WE ARE ROTARY - 
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
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  
 
 
Welcome Club President Mary Rogren - 2020-21!
 
The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay welcomes Mary Rogren, as our new President. Mary currently serves as the General Manager for the Coastside County Water District in Half Moon Bay.  Mary’s background is Finance/Administration. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and has served in numerous Vice President Finance and Operations roles throughout her career.  Mary joined Rotary in 2016 after making a personal career change that allowed her to become more active with her local community.  In addition to serving as the Club’s Youth Services Director, Mary assumed District 5150’s Rotary Youth Exchange Chair from 2018-2020 for the San Francisco Area.  Mary and her husband Phil are 30-year residents of Half Moon Bay and are parents to two sons.
A Message from Mary
 Welcome to the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay!
Rotary's 2020-2021 theme is Rotary Opens Opportunities, and more than ever, our community needs passionate volunteers to open doors to new opportunities to those struggling in our community during this historical pandemic by providing hope and being of service. Rotarians bring people together; we do the hard work; and we solve problems.  
 
The beauty about Rotary is . . . if you have an idea about how to help others and are passionate, Rotary has the infrastructure to help make your vision happen . . . We are People of Action.
 
Early in the pandemic, our club raised $11,000 (in one week) for the Coastside Crisis Fund.  Our members also regularly provide assistance to:
  • Abundant Grace
  • Coastside Hope 
  • Senior Coastsiders
  • Table of Plenty
  • Our local schools (including distributing dictionaries to 3rd graders)
  • Beach Cleanups, etc.
To learn more about Rotary and how you can help, contact  hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com
 
Best,
Mary Rogren
Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay President 2020-2021
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News and Views
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
July 22  2020
 
Annual Joint Mtg. with Pacifica Club
 Speaker US Representative Jackie Speier
 
 
Article by Joe Brennan
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
Congresswoman Spier came on on time from her apartment in Washington. She was gracious in her manner and genuinely pleased to be speaking to us, her constituents, on the Coast, as she has been in person.
 
She opened with the local Covid Stastics in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay and gave some general information as an update. She spoke strongly against the use of unidentified federal officers to harass and intimidate people in Democratic Cities, a blatant political electoral move on POTUS’ part. She said she herself would be on the street protesting if this were to be visited on San Francisco. 
 
She was asked what else is happening in the House besides Covid and Protests. She enumerated a number of concerns they had been absorbed by recently and  a long list of some of the bills passed in this session that have had no action in the Senate, and then, specifically for the last two days they have been working on the reauthorization of the annual military reauthorization. Immigration issues were also addressed but without specifics.
 
She mentioned the extension of the Covid relief for citizens and businesses, mentioning the extension of the $600/week relief benefit for unemployment recipients.
She reminded us that the small business aid package still had over a billion dollars available and applications wouldn’t close until August 8th. These grants, which will be forgiven, can be use for salaries, rent and utilities.
 
Club members were very appreciative that she would take time to join our meeting during this extremely busy and difficult time.
    
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
July 16  2020
 
Judith Guerrero, Executive Director
 of Coastside Hope
 
Article by Steve Wilson
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
Today's speaker was Judith Guerrero, Executive Director of Coastside Hope.  Judith presented a bright picture of the quality and range of services that Coastside Hope has been providing this year.  The organization has displayed considerable flexibility in adapting programs to meet Covid-driven challenges.  The biggest change over the past year has been the increases in food distribution, where Second Harvest Food Bank is its major source.  Over a given two week period, over 300 households were served by it's food programs.  This doubles the level of service over same period last year. April and May were the two months of highest demand with some reduction in June.  The agency also provides utilities payment assistance, crisis rent assistance and outright financial assistance at $500 / household for families not eligible for federal assistance during pandemic.  The financial assistance programs are for the most part funded by the county of San Mateo. Also, there is a diaper program.  Part of the food distribution programs is a twice monthly food program for seniors serving 147 households.  This is distributed in pre-packed boxes prepared by Second Harvest.  2019 full year totals for persons served were 1,400 households and 3,000 persons.
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
July 9  2020
 
"The State of the City of HMB in a COVID 19 World”
Bob Nesbit, HMB City Manager
(President Mary Rogren's First Meeting)
Article by Susan Kealey
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
“The State of the City of HMB in a COVID 19 World”, Bob Nisbet, HMB City Manager

Bob joined the City in late 2018. He has served as Assistant General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District, Public Works Director for the City of Carpinteria and Director of General Services for the County of Santa Barbara. 

Regarding beach clean up—the city has some good partnerships. Veronica at City Hall would be s good resource for us. The City is considering setting up an app, may develop a competition and could, perhaps, provide tools. A survey was done in January called “Join the conversation “, it is on the city website, www.hmbcity.com/jointheconversation.

COVID 19 Response—Staff was sent home and has been working remotely. They are slowly allowing staff to return. The City is open for business and doing 95% of services remotely. For Public Works it is business as usual. The City has also been working on virtual recreation, food delivery there is a blueprint drop off box, a Mayor’s message goes out weekly in addition to enews blasts. There is a “Waves of Strength” art contest. City Council meetings are conducted on Zoom with public input. 

To read more from Mr. Nesbit's presentation and President Mary's 1st meeting, click on "Read more"

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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
June 25,  2020
 
Debunking and Celebrating
President Ed Daniels, 2019-20
 
 
Article by Bill Johnston
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
There was a record Zoom turn out for the ultimate meeting of Ed Daniel' s presidency. Special guests included District 5150 Assistant Governor Rick Chinn, our wonderful exchange student from France, Jade Casiez, our club accountant, Dolores, Pat Roma who we haven't seen since forever and past President Bonnie. Also we were delighted to see Steve and Kathy Wilson who report that they are well on their way toward recovering from coronavirus.

President Ed announced that the Half Moon Bay Rotary club had received awards at the district conference for club administration, youth service and public image. He also reported that we had received thank you messages, including one from the Half Moon Bay Veterinary Hospital as well as from other organizations,  expressing gratitude for the the See's candy that we delivered to those who provide essential services during this pandemic. Acknowledgment was also given to Mitone as our computer zoom whiz. President elect Mary announced that the Half Moon Bay Fourth Of July parade is going to be virtual and she would like to put together a video presentation sometime in the next 3 days and so she is looking for help.

Our President-elect commenced the debunking by pointing out that according to Webster's, debunking in this context refers to exposing Ed's presidency as a "sham". (Of course she claimed she was just kidding). Because of the pandemic restrictions, instead of the usual seat-of-the-pants skit, this year we were treated to a cinematic extravaganza featuring a cast of what were clearly very professional actors and, of course, written, produced, directed and starring the incredibly talented Kevin O'Brien. (You know, of course, that this last sentence is what Kevin told me to write). Hopefully, the entire epic production will be posted on this website and you can determine for yourself whether it is worthy of the award nominations it is almost certainly not likely to receive. This was an interactive production depicting the prosecution of President Ed and at the conclusion the audience unanimously voted to convict.
SPEAKERS, PROGRAMS and EVENTS
Next Meeting
Thursday, August 6  - Aya Holcomb – 2019/2020 Youth Exchange Student
 from Half Moon Bay to Chile will share a presentation and pictures of her experiences in Chile during the good times and the COVID times.
Please join us for a wonderful reunion with Aya Holcomb.
Aya, a top student at HMBHS graduated in June 2019 and deferred her college acceptances to explore the world.  Aya left for Chile in August 2019 on a wonderful adventure for a  school year in Chile as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student - and returned in early June 2020 amid the COVID crisis.  Aya will share a powerpoint and pictures of her experiences in Chile and her wonderful memories.
 
Aya's parents will also be joining us -- and by the way, they hosted Laura from Brazil for the entire year and +++ (given COVID) 
 
Pres. Mary will send out a link to our Zoom meeting each week. 
Watch for it in your email and pass it on to any guests you want to invite.
 
Thursday, August 13 –  Annual CISD New Teacher's  Welcome 
This meeting will be our annual welcome for the new teachers in our district in a new format on Zoom. A great way to meet them and visit with Superintendent Sean McPhetridge, Ed.D as well.  Don't miss it, we have some special things planned for the meeting.  
 
 
Thursday, August 20– Pat Tierney – author of Colorado’s Yampa River 
Patrick Tierney has been a professional rafting guide and outdoor educator on the Yampa River for 39 years. It started in 1976 when he was a kayak-based ranger for the National Park Service on the Green and Yampa Rivers in Dinosaur National Monument (DNM). His master’s thesis was on boater impacts to the river corridors of the Green and Yampa Rivers in DNM. Pat and his wife Robin owned and operated Adrift Adventures for 25 years and ran commercial 1-5 day rafting and kayaking trips on the Yampa and six other rivers. Their company was nominated for a Conde Nast Traveler International Ecotourism Award. Currently he is a professor of recreation, parks and tourism at San Francisco State University. Pat is a co-author of four books and over 30 articles, including one titled Wild and Scenic Rivers; Safeguarding Those That Remain. Pat was actively involved in the successful effort, and testified before the U.S. Senate, to designate Colorado's Cache la Poudre River as a National Wild and Scenic River.
 
Thursday, August 27 – District 5150 Governor Mary Bates will join us as she introduces the new Rotary year!
 
Mary Bates, our District 5150 District Governor, will share her vision for our pandemic Rotary year. 
 
Mary has served Rotary in numerous leadership positions including Foster City Rotary Club President and Endowment and Foundation Chair, Charter Rotaract Advisor, Foreign Exchange Student Counselor, District Community Services Chair, Assistant Governor, Special Events and Conference Chair. Mary is currently serving as the “first” Executive Director of the Foster City Village, Inc. since December 2017. 
 
Thursday, September 3 – Sanja Kulenovic, author of The Siege of Sarajevo 
 
The Siege of Sarajevo book, a story on separation, struggle and strength. Together with her husband, back in 1992, they were celebrating their honeymoon in Pasadena, California, when they turned on CNN to discover that their hometown, Sarajevo, was being devastated by bombing.  Sanja Kulenovic is a Russian-born Bosnian, now an American citizen, who has called Southern California home since the early 1990s, when she was stranded due to the Bosnian War. She studied economics and English language and literature at the University of Sarajevo, where several of her essays and short stories appeared in the university’s magazine. In 1993, she presented a speech at a United Nations-sponsored event for Bosnian women and children. Since then, Sanja has earned a master’s degree in economics and has been working as a financial analyst for an engineering corporation that helped rebuild Bosnia’s infrastructure after the war. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.    One special note – Sanja first came to the U.S. as a youth exchange student in high school – and was visiting her exchange family in Pasadena on her honeymoon in 1992 . . .
 
Remember: Virtual Meetings each week online from: Now Until Further Notice.  
In addition for those who cannot participate, send your news and pictures to Dianne to add into the weekly FogHorn so we can stay in touch.
Look for her email messages and just respond directly to her.
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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 Mary Rogren at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the invitation to the Zoom meeting.
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