COMMUNITY PANDEMIC FUND ESTABLISHED
 
 
Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay
 Donates to Coastside Crisis Fund 

 

President Ed Daniels presenting our check for $10,745 to Eric DeBode, representing the Coastside Crisis Fund.
 
It is now time to live out our commitment to Service Above Self and our Club motto of “It’s not about who or what we are. It is all about what we DO!”
 
Thanks to all of you for being ROTARIANS!
 
Prez Ed

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News and Views
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
May 28,  2020
 
Steve Carlson,  Past President - Rotary Club of San Carlos
 Global Grant - Water Project in Morocco 
 
 
Article by Bill Johnston
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
President elect Mary introduced our speaker. Steve Carlson is a past president of the San Carlos Rotary club where he is known as the Earl of Sandwiches. He spoke to us about a water project which he and his club pulled off in Morocco.
 
Steve served in the Peace Corps doing health and sanitation work in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. During the mid-90s he lived there for about 3 years in a small village called Ait Daoud. The village is quite remote. Access was by dirt road which wasn't always open. The village did not have electricity or running water. He gave us a little bit of basic geography information. Morocco is in the northwest corner of Africa just across from Spain. The big cities are Marrakesh, Casablanca and Rabat.
 
After the Peace Corps, he came back and went to law school, got married, had kids and got a mortgage. Today he is an intellectual property lawyer. He said that he still had the Peace Corps itch. So apparently, he joined Rotary to scratch that itch. He has had 5 "Rubens for Rotary" fundraisers to raise money for this project. He makes the cheeses and sausages from scratch and, apparently, puts the event on in his backyard. In 2015 he asked the people from the village where he had served 20 years earlier "what do you need". And the answer was they wanted to line their agricultural ditch with concrete. The villages is high in the Atlas Mountains. They have orchards and fields which they irrigate with water drawn from a river in a gorge a couple of miles away. Historically, the river is diverted into a ditch and then the farmers divert the ditch to flood their fields. Obviously, significant water is lost by way of percolation into the soil.
    
                                                                                                                                         
 
EDITOR'S NOTE:  To view pictures and read about the complete project as presented by Steve, click on "Read More"
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
May 21,  2020
 
CLUB MEETING - STAYING in TOUCH
Jade Casiez - Her Exchange Year in Half Moon Bay
Article by Bill Johnston
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
Jade Casiez has been our exchange student for the past year. She came here from France with pretty minimal English. John Evans raved about how much her English had improved over the course of the past year. She lives on a farm with her parents in a small village of about 250 people. She attended high school in a large nearby city. In France, her interests were riding her horse and spending time with friends and family. She described high school in France as being very disciplined and studies oriented. In contrast, Half Moon Bay High School had great spirit. Some of her favorite things included her leadership class, participating in cheerleading and track and field. She was very upset that she’s going to miss out on the graduation and senior prom because of the pandemic. When asked what was most amazing to her, she said that it was the friendliness of everyone that she met here. She particularly enjoyed making amazing friends from around the world and the time that she spent with the other exchange students. She described her life with her host families, John and Larkin Evans and the Schink family. Her a camping trip to the pinnacles, trip to the snow and trip to Southern California all were wonderful. She also told us that she felt as if she had grown a lot. Being independent and in charge of her own finances really made a difference. Next year, when she returns to France she will repeat her senior year and then she hopes to go on to college and study veterinary medicine.
                              
 
 
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
May 14,  2020
 
CLUB MEETING - STAYING in TOUCH
Laura Agudelo - Her Exchange Year in Half Moon Bay
MAY 14, 2020  Club Meeting
Article by Joe Brennan
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
Webex meting commenced at Noon, President Ed Daniels presiding
Pledge to the flag led by Dave Dickson, Today’s Inspiration is do it yourself
 
Our Guest and speaker today is Laura Agudelo of Brazil. She told us she was scared to come, it was all so foreign and far away but that feeling was overcome on the First Day!
She relaxed and felt at home although surrounded by different people and customs which she has now grown used to. She values her family much more from here, the perspective has been a big part of the experience. She appreciates every moment here, both her feelings for her family and enjoying her time here are emphasized by the Corona Virus. She is “Really, Really thankful for the opportunity”. She had many expectations, not all of which happened, she has seen many changes since arriving in August. She has traveled to North Carolina, Death Valley and LA with Jade. She will miss going to Hawaii, the Prom and the many exchange students who were reacalled home and some other opportunities but she is getting a lot from High School here. She has lost a semester by coming here but she is glad for everything! She expressed her profound gratitude to the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay for her good stay with us.
 
Questions opened with one about her classes; She said Math was confusing because at home there was just Math but here it is parsed out into Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus et al. Biology was hard but a good learning experience,  vastly increasing her vocabulary. US HIstory was a fun class. She loved Yearbook,  something not available black home. She said she really liked taking pictures for the class, it got her around more and meeting more students not in her circle of classes etc. She had a presentation which couldn’t be shown for some tech reason for which she apologized.
 
(Your reporter’s iPad dropped him @ 12:27PM and he wasn’t readmitted for a while so missed most of Laura’s Q&A)
 
 
     
 
 
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
April 30,  2020
CLUB MEETING - STAYING in TOUCH
More Visits from our Exchange Students
 
APRIL 30, 2020  Club Meeting
Article by Joe Brennan
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
This meeting was held on line using Webex service due to the Corona Virus’ limitations to gatherings and social distancing. It had its share of the usual chaos of members’ camera and mic difficulties  but went well overall.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was lead by Bill Johnston.
There was an Inspirational Message.
Special guests included four exchange students Jade Casiez of France,  Anne Sofie Bumgaard Kristensen (aka Fie) in Denmark, Louise Chielens in France and Laura Agudelo of Brazil.
 
CLIFF NOTES
Ahoy Rotarians!   
 
Missing joining you all for community service, club meetings, board meetings, and fundraisers as planned for this week and the coming weeks. The winds have certainly shifted and I know we are all trying to stay on course! 
 
Stay connected, stay healthy and and reach out to each other, your Assistant Governors or me if you have any questions or need particular support at this time! 
 
Please click to view the video.  
 
 
Sue Rokaw
District Governor 2019-2020
Rotary District 5150
252-876-7700
Rotary Club of Fisherman's Wharf
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