Monthly Archives: September 2014

Jim Czarnowski September 30, 2014

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President Mychal announced next Saturday, October 4th will be a baby shower for Kate & her baby to be. Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm @ Keith’s house: 3517 Calle Gavanzo Carlsbad 92099A suggestion was made to bring one of your “own” baby pictures to share Jim Czarnowski reported our kayak outing is now scheduled for, Saturday, November 1, from 1­4 p.m. Location expected to be: Aqua Hediona Lagoon in Carlsbad (east side of Power Plant)Rob Taylor stated Operation Hope Dinner is Saturday nite, November 1 starting 5:30 pm. We will need four people to serve dinner.Student Guest:Roya stated she is working hard to be class Valedictorian! She is in the French Honor Society, The Academic Honor Society, President of the Speech & Debate Club, also finds time for the Swimming

Team, Water Polo Team (and is Captain), also taking AP Language courses. She comes from a medicalfamily background and hopes to become a Pediatrician and Cardiology specialist. She was asked if she was in the Interact Club… she is not. However, scribe Joe Sarnecky asked her if he could quote her as becoming the next Interact Club member and she stated, “YES”!

Happy dollars:Fine Master Dr. David Jones (friend of Scribe Joe Sarnecky, and postgraduate student and fan of University of Southern California Trojans – Scribe’s perrogative)  made the most of the time he had today!Greg volunteered his 36th birthday was a few days away and he was feeling goood enough to be $72.00Happy!  DG Louise was $5.00 happy as her son, who works in Phoenix, AZ received a Management promotion and has to relocate to:  San Diego!  Kate announced she is $10.00 Happy for being the 1st El Camino Real Rotary member ever to be the center of attention in a Baby Shower given by our Rotary Club.  Kate from all of us to you… it is a pleasure to welcome you, your husband and baby to be into the Rotary Family as a soon to be ‘Mom’, ‘Dad’ and Baby ____!  Thanks for sharing a very special time with all of us!Scott was Happy to thank DG Louise for being with us today.  Thanks Scott for your $2.00.  The Fine Master went to his ole faithful ‘who’ was on the cover of the Rotarian Magazine question.  Judy gave up $5.00.  Jo Ann talked her way out of it because she was too busy with travel & other undisclosed activities and defaulted to Michelle to answer the question.  Michelle pulled her own rabbitout of the hat by answering the question correctly…  September’s cover had “Templeton’ on it.  Bravo to you Michelle.  Sure hope Jo Ann remembers you at the next Club open bar event!

Program:Our own District Governor, Louise Andres brought us today’s program about her journey and passion as a Rotarian.  She was introduced by President Mychal.  Louise is originally from Greensville, FL.  Shewas with IBM for 28 years and has been retired since 2005.  She has been married to her husband Steve for 45 years (Congratulations to the both of you!) Louise is a member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Club and is a court appointed Advocate to Foster Children for the past 2 years.Louise’s focal point as DG is: ‘Club Support’Louise recognized three of our members:  Josh – his 1st Paul Harris Fellow  Keith – his 3rd Paul Harris Fellow, and  Lee (and Jackie) – as Major Donors, a new recognition level.  The Russells have donated $10,000 to                                   Rotary International

ice”!  Rotarians never give up.  Rotarians’ efforts against Polio are working.  There are currently only 168 cases left.  The message from our District Governor is:

“If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else, and be prepared for your own life to change the most”!

Thank you District Governor “Louise” for your service and your message as The El Camino Real Rotary Club wishes you a year of overwhelming joy through your year as District Governor!Raffle winner:  Your friendly Scribe, Joe Sarnecky was the winner of $34.00.Attendance today:

Better than usual:19 (which is all our members living in this area;

great turn­out forour DG. Way to go El Camino Real Rotarians!)Meeting adjourned:   1:20 p.m.Submitted by:  Joe Sarnecky

 

 

My Journey and Passion as a Rotarian: District Governor, Louise Andres – September 30, 2014

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Our own District Governor, Louise Andres brought us today’s program about her journey and passion as a Rotarian.  She was introduced by President Mychal.  Louise is originally from Greensville, FL.  She was with IBM for 28 years and has been retired since 2005.  She has been married to her husband Steve for 45 years (Congratulations to the both of you!) J

Louise is a member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Club and is a court appointed Advocate to Foster Children for the past 2 years.

Louise’s focal point as DG is: ‘Club Support’

Louise recognized three of our members:

  Josh – his 1st Paul Harris Fellow

  Keith – his 3rd Paul Harris Fellow, and

  Lee (and Jackie) – as Major Donors, a new recognition level.  The Russells have donated $10,000 to Rotary International

 Louise shared her experiences over the years as a Rotarian.  She shared how impressed she was how Rotarians reach out and make things happen.  The story was about Afghanistan refugees fleeing into Pakistan and how the Pakistanis had a one room hospital treating children.  It was during a meeting she attended and the spokesperson telling the story said if the Pakistanis only had access to one more generator they could double the number of patients they could see.  A Club member spoke out and stated he would cover the cost for a generator… another member stated he would cover the cost for another generator… and a 3rd said he was connected and could ensure the generators would arrive in Pakistan within 10 days.  Louise was overwhelmed at how ‘things’ can happen within the Rotary Family.  And ever since she has been on Rotary Fire!  She continued to discuss more of the projects and exposure she’s had with projects over the years. 

She talked about the ‘personal joy’ of helping others… and how that has become an addiction to her ever since she attended that meeting.  She has become a court appointed foster child advocate over six years ago.  She shared how she has been touched and moved by those she helps.  She truly has a heart for helping others!

Louise shared the Best she loves about Rotary are the ‘people, the Rotarians’!  The Rotarians who make a difference in their own community as well as the International community.  She says our primary purpose is “Service”!  Rotarians never give up.  Rotarians’ efforts against Polio are working.  There are currently only 168 cases left. 

The message from our District Governor is:

“If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else, and be prepared for your own life to change the most”!

Thank you District Governor “Louise” for your service and your message as The El Camino Real Rotary Club wishes you a year of overwhelming joy through your year as District Governor!

President Dourson September 23, 2014

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udy Elsworth suggested that El Camino Real Rotarians come in Halloween costume to our October28th meeting. A show of hands was called for. While your scribe’s count showed something less than a majority were wild about doing this, the chair decreed that it would be so.A kayak outing is scheduled for, Sunday, October 26th, from 1­4 p.m. Where this will occur is yet to be determined. (Ed note: Perhaps Joe Sarnecky’s garage?)Josh Bernheim reported that he has joined the Chambers of Commerce in both Vista and Carlsbad. He will use these connections for his own purposes, but he will also use this means as a vehicle to reach­out to potential Rotarians.Josh and Jim Czarnowski reported attending and enjoying Carlsbad Rotary’s recent barbecue.Student Guest:Ilona spoke to us about her unusual beginnings as well as her involvement in school activities.
Now a 10th grader, she was born in Ukraine. She came as a small child to the U.S. with her mother. She made the best of her kindergarten experience, becoming so fluent in English that one never would guess thatshe was born abroad. She is active in the Boys and Girls’ Club in Oceanside. In addition to her ECHS classes (which include some AP classes), she is involved in track and field sports, tennis, Christian Athletes, and Speech & Debate. We’ll surely see more of this young lady in the next couple of years.Happy dollars:While the Fine Master didn’t have much time today, he made the most of what he did have.

He acknowledged that Connie has put up with him long enough to celebrate 49 years of marriage. He accordingly fined himself $49. Similarly, Josh contributed $10 for an anniversary. Not to be left out, Michelle McGowan contributed $24. Presumably, contributions from the latter two were indicative of their years of marriage as well. Program:Our own Jim Czarnowski brought us a program about an unusual topic: Biomimicry. New to most in today’s audience, Jim explained that this subject is sometimes referred to as bio­inspired engineering, biometrics, or bio­engineering. It boils down to looking at nature for clues/answers that will help us do/make things better. Nature has had eons of experience; it’s like an encyclopedia of things all about us.

Jim shared with us that he grew up in Yellowstone National Park where his father was employed, and he then went on to the University of Colorado where he studied aerospace engineering. From there he went on to M.I.T. for his Master’s. His MS thesis was “How to Build a Better Boat.” Looking to nature for clues to a better boat, he first studied sharks, but soon dismissed them, probably because it’s hard to get up close and friendly with them.

He then turned his focus to penguins, creatures that move fast and efficiently in water and can go great distances in search of food, etc. They were a great choice to mimic with flapping speed, good forefficient propulsion. Jim built a prototype powered by paddles—as opposed to a propeller.All of this was not lost on Hobie Cat, the only company then working on this type of propulsion. The rest is history so to speak, though Jim’s first assignment with Hobie Cat was helping to design a betterrudder for their boats.

He then worked on new fins which resulted in “Turbo Fin,” now a standard on many boats.There are many things to study in “biomimicry,” now an actual study field within the bioengineering field.This was a very illuminating and interesting program from one of our own.Raffle winner: Michelle McGowan was the winner of $31.00.

Biomimicry: Jim Czarnowski – September 23, 2014

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Our own Jim Czarnowski brought us a program about an unusual topic:  Biomimicry.  New to most in today’s audience, Jim explained that this subject is sometimes referred to as bio-inspired engineering, biometrics, or bio-engineering.  It boils down to looking at nature for clues/answers that will help us do/make things better.  Nature has had eons of experience; it’s like an encyclopedia of things all about us.

Jim shared with us that he grew up in Yellowstone National Park where his father was employed, and  he then went on to the University of Colorado where he studied aerospace engineering.  From there he went on to M.I.T.  for his Master’s.  His MS thesis was “How to Build a Better Boat.”  Looking to nature for clues to a better boat, he first studied sharks, but soon dismissed them, probably because it’s hard to get up close and friendly with them.

He then turned his focus to penguins, creatures that move fast and efficiently in water and can go great distances in search of food, etc.  They were a great choice to mimic with flapping speed, good for efficient propulsion.  Jim built a prototype powered by paddles—as opposed to a propeller.

All of this was not lost on Hobie Cat, the only company then working on this type of propulsion.  The rest is history so to speak, though Jim’s first assignment with Hobie Cat was helping to design a better rudder for their boats.  He then worked on new fins which resulted in “Turbo Fin,” now a standard on many boats.

There are many things to study in “biomimicry,” now an actual study field within the bioengineering field.

This was a very illuminating and interesting program from one of our own.

New Haven Mission, Caring…Equipping…Restoring Hope : Jessica New Haven Psychologist head of the Community Connection – September 16, 2014

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New Haven is a private, not-for-profit, multi-service agency that provides professional care, education and treatment for youth and families with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges.

 Values

 •Compassion: Care, Concern, Respect

 •Community: Teamwork, Collaboration, Esprit de Corps

 •Commitment: Service, Excellence, Learning

 •Courage: Integrity, Authenticity, Perseverance

 •Celebration: Gratitude, Stewardship, Joy

 Guests: Jessica New Haven Psychologist head of the Community Connection chapter ages 18-21 which focuses on:

1.    Complete High school or GED

2.    Vocational training or further college enrollment

3.    Job Placement

Dominique – Referred from Foster youth with a history of Mental Health came to New haven last December and really changed her life by impacting her self-esteem, getting assistance with Drivers Training now doing an internship with S&R Towing which will soon turn in to a full time job.

Kyle – Referred by his school tutor, New Haven gave him help with homework, socialization currently working as an office assistant at Trade Tech School, currently going to school at Palomar College.

Sam – Referred by Mr. K his old English teacher, coming into he had a bad attitude and New Haven Turned him around by instilling confidence, coaching with job interviews which landed him a great job with UPS.

New Haven’s comprehensive program includes social, emotional and behavioral intervention, career technical education and life skills development with targeted academic curriculum. This innovative education model incorporates best practices as recognized by the State of California to meet the multi-dimensional needs of our youth.

Services are provided in a safe, supportive structured home living environment where boys with special needs are valued. Here they develop the social, emotional and behavioral tools they need to transition out of residential care and into their home community.

Program #2 Martin Luther King Middle School is seeking volunteers to do job speeches and also Library donations as they have over 1600 students in one school.

Program #3 Karen Williams Graham spoke of her great ways of overcoming obstacles set in her path giving birth to a Laura Williams who has had many great successes with her singing career to include the Lion King.

Her son who also was born with disabilities was also able to well overcome his obstacles. Did very well in Army- Navy Academy but passed away 2009. Karen has a foundation seeking to build a monument hall at Army- Navy Academy for future generations to enjoy.

Mychal Dourson 9/16/2014

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Announcements:
New Generations is working on a few events specifics soon to come… Carlsbad Chamber Sundowner Wednesday 9/17 1980 Gateway Dr., Vista, CA 92081; $10 Chamber member

Carlsbad Rotary BBQ Thursday 9/18/2014 6 Pm Aviara Park

Memorial for June Williams, recently deceased wife of Knox, at 11 am this Saturday, Sept 20 at the First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside on the corner of El Camino Real and Fire Mountain Drive, across the street From Eternal Hills.

District Governor Louise Andres’s visit to our club Tuesday Sept 30.

Happy Dollars: $

Kate $26.00 happy to have her associates visiting our club today and presenting the program and for her six year anniversary in the club.

Lee Russell celebrating his 40.5th birthday so he is offering $81.00!!!

Scott Cadwallader $65.00 happy for his 65th birthday.

Joe Sarnecky $25.00 for 20 lbs. of salmon caught in Alaska (he told me it was 30 lbs. just before the meeting) and for his 5th anniversary with our club.

Rob Taylor $20.00….just for being Rob

Dave Jones was $5 happy for the outstanding game the Chargers played against the NFL champs on Sunday Program: New Haven Mission Caring…Equipping…Restoring Hope New Haven is a private, not-for-profit, multi-service agency that provides professional care, education and treatment for youth and families with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges.

Values

•Compassion: Care, Concern, Respect
•Community: Teamwork, Collaboration, Esprit de Corps
•Commitment: Service, Excellence, Learning
•Courage: Integrity, Authenticity, Perseverance
•Celebration: Gratitude, Stewardship, Joy

Guests: Jessica New Haven Psychologist head of the Community Connection chapter ages 18-21 which focuses on:

1. Complete High school or GED

2. Vocational training or further college enrollment

3. Job Placement

Dominique – Referred from Foster youth with a history of Mental Health came to New haven last December and really changed her life by impacting her self-esteem, getting assistance with Drivers Training now doing an internship with S&R Towing which will soon turn in to a full time job.

Kyle – Referred by his school tutor, New Haven gave him help with homework, socialization currently working as an office assistant at Trade Tech School, currently going to school at Palomar College

Sam – Referred by Mr. K his old English teacher, coming into he had a bad attitude and New Haven Turned him around by instilling confidence, coaching with job interviews which landed him a great job with UPS.

New Haven’s comprehensive program includes social, emotional and behavioral intervention, career technical education and life skills development with targeted academic curriculum.

This innovative education model incorporates best practices as recognized by the State of California to meet the multi-dimensional needs of our youth. Services are provided in a safe, supportive structured home living environment where boys with special needs are valued. Here they develop the social, emotional and behavioral tools they need to transition out of residential care and into their home community.

Program #2 Martin Luther King Middle School is seeking volunteers to do job speeches and also Library donations as they have over 1600 students in one school. Program #3 Karen Williams Graham spoke of her great ways of overcoming obstacles set in her path giving birth to a Laura Williams who has had many great successes with her singing career to include the Lion King.

Her son who also was born with disabilities was also able to well overcome his obstacles. Did very well in Army- Navy Academy but passed away 2009. Karen has a foundation seeking to build a monument hall at Army- Navy Academy for future generations to enjoy.

Getting Kids Career Ready: New Principal of El Camino HS, Alex Bennett – September 2, 2014

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Apparently, there was not a program scheduled for today. However, as luck would have it, the new Principal of El Camino HS, Alex Bennett, was with us today, so an extended introduction of his background and Q&A served as a nice little impromptu program.

Alex is new to California (only 8 weeks, so far), and comes to ECHS with a significant background in international education. If fact his most recent position was that of Superintendent of the International School in Burma. Over the past 20+ years, he has operated schools all over the world, including Panama, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Alex’s philosophy is to get kids “career ready”, regardless of whether their chosen route is through college or the trades. He also seeks out the kids that he feels are the “lost souls” on campus and strives to engage them and, in turn, get them engaged in their education.

ECHS is the largest high school in enrollment in San Diego County – approaching 2,900 students, so there is plenty of opportunity. He is therefore reaching out to the business community in Oceanside, along with service organizations to become engaged in the life of ECHS. He is looking especially to businesses for help to significantly ramp up the scholarship opportunities for the students. He has a standing invitation to visit the campus and see what’s happening at ECHS. It was also suggested to perhaps have one of our regular meetings on campus.

Alex seems to bring a fresh perspective and a ton of enthusiasm to his new position. At first glance, ECHS seems to be in good hands.

Rob Taylor 9/2/14

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Announcements:
1. Josh attended the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce meeting this morning, and was given the opportunity to present information about the club to those in attendance. Hopefully some interest in membership will result.

2. Lee reminded everyone about The Rotary Foundation goal of Every Rotarian, Every Year. No time like the present to begin your contributions for the 2014-2015 Rotary year.

3. Joann is in the process of organizing the baby shower for Kate on Saturday, October 4th. Keep this date open and more information will follow soon.

Student Guest: None

Happy Dollars:
Farley will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Tuesday, 9/9. That also happens to be the anniversary date for Knox and June Williams, so he contributed $90 in their honor and in remembrance of June.

Joann gave $55 in celebration of her 55th High School Reunion, which she attended just outside of Pittsburgh.

TG contributed the $7 he won back from his grandson on Sunday (after having it lost to him on Saturday)

Program:
Apparently, there was not a program scheduled for today. However, as luck would have it, the new Principal of El Camino HS, Alex Bennett, was with us today, so an extended introduction of his background and Q&A served as a nice little impromptu program.

Alex is new to California (only 8 weeks, so far), and comes to ECHS with a significant background in international education. If fact his most recent position was that of Superintendent of the International

School in Burma. Over the past 20+ years, he has operated schools all over the world, including Panama, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Alex’s philosophy is to get kids “career ready”, regardless of whether their chosen route is through college or the trades. He also seeks out the kids that he feels are the “lost souls” on campus and strives to engage them and, in turn, get them engaged in their education.

ECHS is the largest high school in enrollment in San Diego County – approaching 2,900 students, so there is plenty of opportunity. He is therefore reaching out to the business community in Oceanside, along with service organizations to become engaged in the life of ECHS. He is looking especially to businesses for help to significantly ramp up the scholarship opportunities for the students. He has a standing invitation to visit the campus and see what’s happening at ECHS. It was also suggested to perhaps have one of our regular meetings on campus.

Alex seems to bring a fresh perspective and a ton of enthusiasm to his new position. At first glance, ECHS seems to be in good hands.

50/50 drawing: Yes – no clue who won or how much was in the pot.
(Note to self: When you are the scribe, it helps to write everything down – just in case it takes two weeks to complete the Bell Notes)