Find out what Rotarian wants to wrestle a lion and bear in this week's In the Spotlight!
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
Holiday Shopping Spree A Success
Karen Thompson thanked everyone who came out to help this past Saturday as we took 20 kids from two Title 1 schools - Berylwood and Santa Susana Elementary Schools. Stella Ortiz shared a story from her experience with a wonderful family. (See below for photos from the day.)
250 Bikes Assembled for Children
Dr. P. thanked everyone who came by to help assemble bikes.  The night was filled with wonderful memories. (See below for photos from the event.)
Rat Fink
Mike Mutal had our two newest members, Kailey Wagner and Bruce Bromberg, come up and then remember what four of our members said about themselves.
Club Flag from Japan
Jim Lowry shared a flag he recently received during his trip to Japan.
Hats Off Goes To...
Jerry Shaffner received the Hats Off Award this morning for all the work he does behind the scenes.
Gift Cards from the Simi Sunrise Charitable Foundation for Sale Now
Stella Ortiz announced that the Simi Sunrise Charitable Foundation will be selling their holiday cards for $25 each. They make the perfect gift for someone who has everything! See her to purchase one.
Water Project in Honduras - 50/50 PHF
Chas Wilson talked about an important water project in San Pedro Sulas, Honduras. Our club is providing $4,000 towards this $200,000 international project.  He offered 3 50/50 Paul Harris Fellows that were quickly snapped up by Bruce Bromberg, Jim Lowry and Jim Stutzman.
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!
Holiday Shopping Spree
A Fun Morning
Bike Assembly Night
250 Built in One Night!
Board Meeting
Susan Joseph
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Welcome Guests
This morning we welcomed:
Not pictured - Jim Pine
Oygar Lindskog, Paul Graham, and Bill Christianson.
Daniel Ludwig, Myx Gasa, Tim Piatt - not shown - Lexi Bieniek.
Samantha Finch
Maurice Leveille
Heather Foster
Linda Dominick
Jay Gonzales
Photos from
Today's Meeting
Richard Perini
President, Absolute
Security & Technologies
Family: Leah Perini - Wife married feb 2014, Joseph - Son 1 year, Dillin - Son 21 yr, Devin - Son 23 yr, Dustin- Son 25 yr
Why I'm in Rotary: I joined 1000 Oaks Rotary in 2003 and had great experiences:
Chili cook off, and visiting an orphanage and children's hospital in Tijuana very rewarding to see who is being helped by our efforts.
My more recent moment was at cajun working security with Joe Grinstead and an elderly man about 225-250 lbs 6ft 3 ,had an electric wheelchair that the battery had died. he was with 2  women 69-70 and they were trying to push the wheel chair. We offered assistance , they needed to make the train to Santa Barbara and didn't have any spare time to get there. 
We asked the gentleman to sit in the electric wheel chair . Joe and I pushed him from the event to the train . They were telling us about how much they liked the event and what an unexpected pleasure it was to find the event,  while Greg Hartman thought it necessary to update us every 2 min "the train will be arriving in " PA announcements over the radio!
The ladies and gentleman thought it was funny ! When we got to the top of the train ramp, we were extending our hands to say good bye and the ladies pulled us in and gave us hugs , kisses and thought how wonderful we, the event and the people of Simi Valley are. 
I purposely left out these nice people are black, and with todays racial tensions it stands out to me even more how we as individuals affect the world around us, simple efforts speak volumes.
My family has always given back, some in simple and extraordinary ways, its in our blood. Donating buildings, volunteer firemen, volunteering at the State dept to provide educational tours to Dignitaries from other nations, Receiving Recognition from YadVashem  for smuggling Jewish children out of Italy during WW2, Lions club member, Italian cousins and Uncles that are/were Italian Rotary members etc
What don’t people know about you that they should?
I don't bite...too hard
Strange, but true:
My first marriage was blessed by Pope John Paul the second
(it didnt help, my ex- wife shredded it!) 
Passions, hobbies, interests:
snow boarding 
Laughing - comedies
My work, Paint-balling with my sons, Construction, Cooking but mainly eating Italian food, good conversations, shooting, goofing around with my sons
What I'm really good at:
Speaking with people, gaining understanding, finding good food and never leaving the table.
Designing reliable and useful systems for my clients
One goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:
Make my family proud
Favorite place to vacation/visit:
Playa del Carmen - beach
Italian Alps/ Lake Tahoe
if you have a group of Italians almost anyplace 
On my bucket list:
Play wrestle a bear & lion
Most embarrassing moment:
As a parent embarrassment is a motivational tool, 
I embrace it.   
I have a hard time remembering special dates( birthdays, anniversaries) 
How important is the 4 way test ?
Is it better enforced with a solid fist, open hand, or humor

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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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