President’s Letter – August 13, 2018

President’s Letter – August 13, 2018

We had another fun meeting on Friday in Rodney’s. Todd McGinley welcomed us to the meeting and Michael Baker kept it entertaining by doing his wonderful job as Sargent at Arms. Gretchen led us in the Flag Salute and reminded everyone of Social Hour that evening. Steve Petersen invoked us all to think of the firefighters as they battle the many blazes in California.

Poor Davis Darnall, he brings his father Ted from Oregon, to visit one of our meetings and he is proudly showing off his new skill of providing entertaining music to our club. So, what does Michael Baker do, but gong the Johnny Cash song right off the bat. Sorry, Davis I guess not everyone likes the man who wore the black hat. Keep trying this is a tough crowd.

Fireside Chat
The ever so fortunate Marshall Howland was provided the wonderful opportunity to join us by the Fireside. We learned that Marshall grew up in the San Jose area and learned about boating in his father’s driveway. I think this deserves further investigation by our fellow members going forward. Marshall is proud to say he was an average Boy Scout and athlete but enjoyed participating for many years. All I have to say is remember the glory years Marshall, so you can go out and pull a hamstring on the weekend thinking you can still move like a 17 year old. After graduating from Westmont and raising a boy, a girl, and soon to be new grandchild with his wife Celia, Marshall has been busy operating a solar company called Sunrise 805. Sunrise 805 is a family owned Solar company that does residential and commercial installation, consultation and maintenance of solar systems. Davis Darnall works there with him and it is clear that their core value of listening to clients and providing a high quality result is what really matters. During our conversation Marshall made sure to remind us that before we are finished in this world the important thing to remember is “How” is more important than “What”, “Where” or “When”. Thank you for being a good sport and enjoying the Fireside with us Marshall!

Visiting Rotarians
Ted Darnall – Medford Rogue Rotary Club

Dalton Dixon, Marth Smilgis, Parker Sampanis(Rotaract), JJ Gobbell, Philipp Enns (Rotaract), Peter Miko (Speaker), Bruce & Sally Hansen

We are still looking for one more driver for the meals on wheels program. Our Rotary Club supports three routes with a bunch of us already driving. Low commitment, high reward, absolutely something worth trying. Please contact Steve Milam to volunteer.

Saturday 9-15-18 we have two fun opportunities that will allow us to give back to our community. The first is a kickball tournament and the second is a beach clean-up day at Hendry’s Beach. The kickball tournament benefits a two-bedroom transition house in Santa Barbara that serves victims of human trafficking while the beach clean-up day is part of the United Way’s Day of Caring. Way to go, Dick Salogga for securing such a Cush job for our rotary club on this day of helping the community. Picking up some trash on the beach and wading in the water sounds like a great way to make a difference while having a good time.

Save the date. Our Family picnic will be on Sunday 9/16 and Carlos is planning a welcoming event for the whole family. More details to come.

Peter Miko a business owner and entrepreneur shared stories of natural disasters causing tremendous disruption for families. His experience with Service Master and dealing with the recent fires in California provided a valuable insight into what a homeowner will end up dealing with when the situation occurs. I for one will remember to pay my insurance bill on time going forward.

Next week we will have the opportunity of to hear from Vicky Price and Sam Skotarczyk from the DOJ, Bureau of Forensic Analysis. I cannot wait to hear what they dig up.

See you all next Friday,
Mike Bieza
President 2018 / 2019


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