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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Meeting Responsibilities
January 21st, 2021
 
Invocation
Munday, Steve
 
Flag Salute
Paseta, Mary
 
Guest List
Donnelly, Bob
 
January 28th, 2021
 
Invocation
McCormick, Dave
 
Flag Salute
Munday, Steve
 
Guest List
Mutal, Mike
 
February 4th, 2021
 
Invocation
Paseta, Mary
 
Flag Salute
Perini, Richard
 
Guest List
Pickett, Julie
 
Upcoming Events
Drive in Concert - Queen Nation
Apr 02, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jose Martinez
January 2
 
John Tolson
January 8
 
Deb Davila
January 19
 
Stephanie Shannon
January 25
 
Demi Fox
January 28
 
Anniversaries
Steve Munday
Kim
January 8
 
Peter Cicciari
JaJA Cicciari
January 13
 
Richard Perini
Leah
January 18
 
Join Date
Stephanie Shannon
January 7, 2016
5 years
 
Jocko Arledge
January 14, 2010
11 years
 
Peter Cicciari
January 15, 1994
27 years
 
Carolyn Boucher
January 16, 2014
7 years
 
Jim Stutzman
January 26, 1995
26 years
 
Executives & Directors
President
 
President-Elect
 
President Elect Nominee
 
Past President
 
Secretary
 
Treasurer
 
Club Service
 
International Service
 
Community Service
 
Vocational Service
 
Youth Service
 
The Rotary Foundation
 
Director at Large
 
Director at Large
 
Director at Large
 
Parliamentarian
 
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner
ClubRunner Mobile
This week's meeting was held on Zoom.
President Bill reminded us all to wear our Rotary Pins while out and about.  It's a great conversation starter and a great way to attract new members along with Service Projects, Fundraisers, Social Media postings, etc.  People are out there searching for wholesome ways to donate their time and energy and it's our job to help them discover Rotary.
 
Bill also noted that there's a special Board Meeting tonight, Thursday (1/21), to approve the budget for the upcoming Drive In Concert.  Bill will send out a Zoom Meeting Invite via email if you'd like to participate. 
 
 
 
President Bill Klepper 
(same picture as last week????)
  Our next meeting will be on January 28th, 2021.  It will be by Zoom unless the outdoor dining restriction is lifted.  If it is lifted, see you at the Junkyard.  
 
 
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Please remember to bring a friend or an acquaintance to our next meeting, even if the meeting is by Zoom.  
 
 
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Carolyn Boucher gave us an update on Team Ginny, reminding us about the Painted Rock challenge as noted on the Flyer above.  We are looking for people (all ages!) to help paint rocks in order to assist in finding  a Kidney Donor for Ginny.  Dr. P and Sophie will have a 'virtual' class on how to paint the rocks and to the 1st 50 signups, the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will supply you with the rocks (2), paint and accessories!
 
The Virtual Class is scheduled for January 27th (more info will follow on the link and the time)

If interested in attending the class and picking up supplies...click on this link!
 
 
 
And, of course, the push continues to find that donor.  If you need to learn how to Share on social media, please reach out to Team Ginny and they will be glad to help.
 
Here's another link that can be shared as well:
 
Here's a link to a Testimonial from Rocky and Tony....
Please remember that The Samaritan Center is still in need of chaperones on Wednesday nights.  This effort allows those without a roof over their head to have a safe and warm place to spend the night.  The hours needed on Wednesday night are from 7 PM to 7 AM the next morning on Thursday.
Please see John Tolson if you can help out.
Ryan and Larry gave us an update on the Drive In Concert by Queen Nation.  Everything is moving along nicely.  There's a Planning Meeting next Tuesday (1/26) for volunteers.  Ryan sent out an email on that earlier.  See Ryan if you didn't get it. 
 
To reiterate from last week:
 
The date is set for April 2nd and they are looking for a lot of help.  As noted previously, this type of venue will require more volunteers than the Drive-In Movie venue.  So please consider helping out. 
 
There will be an opening act at 5:00 PM and then Queen Nation comes out at 6:00 PM.  They will play until about 7:30 or 8:00 PM.  A Sign Up Sheet will be coming out soon.  Please keep an eye out for it and consider helping per the hours noted above.
 
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Deb Davila
Savi Bhim
Deb Davila received an email (copied below) from Savi Bhim  regarding the recognition given to our Club by the Rotary Foundation for the financial contributions we made last year.  Deb wanted to specifically thank Kailey Wagner, our Chair, for her leadership.  Job Well Done Simi Sunrise!  And to quote Savi, "Each of us should be congratulated.  It is our essence".   
 
 
On Jan 10, 2021, at 12:29 AM, Savi Bhim <rotarysavi@gmail.com> wrote:
 
Dear Past President Deb and President Bill ,
 
Your club  has been recognized by the Rotary (International ) Foundation as a 100%  Foundation Giving Club and  an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club , for the Rotary year 2019-2020
 
Out of 35,000 clubs world wide, only 4,000 have become 100% Foundation Giving Clubs  and only 3,400 have attained the status of  Every Rotarian, Every Year  Clubs .
 
 In our district of 72 clubs, you are one of only 1  clubs that has  achieved this status. 
 
This is surely an indication of how coveted and prestigious there attainments  are.
More important it demonstrates the commitment of the each member of your club to supporting the Rotary Foundation . 
 
When we each give to the Foundation it allows us the opportunity to be part of something much larger than ourselves . 
Your donation will be  combined with others to serve humanity. 
It will help to provide access to clean water, tackle global health concerns,  support education and build foundation of peace across borders. 
 
This will  continue to  change lives, impact communities and transform the world. 
 
As Waldo Emerson succinctly sums it up 
“To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived , that is, to have succeeded”
 
Many lives will ‘breathe easier’ because of each one of you .
 
Our district foundation chair Frank Ortiz and our District Governor Deb Linden, join me in congratulating and thanking you for making the Rotary Foundation  your priority
 
Sincerely, 
Savi
Immediate Past District
Governor
805-285-6700
Magic Mountain Covid Vaccine Site
 
Following is a link concerning the distribution of the Covid vaccine at Magic Mountain.
 
 
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We had the following Guests this week:
 
Sam Wolfe
Chief David Livingstone (Guest Speaker)
Jesse Guzman (Guest Speaker)
 
 
 
Mr. Sam Wolfe
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We had two Guest Speakers with us today.  First, we were honored to have Chief David Livingstone, Chief of Police for the Simi Valley Police Department.  We then heard from Mr. Jesse Guzman, Lead Instructor in Welding with the Simi Institute for Careers and Education.
Chief David Livingstone
 
 
Chief Livingstone started out by stating that 2020 was a challenging year to say the least.  Covid has limited his ability to provide proactive police work and has altered the protocol associated with public interaction.  But his first concern right out of the gate was his ability to keep his work force healthy.  He said that they have been very successful in keeping Covid at bay with very few getting sick and attribute this success to the new protocols in place.  Protocols that were challenging and requiring a steep learning curve.
 
He talked about the Simi crime rate, noting that, while 2019 saw historically low Part 1 crime rates, 2020 saw a 10% increase.  But this increase is coming off a very good previous year making Simi Valley still a very safe place in which to live.  He mentioned that aggravated assaults are up and we had three homicides.  In each homicide, the victim and assailant knew each other.  He mentioned that many of the aggravated assaults are between neighbors and family, more than is typical.  Conversely, property crimes are down.  He thought that perhaps this was due to more people working from home but he wasn't sure.
 
Chief Livingstone was proud to note that, while some have berated the field of law enforcement as of late, the Simi Valley Police Department is hiring and is at nearly full staff.  They have 125 positions available with 123 filled.  He has seen a slow down though in the number of applications coming in.
 
He closed by saying that his number one goal right now is to this Covid business behind us.  He's anticipating the need to set up mass vaccination sites and has started looking into that.
 
 
Mr. Jesse Guzman
Mr. Guzman has been a welder for 25 years and has been with the Simi Institute for Careers and Education for 14 years.  He is currently the Lead Instructor in their welding program.  He started working in the 1990's in a small fabrication shop and completed the welding program at the Institute.  He then went on to work in most facets of the industry.  This included working in the fields of manufacturing, automotive and aerospace. Welding is a crucial element in all of these.
 
His program offers a wide variety of courses, from introductory to advanced along with 33 different certifications.  These certifications deal with both the welding processes and the associated materials needed with these processes.  They are needed in order to gain employment.  The good news is that there is a shortage of certified welders and an abundance of work.  There is a shortage of 250,000 welding jobs every year in the US.  He said LA County is experiencing a huge construction boom right now and that the aerospace industry is quite busy, including Department of Defense work as well as work associated with space exploration.  A union welder with the proper certifications can make up to $45/hr along with a very nice compensation package.  The cost to go through the Institute's program all the way to certification is about $5-6,000 and takes about 12-16 months.  Unfortunately, the waiting list to get in the program was about 5 months pre-Covid and he doesn't really know what it is now, post-Covid.
 
Mr. Guzman ended by saying the greatest needs that the institute has is the need for training supplies such as steel.  Also the cost of keeping existing equipment running and acquiring new equipment (with new technology) is very high.  Rotary can help, he said, by setting up scholarships, donating equipment or cash contributions.  Anything would be appreciated.
 
 
Demi, our Sargeant at Arms, being patient with us
Steve Munday leading the Invocation
Mary (most of her) leading the Flag Salute
Bob welcoming the Guests
Happy Birthday Stephanie!
Happy Birthday Demi!
Happy Anniversary Jim!
Thank goodness for granddaughters!
Mr. Bill, alive and well....
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