Find out what Rotarian loves to "bake"
in this week's In the Spotlight!
Thanks to the Boys & Girls Club for letting us have our meeting there this morning!
Meeting Responsibilities
Upcoming Events
Earth Day - Terra Rejada Road Clean Up
Apr 22, 2017
Dec 15, 2016
Rotary Foundation
Dec 22, 2016
Christmas Musical Program
Dec 29, 2016
Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday to one and all.
Jan 06, 2017
The Story of Rotary
Jan 12, 2017
Snow Removal for Senior Rotarians
Jan 19, 2017
Jan 26, 2017
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Nancy Hawthorne
December 3
Jeff Newby
December 4
Pam Silverman
December 7
Ted Jeries
December 8
Steve Smith
December 13
Heather Frankle
December 14
Jim Robison
December 18
Jim Visage
December 21
Arun Sharma
December 29
Bruce Bromberg
Dana Bromberg
December 11
Mel Vines
December 18
Deb Davila
December 20
Steve Johnson
December 21
Patti Friedman
December 22
Dan Jaeger
December 24
Don Schadt
December 29
Tim Gray
December 29
Rich Lawrence
December 31
Join Date
Jeff Whipp
December 2, 2010
6 years
John Tolson
December 2, 2010
6 years
Louis Kruglov
December 9, 1993
23 years
David Hart
December 11, 1997
19 years
Harry VanDyck
December 14, 2006
10 years
Nancy Hawthorne
December 15, 2005
11 years
Stella Ortiz
December 17, 2009
7 years
Greg Gonzales
December 21, 2000
16 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
President Elect Nominee
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Highlights of Today's Meeting
Two Paul Harris Fellows
Presented This Morning!
Don Schadt presented his wife Kristy with a Paul Harris Fellow.
Dan Gesell presented Kurt Fredrickson with a Paul Harris Fellow this morning!
STEPS Conference
Dan Jaeger talked about the upcoming STEPS Conference - Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably - planned for Saturday, January 28th.  This event is FREE to all Rotarians.  See flyer below for more information.
Rat Fink
Tim Gray was our Rat Fink this morning and shared information about his job at Space Vector Corporation.
Stella Ortiz, Pat Abruzzese and Kathryn Scroggin talked about the impact that the Simi Sunrise Charitable Foundation's scholarships, whichare awarded each year to high school seniors have had on past recipients.  To date, we have provided more than 100 students with scholarships totalling more than $170,000. Six members became Simi Sunrise Fellows by donating $500 this morning.
Hats Off Goes To...
Mel Vines received the Hats Off Award this morning.
YES! This Weekend
Dorina Timbol, Michelle Schwabe and Mailani McNabb thanked those that have stepped up to volunteer this weekend. We have 71 students attending!
Thanksgiving Dinner Needs Volunteers
Sam Wolfe reminded everyone to sign up to volunteer for our Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, November 23rd on the big boards that have been placed in the back of the room every week.
Family of Rotary Night at the Cultural Arts Center
Larry Borovay announced that there will be an opening night party for the play It's a Wonderful Life on Friday, December 9th at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. Read the flyer below for more information about pricing. 
Blood Drive - December 15
Jim Robison announced our upcoming blood drive - December 15th -- and said that he will donate $50 for every new donor and that will then be matched by Amgen! Sign up sheets are on the tables now!
Bob Donnelly
Solar Sales
Bob Williamson
Solar Energy
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Welcome Guests
This morning we welcomed:
Jacob Gonzales
Michelle Schwabe
Mailani McNabb
Kristy Schadt
Jacob Gonzales
Kristy Schadt
Michelle Schwabe and Mailani McNabb
Photos from
Today's Meeting
Patricia Friedman
Certified Notary, Bookkeeper, Webpage Editor and More!
Husband, Gary sales - Daughters: Kaylee - getting masters in Psychology,  Annemarie - Vet tech
Why I'm in Rotary:
I started my own business selling promotional products so I could join rotary...I used to see the mood David Hart was in when he came back and I wanted to know about it.  After hearing what rotary does, I wanted to be a part of something bigger when volunteering (PTA, commendable but not world wide)
What people should know about me:
That I seem like a flake but if you give me a task I will complete it.
Strange, but true:
I can't even crush a spider, I shoo them outside...
Passions, hobbies, interests:
Games, Golf, crocheting, sewing , crafting of any kind, love to gamble
What are you really good at:
forensic bookkeeping
One goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:
well, I have accomplished some already...I guess to live a very long time lol
Favorite place to vacation/visit:
Hawaii - need I say more?
On my bucket list:
learn to speak Spanish
Most embarrassing moment:
omg  15 years old, at a fireworks event, sitting around the field waiting so we start playing a game.  two teams, one runs out and puts the coke can down, comes back and tags the next person,they run out and grab the can...  my turn...I'm wearing a tube top and couldn't understand the looks when I came running back with the top not where it's supposed to be lololol
What I do to help people that is unorthodox:
make "special" cookies and brownies for cancer patients shhhhh

Tim Gray
Vice President
Space Vector Corporation
Kim (spouse), Josh, Casey and Lily

Rotary Experience:
Holiday shopping with kids from the foster group homes made me look at life differently. Seeing someone’s hopes and dreams on their faces and watching them change when they realized they could have things was incredible. All of the kids were very focused on the practical needs they had for shoes, socks or clothing, but after finding that many started to look for things for the other kids in the foster group home and at the end looked for themselves. Having to deal with family tragedies at a young age matured them and it was great to see the kid inside come out at the end of the day.

Strange but true:
I did not want to be a rocket engineer, I wanted to be a Veterinarian and study Bio/Chemistry in college. This was after working in a grocery market from 11 to 17 years old, 4 years in the Navy, 3 years in photofinishing. During all that I worked on computers a lot and learned to program and later got a degree in Computer Science which led me to aerospace.

Passions, hobbies, interests:
Working with young adults and Scouting. I love being outdoors with Scouts and teaching them new things. Seeing a young person grasp and idea and then run with it is wonderful, plus giving them room to fail and learn by doing is rewarding.

What I'm really good at:
Networking comes easy for me and I see connections between people easily. I often put people together who have a problem with someone else who has a solution. It is also easy for me to explain things to people so that they can easily understand technical concepts. I get calls from Colonels and Generals to brief them on technical solutions in a plain and simple manner. Many people I work with use technical language to an extreme that no one knows what they are trying to accomplish. I found both things are essential to my work every day.

Favorite place to vacation/visit:
Norway and Alaska. Both are beautiful and not crowded. It is wonderful to wander outdoors and not run into people and hear planes overhead. The night skies are amazing to view. I was an exchange student to Norway in 1986 and just went to my 30th High School reunion. It took 2 days for the language skills to return fully and then I was thinking in Norwegian again. It is a very interesting experience to think in another language and weird at times. Alaska I lived there for 2 months while I built a rocket and flew it. We worked the night shift so got the days free to explore Kodiak island.

In other news
Photos from Our
Local Rotary Clubs
Receiving a Proclamation
at a recent
Simi Valley
City Council Meeting
"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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