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We are your neighbors, your friends, your colleagues.  We are committed to "Service Above Self".
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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A BIG Thank You to Renee Lewis and Rose Serdy for Leading our Club. The total of donations raised as of Sunday, July 17  is $15,224.45 which has far exceeded our goal of $4000.  FANTASTIC!
 
 
 
 
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Speakers, Programs, and Events
Our Next Meeting Is AUGUST 18, 2022 
 Noon at the Library
 
(Check back for meeting details.)
 
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THANK YOU JOE BRENNAN  He spent part of his vacation time delivering 1300 pounds of children's vitamins to a medical clinic in La Paz.
 
       
Dr NANCY Harris sent photos of distributing them near Cabo
                        
 
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Important Reminders 
We all need to get Live Scan fingerprinting and new training for youth activities, details to follow.
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       WE'VE BEEN BUSY!
 
On Memorial Day, four of our Club participated in the installation of a flag at every one of the 137,465 graves at Golden Gate National Cemetery on Saturday - which took about 3 hours what with all the Rotarians and Scouts on hand. It was a moving experience we all benefited from.      image
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Starting off Spring giving, Rose Serdy, Director of Community Services, and  Ginger Minoletti, Chair Small Donations,  present a check of $500 to Eric DeBode, Executive Director of Abundant Grace Coastside Worker, for the drums they need for a new special project.
 
And sprucing up a garden for Senior Repair Day are Susan Kealey and Dennis, Liz Schuck, Teri Pickle, Rose Serdy, and Mitone Griffiths.
 
 
 
  
 
Thanks to those Rotary gardeners who showed up for the April 2nd Senior garden project in Canada Cove. (Mitone, Mary, Susan, Dennis, Liz and Terri)  I learned a lot from these experts, especially about the importance of wearing gloves when pulling poison weeds. frown
 
This just in from Hope Atmore at Senior Coastsiders regarding June 4th Senior Repair Day. 
 
We hope you will join us for the 31st Annual Home Repair Day on Saturday, June 4th. The sign up for this year's event can be accessed HERE
Rose
 
Lunches to Abundant Grace Coastside Worker
Still delivering lunches twice a week.  You can check with Liz to see if she has any remaining open days forJUNE.
 
Rotary Club of HMB doing good work! 
Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay Community Service Projects 
 

1. ALAS - Club contributed $1750 for Thanksgiving dinners to farm laborers.

2. Abundant Grace - Club members prepare lunch for 20 individuals twice a week.

3. Abundant Grace - members completed the west side fence.

4. Adopt a Family with Coastside Hope- adopted 2 seniors this year and Renee Lewis shopped for requested items totaling $300.

5. Some members participated in the California Coastal beach clean up in September. Mitone Griffiths and Warren Barmore continue to organize beach clean ups on a weekly basis.

6. Club provided new incoming teachers to the Cabrillo School district with gift certificates.

7. Coastside Hope Special Delivery program. Mary Rogren continues to shop for personal items for 8 families registered with Coastside Hope with Club members helping deliver.

8. Little Libraries coordinated by Liz Schuck - 8 libraries were completed, and Liz worked with the City of Half Moon Bay on approved locations to install. Club members have begun the installation.

9. Senior Coastsiders - Club members painted the deck of a senior in Canada Cove.

10. Senior Coastsiders - Club members participated in the “Meals on Wheels” program to act as back up relief for volunteers who are unable to be there.

11. Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society- Club team was able to raise over $12,000 for cancer research.

12.  Life Skills at the High School - The Rotary Club provides a series of classes at all three Coastside Schools that help fill some education gaps that may be missing for graduating seniors.  The last session was in November 2021 with another scheduled for Spring of 2022.

Highlights follow:

LITTLE LIBRARIES - They are in place!  Awhile back Club members got together for two "Paint Parties" to paint and decorate the 'Little Libraries' for which we received a District Grant. 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. 

And then we signed an agreement with the City for installation of the libraries at Frenchmen’s Creek Park and Oak View Park. The City requires that we maintain the libraries. 

And now here they are!  

 
 
 
Still Delivering Lunches to Abundant Grace Coastside Worker Twice Weekly
For more than a year now individual Club members have been preparing/purchasing and donating lunches two times each week to Abundant Grace for the people they help through their programs.  Coordinator Liz Schuck reported that the following members volunteered for February 2022: 
Below is a ABCW staff member at the newly refurbished Coastside Development Center accepting the lunches from one of our members.
 
                                                                          
 
OUR MONTHLY DELIVERY OF ESSENTIALS FOR OUR COASTSIDE HOPE FAMILIES 
Thanks to all those members who help with the delivery of the bags to Coastside Hope for distribution.
This is Claudio who makes things happen at CH.  He also coordinated the Adopt A Family Coastside Hope program.
 
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.)
 
Senior Coastsiderers
Hope Atmore at Senior Coastside asked us for some volunteers to seal and stain a deck railing.  Here we are!
 
AND Rotary International's Campaign to End Polio Now
 
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SUNDAY OCTOBER 31, 2021
Hosted by Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay 
(Hoping to do it again in 2022)
 
We had a wonderful Bay Cruise on the Potomac Sunday to benefit our Club’s Community Projects and the End Polio Campaign. Financially we hit 93% of our goal and got the word out about RC of HMB and End Polio. There is already talk of doing it again next year!
                                                   
 
   
 
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News and Views
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
August 4,, 2022 
 
   
  
    
 
Annual New CUSD Educators and Staff Welcome
Article by Liz Schuck
Photos by EJ Dieterle 
 
 
Today at Rotary….

We met 25+new teachers and staff to the Cabrillo Unified School District during our annual welcome luncheon.

We shared what Rotary is and does locally and internationally. Our partners at the library shared how they can support sites and classrooms. We learned new names, new assignments and a little bit about each person!

Such great energy and enthusiasm!! 
 
 
                  
 
 
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
July 28,, 2022 
          
 
Club Meeting
Brainstorming New Projects 
 
 
Article by Stacy Trevenon
Pictures by Liz Schuck     
 
The meeting was held again in the comfortable community room of the Half Moon Library, with Rotary Club President Krystlyn Giedt presiding. She opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The meeting was a small one, with only a handful of members, but it was a productive one. Members enjoyed their lunches and quickly got down to what we might want to do this year as a club, and discussed and eagerly traded reflections, thoughts, opinions and needs they saw in the community.

Krystlyn brought up the survey and reflected on the idea of public image, and on helping other local nonprofits. Out of that came the idea of dedicating one meeting a month to working as a club on a particular project chosen by the club. 

Then to Club business: Next week is the annual new teachers’ meeting. Lunches will be provided. Let Liz Schuck know if you plan to attend.
 

Krystlyn said that in her first Rotary year, she had been impressed by Paul’s Wrubel Awards, and so, in her year, she has a plan for what she called the Starr awards (Starr is Krystlyn’s middle name.) That stands for Spectacular, Thankful, Awesome, and Respected Rotarians. To that end she handed out yummy, sparkly little Starr cookies, and named the Starr Rotarian for July: Rose Serdy, who shared the very tedious Relay for Life planning and fundraising duties with Renee Lewis. 
 
 

Liz mentioned the Rotary park/mural we founded here in Half Moon Bay, and Ralph Ely said he’d seen a Rotary plaque along a walking trail in New Zealand. Liz thought about our equivalent here in Carter Park, Half Moon Bay, and wondered if there was something here that we as the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay, California, USA, could contribute to supporting? 

Other discussion topics the meeting touched on included: Rose discussed concerns about farmworkers getting to doctors’ appointments here on the Coastside, soccer uniforms for Moonridge youth, the mural we did on the City Hall building, safety equipment for those who need to ride bikes to work, and thinking outside the box as to how we as Rotarians can benefit our community, the Big/Little Coyotes with which former Rotarian Teresa Adam had been active which had been successful to a point, but unfortunately had rather faded away. 
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
July 21, 2022 
          
 
John Rutherford
 Mr. John Rutherford, U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Serbia, Covers Political-Military Affairs and Serbia’s regional relations.
 
 
Article by Joe Brennan
Photos by EJ Dieterle    
 
We were lucky to be able to schedule a talk by John Rutherford on his busy Home Leave between assignments. John is from Half Moon Bay, California, and attended Junipero Sera High School in San Mateo. He went on to complete undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis and graduate studies at Georgetown University. Between the two he served ias a Marine Corps F/A-18C pilot with Carrier Air Wing Nine and a White House Liaison Officer for the Secretary of the Navy before joining the Foreign Service, He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  
 
His foreign languages include Russian, Spanish, and Serbian. John and his wife Mara, who is the author of three published young adult fiction novels, have two sons, Jack (12) and Will (8). His proud mother Patti Rutherford lives in Half Moon Bay and is active in the Odd Fellows and their Grief Counseling group LOTUS (Life Opens Through Unexpected Sorrow).
 
John arrived at U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Serbia in 2018 and covers political-military affairs and Serbia’s regional relations.  John joined the Department of State in 2012, first serving as the political-economic section chief in Yekaterinburg, Russia before serving in Lima, Peru as a consular officer.  His onward assignment is the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium.  
 
In the course of describing his work, we were amazed by many things but especially his assignment to the Visa Desk in Lima where a normal day involved speaking to 50 different parties (of one, two, three four or more individuals) about their visa applications. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining a call answering service so American Citizens could always call for help and be answered by a helpful voice speaking idiomatic US English. This is to deal with the day to day problems that arise with our traveling public such as lost passports*, medical emergencies, arrests and the like. John also emphasized the importance of the social role embassies play in the host country via open houses, orientation tours and classes etc. This is pursuant to their role of depicting and explaining what America is and who Americans are.
 
John very diplomatically answered our questions. He explained that there isn’t much change when the party in charge here changes because our face to the outer world doesn’t change nor does the need to support our citizens, business community and social/cultural organizations (NGOS).
 
He was asked for a carrier story as they generate so many. His was a sobering tale of a bad take off due to engine partially malfunctioning. He did not sink into the sea off the catapult but was able to limp around and gain enough elevation to come in on landing approach when a second and unrelated failure of his hydraulic system caused him to abort the landing, eject and ditch the aircraft. He acknowledged the good luck of the outcome for him but also described that it was something they always trained for and he just followed the learned order because there is not time to deliberate in close quarters in an F-18.
 
*Steve Wilson gave a testimonial to the efficiency of the service he received after his pass port was pinched out of his front pocket in the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg.
 
And DIANNE BOBKO commented that due to Bo's responsibilities as an NASA Astronaut and since as a member of the Association of Space Explorers they have been hosted in different countries at the Ambassador's residence for receptions, dinners and other events.  They always considered it a privilege and met so many interesting Embassy staff.  He responded that those events were very important to the Embassy for many reasons.
 
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Club Information
Welcome to our Club! We meet in person at the HMB Library or join us on  Zoom. See information below.
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
HMB Library
620 Correas St
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
United States of America
Any guest who wishes to join us for our meetings at the Library or on Zoom is very welcome! Please contact President KRYSTLYN GIEDT at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the link to the Zoom meeting or more information about the in-person meeting.
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