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Meeting Responsibilities
April 1st, 2021
 
Invocation
Alexander, Josh
 
Flag Salute
Bagnall, John
 
Guest List
Baker, Corey
 
April 8th, 2021
 
Invocation
Baxter, John
 
Flag Salute
Berger, Herschel
 
Guest List
Bhim, Savi
 
April 15th, 2021
 
Invocation
Bibb, Bob
 
Flag Salute
Borovay, Larry
 
Guest List
Boucher, Carolyn
 
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting 3-25-21
Mar 25, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Drive in Concert - Queen Nation
Apr 02, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mike Mutal
March 3
 
Josh Alexander
March 4
 
Jeff Whipp
March 6
 
Eric Little
March 9
 
Fred Thomas
March 9
 
Jarrod DeGonia
March 10
 
John Bagnall
March 11
 
Chas Wilson
March 14
 
Dave McCormick
March 17
 
Jim Anglin
March 20
 
Anniversaries
Ed Chapin
Angie
March 10
 
Jesus Torres
Jenna
March 12
 
John Bagnall
Julia
March 17
 
Jim Visage
Beverly
March 18
 
Join Date
John Bagnall
March 6, 2008
13 years
 
Gary White
March 12, 1987
34 years
 
Demi Fox
March 13, 2014
7 years
 
John Baxter
March 13, 2014
7 years
 
Josh Alexander
March 14, 2019
2 years
 
Matt Rowe
March 14, 2019
2 years
 
Jesus Torres
March 21, 2013
8 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
Mr. Bill Fox
 
Apparently there's still some confusion within the ranks in regard to the identity of the Fox twins.  Consequently, too much Club time has been squandered dealing with it.  In the hopes of finally putting it to rest, here's the answer to the question of which is which once and for all.  Below are two photos with the one on the left being BILL Fox and the one on the right being DEMI Fox.  The best way to tell the difference when they're apart is that BILL wears red and DEMI doesn't.  Hopefully we can all finally move on from this.
 
And thanks BILL for filling in as Sergeant-at-Arms today.  Its a tough job but you kept the crowd under control - with Someone's help.  
Bill - NOT Demi
Demi - NOT Bill
Camille Cordova lead us in the invocation.
Chas Wilson lead us in the flag salute.
Bruce Bromberg welcomed our Guests.  Many at the meeting were surprised to see that Bruce could read.  Although we're not sure he's actually reading here.
President Bill's message today was to continue, as we have been doing, in taking the initiative and checking in on each other.  That's who we are and what we do.  Don't wait to hear about someone's need for help.  Pick up the phone now and call that person.  Check in and see how they are doing.  It's just that kind of interaction that is getting our community through this pandemic and it's what will get us out of it.
 
There was one other point Bill wanted to bring up.  He did it discreetly so not too many heard the comment.  It had to do with the how the banner with his picture on it has been handled lately.  He didn't feel that it was getting the proper presidential treatment that it warranted.  He was assured that it had nothing to do with the banner. 
 
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A big Thank You, along with an envelope, was given to Mr. Valentin Castro by Bob Whalen.  Valentin is an employee at the Junkyard and the one responsible for getting our meeting set up.  He starts at 5:30 AM!   Thank you Valentin for all you do and, most importantly, keeping your sense of humor dealing with the likes of this Club.
Bob on the other side of the camera
 
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  Our next meeting will be April 1st, 2021.  It will be IN PERSON at the JUNKYARD.  
 
 
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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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Dorina and Bob Donnelly, Ginny's husband
Team Ginny Update
Spread the message!
 
Dorina Timbol thanked everyone that helped out at the Team Ginny event this past Saturday at the Chamber of Commerce.  Masks and Team Ginny cards were handed out to the public. 
 
Dorina then asked how many of us had seen and shared the new Team Ginny video.  Not seeing enough hands go up, she told us we all needed to get that video shared NOW!  It is one of, if not the best way to get the word out.  Then she had a challenge for all of us.  She gave us all two copies of the Team Ginny flyer.  She wants one of those copies posted at your business and the other copy posted at your business friend's business.  She also wants pictures of both postings sent to her so they can be shared.
 
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.
Larry and Ryan started with a weather report.  Looks like it will be 83 degrees and sunny the day of the concert, April 2nd.  And, April 1st is the first day live concerts are allowed in the county.  The stars are aligned.  They reported that ticket sales are now in the black so all ticket sales going forward are pure profit.  Remember that we each need to sell two tickets.  See below for a link to ticket sales. 
 
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 PM.  
 
Larry and Ryan said that they are almost full with volunteers but more parking help was needed by Deb Davila.  A lot of hands went up in the meeting so check with Ryan and Deb to see if any more help is needed.
 
 The second Volunteer Meeting will be the evening of March 30th.  Look for the email if you're volunteering.
 
Here's a link for ticket sales:
 
Leigh reminded us that there is an upcoming Blood Drive on April 15th.  Please contact Leigh to arrange an appointment time.
 
The Cleanup and painting of the house at 1493 Sorrel Street this coming Saturday, March 27th has been POSTPONED.  A new date will be announced.
 
Mark your calendars for a Happy Face Hill makeover Saturday, April 17.  More details to follow from Leigh.
And, mark your calendars for Smoke Alarm Installations Saturday, May 1.  Stay tuned.
A reminder about Dr. P's Full Moon Hike up Mt. McCoy to the Cross on Palm Sunday, March 28.   See related note below.....
 
Steve said to meet at the trailhead at 7:15 and the hike would start at 7:30.  Sounds like attendance will pick up after it was announced that there would be "refreshments" at the top. 
 
Ms. Evelyn Garfield
 
Evelyn, speaking for the Noon Time Club, reminded us about the Lighting of The Cross on Mt. McCoy.  She said that this is the 100th year anniversary.  See below....    
Mt. McCoy

Taken from the March 19 edition of the Simi Valley Acorn:

Rotary Club of Simi Valley will host Mount McCoy Remembrance ceremonies nightly from March 29 to April 3.

 
During the inaugural ceremonies, Rotarians will read the names of loved ones lost during the pandemic at the cross on Mount McCoy in Simi Valley.

Lighting the cross at Mount McCoy during Easter week has been a Rotary tradition for nearly 60 years.

Club members volunteer to light the towering cross from dusk until midnight. On many nights, they are joined by community members.

Last year, the cross remained dark during Easter week due to the pandemic.

The remembrance ceremonies are a new addition this year. Each night during the cross lighting, four Rotary members will read out loud the names of family members and friends lost to COVID or other illnesses in 2020 starting at 8 p.m.

The remembrance is free and open to the public. The Mount McCoy Cross Trailhead is at 4 Washburn St., Simi Valley

Anyone wishing to honor a loved one may provide their name or multiple names to the Rotary Club by calling (805) 814-8237.

Names are due by April 1.

The readings will be recorded each night and posted online at facebook.com/simivalleyrotary.

For more information regarding the Mount McCoy Remembrance ceremonies, go online to simivalleyrotary.org or call Lynne Kline at (805) 823-2006.

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The City of Simi Valley is putting on a Job and Career Expo from Saturday, April 24 through Friday, April 30.  Rocky said the city is looking for employers to participate and youths as well.  If interested, please click on the following link: 
 
 
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District Training Assembly
 
Training for incoming Club Officers, Secretaries, Treasurers, Avenue of Service Chairs, Board Members, New Members and All Club Members
 
Register for the 2021 Virtual District Training Assembly:
 
April 17, 2021
 
Click HERE to Register
 
The agenda, list of classes and a description of each class are attached.  Session links will be provided at a later date.
 
  • Each club is encouraged to have as many members as possible attend this informative training
  • Prizes will be awarded to clubs with the greatest % attendance
  • All officers, Avenue of Service Chairs and Committee Chairs have sessions specifically focused on these areas led by district and Rotary experts.
  • All members and especially new members should attend four sessions that will provide information about Rotary
    • Opening Session
    • Rotary Then and Now
    • Community Service
    • Building Community Partnerships
  • Register for the Opening Session and up to three additional sessions
  • Everyone is encouraged to attend the Opening Session with Brittany Arthur as the inspirational speaker
Fred Thomas had an idea for a Rotary project that he shared this morning.  Fred's involvement with the DEA deals with educating the public about drug abuse.  His idea was to have our Club get involved in this outreach process.  He said that the DEA has the wherewithal to support such an activity.
Mr. Fred Thomas
 
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Our Guests today included:
 
Mr. Pat Montoya (Guest Speaker)
Mr. Brian Dennert (Guest Speaker)
 
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We had two Guest Speakers this morning.  Our first was Mr. Brian Dennert with the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.  Our second speaker was Mr. Pat Montoya, president of Not One More, an organization fighting drug abuse.
Mr. Brian Dennert
 
Brian wanted to let us know that the Rec and Park District has put out a new Trail Guide for trails within their jurisdiction.  He challenged us to hike every trail within Simi Valley that's in the Guide over the coming summer.  He'd like us to post a picture at the trailhead of each trail conquered.  These postings help advertise and promote the use of the trails.
 
Brian also let us know that the District is going to build an enclosure for the geese at the Community Park at Erringer and Royal.  The goal is to get all of the geese poop picked up that's currently scattered everywhere.  Yes, you heard it hear first!  A worthy goal speaking from personal experience.
Mr. Pat Montoya
Pat Montoya is president of Not One More (NMO), an organization fighting drug abuse.  Not One More was founded in Simi Valley in 2012 as a result of a parent losing a child to a heroin-related accident.  This city recognized it had a serious drug problem and did something about it with the encouragement of NMO and the leadership of Bob Huber, former mayor of Simi.  NMO has since grown in size with chapters in several states.  Pat spoke from personal experience and is very active in community outreach speaking to many organizations and agencies.
 
Pat left us with some statistics and advice:
 
- Drug overdoses in the US were down in 2019 from the previous year but have risen in 2020 due to the Covid outbreak.  68,000 deaths in 2019 and 80,000 in 2020.
- Fentanyl, as we learned last week from our DEA speakers, is in heavy use not only here in Simi, but in the US as a whole.  3 years ago, it was non-existent in Ventura County and now it's everywhere.  
- Look for signs of change in your kids.  Are there spoons and tin foil missing?  Have they lost interest in the healthy activities they participated in?  
- Drug abuse can be fought with education.  Pat talked about Narcan, an overdose reversal agent and Drug Disposal kits that safely dispose of pills.
 
Here is what Not One More is all about, taken from their website at notonemore.net:

We’re Families Helping Families to Navigate The Process of Addiction

We are leaders in our own community that have lost someone we love to this cause. We all have jobs, and power Not One More with our own money. We all believe in the cause immensely.

 
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A friendly bunch
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