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It is ALL about WHAT WE DO  
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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Rotary International's Campaign to End Polio Now
                        Polio Day Fun and Fund Raiser Cruise on USS Potomac, October 24
Hosted by Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay 
Join us for a Bay Cruise aboard the USS Potomac, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht on Sunday October 24th 2021, International Polio Day and Dr. Jonas Salk’s Birthday. Proceeds will support both Rotary’s End Polio Campaign and our Club’s local community service projects.
Details: Leaving from Jack London Square at 3 p.m. for a scenic two-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay.  Address:  540 Water Street, Oakland for GPS. Park @ Washington Street and Embarcadero E Garage, 101 Washington Street.
Sign on now as places are limited to 100! Just click herehttps://checkout.square.site/buy/3U6XQMRDI6UIONYCP7GSGLCT
 
(No refunds, your donation is 50% tax deductible via Rotary Club of HMB Foundation.)
For more information about the Potomac, see: usspotomac.org
              
 
Additionally here are the Covid precautions the Potomac is taking for its cruises.
Due to recent changes in the Covid virus we must take the following actions:
* Every person who comes on board MUST present a CDC Vaccination Report.  You and your guests must bring that little piece of paper you got when you were vaccinated or you will not be allowed on-board.  If you have converted that CDC Vaccination Report onto your smart phone, we can use that to validate your vaccination.
* We will be using a no-touch thermometer to take your temperature at the gate.  If you have a fever, you can’t come on-board.
* Masks must be worn when in enclosed areas of the ship.  You don’t have to wear a mask when you are on the upper deck or bow, or when eating/drinking.

 
Thank you in advance for your super human efforts, President JOE
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Speakers, Programs, and Events
Marble Game - get your ticket(s) to support our Small Grant Program
 
Anyone interested in joining our members for this meeting, please contact President Joe Brennan at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the invitation to the Zoom meeting.
 
Important Reminders 
 
  • We all need to get Live Scan fingerprinting and new training for youth activities, details to follow.
  • Joint meeting with Rotary Club of HMB, New Zealand October 7th.
EVENTS
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS UPDATE - WE'VE BEEN BUSY!
 
Abundant Grace Coastside Worker Twice Weekly Lunches 
Twice a week individual Club Members prepare or buy and donate 20 lunches for those AGCW is helping. During August the following members provided and/or delivered the lunches:  Stacy,  Liz,  Mary, Ralph, Ginger/Renee, EJ, Dianne/Krystlyn, Joe, Rose.  For September Chair Liz Schuck reports the following on her list: Rosi, Charise, Stacy, Teresa, EJ, Joe,  Renee/Krystlyn,  Mary,  Steve/Kathy.  Many thanks to all.  You are making a difference in many people's daily lives.

A sample showing those made and delivered early in September by Charise.
 
Senior Coastsiderers
Hope Atmore at Senior Coastside asked us for some volunteers to seal and stain a deck railing.  Here we are!
 
OUR MONTHLY DELIVERY OF ESSENTIALS FOR OUR COASTSIDE HOPE FAMILIES 
Thanks Stacy and Doug for delivering our bags of household essentials this month.
 
  
Caitlen and Claudio from Coastside Hope
 
OUR RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM
 
2021 Totals
The Top 5 Individual Fundraisers were:
  1. Tammy Dale $11, 097
  2. Celeste Chernicky $8,354
  3. Kirsten Madden $6,786
  4. Renee Lewis $4,705
  5. Linda Jonas $3,251
Team levels were as follows: 
  • Saphire Level - $15,000+:  St. Peter's Friends and Family & Eastern Stars
  • Jade Level - $10,000+:  Power of the Purple & Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay
  • Silver Level - $3,500+:  Lakas Laban Ligtas & YaYa Survivors & Supporters
  • Rising Star Level - $1,000+:  Team LAKE, CSM Bulldogs, Friends of the Quilt Lady, Partners For Life & Team nRG
Top 5 Teams were:
  1. St. Peter's Friends and Family $16,516
  2. Eastern Stars $16,113
  3. Power of the Purple $14,783
  4. Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay $12,867
  5. Lakas Laban Ligtas $4,660
Note: Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay was also listed as a Bronze Sponsor ($500 level) 
Congratulations Rose Serdy, Community Services Director for your leadership!
 
A special thanks to Renee Lewis and also to all those who helped make so many of the luminaries at the Odd Fellows Hall and those who set up the amazing display outside Rose's home lighting the dark in remembrance of those who touched our lives and are no longer here and in honor of all those who survived and those who have been caregivers.  
 
It was great to have so many Club members together again in support of this important effort. Those on the team who were not able to attend were missed. 
 
                                     

WE GOT THE JOB DONE! 
If you haven't seen the entire finished project, just drive by Abundant Grace Coastside Worker on Kelly Ave. It looks great! 
Many, Many thanks to Rotary for doing a wonderful job on the fence at AGCW yesterday! It looks beautiful. 
Blessings,  Eric
 
Great job Rotary, you are a great asset to our community, fence looks great. Bryan Bodas
Bodas Construction.  (We had great help and guidance from Brian Bodas’ man Pablo all day.)
 
LITTLE LIBRARIES PAINT PARTIES
 
This month Club members got together for two "Paint Parties" to paint and decorate the 'Little Libraries' for which we received a District Grant last year. Liz Schuck had led the effort to get the funding and get the book boxes donated and to hold the "Paint Parties" so the Little Libraries can now be put in place for the community.       
 
 
 
 
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News and Views
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
September 2, 2021 
 
Gordon Wiltsie
Award-Winning Photographer
 To the Ends of the Earth – The Adventures of an Expedition Photographer
  
 
Article by Stacy Trevenon
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
President Joe introduced the day’s speaker, award-winning photographer Gordon Wiltsie, a resident of Montara with his wife Meredith and two sons. He and Joe met in Bishop, Calif. By way of a biography, Joe had included in his email that in addition to being an award-winning photographer, Wiltsie is a “writer and explorer who has led and documented extreme mountaineering, dogsledding, skiing, and other expeditions to some of the world’s remotest mountain and polar regions. He is also noted for his photography of vanishing cultures and his images have appeared in scores of magazines, including National Geographic.  He is the author (of) To the Ends of the Earth – The Adventures of an Expedition Photographer and has done photography work for several other books. 
 
Gordon started his presentation with thanks for the invitation, and noted that it was a pleasure to him to come to this community. He said he felt blessed to be born at a time when there are still places that have not been visited by humans, when there are still people who follow ancient ways and still get around by riding horses, and that he feels blessed to live where there is still open land. In the course of publishing his photographic work, he said, he has been known to publishers to go for the tough assignments. “If it’s cold, miserable and dangerous, it goes to Gordon,” has been said of him by publishers, he said with pride. He noted that he has felt fortunate to have witnessed and photographed some things, sometimes extreme subjects, that he has. “Participatory journalism,” he called it, borrowing a phrase from famed outdoor adventure photojournalist and mountaineer Galen Rowell, and to illustrate his point, he presented a photo taken at the Arctic Ocean and a sled which had broken through the ice. Where others might get scared, he said, he has to do it.
He himself was born in Bishop, Calif., first picked up a camera at age 8, grew up with National Geographics and had experienced canoeing deep in Canada by eighth grade. He had wanted to be a fighter pilot but having failed a colorblindness test in high school he turned to photography and joined his high school yearbook staff. “I was the nerdiest kid,” he said, “but photography transformed me.”
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
August 26, 2021 
 
Chief David Cosgrave, San Mateo-Santa Cruz Division, Cal Fire
 
  The Big Lift – Bold Adventures in Early Learning and Literacy
 
Article by Sean Engmann
Photos by Liz Schuck
 
Today’s Rotary program featured David Cosgrave, the division chief of the San Mateo-Santa Cruz unit at Cal Fire.  David provided a background on several of the fires that are currently afflicting California, discussed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and took questions from our members about emergency planning and response.
 
David Cosgrave began the presentation portion of the meeting by introducing himself and going over the responsibilities of Cal Fire, which covers all unincorporated areas of San Mateo county, including the Coastside.  David reiterated that we are now in peak fire season and pointed to several major fires burning throughout the state, including the Dixie fire which has already burned 735,064 acres and is only 45% contained.  As a testament to how quickly things happen, David pointed out that 4 major fires in Northern California have broken out since just yesterday.
 
With an attention to the Coastside, he made it clear that dry, drought conditions and undergrowth are the leading contributors to fires.  He mentioned that in January, experts were projecting a wetter than normal Fall on the Coast, potentially with early rains, which he said would be incredibly helpful.  David addressed the concern about eucalyptus trees, particularly in Quarry Park by showing a picture of still standing trees from Pescadero that burned withstood the fire last year, pointing out that even though eucalyptus trees are highly flammable, the primary concern is with the undergrowth rather than the canopy.
 
In addition to fires, David mentioned several other emergency concerns to the Coastside, including earthquakes and tsunamis.  He showed a map which expanded the projected tsunami inundation zone to include much of Half Moon Bay in the event of a 9.3 earthquake in the Aleutian Islands, which would give about five hours of lead time after the quake for an evacuation and a response.
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
August 19, 2021 
 
Christine Thorsteinson
Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Director of Early Childhood Development
  The Big Lift – Bold Adventures in Early Learning and Literacy
 
Article by Susan Kealey
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
Today’s program, The Big Lift – Bold Adventures in Early Learning and Literacy, addresses a subject Joe will be emphasizing in his year. Christine Thorsteinson is Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Director of Early Childhood Development. She works to ensure that all young children in Silicon Valley have access to the care, education and resources they need to grow and flourish. Christine joined SVCF in 2016 and her earlier work included efforts to bridge the gaps between preschool and TK – 12 education systems and develop early learning leadership competencies.

Christine described The Big Lift as a bold, social venture that brings together partners across San Mateo County to transform early learning so that all children have the opportunity to succeed. 

Big Lift is a collaborative project in partnership with San Mateo County, San Mateo County Office of Education, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation with the aim to have 80% of the county’s 3rd-graders reading proficiently by the end of 3rd-grade. Over 3,000 children a year are served. The State of California adopted Big Lift in 2009. There are over 300 organizations that partner with Big Lift.  

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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
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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 Joe Brennan at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the invitation to the Zoom meeting.
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