Monthly Archives: September 2013

Greg Morones/Mychal Dourson Sept 24, 2013

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Mychal and JoAnn gave a report on the recent fellowship barbecue with the Carlsbad Club. They reported that it was a fun get-together and the food was great! The annual Oktoberfest, sponsored by the Carlsbad Rotary Clubs will be held Sat. Oct 5 at Holiday Park in Carlsbad. The Interact Conference will be held in Orange County on the weekend of Oct 4-5. Steve Roder, the teacher mentor at El Camino High School will attend, but so far none of the current leaders of the Club have signed up. The LEAD Conference is also scheduled for the first weekend in October. TG Vallas is in charge of our club’s participation in that but he was not present today to report if we will be sponsoring students to attend this year. Dave Jones reported that Pro Kids was invited to partner with the Rotary Clubs of Oceanside’s golf tournament next year but have declined. Lee Russell reported that our participation in the Memorial Garden at Camp Pendleton was approved. Our cost of participation will be $1000.

Kate Rubalcava reported that New Haven Homes will be participating in Oceanside’s Sun Project (painting and cleaning up homes in a designated area of Oceanside) on Saturday Oct 26 and invited our club to join that effort if there is interest in doing so . Happy Dollars: Josh Bernheim contributed nine dollars and Dave Jones gave forty eight dollars for their respective number of years of wedded bliss. Mychal gave twenty dollars for successfully purchasing some items from someone going out of business to furnish the expansion of his business. Our two Ricks (Sharp and Graham) both coughed up five bucks for not knowing the name of our District Governor (and he was just here this month!). Josh was paying attention and came up with the correct name. Our fine master tried to catch JoAnn on who was on the cover of the Sept Rotarian, but she was too smart for him. Program: Our speaker today was Leon Baradat, emeritus professor of political science at Mira Costa, whose topic was California politics, prisons and taxes.

There are nine separate offices in the executive branch of the State of California, each elected person to head these offices serving a term of four years. There is no clear division of power and responsibilities among these offices and no co:ordination. Those elected to these offices can be from different political parties. Leon counted 32 people or measures to vote for on our last ballot. For a measure to pass our legislature, it requires a majority of yes votes. An absentee is counted as a no vote. Some measures, such as taxes, require a two thirds majority to pass.

Currently the Democrats have a two thirds majority in the Assembly and the Senate and, of course, we have a Democrat Governor as well. The state budget now needs just a simple majority to pass Despite people’s apparent unhappiness with what happens in Sacramento and Congress, 97% of incumbents are re-elected if they run. Initiatives are expensive, now costing over 300 million dollars. In 2012 there were 66 initiatives on the ballot between the primary and general elections. In 1966 California spent 19% of its budget on infrastructure. In 2012 it was down to 1.2%. Also California is 44th in the country in dollars spent per pupil in K-12. Today we have 180,000 men and women in correctional facilities and there is mass overcrowding. 11% of the budget is spent here and the California recidivism rate is 75%. 17% of the prisoners are over fifty years of age. $800,000 is spent annually guarding prisoners in hospitals. Opportunity drawing winner: There was one, but I forgot to mark down whom or how much.

Harold Vick “An Attitude of Gratitude” September 10, 2013

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Knox Williams introduced his friend Harold Vick, a retired ObGyn who volunteers for surgery duty every
year with a Christian missionary hospital in Galmi, Niger.
He titled his talk “An Attitude of Gratitude”, telling about how thankful the villagers were for the services at
the hospital, even though the facilities are primitive by our standards. He said Niger is 99% Islamic, but
all of the patients hear about Jesus at the hospital.
He said Niger is the second-poorest country in the world, and many women die in childbirth. He said
everyone who is treated is asked to pay for the service in some way. For example, those who receive
transfusions are expected to find family donors to replace the blood.

Carl Kruse with the District Governor’s Visit Septemeber 2, 2013

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Our program today was the annual District Governor’s visit. This year’s District Governor is Carl Kruse, and, in this scribe’s humble opinion, delivered one of the more inspirational DG talks in quite some time. He started by discussing what this year’s theme of “Engage Rotary/Change Lives” means to RI President, Ron Burton, and what it means to us as Rotarians. Change Lives is pretty straight forward, but what does Engage Rotary mean? Essentially, it means to be connected to Rotary. Be inspired by Rotary and use the power of Rotary to change lives.
As an example, Carl talked about a Rotarian from his club, Mike Miller, who had been in Rotary a short time, but never really felt connected, lost interest, and quit. Seven months later, in 2007, his house fell victim to the Witch Creek fire. The RB Breakfast Club was active in helping people deal with the aftermath. Mike was one of those who experienced the power of the Family of Rotary and what the club did to help him, despite the fact that he had quit.
He subsequently rejoined Rotary and is active and engaged.
Carl’s question to us was how has Rotary engaged you? What was your “ah-ha” Rotary moment? He shared several of his, including the opportunity to be part of a National Immunization Day in India. Carl also shared his experiences participating in three Olympic torch relays and the analogy that Rotary has to that of an Olympic Torch Bearer – the responsibility to pass it along.
He presented three awards to club members: The Ignite Award to Membership Chair Scott Cadwallader;
the Energizer Award to President Mychal Dourson; and the Governor Torch Bearer Award to a well
deserving Lee Russell.
His goals for our club are two-fold: 1. Earn the Presidential Citation for 2013-2014; and 2. Every Rotarian, Every Year in reference to the annual contribution to The Rotary Foundation.
Upcoming event reminders by Carl were for the District Conference, November 1st and 2nd at the Crowne Plaza in San Diego, and the first District Council meeting on Tuesday September 17th, also at the Crowne Plaza.
His final message to us was: Be a torch bearer, ignite the fire within, and pass it along Be proud to be a Rotarian Be proud to serve others Be passionate about what we do as Rotarians

District Governor’s visit. Carl Kruse September 2, 2013

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Our program today was the annual District Governor’s visit . This year’s District Governor is Carl Kruse,
and, in this scribe’s humble opinion, delivered one of the more inspirational DG talks in quite some time.
He started by discussing what this year’s theme of “EngageRotary/Change Lives” means to RI President, Ron Burton, and what it means to us as Rotarians. Change Lives is pretty straight forward, but what does Engage Rotary mean? Essentially, it means to be connected to Rotary. Be inspired by Rotary and use the power of Rotary to change lives.
As an example, Carl talked about a Rotarian from his club, Mike Miller, who had been in Rotary a short
time, but never really felt connected, lost interest, and quit. Seven months later, in 2007, his house fell
victim to the Witch Creek fire. The RB Breakfast Club was active in helping people deal with the
aftermath. Mike was one of those who experienced the power of the Family of Rotary and what the club
did to help him, despite the fact that he had quit. He subsequently rejoined Rotary and is active and
engaged.
Carl’s question to us was how has Rotary engaged you? What was your “ah-ha” Rotary moment? He
shared several of his, including the opportunity to be part of a National Immunization Day in India. Carl
also shared his experiences participating in three Olympic torch relays and the analogy that Rotary has
to that of an Olympic Torch Bearer – the responsibility to pass it along.
He presented three awards to club members: The Ignite Award to Membership Chair Scott Cadwallader;
the Energizer Award to President Mychal Dourson; and the Governor Torch Bearer Award to a well
deserving Lee Russell.
His goals for our club are two-fold: 1. Earn the Presidential Citation for 2013-2014; and 2. Every
Rotarian, Every Year in reference to the annual contribution to The Rotary Foundation
Upcoming event reminders by Carl were for the District Conference, November 1st and 2ndat the Crowne
Plaza in San Diego, and the first District Council meeting on Tuesday September 17th, also at the
Crowne Plaza.
His final message to us was:
Be a torch bearer, ignite the fire within, and pass it
along
Be proud to be a Rotarian
Be proud to serve others
Be passionate about what we do as Rotarians