Posted by Editor: FDBobko
July 1, 2021 
President Joe Brennan
First Meeting as President
Article by Susan Kealey
Photos by Dianne Bobko

Happy New Rotary New Year! 



Joe started his first meeting off with John Evans leading us in the Pledge and Warren sharing some excerpts from the Bill of Rights and the  Constitution. He also shared the following from Milton Friedman:  

“The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.”

We had no guests and got right down to business. Joe reminded us that this year’s Rotary theme is “Serve to Change Lives”. Danielle Lallement is our District Governor. She is part of a  USF Strategic Nursing Group working on COVID.  Rotary International has s new area of focus this year, “Protecting the Environment”.   

This year’s officers and directors are:  

Club Executives and Directors


Joe Brennan

President Elect

Krystlyn Giedt

Immediate Past President

Mary Rogren

Acting Treasurer

Mary Rogren


David Dickson

Membership Director

Ginger Child-Minoletti

International Service Director

Stacy Trevenon

Public Image Director

Liz Schuck

Club Service Director

Warren Barmore

Community Service Director

Rose Serdy

Youth Service Director

Krystlyn Giedt

Dianne will continue as the Chair of the Club Foundation and also as the Chair of the Club Foundation Investment Committee. Paul is the Chair of the Rotary International Foundation Committee. He will promote “Every Rotarian, Every Year” (ERAY) and reminded us that our donations accrue and can come back to us in District Grants. 

There will be more on the distinction between the Club Foundation vs. Rotary International’s Foundation. During the early 2000’s our club established our own foundation, a 501c3, Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay Foundation. Donations to the Club Foundation are tax deductible. 

Quiz:  The quiz is back and it will focus on the 50 states. Joe started with Wyoming—the “Equality State” because it was the first state to give the vote to women in 1869. Wyoming’s National Park is Yellowstone, established March 1, 1872 by Ulysses Grant. The name Wyoming came from the 1865 Continental Divide Resolution, names after Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. Wyoming is the Indian word for big flat river. Joe will be going alphabetically…so, one could study up…just sayin’

Mitone was congratulated on her new position as District Membership Chair. 

Joe's Plans:

Expect a shoptalk from Joe “when needed”. 

Joe would like to focus on literacy, probably partnering with the Library and Big Lift. 

We will begin meeting at the Library in August or September, and we will experiment with hybrid meetings. 

Planned Events:

Polio Event—October 24 is Jonas Salk’s Birthday. We will cruise aboard the Potomac, box lunch and two hours of fun. This will be a fundraiser. The District is having a run that day. 

A trip to Mexico is in the planning stages for mid March 2022. 

A Joint meeting with Pacifica and Millbrae is in the planning stage. 

50th Anniversary Dinner!  

The Fundraising Rally planning continues. Joe and John participated in the Lions Club rally recently to gather intel. (I’m trying to imagine tall guy Joe squeezing into John’s vintage Porsche). 

We will participate in the parade with signs highlighting our projects. 

Community Service Activities Announcements


Ginger is seeking lunch volunteers, look for the sign up email. 

Mary needs help with the Coastside Hope packages. 

Blood Drive—Joe sent us an email with sign up info. 

Live Scans—needed for working with youth. Can currently be done at the Moss Beach Sheriff’s office. Joe will look into this further.  The Chamber is in the process of becoming able to offer this. This will need to be done even if you’ve done it before. Expect to see more info on this topic. 


Next Week's Meeting Speaker: Max Schrogin 

From Max, “I was born  in 1947 in Los Angeles, I left in 1964 to study at U.C. Berkeley, where I attained degrees in Comparative Literature and Architecture

My work to earn money began as a construction manager and estimator, then morphed serendipitously into real estate syndication. That is:  I fool my friends into giving me their hard-earned money, form LLC’s and LP’s to buy real estate, and pay them dividends. My current company is named MaxiManagement.

I have served on the Boards of BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action, a “faith-based” community-organizing federation), and on the Boards of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, YEAH!, a local homeless shelter, on the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Committee, and then as President of the Berkeley Rotary.  As a Rotarian, I was made head of my club’s Peace Committee.  I joined Mediators Beyond Borders, learned mediation, and I am now doing comparable work through the organizations Courageous Conversations, Living-room Conversations, and Braver Angels. In the time that I have remaining, I try to bicycle, do yoga, sing, and travel.” 

Marble Draw  sad surprise  Joe pulled a green marble. But before that he showed the white marble and put it in the bag just to assure everyone that there is a white marble in the bag.