WE ARE ROTARY - 
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We Invite You To Join Our Club
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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Rotary International's Campaign to End Polio Now
 
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SUNDAY OCTOBER 31st
Hosted by Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay 
 
We had a wonderful Bay Cruise on the Potomac Sunday to benefit our Club’s Community Projects and the End Polio Campaign. We cannot say it came off without a hitch because delaying it a week qualifies as a hitch. International Polio Day and Jonas Salk’s Birthday, October 24th, set rainfall records throughout the Bay Area so the Cruise was contra indicated for its originally planned date. The weather was fine for the postponed Cruise on Halloween and a good time was had by all. 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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Speakers, Programs, and Events
Our Next Meeting is November 18, 2021 -  Speaker will be Alan Frumkin - "Service Above Self - What's In It for Me" 
 
A member and past president of the Rotary Club of San Ramon, Al's Rotary involvement includes his year of service as Governor of District 5160 (1993-94), Zone Institute Chair (1998) G.E.T.S. Chair (1999) and instructor, G.N.A.T.S. Chair (2000) and instructor (ten years), Representative of the President Rotary International (20 times, including two Districts in India) and he has served as the Zone 23 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, (2001-3). Al has been a presenter/speaker at all levels - Club, District, Zone and International, including District assemblies, P.E.T.S. and international institutes and Conventions. Al was awarded the Citation for Meritorious Service in 2000, and Al has been named as the most Distinguished Past District Governor for Zone 23 in the years 2001-2. In 2007-8 Al received the Distinguished Service Award and has received special recognition from the Rotary Foundation for raising over 19 million dollars.
 
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.
 
EVENTS.       WE'VE BEEN BUSY!'
 
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 November: Ginger, Rose, Dianne, Steve/Kathy, Stacy/Doug, Joe, Teresa,  Liz/Teri, and EJ.  Below is a ABCW staff member at the newly refurbished Coastside Development Center accepting the lunches from one of our members.
 
                                                                          
 
 
"End of Summer" Live Gathering at Abundant Grace Coastside Worker
 
    
Eric DeBode, he of Abundant Grace, graciously hosted our outdoor Social Meeting. We met in the recently completed back patio of their facility on Kelly Avenue that we helped build.
 
Attending were Ralph and Christine Ely, Ed Daniels, Sean McPhetridge, Heather Bodmann, Rose Serdy, Stacy and Doug Trevenon, Paul Wrubel, Ginger Minoletti, Mary Rogren, John and Larkin Evans, Joe Brennan, Dave Andrews, Patricia Roma, Bill Johnston, and Kevin O’Brien.
 
We assembled at 6 p.m. as the sun was nearing the horizon lending a rich warm yellow/orange light to the scene of Rotarians reuniting in person after so many Zoom meetings.
 
President Joe Brennan welcomed everyone and thanked Abundant Grace for the use of the wonderfully transformed venue. Then he bid the group to serve themselves before things got cold. The theme of the food offerings was “Good Bye to Summer”, and there was abundant choice and quantity for all.
 
We wore our badges and felt a familiarity we had been missing, especially with the wringing of the Bell. The evening slipped  by in conversation, camaraderie and food fellowship. No official business was conducted, but much hay was made while the sun set. It was generally agreed that we do this again soon. We adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
 
 
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.)
 
Twice-weekly lunches for Abundant Grace Coastside Worker
Individual members are still stepping up to provide lunches for those being supported at Abundant Grace every Tuesday and Thursday. Those signed up for November are Ginger, Rose, Dianne, Steve/Kathy, Stacy/Doug, Joe, Teresa, Rosi (Liz and Teri delivering), and EJ.
 
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
 
 
 
 
LITTLE LIBRARIES UPDATE
 
Awhile back 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. 
 
We have recently 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.     
 
 
 
 
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News and Views
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day
          
Patrick Hall
Veteran and President of the Rotary Club of Pacifica
  
Article by Susan Kealey      
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 

“The History of Veterans Day and What it Means to Me” — Patrick Hall is the current President of the Pacifica Club, he is also Past President of that club, 2004. Patrick was an Air Force pilot during the Viet Nam war and is an attorney. 

In 1919 Armistice Day was established the 11th hour on the 11th day in the 11th month, it was a State and Federal holiday. It was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. In 1968 it was changed to the 4th Monday in November. President Ford changed it back to November 11. France, Britain and Canada have similar holidays. 

Regarding the significance of the red poppies, The Flower of Remembrance:  “In Flanders Fields” was the poem written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada's First Brigade Artillery. It expressed McCrae's grief over the "row on row" of graves of soldiers who had died on Flanders' battlefields, located in a region of western Belgium and northern France. The poem presented a striking image of the bright red flowers blooming among the rows of white crosses and became a rallying cry to all who fought in the First World War. 

Patrick graduated from Santa Clara where ROTC was mandatory. Upon graduation, he volunteered for the Air Force and went in as a Second Lieutenant in 1969. Prior to joining up, he had an epiphany while at a concert—realizing that his friend was engaged in battle at that time. As a result, he volunteered for pilot training, a one year course which included a four commitment. He considered making a career out of the military and remained in for six years. He flew refueling planes and did three 90 day tours in Southeast Asia. He also flew DC3s to carry intel officers for a year in Viet Nam. He met his wife, Marilyn, when he got back—she is from Belgium. Patrick is proud that our country reconciles with former enemies. 

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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
November 4, 2021 
          
Club Social at Old Train Depot
 
 
 
Article  and Photos by Stacy Trevenon  
 
Club Meeting - November 4 , 2021
 
This meeting was a potluck social held at the old train depot just south of Half Moon Bay, at 110 Higgins Canyon Road. Club President Joe Brennan suggested an autumnal theme, which meant a selection of hearty dishes that included meatballs in tomato sauce, fried polenta with mushrooms, cheese and chicken casserole, cider braised chicken with leeks, cheesecake, pastries and more. Yum!
 
 
The roughly 15 attendees included guests Shari Teresi, Past President of the Rotary Club of Millbrae (2019-2020), who had been served previously as an assistant governor. During her year she served Half Moon Bay. Other guests included Shari’s friend Janet Collins, who is the sister of Bill Berry, Pat Roma’s significant other, Joaquin Jimenez who will soon be inducted into the Rotary club of Half Moon Bay (and who brought the pastries), and Stacy Trevenon’s husband Doug Mallon.
 
After some fellowship among attendees, President Joe called the meeting to order by rapping on a bottle and introducing the guests. When Shari was introduced she spoke of how in her presidential year she included regular race-to-end-polio updates to her club, a treasure hunt which brought fun to club members following the clues, and naming Super Rotarians among the members. 
 
A black-tie-optional Foundation dinner is planned Nov. 20 at the Green Hills Country Club.
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
October 28, 2021 
          
Norbu Tenzing
VP, American Himalayan Foundation
 
  
Article by Stacy Trevenon       
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
 President Joe  introduced the day’s speaker, Norbu Tenzing, whom he had known for some 40 years and whom he described as a good friend. In an email sent to the club, Joe had explained that Norbu Tenzing is Vice President of the American Himalayan Foundation, where he had spent years fundraising and overseeing projects and programs that take care of the people who live in that Himalayan area. The American Himalayan Foundation (AHF) is based in San Francisco, and its programs include STOP Girl Trafficking, education, health care, Sherpas and Everest, Cultural Revival and Protecting Tigers. 

Norbu grew up in Darjeeling, and got his college education in New England. Joe met him in 1976 when Joe was co-leading a trip with Norbu’s father, Tenzing Norgay, (known for having summitted Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953.) They trekked above Darjeeling and toured through Bhutan. Joe recalled Norbu’s family, mentioning a grandfather who came from near the Tibetan border. The world is smaller now than it was then, he noted.
Norbu’s father had  been involved in early attempts to scale Everest (height: 29,035 feet above sea level, making it the highest point on Earth), and Darjeeling was a staging point for that trip. Tenzing Norgay had made six attempts to climb Everest before succeeding on May 29, 1953. At the time, Norbu said, Everest was seen as a part of Earth that rises up close to the moon, and climbing it meant dangers and deprivation. But that climb is easier now, he said, with practices like food delivered to camping sites. There has always been a powerful comradeship among climbers, and back then scaling Everest meant accomplishing something that had never been done before. Today, he said, that climb, open to the public, plays a major role in the area’s tourism-based economy.
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Upcoming Events
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 Joe Brennan at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the invitation to the Zoom meeting.
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