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Special Meeting, Thursday September 24, with Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay, New Zealand
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to join in with members of our Club and those from from the Rotary Club of HMB, Auckland, New Zealand.  Here is a link to their website https://rotaryhalfmoonbay.club where you can learn about what they do and be ready to interact this Thursday.  Note that we will gather at 12:15 p.m., and the meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. (this week only) in order to better sync the two time zones. 
 
The picture below may look like it is our Yacht Club on the Coastside, but no, it is the banner photo from the New Zealand Club's website.  What fun to be able to connect half way across the world!
 
Look for Mary's email with the link to our joint Zoom meeting.
 
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
September 10,  2020
 
Micah Warner-Carey
HMB Rotary Exchange Student to Belgium
Transformational 7 Months
  
   
Article by Susan Kealey
Photos by Dianne Bobko

Our speaker this week was Micah Warner-Carey telling us about his year in the Rotary Youth Exchange Experience in La Louviere, Belgium (hometown of Caroline Gossart, former Rotary Exchange Student to our club and now an Honorary Member). 

Micah started by showing us his blazer which is twenty pounds heavier!  We were treated to a geography lesson on Belgium—Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia, oh my!  Actually the geography lesson helped when we got to the culture portion of the program. 

           

 

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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
September 3,  2020
 
Author Sanja Kulenovic
The Siege of Sarajevo: One Family's Story of Separation, Struggle and Strength  
   
Article by Stacy Trevenon
 
President Mary Rogren introduced the speaker, Russian-born Bosnian, now American citizen and author Sanja Kulenovic. When the Bosnian War broke out. Sanja had spent a year (1983-84) as an AFS high school exchange student in Pasadena, and in the 1990s, she and her husband became refugees while on their honeymoon in the U.S. In Sanja's presentation she spoke of how her parents and family lived somewhat isolated from the world in Sarajevo. Over 1,425 days the couple established a new life in the U.S. while trying to re-connect with family and friends. Sanja's experiences went into her book The Siege of Sarajevo: One Family's Story of Separation, Struggle and Strength.

Sanja spoke of Sarajevo's capital city, Bosnia, as a place of tolerance, where religious and ethnic groups had once lived in harmony, and of letters she had that were written to her by friends and family during the siege. Reading over them years later, she said, "I discovered I had a job to do," as she told her own daughters, feeling that her experience gave her something to teach them.  So she organized the letters and had them translated, integrating them into her own life and into the book, along with the voices of the people of Sarajevo.
She described her book as a book about war, about suffering and degradation, but she hastened to add  that it is also a book about life under siege, and "how people created life out of unimaginable misery." People were getting killed, she said, but there were also concerts, comedy shows, schools continuing in basements, opera rehearsals, even birthday celebrations and a beauty pageant. War diet had its advantages too, she noted wryly -- such as, it wasn't very high in cholesterol.

She recalled her father with his newspaper, translating the stories into the local language. Away from the basement, she said, life could quickly be over, so she began instead to think in terms of long-term projects. "Something to live for, and fight for, is always there," she said. "You just have to find it."
 
       
       
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
August 27,  2020
 
Visit with 5150 DG Mary Bates
                                     
     
Article by Steve Wilson
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
Rick Chinn then introduced Mary Bates.  Mary is a member of the Foster City Club.  She has a long background of community service, including a term as President of the Bay Area's Red Cross Chapter and directorship of Hillbarn Theater.  Mary has had a pivotal role in establishment and growth of Foster City's "Village" movement, the same organization as we have here on the Coast. (Editor's Note: Our Club's Service Above Self Award recipient in 2015 was the late Judy Macias who started the Village of the Coastside.) 
 
Mary has a degree in Public Administration from SF State and has held administrative positions in South San Francisco and Millbrae as well as Foster City.  She participated in Rotary's H2Open Doors program last year.  She has four grown daughters.
 
Mary's theme built from a foundational message of self-care (particularly now) based on the triad of sleep, food and exercise and took the analogy over to Rotary, addressing the triad of Rotary's brand, the wheel, commitment to building membership and the importance of the Rotary Foundation. As part of this, she told a moving story about a young man she had met named Victor, who credited Rotary members with providing him love, guidance and inspiration for life success by being foster parents. As years passed, he became a participant in RYE and then the Global Scholar program.  As the result of Mary meeting him, Victor has given inspiring stories about his own life to Rotary leadership training groups in different parts of the country. 
                                                            
 
Mary is deploying her Governor's Budget in some new ways.  During her term, the district dues for new members will be waived (paid from Governor's Budget) for her term.  The first $1,000 of the cost to establish a new club will be paid from her budget. Also, Paul Harris points based on paid-in or earned credit will be matched up to a particular level.
 
  
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
August 20  2020
 
Patrick Tierney  
Colorado's Yampa River
     
Article by Joe Brennan
Screen Shots by Dianne Bobko
 
Dave Dickson Introduced his Miramar neighbor Patrick Tierney With whom he has kayaked locally and rafted some rivers. Patrick teaches recreation and resource management at San Francisco State Universify. HE has also been an Adventure Travel Guide to Africa, Galapagos and more exciting destinations.  Patrick wrote the book, Colorado's Yampa River, Free Flowing and Wild from the Flat Tops to The Colorado. A beautiful 45 page coffee table format book.
 
The Yampa is in north west Colorado flowing wild every which way to its confluence with the Green River at Dinosaur National Park. It provides 65% of the Green River’s peak flow, 20% of the Colorado’s and 13% of the annual flow into Lake Powell. It has bee flowing for half a Billion years through the land of the Ute Indians. It is quite a remote area, so much so that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid out there successfully.
 
  
                                     
 
 
SPEAKERS, PROGRAMS and EVENTS
Next Meeting  
Thursday, September 24 Joint Meeting with Half Moon Bay --- NEW ZEALAND!!!!  Gather at 12:15 p.m. with meeting starting at 12:30 p.m. (not the usual 12:00.)
 
Thursday, October 1 
China in the 21st Century - What I Learned Living and Working in China.
Philip Chapnick is a happily retired former senior executive for Informa, a Global Business Media  company currently among the largest trade show and exhibition companies in the world. Retired in 2016, his last six years were spent as the company’s most senior executive in China. At that time China accounted for roughly 30% of the company’s annual revenues and a significant share of its profits.
 
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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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 Mary Rogren at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the invitation to the Zoom meeting.
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