Discover which Rotarian loves to make people smile in this week's "In the Spotlight".

Meeting Responsibilities
October 27, 2016
Derrick, Keith
Fredrickson, Kurt
Bagnall, John
Flag Salute
Gesell, Dan
Guest List
Lawrence, Rich
Fox, Demi
Rat Fink
Mahler, Harvey
November 2, 2016
Guest List
Boucher, Carolyn
Guest List
Hitchcock, Rob
Anglin, Jim
Flag Salute
Hawthorne, Nancy
Guest List
Mutal, Mike
Keowen, Andy
Rat Fink
Wilson, Chas
Upcoming Events
Simi Sunrise Camp Out at Camp Rotary
Oct 22, 2016 – Oct 23, 2016
Simi Valley City Council Honors World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2016 6:00 PM
Halloween Haunt Help
Rancho Santa Susanna Park
Oct 31, 2016
YES! - Youth Empowerment Summit
Camp Rotary
Nov 12, 2016 8:00 AM
Senior Center Thanksgiving Dinner
Simi Valley Senior Center
Nov 23, 2016
Annual Bike Build and Giveaway
Monte Vista School
Dec 07, 2016
Oct 27, 2016
Nov 03, 2016
Back Pack Business
Nov 10, 2016
Nov 17, 2016
Overview of Rotary's Polio Program
Nov 24, 2016
No Meeting
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Larry Borovay
October 2
Jocko Arledge
October 3
Rod Skidmore
October 9
Steve Johnson
October 15
Sam Wolfe
October 20
Jim Stutzman
October 26
Vince Dulcich
October 26
Larry Silverman
October 28
Carolyn Boucher
October 1
Jeff Faulwell
October 2
Dave McCormick
October 8
Sam Wolfe
October 11
Demi Fox
October 14
Ron Hyrchuk
October 14
Mike Mutal
October 24
Eric Little
October 25
Join Date
Mary Paseta
October 6, 2011
5 years
Larry Borovay
October 7, 2004
12 years
Erik Sellfors
October 9, 2014
2 years
Mike Johnson
October 11, 2012
4 years
Rick Ladd
October 11, 2012
4 years
Bill Fox
October 12, 2006
10 years
Gregg Hartman
October 15, 1998
18 years
Michelle Foster
October 20, 1994
22 years
Chas Wilson
October 26, 2000
16 years
Joanne Abruzzese
October 28, 2004
12 years
Herschel Berger
October 29, 1992
24 years
Executives & Directors
Past President
Club Service
International Service, Co-Chair
Community Service,Co-Chair
Community Service, Co-Chair
Vocational Service, Co-Chair
Vocational Service, Co-Chair
Public Relations
Youth Service, Co-Chair
Youth Services,Co-Chair
Family of Rotary, Co-Chair
Family of Rotary
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation, Co-Chair
Director at Large
Director at Large - Cajun Chair
Director at Large
Director at Large
Director at Large
SSR Charitable Foundation Chair
RMCP Chair
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Highlights of Today's Meeting
Flag Presentation
Stella Ortiz presented a flag to our club from a Rotary club in Costa Rica - Rotario de La Guaria. The flag was given to her from a visiting Rotarian from that club, Nancy Maldonaldo.
Jaeger's Hardly Strictly Moment
Dan talked about how people behave opposite of what we expect as Rotarians and then read the lyrics of a song by Warren Zevon titled -- Mr. Bad Example.
Hats Off Goes To...
Dan presented this week's award to Bill Klepper for all his hard work on this year's recently held golf tournament.
YES! - Youth Empowerment Summit
Demi Fox announced that this year's YES! will be held Saturday, November 12th.  Keep that date open because many volunteers will be needed!

Relay for Life - October 1 and 2

Jake Finch will be passing the baton to Bill Klepper and Sophie too to run this event in October. Our club will field a Relay for Life team this year to support cancer research. The event is a 24-hour held at Lemon Park.  
Tierra Rejada Clean Up
Carolyn Boucher talked about the need for volunteers for our Tierra Rejada Clean Up day planned for Saturday, September 24th. The other clubs in our district are also participating but we need more members from our club to sign up! Sign up sheets are on the table. See the flyers in this bulletin for more information.
Family of Rotary
B.J. and her husband Ken will host the first Family of Rotary Gourmet dinner on Saturday, September 24.  They will provide the entree and dessert and everyone else can either bring an appetizer, salad or side dish.
Hats, Sunscreen and Sunglasses Needed
Bill Klepper said he is collecting the above items for Tom Marsh who will be making a trip to Tanzania in October. These items are needed for the high population of albinos in that country.  In Tanzania, albinos represent one in every 1429 births, a much higher rate than in any other nation.
Tom Lange
Retired LAPD Detective
We had the pleasure of hearing from retired LAPD Detective Tom Lange and his intimate knowledge of the O.J. Simpson murder case.
He and his partner were lead detectives on this case and shared the following information in order to further highlight details that never came to light since the judge placed a gag order on the police during the trial:
1. They researched 518 other clues including 50 additional suspects.
2. Evidence couldn't be planted since the Chain of Custody was maintained throughout the process - including the blood being found at the three scenes prior to even taking OJ Simpson's blood for samples.
3. That there was a lack evidence brought to the trial and that the prosecutors relied strictly on DNA.
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Welcome Guests
This morning we welcomed the following guests:
Sophie Klepper
Dave Altman
Dan Burbach
Sophie Klepper
Dave Altman
Dan Burbach
Photos from
Today's Meeting
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Member Spotlight
Herschel Berger
We met in line before the first day of dental school to get our student photo id.  When I met my wife, Laura Jen Kin Berger, the "World" just froze and I knew something special had just occurred.  That was July 1st, 1984.  We became best friends and we married on Aug 12th 1989.  In July of 1992 we purchased our dental practice and in June of 1993 we had our first of three daughters, Sydney.  Karli, our second daughter was born in Aug of 1997, and  Daryn, our third daughter was born in Sept of 1999.  And, in 2008, our precious Shih Tzu, Bentley. (Thank You, Dr. Ron)
Why I'm in Rotary:
I am in Rotary because I believe in giving back.  I was taught by my father, 'Be Good To People, And They Will Good Back To You"  He also shared with me that you must make the world a better place during your journey of life.
Rotary is the perfect vehicle to fulfils one "Good Will', to mankind.  It offers opportunities to help others in need.  Whether it's in the great community of Simi or anywhere in the world.  Rotary touches everyone who is willing to extend a hand.  Life creates clues each and everyday for everyone.  The question is quite simple, Are you paying attention to your surroundings?  Rotary magnifies those clues to make the world a better place.
My memorable Rotary Moments are:
Being brought into the Club, by the late Ivan Delman in Oct of '92
Receiving my first Paul Harris from Doug Wieben at his President's Demotion
Having my wife, Laura, in Simi Sunrise.
Going to Celaya Mexico with Rotarians Mike Frances (Simi Sunrise) and the late Jock McKenzie (Westlake) plus Rotarians from Santa Barbara to observe the Dental and Ophthalmology Clinic.
Staying with  host Rotarians (In Celaya) in homes the size of mansions you would observe in Bel Air with armed security (Semi-automatics) in front of each villa.  They were frightened when I would go out jogging every morning.  I was young and never thought twice about it.  I realized right then, how privileged I was to be a "Rotarian".
Sitting at Rotary with Stephen L. Millich, Esq., our  Club's Poet Laureate
Running the project of,  "Feeding The Needy", at the Samaritan Center.  This has been something dear to my heart, and now John Tolson is in charge and does an impeccable job.
Yes, being President of our incredible club in 2011-12 was a dream come true.  To be responsible for our club for that year was a "Magical Moment" in my life.
But, nothing compares until you bring members in whom have been instrumental to our club
From my first in Gary Stewart, Ron Resnick, Wayne Snyder, Dorina Timbol, John Bagnall, and Larry Borovay, it has been an honor to have amazing friends who want to give back.

What you might not know about me:
Whether I am swinging  a golf club or striking a forehand in tennis, or spinning at the gym, I truly miss my days of competitive swimming.  The discipline of 5:15 AM workouts in the morning followed by evening workouts allowed me the ability to understand time management.
As for raising three daughters with my wife Laura, all I can say is that the memories are spectacular.  Having all three of them dance competitively at the highest level has kept us busy over the last 20 years.  They have all mastered the "Art Of Balance" on a physical as well as emotional level.  I believe that is all a parent can ask for.

On my bucket list:
One goal I hope to accomplish is to run a
Marathon, and to visit England and see all the memorabilia of The Beatles, in Liverpool.  Also to see Wimbledon and US Open tennis matches.
What I am good at:
iving people the ability to smile.  Whether it's being done professionally or socially I treasure having people enjoy their lives.
What I'd also like to share:
Being part of Simi Sunrise Rotary is a gift that I cherish everyday.  It's why my life is special.
Because of Rotary, I see all the reasons to give back. It's why I have given back to my profession by being President of Santa Barbara Ventura Dental Society.
Besides having friends in Simi Sunrise Rotary, I have something more, I have "Heroes" who I am proud to share life's memories with.
Dan, you are doing a great job as well as all other past presidents.  To Dan and all future Presidents, continue to make our club the best it can be.
Enjoy, and Keep Smiling.

In other news
"Peace Is" video
Our club recently provided funding to translate a peace video from English into Spanish so that its message can be brought to Spanish speaking countries.  Click below to see the original video in English.
Polio Update - We're this close!
There have been only 19 cases this year of Polio due to the wild polio virus.  They have all occurred in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The most recent case was 4 weeks ago.  Click on the link below for more information.
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