Kelli Fitzgerald-Project Manager II SDG&E-28,May,2018

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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.

John Baker- PR Director International Organizations-20,March,2018

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Program:Randy introduced the speaker, John Baker of Voices for Children (VFC).John spent 20 years as a Navy carrier pilot, pit crew at Indy 500, PR Director of international organizations, crew and navigator of an ocean sailboat racing team, husband, father and grandfather. But nothing brings him the satisfaction of being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
How do children enter the foster care system? They are abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents and the County takes over and chaos ensues. Some stats for foster kids: 48% graduate HS, 2% college, 25% are incarcerated in their lives, make up 25% of sexual trafficking victims, average time in foster system is 40 months, minimum time 18 months, ages 0-17.99 years, many are severely affected by fetal alcohol and/or drug syndrome. SD county has ~5000 foster kids at any time. How to help these kids? 38 years ago Voices for Children was created to train and administer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA’s). CASA’s are normal people that want to help and make a huge difference. Normally, each foster child receives 40 mins. / year of attorney attention and 40 mins. / year of a judges time, and 1 hr / month from a social worker that has a case load of 25-30 kids, all of which is grossly inadequate. CASA’s make up the difference by getting to know the child and assessing the need for additional services. They work with the foster parents, teachers, doctors and courts. As a sworn officer of the court, CASA’s have access to sealed records that allow them insights that aide in helping the child. CASA commitments/requirements: 15-20 hrs. / month, 18 months minimum per child, one child or set of siblings at a time, must be 21 years, clean driving record (<3 points), and pass background check. John has had a few cases so far and shared the experience – some success and some failure. First was two brothers, separated. A sophomore that couldn’t read when they started, he graduated and is now in his second year at city college. The older brother dropped out of city after a couple weeks and is back home with his abusive father, watching TV and collecting food stamps.

Nicole Ketcher-Resource Development Director Operation Hope-13,March,2018

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Randy introduced the speakers.
Nicole Ketcher- Resource Development Director at Operation Hope She started at Operation Hope May 2017. She grew up in Vista and has been active in the Community throughout her whole life. She has a BA in Sociology from the University Of California Riverside. She is certified in Crisis Intervention in Domestic Violence and Sexual assault.

Evan Hodges- Volunteer Coordinator. He has been with Operation Hope for 2 years. He was a member of the staff team during the transition from a winter shelter to a year round program. He was a fundraiser for The Make A Wish Foundation.

Operation Hope is a year round shelter. They have 45 beds and 12 rooms. They were a winter only shelter and in 2016 they changed to year round. Their rooms are single dorm rooms. Their clients come in ready to work in their program, which is intense, and they have case managers. They gave examples of success stories: They have a family that owned a beautiful home, They were involved in a car accident and the Mom is now a paraplegic. They couldn’t keep up with all the medical expenses and they ended up sleeping in a car. They have been working hard to meet their goals and now will be moving out to their own apartment soon. Another story was of a family where the dad was a veteran with a special needs child, and a teenager. Both parents are working, but their credit rating became bad and they were unable to get an apartment. They have been there 7 months and will be getting an apartment soon.

The programs at the shelter are very individualized, to achieve success. They do drug testing, so they do not qualify for federal money. The shelter is a collaborative effort by churches and members of the community. They house 350 adults and 125 children each year. They have a staff of 16 and an annual budget of $725,000.00

There are many volunteer opportunities, including: after school club for the children, reinforcing good education Kid’s hour, where they can lead children in various activities.
There were many questions; Rob- Could they post previous meals? -A- Evan is working on it Dave- What is the average stay? -A- 30 to 90 days, but they will extend if necessary Julie- What are some volunteer opportunities? A- 1. front desk 2. the boutique area, since they have an influx of clothing. 3. One on one guidance to help set up mock resumes and Interviews. Keith-How do clients find you? A- Some walk-ins, mostly Internet Who do you serve? A- Families and single women Jim- Do you serve women in domestic violence issues. A- They are not a safe house, They will direct those victims to other shelters. Dave- How are you funded? A- 92% private funds .They do not qualify for federal funding. Joanne- Do you take single men? A- No.

Sarah Heirendt – Director for Hands of Peace – March 6, 2018

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Knox Williams introduced our speaker Sarah Heirendt, who is the San Digo director for Hands of Peace. She is responsible for overseeing a three week summer program that brings together 50 Israeli, Pakistani and American youth in Carlsbad and other year-round projects in the San Diego area to promote peace. Hands of Peace is an interfaith organization that empowers young people to help be a voice for change. Itwas founded in 2003 in Chicago as a way to bring people together around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.They bring effective communication and listening skills and create education on daily Israeli / Palestinian conflict.There are three phases of the program: Dialogue and building bridges Leadership development and growth Education and leadership development Alumni of the program continue to engage in peace process annually. Some alumni have become journalists. There are 48 participants per summer, 30 host families and 200+ volunteers. Over 1000 people are engaged overall. Rotary District 5340 continues to support the program in many ways. How to get involved: Host a family Volunteer time and talent Encourage teens to apply Attend events Create a scholarship fund. There will be a fund-raising event at The Crossings in Carlsbad on Sunday, April 29 from 5:30-9 pm. The theme is “Ride the Peace Train.” Go to for more info and to purchase tickets.

Ahmed Haque – NRC Energy – Feb 26, 2018

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Knox Williams introduced our speaker, Ahmed Haque, asset management director of NRC Energy Inc. West Region. NRG is creating a new power plant in Carlsbad at the site of the Encina power plant. NRG is a Fortune 200 company. Ahmed is currently president of the Board of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce His family is from Pakistan and his grandfather was in a Rotary club in Pakistan. NRG is the largest independent producer of power in the US, powering over 42 million homes. You may have seen their solar plants on your way to Las Vegas or on the top of Mandalay Bay Casino. We saw a photo of Mayor Hall at Rubio’s with a new energy system. Renewable is great, yet has gaps in performance. At night time energy is demanded and solar loses its affect. The new power plant will be able to be started in a 10 minutes notice, and it will be less visible to Carlsbad residents and visitors than the current plant with its large smokestack. Some community members may feel like they will miss the iconic power plant, but for the most part, people are excited for a cleaner look that will support modern demands and needs

Brooke Benjamin and Bob Hartdegen 2/13/18

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We were serenaded by Brooke Benjamin and Bob Hartdegen. They sang duets of; When I Fall in Love, Good Night Ladies and Sweet Caroline. They are part of the Music Exchange run by Lori Moss who’s a private voice and piano instructor. TG dazzled us with his knowledge from 1917. A few of the facts he shared: Life expectancy for a male – 47 years Speed limit – 10 miles per hour Annual Earnings – $200 to $400 for the average US worker Sugar – $.04 for 1 pound Dozen Eggs – $.14 95% of births took place at home Doctors had no college education 230 murders reported in USA Leading causes of death – Pneumonia, Flu, Tuberculosis, and Diarrhea TG also read an entertaining letter allegedly from his 92 year old “mother in law” about her Honk if you Love Jesus bumper sticker. I suspect his mother in law isn’t the original author!Here you go: The other day I went up to our local Christian book store and saw a ‘Honk if you love Jesus’ bumper sticker. I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper. Boy, am I glad I did; what an uplifting experience that followed. I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is, and I didn’t notice that the light had changed. It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn’t honked, I’d never have noticed. I found that lots of people love Jesus! While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window andscreamed, ‘For the love of God!’ ‘Go! Go! Go! Jesus Christ, GO!’ (What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus!) Everyone started honking! I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love! There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a ‘sunny beach’. I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. I asked my young teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant. He said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something. Well, I have never met anyone from Hawaii , so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign right back. My grandson burst out laughing.(He was enjoying this religious experience!! ) A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed. So, grinning, I waved at all my brothers and sisters, and drove on through the intersection. I noticed that I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared. So I slowed the car down, leaned out the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!! Will write again soon, Love, Grandma

Don Briggs – Briggs Tree Company – Feb 8, 2018

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Our speaker was Mr. Don Briggs. He has lived in this area for 87 years, and is a third generation tree and flower grower. He joined the Air Force in 1945. In 1945 his nursery was the largest grower of the Bird of Paradise plant. His father came to Calif. in 1925 and settled in. Solana Beach. Don said that when planting trees, start with small trees at $10 each, and buy mulch and chicken manure. Have a good watering system. Start with vines on a hillside, and grow down.Use a cloth to hold down mulch also. Proper root growth is needed for small plants to grow. Plant trees that live on natural water. He has a 60 acre container nursery and sells wholesale trees Sides of his growing grounds and area were hit by our recent fire. 69 homes were lost to the Lilac fire, many of them in a mobile home park located near where the fire started. One of the biggest causes of the fire spreading in the park was propane tanks exploding and acting like a bomb. Hopefully FEMA will be able to help in restoring the homes in the area. Our Club is considering helping the stricken area by planting trees, as our RI president has asked every Rotary club to plant a tree for each member. TG Vallas will check with the Homeowners Association to find out what the needs are in the mobile home park for trees. We viewed pictures taken of the fire-damaged areas. Some burned trees could have beensaved if trimmed earlier

Roy Martins – San Diego Incognito – Jan, 30 2018

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San Diego Incognito—San Diego’s hidden, unusual & historical places. Roy Martins has lived in the San Diego area for over forty years. His hobby has been leading walking tours. He has led walks for Torrey Pines Ski Club, Christ Lutheran Church, Christ Presbyterian Church, as well as family, friends, and neighbors. His tours include Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, La Jolla, UCSD, Little Italy, Downtown San Diego, and Coronado. Here is just a sampling of many of the interesting and enjoyable tours that Roy has led over the years:

San Diego Incognito – San Diego’s hidden, unusual and historic places – January 30, 2018 Our Environment 1. Oak Riparian Park – Vista – Oak tree lined stream and pathleads to the Mount Calavera Volcano. -large hole in the north side – inactive now – free 2. San Diego Archaeological Center – Escondido – Turning Mystery into History $2/5 family 3. Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Discovery Center – Live parrot, indoor Bee colony other animals free 4. Roynon Museum – Escondido -Earth Science and Paleontology – $U/10/8/s/free Our History 1. Guajome House – Oceanside – Built in 1852 by Bandini Family as personal/headquarters ranch house – Best time to visit is Halloween and Christmas. Eat at Marieta’s 2. Oceanside Heritage Park – Behind Mission San Luis Rey – Historic buildings and snacks – free 3. North County Model Railroad display – Heritage Park -children hands on – Saturdays – free 4. Green Dragon Tavern and Museum – Carlsbad – American History – free – eat at table 125 in bar S. California Surf Museum – Oceanside – $s/3/free. Docent tours 6. Electric Boats – Oceanside Harbor – 8-12 people – awnings – bring champagne/coolers 7. Twisted Horn Mead and Cider- Vista – Medieval style Honey Wine tasting rooms – fee for Mead 8. UCSD Library – On the Campus – Dr Seuss exhibit – 5th floor views – free Just for Fun 1. UCSD Stuart Collection -Falling Star, Snake Path, Garden of Eden, Talking/singing trees, Bear 2. The Captain Charles Kenneth Speakeasy – Carlsbad Village – daily password on Instagram 3. Carlsbad Craftsmanship Museum/Miniature Engineering Museum – Lionshead Ave. – Birk Petersen Collection – the Michelangelo of Miniatures – Free. 4. Carlsbad Gateway Center – 20 businesses. Brewery, Artisan Breads, Brewery Supply S. Oakcrest County Park Bocce courts – Encinitas – two professional level courts – free 6. Urge Gastro Pub and Common House – food/bowling (8) – San Marcos State University 7. Village Pub – Train Beer – special price when a train comes through Carlsbad Village 8. Schulman Theater – Carlsbad Dove Library – muliple events each week – mostly free 9. Decoy/Dockside – San Marcos – Free boat rides. 10. Carlsbad Mineral Water – Carlsbad Village – How Carlsbad (Karlsbad) got its name. Our Incognito Restaurants 1. Albert’s – Zoo – Walk to top of tree house, take elevator down trunk two floors 2. Back Alley Grill- San Marcos – Love the name and location 3. Seasons Restaurant – Carlsbad – Aviara – Six areas to eat – open to the public 4. Yellow Deli – Vista – Food from their Farm – spiritual group are owners/no alcohol 5. Decoy Dockside – San Marcos lakeside dining – Ride/view Pontoon boats – see Black Swans. 6. The Lighthouse – Oceanside Harbor top floor

Kirstin Farella – Harcourts Auctions – Jan 23, 2018

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Our program today was provided by Kirstin Farella. She operates a Harcourts Auction company in North County. Unlike traditional house sales, the auction idea is catching on. Harcourts Auctions started in Australia and New Zealand where 75% of all property sales are through auctions. These sales are not the traditional auction sales of foreclosures. They are regular property sales. You don’t even need to accept the high bid if you don’t want to. With the auction sale process, you get more people viewing your property. They only hold 2 open houses per week and limit the open house to only 2 hours. You get approximately 102 people viewing your property each month. On the evening of the auction all buyers need a cashier’s check for $10K to bid. Typically, the property is listed 27% below market value. I guess this gets people in a bidding war so to speak. Also, just because your property didn’t sell at the auction, negotiations can still go on long after the auction. People like the auction idea because you think you are getting a great deal.

Dr. Gina Maraio – ER physician – Jan 9, 2018

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program today was provided by Dr. Gina Maraio, a Family Practice/ER physician. She began her practice working in an emergency room, but then devoted her time to a family practice and hospice work. She now devotes most of her time to hormonal balance and weight loss and management. Dr. Maraio’s “lean and green” weight loss program utilizes lean meats and green vegetables and two apples a day and is one of the truly successful weight loss programs. Also as a by-product of this diet plan, her patients significantly reduce inflammation, which is the root cause of heart disease, brain fog, gut inflammation, liver damage and many other diseases, including diabetes. To learn more about this plan, we are invited to attend three free weekly seminars named the 21 Day Clean-Eating Challenge, which will be held at the New Song Community Church at 3985 Mission Ave. in Oceanside (corner of Mission & Douglas Drive) beginning next Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6:30-8 pm.