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Chris Carter - CHP PIO

Chris Carter, Public Information Office for the California Highway Patrol, was the speaker today.
Chris works at the Running Springs office of the CHP. They have 25 patrol officers and 4 sergeants working out of that office. Chris works as the information officer.
Chris noted a few items – especially the winter parking problems in the mountains! In response to questions regarding plans to ease the problem, Chris said that their focus is on enforcement, and at the moment knows of no state or other program in place to coordinate any changes. They do have concerns for emergency vehicles during a traffic crunch.
There was a question regarding the Highway 18 median barrier – they have had no problem with it and credit the barrier with cutting down on “crossover” events. There was some talk about other problems such as enforcement of lighting on cars during bad weather or fog – with which they are tasked with aggressive enforcement.
Chris mentioned that the dispatch phone number is 909-428-5400 which is available for public use to report problems.  Chris will be teaching an “Age Well” driving class on April 26, 9am at the San Moritz lodge.
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New Member - Don LuPear

New Member Induction
Don LuPear came forward with sponsor Laura Dyberg!
Don, our local Commander of the Sheriff Station in Twin Peaks, is a Rim Graduate! He and wife Giddy have been married 30 years, and his son works in the District Attorney’s office in the Bronx!
Welcome to our little club!
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Dan Begley - Arborist

Dan Begley, Certified Arborist offered today’s program.
First off, Dan discussed “defensible space” – something we should all be concerned with. He labels the program Separation of Fuels
  • Remove ladder fuels to about 6 feet
  • Horizontal fuels – space between the trees – remove highly flammable fuels like manzanita and scotch broom.
  • On a steep slope, allow for more separation.
  • Native trees ought to be spaced about 10 feet apart.
  • Don’t rake the ground bare! It’s best to lease a 2” duff layer, it helps to hold moisture for the tree, and to provide nutrients
Dan went through the “value of a tree” computation – a high quality mature tree might be worth $25,000 or more! It is computed by the square inches of the tree’s circumference.
Dan recommends trees be assessed prior to cutting them down. Lots of questions for the tree expert! AND the presentation of the “I Got Mugged at Mt. Sunrise Rotary” mug!
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Mountain Counseling and Training

Bethany Evans gave us the rundown on Mountain Counseling and Training.
They offer a number of programs for assistance and treatment for a variety of problems. They start with the lowest level which is labeled “Assistance” which is designed for early treatment for problems and depression. The program moves to treatment and therapy. The treatment can be done in the home setting.  They offer services that can include the whole family.
They also offer counselling services designed to help with academics and personal and family goals. The have a leadership and advisory councils and encourage community involvement.
They are growing rapidly and are looking for help in grant-writing and scholarships for high risk students. Their funds come in part from the County, they have 12 staff members and a $1.1 million budget.
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Ginny Dunn - Physical Therapist

Ginny Dunn, PhD. – Physical Therapist and MCH Rehab specialist.
Ginny told the group about services offered at MCH for rehabilitation for injuries and other problems. 
She has been here for 25 years and teaches part time. She has lots of Rim graduates working for her!  They have found that in a number of cases, proper physical therapy can
reduce or eliminate the necessity for opioid medications – which is very
helpful. They work with kids to the elderly and have a certified hand
therapist. They also have a contract with Kaiser and can accept payment from Medicare, Medical and other insurance. They are part of the “self-refer” program in California – which means a patient does not need to go through a primary physician. 
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Sheriff's Explorer Program

The Sheriff’s Explorer Program was introduced by Deputies Victoria Collins and Blake Stebbing.
The Explorer program is offered to young people – under the age of 21 – as an introduction to a career as a law enforcement officer or a career in the military. The program is dedicated to training, preparatory skills and community service.
Explorer Justin Tomasello talked a bit about his experience in the program. Lots of community service, he especially enjoys the ride-along program. Between Justin and his associate Robert Hernandez, they have spent 5,000 hours in the program.  They do compete in competitions with other Explorer programs – and last year earned a 2nd Place in Crime Scene Investigations!
Explorer Robert is “ageing” out of the program in a few weeks and is looking forward to joining the department as an official deputy.
The program is NOT funded by the Sheriff’s Department and relies on donations from the community. They need donations to help with their expenses and to pay for their uniforms and other supplies.
While they were here, Rory presented them with our donation check to help with this year’s expenses!
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Rim Nordic Ski

Bev Brown of Rim Nordic Cross-Country gave us a look at her operation.
Rim Nordic has been around for 27 years! Some snow years are poor, sometimes only opening for a few days a year, so they started mountain biking and other summer activities to supplement which helps a lot. They also offer snowshoeing which is real poplar.
They are the only cross-country facility in Southern California – and they are one of few that groom their trails. It’s interesting that about 80% of their customers come from the east coast and from Europe. 
Bev gave us a history of how they got into the business, and how they have developed it over the years.  
Everyone should give it a try!
Thanks to Rotary for including Rim Nordic in the auction – and remember – the gift certificates sold at the auction have no expiration!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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!

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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!
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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!
Dr. Kyi Win on Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2018-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
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.
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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!
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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:
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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:
Keith Martin - Chess Clubs in Our Schools 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

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!
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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!
Deputy Steve Theis - Twin Peaks Sheriff Dept. 2018-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

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!
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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!
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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]
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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!
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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
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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.
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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!
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Jamie Zinn presented with Paul Harris 8+! 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Kelly Kunsek, Director - Camp Paivika 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

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!
Stephanie Neumen - Hope of Children and Women Program 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

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
Al Perdon - High Speed Train Project 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

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
Rudy Westervelt - Rotary World Peace Conference 2020 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Mountain Pregnancy Center 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member - John Lassak!

Geoff Hopper did his usual bang-up job initiating John Lassak as our newest member.
A realtor working at Coldwell Banker, John was a local, left the mountain and realized the error of his ways – and came back!
After the solemn ceremony, John received his official 1957 Lion’s Club pin, and a Rotary Basics Book.
Welcome, John!
New Member - John Lassak 2018-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

Rudy Westervelt - Peace Conference

Rudy reminds us that he regularly updates our Facebook page – keep him in the loop, and he will be back involved in the Auction – and he’s ready to accept donations!
Rudy gave us a bit of background regarding his year as District Governor, and his signature “Peace Conference” program.
The Peace Conference was a great success – so much so, that Rudy is putting another one together for 2020. There is a lot to do, and Rudy had a number of stories of people who were helped, and about areas that still need help.
His great emphasis is on Human Trafficking. There is a hotline – 888-373-7888 – that is there to help, but there is so much to do. Often kids as early as pre-teen are the ones who are the most hurt. It is estimated that there are around 27,000,000 victims world-wide, and we must change this.
Rudy is convinced that Rotary is in the perfect position to help – and if he has his way, we will.  Rudy is incredibly dedicated to his cause – Change will come!
Rudy Westervelt - Peace Conference 2018-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rim of the World Comfort Pets

Therapy Dogs!
Barry Robinson gave a brief overview of the Rim of the World Comfort Pets “Therapy Dog” program – and all of the work they do with the VA. They spend a lot of time in the PTSD department – and from what they say, the dogs are a hit with the Veterans!
Barry told us a story about a woman in palliative care – that Chelsea (the dog!) came to know. When Grackie passed away, Barry and Chelsea went to her service at the Veteran’s Cemetery.
Jen Horton gave us a few details about the program, Katherine Walker discussed their upcoming fundraiser – the annual “Hot Dog Barbeque!”
A thought:  Have children read to a dog! Dogs don’t criticize!
A great visit with an amazing group of beautiful and gracious dogs – and their people who do amazing things for our Veterans, children and people who are often at a very dark spot in their lives.
Rim of the World Comfort Pets 2018-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

Kim McGuire & Ruth Mielke - Women's Health Services

Lynn Ritzer introduced Kim McGuire and Ruth Mielke. Kim is the Director of Community Development, and handles marketing the Mountains Community Hospital.
Kim gave us a quick Hospital update:
  • Seismic project is complete – and the hospital is certified through 2030, they are hoping to move to the next level and get permanent certification.
  • They are hoping to hire an OBGYN this year.
  • They are contracting with a cardiology group
  • Hoping to hire another general surgeon
  • Looking to add to the building with a new Acute Care “Pod”
  • Don’t forget to come the Le Grande Picnic! July 15!
Kim introduced Ruth Mielke, who is all about women’s health care. Ruth is a PhD educator, Nurse Practitioner, RN Mid-Wife among a number of other medical disciplines.
Ruth is affiliated with MCH, and is working to bring a much higher level of Women’s Health services to the mountain. She is using education events, along with our rural clinics to do everything necessary to improve care on the mountain.
We received a pretty good introduction to local Women’s health issues, and what’s up with the issue in the state of California. Ruth’s goal is to help find ways to educate more nurses and OB practitioners to help eliminate the current shortage in the state. She calls the program a “pipeline to collect students.”
Ruth is pretty passionate – we can probably expect some pretty big happenings!
Kim McGuire and Ruth Mielke - Women's Health Services 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Sandy Benson from Mountain Transit spoke today – with a lot of great information about the services they offer.
They are dedicated to getting people where they need to be – through the scheduled lines, and the Dial a Ride service.  They are able to help out on public events – like the “Wine Walk” – at $10 a head round trip. They are also about to start a Trolley service in Lake Arrowhead, and will be able to use the trolley for public special events (maybe our auction??)
They have 22 buses, and make 3 round trips to San Bernardino daily. They operate 7 days a week, and offer dial-a-ride for anyone with 2-hour notice.
Watch for a free ride coupon in the mail – and give their service a try!
Information at
Sandy Benson of Mountain Transit 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Old friend, old member and novelist Ken Decroo was today’s speaker. 
FIRST, Ken caught us up on what he has been up to – other than writing. Pretty much spends his time traveling, or at his place in Mexico.
His novel “Almost Human” did well, it is based on a chimp named Oliver that Ken owned for a number of years. Oliver had been mistreated and killed a man years ago; Ken was able to rescue Oliver and use him for Ken’s work in movie making. Oliver passed away 4 or 5 months ago at the age of 64.
Ken is working on his next book – a continuation of “Almost Human” titled “More Than Human.” The proceeds of the book are dedicated to “Hearts and Lives.”
A few thoughts on writing:
  • “First, live a life worth writing about!” (Hemingway)
  • Don’t write for money, write because you have a story to tell.
Ken is actually in the negotiation process to have his first book produced as a movie! Book number two should be out this summer.
As always, Ken has quite a number of stories to tell – and today he had an opportunity to do so.
Pretty exciting to have a novelist as a friend!
Novelist Ken Decroo 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Steve Tilden of the Mountain Communities Boys and Girls Club reviewed the club program.
Started in 1995 and chartered in 2002, the group has about 600 members, and currently serves 250 kids daily. The morning program in Crestline works like a bus stop, kids do homework, have snacks and participate in lots of fun programs.
Steve says we have the same problems as down the hill, but fortunately we have a smaller population and a bit easier in intercede. They are working on the summer program, and are looking for funding help. Kids pay $10 per day to participate. Each club pays its own way.
Make sure to attend the “Bids for Kids Auction on May 12!!
Steve Tilden - Mountain Communities Boys and Girls Club 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Rory has been giving us bits and pieces about a program he has been spearheading. Everyone knows that Rory
wants to help out with the Automotive ROP Vocational Ed program at Rim.  He has managed to put together a “Build the Future” vocational education fund raiser to be held in August. He is set up for the ASCCA (Automotive Service Council of California) to host the program at the Club Center in San Bernardino.
Rory showed us a short video that didn’t work, but that did little to dampen his enthusiasm! The program will include booths for tool and equipment vendors, Door prizes and racing next door at the kart track.
We’ll be hearing a lot about this as we get closer!
Rory Balmer - Automotive ROP Vocational Ed Program 2018-04-08 07:00:00Z 0
Our own Scott Markovich presented tday's program. Scott spent a few minutes talking about what’s up with the Rim School District. First, lots of praise for Superintendent Michelle Murphy – Scottsays she is a positive force – and is getting business taken care of.
Budget problems still exist, and from what Scott says they are fairly serious, but the district has come back to a balanced budget. They are dealing with lots of mandates, which is exacerbated by a large number of State mandates. They are working on the problem of unfunded retirement benefits.
Scott is running for State Representative, District 33 and had a few words about his candidacy.  Scott had a prepared statement, but noted as his focus a few issues: Water. We need serious work here, and he has a few thoughts that might help, that seems focused on converting private interests to public ones. Nestle came up as someone who otta pay their fair share. Mining Claims. There are lots of them, and we need to find a way to consolidate.
Scott thinks we need to find ways to work together – both sides, to create a few new items to help:
  • A new CalState University in the high desert
  • New Medical Center
  • New K-12 education funding system
  • Need to work on Health Care Funding solvency.
Geoff was unable to pin Scott down on Sanctuary State status – or the Train to Fresno! Lots of interesting thoughts!
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Special Event – “The 4-Way Speech Contest”
Co-Chairs Steve Hollstein and Adam Lane reviewed this year’s program and rules. There are 3 contestants this time, and Steve went through the program – the winner will advance to the regionals, and has an opportunity to advance from there. The judges:  Patti McGonigle, Terri Clark and Mila Skolnick – with Bill Stanley as timekeeper.
The Speeches:
Speech No. 1:
The history and institutionalization of Crypto-currency. Speaker No. 1 described the way crypto-currency works, and told us a bit about block-chain technology.  He did a good job of associating his subject to the 4-way test; noting the truthfulness and accuracy of the system, it’s good for all due to the way the transactions are secure, the system build good will due to the inherit fairness and beneficial through its accuracy and security.
Speech No. 2:
Speaker No. 2, as a Millennial, seems to have taken a light-hearted offense at the way our society views her generation.  She claims the stereotypes are untrue, and points to a number of examples to support her thoughts.  Her final note – the term “Millennial” is nothing but a label, and no reason to condemn anyone!  Also a good relationship to the 4-Way Test!
Speech No. 3:
This speaker takes issue with school starting at 7:10am! He has done careful study and makes a pretty good case that young people are in need of around 9 hours of sleep a night – which, considering the busy schedule the typical high-schooler has – is all but impossible if to need to get up at 6am! A very well researched and presented argument – but probably won’t come to pass!
The results:1st Place, with a $250 gift: Luke Scorziell; 2nd Place, with $100 gift: Madison Oaks; 3rd Place, with a $50 gift: Nathaniel Forrey!
What a great program – and a great bunch of speakers!
The 4-Way Speech Contest 2018-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Rick Miller Jr. offered today’s presentation!
Rick works as a civilian trainer/operator of military drone aircraft – known as Remote Piloted Aircraft.
Rick got started as a member of the Air National Guard, and now works with a private contractor. He instructs the military personnel on air missions, and works on close air support, search & rescue and backs up the military operators. Rick reviewed the aircraft, gave us a review of the sensors, cameras and a particularly interesting camera that sees in the dark – known as the “Finger of God.” Pretty interesting stuff.  Rick showed us a video – what an amazing bunch of equipment!  VERY interesting to know and understand a little bit of our amazing technology. Thanks to Rick for the report – and his efforts to support our military!
Rick Miller Jr - civilian trainer/operator of Remote Piloted Aircraft  2018-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Cherie Gruenfeld, founder of “Exceeding Expectations,” was the speaker on March 7th.
Cherie has quite a background. She is one of the most decorated Master’s triathletes in the world today. She has competed in 28 Iron Man races, including the World Championship in Hawaii – 21 times! She has won the world's title in her age group 13 times, and she is the first female over 55 to break the 12-hour mark in an Ironman – which she did in Hawaii, considered the toughest course in the world.  Cherie’s photo has been on a Wheaties box!
Along the way, Cherie developed a passion for helping with at-risk kids, and she founded “Exceeding Expectations,” a group of volunteers that works to help kids become the best they can. Currently, there are about 60 kids in the program which focuses not only on athletics, but has a heavy emphasis on school. The idea is to build character, knowledge and goals – and to achieve them all. The organization takes full responsibility of the financial aspects of taking a kid all the way through college – and covers the cost.
QUITE A CONCEPT – a full time coach with financial resources designed to make a kid successful in life.
The group is staffed completely by volunteers – almost 100% of every dollar donated goes to help the kids. Amazing group, led by an amazing woman!
Cherie Gruenfeld - "Exceeding Expectations" 2018-03-11 08:00:00Z 0
Trevor Richardson says he was looking for a special project to do for school – at first he looked into bomb making, but with further study of the necessary approvals, he decided raising trout from roe to fry, and then releasing them into our lake would be a lot of fun, and he would learn a lot to.
Trevor went over the process for the project, including winning the support of the Arrowhead Lake Association – who is helping to fund the project. Trevor had to seek a number of approvals, and organize the equipment and procedure. He is pretty much set to go, and looking forward to receiving the fish the third week of March.  Sounds like a GREAT project – and a lot of fun for Trevor and is class.
If you would like to help, you can donate to the ALA fish stocking fund – and put “Trout in the Classroom" on the memo line of your check.   
Pretty impressive young man!
Trevor Richardson presented his project: “Fish in the Classroom" 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Marc Ouellet presented today – what he has discovered about posture and how it relates to pain.
Marc recommends we consider a “plumb line” that starts at your head, and goes straight through to your heel. If there is a tendency to hunch forward, you are carrying more weight on the spine than necessary, and it can lead to problems.
Over the course of our lives, we have had an injury or two. Often what happens is that our bodies compensate for the injury for the period that is necessary for healing. What may happen is that the muscle memory creates a semi-permanent change in posture which can lead to other problems. Look closely in the mirror – you may notice an elevate shoulder or a rotated hip. Notice your balance points in the feet – should be equally distributed.
Marc reports that often pain is centered in the hips, and he recommends taking the time to think about posture, and how to “straighten up.”  One resource: Google “EGOSCUE” – lots of suggestions!
Marc Ouellet - Posture and how it relates to pain 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Dan started off with a quick report on our forest – it’s in transition, as it always is. The beetle problems still exist – Dan says they have been here for centuries. The best thing to battle bugs is a healthy forest.
Dan says one of our problems is that we have spent the last 100 years putting out fires and trying hard to maintain the forest in a too efficient manner. Nature trims the forest back with fire and other ways. Ideal is 40 to 70 trees per acre, a lot of our forest has as much as 900 trees per acre. It wouldn’t hurt to trim back a bit, to ease some of the over-population.
Dan gave us a bit on how trees work – the live part of the tree is near the bark – the middle is dead. Quite a surprise! As it turns out, we have lots of trees that look great, but have serious rot in the middle.
One last recommendation – don’t rake the ground to the dirt! All that mulch and moss is what’s feeding your trees!
Dan Begley - Arborist, Mountain Tree Service 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
John Connor from “Tudorville”
John gave us a quick review of what’s up at the Tudor House. It’s a one-thing-at-a-time re-development project, but since the closing of the theater company in Big Bear, it is the only dinner theater on the mountain.  John is working on a casino in the basement, and a brew pub on the site.
John also had a quick word regarding the Chamber of Commerce – they have gotten some of the bed-tax funding back, and are looking into doing more advertising in LA and Orange County. Sounds like things are looking up!
John Connor - Tudor House 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Presentation - Larry D'Angelo 2018-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Geoff Hopper called up participants in the CHOICES Program for a brief recognition event, and a description of the program.
CHOICES Participants 2018 2018-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation:
Foundation Chair Pat Davis presented Paul Harris Fellowships to:
Mike Richardson – P+2!
Armand – P+1!
Paul Harris Fellowships 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0

Geoff Hopper presented today’s program. With all of the claims of sexual harassment lately, Geoff thought it might be interesting to discuss the problem, the way the problems are handled in the legal system, and how to stay out of trouble.


One item that struck home – Geoff pointed out that litigation isn’t so much a method of problem resolution as it is simply a business – and a very expensive one for the litigants. Harassment cases tend to be very long and costly, and very emotional.


Our goal should be to do whatever is necessary to avoid a hostile work environment – Geoff uses the “Blue Haired Lady” test – other words, imagine your grandma is standing next to you – what would she think about the dirty joke? If she wouldn’t like it, avoid it in the first place.


Other than that – you could move out of California to a less litigious state, or just stay home with the drapes closed.


Good advice.

Geoff Hopper - Sexual Harassment 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Kathy Meyers spoke today about the ROP program through the Boys and Girls Club.
She gave us an overview of the program which provides a safe place for kids after school. They are working on a summer program, and could use help with funding. They currently are offering an 11 hour program every day.


Marcy Vega picked up where Kathy left off on the ROP program

  • They started the program with a 5 year grant – which was spent. Fortunately, parents at the time were able to pick up the financial slack.
  • They started with 2 members, and are now up to 50 with 4 staff people.
  • They offer an academic literacy program.
  • The Summer program is much needed.
  • Everything now is donor time and donor money supported.
Thanks to the Rotary for the previous support, they are targeting $14,000 for the summer program, and have $5,000 so far. Any help we can offer is appreciated!
ROP Program 2018-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

Stephanie Phillips, ROP/CTE (Regional Occupational Program/Career Technical Education) Administrator gave us an update on her program at the high school.


She relayed a few stories about students. One young man started in auto mechanics, went to work for Ford Motor Company and ended up with Thermal Racing. The program is works with the Community College system, and has turned into a very successful Jobs program.


The Pathway Program has programs in Health, Building, Engineering, and Production and Media Art.


They are working on taking the program to the elementary school, and are constantly recruiting students.

Stephanie Phillips - ROP/CTE 2018-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
Jack Cooperman accepted a $1,000 check from the club to help out with the Special Athletes!
Jack says the winter program is up and running!
Jack Cooperman - Special Athletes 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
District Governor Manzoor Massey was presenter of today’s special program.
Manzoor asked for our youngest member – Adam – to be his assistant in his magic act: Manzoor had Adam pull a blue scarf (from the Golden Temple in India) out of a bag. He asked Adam to put is back – he shook the bag, and Adam reached back in and pulled out a rainbow scarf!
Pretty amazing for a governor.
Manzoor gave us a passionate presentation: “The World is falling apart! Thank heaven that Rotary is there! We are ‘transforming lives around the world. 2.5 billion people vaccinated last year, water and food for people in need.”
On the life of Rotary, and a couple of items from the 4-Way Test:
If only everyone could be truthful always!
We should always work to build better friendships!
The Power of One:
“Each of us has unlimited power to change the world. Think about Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Nelson Mandella, Abe Lincoln – and Jesus.”
“Our world needs Rotary more than the desert needs the rain. REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEBODY:        
Manzoor had a few people to recognize with the gift of a signed copy of his book “Mind Realignment for EXCELLENCE” :
  • Jamie Zinn – with a special medallion
  • Ron Peavy as Assistant Governor
  • Tony Crowder as the person that sets up our weekly meeting.
  • Ken McKay as our Fearless Leader
  • Geoff Hopper because he’s a lawyer and so was Paul Harris (also because of his service and dedication)
  • Barry Smart for his job as Secretary.
What a treat to have such a committed and enthusiastic Governor!
District Governor Manzoor Massey 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation Chair Pat Davis assisted by Governor Massey awarded a great big batch of Fellowships:


Geoff Hopper: X6

Davis Hopper: X1 (Accepted in abstentia by Brother Geoff

Mike Rose: X1

Mike Mueller: X2

John Moore: X3

Pat Davis: X4

Pookie Smith: X4

Jamie Zinn: X7!



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Michelle French – “What the Heck is Grant Writing??
The Secretary had to leave early – so the synopsis is provided by Michelle:
 “What the Heck Is Grant Writing” provided an overview of philanthropy and the breakdown of the $390 billion dollars that were raised in 2016 (by individuals, private foundations, bequests and corporations).  The majority of funds went to religion, followed by education and various health and human services.  She talked briefly about the grant process (researching funders, writing proposals) and the special challenges that nonprofits in the Inland Empire face.  The per capita giving from private foundations is $3 as compared to  $3,113 in Los Angeles County. There are only 103 private foundations in the IE, as opposed to 1,752 in Los Angeles County.  Yet, the area has some of the highest needs in terms of poverty and lack of social services with numerous d under-resourced nonprofits (67% have revenues under $25,000).  It makes it especially challenging in an already highly competitive arena. 
Michelle has operated a private grant consulting business (FUNDamental Concepts) for 25 years, and has another 15 years in non-profit management.  She is one of 22 Grant Professionals Certified in CA by the Grants Professional Association and has represented a wide variety of nonprofits and public agencies, raising over $330 million on behalf of clients. 
Thanks Michelle!
Michelle French – “What the Heck is Grant Writing?? 2018-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Cheryl Moxley – as the President of the Noon Club, Cheryl is here to share 3 ideas that we might be able to work on.
  1. FLASH MOB: Have all of the local non-profits participate in a flash mob in the Village, organized to promote the mountain, possible promotion to help get a Community Center.
  2. Come up with a plan to help the victims of the burn areas here in California, maybe something that could be sold state wide to raise funds.
  3. Cheryl is promoting the idea of constructing a program to provide vision care for kids in our community.
Leave it to Cheryl – always full of things to do!
Cheryl Moxley - President of the Noon Club 2018-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Paul Fournier presented the Music Competition Program
Paul discussed the program – we have our local contest, which leads to a District-wide program. Our local program involves all of the mountain clubs. Paul spent a few minutes recounting our previous programs, and reviewed the flyers he has prepared for both the community and the participants.
THEN, Paul introduced Josiah Tey – one of the contestants. Josiah has won 3 years in a row – and was nice enough to perform for our group!
Josiah had a couple of comments – highlighted by thanks to our group for hosting the program.
Paul asked that everyone be sure to attend!
Paul Fournier - Music Competition Program 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
Adam Lane presented the PRYDE event a couple of weeks ago.
  • Adam reviewed the program for the benefit of new members.
  • The program had 250 kids at the camp this year!
  • Adam had a great video of the program – looks like it was lots of fun!
  • Rebecca – one of the participants talked a bit about her experience:
    • She walked us through the whole process – from arriving at the camp, activities, etc.
    • Rebecca reviewed Scott Green’s program – evidently quite a motivator!
    • Rebecca particularly like the work together project
    • She won a stuffed Koala bear!
  • Rebecca’s Dad Charles made a couple of comments – “It was fun to watch Rebecca growing up in the program!”
Adam Lane - PRYDE 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
Geoff Hopper went through the “Choices” program, scheduled for February 8 and 9, with an orientation meeting at his home on January 31.
Rory offered his comments on the Choices program – with LOTS of praise.
Geoff Hopper - “Choices” Program 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
Operation Provider - Christmas Dinners 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
New Member Initiation
Ken is excited to have Kimberly Marcelletta join our group! Kimberly has been Ken’s payroll accountant for a long time, and he was happy when Jamie offered to sponsor Kimberly
Initiation Master Geoff Hopper seemed to be a little taken aback by Kimberly’s typed, single-spaced resume. As such the worst he was able to turn up was an unfortunate incident  regarding a car spinning on the ice and a whopper from burger king.
Welcome, Kimberly!
New Member Intiation - Kimberly Marcelletta 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Adam gave us a report on the PRYDE event last weekend. It went really well:
There was an attendee with MS – it was great to get him involved – and get involved with him!
Special thanks to Wes Kohtz for helping with the transportation logistics!
Adam gave a quick review of the PRYDE program for new members.
PRYDE kids will attend a meeting in early January!
Adam gave us a report on PRYDE 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Sheriff Detective Eric Trujillo on What makes a Deputy Sheriff?
Eric has been with the department for 17 years, 6 years at the County Jail,  11 years on patrol – and has been stationed in Twin Peaks for the last 6 months.
When asked what makes a Deputy Sheriff, Eric makes a few points – first on the list is the desire to help people. The job is to provide help to people often when they are at their worst possible moments. Eric described the academy experience, and the idea that the department likes to hire people with some life experience. He says the academy is a real test of your limits – and takes 6 months.
Working at the jail is quite an experience – learning to speak to street-wise bad-guys is key!
Sums up:
  1. Helping
  2. Worst: learning how to leave the office at the office.
  3. Best: being able to restore a person’s property, pass on knowledge.
Eric says that our community is thankfully low on the violent crime list, but drugs are a problem that brings theft and property crimes.
Of course, President Ken offered an invitation to Eric to join our group!
Sheriff Detective Eric Trujillo - What makes a Deputy Sheriff? 2017-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Terri Pena, COO and Chief of Nursing Services of Mountains Community Hospital.


Terri gave us a bit of her personal history – and her passion to support small rural hospitals. Evidently, small hospitals are becoming more and rarer. Terri is delighted to report that MCH is financially stable due to great support from the community.


Terri discussed a number of their recent equipment and facility upgrades, and she reports they are excited to welcome a new OB/GYN Doctor in January to bring in a Women’s Health service.


The hospital pushes hard on the quality of their services, and works hard to provide care to not only the patients, but also to the care givers.


Thanks to the Community for all the valuable support!

Terri Pena, COO and Chief of Nursing Services of Mountains Community Hospital. 2017-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Retired Judge Vic Saraydarian offered today’s program. Evidently, Vic met Harvey Durand some time back, Harvey asked Vic to present today, and in the meantime Vic decided to join up!
Vic presented a couple of thoughts about the prison population problem, and the increasing number of homeless people here in California.
First up: AB 109. In response to court-ordered reduction in prison over population, California passed AB 109 – which re-aligned a great big piece the state prison population to local jails. It has also resulted in the release of a large number of people, as local jails have become overcrowded. 
As a result of the re-alignment, the State has enjoyed a large decreased in expenditures which has been transferred to the localities.
Second: Proposition 47 in 2014 re-classified a large number of offenses to misdemeanor status. As sometimes happens, there has been an unwanted result – a large increase in the homeless population as people guilty of what used to be felonies have had their time in jail reduced dramatically. Property crimes have increased by 68% as people with substance problems spend more time on the street, and shoplift or steal to supply their habit.
Unfortunately, this has created problems for enforcement as police have become discouraged by the lack of punishment, and re-arresting the same people over and over.
A few thoughts:  Take time to talk to your local law enforcement, and learn how to work with young people to keep them safe and out of the system. We have moved from a State administered system to a locally administered one. Try to get involved in local service, and as a village maybe we can start to reduce the problem.
Retired Judge Vic Saraydarian 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Initiation Master Geoff Hopper indicted – I mean initiated – our two newest members:
Mel Markham: One of the few dentists sans college degree. A BYU undergrad, and a local fixture since the ‘50s. Presented with a 1984 Lion’s Club Tooth Pin.
Angela Huntingdun: Has been on the mountain for 18 years, Angie is a nutritionist, and works for Wes Kohtz. Angie’s introduction gift is a lovely baboon pin for the Lion’s club.
Welcome to both!
New Member Initiation  2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

John Moore presented a brief history of Veteran’s day for today’s program, noting that there will be a ceremony at Arrowhead Ridge on Saturday, at 11am.


Club Members that are Veterans:


George – Army, Ken – Army,  Bob Cantrell – Navy, Cliff – Army, Mike Cronshy – Army, Herb – Navy, Armand – Army, John Moore – Air Force



Thank you to all of our Veterans!

John Moore - Veterans 2017-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Our 13th new member this year, Dave Kelly, was last a Division Fire Chief – he has been in the mountains since 2005, so there are only 13 more years to be here before he can be considered a “local.”
Poor Dave had to withstand Head Initiator Geoff Hoppers procedure – and came out of it with a nice speech praising our group!
New Member Initiation 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Jaime Stiansen, President of the PTA at Charles Hoffman Elementary School presented their program – which she summed up well with “Focus on Building Good People for the Future – Go After Experiences and Opportunities!”


Jaime is bringing a few new visions to the school. One is to use the outdoors more. They find that having an occasional class outside helps teachers to connect to the kids. They have also put into place a few other programs including a “tinkering night.” An evening where kids are encouraged to take things apart to see what makes them work!


Rory is excited enough about this that he pledged $500 from the Automotive Repair Council!



A few other programs include Wellness Week, and the upcoming Fall Festival.


Hard to imagine anyone with more enthusiasm the Jaime!

Jaime Stiansen - Charles Hoffman Elementary School 2017-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
A Quick Plea for HELP!
Sharon McCormick, sponsor of the Ballet Company, is looking forward to their production of “The Nutcracker” this fall. BUT the PAC at Rim doesn’t have heat, and it gets cold in there this time of the year!
Sharon is hoping that we can help pay some of the expenses to bring in portable heaters – and that we’ll all come to see the production!
Sharon McCormick - Ballet Company 2017-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
Hayley Raines, Techmaster,  gave us website tips today.
A list for web success:
  • It’s gotta be easy for a customer, even Bob Cantrell, to operate.
  • Your website needs to be easy to maintain.
  • It needs to be organized to show up in the top 50 in a keyword search.
A couple of terms:
Front end: What the customer sees
Back End: what the designer sees.
Hayley recommends:
  • Build it in a system called “WordPress.”
  • Organize it to be secure – “https”
  • Install Google Analytics to track your users
  • It must have a responsive design
  • Have “fluid” organization – to help people find things fast.
  • Every page needs a “CTA” – call to action.
  • Lots of buttons – green with rounded edges are best, and use text rather than a “learn more” title in the button. Try something in the first person “Tell me more”
  • Pin the navigation bar to the top[ of the page – so it always appears.
  • EVERY page needs a footer
  • Evwery page needs to be key-word optimized.
Do all of that – or have your web designer do all of that and you are set for success! Or maybe reviewing those items will help you find a good web designer for your business.
Every little detail counts!
Hayley Raines - Techmaster Websites 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Jack Cooperman and Kim Meers gave us an update on the Special Athletes program.
They have been quite active over the last year, and have added a number pf programs for not only winter sports, but also for water sports and golf.
They are really excited about the new deck at Snow Valley! Thanks to everyone!
They had a great video of the program’s activities and programs – they have been at it for 3 years, and are looking forward to expanding the program. One problem is that the equipment for the winter sports program is expensive, and they have been operating on a shoestring budget. So any help would be appreciated!
A few numbers: They have about 16 in the Yoga program, 9 in golf and 39 in winter programs, and they are planning a fishing program for next year.  Interesting that they get quite a few “walk-ups” at Snow Valley!
Thanks to Jack and Kim for the fun services they provide!
Jack Cooperman and Kim Meers gave - Special Athletes 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Initiation Master Geoff Hopper proceeded to try to embarrass our new members –
Michelle Murphy: Boy has she worked at a lot of schools! She managed to acquire the nickname “Momma Bear.” Obviously VERY protective of her territory!
Vic Sardarian: Retire Judge, Geoff sort of tip-toed around Vic. Turns out Vic still hears a case or two occasionally, so that probably makes sense.  Geoff characterizes Vic as “Judge Judy on Steroids. CAREFUL! 
Vic met spouse Zenda at Rotary!
Welcome to Michelle and Vic!
 New Member Initiation  2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Keith Martin presented his “Have Set, Will Travel” program. Created when he worked as a School Teacher in Chicago, he has found great benefit to the kids that participate.


Keith has found that the game of Chess offered at our schools can provide a high level of help for lots of students. He has created a chess club program that he has been offering at the Middle School and at the High School level – and he hopes to offer it at the grade school level.


Keith finds that participation in the club can be quite a help, often giving kids a reason to go to school, builds teamwork, and requires minimum grade point levels to be able to compete.


Keith is very enthusiastic about his program, and believes it helps kids to do better in school, build character and school spirit. And it’s cheap!


Have a look at the website: and learn how to play!

Keith Martin - “Have Set, Will Travel” 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Ernie Perez from the Sheriff’s Department presented today.
Ernie works with the Narcotics Division – a division that has between 60 and 70 employees. They work with virtually all other law enforcement agencies including local police, DEA, Homeland Security and the FBI.
Ernie mentioned that one problem with their electronic surveillance program is that is has a difficult political perception – the view of some people is that they are somehow violating people’s rights in doing their work – Ernie described the program, and how they take great care in its administration.
Ernie described a few of their drug and cash seizures, including thousands of pounds of heroin, meth, and cash.
Ernie mentioned that one of their biggest new problems is the appearance of Fentanyl – basically a pharmacist grade opioid which is being laced into the heroin that is sold.
Ernie provided us with another very disturbing statistic – in states where recreational marijuana use is legal, approximately 80% of sale happen in the black market – creating all manner of problems.
It’s certainly nice to know that we have such a dedicated team working on this very difficult problem in our society.
Ernie Perez - Sheriff’s Department 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0


Quick Tennis Team Presentation

Coach Julie Perkins discussed the almost always winning Rim tennis team. She gave us a brief discussion about the program, and the great record of success they enjoy. Team Captains Emily and Jaycee talked about the program, and the bonus of leadership, teamwork and friendship they receive from the group.

Julie is looking forward to challenging the teams, would like to expand their calendar – but that would require additional funding, and hopes we could help.

They can use help with transportation, equipment and uniforms and funds to hire officials for their tournaments.

Tennis Team 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
2017 Auction at the Lake Arrowhead Resort 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
Link Crew Presentation
Claudia, along with Josh and Katie presented the LINK program – a program designed to provide a transition for freshmen as the come into High School.
They spoke of the value of the program, Katie mentioned that she had been home schooled, and moving from home to a public high school was quite a culture shock! Josh came from the LINK program in Riverside, and relayed how the program helped orient him toward high school.
The program needs money to support their efforts, mostly for supplies and t-shirts, and they’re hoping we can help!
Link Crew Presentation 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Presentation
Foundation Chair Pat Davis gave us a little background on the Founder of Rotary – Mr. Paul Harris, a LAWYER, and what it takes to be a Paul Harris Fellow.
This week, Song Master Rick Miller has hopped over the Paul Harris +2 milestone! Congratulations to Rick!
Paul Harris Presentation - Rick Miller 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Katie Mashburn presented a wonderful speech of thanks for our support of the Odyssey of the Mind program – and a plea for support for the GATE program. The GATE program (The G in GATE stands for Gifted) is approved by the school , but there are no employees at MPH that are stepping up to sponsor it. Katie is going to present at the School Board meeting on September 19 at 6pm and asks us to show up and support her presentation!
Katie Mashburn - Odyssey of the Mind 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
New Member Initiation
Davis Hopper stood in for Head Initiator Geoff Hopper to re-induct Dave Nygren! Always exciting to get a new member – even if he’s a retread!
Dave was excited with his new 1984 Lion’s Club pin!
New Member Initiation  2017-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

John Wurm from LACSD was today’s speaker.


John gave us a short update on the water company, and the status of current operations. The drought caused a lowering of revenues, but things are getting back to normal, they are in good financial shape now.


A couple of items they are working on – a solar plant at the property in Hesperia that will help finance most of the district’s electricity use – sounds like a pretty good plan!


Also, they are looking into a groundwater recycling program that would all but eliminate a low lake level. The plan is to recycle water through normal percolation, then use well water for service. John mentioned that, in his view, the water bond that was passed by the voters last year is baloney – it hasn’t added a bucketful of storage to our state system.


Last item – we can expect the pump station at North Bay to begin the rebuilding process – it has needed a re-work for a long time!

John Wurm - LACSD 2017-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
New Member Initiation
The membership director is busy with new members:
Marc Ouellet: A local for 3 months! Mark is a loan officer at Mountain West Financial.
Lindsay Chadwick: Ran a Tiger Woods golf clinic, now at the Antlers!
Welcome to both!
New Members 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Dave and Carl from Search and Rescue presented today.


We always enjoy supporting the SAR group – and enjoy hearing stories of their helping the public – todays favorite was about a nice gentleman who needed to be picked off of the side of Mount Baldy – and needed to be rescued again at the same spot because he had left his sweater behind.


Nice work!

Dave and Carl from Search and Rescue 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Lilly started off presenting for her “Odyssey of the Mind” group!
Lilly explained a bit about the program with a video of their visit to the Nationals!
The goal was to create ways to solve problems that were presented – by thinking out of the box – and these kids appear to be pretty good at it.
We helped get them to Michigan, and the finals. There were hundreds of teams there from all over the country, and even a few international teams. OUR GROUP CAME IN NUMBER 14!!
All of the kids helped in the presentation – and everyone seemed to have had a great time!
Lilly - “Odyssey of the Mind” 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Bob Mosby named 2017 Rotarian of the Year 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2017
Speaker Number 2: David Kane – “FAA/LAX Flyover Zones”
David Kane has made a study of the new FAA Routes to approach our Southern California airports.
He began his study when he noticed that it seemed that the number of large aircraft flying over the Lake Arrowhead area had increased markedly. He also noticed that the aircraft were flying much lower than they had in the past.
Mr. Kane looked into the matter and discovered that the FAA has recently initiated new approach routes that directed a much larger share of air traffic to fly directly over our community. He further discovered that the new routes were proposed by the FAA, and hearings were held to seek community reaction to the change and subsequent LARGE increase in noise and other pollution that is now affecting our community – AND IS LIKELY TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE. Upon investigation, Mr. Kane found that almost no one attended or commented at the hearings, most likely due to the fact that the FAA did not provide proper notification to the public. In fact, it appeared to him that the FAA has purposely downplayed the hearings to keep attendance down.
David believes that it is in the interest of our community to ask the FAA to revert to the previous flight path which takes aircraft over uninhabited areas, and he is hopeful the community will come out in force to protest.
David has contacted Congressman Cook, and the Congressman has written to the FAA in our support – but more citizen reaction is needed.
David is circulating a petition for locals to sign asking that the decision to be reconsidered.
David Kane – “FAA/LAX Flyover Zones” 2017-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2017
Speaker Number One: Wen Chan
Wen works in Public Relations with the Epoch Media Group, which has a focus on human rights in China.
Wen reports that China has a very serious problem with human rights. In the past, the Chinese government has run a vast disinformation campaign, up to and including reporting that students were responsible for the death of soldiers during the Tiananmen Square massacre, not the other way around.
There is a group of people in China and around the world that subscribe to a practice known as “Falun Gong;” a program of body and mind “re-calibration” that is said to purify energies, and dredge out block-outs and impurities that compromise well-being. Evidently, the people who follow this practice are considered by the government as being less that second class, and are reportedly subject to vast inhumane treatment.
The Falun Gong have been reported as victims of organ harvesting for the profit of the government. One interesting bit of evidence is the wait times for transplant surgeries – which is extraordinarily short, 2 weeks for a liver for example. Some believe that the recipient of the organ can actually order an organ to specification, and the system finds a suitable donor to fill the order.
Wen’s view is that the practice is akin to the Holocaust – and it needs to be exposed for the world to see – and end. for more information.
Wen Chan - Epoch Media Group 2017-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2017
The speaker was our own Paul Fournier who is our upcoming Membership Chair.  Having recently attended Rotary training, he shared not only some what he learned but information from Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People that resonated the possibilities for growing our club.  Everyone received a handout that elucidated 12 aspects of Carnegie’s work that could help us do better with membership.  Playing to a raucous crowd, Paul gave an impressive PowerPoint presentation about Carnegie’s approach and it’s relevance increasing membership.
Paul Fournier - Membership 2017-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2017
Chuck Spencer spoke about the mission of the camp – and made an appeal to the community to not only help with finances, but also consider helping with your time. They always need volunteers to help!
The will be having a 70th Anniversary celebration on July 29 – watch for detail.
Camp Paivika - Chuck Spencer 2017-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2017

Kelly Kunsak gave us a report on the Camp – which is celebrating its 70th birthday!

It was organized 70 years by a Los Angeles Rotary Club, and has been in continuous operation since then. One of the camps main functions is to provide a place for a challenged to severely challenged person to get away for a week – and usually give their primary caregiver (often mom and dad) a break.


A few new items – They recently received approval for an official zip line – which will be built to be used by almost anyone with any disability – which is quite an accomplishment! They are also working on a program for disabled veterans.


Kelly was delighted to (pre) announce that they have received a very-very-very large endowment donation which will put the camp in financially GREAT position indefinitely – CONGRATULATIONS!

Kelly Kunsak - Camp Paivika 2017-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Today’s Official Speaker was our own Pat Davis who gave a program about the Mountain Arts Gallery (MAG) on Lake Arrowhead by the Belgian Waffle House in theVillage. Their mission is to promote art in the mountains. MAG is a coop of 50 artists who live in our mountain communities. 20% of the sales go to support the Gallery with the rest going to the artists. They offer classes for children and also adults with disabilities. To further fund their mission, they will sponsor their 5th Mountain Artists Studio Tour on June 30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This is a self-guided tour of local  mountain artists’ studios. Participants can get their $25.00 tickets at Mountain Arts Gallery and The Lake House; they are payable by PayPal on their website at
Pat Davis - Mountain Arts Gallery (MAG) 2017-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Joyce Garrison and Sue Walker reported on the new Mountain Homeless Coalition (MHC), which they reported has begun with the help of St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church and other organizations in the community. This new organization emerged from a homeless Point in Time Count in January of 2016 followed by another in January 2017. Nine were counted in 2016; 31 were counted in 2017.
The Coalition is now addressing issues of homelessness on our mountain year-round. They participated in the May 20th Health Fair in Crestline, and they are currently working to ensure that the 113 Rim of the World USD students considered homeless will begin school in the fall with backpacks and other supplies needed. MHC will also sponsor a summit on homeless Thursday, July 27 with speaker Phillip Mongano. The time and place are (TBA). At this summit the community will learn more about Housing First, a new cost-effective and successful program for addressing the issues of homelessness.
Joyce Garrison and Sue Walker - Mountain Homeless Coalition (MHC) 2017-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
MPH students Annie Reid and Sammy Perkins reported on their middle school Interact Club. They are doing fundraisers to fund their service. At the MPH Spring Festival they will have a tug of war fundraiser. They are also selling lovely greeting cards that they they have designed themselves. These were available atour club meeting for $5.00 each. Proceeds used for charitable giving including
the purchase of a goat and two chickens for those in need through World Vision.
Annie Reid and Sammy Perkins - Middle School Interact Club 2017-06-03 07:00:00Z 0




Pat Brennan thanked all who helped install our new Rotary sign at the entrance to the Resort parking lot - make sure you take a look on your way through!

Jack Cooperman and Steve Rzepka from Patrick Brennan Construction helped, Tony Crowder did the paint job and Barry Smart ordered the new signs.
Pat Brennan - Rotary Sign 2017-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2017
Molly Kortson reminded us that tonight is “MAD SCIENCE NIGHT” at Rim, 5:30 to 7:30.
Molly offered extreme thanks for all of our support for her and her special projects while in high school – it’s off to college next September, Cal Baptist with a Poly
Sci major.
Molly Kortson - Mad Science Night  2017-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2017
Debbie Hopper reports on the Scholarship program last night.
Debbie and Deborah (aka D Squared) handed out 16 awards totaling about $14,000.
80 kids total received awards, 200 people in attendance.
Deborah will hand out awards at Mountain High on June 7 at 6pm – PAC.
THANKS to Debbie for organizing the project – Deborah awarded Debbie an “Above and Beyond” pin!
Debbie Hopper - Scholarships 2017-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
The District 5330 conference was last weekend – Karyn was semi-finalist for the “Rotary Women Heroes Award!” Bricia was the finalist!  Karyn reported on the conference.
     Our club received EVERY PATCH there is to receive!
     We were especially mentioned for our generous Foundation giving, $10,000 plus this year!
District 5330 Conference - Karyn Westervelt 2017-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2017

Today’s program was presented by retired Fire Chief and back working again Jim Johnstone.


Jim is now working at the State office of Emergency Services. He works to help bring all of the emergency agencies together to help with communication and coordination. One of the projects he is working on is the development and deploying of the “Firescope” system, a system designed to facilitate communication between the various agencies.


Jim announced that the drought is officially over – lots of grass available to burn, but it does burn – and go out fast. Hopefully, we’ll get through the fire season without any serious problems.


Always nice to see who has our back!

Jim Johnstone - State office of Emergency Services 2017-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2017



Pat Raines from the Noon Club presented our winnings from the PolaRotary Plunge.


We received $1,949!

Our group was number 4 in cash raised!

The first $500 goes to the Noon Club, the second $500 to Project Child Save.

Pat Raines - PolaRotary Plunge 2017-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2017
Tracy Lenocker presented the Emergency Communications Network for today’s program.
Quite a number of agencies involved –
  • California Disaster Corps
    • CERT and Community members
    • We are one of 3 counties in the state
  • County Fire OES
    • Fire Corps
    • Emergency Services
    • COAD, now called Rim Community Alliance
     Sheriff’s Department


Search and Rescue

Medical Reserve Corps

California Highway Patrol

CHP Senior Volunteer Program


There are lots of agencies that need communication and coordination. The ECS has 40 members, and work through what appears to be a well-equipped network to help with passing communication from agency to agency. The public can listen in with scanners and get reports on fires, traffic, roads, weather etc. May times, the information in the reports comes from the public through reports to 911 or members.
There ae communication centers placed at fire stations 91 and 25, at the hospital, at the Presbyterian Church, and they have a mobile unit in the CERT trailer. They are working on putting radios in school busses, and they are working on a “Winline” program to provide emergency internet services.
The members practice every Monday, and offer classes for licensing in April and October.
Quite a network – nice to know they are here!
Thank you, Tracy!
Tracy Lenocker - Emergency Communications Network 2017-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Mad Science Night Check Presentation!
Emily, Paulina and Colby are her to receive our $250 check to sponsor the Physics Room at Mad Science Night, to be held Wednesday, May 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Rim.
Colby described one of the experiments: Phone Book Friction!
Emily is constructing a pendulum to explore perpetual motion.
Colby is the Physics Room Leader!
Physics - Mad Science Night 2017-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Scott Markovich, Member of the RotWUSD gave a report on the school district.


Scott reports that we have been through a pretty challenging period – declining enrollment has been a problem, but it seems that the problem may be leveling out. The district has been able to maintain most programs including sports and vocational curriculum – which is helpful.


Scott spent a few minutes on school standards and measurements, and described how they relate to funding that is received from the state. Scott built a case supporting “Common Core” which he believes is working well.


Scott spent a few minutes on facilities and District economics, including the properties where schools have been closed, the building where the District offices are, and some land owned that they are working with the Parks and Rec district on.


Scott reports that for the most part, Rim Schools are in good shape – and he is very optimistic for the future.

Scott Markovich - Member of the RotWUSD 2017-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Janice Rutherford is today’s guest speaker – and she is just now back from a visit to the cruising Aircraft Carrier the USS Theodore Roosevelt – quite an adventure!
Janice gave a brief bit of her background, and introduced her staff at our meeting.
Janice told us that the mission of the County Government is 4 basic RES:
  1. To provide municipal style services to county areas.
  2. Regional infrastructure.
  3. Provide a social safety net – which is ¾ of the budget.
  4. Provide law and justice through the Sheriff’s office and the court system.
It seems that one of our largest problems is the law and justice system, as the State has push the prison population down to the counties, the counties quickly ran out of resources, so the probation department has been trying to pick up the slack created by what has ended up being an early release program.
Janice spoke a bit about zoning and land use, and gave a brief overview on the SkyPark approval hearings and progress. The next hearing is set for May 18, and it wouldn’t hurt a thing if we contacted all of the county supervisors and let them know our thoughts on the project.
Touring and Community marketing is a big item, the program used to provide money to the local Chambers of Commerce, but that program ran into control problems. So the county took over and didn’t do much better, so they are re-thinking the program, possibly back to the Chamber with more controls. The money comes from a local bed-tax on hotels and other lodging facilities. AirBnB is doing better at collections; the county is looking to work direct with them to eliminate the collection from homeowner’s problem.
There were a couple of questions; everyone is pretty tired of Davis Hopper whining about the diesel engine replacement requirements. Janice spent a few minutes trying to sympathize with him.
Thanks Janice!
Janice Rutherford - Second District Supervisor 2017-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

Hospital Administrator Charlie Harrison discussed operations at the hospital, and the current vote to continue the annual district tax – that’s collected on our property tax bills.


Operations are doing well – they just self-funded a $4.5 million seismic upgrade on the building, including new ramps and bathrooms.


Occupancy is up – which means more Medicare which only pays 40% of the billings on average. They provided 7000 patient-days of care in the last year, and 1200 in Acute Care. The Emergency Room is always busy.


Charlie asks all of us to vote, and if we have the opportunity to discuss the vote with our friends, urge them to vote “YES” too!



The hospital has 218 employees – and is a valuable part of our community.

Charlie Harrison - Mountains Community Hospital 2017-04-20 07:00:00Z 0
Steve Wilson provided information about what seems to be a well-engineered nutrition program that can help people who have or are pre-diabetic.
Steve Wilson - Diabetes 2017-04-20 07:00:00Z 0
Today we were pleased to have our Assemblyman, Jay Olbernolte give us a Sacramento update.
First up – Jay was a judge for an Odyssey  of the World contest – and is really excited that Lilly’s group will be going – and Jay will help with a $100 per person check to help out!
Jay gave us a little personal background: He is really a video game developer, but decided he would try to help out as a politician. He is the Vice-chair of the budget committee, and had the opportunity to have 12 bills signed into law last year – more than anyone. He says it’s partly due to his legislative interest – which is to solve actual problems for people in our district.
Jay spoke a bit about the new gas tax – it will start out at 12 cents per gallon, and work it’s way to 20 cents next year. Which means ours is the most expensive state to buy gas in – and it would be a mistake to expect that much of it will go to improve or build roads. Jay seems pretty disappointed in the legislation.
While talking about new taxes, fees and the high cost of everything in California, he also mentioned that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. Maybe the two are related???
Jay mentioned he is trying to help out with SkyPark – and invited anyone with a problem to contact one of his offices.
Thanks, Jay!
Jay Olbernolte - Assemblyman 2017-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
RYLA Kids were here!
McKensie lost her voice (talking and yelling at the camp, no doubt) be had a great time as an alum. Sarah REALLY enjoyed the “Talent/No Talent” show; Madeline had a great motivational experience and Kaycie got in as an alternate – and was really happy to participate!
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Lilly Richardson (Mike’s Granddaughter) reported on here team’s robot entry in the Odyssey of the Mind competition. THEY GOT FIRST PLACE locally and went on to state for a second place – and NOW TO WORLD!!! The world competition includes students from 200 schools, from more than 20 countries.


The team could use some help – it will cost about $9,500 to send the team to the competition – Lilly will submit a request for finding to give us the opportunity to help!

Odyssey World Presentation  2017-04-18 07:00:00Z 0


Emily and Paulina, officers of the Literature Club reported on club happenings – and took possession of a $500 donation check for their group!


Paulina also announced “MAD SCIENCE NIGHT” on May 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the High School – geared toward elementary kids, lots of fun experiments! They could use a little help and will submit a request.

Check Presentation - Literature Club 2017-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2017


Today’s program was a presentation from Stephanie Neumen about her visit to a refugee village in Uganda.


What a story – Stephanie showed us a short video of her visit, while describing the situation there. Uganda has turned into a place for refugees from all over Africa to come, as they flee areas that involved in war and revolution. It turns out the Uganda is one of the safe and friendlier and peaceful places in Africa, so it has become a natural safe-haven.



Stephanie tells a story about pretty bleak conditions, with families being torn apart, no water, little food and a lot of hungry children.



Stephanie could use some help with what has become a major cause of hers – and will turn in a request for donation.


If you can help,


Stephanie – thanks for caring!!!

Stephanie Neumen - Uganda 2017-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Molly Corsen - Ping-Pong Tournament - St. Judes Children’s Hospital 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
4-Way Speech Contest Day!
Deborah reviewed the rules of the contest – pretty rigorous! The un-named speakers were escorted out of the room, drew lots for speaking position and off we go!
Speaker No. 1: “Is Humanity Pre-Disposed to Evil?”
Great talk – Honorable Mention for Tiffany Powers, a Senior planning to attend UCSB and work into the Psychiatry program.
Speaker No. 2: “Why Don’t We Drug Test People that are on State Aid?”
Interesting view – one worth considering! Katelyn Reyes has given it a lot of thought and isn’t even a little bit shy about her conclusions. 3rd Place in the contest, headed into Poly Sci or Biology.
Speaker No. 3: “Heros aren’t Always Super Heros – Sometimes They Are Computer Nerds – ‘Hacktivists’”
A talk about the honorable side of computer hacking – a place few of us knew existed – very informative, Rim Senior Destiny Hocha Her-Ruiz earned 2nd Place in the competition
Speaker No. 4: “I Love Sports!”
Our 1st Place Winner Davin Whitaker gave a great talk about how he believes that sports, teamwork and competition have enhanced his school and life experiences.
The 4-Wat Speech contest is always one of our Rotary Year Highlights!
4-Way Speech Contest 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
RYLA! We had 3 of our campers with us this morning – Laura, Claire and Luke.
Today we had a chance to watch a very detailed video about last weekend’s RYLA Camp.
BOY do they look like they had fun!
A few comments:
Luke: The culture walk was quite an event – almost life-changing. And, if you want to learn to work together, there’s nothing like the board walk!
Laura: Laura liked the culture walk too, and really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know all of the members of her group well.
Claire: Culture walk was her favorite, too – and Claire really enjoyed connecting with all of the people of their generation.
Thanks for sponsoring us!
Claire, Laura and Luke led us in a favorite cheer: “PARTY!”
The RYLA parents had a few words as well:
What a great opportunity for our kids, the event really strengthened them – gave them a good push toward adulthood – and wouldn’t it be great if High School was like RYLA?!
RYLA 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 16, 2017




Emily, Paulina and Ian presented the Rim Literature Club program.


They went through the basics of the group, and their current activities. They have been reading both literature and also introducing kids to poetry at all of the elementary schools. They also had fun with kid’s assemblies, and put on a Dr. Seuss Birthday play! They will be reading at the hospital on March 18 and 25th.




They could use some help buying books – and will submit a request for donation.



Quite a handsome group!

Emily, Paulina and Ian presented the Rim Literature Club Program 2017-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
Larry King, Assistant Superintendent of Rim of the World USD spoke today.
Mr. King gave us a bit of his background – 25 years in the army prior to his education career. Sounds like a good background for an educator.
Larry spends a lot of time in the various schools – and has a focus on discipline and school safety. There has been a lot of reporting in the local press regarding the discipline problems at the schools, especially at Rim. Larry had a few thoughts in response:
The components of discipline are pretty straight forward:
  • Clear communication standards
  • Treat students with respect  and with fairness
  • What happens afterwards?
Mr. King related an example – if a student acts with direct defiance, maybe using profane and threatening language, one reaction may be to send them to the principal. It could be that what’s really happening is to give what’s known as an “exit”- where the student simply gets to skip class. What they try to do is to find a way to NOT give an exit – and to find ways to do things to help.
More later!
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Quick Announcement
Michelle announced that the bowing scores are now in the paper! – And she passed the hat to raise a few dollars for the “Bowling for Education” program – raised about $300 for her team!
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Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Laura Dyberg gave us a bit of history of Women’s Day – it all started in 1908, and led to Women’s Suffrage – The Duarte Rotary Club had the honor of admitting the first woman as a member and promptly lost their club charter – which, when people came into their right minds, was returned – and they elected the first woman club President – Sylvia Whitlock!
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Posted on Mar 10, 2017



Rudy Westervelt shared his trip to Haiti with the group.


What a desperate place – what could be a beautiful island nation is a nation of desperately poor and apparently helpless people. Rudy shared a few photos, and stories of his visit. Trash piled shoulder height, armed guards at the hospital and absolutely no sanitation.






A couple of facts:


Population: 10.9 million – U.S.: 318.9 million

Lack of Literacy rate: 48.7%m – U.S.: 12% (there is no excuse for this in the U.S.)

Life Expectancy: 62 - U.S. 78.7

Average annual family income: $1,720 – U.S.: $52,000.

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Posted on Mar 03, 2017
Colleen and Rob Myers presented their program – “PLUR Life Ministries”
What a group. Colleen started a job with Rim Family Services that led her to study Rave events that end up being drug problems for our youth. Her look at the problem resulted in she and Rob organizing an effort to rescue young people from the drug and sex trafficking culture that surrounds the RAVE events.
The PLUR Ministries works with a faith based message, and direct intervention. Intervention is done mostly by “Moms” – women who might have children the age of those being served. It has been found that women have better results initially because of the “Mom” role. A lot of the youth have had an early life without the leadership of parents, so they have found that a mom is in a good position to help. It’s also good to hear that faith based programs seem to have a better chance of success that secular – political programs.
They have a very well developed program that includes direct intervention, a “Camp 33” weekend designed to provide direct care for the youth with a strong emphasis on faith.
Quite a program – and quite a ministry. Both Colleen and Rob have quit their jobs and work with PLUR Ministries full time.
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Posted on Mar 03, 2017
Choices Presenters Bill Stanley, Rick Miller, Laura Dyberg, Barry Robinson, Rudy Westervelt came to the front – Jim Johnstone and Denise Rosenblatt participated but weren’t here – Organizer Geoff Hopper presented everyone with a framed photo of them in the thick of the presentation.
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Posted on Feb 25, 2017
Coach Ryan Reisling presented the Rim Boys Volleyball team!
The team is a new feature at Rim, and has become a permanent program – started barely able to field a team, they have 32 on the team now. Evidently Rim is a natural – with one day of practice, the team went, played and won a title!
They could use some help with uniforms and equipment, the Board will consider their request.
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Posted on Feb 25, 2017

Ty Ritter, Founder of Project Child Save, presented his program today – and what an affect the presentation had on the group.


The project is dedicated to rescuing children that have been abducted and sold into slavery – usually sex trafficking. Ty’s presentation was very moving – he works with law enforcement, and specializes in recovering trafficked children – some as young as 3 years of age. He and his team of ex-military special ops people have recovered 161 children – at very low cost.


We watched a video about their operations.


Taking notes on Ty’s presentation was difficult - Trafficking in children is the most heart wrenching crime, desperately saddening criminal activity. It’s very easy to see why Ty gets emotional during his presentation.


The group is comprised of 100% volunteers, and all operations are funded by donations. for more info.


If there was ever a cause worthy of a gift – this is the one.

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Posted on Feb 17, 2017
Kim Starr, Cancer survivor and Appalachian Trail hiker spoke to our group today.
When Kim isn’t hiking, she’s the manager at the Mt. High Market in Twin Peaks.
Kim told us about her adventure – and dream to hike the Appalachian Trail. 2184 miles, 14 states, from Georgia to Maine, quite an ambition! As a 60 year old mother of 6 kids with lots of grandkids, she decided to do something just for her self – for 3 reasons:
  1. Top celebrate her 60th birthday
  2. 40 years cancer free
  3. Simple peace of the Appalachians.
She started on April 10 in Georgia, and acquired the “Trail Name” of Kool-Aide due to her constant consumption of the beverage. This is a tough trail, especially for someone who has never hiked before. During the hike she fell 13 times, the most memorable was due to a (BIG) bee bite on the leg. While hiking, Kim took 1800 photos, some of which are on display.
A few remembrances – Kim enjoyed meeting other hikers on the trail, but didn’t like the snakes very much. Along the way, she ran into 12 bears!
Kim did about half the hike, and is planning to finish it this next April.
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Posted on Feb 17, 2017
The students offered background music dining our breakfast – delightful!
They are raising money to go to the National Youth Concert at Carnegie Hall – they are looking to raise $2,000 per person!
We heard a little history on the group
PASSED the hat – raised $600 to help – and referred them to the Board for a possible further contribution!
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Haley Raines from the Echo Factory was today’s speaker.
Haley is a website producer, and has lots of experience with the way the web works – and how it can help your business, and how it can cause problems.
A few facts: 
  • There are 130 trillion pages of information on the web.
  • What we now call an “Ap” appeared for the first time in 2007.
  • Every move we make on a computer, smartphone or other connected device is being tracked.
  • Google has about 83% of the search market, and they turn your information search into information to help sell you stuff! What they are is an advertising Company.
The goal is to find out as much about each individual as possible so that product and service offerings can be targeted specifically at buyers that have expressed an interest.
Haley’s company specializes in creating a web presence that will target buyers at your organization – a very specialized field. The key is to target the exact buyer who is looking for your service or product, not to advertise in mass. It seems that they are very successful at it!
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Today’s program was a WONDERFUL show of precision, loyalty and patriotism by one of our favorite groups – The Mountain Fife and Drum Corps.



What a show – and a great history of the group by leader Joy!

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Speaker Number 3: Chris Jack, Eagle Scout Project
Chris showed us a powerpoint presentation of his Eagle Project – He plans to build an interpretive garden at Rim High School – which is quite an undertaking. The project is projected to cost about $4,734 – which included a lot of donated material and time from experts and a mural painter – but needs lots of supplies.
Chris was almost done with his presentation when Geoff and Davis offered to subscribe a $1,000 of the project if Rotary would match their gift – Butch offered materials, Duane offered tractor time and the Resort offered food and refreshments for the workers.
 I guess we just about have that one wrapped up!
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Posted on Jan 21, 2017
Speaker Number 2: Nicole Swedlow, founder of The Mexican School:
Nicole told us her story – she went on vacation to Mexico and ended up staying for 2 years. Unfortunately, that led to a divorce. On a visit home, Nicole ran into teacher John Arner who was interested in her story of the small village she had been living in – and offered to help fund a community project there she was interested in.
Nicole ended up dedicating her life  to educating the people of San Pancho, and showed us a video of her work and the people there. She has built a 15,000 square foot community center, and hopes to continue her work there.
She could use a little financial help – which will go to our Board for consideration.
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Posted on Jan 21, 2017
Speaker number 1:  Olivia Ryans:
The Rotary Annual District Conference will be held HERE at the Resort this year in May. Everyone is excited, Monday and Tuesday are already ¾ booked!
Business owners can buy ads in the program It will include a map to your business.
Friday night of Conference week is Hospitality Night – everyone is welcome!
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Local Novelist Ken Decroo visited with us – with a talk about his first novel –“Almost Human” and his current efforts for the sequel – “More than Human.”
Ken talked a bit about his career, and noted that all of his occupations have been fraught with difficulty – but being an author is by far the worst. He had 98 rejections from agents before finally finding one that would help!  Now that that’s behind him he reports that there are 442,000 copies of his book in print, and it has been picked up by Kindle.
Ken reports that after the publisher found the market for his book, they offered and he signed a deal for 2 more books – that included an advance!  Which means that he is writing frantically to produce “More than Human” prior to the deadline.
Ken spoke a bit about the craft of writing – He notes a few thoughts:
For him, the idea starts as a “fossil” that begins the process of “digging” up the story. In his first book, he was well into it when has editor asked how the book would end – and he reported he didn’t know, the story was still unfolding. The editor replied that he would need to send her the end before she would edit any further – which GREATLY aided the process!
The whole project started when Ken was a young man – and he discovered a chimp that could communicate with sign language – which lit the fire.
Ken relayed lots of stories about his career in Hollywood, and things that led him to where he is now.
It’s pretty easy to see that Ken is a master storyteller - !
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Posted on Jan 09, 2017



Number 1: Olivia Baldwin – Gold Star Project for Girl Scouts


Olivia is planning a Literacy and Reading project at the Coop Nursery, and she is looking for volunteers to help out! She managed to find at least 3 in our group.

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Posted on Jan 09, 2017

Number 2: Bill Johnson


An update on Sky Park at Santa’s Village:


They have managed to pull of 30 days! Everything went well, no back-ups or complaints. They have 300 employees at present. The holidays were pretty much sold out, all of the tickets were sold online, they sold none at the gate.


At the moment, about 20% of the park is open, with pending permits and authorizations still in the works. Bill seems a little upset with the problems associated with getting the approvals, especially with issues regarding groups that oppose the development like the Sierra Club that has threatened a lawsuit.


Bill says the park maxes out at 1000 visitors, has no idea how they crowded 4000 in in past years.


They think about 20,000 people visited the park in December, and they are working on a reduced charge for people who would like to visit to have dinner - everyone likes that idea!


An amazing project!



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Posted on Jan 09, 2017
New Member Initiation
Long time breakfast freeloader Mila Scolnick was the subject of Initiation Master Geoff Hopper’s extreme vetting – which resulted in ABSOLUTELY NO DIRT on Mila. The worst he could come up with is that her two sons are both lawyers!
One other thing – a story regarding “cutting the cheese.”  Who knows what that’s all about.
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Posted on Dec 09, 2016
Bev Rios spoke today about Mountain Hearts and Lives. Her main focus is to thank our group for our long support.
They are currently in the process of their Coat ad Christmas Toy drive – and are still accepting donations. If there are any Rotarians that can help with the delivery of the Christmas bags and toys, she would welcome the help!
Bev went through a few of their programs –
  • Early Identification & Intervention
  • Child Development Screenings
  • Free Dental Screening
  • Zumba for Kids
  • Toy Distribution
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Free fruits and vegetables
  • Coat distribution
And lots more. Not sure what we would do without them!
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A few thoughts from Governor Bob Duistermars:
He is very happy with the amazing clubs here and our great connections with our communities. What we need to do is offer people an opportunity to help!
Bob gave us a bit of his history, and how he found Rotary:
He retired from the dairy business, and Mrs. Duistermars suggested he needed to find work, or find an 8 hour a day hobby! So Bob went to work with the United Way, ending up as the local CEO. Along the way, the United Way people thought he should get to know the community – so he joined the Rotary in the community! The rest is history…
  • There are so many things we are positioned to fix – and Rotary can do it!
  • Rotary is “scalable”- big, middle or small – we can work with anything.
  • Our job is to connect outcomes – think about the ripples!
A few thoughts on Rotary:
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Posted on Nov 21, 2016
Governor Bob Duistermars presented the Medals:
  • Geoff Hopper – PH+6!
  • Rudy Westervelt – PH+6!
  • John Moore – PH +3!
  • Barry Smart – PH+2!
  • Ed Perry – PH+1!
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Posted on Nov 03, 2016
Barry Robinson called Geoff Hopper to the front to present a very special plaque – honoring those who “Don’t Know S--- from Shineola.”
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Posted on Nov 03, 2016

Induction Master Geoff Hopper, after doing extensive research was somehow unable to uncover ANY dirt of new Rotarian Debbie Hopper. (Big surprise)


We’re happy to have her membership anyway!


Welcome, Debbie!

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Our presentation today was from Carol Brady, from Action for Children, Zambia
Carol’s organization is something. Their focus is on taking care of the large number of homeless children of all ages in Zambia. Carol happened across this almost by accident, when she saw the large amount of help that was needed due to the utter lack of concern for the large population of children in the country.
So she created her cause – Action for Children, Zambia.  The group has become quite a force in the country, providing Outreach, Crisis Care, Salvation Home, Education Scholarship, and the Kulanga Baqna Farm. The farm is a place where members of their family can live and work with a permanent family – which is the focus of the group.
The organization is truly amazing in the care that is delivered – and we recommend you have a look at the website – to get the full story.
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Posted on Oct 20, 2016


Jeffrey Barnes is a college professor that decided to pursue his dream of creating a college course about the history and genius of Walt Disney and his creation Disneyland.


Jeff gave us a bit of history about Walt’s successes and failures, and very interesting facts about the creation of what is now the largest and greatest media empire on earth! It turns out that Walt had a number of miss-fires and a bankruptcy before he finally created what would end up being Walt Disney Enterprises. It is a very inspiring story, and Jeff carried through on his dream to not only create a class on the story, but also write a very inspirational book about Walt Disney – the Dreamer!


Thanks for having a dream, Jeff – Great story!

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Posted on Oct 20, 2016


Chris was in Switzerland last year and gave us a quick rundown on his year spent there – one big benefit was that he learned how to speak German! He says he learned a lot about connecting with people, and the hardest part was making friends and saying Good-bye!


Chris thanked us for helping him to participate in the program.

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Posted on Oct 10, 2016
Member Transfer of Membership
Deborah welcomed member transfer from the noon club Paul Fournier! Paul got a fresh copy of the 4-Way Test, and a Sunrise Shirt!
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Posted on Oct 10, 2016
Alyssa and Carl presented for the Mountain Search and Rescue today.
Carl spent a lot of time describing the level of training they all go through to get certified to be on the team. They are trained in radio use, compass use, tracking, lost person behavior, evacuation training and much more.
Alyssa and Carl told the story of a deep creek tracking – and the problems of finding a lost person.  A young woman was lost for 3 days – and the search team had all but given up hope when they found her asleep on a rock in the sun. Everyone was excited when she woke up!
The team is thankful for Rotary, and our help in supplying them with the equipment that they need to do their job!
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Posted on Sep 16, 2016
Presentation of the Check to Rebuilding Together
Wayne Palmer and Sue Parks did a quick review of the Rebuilding Together program – and displayed a GREAT BIG copy of the check from us to help support their efforts!
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Posted on Sep 16, 2016

Averill Strasser and Bev Rouse from the Water Charity presented their program.


The charity is built on the premise that they will help provide clean water for as many people, all over the world as they can – Averill says that more people die from lack of clean water than from all incidents of violence.


They mostly provide support, resourcing, engineering for water projects world-wide, often working with the Peace Corps. They have worked on more than 3,000 projects all over the world, and provided about $3,000,000 in services. They are directly responsible for providing water for about 3,000,000 peole.


Headquartered in Crestline, their budget has grown from $100,000 5 years ago to almost $1,000,000 today.


What an amazing outfit!



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Posted on Sep 09, 2016
David Golder and Charlene Bruegger presented the Mountain Pregnancy Center.
The center was founded to help provide service to both the born and the yet-to-be-born.  As it turns out, there are a substantial number of young mothers living in a car or couch surfing, and they have little in the way of resources to take care of themselves or their children.
The center is an all-volunteer group that helps provide a program and outreach to babies and young mothers at no charge.
They recently were able to acquire an ultrasound machine through their fundraising efforts, and by working with Samsung Corp. which gave them a 50% discount on the equipment!
They will be having a fundraising banquet at the Alpine Camp and Conference Center on Thursday, September 15 at 6pm. State Senator Mike Morrell will be there, tables for 8 are available for $300 each. They will have a live auction with our own Lyle Barkley as auctioneer!
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Posted on Sep 09, 2016
Jack Cooperman and Kim Meers did a brief presentation on the Rim of the World Special Athletes program.
What and exciting program they offer – They are looking for people who have special needs and would like to be a participant. They do both winter and summer sports, including skiing, snowboarding, water sports etc. Most of the activities use special equipment.
They are looking for someone with a pontoon boat that can help, and have recently committed to a building at Snow Valley.
We have committed to help sponsor the group, and Deborah presented a check for $1,500 for support!
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Posted on Sep 09, 2016
New Member Initiation
FINALLY we had the opportunity welcome Bridget and Ed Blehm as members, and get them to pay for their own breakfast!
Having done his usual due-diligence, Initiation Master Geoff Hopper tried to pass a little dirt along on our new recruits, but the best he could come up with was their commitment to our troops! Bridget and Ed have actually leased a home on Palisades for the purpose of loaning it to active military and their families!
Oh, and the story of the unfortunate incident in the corvette.
WELCOME Bridget and Ed!
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Posted on Aug 31, 2016
Our own Joyce Savage spoke a bit about her dedication to the MS Walk – and a few of her accomplishments:
  • She and her team has raised  $105,000 for the cause over the years!
  • Her goal this year is to raise $11,000 – and she’s more than half way there!
Joyce was diagnosed with MS about 22 years ago, and through the use of alternative medicine, has been able to remain active – VERY active. Joyce has been a participant in the Walk for 9 years, and walk 20 miles twice a week for training!.
SPECIAL PHOTO OP: Deborah presented our donation check to Joyce for this years walk. Pretty exciting! GO JOYCE!
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Posted on Aug 31, 2016
Soren Stufkosky from St. Michael Tactical discussed his upcoming program – Women’s Defense and Basic Firearms Training.
Soren is offering the program to local women – and has a “No victims allowed program.” The focus is on self-protection, with an emphasis on how to avoid problems in the first place.
Program fliers are on the tables.
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Posted on Aug 24, 2016
Polly Sauer, Executive Director of the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce provided today’s program.
Polly had a few interesting thoughts – it turns out our little community ranks up with Lake Cuomo Italy and a couple of resorts in the Swiss Alps as a great vacation destination! Also, our own LouEddie’s Pizza is listed in the top 10 in the U.S., also the Waffle House is in the top 10! We are a top destination for trip advisor.
SO it seems as if our Chamber has been working diligently to promote our little community.
Polly also spent some time talking about the fact that the Chamber no longer receives any of the funds from the county bed tax – even though the county receipts are around $2 million, about $925,000 is generated from here! Polly suggests that we each draft a letter to Janice Rutherford, our Supervisor, to try and get the rules changed to allow for this important budget item. Mary-Justine Lanyon recently wrote an article in the Mountain News detailing the issues, and ways they we may be able to help. Polly recommends we read the article and then write to Ms. Rutherford. One other suggestion is to come to a MAC meeting – held the first Thursday every month.
Everyone is really excited about this year’s Home Tour – the theme is “Rustic Chic” and sounds like a lot of fun.
Polly also discussed the Special Olympics program the Chamber sponsored – and the great success of our local athletes! Polly gave us a bit of info on new programs in this area for this year.
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Posted on Aug 17, 2016





Karen Reams and Bob Kinzle of Park & Recreation gave an update on new projects. The Tour de Lake Arrowhead is August 27th. Over 200 riders are expected. Please call Bob if you are interested in volunteering.







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Posted on Aug 10, 2016
Michelle French, Laurel and Marilyn made a quick presentation about the Rim Education Foundation. A few of the things they do, and this year’s change to focusing the grants on a per student basis.
If anyone is interested, they are always looking for more Board members!
Deborah presented our donation to the Foundation - $1,000 with a request that they present at the Auction.
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Posted on Aug 10, 2016
Today Postal Inspector Steve Bolz presented.
Steve is an investigator for the US Postal Service – and manages to run into some very interesting crimes.  It seems that putting mail in a collection box can be dangerous – Steve spends quite a bit of time looking into people who steal mail, find checks then change the payee name and cash the checks.  No fair.
Another popular scam is people offering lottery winnings by mail – the scam includes sending money for taxes or bank fees so they can send you your winnings. Turns out Steve has a terrible time convincing the victims they are the subject of a scam – and they often continue to send money to fraudsters. Usually elderly people, but not always, sometimes younger people are caught too. Steve presented a bunch of photos of evidence of the crime - something for us to look out for with friends and relatives.
There seems to be no end as to how people scam the public.
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Posted on Aug 04, 2016
Linda Smith from Comfort Pets presented today, to fill us in on the benefits of their carefully trained dogs. She terms them a “Gift of Life from God.” We had three dogs with us today – including the beautiful Chelsea, Barry Robinson’s special friend.
Linda explained the beginnings of the program, and the benefits that are derived from the pets – up to and including a lowering of the pet owner’s blood pressure! They were organized in 2006,
and have grown to have 50 teams in the field at this point. They visit 12 to 15 healthcare facilities monthly, and have 9 training programs currently in the mountains.
The dogs are carefully trained to have a great temperament, to accept friendly strangers and to love children.
Their goal is to provide training to pets that will help to enhance human life. Dog can provide a calming influence on their owners, and help provide identifiable health benefits.
The group raises money through community donations and the sale of custom built first aid kits – available for $30 each.
After Linda’s presentation, Deborah presented Linda with our clubs donation check!
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Posted on Jul 27, 2016

Today’s program was offered by Warren Green – from the UltraLife Body Scan organization.


Warren promoted the value of having a full body scan to help identify potential and active health problems Warrens company will be here in Lake Arrowhead on August 12 and is currently taking appointments for these helpful procedures.


A few thoughts on preventative care: The scan helps to identify people – usually young people – who are at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest – which is mostly fatal.


Don’t forget – when it comes to preventative care, YOU are the one in charge.!

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Posted on Jul 27, 2016
Eagle Scout Project!
Eagle Scout Candidate Danny presented his project – to build and fill a sandbox for the Kindergarteners at VOE. He already has a good start on the project, but needs about an additional $450 to wrap up! The necessary funds were pledged by Geoff Hopper through his proxy Davis. (Davis pledged for half as well. Not necessary to feel too bad for poor Geoff)
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Posted on Jul 27, 2016

Presentation of a Grant to Mountain’s Community Hospital
Pat Davis, representing Mountain’s Community Hospital received our check to pay for a new Treatment and Care cart for the hospital - !
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Posted on Jul 21, 2016
Karen Baldwin presented Girl Scout Troop 1186.
Karen had a PowerPoint presentation, but, as is often the case, the computers weren’t cooperating!
Each of the Scouts made a brief presentation:
Olivia – has been a Scout since the 7th grade, has done 132 hours of community service and is working on her “Gold Award” – working to extend the Lending Library, and is working on extending it to the pre-school level.
Tia - has been a Girl Scout for 6 years, and reports the Troop has logged almost 1000 of community service! Tia likes serving the Hospital and Camp Paivika. She has earned her “Silver Award” and is working on the “Gold,” working to help animal shelters and a “How to take care of your Pet” program.
Cassidy – LOTS of service activities – Special Olympics, Camp Paivika, and honing her mediocre acting skills! She is working on a “Gold Award” with a focus on Fire Awareness.
Amber – Has been a Scout for 7 years, a great experience! They don’t sell cookies anymore – they leave that to the younger girls, but they are fundraising for a College visit trip. Her Gold Award is focused on the Pathways program – she hopes to extend it to the elementary level.
Thacker thanked the girls for all of their help at all of the community spaghetti dinners – which seem to have become a specialty! Barry Robinson also thanked them for all of the help at the Le Grande Picnic.
Troop Leader Karen reports that the group is 14 girls strong – which is a bit unusual for girls of their age – but very gratifying. Karen mentioned that the “Gold Award” in Girl Scouts is roughly equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout award, but is far rarer – she estimates that there is only one Gold Award for every 100 Eagle Scouts.
Congratulations to the girls of Troop 1186!
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Posted on Jul 21, 2016
Fireside chat – Rudy and Karyn’s tomorrow evening, 6pm including dinner and drinks – 13 confirmed so far!
Our Exchange student Midori is back from her train tour, back on the mountain last Friday – Special thanks to Rudy and Karyn for opening their home to Midori. Deborah presented an “Above and Beyond” award to the Westervelt’s along with flowers.
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Posted on Jul 21, 2016



Bob Mosby reports that the “Relay for Life” event happened last week – Thanks to Denise for her participation and raising $500. The event raised $45,000 – Toni’s team was number 2 at $6,000! Bob

passed along the plaque for Rotary’s participation.

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2016 PolaRotary Plunge
Pat Raines of the noon club presented our plungers with their Certificates of Valor for their efforts-
Plungers: Lyle, Laura, Denise, Thacker, Jake, Eric, Babe, Mary and Rudy.
Our group raised $3015 this year. Pat reports that they have raised $130,000 over the last 8 years!
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Today’s speaker is our State Senator, The Honorable Mike Morrell.
Mike gave us a bit of background on himself, his family and the projects he has lined up in Sacramento. He spend some time talking about what he sees as the major problem with our bloated government – we evidently have amassed $679,000 in unfunded liabilities for every person in the U.S. Mike doesn’t see this as sustainable, and is looking for ways to fix the problem.
As far as California is concerned, the weather is great, but in a survey, comes in dead last as a desirable place to start a business. We have the highest taxes, the most regulations and fees, etc. etc. etc. We also account for 34% of the welfare in the US. Mike is working to find ways to help. One recent accomplishment is to get the so called fire fee into court – with a goal of labeling it what it is – a tax – and an illegal tax at that.
Mike spent a few minutes talking about ways that we can work to restore what the founders had in mind – a free and unfettered country.
Mike seemed to be a dedicated hard working public servant – a phrase he pointed out.
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Odyssey of the Mind Presentation
The students – Marla, Juliana, Ethan and Mackin presented the “Odyssey” project – a very interesting group founded to promote creative thinking in problem solving.
Sounds very interesting!
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Retired District Governor Rudy presented Rotary Foundation for today’s program.
After a short video, Rudy described the way Rotarian’s can make a difference by including the Rotary Foundation in their estate and gift plans, he presented a PowerPoint program entitled “Leave Your Legacy.”
Rudy also mentioned that our club does very well in annual foundation giving – about $180 per member per year on average – and he challenged us to target $200 on average this year.
Rudy’s presentation included the different levels of recognition that can be earned at various gift levels. 
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Posted on Jul 07, 2016
Armand plugged the new Tudor House production – “The Odd Couple.” Playing thru the 24th of July. GREAT acting. (Armand is one of the actors - Duh)
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Posted on Jul 07, 2016

Retired President Lyle came forward to present our own Jill Neumen a special award for her dedicated service administering our scholarship program!


Jill says it is quite a program, not necessarily focused on the highest achieving students, but rather focusing on students that have a high sense of character, and some that could use a little help. Sometimes awards are just for career help, to give deserving students a little shove into life. Many times, one of our scholarships is a “surprise” to the student!


Almost new member Debbie Hopper will be taking over this year.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2016
Everyone happily sang “Farewell to You” to Lyle and greeted Debra as the new President. Lyle and Rudy
had her solemnly swear, ring the bell and take over the gavel.
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Rory Balmer, the new Fine Meister, was not given the birthdays and anniversaries by the previous Fine Meister (AKA Ken McKay). Rory handed out new sheets for the members to fill out.
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Posted on Jun 30, 2016



Paul from the Forest Lawn Boy Scouts mentioned the July 22 Forest Law Scout event. Registration begins at noon. Flyers were on the tables.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2016
Rudy Westervelt inducted Steve Holstein and Rick Miller into their Rotary positions because they missed the Demotion Dinner.
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Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Laura Dyberg did a special Father’s Day tribute – along with taking credit for the special party favors on the tables.
Laura relayed a story about her Dad – who believed that everyone needs 2 things to get along in life – duct tape and WD-40. Sounds like a wise man to me! 
To Laura, Dad’s fix things – and therefore make the world better!
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Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Report From Korea
Incoming President Deborah Fancett gave us a report on her visit to Korea for the Rotary Convention!
She had a great time – a few observations: Seoul is a beautiful city, and one of the cleanest places she has been. Also, Deborah noted that it seems that there were very few people that speak English.
The conference was absolutely amazing, with 44,000 people in attendance. The keynote speech by the Secretary General of the UN was very inspiring.  Deborah thanked us all for the opportunity to participate.
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Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Michelle and Nate Calkins of the Search and Rescue team presented today!
Michelle reports that this year the team has spent about 3700 hours either in training or on active rescue.
Michelle told the story of the Kitrich rescue – she noted that the woman made it more difficult to be found by continuing to walk. The best plan is to STAY PUT!
One happy note - there are fewer rescues required because of GPS and cellphones – very helpful tools. Nate recommends taking some equipment if you go for a hike – water, hiking boots (no flip-flops) and basic protective clothing. A mirror and light are helpful!
The Search and Rescue group is recruiting constantly – if you are interested, arrange to come to a meeting!
Michelle and Nate Calkins of the Search and Rescue Teamk 2016-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2016
Our speaker for today was Kelly, the director of Camp Pavika. Kelly gave a great presentation once again about the extraordinary work they do with mentally and physically disabled children and adults.  Kelly will be sending a flyer about a Rotary Open House on August 13th.
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Posted on Jun 08, 2016
Boy Scout Will Paginni presented his project to install new goal posts at Charles Hoffman. He stated he still needs $350 for the project. David and Geoff Hopper offered $200 if the Sunrise Rotary would donate $100. The Rotary voted to approve!!!
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Shab El Awar - Contribution to Polio 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2016

Rudy said the conference in Korea was a great conference. The people are very grateful
to the U.S for our help in 1953. The conference next year is in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Shab and Bricia El Awar - Kids with Cancer to Disneyland 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

Nyron McClean reported on efforts to bring healthcare to Haiti – and had a photo presentation of the program under way there. The program was in the North, with an 11 hour ride on a dirt road to get there.


On this trip, they were able to screen 708 women for cervical cancer, the found 43 that were positive and were able to successfully treat 35. Nyron says that many of these people have never seen a doctor.


They are working of putting together a second trip, hoping to screen 1700 – 1800 women this time.


$1,600 of our DDf funds went to this project this year!

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Geoff Hopper recalled a long series of awards our club received at the District Conference – Youth Development Award, the RYLA/PRYDE Award, and the Interact Award!
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Girl Scout Madison Oaks presented her “Gold Award” project – a new sidewalk at Rim High between the portable classrooms and the tennis courts. The existing area needs lots of help – there are some concrete bleachers there, but it’  very difficult to access them due to the terrain. Madison plans to remedy the problem.
Madison presented a series of photos and drawings of the project, and reported that Pat Brennan will be helping to mentor the project, and it has been approved by the School and the senior administration.
The project will cost about $5,500, with plans to start on July 1 – and you can come to help!
In our usual conservative and careful approach to helping, Geoff Hopper proposed a $1500 donation to be made by the club, to be matched by his own $1,500 with an immediate vote – which passed. (Surprise!!)
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Deborah presented 3 of our PRYDE Group!


We sent 5 to the PRYDE camp this year – there were 277 total campers, and 35 adult volunteers to run this year’s camp.

A couple of comments from our campers present:
Aiden: Spends more time thinking about ways to be more helpful to others Madison: Learned a lot about team-building.
Veronica: Learned about teamwork, and how to work with classmates.
Rudy presented a sound-less video of the camp – and provided voice over!
One of the PRYDE projects was to pack 750 backpacks with supplies for homeless people – quite an accomplishment!







The students led the group in one of the PRYDE cheers: Chugga-Chugga-ChuggaChuggaChugga! – FUN!

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Charlie Harrison, Administrator at Mountains Community Hospital gave us an update of Hospital happenings:
  • We have positive cash flow! People who didn’t pay their bill before Obamacare do now! Well, actually, the government does – which helps.
  • The have purchased a building in Running Springs, and are delighted with the new Rural Clinic there.
  • The hospital has purchased the Medical Arts building next door – and is the largest tenant.
  • They are working on a seismic retrofit of the hospital building – should be done in about a year - $4,000,000 worth.
  • Once the seismic retro is done, they will build a new acute care wing to increase the bed count, which will allow an increase of beds for elder care.
  • The monitoring equipment we donated has been a great help.
  • They are looking forward to refinancing the outstanding debt next year to lower the cost.
All in all, it seems like operations at our hospital are doing well – everyone is happy Charlie extended his contract!
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Posted on May 19, 2016




The focus of Tim’s presentation was that we don’t need government interfering in all our lives and businesses. We need to get government interference reduced!


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Posted on May 11, 2016
President Lyle thanked Bob Mosby for creating a beautiful board with pictures of Rotary Auction items and charities we support. The board will be available at the District Conference.
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Posted on May 11, 2016

Governor Rudy Westervelt introduced new Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) members: Denise Amante, Jerry Savage, Lyle Barkley, Bill Stanley, Armand LeSage and Dave Stuart.
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Posted on May 11, 2016
Victoria Alexander introduced members of Odyssey of the Mind and spoke about the success of engaging students in improving themselves through education.
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Rotarian Nyron McLean introduced the VTT team from India. 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2016




Lyle called our Rotarian Women to the front, and presented them with “Celebration of Women in Rotary” pins!


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Posted on May 05, 2016
Rim Education Foundation presented today.
ROP Program:
Stephanie Phillips gave us a bit of background on the Rim Ed Foundation missions – and provided a few students as examples of their work. The ROP program is designed to help students prepare for and get into a college or vocational program.  Students get college credit that they can use to help gain admission to all sorts of schools.
We had Carter as an example of a young man who has been accepted to the fire academy after being appointed a fire explorer through the ROPO program.
We also had Kylie who has been going to acting and directing school as a result of her participation in the program.
AVID Program:
Jackie Lopez and Tom Flores are two student participants in the AVID program – Advancement Via Individual Determination.
AVID is a program designed to help students prepare for and gain admission to a 4 year college. According to the students, the program provides everything a student needs to prepare for and make college happen!
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Posted on May 02, 2016
Check out Bob Mosby's Photo Album of Rebuilding Together on the
left hand column.
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Posted on May 02, 2016
Derek gave us an update on progress at Rim High.
2016 is a “growing” year – student population is up a little for the first time in a number of years.  They are working on a very high end college prep program – “Scott’s Encounter” and have added 6 new AP classes. The goal is to become a super competitive high school again. They will be bringing back the Blue Ribbons! They are experimenting with new class schedules that permit additional classes to be taken, which Derek has high hope for
They are working on Mountain High, and have made a number of changes including dedicating faculty to the program. This year, Mountain has 44 students, they are expecting 50 next year.
Derek Swem - Principal of Rim of the World High School 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 02, 2016
Manny gave us a bit of history – he has been working on the mountain for about 16 years. The yard primarily works on maintenance, he doesn’t have much input on projects the district do.
Manny spent quite a bit of time going over the new road dividers on Highway 18 – again with the note that his job is to figure out how to maintain the barricade once it’s installed. Manny explained that the project is being done in sections to cut down on traffic disruptions. 
There were lots of questions regarding the barricade program – and Manny did a great job answering them, but the fact remains that his people had nothing to do with the project, and in fact are working hard to figure out how to maintain it!
Manny noted that the reduced speed limits that are in effect are going to be strictly enforced – SO BE CAREFUL! The plan is to complete the project this year.
Manuel - Supervisor of the Burnt Mill CalTrans Yard 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Donation Check - Lake Arrowhead COOP Nursery 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2016


Joyce Garrison and Sue Walker presented today with a talk about the homeless on the mountain. They work with St. Richards Episcopal Church outreach – and have a focus on the homeless.


They are in the process of developing a program – and have discovered that it’s not as easy as distributing food. There are lots of government agencies and procedures, as well as the simple problems of finding the homeless to enable them to help. Evidently, there are very few county caseworkers – only 4, and there are no services or workers dedicated to the mountain communities.


They can use help –if you would like to help, leave your email address and they will be in touch, and if you would like to make a donation, direct it to Hearts and Lives.

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Posted on Apr 19, 2016
RYLA Presentation
Rudy started things off with a video from the RYLA Camp, and we were introduced to
our RYLA campers. FIRST they led us in a very fun chant – not everyone was excited.
  • Ariana: GREAT time meeting people; definitely came out of my comfort zone! The speakers were amazing.
  • Danae: What a blessing this was! My favorite was the icebreaker sessions when we arrived!
  • Mollie: Changed my life – what an opportunity, I learned a lot about being a leader.
  • Heidi: I made 275 new friends! – The action never stopped!
  • Elizabeth: Thank you so much for the opportunity – I’ve “broken free!”
  • Ben: What a wonderful opportunity, great food. We all became a family – especially with the discussion groups. I received 118 texts by the time I got home!
A few fun facts:
Ours is the largest RYLA in the system, 550 high school juniors.
  • The camp is run by alumni
  • More photos and info –
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Posted on Apr 07, 2016
A quick report by our returned exchange student Gwen Griggs:
Gwen spent the last school year with 2 families in France – and is very appreciative for our support. She says she has become almost fluent in French, and will work to be completely fluent. It was a life changing experience – and she was able to verify that it’s OK to take a 10 minute shower there!
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Posted on Apr 07, 2016

Johnny Roberts from Manzanita Ranch – a program that Lyle and Jill came across and enjoy supporting.


Johnny runs the Manzanita Ranch – a ranch that is dedicated to taking care of veterans that are or have experienced PTSD. The ranch use horses and rides along the Pacific Crest Trail to help our troubled vets find a bit of peace, and help them to heal.


Johnny is passionate about his ranch – and had a brief presentation that introduced us to a few of the [people he has helped. Quite a service.


Johnny gave us a bit of his background sort of an erstwhile rags to care provider history.


The ranch is supported by sponsors, in two ways. Number one is maintenance of the horses and the property, the second is a fund set up to eventually purchase the ranch from the landlord. He needs $300,000 to purchase the property.


Quite a service for our veterans!

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Posted on Apr 01, 2016
Deborah went over the rules – including the one that no one ever hearts “WAIT TILL EVERYONE IS DONE SPEAKING BEFORE YOU APPLAUD!!! Of course, no one heard it this year either.
We awarded cash prizes as follows: $25 for Honorable Mention, $50 for 3rd Place, $100 for 2nd Place and the Grand Prize of $200 for the best talk.
Judges are: Susie Stuart, Lauralee Hopper and Lyle Barkley. The Official Time Keeper was Ken Nielsen, and each speech must be 5 to 8 minutes, with point loss for any deviation. The identity of each contestant was held secret until the prizes were awarded.
The Speeches
No. 1  (Josh Tenney):
“Mediocrity is my pet peeve!” This contestant has a daily affirmation or 10 items: Believe, Motivation, Focus on Why, Explore, Work Hard and Have a Good Day, Don’t be Afraid to Fail, See Thing as they Are, Do What You Care About, and DO IT NOW!!!
Great speech!
Number 2 (Laurielle Schwab):
A VERY fine talk about her mother – and her role in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.  A real life Nancy Drew, her mom handled the communications for the police during the incident that helped avert the planned bomb blast.  A speech dedicated to First Responders.
A true hero - !
Number 3 (Tyler Bartholomew):
 A review and opinion talk about the high cost of getting an education – and some emotional thoughts about why we as a society have reason to work harder to find ways to help.  A well spoken plea for change.
Number 4 (Kylie Stehmeier):
A really nice view of our local support group – our whole community! Kylie finds lots of nice things to say about our little mountain town, and how the community comes together to support our own. She discussed the problem that not everyone has the same type community as we do. Rotary helps by instilling a passion to serve!
Number 5 (Jamie Washburn)
Body image in our society – anorexia, eating disorders – much of the problem has to do with the media.  Advertisers work to create an emotional case for their products – and in so doing, create problems for many young women. “Self-worth is not based on appearance – beauty is found in all body types.”
A well-reasoned plea form our youth!
What an amazing group of young people – and an amazing bunch of speeches. 
The Judging:
Jamie Washburn: Honorable Mention
Josh Tenney: Honorable Mention
Tyler Bartholomew: 3rd Place
Kylie Stehmeier: 2nd Place
Laurielle Schwab: GRAND PRIZE!!
Rudy gave a brief comment about the history of the “4-Way Test,” it seems its history goes back to an effort to save a business that was in trouble.
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Posted on Mar 24, 2016

RYLARians Report

We had a review of last week’s RYLA camp –with a few comments from the RYLArians
  • Madison – What a positive change! She gained a lot of self-confidence.
  • Emily – Life-changing event – “My eyes were opened!”
  • Mido – RYLA helped expand my American experience!
  • Destiny - AMAZING! Scott Greenberg’s presentation is awesome.
  • Rachael – Thanks do much for the opportunity – learned the importance of team work, communication and positive energy!
THEN the RYLArians led us in the “Shark” song!

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Posted on Mar 24, 2016


Today’s program was a full presentation of the Lake Arrowhead Country club, the activities, history and facilities by the new club manager Mr. Mark Range.


Mark is excited in his new position, and comes to Lake Arrowhead after spending 30 years in the Country Club business – most recently in Chic, California, before that at Bermuda Dunes in the desert.


Way to sell the club, Mark!

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Posted on Mar 21, 2016

Today’s speaker, ex-Rotarian John Wurm, was excited to sit at table 1 today. He says they wouldn’t let him when he was a member.


John came today to give us an update on the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District – and the current water situation. Johns comment, “It’s still a little dry here, but we are doing better.”


John discussed last year’s bond issue, and the fact that the money is still sitting, and has yet to be put to any use. He thinks that we could best spend money on extending our water storage capability. In his view, we go from wet year to dry year, the problem is when we have water, we don’t save it. He thinks we could spend the bullet train cash on dams, and that would eliminate much of our water shortage problems.


John spent a few minutes discussing the current situation at the LACSD – water use is down about 30%, he can’t think of a reason that will come back anytime soon as people are accustomed to lower usage now. As such, the District has a $200,000 shortfall so far. He favors debt repayment as a way to lower costs, and working on their pension challenge and supplemental fees. They evidently have $5 to $6 million banked from the supplement fees, he thinks let’s stop collecting them.


Thanks for the update!

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Posted on Mar 10, 2016

Rob Roy presented today’s talk – with a call to people to come to this years “LeGrande Picnic.”


Rob gave us a bit of history on the hospital, from its’ origins, being run by Nuns as “Santa Anita Hospital.” Unfortunately, the Nuns had trouble with bill collecting, and were forced to sell the hospital to the community in 1965. The facility fetched the princely sum of $515,000, with an $180,000 down payment.


Rob’s dad Ted founded the Arrowhead Golf Classic as a fundraiser to pay off the balance – which happened in 5 years! The golf classic has continued since, and has focused its donations on both the hospital and the High School. In 1993, the Classic was taken over by the Country Club and re-named the “Ted Roy Charity Golf Classic.” It will be held this year on September 16.


Thanks to the support of our group for the event!

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Posted on Mar 10, 2016
Special Recognition of Rotary Women
Lyle recalled the history of Rotary – which until 1987 was a men’s only club. Thankfully, the club changed its approach, and began initiating women into the club. Rudy reports that we are at the about 30% women membership level, so we’ve got some work to do to get to 50/50. Either that or we could ask 200,000 men to leave? (KIDDING!!)
Lyle recognized two very special woman Rotarians – Laurielle Schwab and Jamie Zinn with special plaques, flowers and a check for donation to a charity of their choice!
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Posted on Mar 04, 2016


Scott Craft introduced CIF Champion Wrestler Jordan – and we got a nice review of the Rim Wrestling program. Jordan says he wanted to play basketball, but Scott simply insisted that he really wanted to be a wrestler. So he became a wrestler with great success after losing every match in his first year. But, as a Senior he is Number 1! And he’s hoping to go to the Fire Academy next year.


Always fun to see a successful athlete.

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Posted on Mar 01, 2016

Marilyn Jordan from Rim Family Services was our program today.


Marilyn gave us a bit of her personal history on the Mountain. She has been her for about 40 years, and worked at Santa’s Village back when there was a Santa’s Village!


She also worked and retired as an educator, but has taken on a new career – as the Director of the Rim Family Services agency.


Rim family services has 31 people that work there providing all sorts of help to the people of our local community. They often work with the Sheriff as well as with the school district. Some of their programs include anger management, County Service referral, court ordered DUI programs, family counseling. They have a van that they use as a mobile office to help serve all of the local communities.


They often work with Operation Provider, and the PAT program (Parents as Educators) working with parents to provide appropriate education aid for families. One pet project was the skate park, which was evidently a place to buy drugs – which they have cleaned up.


Marilyn works with the older adult programs on senior programs, problem solving, counseling, and no-cost therapy. Her programs also include self care help, both mental and physical.


It seems that there are many reasons to praise the Rim Family Services program – Thank for all that you do!

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Posted on Feb 18, 2016
John Moore reported today on Rebuilding Together.
John has placed the Rebuilding Together Annual report on each table – make sure you get a copy.
A few thoughts:
  • The RT National Headquarters is now in Washington DC
  • They operate in about 40 states – California being the largest.
  • In our area, all operations are run by volunteers
  • They operate from Cedar Pines Park to Green Valley Lake.
John gave a little background of our local group – with lots of help from other people
who had lots to say! The program is designed to execute repair and rehab, with a goal of
keeping disadvantaged or elderly people “Warm, Safe and Dry.” The program
differentiates significantly from Habitat for Humanity – RT isn’t building or offering
homes, rather making existing ones habitable and safe.
John discussed the upcoming auction fundraiser – it will be held on April 7, and offered
thanks to these who provide support, especially Butch and Rim Forest Lumber.
John also discussed their emergency repair program that helps throughout the year.
The house selection process is fairly involved; John says they receive many applications,
but generally choose 6 houses to work on.
The Auction will be held on April 7, at 5pm at the Country Club – save the date!
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Posted on Feb 17, 2016
Today’s program was given by Honorary Member Mary-Justine Lanyon.
Mary-Justine presented her love – of – job today. MJ enjoys being the Editor of the local newspaper – she gets the opportunity to be almost everywhere something is happening!
She expressly loves being trusted with your story!
Here’s some recent news Mary-Justine has presented:
  • The Girls’ basketball team is going to CIF.
  • The Chicken Coop dedications at the VOE School, along with a pumpkin patch a worm and a trout farm! Sounds like a great day.
  • A report on the School Board. Always exciting.
  • The Literature Club. What an amazing group of young people!
  • Can’t wait to report on the 4-Way Speech Contest!
Mary-Justine reports that we have a healthy community – and encourages everyone to call her with local scoops!
One final thought – She thinks that the Sheriff’s log can be funny sometimes too!
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Posted on Feb 17, 2016
Mandy Kreminski , Occupational Therapist and operator of the “Silly Room” gave us an update  on her program.
Mandy’s case load has gone up dramatically, and she is happy to report that she is helping more than ever – and is excited about it! She received a grant, and was able to purchase equipment that helps a lot, and she reports that about 1/3 of her cases are done at no cost. She is currently working to provide services through Mountains Community Hospital, which would improve her cash flow.
Thanks for your service, Mandy.
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Posted on Feb 17, 2016




Scott and Sheila Craft came forward to be presented with ….. a plaque commemorating their care and hospitality in housing and working with Midori, our exchange student!


Thank you very much, Sheila and Scott!

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Posted on Feb 05, 2016
Today’s program started off to be a report by Heather Dominguez, the Principal at Lake Arrowhead Elementary, but ended up being a report – a very informative report – on the Rim USD by Heather Dominguez, the new Director of Educational Services for the District.
Heather reported on the progress and result of the consolidating of the schools – turns out a lot of planning and preparation was done for the move with a goal of making it as easy as possible on the students and teachers that were moving, and they report success! The largest impact was on LAE that received the largest number of students and teachers. As it turns out, they are able to accommodate all of the new arrivals, and Heather reports that that no new buildings or temporaries were required, and that class size was not impacted.
With regard to the student count situation, the District in budgeting for a 3% further decline in student population next year.  The District estimates that there are about 1200 school age children in the district that are using alternative schools, home schooling, Christian schools and Charter Schools. Heather speculates that a fairly large number of parents are choosing other options for religious reasons.
All told, the move seems to have gone well; Heather thanked us for our support and mentioned that the students and staff at the schools always enjoy it when we show up – with a program, or just for lunch!
Good luck as the new Director of Educational Services, Heather!

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Jack Cooperman - Rim Special Athletics Association 2016-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2016

Joy Hatch presented the “Lake Arrowhead Fife and Drum Corps”


What a presentation. Joy introduced all of the members present, and went through how they go about working their way through the ranks. One of the most amazing parts is how many tunes they must memorize! One Senior (Also known as a Sergeant Major) has memorized about 310 tunes!


The group performed for us – what an amazing performance, to a standing ovation.


Joy thanked us for our help, and hopes we’ll be able to help again this year.


What an amazing, talented and dedicated group of young people!

Joy Hatch - “Lake Arrowhead Fife and Drum Corps” 2016-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2016





Lyle asked Bob Mosby to come to the front to present a check for $250 to significant other Toni for her participation in the American Cancer Society walk coming up!

Bob Mosby - American Cancer Society 2016-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Laurielle, Julia, Tyler, Eric and Matt from the Rim High Literature Club presented their program. They’ve been here before, and they discussed their progress since their last visit
  • One on one reading is working VERY well.
  • They are arranging for 4 “Reading Days” with a goal of reaching out to up to 250 kids!
  • The wrapped and gave away 80 books for Christmas!
  • Their goal is to take their passion for reading to the elementary kids –
  • March 3 will be this year’s District Wide Reading Day!
Their plan is to take their love of reading to the entire community – and they would appreciate our help!
Rim High Literature Club 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Tiffany O’Hara presented today’s program – as the new owner of the Alpenhorn News.
She used to work at a number of news outlets, including the LA Times. Tiffany believes that Community Newspapers are very important – she bought the paper to get involved in a small community, and she has always loved the mountains!
Everyone used to think her paper was mostly gossip – but her plan is to turn it into a serious newspaper that represents the local community.
She seems to be off to a great start!
Tiffany O’Hara - Alpenhorn News 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0



JoBonita and Marilyn accepted our donation check for the Rim Education Foundation! Lots of applause!


Rim Education Foundation 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0



Lyle was presented with a Rotary Banner from our Brazilian guests – and he presented them with one! Actually, a whole bunch of them!

Brazilian Guests 2016-01-16 00:00:00Z 0



Nick Crisp presented his Eagle Scout Project – his plan is to build a railroad tie step and pathway from the parking lot at the Lutheran Church to the parking lot at Rim High – it turns out the church parking lot is used for overflow parking when there is an event at the school – and the steps should come in handy!


Nick says the project will cost about $2,000, and if we can help he would appreciate it!

Nick Crisp - Eagle Scout Project 2016-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Our State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte offered today’s program.
Jay gave a bit of information about the happenings in Sacramento - they are in session 9 months of the year – currently on break, back in session in January. Jay has the second largest district in the nation – about 10,000 square miles – it can take up to 5 hours to drive across the district! His office is in Hesperia, and he seems to take some pride in taking care of constituents and their problems with the bureaucracy.
Jay has lived in Big Bear for 21 years, and his background is as a small businessman and entrepreneur, operating a video game development business that has 20 employees. Jay also enjoys working as a flight instructor. He got started in politics when he first ran for a seat on the Big Bear Airport board and won. He then ran for and won a seat on the Big Bear City Council – then went big time!
Jay is a big proponent of modernizing the government’s technology, and is working on that as his legislative project. He also works as Vice-Chair of the budget committee – which are currently working on two very big problems – health care and transportation funding.
Jay spent a few minutes’ specific issues, problems that he sees and the difficulty of doing business in California, Environmental Impact Statements, etc. Davis Hopper asked a couple of questions regarding regulations that concern his business – which, of course, turned into something of a rant. Jay made every appearance of being concerned.
It seems to the Secretary that we are fortunate to have Jay as our Assemblyman!
State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte 2016-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Lyle asked Mike Mueller and Foundation Chair Denise Amante to come forward – to present Mike with his Paul Harris+1 award!!!
Mike Mueller - Paul Harris+1 Award 2016-01-02 00:00:00Z 0