Lake Arrowhead Mountain

Sunrise Rotary Club

 
Speakers
Twin Peaks Sheriff's Explorer Scouts
Dec 12, 2018
Explorer Scouts
Paul Fornier
Dec 19, 2018
Mountain Counseling / Music Competition
Dave Nygren
Jan 23, 2019
School District Programs
Geoff Hopper
Jan 30, 2019
Employment Law Issues
Rudy Westervelt
May 15, 2019
Peace Conference
 
Upcoming Events
  • Club Meeting
    Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
    Dec 12, 2018
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Club Meeting
    Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
    Dec 19, 2018
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Board Meeting
    Triple Edge Financial
    Dec 25, 2018 7:00 AM
  • Club Meeting
    Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
    Dec 26, 2018
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Club Meeting
    Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
    Jan 02, 2019
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Club Meeting
    Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
    Jan 09, 2019
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Club Meeting
    Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
    Jan 16, 2019
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Club Meeting
    Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
    Jan 23, 2019
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Board Meeting
    Triple Edge Financial
    Jan 29, 2019 7:00 AM
  • Club Meeting
    Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
    Jan 30, 2019
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
NEWS
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Annual Mountain Sunrise Rotary Auction - in person, online or via the phone!
 
With your bids, you are helping the many local charities and organizations Mountain Sunrise Rotary supports throughout the year.
 
And now, you can also support the businesses and entities that donated the wonderful auction items by checking them out at our website as you seek goods and services in the upcoming months!
 www.MountainSunriseRotaryAuction.org


 
 

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Club Information

Service Above Self

Lake Arrowhead M SR

744-7854

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Lake Arrowhead Resort
President: Rory Balmer
27984 Hwy 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA  92352
United States
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Home Page Stories

A Visit from Smokey Bear!

Laura Dyberg introduced us to Smokey Bear today! And NO, Smokey Bear does not have a middle name except when singing his song to make it flow better!
 
Laura gave us a little history of Smokey – he never speaks or growls, there is never more than one in a parade or at an event, and he is always escorted because of his big feet!
 
Laura gave us a report on what’s up at the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council, and we had a discussion regarding ways to lessen the chance of fire here.
 
We all had the opportunity to have our photo with Smokey!

Welcome New Members Todd Beal and Joan Leopold Brown

 
Induction Master Geoff Hopper called our new recruits to the front, and did what he could to embarrass them without much success – as they all agreed to join up!
 
WELCOME TO:       
     
Joan Leopold Brown – Retired Beverly Hills realtor, spouse Dennis is in the lunch club! Of course, Geoff was excited to point out that Dennis is an attorney. So what.
 
Todd Beal – Assistant Superintendent of the Rim School District – 1-year resident, honeymooned at the Resort! He and his wife have 2 kids, ages 19 and 23.
 

Rim High Shred Team

Karen Baldwin introduced the Rim High Shred team – Gracie, Deanne and Josh.
 
We evidently have a REALLY competitive ski/snowboard team; Rim is the only one in the SoCal region! The Travel Team has 48 members. They travel to Mammoth twice a year for events, leave Wednesday, back on Friday. The events are pretty expensive; it costs about $800 per team member to go – so they could use some help. If they make it to the finals – definitely their goal – the cost will be about $1150.
 
Their program is pretty rigorous, lots of training including cardio, weight training and track.
 
The team is not CIF sanctioned, so there is no funding available – it all must be raised by the team.
 
Karen reports that they are doing well, but need help in all areas, including funding, coaching and equipment. They need to raise about $32,000 for the year!
 

Welcome New Member Cynthia Willman

Initiation Master Geoff Hopper provided the background and ceremony for our newest member – Cynthia Willman. Cynthia does PR for a software firm, and is famous for hiking to interesting places and getting lost! WELCOME!

Dr. Win - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Win was today’s presenter.
 
This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
 
Dr. Win gave us an overview of what’s up in the battle against Breast Cancer.  The treatments and discovery is getting very sophisticated. She recommends a book – “Cancer for Two” as a very good resource for couples going through the process.
 
Dr. Win says that they recommend screening with no age limit, every two years, and that family history is very significant. Good news: our hospital has a digital mammo machine, so you can get screened on the mountain with quick digital service. Dr. Win reports that 1 in 10 mammograms require follow up. There is a high false negative in the alternative medicine area, she recommends the mammogram to reduce the incidences.
 
Dr. Win is excited to report that we have a new surgeon starting on November 1!
 
Lots of praise for Dr. Win for our member patients!

A Tribute to Jerry & Joyce Savage

Today is Jerry’s last meeting, as he and his wife are on their way to a new home on Arizona.
 
Lots of sentiment – and we will miss them both. Especially Jerry’s willingness to keep our website and auction publicity on the straight and narrow!
 
Thanks Jerry. Enjoy your new home. Remember – you have a lot of friends here!
Karen Reams introduced the staff of the Parks and Rec Department, with a comment or two from each:
            Brian Hernandez: Busy finishing up the ball field in Lake Gregory.Paul Miller: Working on maintenance.
Ryan Moore: Helps with maintenance and cleanup.Carly Korn: Organizes the events: Halloween in the park is coming up! Youth basketball; They could use some volunteer coaches!
          Rick works as the CFO – and keeps the records straight.
 
Karen went through the whole program offerings – and there’s a lot to it, film program, swim/tennis, exercise, dance, karate and the new 3-on-3 basketball league.
 

Jack Cooperman - Rim Special Athletes

Jack and Kim Meers presented the Rim Special Athletes program.  Kim summarized all of the things they have expended into. They now offer 4 different areas of activity: Yoga, Snow Play, Water sports and golf.
 
The yoga program takes place in a local church gym, and at Tavern Bay Beach Club. They are excited to have a certified trainer working with them.
 
The golf program has really taken off. It takes place at the Country Club, and they are really happy that a number of members of the club have volunteered to instruct the participants!
 
The Water Sports program has had a great summer with paddle boards, kayaks and pedal boats. Jack worked with the Firefighters Union, and managed to arrange a visit, tour and hands-on experience with the Fireboat!
 
The Snow Sports season is coming up, and they are excited to show-off heir facility at Snow Valley during their upcoming Fundraiser.
 
The Fundraiser is scheduled for October 6, come up and check it out – ride the chairlift and have a delicious Italian dinner!
 
Go to the website for more info and to buy tickets:  www.rimspecialathletes.org

Keith Martin - Chess Club

Keith Martin- Speaking on Chess clubs in our schools. While a school teacher in Chicago, Keith found the game of chess a great benefit to the kids that participate. A disadvantaged student, Steve, with failing grades began attending the chess club regularly. Chess became an incentive for him to get passing grades when he wanted to play chess competitively. He began working with his teachers to get caught up and passing on his course work. Years later Keith ran into Steve at a restaurant and Steve attributed chess in helping him, “Make it out of the barrios and become a success.”
 
On November 3, 2018, there will be 70 kids from the chess program in the cafeteria of MPH playing chess. It is free for students to join if they join the Thursday prior to November 3rd. Come and watch as chess builds the confidence of our youth!
 
If you would like to help we are in need of donations and equipment. We need the support of Administration and Teachers to facilitate chess clubs in our schools.
 
Thank you to Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club for your donation. With your donation we were able to purchase books to teach chess.
 
To learn more go to Keith’s website: www.havesetwilltravel.net

Michelle Murphy - Rim School District

Michelle Murphy gave us an update on the School District with her guest Ginny Haberland.
 
Michelle notes that Rim is considered a “High Performing School” due to the performance of our students, highly trained faculty and our ongoing programs.
 
Michelle reports we have a safe school – and a well-equipped one too. They have a computer system that keeps track of everyone, and provide=s alerts for security.
 
One of the main tasks that is being worked on is attendance. Funding is based upon attendance, so we need to get our percentage attendance up.
 
Michelle announced a new District Newsletter that will feature community leaders – this time Butch Baumann will be the subject! They are also putting a “Weekly Spotlite” on the website – to help with the goal to “Always Be Communicating.” Along with the new communications, they are working on a recognition program, working on a lesson plan for using social media, and are looking forward to a textbook update. Other new areas of interest are a 3-D print program, and a drone program.
 
Other new features are the “Adopt a Freshman” mentoring program and a career speakers’ agenda.
 
Michelle says we are in good shape, have a number of new things underway, and they are looking forward to a successful year!

Scott Markovich - School district update

Scott Markovich gave us an update on what’s up on the mountain.
 
It’s been a bit of a tough year, and Scott gave us a look at our upcoming election for the school board, and worked to clear a bit of confusion in the process. Turns out there are 3 districts in the District, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs. There will be people on the ballot from each district, and everyone gets to vote for all districts. Interesting!
 
Scott reviewed programs that have been underway, mandates from the State and Federal governments and discussed a few of the shifts in public education. One example is the fall off in students interested in football!
 
Technology moves quickly – and is leading a big shift in educating. The school is declining enrollment at all levels, one reason is competition from Charter and Christian schools and home-schooling. Also, there are just not as many kids.
 
They are working on ways to improve competitively, and a working on a “branding program.”
 
Many challenges in the education business!
 
Scott Markovich gave us an update on what’s up on the mountain.
 
It’s been a bit of a tough year, and Scott gave us a look at our upcoming election for the school board, and worked to clear a bit of confusion in the process. Turns out there are 3 districts in the District, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs. There will be people on the ballot from each district, and everyone gets to vote for all districts. Interesting!
 
Scott reviewed programs that have been underway, mandates from the State and Federal governments and discussed a few of the shifts in public education. One example is the fall off in students interested in football!
 
Technology moves quickly – and is leading a big shift in educating. The school is declining enrollment at all levels, one reason is competition from Charter and Christian schools and home-schooling. Also, there are just not as many kids.
 
They are working on ways to improve competitively, and a working on a “branding program.”
 
Many challenges in the education business!
 

John Wurm - Lake Arrowhead Community Services District

John Wurm was here to talk about what’s up at the water district.
 
John discussed the newly completed North Bay water intake. It was a pretty expensive project, but was necessary because to old facility was so outdated the maintenance was very high – and he believed we will save lots of costs in the longer run. The project came in under budget, and the District was able to work out differences with both the Community Board and the Hamiltair Board of Directors.
 
John informed us that we own 350 acres in Hesperia, the plan is to eventually build a solar electricity farm to help pay the system’s electricity costs. Still arm-wrestling with the various regulators, probably a while before that project gets off the ground.
 
They are studying a project that will treat water, put it back into the aquifer then pump it out and re-introduce it to the lake. The project is probably 10 years out, but could equal quite a water saving!
 
The district has restructured the pension program for employees; the employees are now responsible for paying their share. Evidently they weren’t in the past.     Thanks for the update!
 
John Wurm was here to talk about what’s up at the water district.
 
John discussed the newly completed North Bay water intake. It was a pretty expensive project, but was necessary because to old facility was so outdated the maintenance was very high – and he believed we will save lots of costs in the longer run. The project came in under budget, and the District was able to work out differences with both the Community Board and the Hamiltair Board of Directors.
 
John informed us that LACSD owns 350 acres in Hesperia, the plan is to eventually build a solar electricity farm to help pay the system’s electricity costs. Still arm-wrestling with the various regulators, probably a while before that project gets off the ground.
 
They are studying a project that will treat water, put it back into the aquifer then pump it out and re-introduce it to the lake. The project is probably 10 years out, but could equal quite a water saving!
 
The district has restructured the pension program for employees; the employees are now responsible for paying their share. Evidently they weren’t in the past.     Thanks for the update!
 

Michelle & Nate Calkins - ROW Search and Rescue

Michelle and Nate Calkins did the annual Search and Rescue report today.
 
The group is funded entirely by donations, and works with the Sheriff’s department to help I all kinds of situations. They report that the advent of cell phones and GPS has lowered the incidence of lost people – but they still work a lot to help bring people back!
 
Michelle told us her story of the first search she went on – 2 girls got lost in the Deep Creek area. The team went out to find them at around 1am, and found them an hour later. After camping for the night with them, they walked out the next morning.
 
They keep looking for the missing German – but as yet no luck.
 
The team has 26 people, and is 100% volunteer. They are activated by the Sheriff, and can do operations on foot, by horse, using dog and even in an airplane.  Quite a group, and we’re fortunate to have them!

District Governor Ricardo "Taco" Loretta

District Governor Ricardo Loretta presented on July 25th.
 
Taco has been around the District a bit – recalls going to Lisbon with Armand during their year as club presidents.
 
Taco claims to have no particular “word of wisdom,” but offered a short story based on his question “Why am I in Rotary? Are we pre-wired for service?” His answer is no – he thinks service as a passion came up around the middle of the 19th century. He tells a story of a Swiss businessman named Henry Dunant who witnessed the results of a war in South America. He found himself wanting to help the victims of the event, which eventually led him to be one of the founders of the International Red Cross. He wrote a book about the tragedies of war that continues to be popular today – “A Memory of Solferino.” Henry received one of the first Nobel Peace Prizes in 1901.
 
Interestingly, this notion of service to the community and the world led Paul Harris to found Rotary in 1905.
 
Ricardo has lived around the world in his position distributing products for Clark Equipment. Early in his career, he led a trip to China, and was very successful there. One of the executives of the company had him tell the story of his success to the local Rotary club, which earned him a Rotary pin – and a welcome from Rotary clubs world-wide.  Living outside the US for a number of years, Taco returned to the states in 2009, and re-joined Rotary – and was delighted to find that women were now welcomed as members!
 
He came in contact with a group that was passing out food baskets to the poor in the Coachella Valley – and started to help. It has become his clubs main project – and has grown to be a big factor in the valley.
 
Ricardo says that his membership in Rotary made many of the best experiences in his life possible.
 
Ricardo presented a small replica of the Rotary bell to Rory. The bell was forged in the same shop that makes bells for the Vatican in Italy.
 
Rick Miller and Jamie Zinn were recognized as "Unsung Heroes" by Ricardo.
 
One final comment – Ricardo says the most important person in the room is Bill Herrmann – our membership chair!

Deputy Steve Theis - Twin Peak Sheriff Dept.

Deputy Steve Theis from the Twin Peaks sheriff station spoke today.
 
A few items:
  • 32 full time staff
  • 15 patrol deputies
  • 7 professional staff
  • 71 volunteers
  • 10 explorers
  • They have answered 11,300 calls for service this year.
  • 1282 criminal reports
  • 400 adult bookings
 
There are 3 beats on the mountain – Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs and Crestline. They cover all the way to Lake Silverwood.
 
A few happenings:
Grizzly Road – drug offense, along with an illegal stuffed mountain lion.
Commercial burglaries in the Village, Leroy’s and the Vape shop. They recovered a good amount of the stolen items when they found the suspect in a stolen car.
A man was charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment when he forced his ex-girlfriend into a car.
A man was reported as “Going Crazy!” and arrested for elder abuse.
 
Deputy Tice says one of our most serious problems is burglary of unoccupied homes to fund drug problems.
 
Thanks for the report – and Thanks for your service!

Assemblyman Obernolte

Our Guest Speaker on July 18th was California State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte.
 
Rory read a detailed biography that the secretary would rather not re-type, so let’s just say that Mr. Obernolte is a very accomplished businessman, and has been serving the community and the state for a very long time!
 
One note – Jay’s son Troy was a camper at RYLA this year!
 
Jay is the Vice-Chair of the California Budget committee, the Appropriations Committee and the Budget Conference. A few words about this year’s budget: The largest in history at $138,000,000,000. There are some good items – more money for education, and a significant deposit to the Rainy Day Fund. Jay would like to see more rainy day funding, as our revenue is quite variable – 1% of our taxpayers come up with 50% of our income tax revenues. If we have a blip in the economy, we go south real fast.
 
Jay described our current fiscal surplus, and the Legislature’s habit of setting up repetitious reserve accounts – which is a ruse to avoid sales tax reduction.
 
This year’s budget is up 9% over last year; up 6% last year. Seems like spending as getting harder to control.
 
Jay reports that we were able to avoid a new tax on water. He believes that the expenses necessary should come from the General Fund – which is what will happen. The surplus will hopefully also fund new expenses for the statewide 911 phone program. Also: GOOD NEWS – The Fire Fee (Tax) has been repealed! You have paid your last fire fee.
 
Jay spent a few minutes on our unfunded liabilities – which are for the most part, held by local governments, not by the State. Big problems – maybe up to 1 trillion dollars. It turns out the local governments are starving – and it’s very difficult to get funds from the state. Jay feels pretty strongly that funds should be sent back down to the locals.
 
One program that Jay is pretty proud of is his Transparent Tax Increase legislation. He has managed to get passed and signed a bill requiring any legislation that necessitates a tax increase to be labeled as such – so the tax payers know what’s going to happen.
 
A quick comment on two special taxes – Cap and Trade and the gas tax both increase what it costs to buy gas – Jay is sponsoring legislation to repeal the gas tax.
 
If you need help with the State – Call Jay!!!
 
[note: our club photographer, Bob, was out; picture courtesy Shannon Dunkel, Assemblyman Obernolte staff member]

John Moore - Rotary Foundation

John Moore, after being presented with his Paul Harris +5 pin, and reporting on neighborhood activities involving a bobcat and Jax, his dog, last night presented the Foundation program – both the local program and the Rotary International program.
 
Everyone needs to fill out a pledge form! You can make your pledges to both the national organization, and to our local causes. John went through the Rotary International Foundation program. It was founded in 1917 by a gentleman named Arch Klumph. Appropriately named, Arch started the foundation with about $27 which has grown over the years to have distributed $3.95 Billion dollars world-wide.
 
John reports that we currently have 35,656 clubs with 1,202,937 members. There are about 30,000 service projects underway at any given time! As a group, RI members contribute 24,000,000 volunteer hours every year, not to forget we also have lots of Rotaract and Interact members who help out.
 
 John went through how the Foundation program works, with local giving staying local and Rotary International Foundation money moving up the structure – but with about half of it coming back through local grants.
 One of the biggest programs – Polio + - has all but eliminated polio, with work still going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 John built a pretty good case for generous contributions to both local and international – This year’s RI budget is $480,000,000!!  So let’s help out – FILL OUT A FORM!  Thanks John.

Ureil Ponce - Eagle Scout Project

Mel Markham, Scoutmaster, helped Uriel Ponce – our visiting Boy Scout – to straighten out his Boy Scout goals and targets – and to present his Eagle SCOUT PROJECT:
 
Uriel plans to rebuild the Spiritual Walkway behind the Catholic Church. That means a complete redo, including paint, refinishing and new bronze plaques. The budget is $3,000; Uriel has already raised $2,500 – so he’s here looking for the balance. Geoff Hopper volunteered his brother to pony up (along with himself). (We otta just put people in touch with the Hoppers rather than make them come and present).
 
Great Job, Uriel – everyone is looking forward to the project’s completion

Stephanie Neumen - Hope of Children and Women Program

Everyone may recall Stephanie’s visit last year and her request for support for HOCW (Hope of Children and Women) program. Stephanie has visited Uganda in support of the group, and is in the process of producing a documentary chronicling the progress of the HOCW program.
There are lots of refugees in Uganda from Congo, Rwanda and Sudan. They are all trying hard to resettle, find work and provide for the influx which has created a lot of dislocations.
 
Stephanie has taken up the cause as her own, and is working hard to not only tell the world the story, but has been working to make a difference. Stephanie showed us a video of a soccer team made up of young men – refugees from all over. They have found commonality through the sport, which seems to help as they find ways to create a new and hopefully safe life.
 
We donated $750 as a club last year to help support the effort – and Stephanie’s presentation is a graphic report of our success! Stephanie is hoping for additional support this year, and could use $1,300 to further our work there.
 
No question that Stephanie is making a difference is a very troubled part of our world – THANKS!
 

Kelly Kinsek - Director Camp Paivika

Kelly presented the story of Camp Paivika – which was founded by a Rotarian, Mr. Lawrence Lowry – of STEAKHOUSE FAME!
 Kelly reports that the camp is thriving this year, with full enrollment. There are 60 campers in residence this morning. There are 8 sessions of camp every year, and they are committed to adapting to the needs of each individual camper. They offer horseback riding, swimming, arts & crafts and many other activities. There are programs for special needs people from age 9 to 90.
 
The counselors are from all over the world; Kelly says they are all very special people to do what they do! A summer as a counselor at the camp is a life changing experience.
 
Kelly told a story of a camper – Tom – who has been coming to the camp for about 6 years. Tom is autistic and does not speak. Kelly has been recognizing Tom by name for all of the 6 years – and he finally recognized her with a smile and a glance. It was VERY rewarding, and indicative of the dedication of Kelly and her staff.
 
In the fall when not in session, the camp is leased to a private academy and other groups to offset expenses and provide additional cash flow.
 
Next time – LUNCH at the camp, and a tour of the facilities.

Heather Sadler

Heather Sadler – Professor of Literacy at the University of New England had a few comments about literacy and the importance of reading to children from birth. Asking questions when they get a little older is good idea also, to promote a little creative thinking.
 
Heather hit upon the thought that she is actually “Training Rotarians” in her position.  She teaches students to identify problems then find a solution for it – which seems like exactly what Rotary does.
 
Heather reports that there is a pretty significant “word gap” between upper and lower income people, and programs like the one Mila works at helps to solve the problem.
 
Ask questions – it helps kids think!

Al Perdon - High Speed Train Project

Al presented the High Speed Train project.
  • Majority of the people who will use this train will not be tax payers. 
  • In 2008 voters approved the project with 26% of the eligible voters. What this means is 71% of the voters didn’t vote.
  • There is a lot of controversy surrounding the project. Al will discuss the pros and why the project should be supported.
  • 800-mile system from Sacramento/San Francisco to San Diego
  • Actual train has not been selected
  • In the US there is only one High Speed train currently in use and it goes from New York to Washington DC
  • Legislature states train must be completed by 2020
  • Project is stalled due to not enough funds to start 1st phase
  • There is a 90% probability the train will be built.
  • Project is 60 billion short for phase 1
  • Mega Cities will be created around the high speed train which will drive economic growth

Rotary World Peace Conference 2020

Rudy Westervelt-Rotary World Peace Conference 2020
a. The District grew 120 members
b. Mountain Sunrise grew 20 some odd members, mostly odd.
c. Rudy presented Ken and Mountain Sunrise with several awards
i. Spirit of Recognition to Ken from Governor Massey
ii. Club President Award
iii. Leader in Service to the Community
•             Rebuilding in April
•             Ken is 2nd to none in serving and changing lives. He is top in the District!
•             Ken was speechless
Norine Giacopuzzi and Charlene Burgher presented their group –the Mountain Pregnancy Center.
The Pregnancy Center is a fairly new organization that was founded in 2011 by Norine, almost by accident. She came in contact with a couple that needed counselling about their pregnancy – so she tried to help and ended up founding the Center!

They have achieved non-profit status, and provide services and prayers for lots of expecting mothers and families. They proved counselling, supplies, ultrasound exams and medical support for the pregnancy. They are prepared to provide 9 months of support to help produce successful parents!
Their office is at 461 Dart Canyon Road, and they provide 24/7 service. Over the last 2 years, they have provided services to 400 women!

They have an annual fundraiser, this year it’s a “Day at the Club” event at the Country Club – with golf, tennis, swimming and lots of fundraising activities. It will be held on August 9, flyers on the table to make reservations for the event.