Guests: Brian Simpson (Tacoma Rotarian) soon to be moving to our area, Annie Dourson, King Mychal’s “little princess” whom claims that she has passed 4 and will soon be 5 years old, and Mary Lou Ellen, one of the first women in Rotary. Mary Lou mentioned that the book “Women Serve” the history of women in Rotary has been published and is now available on Amazon.
Announcements: Secretary Rick “Sharpie” read two letters of thanks received from our RYLA representatives, Roaya Jannatipour and Jennifer Peterson. Roaya indicated that she intends to apply for the selection process to become an Alumni at next year’s RYLA Camp. Lee Russell mentioned that we lack only a couple or three to donate to the Rotary Foundation to reach our goal of “Every Club/Every Rotarian/Every Year”. He urged all the members to get their contributions in before the end of the month! Lee then received a well deserved round of applaud for the excellent Gold Seal Banquet honoring some incredible El Camino High School graduates. This was our 37th Annual Banquet and they only get better. The $500 June Williams Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Simone Flater and the $500 Rotary Club of El Camino Real Community Service Award was given to Jesus Manzano. Congratulations to ALL and thanks again to Le·e Russell, Laura Bunsley from the Career Center, and Alex Bennett, the El Camino High School Principal. Also, a tip of the hat to the selection committees for the awards & of course to Knox Williams for his family’s generous contribution in honor of his dear June.
Golf Tournament Chairman “Doc” Jones indicated that El Camino Real Rotary leads the “pack” with 30 golfers signed up for the current field of forty players. David is asking that all Rotarians participate in some way to make this important event a success. The “fun” run at the El Camino Real “Day at the Races” is scheduled for Friday, July 24th, with a 4:00PM Post-Time. Check with Scottie Cadwallader for tickets and handicapping “tips”. In the meanwhile, enjoy the San Diego County Fair and don’t forget our own Oceanside 4th of July Street Parade scheduled for Saturday, the 27th of June. That is our opportunity to join forces with other North County Rotary Clubs in decorating a flatbed truck and riding upon same, if you are not up to walking the Coast Highway! Student Guest: The El Camino Real Rotarians were delighted to have three lovely Interact students join our meeting , no doubt “breaking away” from exam week at El Camino High School. Juniors; Finiva Ednalino and Allaine Taduran, and Senior; Reginy Ken were presented with a $250 check by Past President Robbie Taylor, for their assistance at the Carlsbad Street Fair while “hawking” burritos and of course our Dudley Bread and Julian Apple Pies. Thanks girls … Happy Dollars: “Davie” Jones confessed to carefully wrapping an undisclosed amount of cash and checks in one of his Golf Tourney applications and fortunately it found its way to Robert Taylor’s hands, saving Doctor “J” a lot of grief, although he did cough-up a ten spot for his error. Meanwhile, Rob contributed $25 for some Paso Robles wild pigs that will find themselves in a pulled pork Barbeque at the Taylor Ranch from he and his sidekicks successful hunting expedition. Our esteemed incoming President Josh Bernheim is disappearing for two or three weeks and he contributed $5.00 for his conspicuous absence from our end-of-year festivities. Rest-up my friend!! Mary Lou Ellen, our honorary member contributed $5.00 for her visit to our Club and Our speaker, Suzanne Williams graced us with $20, as she was happy to have the opportunity to visit the El Camino Real Rotary Club! Program: Speaking of Suzanne Williams, she is one of some 300 volunteers that support the Friends of the Library in Oceanside. The organization has over 600 contributors that annually donate between ten dollars and up to $500 to support their worthwhile programs. Suzanne gave the Rotarians an overview of the success of those programs. The volunteers sort books, hold book sales and Book Fairs, and assist both adults and children in enjoying reading, as well as tutoring. The Oceanside Friends of the Library was founded in 1973, shortly following the “ribbon cutting” on the beautiful Downtown Library facility. Your scribe, as well as Lee
Russell and other “old-timers” recall the days when the Library was housed in an abandoned grocery store facility in downtown Oceanside. Now the library even has a second facility in San Luis Rey Valley near the Police Station. Suzanne indicated that her organization raised over $100, 000 last year and that furthered such programs as presenting shirts to over 287 kids for achieving over 12,000 hours of reading. Over 53 adults improved their reading literacy and were presented two new books for completing the program, as well as a brand new Book Bag for achieving the completion of reading over six books during the Summer. It outlining the success story of the Oceanside Friends of the Library, Suzanne indicated that their fund-raisers were important to their success, including; Book Sales, Book Fairs, the Oceanside Farmers’ Market and their annual Trivia Bee, which is coming up on July 19th. This “fun” Trivia competition has three members from each organization vie for boasting honors. There are only 16 teams and the entry fee is $100 per team. Several Rotarians from our Club have in years past, participated in this worthwhile event. Thank you Suzanne Williams, for your program and also the great work that the Friends of the Library does in making Oceanside a “great” City in North San Diego County!