ken Barrett kicked that off with updates from Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotary club. The other 6 clubs that belong to District 5340 delivered their updates in this order - Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach Eco Club, Encinitas, Encinitas Coastal, E-Club of San Diego Global, and Rotary Club of Del Mar.
 
 
 
Following that we had a very inspirational talk by nationally known vocalist and country musician Amy Scruggs. Her life story was full of struggles and she talked about how she kept "re-calucalting route ..." each time she hit an obstacle or a challenge. She also started a non-profit called Voice For Heroes. She ended the program by singing 2 beautiful songs on the piano. He tag line is "Be Contagious, not Competitive".  She is married to Brad Galvan and they have 6 kids. Her full story can be read here.
 
============ 
 
Today was a surprise appearance by Radia Hunter. She is back full-time at Rotary now after a 1 year hiatus :-). She kicked it off by presenting her 3 things that impacted her life.
  1. She said she was in Belgium for few years with her sister and she learnt French during her time there. That was an exciting experience for her.
  2. Then she joined Rotary many years ago and was introduced to Richard Fogg, who was a Rotarian. In due course he gave her a job at his firm and she grew into a partner role there and very soon she will be able to acquire the entire business from Richard. She also said that George & Lou Sousa inspired her a lot and she enjoyed every community project at Rotary.
  3. Finally her engagement to Sean Hunter was a life-changing event. Sean called her one day and said he found a great deal to fly to Belgium and had to leave in few days. He took her to Bruges in Belgium and proposed on a boat ride. She said YES! Apparently Sean surprised her by inviting 6 of her old friends. It was the most memorable event of her life.
 
And then we had another big surprise news from Molly Fleming! She and her husband Tim adopted a brand new baby born on Dec 23, 2018! A baby girl named Riley Galwin. CONGRATULATIONS to Molly & Tim.
 
Herb gave a quick update on some of the District and Global grant projects.
 
###
"Strengthening the Women, Children and Families' Health impacted by HIV/AIDS" by Sara Duran
Ali Freedman is the interim Executive Director at Christie's Place, a community-based non-profit organization in San Diego, California. Since she could not attend, her Program Manager Sara Duncan gave a nice presentation about the history and activities of Christie's Place. Sara Durán, has a degree in MPH and she coordinates outreach, education, empowerment, and advocacy services for women, children, and families impacted by HIV. Ms. Durán is a Certified Health Education Specialist who has developed and implemented trauma-informed programming at Christie’s Place focused on health education, access, and retention for women living with HIV and their family members. In addition to a variety of local presentations, she has presented to national audiences on trauma-informed service provision in HIV service settings.
 
Christie’s Place is dedicated to the memory of Christie Milton-Torres. Christie dreamed that one day there would be a haven for women and families living with HIV.  At age 20 Christie was diagnosed with HIV.  During the late 1980s and early 1990s Christie was a tireless advocate for the needs of women and children.  In 1994 Christie died due to complications from AIDS.  Christie’s legacy lives on as the agency transforms lives by providing comprehensive education, advocacy and social services to women, children and families.
 
She said that at the end of 2016 almost 1.1 million people were living with HIV infection in the U.S. Unfortunately, only 25% of those were virally suppressed. Sara indicated that as long as the patients take their meds they cannot transmit the disease. Christie was the 1st woman in to highlight the HIV issue and take some action to provide relief to those infected in San Diego.
 
 
They identified that there was a big link between trauma and HIV. Christie has many peer navigators (PNs) that help HIV patients to navigate the health insurance maze. one such PN is Martha at Christie's, who helps patients with HIV. She is very effective because she herself is an HIV patient and so other patients relate to her very well.
 
 
Sara mentioned that there are many regimens to the medication process. Some are 1 pill a day program and very easy for patients to follow the program. The CHANGE (Coordinated HIV Assistance and Navigation for Growth and Empowerment) for Women program serves low-income women living with HIV throughout all of San Diego County whether they are entering medical care, have fallen out of care or are at risk of falling out of care. It improves the utilization of medical care and treatment and strengthens the healthcare and social services systems through strategic alliances and implementation of a peer navigation service model. She said it is always good to add the HIV blood test to routine blood tests during annual checkups. Sara added that the common symptoms are bad flu, pneumonia, etc. It seems many can live over 10 years with no symptoms.
 
There were 2 other board members that attended the event along with Sara -- Laurie Stewart and Renee Sievert. They provided additional information about Christie's fund-raising events and invited our members to a future event that they hold at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Laurie will send details about this event.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
======= 
 
We had a quick update by Herb about the district grants that he has been working on. He completed a project that delivered 5 tons of food and a scholarship program in Kenya. Then Steve Weitzen reminded everyone about the 7-way District meeting on Thursday January 17, 2019. This meeting will replace the regular Friday meeting on Jan 18th.
 
 
Following that we had a brief talk by Charlotte Jones about her 3 important things in life. She said that there were 3 books that made a difference in her life. She grew up in Moscow, Idaho and is a voracious book reader. She uses Audible to listen to books during her commute and walks.
1. "The Brothers K" by James Duncan: It's a coming of age story about a family. This touching, uplifting novel spans decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family.
2. "QUIET" by Susan Cain: This was a book that taught Charlotte the power of introverts. The book outlines the strengths of many famous introverts, such as, Rosa Parks, Steve Wozniak, Dr. Seuss, etc. Charlotte says that she is sort of an introvert and this book helped with leadership skills.
3. "Overwhelmed" by Brigid Schulte: This book tackles a very critical issue with most people - can working parents in America—or anywhere—ever find true leisure time? Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together. A very interesting and informative book as per Charlotte. It touches on the elements of culture. kids, aging, etc.
 
###
 
"Mindfulness and Positive Change" by John Allcock
John Allcock has been a student and teacher of mindfulness for over 15 years and a certified mindfulness instructor all over the world. He has given interviews on over 50 radio and television stations across the country, including many in San Diego. He graduated from Boston College and Harvard Law School. He is currently a practicing trial lawyer with DLA Piper, where he specializes in the trial of complex patent cases.
 
He met his wife Cheryl about 5 years ago. She was running a school for challenged kids for almost 20 years. The school is called Sea Change Prep and is located in Del Mar, CA. It is a WASC accredited school. They cater to kids from 4th grade to High School. Some of the key teaching principles of the school are as follows --
  1. Don't be ruled by tyranny of events
  2. 905 of your worries are wrong
  3. Thinking is overrated -- it seems a person goes through 30,000 to 70,000 thoughts each day and 70% of those are repeats!
 
 
 
John teaches a lot of his meditation techniques to the kids at the school. His theory is that a person can "control what action one takes on the thoughts", but the thoughts itself cannot be controlled. Mindfulness buffers you from bad actions. For example, if a driver cuts you off on the toad then mindfulness teaches you how to change your mind's state. Mindfulness teaches you to pay attention to our present moment experiences without judgement, with curiosity and openness.
 
 
 
He talks about how Koby Bryant uses meditation techniques. Watch his video here. John says that you can control your thoughts by noting it but let it go. He says to choose responses, intentions and actions that promote a healthy outcome. He cited the recent horrific event of the 12 Thai kids that were trapped in a cave after massive floods in Thailand. They survived those 18 days using meditation techniques guided by their soccer coach! Famous celebrities vouch to 20-30 minutes of daily mediation techniques that help them in their success. John also highlights these principles in his own book "40 Things I Wish I'd Told My Kids".
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
========= 
 
We had a very touching and inspirational "My 3 Things in Life" talk by Beverly Liberman. Her 3 topics were as follows -- 
  1. She talked about how she decided to become a Christian and started believing in Jesus especially having grown up in a Jewish family. She joined a group called "Mystic Christians" and went to Bible study and when she read "Mark" in the New Testament she was convinced that Jesus is Messiah.
  2. She grew up in Beverly Hills with a wealthy dad and had butler in the house. She had a tough time then. Years later a book was born - "Incest Repressed: Faith & Healing". Members can order it here on Amazon.
  3. The highlight of her life was meeting Herb. They had a drink and dinner on the first date and Bev asked if he wanted to split the bill and Herb jumped at that offer & said "Yes!" :-). They then dated for 4 years and got married. Then once she went with Herb to feed homeless people and she could not stand it. But when she started serving them her perception changed and since then she has been involved in helping the less privileged.
 
 
She then became a law enforcement chaplain and did that for 10 years. In the end she received a standing ovation from the audience.
 
###
CHRISTMAS DECOR AT THE HILTON SAN DIEGO DEL MAR
 
 
George and Sanjiv enjoy a good photo shoot at the Hilton - courtesy Phil Campanelli :-).
 
###
"Providing Basic Care to the Physically Challenged" by George Yeh
 
 
George Reh grew up in Toronto, Canada and he was a senior official at Dupont. His daughter Dina grew up with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and he saw that almost 3-4 months she had to be in the hospital during winter months suffering from inflammation and joint pains. That was a very poor quality of life for all of them. He decided he had to move to warmer area and decided to move to San Diego.
He saw very good improvement in his daughter's condition and she was able to go to UCSD in her wheel-chair and later did her Masters in Clinical counseling from USD. She was very determined to not be deterred by her condition. She now practices as a clinical counsellor at a clinic and helping other similarly challenged patients.
One day Dina was returning home and she was just couple miles away for home when her van collapsed and she had to find a ride. That cost her almost $250! Dina felt she needed to do something about these exorbitant costs. She wanted to offer empowerment to these challenged people. That's when she and her dad founded Club-ABLE.
They essentially identify providers that are willing to work with their group at lower costs and in exchange the patients provide something in return to grow their businesses. Thus a Preferred Partner Network (PPN) was created. They have many future services and products planned. George is looking for help in setting up the 501-C(3) designation for their organization so they can start accepting donations. They also need lots of volunteers to take their mission forward.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
========= 
 
 
Many of the club members participated in the Community Resource Center (CRC) food packaging & distribution marathon at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on multiple days. Susan took a picture of the truck with our club's logo displayed on it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The assembly line arrangement was very fascinating and it worked very smoothly with volunteers packing various cans of beans, corn, soup, etc.
 
============= 
 
 
Today we had a very captivating and emotion-charged talk by Chris Megison, co-founder & CEO of Solutions For Change. He was accompanied by his team members Patty Johnson and Debra Sallaz. Since 1993 Chris has designed and led numerous free market social purpose initiatives and innovations that have solved homelessness permanently for over 4,500 people. His trademark impact is his “get up, suit up and show up” model of leadership in which he leads from the front, a style of servant leadership that he learned as a U.S. Marine.
 
In 1999, Chris and Tammy Megison were helping out at an emergency winter shelter with their two boys, when a 9 year old girl named Jessica pulled Chris’ sleeve and innocently asked, “Hey mister, do you live here too?” Chris looked at the girl and then over to her mother who was preparing a bed on the shelter floor. Chris got down on one knee, looking into the girl’s eyes, and said, “I don’t live here, sweetie, but my wife and I are going to do everything possible so that you, and your family, won’t have to live here too.”
 
The girl’s eyes welled with tears, and so did Chris’s and a vision was born—to solve family homelessness. This one night forever changed not only the lives of Jessica and her family, who solved their homelessness, but also the lives of over 2,600 other children and their parents who have since found their way to Solutions. Through this promise an imperative evolved that is known today as "Solutions for Change".
 
 
 
Chris grew up in the mid-west and after one bad blizzard in Detroit he decided he needs to go west. So, he joined the military and dreamed of getting to San Diego. But then he got positioned in the coldest place in Amchitka Island, west of Alaska. Finally, after few years he was sent to warmer places, such as, the Sahara Desert in Somalia.
 
 
The goal for Solutions for Change is to get these homeless people out of the chain of dependency and denial. Chris then talked about how he met Wolfman Steve 27 years ago, who was a homeless man and he was stuck in addiction. He went to see this guy in action and felt that he could do something to change this man & other homeless people. That is when the "ALPHA" project started and he created this "Social Enterprise". He transformed the scary-looking Wolfman into a guy selling newspapers and Chris went with them to provide the motivation. That led him to the LA fair where he took 20+ homeless folks with an entire truck filled with newspapers and sold every newspaper in that truck.
 
 
He then talked about the university program, where he has 197 families enrolled. It's a 1000 day university program. They teach things like Connect, Trust and Act - the concepts of Servant leadership training. When Katrina hit they were able to mobilize 13 different organizations, loaded up several trucks and sent that to Katrina to help the people that were displaced. They are able to "transform" people and many of these transformed students end up working at the farm. Chris is also serving on the Poverty Reform Team under President Trump.
 
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
###
Member of the Club Award - George Sousa
 
 
Ken presented George with the "Member of the Club" award for his dedication and exceptional service to the club. George also requested a moment of silence since today was the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
 
###
Thank You Talk by John Van Cleef, Executive Director of CRC
 
 
John Van Cleef recently became the new Executive Director at the Community Resource Center in September 2018. He was very happy to hear that our club donated a new truck and USD 1,500 to support distribution of donated items to needy families. John's goal is to improve the quality of life of many people. He is a Rotarian by history.
 
###
"My 3 Things in Life" by Herb Liberman
 
 
Herb shared his 3 exciting events in life.
1. He talked about his life as a school superintendent when he had to make tough decisions about school closures when it is snowing heavily. The politics was bad and so he resigned, packed and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Later he moved to San Francisco and stayed there for 11 years and sold a company.
 
2. Then he met Bev in San Francisco and have lived together for 31 years.
 
3. Finally, he learned about "giving back". He was a board member of St. Anthony's Foundation, then he was a Rotarian for 20 years and then he started a micro-lending organization in Kenya and offered scholarships to kids. He is also on the board of Second Chance, Alzheimer's Society, and works with the Salvation Army and also volunteers at the jail with the people who are being released to help them cope with the real world.
 
So, the one question from the audience was - "when do you sleep?" :-)
 
============= 
 
 
 
We kicked off the meeting with a quick update from Susheela Narayanan. She gave an update about her trip to Bangalore, India and how she was given a warm welcome. She presented the DMSB Rotary contribution of USD 3,900 towards a scholarship fund for 13 college students.
 
###
"My 3 Things In Life" by Sanjiv Prabhakaran
Sanjiv talked about 3 important things in his life.
  1. Amazing Road Trips with family
  2. Compassion - helping others
  3. Bonding time with daughter
 
 
 
He said that despite his dad's busy schedule as a businessman, he made time to take the family on road trips during their annual school vacation time. He would drive almost 800+ miles from Bombay down to southern India (Kerala). His dad loved driving and in those days the roads were not very car friendly but he would still drive for 3-4 days and stop at several places on the way. Sanjiv was thus able to experience the different cultures in each state as they drove down. His dad owned some of the cars similar to ones shown above.
 
Sanjiv learnt later the compassion side of his dad. Apparently he was funding an unknown child's school and college education through a charity organization. Sanjiv also experienced compassion from many Ohio State Students that helped him settle down in the campus when he first landed in the USA back in 1981.
 
Finally, he had the best opportunity to bond with his younger daughter through their daily walks to school. When he moved to San Diego the key criteria for buying their house was to be within walking distance to their child's elementary school. That was an amazing experience for both.
 
###
"Biodiversity, conservation of Marine Life" by Paul Dayton
Paul Dayton is a long-term neighbor having lived in Solana Beach since 1970 when he came to Scripps to study marine ecology with an emphasis on kelp ecosystems.  Paul is a professor of oceanography in the Integrative Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He was the longest serving member of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission and has served on several advisory boards. He has mentored over 40 PhD students. In 2007 he became the third recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Society of Naturalists. We had a good number of members and guests to listen to his exciting talk.
 
 
He talked about the importance of kelp forests in the marine life. Kelps detach and form sea balls and drift to shore. That impacts the life & reproduction of Abalones. The octopus eats these abalones, but the Moray Eels protect the abalones because these eels eat the octopus. This type of ecosystem chain protection is essential to preserve the kelp forest as per Dayton.
 
 
When kelp accumulates on the beaches it forms a "wrack zone" that acts as a natural input of marine resources into a terrestrial system, providing food and habitat for a variety of coastal organisms. It also attracts birds that eat the insects under the sand hence forming that important ecosystem chain. Kelp used to be harvested commercially in Del Mar few years ago. It stopped due to the influx of Asian competition. He has done about 500 dives in the Antartica. He says that Starfishes have disappeared due to some disease as a result of warmer sea water.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
========= 
 
 
 
 
Susan Treadgold delivered a wonderful talk about helping people reach peak performance. She is a mother of 2 children that go to school in Rancho Santa Fe. She was in London for 23 years working as a corporate executive in the financial world and then cancer brought her back to San Diego where she is seeking some special non-traditional treatment.
 
 
 
She is a San Diego and London-based holistic executive coach, founder of Treadgold Executive Development, best-selling author, award-winning speaker and transformational trainer. Faculty member for the UCSD Rady School of Management ‘Elevate’ Executive Leadership program. She is passionate about helping people create sustainable peak performance and success by helping them increase their confidence, energy, executive presence and productivity. She is an author of the book - The High Performing Woman: 52 Action Tips for Greater Confidence, Energy & Impact. 
 
 
Susan joined UCSD to teach management at Rady's School. She talked about IQ vs EQ and says that Energy is lasting success and the key to success. She also talked about how E+R=O, where E stands for "Event" in life, R stands for "energetic Response" and O implies "Outcome".
 
 
The importance of energy is explained in her Energy Engagement Wheel above. She talked about an experiment with some mice for 21 days to show how sleep was important for full energy. They fed one set of mice for 21 days and no sleep, while the other set with no food but proper sleep. The result was that the ones that slept had better energy and survived, while the other set all died soon.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
###
"My 3 Things" by Vicky Mallett:
 
 
Vicky talked about few things that mattered a lot in her life.
1. She was from Texas and loved fishing. Her grandpa took her out always and taught her the skills.
2. She got married at age 20 to an Air Force captain Don Barryman. At that time she lived near Colorado and then Tucson. Later on, about 20 years ago she got married to husband #2 Nigel Mallett in 2007. Nigel had a big influence in her marketing career & later she got into Farmers Insurance business.
3. She ended with a funny fishing story. She and her friend Priscilla went to Dude Ranch for fishing and they were coached by a Captain Bill, who said that it will be tough to catch any fish at that time. But the ladies caught some fish that day and caught more the next day too :-). The chef noticed they had captured one large size fish and offered $100 for it but Vicky said "NO" and brought the fish back home :-).
 
============ 
 
 
 
 
We had a wonderful program by George Sousa honoring all the veterans in our club and all over the USA. He started off with a nice video about vets from the Korean war. He indicated that almost 8,100 are still Missing In Action (MIAs), about 3000 bodies returned, and 51% died in prison. He had some of his memorable photos and medals laid out on the table.
 
 
 
He had a round table set up with various items that signifies important aspects of the Korean war. This table is known as the POW/MIA table. The details of the table layout can be viewed at the U.S. NAVY LIVE BLOG site. Charles helped George point out each item on the table as George read it out. We had a room full of guests and all the vets had some form of military dress and/or cap. A brief video of George's talk can be seen by clicking here.
 
 
Each of our club veterans gave a quick update about their time in the military and they had some displays of pictures, medals laid out on the tables along the wall.
 
 
 
Bill Sutton said he moved 11 times during his career due to different postings and he was always moved by the POW/MIA table setup as it reminded him of the great heroes still missing in action.
 
 
Jon Fish was on a cruise to the Mediterranean when he was posted at Charleston, his ship came back and it became a Reserve ship as it was declared to be unfit for the sea. His next ship trip was when he went to Mekong near Vietnam. He spent 2.5 years in the Navy. 
 
 
Lou Oberman was a World War II veteran. He was at Parris Island and trained marine pilots on the instruments used for flying. He trained them to fly blind even in bad weather. In such bad weather situations when there are multiple planes all heading back to land, he would stack them in concentric circles at 3,000, 4,000, 5000 feet so they could land safely.
 
 
 
 
Charles Foster said that his father-in-law was in the Navy and his mother-in-law was in the Marines. He joined the Navy and was assigned as the Engineering Manager for the re-design of a Destroyer. Soon after he arrived at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, it failed an inspection of the calibration systems involved in its work on nuclear submarines. It had to be fixed within 60 days to avoid complete shutdown of the shipyard! The shipyard commander accepted Charles' team's recommendations and started its implementation in time to keep the shipyard’s nuclear submarine work from being shut down. The poster above was one of the ways they brought attention to those involved in the shipyard’s nuclear submarine work that uncalibrated tools and instruments could lead to failures of submarines while at sea and the resulting deaths of men aboard them.
 
 
We also had one of George's World War II friend Arnold F. give a brief talk. He said he was on ship Arora and it was stuck in a big storm, lost all life-boats and they were trying to head back to shore. However, they got a message via "light" to go back to the sea to save 2 other ships that were stranded. They managed to save a few.
 
 
 
In the end, George read out some more stories and concluded with his legendary teddy bear song :-).
 
###
 
Susan Hennenfent's "My 3 Things in Life":
 
Before she was born her family was in Germany. Both her grand-parents were born in Russia. She could have been born in Russia, but her parents eventually moved to USA and so Susan feels blessed that she was born in the USA! She has some German blood in her.
 
She admired her Algebra teacher, who encouraged students to take Physics. So, later Susan took Physics in college and ended up getting her Electrical Engineering degree. She met and married Mark.
 
Finally, she said that joining Rotary was one of the best things in life.
 
A reference to a wonderful book came up in the discussion - "A Gentleman in Moscow".
 
======== 
 
Paul Butler started off today with a wonderful video from the Rotary Foundation video library known as "A Century of Doing Good in the World". It showed the various accomplishments of Rotary over the past 100 years. This was followed by Venky Venkatesh sharing his three big things in life.
 
 
He left India to work in England. Later he applied to some colleges in USA and fate brought him to Los Angeles to do his post graduate studies. Then he got a job at Welton Beck and then he met and married Meera. Later they found jobs at General Atomics and moved to San Diego. He loves tennis and he found that General Atomics had wonderful tennis courts and so he stuck at GA for many years and is still there - soon to retire. He has 2 sons and 5 grand children. Ironically, both his sons went back to live in India.
 
####
 
Cindy Grossman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Executive Director of Kids' Turn San Diego, a caring non-profit organization that has been creating brighter futures for children experiencing family separation and divorce since 1996. Cindy earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from SDSU and maintains a current License in Clinical Social Work. She has over 20 years of administrative experience and provided therapy to children for over 12 years. Cindy joined the team at Kids' Turn San Diego in 2013 and services have significantly expanded under her leadership. Having been a child of divorce and currently a parent of a 18 year old daughter, Cindy offers a unique blend of personal experience and professional expertise and is dedicated to helping others transform their families during challenging times.
 
She talked about how there are about 100,000 children experiencing divorce of their parents every year in San Diego county and some 50,000 military children going through strenuous situations of transitions, multiple schools, etc. Divorce rates in the military is about 85% and the general divorce rate is about 50%. Kids' Turn San Diego has helped about 1095 children and parents in 2017 and in 2018 as of Sept they helped 843 total. They are serving more children & parents every year. She said that the ABC's for parents are Attitude, Behavior and Choices. Bullying amongst kids is a result of what they observe at home with parents. She says that "LISTENING" is the key to all communication. She ended the talk with a wonderful and inspiring video -- The Hug-a-Bug Campaign Video.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the imaginary Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
========= 
 
Today's talk on "My 3 Things in Life" was delivered by Steven Weitzen, who has been selected as the District Governor for 2020-21. His key points were as follows:
  1. Rabbi - In his early days his rabbi influenced into community service and that has changed his perspective on life immensely.
  2. Attorney - He said he has represented over 2000 clients throughout his career and that has impacted his life to know that he has served so many people and helped them in various challenging issues.
  3. Rotary - Joining Rotary has fulfilled his passion in life of serving the larger community. His trip to El Salvador to help the under-privileged people taught him many things. His selection to the District Governor role has been a great experience. It has been a major learning process and he has enjoyed it a lot.
 
#####
Update on events after Bocce:
Susan Hennenfent and other key members gave a brief update on the large set of tasks that happens once the Bocce event is over. Members don't realize the amount of work that happens in the background. Final Bocce wrap-up committee meeting below. Wonder why Charles is missing here :-). Great picture Charles!
 
 
  1. Jon Fish tallies all the money and prepares the profit-loss sheet.
  2. Jon distributes the monies that go to the various beneficiaries - almost 40% to the top 2 beneficiaries.
  3. Charles follows up to do the press releases and other PR activities.
  4. Thank you letters have to be mailed out to all the sponsors and people that made $50 and above donations.
  5. Susan mentioned that the biggest challenge is getting all the proper addresses of all the donors and auction items.
  6. Auction committee tallies all the collections from raffle, ships out any auction items, prepares reports for Jon, etc.
  7. Bill mentioned that the new format of Bocce+Beer did please many people and it went well.
  8. Malcolm reminded everyone that the target is to reach $100K in net within few years and that he will chair it until that time. He added that this year the net was $41k.
  9. Molly added that we need more members to carry out a huge event like this.
 
#####
The BIG Idea:
Next, we had our main speaker talk about "The BIG Idea". Chuck Samuelson, Founder and President of Kitchens for Good, has spent a lifetime in the food service industry as a chef, restaurateur, and consultant. Chuck started his career as a dishwasher at 13 and rose to Executive Chef and Restaurant General Manager in his late twenties. He has owned award-winning restaurants, a catering company, been a Hospitality Consultant to top San Diego restaurants, and served as the Senior Manager for Food Services at Stone Brewing Company. And one interesting fact about him is that he was born and raised on an Indian Reservation in NE Montana and he is a mixed race Native American Mutt.
 
 
Chuck said that at Kitchens For Good they primarily hire felons that are looking to get back into society and train them to be chefs so they can have a good life and give back to society. All they hear in the kitchen is "Yes Chef" and "No Chef" :-). They train to become good in culinary and go out to work at various restaurants.
 
When he was at Stone Brewery, he realized that he was no fulfilled and not happy at the job. He saw lots of food go to waste every day. Statistically, it seems, a single broccoli needs 5.1 gallons of water to grow and an orange needs about 13 gallons! So, he used to cringe seeing all that food go to waste - almost 40% of the food is wasted. That's how "The BIG Idea" started about 3 years ago. One of his goals was to eliminate hunger, but that was not the main goal. The key thing was that he wanted to create jobs & hence trained people in culinary. He wanted to get felons trained since he saw that once those felons are trained the recidivism rate was just 4% compared to other training where the rate was much higher and these felons go back to their bad deeds.
 
At the school the trainees learn "life" and "knife" skills and graduate with jobs in hand. They have already graduated 190 students in the past 3 years and all are employed somewhere. His goal is to hit 500 graduates each year. One of his classic story is about a a student "Yacca", who graduated and was hired as a chef at a winery. Soon he had to fill the shoes of a Sous Chef and seeing his performance he was soon moved into the Executive Chef role. The organization also gleans food from framer's markets and uses those "not-so-perfect" fruits and vegetables to cook food for the hungry.
 
Just two weeks ago they partnered with Chef Works and hosted their first fund-raiser and raised almost $50K. They had any celebrity chefs come and make gorgeous entres and appetizers from wasted food! It was an amazing success and the students also learned a lot from this experience to work with celebrity chefs. The students feel good that they are finally feeding others.
 
His primary needs at this point are to open more kitchens that trains more students by creating a safe place for these felons in their lives. He said that right after his Rotary talk he has to go and preside at a graduation event where his Class #13 is graduating.
 
 
In the end DMSB "acting" Club President Charles Foster presented the speaker with the imaginary Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
========= 
 
 
Today we had Paul Butler deliver his talk on the three important things in his life. 
 
1st        Paul’s last name wasn’t Butler when he was born.  When he was young, his mother divorced his biological father and, later, married such a good man that Paul was happy to take his new dad’s last name as his own.  His new dad was a very positive influence on his life.
 
2nd       He happened to meet a Navy recruiter in a mall while Paul was a student at Arizona State.  The recruiter said they would teach him how to fly jets, and they did.  Paul said that it was a wonderful experience and that he couldn’t believe that he was having so much fun flying  and getting paid for it.
 
3rd        A chance get-together with friends led to his meeting Mary Beth while at Arizona State.  And, “Boy, could she dance!”  The rest is history, one that Paul said has been great.
 
###
Next we had a wonderful talk by Jeff Blanton about mobilizing leaders to transform business community. He is the founder and CEO of The Blanton Group, an organization dedicated to helping leaders transform purpose into possibility. Known as “The Purpose Guy”, Jeff is a highly sought-after speaker, author, and leadership guide who assists business leaders to make the shift from success to significance. Prior to founding The Blanton Group, Jeff spent more than 30 years successfully leading large strategic change initiatives for organizations of all sizes, from well-funded start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. He is also involved with multiple local nonprofits and social enterprises focused on effecting positive change in his community. Blanton resides in San Diego, California, “America’s Finest City”, where he does his part to make that slogan a reality. A fun fact about Jeff is that he has been a competitive sailboat racer for his entire life.
 
Jeff asked those in attendance, "Who of you can truly say you know your purpose?"  He followed that question with his personal progress from not knowing even the question early in his career to, at the age of 60, knowing his true purpose of helping others to "mobilize possibilities."   
 

Today, as a speaker and facilitator, he helps business leaders identify all of their possibilities and then mobilize them into action through helping them become "purpose guided and vision driven."  He calls his process "jailbreak leadership" for identifying a person's personal purpose to help him or her see the possibilities in their lives, to look beyond the constraints of their particular jails, and to go for it!

At the end of the talk, Jeff answered a number of questions and said that he offers a complimentary 30-minute phone call for leaders who are interested in his Jailbreak Leadership program.
 
 
In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
============= 
 
This week we had Malcolm Koll talk about his 3 things in life that had a major impact on him.
  1. "Beer in the fridge" incident :-). This was hilarious where he (at 10 years of age) and his brother decided to try out a bottle of beer. Their dad later decide to drink that last bottle that he knew was in the fridge. When he did not see it he asked the kids, his wife and his maid and no one knew about it. The dad suspected the maid, who was with them for years and fired her. Everyone was sad to see the maid  getting fired and Malcolm confessed to his dad. However, his dad never apologized to the maid but the maid decided to continue working there.
  2. Terrorist contact. At the age of 17 he was sent to the army and he was placed near the Angolan border. They caught some terrorist and imprisoned them. One day he came near the cages and had eye-contact with the terrorist and he could see the burning passion in his eyes that showed that he did what he (the terrorist) believed was right even though they were doing bad things and Malcolm believed that he and his army team were doing what was best for the country.
  3. At age 19 he came to the U.S. and he said that is the first time he really questioned what Apartheid really was. His belief is that when you have to choose between what is legal and what is moral, it is always best to pick the "moral" choice.
 
We had a fairly good crowd today. Malcolm kept it very entertaining for all. members were now anxious to hear our speaker Leo and learn about the crazy things that corporate management gets into.
============= 
 

Next we had Leonid (Leo) Kandinov from Robbins Arroyo give a talk on "Taking Action Against Investment Losses" that impacts many shareholders and corporations. His colleague Ajit Narasimhan was also in the audience.

Mr. Leonid Kandinov is an attorney at San Diego based Robbins Arroyo LLP. Mr. Kandinov represents individual and institutional investors and consumers in complex litigation, specifically focusing on shareholder rights, securities fraud, and antitrust matters. For his efforts on behalf of his clients, Mr. Kandinov has been recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

He indicated how corporate management discusses many things in board meetings that are confidential and they get leaked out leading to major shareholder risk and losses. Tesla was a glaring recent example when its CEO Elon Musk announced taking company private without any written confirmation. That led to major losses for the shareholder, for the company and for him personally.

They represent plaintiffs on a pro-bono basis and only gets paid from the proceeds that comes out of settling the case. It seems that total investor losses have reached almost $334 Billion! The team at Robbins Arroyo works diligently with their clients to ensure that illegal activities by corporations are corrected and secure any compensation for the losses. Recently they did a "Shareholder Derivative Action" against the board and/or executive members of Facebook and they took Mark Zuckerberg into deposition and finally settled the case for some amount.

They monitor "insider trading" issues and other illegal activities that causes a company's stock to fall. Western Union was another example of money laundering that they faced about 5-6 years ago. The company had to pay over $35 million in fines. The sad part is that in some cases, when the company pays the fine it is eventually coming out of the shareholder's pot but in many cases the insurance companies cover that cost. Eventually, as more regulations are put in place the stock recovers. UPS was another interesting case where they were caught shipping illegal cigarette cartons (683,000 cartons) and these were ending up in the hands of under-age kids. They proved that this was happening with full knowledge of the UPS executives and the judgement was a fine of $247 M to New York state and city.

Overall, this was a very educational talk and members really enjoyed it since there were several good questions. He encouraged people to sign-up for StockWatch as it is a FREE service to all clients. There is no cost to the client since the payment comes out in the end from legal settlement costs.

In the end DMSB Club President Ken Barrett presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
============= 
 
GLOBAL GRANT FOR OTTAPALAM, KERALA, INDIA
 
 
 
We had a Global Grant update from Sanjiv Prabhakaran regarding Grant number 1861779 for Quadriplegic and paraplegic beneficiaries. The total grant value was $35,813.
 
 
 
 
 
The beneficiaries received 1 chin operated wheel chair, 23 3-wheel scooters, 7 sewing machines and training for various money-making opportunities, such as, making paper pens, pencils, umbrellas, etc. They have also set up a web site HANDICROPS to promote and sell the items made by some of these beneficiaries so these challenged people are able to live independently and earn some income to support their families.
 
########
DISTRICT GRANT FOR RUIRU, KENYA
 
 
 
Herb and Bev Liberman presented their progress on the District Grant for children in Ruiru, Kenya. They were in Kenya to meet the organizers and children of Praisegate Children's Home. This place is near Nairobi.
 
 
Praisegate provides residence for older girls and they have a feeding program for the street children. They also have a clean water service there. The district grant was for $1,300.
 
######
BOCCE AWARDS
 
 
Paul awarded the Bocce awards to Jan Parsons and Charles Foster for the largest number of sponsorships that were secured for the BocceFest San Diego fundraising event.
============== 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phil managed to get us a tiny meeting room today due to some busy bookings at the Hilton. On top of that, our speaker for today had to cancel his talk at the last minute due to an emergency. Ken, Jon and Malcolm provided some Bocce updates and Bill tried to auction off some remaining Champagne and wine bottles. Jon updated everyone that the sponsorship collection was about $55K and Charlotte mentioned that the Auction+Raffle net collection was close to $15,000. Jon was not so sure about the nickel collection but he estimates that to be around $500.
 
 
Then Ken presented the annual past-president 18-carat gold Rotary pin with a real diamond in the center. This was designed by Malcolm. Apparently only past presidents and higher can wear a pin with a diamond in the center. Also, Susan read out a "Thank You" note form Reality Changers that was very touching.
 
 
Following that we had the "My 3 Things in Life" talk by Lou Oberman. He showed a picture frame that had some great sentimental value for him. There were three pictures in the frame, which his very best friend Syl Schaffer gave him on his 65th birthday. One picture was of the two of them when they were 4-5 years old, another one was when they were in their 50s, and the smaller one with his wife, was taken about 10 years ago.  He passed away in 2009, and they were closer to each other than their own brothers. That friendship was wonderful.
 
He said he is involved in the Convention of States project and that he has given some 90+ talks for that organization. His dream was to be a major league baseball player. His school PSAL won the championship in 1949. Apparently his team was undefeated in NY city. They had a very tough and disciplined coach and this coach made sure the kids were absolutely clean and that their shoes were shining and spotless. Many commented that they looked the professional NY Yankees. Later when he was in college he was selected to try out with the NY Giants. However some leg injury prevented him from going. Then in 1952 he joined the Marine Corps. Once he came out of the Military he went into selling insurance but soon got disappointed with that and later saw that financial planning was what he really wanted to do and he saw that as the future. In 1968 he moved to CA and eventually to San Diego and retired in 2002 as a financial planner.
 
One of the quotes that he really enjoys is - "Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is Mystery and Today's Present is a Present".
 
============= 
We had an amazing BocceFest event on Sunday Sep 30, 2018 at the Surf Cup Sports Park. The two big beneficiaries Reality Changers and Just In Time had a full crew of volunteers there to help. Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News and Solana Beach Sun had a photographer there to take pictures for the above article. The original PDF of this article can be downloaded here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The above pictures were some of the images taken by members of the club. Details of the event can be viewed at BocceFestSD.
 
 
In addition, we also announced the awards for the Beer competition that was held few weeks prior to this event. The beer served at the event were donated by the breweries that participated in the Beer competition. The results were as follows:
Category 1: Pilsner
       Gold:    Ned Hall Pilsner, Belching Beaver Brewery
       Silver:   Boneshakeur, Rouleur Brewing
       Bronze: Spezial Pils, Alesmith Brewing
 
Category 2: Wet-hopped Beer
       Gold:     Most Wanted, Dos Desperados Brewery
       Silver:   Culture Brewing
       Bronze: Nickel Beer Company
 
Category 3: Juicy or Hazy IPA
       Gold:     Dopeur Juicy IPA, Rouleur Brewing
       Silver:    Hazinitas Hazy IPA, Dos Desperados Brewing
       Bronze:  Art is Hard, North Park Beer Co
 
Category 4: American IPA
       Gold:    Mosaic IPA, Culture Brewing
       Silver:   Hop Fu!, North Park Beer Co
       Bronze: Ride the Pine, Belching Beaver Brewery
 
Category 5: Imperial Stout
       Gold:    Speedway Stout, Alesmith Brewing
       Silver:   Rescue Buoy, Rip Current Brewing
       Bronze: Double Abbey Stout, Viewpoint Brewing
 
Best of Show:
        Mosaic IPA, Culture Brewing
========== 
 
 
 
Website Sponsors
 
 
Our Club President
 
Venky Venkatesh
mandyamvenkatesh@gmail.com
+1 (858) 880-8560

 

 
Officers & Chairs
President
Past President
President Elect
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Sergeant at Arms
Community Service
International Service
Youth Service
Foundation (TRF)
Membership
Public Relations
Social
 
RSS
Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International President

Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International

Fighting poverty on a small scale

A collaboration between Rotary and Heifer continues to produce big results, helping small farms provide healthier, locally-sourced

Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnership

Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnershipEvanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years,

Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polio

Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polioEVANSTON, Ill. (June 10, 2019) — Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed

Rotary’s 110th annual convention concludes

Rotary’s 110th annual convention concludes; one of Hamburg’s most multicultural, non-profit gatheringsMore than 26,000 registrants representing 3,605 Rotary clubs in 170 countriesRotary commits US$102 million