Find out which Rotarian turns wine into vinegar in this week's In the Spotlight!
We had the pleasure of having our Interact students come to our meeting this morning to receive certificates for all their hard work they did on bring FAYM to our community!
Meeting Responsibilities
Gesell, Dan
Hart, David
VanDyck, Harry
Flag Salute
Perry, Pam
Guest List
Wagner, Kailey
Bromberg, Bruce
Rat Fink
Wolfe, Sam
Upcoming Events
Group 5 Joint Meeting
Wood Ranch Golf Club
Apr 06, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Senior Center Lunch
Simi Valley Senior Center
May 17, 2017
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mar 30, 2017
Tim Lohman, Thousand Oaks Police Department
Apr 06, 2017
Evening Meeting - Wood Ranch Golf Club
Apr 13, 2017
Board Meeting
Apr 20, 2017
Ventura County D A
Apr 27, 2017
Simi Valley Chamber Tourism Alliance
May 04, 2017
Sponsor Meeting for the Cajun & Blues Music Festival
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mike Mutal
March 3
Jeff Whipp
March 6
Eric Little
March 9
Dale Doria
March 10
Jarrod DeGonia
March 10
John Bagnall
March 11
Chas Wilson
March 14
Pat McDonagh
March 14
Andy Keowen
March 16
Dave McCormick
March 17
Jim Anglin
March 20
Pam Perry
March 28
Lee Dominick
March 30
Pam Perry
March 5
Ed Chapin
March 10
Jeff Birkner
March 12
Jesus Torres
March 12
Andy Keowen
March 14
John Bagnall
March 17
Jim Visage
March 18
John Ryu
March 31
Join Date
John Bagnall
March 6, 2008
9 years
Gary White
March 12, 1987
30 years
Demi Fox
March 13, 2014
3 years
John Baxter
March 13, 2014
3 years
Pat McDonagh
March 13, 2014
3 years
Pat Abruzzese
March 17, 2005
12 years
Jesus Torres
March 21, 2013
4 years
Larry Gordon
March 21, 2013
4 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
Memorial Service for Steve Smith

Memorial Services for our dear friend and fellow Rotarian Steve Smith will be held on Saturday, March 11 @ 1:00 p.m. at Simi Covenant Church.

A reception will follow at the home of Michelle and Craig Foster. Our members are asked to bring dessert. Please contact Craig for their address - 

Membership Competition
Doug Feco announced that during the next 30 days he will award a Paul Harris Fellow to the first person to bring in TWO new members! He will also provide a certificate to any other members who bring in ONE new member!!! 
Hats Off Goes To...
Jeff Faulwell received the Hats Off Award this morning for his work on FAYM.
Hardly Strictly Moment...
Dan talked about his dad telling him that when he sees someone less fortunate to always think "but for the grace of god goes me". He read Rodney Crowell's Riding Our The Storm.
Career Day for High School Students
John Baxter talked about the upcoming Information and Career Day on Saturday, March 11th at the Boys & Girls Club from 10 am - 12 pm. See flyer in this bulletin for more information.
Tierra Rejada Clean Up Day
Carolyn Boucher talked about the upcoming 3rd Semi-Annual Tierra Rejada Clean Up Day planned for Saturday, March 11th see flyer in this bulletin below for important information.
Bolio is Back
Bill Klepper reminded us that that Bolio is coming up quick and teams are being formed! Don't miss out on this fun morning that is filled with fellowship, raising money for polio, and bowling with special needs kids Sunday, March 19th.
Cajun Updates
John Bagnell reported that starting today you can pick up your Cajun tickets. You will be billed separately for these tickets. You can keep them or sell them -- you decide!  Karen Thompson is selling banners!  She wants to get at least 5 banners each week! Help her out and reserve your banner now!
Kiwanis's RoundUp Is Looking for Volunteers 
The RoundUp event sponsored by Kiwanis will be held on Saturday, April 1st  - see flyer in this bulletin for more details. They have been very supportive of our Cajun event and this is our opportunity to show our appreciation (and to encourage their support for this year's Cajun). If you are interested in helping them out with Security, please contact Dale Cutler at there are other opportunities to volunteer in admissions - greeting visitors and taking tickets at the gate; and checking ID.  Please go to the following link to sign up:
If you have any further questions, please contact Elaine at
Join the Ride
Dan Jaeger reminded everyone about the upcoming ride on April 9th -- four wheelers' can also join in.  Read all about it in the flyer below.
Sophie Klepper
Board Meeting
Rotary Club FinderNeed to find a club to do a makeup?  Or find out where Rotary clubs meet while you are traveling?  Click here to access the Club Finder page on the RI website.
Welcome Guests
This morning we welcomed:
Arvid Kruger
Jeff Gaul and Ron Wood
Dave Cutler and Elaine Hintlian
Sophie Klepper
Jay Gonzales
Jeff Gaul and Ron Wood
Elaine Hintlian and Dave Cutler
Arvid Kruger
Sophie Klepper
Jay Gonzales
Craig Foster
Retired CPA
Family: Married to Michelle for 32 years, with two grown children, Heather 28 and Michael 25

Strange, but true:
I make wine vinegar - I have a 107 gallon batch going right now

Passions, hobbies, interests:
Cooking, eating, travel, family activities, golf

What I'm really good at:
Playing the trumpet.  I started losing my hearing because of it, so I don't play anymore.

One goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:
I've always wanted to be able to play the piano or guitar.  I recently bought a guitar and had a few lessons, so I'm working on it.  The way it's going, I may be trying the piano pretty soon.
Favorite place to vacation/visit:
I've been fortunate enough to do a lot of international travel, and there isn't a single place that I regretted going to, but my favorite place so far was Israel.  Visiting so many modern and ancient places, and religious and archaeological sites that remain from biblical times, I was amazed at the relevance and significance of so many places that are so important to Jews, Christians and Muslims, alike.

Why I decided to be an accountant:
My father was a financial controller and executive.  I was good with numbers and I saw the financial stability that could come with a career in finance.  But I was also an accomplished musician.  I figured I'd hedge my bet, so I entered college as a double major, Music and Accounting.  By my sophomore year I'd been dating Michelle for about a year, and I could see myself starting a life and a family with her.  The conservative side of me that all of you know decided that I could support a family better with an accounting degree than as a starving musician.  I'm glad I did.

Photos from
Today's Meeting
In other news
Polio Update - We're this close!
There have been 3 cases in 2017 of Polio due to the wild polio virus.  The most recent case of Polio was January 27th in Pakistan.  Click on the link below for more information.
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