Monthly Archives: August 2014

Richard Reittig, a resident of Oceanside presented on the topic of “The Fair Tax and Your New Prosperous Life!” August 26, 2014

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Richard is a member of the non-partisan and independent groups, Americans for Fair Taxation, which encompasses Fair Tax Nation! And Fair Tax California. He presented us with an alternative to our current taxation system and a proposal to abolish the IRS(sorry, Dean).
Mr. Rettig explained the Congressional proposal HR25/S122 to create a flat 30% tax (23% inclusive) on all purchases on all new homes, new cars, clothing, medical, food, and repairs. It would eliminate tax on personal income, payroll, capital gains, estate and gift tax, Alternative Min Tax and Corporate and business Income Taxes. They feel the simplified taxation system could eliminate the IRS and its complex tax code, permanently fund Social Security
and Medicare, and repeal the 16th Amendment.
They propose that this would be a much more fair tax system to tax on what is spent, rather than incomes. There is a Prebate to give credit toward lower income persons so they are not negatively impacted. The theory is that this would generate more revenue with less confusion and would encourage investment and savings.

Richard Rovsek, History, August 19, 2014

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Our speaker today Richard Rovsek a real witness to history. Mr. Rovsek started the presentation with the assertion that “It is not what you know but who you know”, and then proceeded to regale us with stories about his life as a witness to and a maker of history. A Graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he began his professional life as an
ad man in a prominent advertising agency. Very early, his creativity and dynamic organizing and promoting skills gave him opportunities as part of uncounted major projects in our history. He served every president since Nixon developing and implementing special projects:
Worked on the campaign that got George HW Bush elected in a district that had not had chosen a Republican since the Civil War.
Rehabbed the Nixon persona Raised the funds for the refurbishing the Statue of Liberty. Lee Iacocca was his spokesman.
Designed, organized, and implemented Christmas for Katrina Kids Arranged tribute for last living WWI veteran.
Richard is also the founder of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation ( to
honor and raise awareness and support for our Armed Forces past, present and future, with an
emphasis on Wounded Warriors, Fallen Heroes and their families.
The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, was formed to raise funds and to assist in the
restoration and maintenance of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. After the restoration was
completed, and as a result of 9/11, the Foundation’s mission was changed to enhance the meaning and
importance of liberty. In 2005, the Foundation’s name was changed to the Spirit of Liberty Foundation
to reflect its broader mission – enhancing the meaning of liberty and supporting our Armed Forces,
with an emphasis on Wounded Warriors, Fallen Heroes and their families.
Unfortunately Mychal had to drag him of the podium as he finished with selling us BBQ sauce for the American Warrior Brand that makes and markets BBQ type sauces and employs wounded veterans.
Go to and support our guys. Undoubtedly one of the more interesting speakers we
have heard. You get the feeling he could go on for hours telling interesting anecdotes. Someone I hope we can invite back soon.
Opportunity drawing winner: I did not win the opportunity drawing and therefore did not take notice of who did. May sound petty, but I didn’t ask for this job so…

Club Assembly, August 12, 2014

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Our program for today was a club assembly, in which we had hoped to lay a blueprint for our club’s plans and projects for the year. Unfortunately there were only ten members in attendance.
We decided to focus primarily on Community Service projects. Jim Czarnowski graciously volunteered to chair the committee. We discussed areas to focus on and, being a small club, we don’t want to spread ourselves too thin. On the other hand, we want to get out in the community and hopefully establish an identity for the El Camino Real Rotary Club. One area in which hopefully most of our members would be able to participate would be in mentoring, tutoring or help ing kids with homework after school or, in some cases, during the lunch period, dependent upon the
situation and the availability of the Rotarian. We will check with the schools to see what their needs are and also with the Oceanside Boys & Girls Club.
Julie Bemis suggested that we might want to concent rate our efforts on the middle schools, as those are the years in which proper direction is probably most needed. Mike Curtin informed us last week about volunteer positions with North County Lifeline. The need is for tutors to work with at-risk children ages 5-12 at an after-school program at La Casita Elementary School in Oceanside. Training will be available.
We will continue with our usual community service projects, such as participating in the Carlsbad Street Fairs, feeding the homeless and Rotarians at Work projects, but we are striving to hopefully establish an identity that will set us apart from the other Rotary and service clubs in the area and hopefully make us more attractive to be the Rot
ary club in the area to join to truly be of service to the community.
It was a good discussion. I wish more of you could have been there.