Posted by Editor: Erik Piro
July 18,  2019
Community Service Report on Relay for Life of the Coastside
Article by:  Joe Brennan
Photos by: Joe Brennan
The meeting started off with a quick update by Kevin on the Half Moon Bay Getaway.  The message was clear, "We must cast a wide net!"
46,300 emails sent out from Ritz mailing list 
8,000 opened or 16%
540 went to Getaway and 400 reading the PDF
Dinner Tickets will be important to sell.
This is our Club's 6th year of participation. Our leaders were Kathy Montazan, Renee Lewis and Shana Reilly Pond. It was combined with Pacifica this year and labeled "Pacifica-Coastside" and held at Terra Nova High School in a grass track laid out on the outfields of their baseball diamonds.
$410 million to support the American Cancer Society and their services to patients and their families and friends. Pacifica-Coastside Goal was $150,000, we've raised $128K to date. Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay's team raised $2,075, with Erik PIro accounting for $1,075 of it! 
The team walkers were: Terry Pickle, Anita Currer, Liz Schuck, Steve Bluecircle, Mary Rogen, Erik Piro, Susan Brennan, Joe Brennan, Joe Strecker, Paul Wrubel, Rose Serdy.
The opening ceremonies were at 10am Saturday morning, highlighted by the awarding of the 1,000 Cranes strings for five special survivors. The story of the 1,000 cranes is below . The Luminaria are also a wonderful tradition lining the track at night each personalized with the name of a victim or survivor of Cancer.
The event was well organized with many facets all contributing to a good experience for the walkers, friends and families. There were hula dancers, fire pits, a Tree of Wishes, live music by the Highway 1 Band, an inflatable movie screen and a Movie at night, parking for RVs and trailers, tent camping area, food service, a ice cream truck, etc.
Recognitions were made to the following Rotarians:
Erik Piro was there all 24 hours and walked 176 laps or 22 miles! He raised $1,075!  His mom Regina visited during the afternoon and was a delight to visit with the team. Erik received the "Golden Shoe" award for most Miles, Hours and Dollars...blisters and all.
Paul Wrubel received the "Silver Shoe" award for second most miles at 75+. Paul recovered from throat cancer @ 66.
The rest of the team were recognized with PAYDAY candy bars and certificates of appreciation.
Rose rose to publicly thank Liz for "mothering" all of us via emails, snacks & encouraging words!
Donations are still being accepted and a club donation has been requested.  Please donate at the link below: 
President Ed Daniels ended the meeting with a Rotary video entitled "Our Mission" whose message is because of you we will continue the next one hundred years.
July 18, 2019 CLUB MEETING  
Article by: Mary Rogren
Photos by: (not available)
Greeters: (n/a)
Sargent at Arms – EP
Pledge of Allegiance:  John Evans 
Inspirational Thought:  EP offered opening remarks from Mother Teresa---- I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.
Guests and Visitors: 
Sean McPhetridge -  Our new Superintendent of the Cabrillo Unified School District
Mitone Griffiths reported that District Governor Sue prefers to participate in some club activity instead of just attending a meeting - so be sure to invite her to our other activities. She will attend Pumpkin Festival on Friday evening.
Joint meeting with Rotary Club of Pacifica will be on Tuesday August 20th 22019 at the Sharp Park Golf Course restaurant. Our club will be dark on Thursday August 22nd as a result.
The 60th anniversary of the chartering of Half Moon Bay as a City was recently celebrated. John Evans reported that one of the highlights was Al Azevedo, 91, speaking about it as he had drawn up the documents and guided its early development. Aldo John's wife Larkin spoke on the subject as her family was closely involved, her grandfather John Carter was the first Mayor.
Mitone announced that her card had been charged twice for club dues this month and that we all should check our accounts to be sure the error/glitch was not repeated.
Special Presentation: 
Paul Wrubel, our recent past-president, presented his President’s Club Rotarian of the Year Award to Mary Rogren for all of her work both within our club as well as in District 5150 in assuming the role of District Chair 5150 for Youth Exchange. (Mary’s role is organizing and arranging the exchanges for all incoming and outgoing students in the San Francisco area).   In Half Moon Bay, we will be sending two students out on exchange for the 2019-20 year --- Micah Warner-Carey to Belgium (in Caroline Gossart’s city (Caroline was our exchange student in 2016-17) and Aya Holcomb to Chile.    We will have two students joining us in Half Moon Bay in August, 2019,  Jade from France and Laura from Brazil.     In our District, we will also have (4) other incoming exchange students staying in Burlingame, San Mateo,  and Mill Valley – who are coming from Japan, Belgium, Chile, and Italy.   Mary also started a new short-term summer exchange program in our District.  We have a student from HMB participating in the program this summer, and we also have an exchange student in Mill Valley.
Special Note on Youth Exchange 
At the club level, Krystlyn Giedt will be transitioning into  the role as Club Youth Exchange Officer under the mentorship of John Evans, our most recent Club Youth Exchange Officer for the past 10+ years.  Thank you John for your years of service to youth exchange.
smiley Happy News 
Ed Daniels, our new President shared Rotary videos – including “We Are People of Action” and “Rotary Making a Difference” ---- These inspirational videos can be found on youtube!
Kevin O’Brien shared an update on the planned “Half Moon Bay Getaway” Golf and Fundraising event.   HMB Golf Links shared the event with its 46,000 e-mail accounts; 8,000 have opened so far and have had great click through.   Kevin has also promoted with various Rotary golf associations around California.  Erik Piro has done amazing work in setting up the HMB Getaway event on various social media sites including Linked In and Facebook.  Erik recently sent out instructions on how to connect to Linked-In to promote the event.
Robin Jeffs was very excited about watching the British Open this week – which is being held in Northern Ireland at the Royal Portrush Course.  Robin donated $50 to our small donations pot in honor of the event.   Robin says the golf course is amazing—and all golfers should visit.  An Irishman, Shane Lowry won the event.
John Evans remarked about enjoying time with Louise, our exchange student from France, who is staying with us in July.   John and Louise ran into Kevin O’Brien at Café Society recently and enjoyed reminiscing.
But John also noted some sad news – Jeffrey Wolfe, a former Rotarian who had been active in the HMB community, passed away in the prior week.
Warren Barmore shared that the annual blood drive was happening today at the IDES Hall.
Marble Draw  surprise  No winner this week....maybe next week
Our Monthly Rotary Day at the Community Free Breakfast (held at the Lutheran Church will be Wednesday, July 31.  Please sign up with Rose Serdy for a shift for future days (last Wednesday of each month.)