Guests: Numerous. This being our Valentine’s Day event, we had a full-even overflowing room-withhusbands, wives, and daughters of Rotarians. The room was nicely decorated, and there were tablesaround the perimeter of the room laden with Beatles memorabilia for all to peruse. llllore about thislatter later.
Announcements:Those involved in the RYLA interviews were reminded that those were taking place at EGHS today at2:00 p.m. lf there were other announcements, your scribe missed ‘em.lnduction:Sponsored by Josh Bernheim, Julie Bemis was inducted into our club today by Past President DaveJones who reminded her that we can make her a member of the Rotary club of El Camino Real, butonly she can make herself a Rotarian. She was presented with a Rotary pin, her name badge, andframed copies of the Obiects of Rotary and The Four-Way Test. Owner of her own business, BemisMarketing, she comes in with the classification of-Surprise!–“Marketing.” She was reticent to tell usmuch about herself following the induction. We’ll have to pry that out over time.Student Guest:Our student guest was ECHS senior, Sergio Ochoa. He’s a young man of many talents, showing usfirst a gadget of some sort he had built and then a roll of ready-togo blueprints for a house he hasdesigned. These are not make-believe plans, but ones designed and approved for a real piece ofproperty here in Oceanside. He has yet to make a college choice among several he’s looking at, buthe’s sure to succeed wherever he attends and wherever life takes him.Happy Dollars:Finemaster Dave earned his keep-as usual, To witillllichelle McGowan’s husband, Paul Friedman, gave $20 just for the pleasure of being among ustoday.Rob Taylor gave $20 for something-perhaps just showing off in front of Blakeley.TG gave $16 for his impending February 16th birthday. (Something like $70 would have been morerealistic.)
Rick Sharp gave $9 for his upcoming birthday whose number ends with a nine.Joe Sarnecky gave $10 in thanks for all the prayers offered up for Cathie during her recent medicalordeal.Program:TG provided us with a brief in introduction of our speaker, Dana Marver, who then told us more abouthimself than we probably needed to know. Born in 1952, and the youngest of four kids, he grew up inthe Twin Cities and describes himself as a “trust kid baby” (thanks to his father and grandparents)whose mother was a drug addict. Dana, too, was for many years (37) a heroin addict who blew throughnumerous interventions before cleaning himself up, marrying a woman who now is an ordainedAnglican deacon serving a church in Fallbrook, and fathering two sons now grown. The family liveslocally, and, using his music as a vehicle, he works with kids who are into drugs and gangs. Oddly, hehas never had an alcoholic drink .With an early interest in music, he was a big fan of Peter, Paul, and Mary, whose recording was the firsthe ever purchased. Playing various instruments, he put together a band and booked gigs for it, thoughhe was yet under age and so had to have his mother sign the contracts. And then the Beatles arrivedon the scene-he still has the ticket stub from their first U.S. performance. He has been a hugeBeatles fan ever since and has collected every imaginable kind of memorabilia, much of which was onthe tables around our meeting room. He talked about many of the Beatles items in his collection, fromlunch boxes, to dolls, silk stockings, bandaids, candy, hairspray, wall paper, bed sheets, etc. Everyitem carries the likeness of one or more of the group, and many items in his collection have significantmonetary value. Marueds life and collections provide a most unusual story.Following the program, TG awarded severhl prizes to those in the audience who could answerhistorical questions about the Beatles.Opporlunity drawing winner: To top things off, TG held the winning raffle ticket worth $35.Meeting adjourned: !:30 p.m,Submitted by: Lee Russell