President's Message

How many of you read the Rotarian magazine for April? It is always full of great information and really helps you to see the difference that we can make in our world. Did anyone see the article about the two members of the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside?

In January 2016 two of the members of the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside founded a nonprofit called Pawsabilities for Veterans. The organization helps to raise money to cover the cost of training and placement for companion dogs to veterans with PTSD. New Life K9s, another Central Coast agency, actually does the training and placement of the dogs with their new owners. The result of this collaboration has been life changing for many veterans.

This project was highlighted at one of our district meetings last year and the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside Club had a compelling and heartwarming video to accompany their project display.

I bet that we have similar projects in our Club that are waiting to be born. It just takes a little spark to come up with an outstanding project that can help so many others. We all have our special interests and projects, but have you ever wanted to go that extra mile to make it great? Maybe there is someone in our Club that can help you attain this goal. Together we can make a large impact, we can turn a tap into a drum beat as a group.

Is funding a problem? Let us know about your ideas. Rotary offers several grant matching opportunities. With a little bit of work we might be able to find you extra money for your project and make your spark a reality. Is manpower a problem? We can help with that, too. Just let us know how you want to make a difference and maybe it can be the difference that we make together.

Her Royal Highness, Your President, Heather Weare
President 2017-2018
Today's Program
March 27th
Ed Cora
Superintendent of Guadalupe Schools
Last Week's Meeting

Tanya Lightov 

Classification:  Energy Conservation Specialist 

HRHYPHW called the meeting to order at 12:10 PM.  The returning Lynda Gantt delivered the Invocation.  Substituting for the absent Jason Diani, Carlie Engel led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

There were no visiting Rotarians. 

There was one visitor.  Lynda Gantt introduced Morgan Benevedo from Community Self Help Housing, who was our speaker. 



Sunshine Reporter Frank Culley had no sunshine to report.  He asked if anybody had any news about Scott Dunn and his visit to Stanford last week.  There was no news.  HRHYPHW said that Andrew Millar's wife Terri spoke with her about the celebration of life for Andrew.  This will take place on May 20th at the Elks at noon, with lunch being served at 1:00 PM.  There will be more on this as we get closer to the date. 

Under announcements HRHYPHW  reminded us that the Day of Hope is on April 11th.  Anyone interested in helping should contact Jason Diani. 

The Foundation Gala is going to be the day before Cinco de Mayo on May 4th at the Radisson.  Please contact HRHYPHW if you interested in helping or in attending. 


Often confused with George Clooney, John Henning said that our March Madness is still going slowly, even though there seems to be a lot of energy revolving around the other March Madness.

As of this morning we were trailing the Kiwanis by the score of 7 to 5.  Our strategy is working perfectly.  We are luring them into a false sense of security, and then at the last minute we are going to have a big run and pass them when they (and us) least expect it.  We have less than two weeks to donate at the Tri Counties Blood Bank on South Broadway.  Invite your friends, enemies, coworkers, relatives, neighbors, and even Mothers-in-Law to donate.  You can even recruit persons who are sitting in the waiting area at the blood bank waiting to donate. 



He then talked about the Green Bucket, thanking whoever brought in the toiletries this week.  We still need more.  You don't need to be afraid of redistributing those shampoos, conditioners, lotions, mouth washes, etc. from a maid's cart when you stay at a hotel.  Judge Jed Beebe already told us that the fix is in for acquittal should you be arrested. Just don’t steal the maid's cart.  HRHYPHW already said she would be happy to defend anyone arrested for stealing hygiene items.  (I'm not so sure that is a much of an incentive.)


Jo Grande talked about "Mama Won't Fly" the play being put on in April.  She is starring in this play and April 20th is Rotary night.  The pre-show party (BYOB) starts at 5:00 PM at her house, with the play starting at 7:00 PM at Righetti High School.   



The Rotarian Magazine talked about planting trees.  HRHYPHW has planted 10 trees already.  Anybody else who has planted trees needs to take a picture and send it to HRHYPHW.  Virginia Perry Souza said she has four oak trees in pots if anybody want to plant an oak tree. 

Lynda Gantt introduced our speaker Morgan Benevedo, who talked about Peoples Self Help Housing.  This non profit was started in 1970 and they service three counties, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.  They have 1200 apartment units in the three counties.  They use low income housing tax credits to establish public-private partnerships to build these apartments.  In California there is a need for 1 million to 1.5 million housing units.  In Santa Maria they built Los Adobes de Maria 1 & 2 on Blosser.  These have 65 and 52 units respectively and they are for farm workers.  They are Leed Platinum Certified, meaning that they meet the highest level of energy efficiency.  They were funded by the U.S.D.A.  There is a waiting list for these units.  They also are building the Sierra Madre Cottages, which are senior housing units.  Two other projects are Valentine Court on Newlove and the Mariposa Townhomes in Orcutt.  They not only rent these low income units, they also have social workers who help the tenants with other problems they may be having. 


Exemption Badge holder Frank Culley again talked about shaking.  There are two excellent specialists in Santa Barbara who specialize in dealing with the shakes.  Unfortunately it is tough to get to see them.  One has a waiting list of a year and the other has a waiting list of 6 months.  He also talked about Club Runner and our club website.  The Club Runner app for your phone is a great way to have our club members' contact information right at your fingertips.  The Club Runner is also a good way to keep track of your attendance and submit reports to the District and to RI. 


Before moving on to brags, Rick Haydon was recognized for coming late to the meeting.  To compound his problem he sat with HRHYPHW, and then his cell phone went off.  This was not the kind of trifecta that you want to get.  Because she fined Carlie $25 the other week when Judge Jed Beebe was visiting our club, she decided to do the same to Rick. 


Jason Telander took his daughters to the Dance Spectrum last week. By the way he was not performing.   Because HRHYPHW saw him there she fined him $10. 


Laura Mohajer's granddaughter is soon to be 7 months old and a true overachiever.  She has already gotten in trouble at day care, beating Carlie Engel's record by two months.  Laura parted with $5. 


Patrice Mosby announced that her daughter is scheduled to return from Africa on May 7th and Patrice can't wait.  She is so gleeful that her daughter does not have a boyfriend that she willingly donated $15 to the club. 


A delusional Jim Talbott thought he was in church giving a confession.  He confessed to going to Nashville in November, going to Dallas, having a birthday, and offering to join the Century Club ($100).   When HRHYPHW told him that the Century Club did not pertain to birthdays, he quickly sobered up and made the table pay.

The only celebration was Tom Martinez celebrating his club anniversary.  He joined on March 18, 1896.  Sorry, I mean 1986.  HRHYPHW assessed him $32. 


There was $1181.50 as winner's share of the 50/50 pot.  John Henning had the winning ticket, but after Frank Culley put another 100 marbles in the bucket John could not select the correct marble. 

The meeting was adjourned at 1:12 PM


Special Announcements



The Foundation Fiesta will take place May 4 in Santa Maria at the Raddison.  The District needs several people to help make this event happen.  Please let me know if you are interested.




The Green Bucket
In the months of February and March we will be collecting all the extra soaps, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, toothpastes, etc. that you get at hotels.  Then in April we will have a stuffing party where we put these items in Ziploc bags and then give them to the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter, Domestic Violence Solutions, or Catholic Charities.




March Madness
Now March Madness is down to the Final Four.  The other March Madness is down to the last four teams.  The real March Madness is down to the last four days.  As of last Tuesday we were behind 7 to 5 in the March Madness blood donations.  We have just a few days left, so let's roll up our sleeves and donate some blood. The Tri Counties Blood Services is located at 1770 South Broadway (behind the Lassens). Their hours are:
Monday -10:00 AM to 5:00 PM,
Tuesday- Closed,
Wednesday - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM,
Thursday - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM,
Friday - 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 
They are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Mama Won't Fly
The weekly speakers and programs are critical to a successful club!  If you have an idea or a program that you would like to see,
please contact Yvonne Biely, Program Chairman.  And as Yvonne always says,  “Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love thy enemy.”

Upcoming Events
March 20th:  Board Meeting at 10:45 AM
March 20th:  Gillian Cole-Andrews - Self Help Housing Program
March 27th:  Ed Cora - Superintendent of Guadalupe Schools
April 3rd:  Connie Logeman "Human Trafficking"
April 10th:  Megan Silcott  - Brock Center for Ag Communication at Cal Poly
April 17th:  Suzanne Singh  - Economic Development Director at Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
April 24th:  TBD
May 1st:  Jason Telander of VTC
May 8th:  Bria Talley of Talley Farms & Winery
May 15th:  Paul Shappell of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation of Santa Barbara
May 22nd:  Leah Rubin - Artist and Author of cartoon "Rubes"
May 29th:  Club Assembly
        Invocation                                                                           Tickets              
        Jim Talbott                                                                          Patrice Mosby    
         Pledge                                                                                Greeter
         Jason Diani                                                                         Kim Kardashian                                             
Heather Weare - President
Jason Diani - Past President
Michelle Shipman - President Elect
Frank Culley - Secretary
Rick Ellison - Treasurer
Open - Membership
Cynthia Schur - President Elect Nominee
Open - Club Service
Danielle Martinez - Youth Services
Virginia Souza - International Service
Patrice Mosby - Community Service
Heather Weare - Vocational Service
Tom Martinez - "TRF" Foundation Chair
Ron Nanning - Membership Induction     
Susan Rees/John Henning - "Membership Orientation"
Yvonne Biely - Programs                       
Frank Culley - Website                          
TBD - Sergeant At Arms                        
Frank Culley - Sunshine Reporter            
Cynthia Schur - Fundraiser Chair             
TBD - Publicity                                     
TBD -  Historian                                   
Blanche Fugate - Awards Chair              
John Henning - Rotator Editor                
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.