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Lee Russell November 18, 2015

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A little glitch today in that Lee’s speaker was unable to make the meeting. So as a true professional, Lee stepped up and did a “Who Am I” on himself! (Lee, can you remember how many of these you’ve done over your years in Rotary? You have permission to use these notes for your next presentation! editorial prerogative).

Lee Russell’s “Who Am I”

• Born in Riverside, a Lllooonnnggg time ago
• Lived in Colton on a 9 acre orange grove
• The middle of three boys
• Had rheumatic fever as a kid
• Dad was an electric engineer, worked for City of Riverside
• Dad had a 1934 Ford coupe
• Mom was a good shot with a .22
• WWII, Dad had to register with the draft. Due to age and job, not drafted
• Active in 4H
• Raised hogs, angus cattle and guinnea pigs
• Graduated from Colton High School 1951
• Graduated from two years of college in San Marino 1953
• Went into the Army (just after the Korean Armistace was signed)
• Complelted 16 weeks training in the infantry
• Assigned to Stutgard, Germany, 7th Army HQ
• In charge of ALL Officer assignments

• No computers back then…

• Did ALL work by hand on a typewriter (the ‘old ages’)
• Completed two years of military service
• Returned to Riverside and graduated from U C Riverside in 1957
• Went to San Jose State for Masters Degree & Teaching Credentials
• Worked as a 10th grade teacher of English & History for five years in Barstow, CA
• Met the love of his life in Barstow. Jackie & Lee lived in the same apartment building
• They married in 1959
• Then, Barstow built a new high school and Lee was asked to be its Librarian by the new Principal
• Received praise & acclamation from the State of California as having one of the Top 10 High School Libraries in the state
• In 1969 was offered a job at MiraCosta College as ‘the Librarian’!
• Worked at MiraCosta Collage until retirement in 1995
• Active in the Oceanside’s “Friends of the Library”
• Joined Rotary, El Camino Rotary, in 1974, was invited by Walt Stewart, Information Of-ficer at MiraCosta College. Note: Walt, now deceased, is the author of our Club’s Welcome Song

Lee Russell Nov 17, 2015

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A little glitch today in that Lee’s speaker was unable to make the meeting. So as a true professional, Lee stepped up and did a “Who Am I” on himself! (Lee, can you remember how many of these you’ve done over your years in Rotary? You have permission to use these notes for your next presentation! editorial perrogative).Lee Russell’s “Who Am I”Born in Riverside, a Lllooonnnggg time agoLived in Colton on a 9 acre orange groveThe middle of three boys Had rheumatic fever as a kidDad was an electric engineer, worked for City of RiversideDad had a 1934 Ford coupeMom was a good shot with a .22WWII, Dad had to register with the draft. Due to age and job, not draftedActive in 4HRaised hogs, angus cattle and guinnea pigsGraduated from Colton High School 1951Graduated from two years of college in San Marino 1953Went into the Army (just after the Korean Armistace was signed)Complelted 16 weeks training in the infantryAssigned to Stutgard, Germany, 7th Army HQIn charge of ALL Officer assignments

Program cont’d:No computers back then…Did ALL work by hand on a typewriter (the ‘old ages’)Completed two years of military serviceReturned to Riverside and graduated from U C Riverside in 1957Went to San Jose State for Masters Degree & Teaching CredentialsWorked as a 10th grade teacher of English & History for five years in Barstow, CA

Met the love of his life in Barstow. Jackie & Lee lived in the same apartment buildingThey married in 1959Then, Barstow built a new high school and Lee was asked to be its Librarian by the new PrincipalReceived praise & acclamation from the State of California as having one of the Top 10 High School Libraries in the stateIn 1969 was offered a job at MiraCosta College as ‘the Librarian’!Worked at MiraCosta Collage until retirement in 1995Active in the Oceanside’s “Friends of the Library”Joined Rotary, El Camino Rotary, in 1974, was invited by Walt Stewart, Information Officer at MiraCosta College. Note: Walt, now deceased, is the author of our Club’s Welcome Song

Thank YOU Lee for all you do for Rotary and our Community!

Lee Russell’s Nov 17, 2015

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A little glitch today in that Lee’s speaker was unable to make the meeting. So as a true professional, Lee stepped up and did a “Who Am I” on himself! (Lee, can you remember how many of these you’ve done over your years in Rotary? You have permission to use these notes for your next presentation! editorial perrogative).Lee Russell’s “Who Am I”

Born in Riverside, a Lllooonnnggg time agoLived in Colton on a 9 acre orange groveThe middle of three boys
Had rheumatic fever as a kidDad was an electric engineer, worked for City of Riverside
Dad had a 1934 Ford coupeMom was a good shot with a .22
WWII, Dad had to register with the draft. Due to age and job, not draftedActive in 4H
Raised hogs, angus cattle and guinnea pigs
Graduated from Colton High School 1951
Graduated from two years of college in San Marino 1953Went into the Army (just after the Korean Armistace was signed)
Complelted 16 weeks training in the infantry
Assigned to Stutgard, Germany, 7th Army HQ
In charge of ALL Officer assignments.

Program cont’d:
No computers back then…
Did ALL work by hand on a typewriter (the ‘old ages’)
Completed two years of military serviceReturned to Riverside and graduated from U C Riverside in 1957
Went to San Jose State for Masters Degree & Teaching Credentials
Worked as a 10th grade teacher of English & History for five years in Barstow, CA

Met the love of his life in Barstow. Jackie & Lee lived in the same apartment building
They married in 1959Then, Barstow built a new high school and Lee was asked to be its Librarian by the new Principal
Received praise & acclamation from the State of California as having one of the Top 10 High School Libraries in the stateIn 1969 was offered a job at MiraCosta College as ‘the Librarian’!
Worked at MiraCosta Collage until retirement in 1995
Active in the Oceanside’s “Friends of the Library”
Joined Rotary, El Camino Rotary, in 1974, was invited by Walt Stewart, Information Officer at MiraCosta College. Note: Walt, now deceased, is the author of our Club’s Welcome SongThank YOU Lee for all you do for Rotary and our Community

Jim O’Meara Nov 10, 2015

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Our Program today was provided by Jim O’Meara, certainly no stranger to our club, being the husband of JoAnn and District Governor for our Rotary District 2007-2008. The topic of Jim’s presentation is the Rotary grant to which our club has contributed along with the Carlsbad and Oceanside clubs to aid children in South Africa who have been orphaned by the HIV/ AIDS pandemic. Jim originally became interested in this project at a District meeting in 2005 at which PDG Nick Phillips shared his story of 700,000 such orphans in his District in South Africa. Nick was seeking partners for Rotary matching grants to deal with this problem and invited any interested Rotarians to visit the Rotary clubs in District 9270 to learn more firsthand. Jim was among 17 Rotarians who accepted that invitation and traveled to South Africa later that year and visited several Rotary clubs in the District. During Jim’s year as District Governor, the Orphan Relief Project was inaugurated and the Orphans Relief Fund was established with the San Diego Foundation until there was enough money contributed to qualify for a matching grant with RI (now known as a Global Grant). The Team set two goals to help the orphans: 1. Create awareness of the magnitude of the problem. (There are now 20 million orphans on the African continent and one million in District 9370.) They did this by Club presentations and encourage clubs to participate in the Global Grant. 2. Raise funds and re-enforce the efforts of Rotary Club Projects.

President- Josh Bernheim; President Elect- Jim Czarnowski; Fundraising Chair- Mychal and Dave Jones; Public Relations Chair- Joshua Bernheim; Foundation Chair– Lee Russell; Membership Chair- Scott Cadwallader; Youth Chair –Jim Czarnowski; Secretary- Rick Sharp; Treasurer–Keith Brentlinger Bell Notes 3 Program: Our program today was provided by Jim O’Meara, certainly no stranger to our club, being the husband of JoAnn and District Governor for our Rotary District 2007-2008. The topic of Jim’s presentation is the Rotary grant to which our club has contributed along with the Carlsbad and Oceanside clubs to aid children in South Africa who have been orphaned by the HIV/ AIDS pandemic. Jim originally became interested in this project at a District meeting in 2005 at which PDG Nick Phillips shared his story of 700,000 such orphans in his District in South Africa. Nick was seeking partners for Rotary matching grants to deal with this problem and invited any interested Rotarians to visit the Rotary clubs in District 9270 to learn more firsthand. Jim was among 17 Rotarians who accepted that invitation and traveled to South Africa later that year and visited several Rotary clubs in the District. During Jim’s year as District Governor, the Orphan Relief Project was inaugurated and the Orphans Relief Fund was established with the San Diego Foundation until there was enough money contributed to qualify for a matching grant with RI (now known as a Global Grant). The Team set two goals to help the orphans: 1. Create awareness of the magnitude of the problem. (There are now 20 million orphans on the African continent and one million in District 9370.) They did this by Club presentations and encourage clubs to participate in the Global Grant. 2. Raise funds and re-enforce the efforts of Rotary Club Projects.The areas of focus included: Water and sanitation projects, applications being wells, filtration systems, irrigation, storage tanks and waterways or canals.  Health and disease prevention and treatment, which include such things as modernizing hospitals and providing neviranpine to mothers with HIV/AIDS to avoid transmitting the disease to their infants. Hunger/ Agricultural, encouraging modern agricultural methods to increase crop production, provide irrigation and encourage families to have gardens to supply most of their food. Literacy/Education, especially assisting in the establishment of pre-schools and the donation of dictionaries and books. Ed note: Thanks for a very informative program, Jim. It’s always nice to know where our grant money goes, and it is certainly going to a most worthwhile cause in this case.

Jim O’Meara Nov 10, 2015

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Our program today was provided by Jim O’Meara, certainly no stranger to our club, being the husband of JoAnn and District Governor for our Rotary District 2007-2008. The topic of Jim’s presentation is the Rotary grant to which our club has contributed along with the Carlsbad and Oceanside clubs to aid children in South Africa who have been orphaned by the HIV/ AIDS pandemic. Jim originally became interested in this project at a District meeting in 2005 at which PDG Nick Phillips shared his story of 700,000 such orphans in his District in South Africa. Nick was seeking partners for Rotary matching grants to deal with this problem and invited any interested Rotarians to visit the Rotary clubs in District 9270 to learn more firsthand. Jim was among 17 Rotarians who accepted that invitation and traveled to South Africa later that year and visited several Rotary clubs in the District. During Jim’s year as District Governor, the Orphan Relief Project was inaugurated and the Orphans Relief Fund was established with the San Diego Foundation until there was enough money contributed to qualify for a matching grant with RI (now known as a Global Grant). The Team set two goals to help the orphans:
1. Create awareness of the magnitude of the problem. (There are now 20 million orphans on the African continent and one million in District 9370.) They did this by Club presentations and encourage clubs to participate in the Global Grant.
2. Raise funds and re-enforce the efforts of Rotary Club Projects

The areas of focus included:
Water and sanitation projects, applications being wells, filtration systems, irrigation, storage tanks and waterways or canals.
 Health and disease prevention and treatment, which include such things as modernizing hospitals and providing neviranpine to mothers with HIV/AIDS to avoid transmitting the disease to their infants.
Hunger/ Agricultural, encouraging modern agricultural methods to increase crop production, provide irrigation and encourage families to have gardens to supply most of their food. Literacy/Education, especially assisting in the establishment of pre-schools and the donation of dictionaries and books. Ed note: Thanks for a very informative program, Jim. It’s always nice to know where our grant money goes, and it is certainly going to a most worthwhile cause in this case.

Jim O’Meara at November 10, 2015 meeting

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Our program today was provided by Jim O’Meara, certainly no stranger to our club, being the husband of JoAnn and District Governor for our Rotary District 2007-2008.
The topic of Jim’s presentation is the Rotary grant to which our club has contributed along with the Carlsbad and Oceanside clubs to aid children in South Africa who have been orphaned by the HIV/ AIDS pandemic.
Jim originally became interested in this project at a District meeting in 2005 at which PDG Nick Phillips shared his story of 700,000 such orphans in his District in South Africa. Nick was seeking partners for Rotary matching grants to deal with this problem and invited any interested Rotarians to visit the Rotary clubs in District 9270 to learn more firsthand. Jim was among 17 Rotarians who accepted that invitation and traveled to South Africa later that year and visited several Rotary clubs in the District. During Jim’s year as District Governor, the Orphan Relief Project was inaugurated and the Orphans Relief Fund was established with the San Diego Foundation until there was enough money contributed to qualify for a matching grant with RI (now known as a Global Grant).
The Team set two goals to help the orphans:
1. Create awareness of the magnitude of the problem. (There are now 20 million orphans on the African continent and one million in District 9370.) They did this by Club presentations and encourage clubs to participate in the Global Grant.
2. Raise funds and re-enforce the efforts of Rotary Club Projects.

The areas of focus included:
• Water and sanitation projects, applications being wells, filtration systems, irrigation, storage tanks and waterways or canals.
• Health and disease prevention and treatment, which include such things as modernizing hospitals and providing neviranpine to mothers with HIV/AIDS to avoid transmitting the disease to their infants.
• Hunger/ Agricultural, encouraging modern agricultural methods to increase crop production, provide irrigation and encourage families to have gardens to supply most of their food.
• Literacy/Education, especially assisting in the establishment of pre-schools and the donation of dictionaries and books.

Jim Czarnowski with a Power Paraglider November 3, 2015

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The Program was Jim Czarnowski. He first shared that he purchased a new toy, a Power Paraglider. It combines a glider chute with a backup parachute with the added fun of a jet pack on his back to power him up to 18,000 feet (with a little oxygen at 12,500 feet. The device requires no training unless you bring along a friend….Any volunteers?

Jim shared with us his wonderful experience in a Spanish Immersion vacation package to Lima Peru last Easter. Elena found the program on the internet and Jim agreed to immerse himself in learning the past tense in Spanish. It was an all-inclusive package for lodging, transportation, and school for only $1700 for the week.

They stayed with a family and spoke Spanish, except when the man in the family was trying to practice his English. They were provided breakfast, dinner and lodging with the family. They attended class half days and learned Spanish. They had plenty of time to check out the local sites and restaurants. They tried lots of the local specialty, Ceviche, passion fruit and celebratory Tequila upon graduation from Spanish class.

Jim described Lima as a sister city to San Diego, similar weather, size and a lovely cosmopolitan city. There were lots of great restaurants and fun things to do. He brought his glider (the old one without the Power pack) and shot some beautiful GoPro footage of the flight. They traveled Incan ruins built around a pyramid.

They traveled from Lima to Cusco at a 12,500-foot elevation. It was a 4-hour bus ride and train ride to this area near Machu Picchu. It was Easter week so they attended mass and watched some of the celebrations that the locals make a pilgrimage to participate in. The area had incredible Stone sculpted walls 15 feet high. They were able to avoid trying the local specialty of Guinea Pig – served whole on a plate without the fur. Ugh.

They traveled through the beautiful Peruvian Alps to Machu Picchu, which had remained uninhabited for 300 years after the population was decimated by disease after Cortez conquered the surrounding area and brought widespread decimation to the native populations with disease and war. Cortez never found or conquered Machu Picchu, but the disease still decimated the population.

Machu Picchu was a wealth of science and technology for its day. They had sundials and a university-like setting. They had a big agriculture society. An archeologist from Yale was responsible for having Machu Picchu declared A World Heritage Site and restored for us to see this jewel.