Find out what Rotarian wants to see a baseball game at every MLB field in the U.S.
in this week's In the Spotlight!
Doug Feco, President Elect - 2017-2018 - Introduced his board this morning!
Meeting Responsibilities
January 19, 2017
McDonagh, Pat
Guest List
Hitchcock, Rob
Pietrolungo, Steve
Lowry, Jim
Flag Salute
Finch, Jake
Guest List
Kerr, George
Tolson, John
Rat Fink
Rothman, Joel
Janaury 26, 2017
Sellfors, Erik
Sidlinger, Mike
Ortiz, Stella
Flag Salute
Paseta, Mary
Guest List
Perini, Richard
DeGonia, Jarrod
Rat Fink
Shannon, Tim
Upcoming Events
Earth Day - Terra Rejada Road Clean Up
Apr 22, 2017
Jan 19, 2017
Jan 26, 2017
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Paula Williams
January 3
John Tolson
January 8
Deb Davila
January 19
Stephanie Shannon
January 25
Demi Fox
January 28
Peter Cicciari
JaJA Cicciari
January 13
Richard Perini
January 18
Mike Jambazian
January 25
Steve Smith
January 28
Join Date
Pam Silverman
January 6, 2000
17 years
Stephanie Shannon
January 7, 2016
1 year
Jocko Arledge
January 14, 2010
7 years
Peter Cicciari
January 15, 1994
23 years
Carolyn Boucher
January 16, 2014
3 years
Jerry Shaffner
January 17, 2002
15 years
Jim Stutzman
January 26, 1995
22 years
Kurt Fredrickson
January 27, 1994
23 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
Mike McCaffrey PEN 2018-2019
Mike McCaffrey was formally nominated and approved by our club to be our 2018-2019 President Elect Nominee!  
Rat Fink
Mike McCaffrey was our Rat Fink this morning and handed our credits and fines to various members.
Hats Off Goes To...
John Tolson received the Hats Off Award this morning for all the work he has done behind the scenes for YES! and the recently held Thanksgiving dinner.
Holiday Shopping Spree for Kids
Karen Thompson said we still need a few volunteers for our Shopping Spree this Saturday, December 3 at the Target on Tierra Rejada.  Please email her if you can help -
Holiday Bike Project
Steve P. reminded everyone to come and help assemble bikes at our upcoming Holiday Bike Assembly Wednesday, December 7 at Monte Vista School at 6:00 p.m. See flyer below for more information.
BIKES HAVE LEFT THE WAREHOUSE and are on the way to Simi Valley. (Arriving next week, Tuesday or Wednesday.) Help will be needed to offload them. Please let Steve know if you can help him by emailing him at:
Blood Drive - December 15
Jim Robison talked about our upcoming blood drive - December 15 -- 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!
Donations Now Being Accepted for School in India
Mary Paseta said that her daughter has been invited to go to India to visit the Piyali Learning Center, just outside Calcutta. She will be bringing a suitcase filled with donated items for women, students, and teachers.  These are some of the items that are needed: Students: stickers, hair clips, coloring books, pens, markers, stuffed animals, dolls, books, etc; Women: Tote bags, coin purses, body spray, lipsticks, nail clippers, combs, etc; Teachers: USB pen drive, books, board games, etc.; Misc: shawls, scarves, hygiene items, clothing.
Thanksgiving Dinner Update
Sam Wolfe shared information about our dinner last week. He said we fed more than 358 people and that we have more than 45 volunteers that day help out!
Bob Donnelly
Solar Sales
Debbie Sands
Therapy Dogs
Debbie Sands was our guest speak this morning and she shared information about Service Dogs.  She explained the differences between Service Dogs, Therapy/Comfort Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs.  She discussed who gets the Service Dogs and some of their needs and also shared information about the various tasks they perform.
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Welcome Guests
This morning we welcomed:
Susan Joseph
Photos from
Today's Meeting
Michelle Foster
Foundation President
Simi Valley Hospital
Family: Husband, Craig. Daughter, Heather (28). Son, Michael (25)

Why I'm in Rotary:
During my years as a member of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, I've had more "Rotary moments" than I can describe! Rotary has provided me with the opportunity to meet incredible people, experience different cultures, participate in worthwhile projects, and in a small way, help make a positive difference in our world. For that, I am very grateful to Rotary and for the dear friendships I've made along the way.

What people don't know about me:
When in Israel in 2014, I had my bat mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. It was an amazing experience that I will always remember.

Strange, but true:
I've lived in Simi Valley since I was 2 years old...strange, but true!

Passions, hobbies, interests:
I love spending time with my family, traveling, watching the Dodgers, going to movies, reading, attending concerts and plays, golfing, exploring new restaurants and enjoying spa days
with friends!

What I'm really good at:
I strive to be a really good mom! I guess you'd have to ask my kids to know if I am!!

One goal I’d like to accomplish:
Write a book about the magnificence of being the mother of a daughter with disabilities.

Favorite place to vacation/visit:
Anywhere I haven't been to before.
On my bucket list:
Participate in a Rotary International "National Immunization Day".

Most embarrassing moment:
Too many to narrow it down! I've learned the importance of being able to laugh at myself!!

Stephanie Shannon
Police Commander
Simi Valley Police Department
Family: I am married and have two children; Jacob who is 11 years old and Miranda who is 8 years old.

Why I'm in Rotary:
I have always been a person who seeks out ways to give back to my community. Although I give to the community through my service in law enforcement, I enjoy volunteering my time energy and efforts in a more personal way that lets me get outside of law enforcement and allows others to see me for who I really am. Rotary gives me the opportunity to give to others in a unique and compassionate way. These experiences allow all Rotarians to share in the experience all while each of us savors the moment in our own unique way. 

What people don’t know about me that they should:
I would want people to know that am an extremely compassionate and humble person. I have been involved in several unique volunteer and donation situations that very few people are aware of and these same moments have brought me the most joy in my life. For
me it is not about getting credit or recognition for the moment as much as it is about the personal experience I get for simply being a part of it.  

Strange, but true:
I am self-diagnosed with OCD. I admit it, I am a neat freak! Neat in that everything has a place versus, I’m scrubbing the floors with a
tooth brush neat. Let’s not get too weird.   

Passions, hobbies, interests:
I love professional baseball. If there is a game in the area that I am visiting, I will go. I also love gardening and BBQing because it lets me relax all while making something. Couple all of that with a microbrewery or a bottle of wine and I am in heaven!

What I'm really good at:
I use my OCD to my advantage because it helps me to be very organized and manage multiple things at once.

One goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:
I think my greatest challenge is being a good parent and therefore my greatest accomplishment in my life would be to raise my children to be passionate about life, successful in life and respectful of all people. I know, corny, but true!

Favorite place to vacation/visit:
Kauai Island is the place that I like to vacation most because it allows me to truly relax and get away from the stresses of life and work.

On my bucket list:
I want to go to a baseball game at every major league baseball field in the U.S. My family and I go to a new Opening Day every year so I have a few more to go.

Most embarrassing moment:
Well, if it was embarrassing, I sure don’t want to embarrass myself again
now do I.

In other news
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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