Monthly Archives: March 2017

Jonathan Wing-Strategic Operations Realistic Medical Training Company-30,May,2017

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Jonathan Wing was born in La Jolla and grew up in the beautiful Encinitas/Carlsbad area. Growing up, he enjoyed sports and he valued teamwork over competitiveness. Jonathan takes the teamwork approach in what he does now, creating training videos. Early on he attended American Medical Collage in Vista but, decided that was not for him. He had always liked acting in High school, so when a friend asked him to do a medical training film, he was very interested. The film was very successful and he wanted to do more training films. So he joined up with Strategic Operations, a hyper – realistic medical training company. With his earlier medical training, he was very qualified for the job. Strategic Operations create some of the most realistic military medical field training videos around. They even include special effects to make their videos even more realistic. We were all given some handouts so we could all gain a better understanding of how realistic the videos are.

Kelli Fitzgerald 3/28/17

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Kelli Fitzgerald from SDG&E was our speaker today. Kelli is a Project Manager II, and since February of 2016 has worked in the Major Projects Group focusing on the interconnection of generating facilities to the grid. In June of 2016 she was asked to manage the expedited implementation of the Energy Storage Project, which she shared with us today. The Energy Storage Project is designed to simply store excess energy in a lithium ion battery array until it is needed during peak hours or conditions. There are two facilities, Escondido and El Cajon, with Escondido being the largest of the two. The Escondido facility is a 30-megawatt storage facility, but can store up to 120 MW. El Cajon is a 7.5 MW facility. The two facilities took 60,000 man hours to construct. They became operational in late February, so taking this project of this size from design development to operational status in 8 months was quite the feat. It officially went online March 7th. Essentially, having these battery storage sites enhances the reliability of the grid. The battery arrays act like a sponge for the excess energy produced. The excess energy from the grid goes to the storage facility and then back out to the grid when needed. It is an exquisitely simple concept, and these facilities have an expected life span of 25 years. It’s nice to hear about these kinds of projects that SDG&E is implementing to ensure our electric needs continue to be met today and in the future.

Kelli Fitzgerald – SDG&E – March 28, 2017

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Kelli Fitzgerald from SDG&E was our speaker today. Kelli is a Project Manager II, and since February of 2016 has worked in the Major Projects Group focusing on the interconnection of generating facilities to the grid. In June of 2016 she was asked to manage the expedited implementation of the Energy Storage Project, which she shared with us today. The Energy Storage Project is designed to simply store excess energy in a lithium ion battery array until it is needed during peak hours or conditions. There are two facilities, Escondido and El Cajon, with Escondido being the largest of the two. The Escondido facility is a 30-megawatt storage facility, but can store up to 120 MW. El Cajon is a 7.5 MW facility. The two facilities took 60,000 man hours to construct. They became operational in late February, so taking this project of this size from design development to operational status in 8 months was quite the feat. It officially went online March 7th. Essentially, having these battery storage sites enhances the reliability of the grid. The battery arrays act like a sponge for the excess energy produced. The excess energy from the grid goes to the storage facility and then back out to the grid when needed. It is an exquisitely simple concept, and these facilities have an expected life span of 25 years. It’s nice to hear about these kinds of projects that SDG&E is implementing to ensure our electric needs continue to be met today and in the future.

JoAnn – March 21, 2017

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JoAnn reminded us that the district conference is on 5/20/17 at Liberty Station. Tickets were $95 for one day through Saturday 3/25 and then increase to $125. Jim brought up the Gold Seal Banquet which we host in May or June every year. El Camino High School no longer participates with The Californian Scholarship Federation, so the suggestion, at least this year, is to honor the seniors who belong to The National Honor Society, which essentially is the same group of students who belonged to CSF. The Gold Seal no longer exists, as that was part of CSF, so there was some discussion as to what we should call our banquet this year. There was also discussion as to what group of students that we should honor in the future, perhaps turning our focus to another group of students, such as those who will be attending trade or vocational schools. Rob suggested that we at least present a Vocational Award for those students, as we have in the past with the Sanko Scholarship. We have given an academic, teaching and community service scholarship in years past. It was brought to a vote and we decided to continue having the dinner in some capacity. Even though we don’t get much feedback from students once the banquet is over it is agreed that they are very appreciative El Camino High School is unable to help with funding the event this year. Keith said we have about $10k in our club account so we should be able to handle paying for it. It comes out to about $100 per student for meals as they typically bring their parents. Marie suggested that the PTA may have funds to help with the event. . Jim is going to verify if the National Honor Society students have other banquets in their honor and how many there are at El Camino High School. More to come on the formation of this event! Keith had a list of proposed songs for our new song books and asked everyone to review and add any they wish to have in the books. Rob reminded us that Rotary at work day is coming up on 4/29/17. Our plan is to help with cleaning up the cemetery by Heritage Park. Greg is going to check if any of the workers at Eternal Hills would be willing to consult with us on the best methods of cleaning headstones, etc.

DiCiccio spo-Fellowship Center Escondido-16,May,2017

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DiCiccio spoke about the Fellowship Center in Escondido, which was established in 1963 as a treatment center for recovering alcoholics and has since been expanded to include recovering drug addicts as well. Ray has served as program director for the past twenty years. The idea is to develop strategies to help individuals recover from their addiction. Ray is also a past president of a Lions Club. Alcohol, mental, and drug problems are a $500 billion problem in the USA annually.

Opioid addiction is a big problem due to overdoses, often causing death. Heroin addiction has become a major problem because it is cheaper than a lot of other drugs. Behavior, health care, mental care and social services equal recovery. The program is licensed by the state of Calif. It cost $1,500 monthly residential services. 105 beds are available. Credentialed counselors are available. Alcoholism is genetic and environmental. There is a 12 step recovery program. Group counseling is available. Recovery is a lifestyle and a process. 40% of the residents of the Fellowship Center are referred from the criminal justice system and. 60%from A.A. and N.A. Patients are monitored.

Brian Freye – SDG&E – March 14, 2017

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We had our frequent SDG&E speaker Brian Freye as our program today. Brian shared with us a new “Eco Choice” option that allows SDG&E customers to have 50-100% of your electricity come from renewable energy. This will increase your bill by about $2 a month. The additional fee will be used to help build more renewable energy plants. http://www.sdge.com/environment/connected-to-the-sun/faq He also fielded several questions from the floor. The question was asked about the decommissioning of the Carlsbad plant. He said that SDG&E no longer owns the plant but he believes the current owner is trying to build another plant on the east side of the freeway to act as a “Peaker plant” as opposed to a “base load plant” that would run all of the time. He was asked several questions about various solar and wind plants throughout the region. He explained that these plants are privately owned and they only sell the energy to SDG&E and other utilities and are not part of SDG&E. He believes some of these plants are off line now as the technology they had used may be obsolete and would cost more to run than the revenue they would produce. When asked about San Diego’s 100% renewable energy goal He could only say that he could not comment and suggested that we google the topic. Here is link I found http://www.wrsc.org/content/100-renewable-san-diego SDG&E does get 41% of its energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and bio fuels.

Kathleen Higgins – March 7, 2017

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Our illustrious speaker was Kathleen Higgins, the Executive Director of Operation Hope in Vista. Kathleen served nearly two decades in Chicago fighting domestic violence prior to coming to Operation Hope, where she will have soon dedicated an additional two decades with that organization. This last August the 1st Operation Hope celebrated their becoming a “year around” shelter, as opposed to the “cold weather” shelter that it had served the homeless for the prior five years. Kathleen indicated that the reason for the change was not merely a weather issue but rather a social issue for the clients that they were assisting. She stated that the average age of a homeless individual in the United States is remarkably only 9 years old! Kathleen stated that the clients must be out of the shelter by 7:00 AM and they may not return for the evening until 4:00 PM. The program is available to families and individuals for up to a maximum of 90 days. Presently, there is a waiting list of over 50 families.