President’s Letter – November 16, 2017

President’s Letter – November 16, 2017

Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Our November 10 meeting had us back, briefly, at the Doubletree.  They did a good job of accommodating us.  This week, we are back at Viva! in La Arcada on State Street.  I’m going to repeat that during this column.  After call-to-order and recognition of our Sargent-at-Arms, , invocation by Michael Self and the Pledge of Allegiance, we proceeded with a full agenda, again.  Visiting Rotarians included Kirk Greene, lover of all things Telletubby.  Guests included our speaker, John Gherini, and his wife Marianne.  Also, we had Elihu Gevirtz, biologist and rabbi and Nancy Diaz, “gatekeeper” of Santa Cruz Island, guests of Rick Marcellin. of and rabbi, and Nancy Diaz, “gatekeeper” of Santa Cruz Island were guests of our promptly- (nay, I say early-) arriving Rick Marcellin.
Fines were still fairly limited as we really had to keep moving with our meeting.  Next up were announcements including reminders for Salvation army Bellringing and dark meeting dates for the Holler Daze.  We will have an auction of great wine and other fine items, including some antiquities provided by Jim Stretchberry on December 3rd; more details at this week’s meeting.  In a series of in-and-outs that I couldn’t follow, various sports wagers resulted in $500 being raised for the Foster Kids Holiday Giving Program.  Announcements included a reminder about Salvation Army Bell Ringing, the dark dates for meetings during the Holler Daze and an update on Vocational Service by Dean Axelrod.
Next up was a real nail-biter of a getting-to-know-you presentation from Matt Nehmer.   We learned about how Matt’s college and early career roommates propelled him through his aspirational career.  I wonder if he called the President “Bill?”  Don’t understand?  Ask him, I’ve given you the intro.

Our program was John Gherini with a presentation about Santa Cruz Island.  He traced the occupancy and purpose of the island over the years, ranging from grapes to cattle, sheep and beyond.  His narrative was very vivid; he grew-up working on Santa Cruz when his grandfather was a partner in ownership of the commercial concern.  The Islands are accessible today for day hiking, camping, kayaking, diving and more; take an adventure!
This week our program will feature FORREST FLEMING, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND BOARD MEMBER of TrueVision Systems, Inc.   Mr. Fleming has a distinguished track record of creating successful start-up companies across a diverse industry portfolio, specializing in creating, funding, and executing business plans to optimally commercialize world-changing inventions.   TrueVision Systems, Inc. is a world leader in digital visualization and augmented reality guidance for microsurgery. The company has developed and patented a digital surgery platform with integrated applications for existing surgical microscopes and a digital surgical microscope to replace traditional optical microscopes. The company is focused on developing a suite of guidance applications and data integration modes for microsurgery to improve surgical efficiencies and patient outcomes.
Remember- VIVA! See you this Friday!
Rotarily,
Michael Gardner
President, 2017-18
 

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