President Kathryn Scroggin gaining control of an unruly bunch, AKA, the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise
August 19th, 2021
Meeting Responsibilities
August 19th, 2021
Estevez, Fernando
Flag Salute
Vines, Mel
Guest List
Wagner, Kailey
August 26th, 2021
Alexander, Josh
Flag Salute
Borovay, Larry
Guest List
Whalen, Bob
September 2nd, 2021
Bhim, Savi
Flag Salute
Bagnall, John
Guest List
Baker, Corey
Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise Oktoberfest
Lemon Park
Oct 09, 2021
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Gregg Hartman
August 1
Steve Munday
August 5
Richard Perini
August 8
Geovanny Ragsdale
August 10
Kailey Wagner
August 12
Peter Cicciari
August 20
Rich Lawrence
August 22
Sophie Klepper
August 22
Laura Berger
August 29
Mel Vines
August 31
Chas Wilson
Phyllis Wilson
August 6
Herschel Berger
Laura Berger
August 12
Laura Berger
Herschel Berger
August 12
Arun Sharma
August 14
Mary Paseta
Ivo Paseta
August 23
Bill Fox
August 26
B.J. Anderson
August 30
Join Date
Bruce Bromberg
August 4, 2016
5 years
Rich Lawrence
August 10, 1995
26 years
Mel Vines
August 12, 2004
17 years
B.J. Anderson
August 15, 1991
30 years
John Malan
August 16, 2012
9 years
George Kerr
August 30, 1990
31 years
Executives & Directors
Past President
International Service, Co-Chair
International Service
Club Service
Community Service
Vocational Service, Co-Chair
Public Relations
Youth Services,Co-Chair
Youth Service
Family of Rotary
The Rotary Foundation
Director at Large
Director at Large
Director at Large
Director at Large
RMC Chair
Russell Hampton
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Stephanie Shannon
Stephanie had a hard time calling the meeting to order this morning.  People were having too much fun! 
Stephanie opened by relating a personal story that lends itself well to a new challenge she has thrown our way.  That challenge is to find opportunities to be creative in regard to raising people's awareness of Rotary.  Her story is that she had to overcome shyness as an adult due to duties associated with her job, past and present.  The process of overcoming her shyness, she said, involved having to be creative and learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.  This creativity manifested itself recently by Stephanie taking advantage of an opportunity to put up a Rotary sign at the Moorpark High School athletic field.  Lots of people will see this sign and some may want to know more about Rotary.  Her next thought was why there weren't more Rotary signs seen at school athletic fields........   
President Kathryn had the pleasure of inducting in a new member to the Club this morning, more on that to follow.  She stressed how important it was to bring in new members and encouraged all of us to get out of our comfort zones and to remove and overcome those obstacles that prevented us from reaching out to those outside our usual circle we exist in.  We all should recognize this ongoing challenge - removing obstacles.  Look for those people that are Rotarians at heart and put the idea of Rotary in that person's mind. 
Kathryn then inducted our newest member, Mr. John Shamoun, after being presented by Laura Berger.  John is involved in Commercial Real Estate and, like most (if not all) Rotarians, was a Rotarian at heart prior to becoming one.  He and his family live locally and John is active in several other  community organizations.  Welcome to Rotary John! 
Lastly, she talked more about the use of our badges.  Kathryn wants to reinstitute the transition process from the red badges new members receive upon induction to the regular, blue badges.  More to follow.
Kathryn Scroggin
Left to right: Kathryn Scroggin, John Shamoun and Laura Berger
Best Dressed Fernando Estevez lead us all in the Invocation this morning.   
Mel Vines lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  He's the one in the middle in the photo below.  Yes, the only one in a tie.  Poor guy. 
Kailey Wagner welcomed our Guests.
Our Guests today included:
Mr. Chris Romero (Guest Speaker)
Mr. Daeton Dennert (Guest Speaker)
Mr. Joe Grinstead
Mr. Mike Kort
Mr. Daeton Dennert 
Mr. Joe Grinstead
Mr. Mike Kort
Carolyn Boucher said that Team Ginny spoke before the Knights of Columbus recently and was warmly received.  She said that the Moorpark Club president was present and asked Carolyn if she could talk to his Club as well.  Getting the word out!
Team Ginny will be having a booth at the Street Fair on Saturday, October 30th.  Please come by.
We heard from several Oktoberfest leads this morning:
Herschel Berger has the pleasure of coordinating the Volunteer List.  Copies of the List were handed out at the meeting this morning.  Volunteers are needed!  Herschel needs to get a handle on this soon so please sign up NOW.  All shifts are from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, the full length of the Fest.  There will be an after-Fest party hosted by the Scoggins, Bergers and Borovays.  
Peter Cicciari was asked to be the Controller for this event.  And in order to control costs he said that, in no uncertain terms, unless you have paper work to substantiate a charge, consider that a donation to the Club.  It sounded like he meant it.
Deb Davila, in charge of corporate sponsorships, described the three levels of sponsorship.  She thanked Ventura Orthopedics (Dr. Hartman, Area Sponsor), Mid Valley Properties (Maggie Kestly, Friend of...), Erringer Family Dental Group (Harvey Mahler, Friend of..) and City Autobody for donating $750 worth of product.
Jake Finch has new Flyers for display.  Put them in your business or wherever the public will see them.
Again, see either John Tolson or Jake Finch for all ticket sales.
John’s email address is:
The 2021 Oktoberfest event is being held from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 9th at LEMON PARK 
Leigh thanked all those who helped out with the third, and final, graffiti removal project on Hummingbird Trail for Rec and Park.  Job well done!
A reminder that tickets are on sale and registration is open for the District 5240 Conference.  It is being held October 8th-10th at the Ventura Beach Marriott and will be the first in-person District event since the beginning of Covid.  Unfortunately it conflicts with our Club's Oktoberfest which is on October 9th but please participate if you can.  This is a great way for new members to meet other Rotarians.
Martha Macker reminded us about Rotary of Family's first gathering at the Berger's home on August 27th at 6:00 PM.  This is a Potluck and a Cornhole Tournament so bring a dish, drinks and a good throwing arm.
Martha Macker
Kathryn gave us an update on the Group Five backpack giveaway.  The backpacks, about 50 of them, will be picked up next week.  They will need to be filled with schools supplies for those in need so donations are being sought.  Above is a list of recommended school supplies that are needed.  Your donation can be cash or actual supplies.  Actual supplies can be dropped off at either the Junkyard or the Birdie Bar and cash donations can be made through Vince Dulcich.  Just text him at 805-206-5321 the cash amount you want donated and he will charge that amount against your account.  Pretty darn easy!  
Lastly, Kathryn said that the backpacks will be assembled on Saturday, August 21st at 8:30 AM at Monte Vista.  Looking for volunteers to help out.  
Above is the result of the work that Kim Schulte and his wife Helen did on the banner rehab project.  Beautiful!  Remember, if you have old banners or flags, bring them in to Kim.  But, you only have two more weeks and then the Schulte shop is shutting down. 
Bill Klepper asked for some help with the Goody Bags for next week's Golf Classic in support of the Police Foundation.  He needs 100 items of whatever it is you donate.  
Bill is looking way too happy.  Something's up.
 Mike Kort, from the Sunset Club (or is he from the Sunrise Club?) talked further about the 20th Anniversary  9-11 Memorial being held at Lemon Park by the pool.  The names of all 2,977 victims of the attacks will be said out loud.  Mike is looking for help in reading out the names.  He needs 300 people reading 10 names each. This would be on September 11th starting at 8:45 AM and Mike thinks it will take 3-4 hours to complete.  Here's a link to a sign up sheet if you can help: 
Ryan Valencia announced the first project to come out of the One Rotary committee.  The three Clubs are adopting the Arroyo Simi as a beautification project in conjunction with Rec and Parks.  This will be a long term project so let Ryan know if you'd like to be involved.  A great way to kick off One Rotary!
Please see Stephanie Shannon if you're interested in supporting the Moorpark HS Baseball team.
We had two Guest Speakers this morning.  Mr. Daeton Dennert, a second year student at Moorpark College and Mr. Chris Romero from The Outreach Program.
Daeton spoke this morning about his desire to have a leadership club at the college.  Apparently the Kiwanis Club filled this need but has since dissolved.  Through Daeton's past experience with Rotary, he felt that  we would be a good fit at the college.  And being a local student, he did acknowledge that Dr. P was the best principal he ever had.
Chris Romero spoke to us about The Outreach Program.  Here's an excerpt from his website:

In all the years I’ve volunteered and worked in nonprofits; I’ve never seen anything quite compare to the meal packaging experience for volunteers and CSR-focused companies. It delivers a meaningful, impactful, and uplifting service project that helps groups address an increasingly critical need in this country, food insecurity.
Throughout every city in this country, families are struggling to provide the most basic of resources on a consistent basis. In California, 1 in 5 people are living close to the poverty line or are one life event away from financial crisis. And while the problem is heavy, and we’re reminded daily of the divisiveness in the country; bringing small groups of people together around a social issue is one of the reasons I absolutely love the work I do.
The Outreach Program developed the meal packaging process in 2004 and has helped create a variety of similar organizations doing the same work across the country. To date, The Outreach Program has packaged nearly 400 million meals with nearly 90% staying in local communities and ongoing support for our medical and education initiatives in Tanzania.
I work throughout California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada and help companies and corporate volunteers connect with feeding organizations and community partners. By packaging thousands of high-protein meals, food banks and food pantries receive quality nutrient-rich meals for their inventories free of charge. For companies, meal packaging is great team-building opportunity and a way to easily increase employee engagement with our mobile program and can bring everything to you.


He finished by saying that a typical food packaging event will involve preparing 10,000 meals.  This would require about 30-50 people and take about 90 minutes to complete.  The cost is 30 cents per package so this 10,000 meal event would be $3,000. 

Chris receiving the Hourglass from Kathryn
Happy Birthday Peter!
Happy  Birthday Sophie!
A nice bottle of wine from Larry!
  We are meeting at the Junkyard In Person on August 26th!  Remember you also have the option to attend by Zoom as well.
Please remember to bring a friend or an acquaintance to our next meeting.  This is a GREAT way to grow our membership!  And the guest's lunch is taken care of.  
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