Monthly Archives: July 2014

Agua Hedionda Lagoon and the Foundation: Lisa Rodman – July 29, 2014

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Knox introduced his former neighbor of 10 years, Lisa Rodman, who is the Executive Director of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation (AHLF).  She’s held this position for 4 years. Lisa has 30 years of business development experience, raising funds, building relationships, and developing markets in various settings. She holds a BA in Communications from Cal State San Marcos. A Carlsbad resident since 1983, Lisa also serves as a Carlsbad Unified School district School board trustee; a board member and past president of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary 2013/14.  As the Executive Director, Lisa enjoys fundraising.

There are 10 businesses that support the foundation and they just completed their major fundraiser of the year.The primary focus of the foundation is to inspire through education. The AHLF’sEnvironmental Stewardship Program is an innovative and cooperative program between north county schools and the AHLF.  Its mission is to awaken in children (primarily 3rd graders) the need to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The program provides hands-on classes that stress responsible interaction with our natural surroundings, and creates awareness of the environmental impact of day-to-day human activities.In addition,the students share with and teach this to their families.

The on-site Discovery Center is always evolving and presenting something new to discover.  Thanks to a $25,000.00 grant from SDGE the newest addition to the location is a carport with solar panels that are energy neutral.  What a wonderful win for the environment to produce as much energy as you consume! They have placed their Caffe’ Vacanza under the panels for all to enjoy.

 Agua Hedionda Lagoon(AHL) is the middle lagoon(Batiquitos and Buena Vista are the other two), and is often forgot about but it’s the only one of the threethat you can actually use. It’s very important to maintain clean water.  Thanks to a $7 million dollar grant, during a five year period they eradicated a destructive plant, 1×1 foot area at a time. If this was not done the killer algae would eventually make its way to the Pacific Ocean and have a very negative effect on our local tourism.  Our local economy owes AHLF a huge thank you!

A few dates to remember:

Every Wednesday they host composting classes

August is Member appreciation month – hubs research opens to members, 10% off Cal water sports and gift shop

August 9th – Bird Walk

September 5th – Mussels and Oysters served

3rd Saturday in October – Trick or Treat and meet creatures along the way

October – Bats Hatch

March – August – Home to Cliff Swallow – more migrate here than at San Juan Capistrano

Lisa announced at the beginning of her presentation that she would reveal a secret about AHL and there would be a quiz and prize at the end. It turns out a benefit of taking notes is I had the answer and walked away with a $10 gift certificate to Caffe’ Vacanza!  The answer: AHL is the only lagoon of the three that you can actually use. Thank you Lisa!!!

Joe tried to get clarification on where you can fish from a Kayak on the lagoon.  He did just acquire a Hobie Cat kayak at the Golf Tournament.  It was all very confusing and I think the final answer was that you can’t legally fish from a kayak on the lagoon. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Lisa said the powers who be are trying to better define this issue!

Further details about the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and the Foundation can be found on the internet at: Lagoon.aguahedionda.org

Scottie Cadwallader Real Rotary Club 7/22/14

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Announcements: Scottie Cadwallader modeled our selection for the new El Camino Real Rotary Club shirts. Now, the membership may place the order for either the “cotton” style or the “camp” style and ladies style is also available. So, get your order to Scott soon, pricing ranges from $35 to $40, as I recall. Scott also announced that all of the tickets have been distributed for the August 8th El Camino Real “Day at the Races”, however there are two more tickets available if you hurry and get your request in prior to our next meeting. Post time is 4:00 PM, however it is recommended that you arrive at 3:30 PM if you want to place a bet on the first race. Scottie is once again offering free handicapping advice and past experience shows that “free” is what it is worth! Golf Tourney Guru Doctor Jones gave the members a summary of how well the El Camino Rotarians supported the Annual Challenge of the Links at Arrowood Golf Course. The Tournament had a field of 83 Golfers, of which proudly over half of the field were from El Camino Real Rotary. Additionally, we secured over 16 of the signs on the course. A total of $1,105 in raffle tickets were sold, of which no doubt most, if not all, were “hawked” by the dynamic duo of Knox Williams and Keith Brentlinger! The auction netted $2,535, thanks a great deal to the arrangements that Jim Czarnowski and the folks at Hobie Cat made to provide a Kayak at cost, and also thanks for Taylor trying to “Rob” the fishing vessel from Ensign Joseph Sarnecky in the “hotly” contested bidding WAR! Our club netted just under $5,500. Thanks for a GREAT Tourney Doc Davey and your tremendous support crew. Student Guest: None, as they are still on vacation, including Blakely Taylor! Happy Dollars: Donating to the kitty were; Scottie Cadwallader, $11 for a mere 11 years in Rotary, followed by T.G. Vallas with an amazing 25 years of “on key” singing in our “fine” organization, contributing an I.O.U. for $25, followed by Ricky Graham not recalling dishing out a five spot for not recalling who or what was on the cover of the latest issue of the Rotarian Magazine. Past Prez. Katie “with child” Rubalcava had a little help from her friends at an adjacent table and she paid $5, then quickly “ratted out” Josepho Sarnecky for merely giving landing signal instructions with a copy of the aforementioned magazine. Doctor Jones kindly and gently reminded Joe of the first stanza of the Four Way Test; “Is it the Truth” and it proved to not be “Beneficial to All Concerned”.

Program: Program Guru Knox Williams, in between handing out “jar openers” took the helm and provided the members and guests with an excellent DVD presentation regarding a novel Christian based program initiated at Angola Prison in Louisiana. The successful program is to provide Bible “Colleges” in the prison environment. The premise is that Prisons and Inmates can change, merely by opening the gates of prisons to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of the comments provided by both the prisoners and the guards and staff members included; “Nothing is impossible with God”, “Prisons can be changed”, and it certainly bears repeating, “Open the gates of prison to the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. The Warden in the video mentioned that “it is one thing to provide education, but you must also have morality.” A very “moving”part of the program was seeing inmates participate in rehabbing Wheelchairs in support of “Wheels for Mankind and the World”, which delivers the wheelchairs to disabled individuals overseas. This bible based program has proven to work dramatically in this institution, as well as several other prisons in the penal system. God bless the people involved in the program, along with the Prison administrations that allow this successful “trial” concept and finally, God bless Knox for enlightening all of us with an insight to the success of such a wonderfulprogram that truly has proven to change the lives of inmates, guards, and family members of our U.S. prison population! Opportunity drawing winner: “Deano” Cheatham garnered $22, which will go toward gas money to get back to Valerie in Knoxville, Tennessee! Meeting adjourned: 1:29 PM Submitted by: T.G. “Scribe for the Week”

Nothing is impossible with God, Prisons can be changed: Guru Knox Williams – July 22, 2014

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Guru Knox Williams, in between handing out “jar openers” took the helm and provided the members and guests with an excellent DVD presentation regarding a novel Christian based program initiated at Angola Prison in Louisiana. The successful program is to provide Bible “Colleges” in the prison environment. The premise is that Prisons and Inmates can change, merely by opening the gates of prisons to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of the comments provided by both the prisoners and the guards and staff members included; “Nothing is impossible with God”, “Prisons can be changed”, and it certainly bears repeating,

“Open the gates of prison to the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. The Warden in the video mentioned that “it is one thing to provide education, but you must also have morality.” A very “moving” part of the program was seeing inmates participate in rehabbing Wheelchairs in support of “Wheels for Mankind and the World”, which delivers the wheelchairs to disabled individuals overseas. This bible based program has proven to work dramatically in this institution, as well as several other prisons in the penal system. God bless the people involved in the program, along with the Prison administrations that allow this successful “trial” concept and finally, God bless Knox for enlightening all of us with an insight to the success of such a wonderful program that truly has proven to change the lives of inmates, guards, and family members of our U.S. prison population!

Program Presented by Gumaro Escarcega – July 15, 2014

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Our program today was presented by Gumaro Escarcega.  He is a 2003 SDSU graduate, married and the program manager for Main Street Oceanside, which, was formed in the 1980’s but more active since 2010, and is a downtown business association. It works with a 4 point approach:

 1. Organization

 2.Design

 3. Economic Restructure

 4. Promotion

 Twenty volunteers are involved directly. It is the largest program in the state with no government funding. It is self-sustained, has a district map, and 12 different groups of stake- holders.

 It has over 200 weekly vendors for the street fair, KIOSK networks, publications such as DOWNTOWN CONNECTIONS as mailers, a courtesy crew, helpswith the Independence Day parade, and an Ambassador Program.

Three important components are the farmers market, which is 27 years old with 70 vendors, the sunset market with 40 food vendors, and beach services vendors.

Club Assembly: Mychal Dourson – July 1, 2014

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Today’s program was our Club Assembly and Mychal laid out his vision for the rest of this year and next. Essentially, we want to become the service club of choice for business and community leaders in the Tri-City area. The goal is to sell ECRRC beyond Oceanside and be inclusive of all potential members in the Tri-City region.

 There was some discussion about changing the parenthetical addition of the Club name from Oceanside to Tri-City, but that was put on hold for a later time, as there appears to be strong argument both for and against such a change.

 Additional topics discussed or assigned:

  • Board meetings are the first Friday of each month at ECCC
  • Mychal asked program chairs to be more proactive on scheduling programs in order to provide ample opportunity to promote them to the community and prospective members.
  • Engage Interact with more frequency
  • Street Fair Chair to transition (after the May event and Dean’s departure) to “volunteer” Rob Taylor with Josh and Lee as co-chairs
  • Joann “volunteered” to create Club business cards
  • The Club is looking at credit card options for dues, etc.
  • The Club Foundation will also require new leadership upon Dean’s departure
  • Keith truly did volunteer to take over as treasurer upon Rick Graham’s departure later this year (subject to the appropriate nominating process)
  • Lee reminded the Club that so far, only about ½ of the members have made a contribution to The Rotary Foundation this year