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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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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 JANUARY 27, 2022
 
This week’s is going to be an interesting talk by Frank Cipriano as he doesn’t do into anything half way whether it is skiing, getting a higher education or saving whales. His story is a whaling story like no other you have heard, with the possible exception of Herman Melville’s. Join our Zoom meting this Thursday at noon to learn about Wildlife Forensics, DNA and Toxic Whales. 
 
Abstract: In 2016, the trade in illegal wildlife was estimated in the neighborhood of $17bn a year, with more than 100 million plants and animals trafficked annually. Wildlife forensics is a new field that has emerged from a synthesis of conservation genetics research tools and forensic practices to meet the increasing need for investigative tools in wildlife law enforcement. One of the first uses of DNA sequencing for identification of wildlife products was the monitoring of whale products in Japan and Korea, starting in 1993. Coordinated analysis of species identity and pollutant loads in Japanese products started in 1999, revealing that levels of Total-Mercury and Methyl-Mercury in dolphin and porpoise red meat exceeded the provisional permitted levels set by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare by 22 and 18 times, respectively (Endo et al. 2004).
 
 

FRANK CIPRIANO, PhD

An evolutionary biologist and ecologist, Frank has served on the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee since 1997. In the 1990s, he developed a portable DNA testing method that he has used to identify commercial products containing endangered and threatened whale and dolphin species. Frank has been a field and laboratory course instructor, Earthwatch project leader, National Science Foundation marine biotechnology post-doc at the University of Hawaii, and conservation genetics post-doc at Harvard University. For 18 years, he was director of the Genomics/Transcriptomics Analysis Core and a molecular techniques instructor at San Francisco State University. He currently serves on the River Otter Ecology Project’s Scientific Advisory Board, is a research associate and academy fellow at the California Academy of Sciences, a research associate with Fundación Cethus in Argentina, and a member of the IUCN’s Cetacean Specialist Group. 

Agenda:
Speaker Frank Cipriano followed by Q&A
Club announcements
Personal Soapbox for you to share your good the bad and the ugly news with fellow Rotarians
Short visit to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, North Star State, Gopher State; Minnesota - known by its residents as having but two seasons: Winter and Road Construction.
Marble Drawing- Buy some early and often @ https://hmb-rotary.square.site/
Keep on Rotating, Joe Brennan
President 2021/2022 Rotary Year
 
Important Reminders 
We all need to get Live Scan fingerprinting and new training for youth activities, details to follow.
 
EVENTS       WE'VE BEEN BUSY!
Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay Community Service Projects 2021 -July to December
 

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.

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! 
 
 
 
  
 
SUPPORTING COASTSIDE HOPE'S ADOPT A FAMILY HOLIDAY PROJECT
 
Renee Lewis shopped for requested items totaling $300 for two Seniors as part of our support for the Coastside Hope Adopt A Family Holiday Project.
 
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 to all those members who help with the delivery of the bags to Coastside Hope for distribution.
 
  
Caitlen and Claudio from Coastside Hope
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News and Views
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
January 20, 2022 
          
Janice Moody
"Secrets of Successful Succulent Landscaping" 
    
Article by Susan Kealey
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
Inspirational Thought - Susan Kealey (our writer today) shared a bit of Thoreau:
 
Though I do not believe
that a plant will spring up
where no seed has been,
I have great faith in a seed. 
Convince me that you have a seed there,
and I am prepared to expect wonders. 
Henry D. Thoreau
 
 
Susan also introduced our speaker, Janice Moody. She had met Janice at the HMB Garden Club. Janice is a native and Coastsider, a Master Gardner, a garden designer and the owner of Seascapes Nursery. 
 
Her topic was “Secrets to Successful Succulent Landscaping.”
 
First, a pitch for the Master Gardener program:  Master Gardeners can be reached by phone or email (email is more effective at this time).  Their website is https://smsf-mastergardeners.ucanr.edu/. It provides a helpline in addition to other useful information. Their mission is educate backyard gardeners. 
 
What is a succulent?  It is a drought tolerant plant (water one or two times a month). It stores water in leaves, stems or roots. When watering deeply rooted drought tolerant plants, like Mexican Sage, be sure to water deeply. 
 
Succulents in landscaping:  Some of the pros—drought tolerant, year around color and interest, relatively deer and gopher resistant, usually easy to transplant and easy to propagate. Some of the cons—sensitive too cold and hail, many are sensitive to heat, they are fragile and break easily, they can rot if too moist for too long. 
 
 
  
 
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
January 13, 2022 
          
Membership - What Can We Learn From Peloton? 
PP Mitone Griffiths
    
Article by Susan Kealey
Photos by Dianne Bobko  

Mitone is a Past President (2013) of our Club and has gone on to serve at the District level. Mitone has been involved with membership at the District level for a number of years and currently serves as District 5150’s Membership Chair where she leads workshops and formulates policy to assist the District’s 46 Clubs engage, grow and maintain their memberships.

During COVID Peloton grew by two million members. In 2021 they outpaced their competitors.  Their user engagement increased by 333%!  How did this happen and could there be some gems of wisdom for Rotary in this success story?   Mitone shared with us the three key areas we should focus on—Community, Brand Experience and Influencers. 

  

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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
January 6, 2022 
          
Club Social - Kicking Off the New Year - "Getting To Know You" 
    
Article by Stacy Trevenon
 
The meeting of Jan. 6 was a virtual one, and President Joe set the tone with greetings sent earlier on Jan. 4 via our website via Club Runner: “Welcome to 2022 and the renewal of our hopes and dreams for a better world! Our first meeting this Thursday the 6th will be a Zoom Social with the title of, “Is It the Truth?”
 
The notice continued: “I am asking all attendees to be prepared to tell us three facts about themselves; two factual and one fabricated. We will then try to identify the red herring. This is an ice-breaker game called ‘two truths and a lie’ which can be both fun and revealing. Please don’t be shy and be prepared to stump your club mates.” Oh boy, did they ever. Manning the virtual controls, Joe said he would compile the results by percentage and share them that way. 
 
But first, Joe gave a brief recap of club business and a look ahead. The first board meeting of the year was held Monday, Jan. 3, and at it a consensus was reached to hold off club meetings in person for another month due to the prevailing uncertainties around Covid. Ginger reported that three new Little Libraries were installed in Frenchman’s Creek, and all survived the rain with only a little damage. Plans are coming together for our club’s joint dinner with the clubs of Pacifica and Millbrae, with a date set for Feb. 11 at the senior center in Half Moon Bay. Candidates are being sought for board directors in Membership, Community Service and Youth Service, in Krystlyn’s year. Club members were urged to sign up for Every Rotarian Every Year,  to put our club in the running for the Best Club award. In his Social Meeting announcement, Joe asked that members “please step up to make our club thrive; Service Above Self!” 
 
A look ahead: the club’s Jan. 13 meeting will feature a presentation on Membership led by Mitone Griffiths, District 5150 Membership Chair; and the Jan. 20 meeting will feature a botanical presentation by Janis Moody, who will be introduced by Susan Kealey.
 
What followed was the game at the heart of the social: President Joe went down the list of Rotarians present and asked each to list two truths and a lie. It was set up so that the poll format would appear on everyone’s computer screen. Each member would list three facts about themselves – two that were true, and one that was a fib – and then members were asked to “vote” by indicating the fact they thought was the lie. President Joe compiled the results by percentages, and then the Rotarian on the hot seat was to reveal which fact was the fib – all the while, bearing in mind the Four-Way Test.
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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 Joe Brennan at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the invitation to the Zoom meeting.
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