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The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay is in District 5051 - for more information about District 505, open the link in the menu bar.   
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SPEAKERS, PROGRAMS and EVENTS
THURSDAY APRIL 22 LUNCH ZOOM MEETING with SPEAKER and Honorary Member and former DG Dave Cresson who will share stories about the history of the Coastside area.  It will be wonderful!  
 
Our Club turns 50 in June, and Dave will kick off our 50 year celebration of Rotary serving Half Moon Bay and our Coastside community! 
 
Dave will share the history of our local Rotary Club – and the history of the Coastside!
 
Dave joined Rotary in the early 1980’s and is a past Rotary District 5150 Governor! Dave is also the founder of the Half Moon Bay History Association, and has been an amazing contributor to the Coastside for 40+ years!
 
For our usual weekly Lunch Meetings and if you are not a member but want to attend our meeting, contact President Mary Rogren.  Just click on her name in the list of Club Executives and Directors further down the page to send her a request for the link
 
Community Services Update
Community Services Director Rose Serdy leads our Club's projects.
 
Teresa Adam prepared lunches for our twice weekly donation of lunches to Abundant Grace Coastside Worker for the homeless. 
 
 
Another regular project is the monthly Beach Cleanup.  Here are some pictures including Past President Warren Barmore and his daughter with the Serdy and Overfelt families cleaning Venice Beach one weekend.
 
 
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News and Views
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
April 1, 2021 
  
Debra Hershon
Publisher of the Half Moon Bay Review
Article by Susan Kealey
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
Ginger introduced our speaker, Debra Hershon, Publisher of the Half Moon Bay Review.  Debra has rejoined the Review after an 8 year hiatus. Debra originally joined the Review as Creative Director/Publisher 1991-2012. She served as Director of Marketing and Associate Publisher for Marin Magazine and Make It Better Media Group, 2012-2020. Debra has served as a Board Member for many organizations including the California Newspaper Publishers Association, Senior Coastsiders, and the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce.  In rejoining the Review in September 2020, Debra gets to see her daughter and granddaughters, who live here, more often as well as being involved in a community she loves.  

Debra started with the question “how has the paper changed since it was sold back to a community not for profit organization?”  Today you will struggle to find classifieds as Craig’s List has taken over that business. The paper is now owned by a For Benefit Corporation, a non-profit would have precluded the Review from any involvement in politics. The transition from a profit to a benefit corporation is hard. Any profit that the paper does make goes back to the community—hiring additional staff, to support school journalism, etc. 

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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
April 1, 2021 
  
Live from Micronesia - Nick Zoo 
Stuck in Paradise During a Year of Pandemic
Article by Stacy Trevenon
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
President Mary welcomed Nick Zoa, who captivated the club with his presentation, “Marooned in Micronesia.” Though it was via Zoom, you could feel the rapt attention of the listeners.

The notes Mary sent around the club about Nick’s presentation gave this information: Nick Zoa landed on Kosrae in Micronesia on March 6th, not knowing that he would be the last tourist to come to this tiny South Pacific island in 2020.  Although Nick planned to continue to nearby islands on March 9th, all his flight reservations were cancelled when Micronesia declared a Covid-19 travel ban on March 8th, 2020.

Nick soon realized that being marooned in Kosrae isn't such a bad thing.  The island is a tropical paradise with high mountains, dense jungles, a warm ocean and healthy reefs.  With his background in geology, Nick has been in demand by Kosrae's environmental management authority.  The local college offered him a furnished apartment on the beach in exchange for teaching a few classes.  Thanks to the travel ban, Kosrae is one of the few places in the world that remains 100% virus-free.  Life is normal here.  There are no masks.  There's no need for social distancing.  Schools, businesses and churches have stayed open.

Although Nick has visited 158 countries in the past two decades, he's been confined to an island less than 10 miles long for almost a year.  The island life is comfortable and healthy.  The Kosraeans are some of the friendliest and most generous people he's met anywhere.  When this pandemic is over, Nick will resume his travels, thankful for having had the chance to know a place that the rest of the world has never heard of.”
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
March 25, 2021
     
Shop Talks - New Members 
Michelle Carey and Sean Engmann
 
Articles by Steve Wilson and Susan Kealey
Photos by Dianne Bobko
(Editor's Note:  We had two of our writers send me notes this week so they are printed separately for each section - Speaker and Meeting.)
 
Steve's Article
 
After President Mary called the meeting to order, Michelle Carey offered a thought from Audrey Hepburn around the theme of "nothing is impossible."  This led into Michelle's shop talk, the first of two today.  Michelle has a four-generation family heritage  in Peninsula real estate, starting with a great-grandfather who was originally a hog farmer in Colma and would up as a successful accumulator of land parcels and President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.  Her family has built over 50 homes here on the Coast and continues to be active.  Michelle is currently a Realtor with Sereno and is planning a July wedding (congratulations, Michelle !!), navigating the perils of Covid to plan the ceremony.  Michelle's undergraduate degree is from Santa Clara, with a graduate degree in Special Ed. from NDNU.   She taught special needs students for seven years, also supervising paraprofessionals in the field.  She then felt the pull of real estate, the family's heritage, and switched tracks.  She and her husband will continue to live on the other side of the hill, but her primary professional focus will be here on the Coast.
 
Sean Engmann is affiliated with Compass Realty  in Half Moon Bay. A San Francisco native, Sean started college at U.C. Davis and finished at USF.   He is now completing an MBA.  Sean and his family live here in Montara.  Sean's career for the better part of two decades has mainly been in start-up tech companies, basically in the role of COO.  One of his companies made the Red Herring Top 100 list in 2010.  His most recent corporate assignment, again with COO responsibilities, was for the San Francisco Chocolate Factory. Having had enough of corporate travel, Sean opted to stay home and obtained a real estate license.  An extremely interesting part of Sean's presentation was his explanation of how one becomes a basketball referee at the high school and college level (and beyond).  Sean already had a background in coaching youth sports, and he spent a number of years as a referee in his spare time.  Truly, he showed the amount of commitment it takes to travel around the state for very little pay to take abuse as a ref.
 
       
 
 
 
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Club Information

Welcome to our Club! We meet on Zoom at this time, not in person. See information below.

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Currently Virtual Mtg. on ZOOM
ONLINE
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
United States of America
Any guest who wishes to join us for our Zoom meetings is very welcome! Please contact President Mary Rogren at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the invitation to the Zoom meeting.
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