Friday, August 19, 2011

Pippin Longstocking

Rotary Club of Watsonville Pippin Newsletter for August 18, 2011.


August 24 Sean Hayes: National Marine Fisheries Service. Detective
Jon Chown
August 25 San Jose Giants game?
August 31 Club Dark. Watsonville Wetlands Watch tour. PVHS.
Detective Rob Allen. Understand lunch will be some sort of migratory
bird.
September 7 Paul Harris Fellowships. Detective Kathleen King
September 12 Club Lewisburger Meeting at Fairgrounds. Katie Bannister
is Chief Cook. See you shift cashier for your parking pass and ticket.
September 14 Club Dark due to County Fair. Peter Barr cooks 3-7pm if
it is an exceptional burger you need.
September 19 Respect for the Aged Day.
September 21 District Governor. Arley Marley. Detective Gil Courtney
September 28 New and Old Members Introduction. Detective Terry Medina
October 5 Detective Rocky Franich
October 12 Mine and Marty
October 19 Billy Bob Gupta: Twelve Steps Forward and Unlimited Steps
Back to Rotary Enlightenment.
October 26 Ron Kinninger. Seminary Bird Calls.
October 27 Avenues of Service. Doubletree. San Jose.
November 2 Little Richard. Songs from Purgatory.
November 9 Veterans Day Program.
November 16 Ed Murray: Father Knows Best.
November 23 Day Before Thanksgiving. Probably Dark.
November 30 Richard Otto. How Pay Day Loans Changed my Life..
December 7 Alysha Rashad. Loose Lips Lead to Tight Ends.
December 14 Alduos Huxley III. Writing out of Habit.
December 21 Christmas Dark.
December 28 Between Holidays darkness.
February 8 Speech Contest (tentative)
February 29 Mike Wallace: Ben Franklin, The Quintessential American.
March 2-4 Far West PETS.
March 28 Vocational Day. (tentative)
May 6-9 Rotary International Convention. Bangkok, Thailand.
May 30 District Tennis Conference.
June 1 District Golf Tourament.
June 1-3 District Conference. Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe.
June 6 Peru Night (tentative)
June 13 Cabrillo Summer Stage. (tentative)
June 27 Debunking.


Nearby Make-ups: Monday Bishopdale-Burnside Papanui RSA Cnr NZ 6pm.
Scotts Valley: Monday 12:15 at Hilton; Freedom: Tuesday Santa Cruz
Sunrise 07:15 at De Laveaga Golf Club. Watsonville High School
Interact Club:12:34 in the Library Freedom 12:15 at California Grill;
San Lorenzo Valley: Wednesday 07:15 at Mt Herman Conference Center;
Capitola-Aptos: Thursday 12:15 at Seascape Golf Club; Santa Cruz:
Friday 07:00 12:15 at Santa Cruz Elks Lodge…Castroville

Under recent new RI guidelines, club board meetings need to be held at
a different location each month. Last month's meeting was hosted by
Union Bank and next month will be Hutchinson and Bloodgood. Board
members and other interested parties need to go to the club web site
for clues as to where the October event will be conducted. President
Miljanich wants the search to be like a treasure hunt with prizes,
cookies and sodas for all that can find the meeting. Agendas are now
secret too so you got to be there.

Freedom Rotary is now meeting at the California Grill at 1970 Freedom
Boulevard.

Guests: No student guests, no regular guests and no visiting
Rotarians. President Miljanich also noted the dining tables keep
moving further away from the podium. Breath mints? The tinklers and
singers still welcomed all within earshot…Nice to see Larry back…

Operations: Get your checks in for New Zealand earthquake relief.
Made out to Rotary Foundation…Katie Bannister has marching orders from
Mike Salewske and is trying to get out parking passes and fair tickets
for each crew to their cashier…Mine and Marty is once again very
generously sponsored by Union Bank. Thanks Sahin. Monies raised will
go to five local charities…CASA, Watsonville PAL, Jacob's Heart, Papas,
Watsonville High School Athletics and RI Foundation.

Random Notes…BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER Broken Sticks…Not sure even a tired
lion could sleep after hearing our version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

Detecting…Car sales are down but Al Greeninger's detective income is
up…Watsonville High School class of 1941 members Gene Friend, Ralph
Miljanich's dad and drop out Hal Hyde (special senior socks) all
contributed…Celia Organista has that photo quality smile…3 families
have been found to host our exchange student thanks to Carol Turley's
efforts…Don't ask Melvin Cooper how much a fine is worth to him in the
midst of the debt crisis. Not much…Ciao Venezia Richard Otto…Tony
Valencia was unable to find a steak at the Elks last week noon…Union
Bank and Sahin Gunsel are happy to host our board with or without loan
apps in hand…Lewisburger assignments are subject to unlimited change
orders as per Coach Lewis…Gil Courtney and Grio are not sure when to
show up…Katie Gallegos has asked if we can take online steak orders at
next years BBQ…Susan Olsen has 50 years of service with the Sisters of
Notre Dame and Watsonville has been the beneficiary of that
commitment…Ron and Gingi Kinninger drove all over Northern California
for their anniversary…John Kiley has a hall pass for a few days while
Jackie is in Asheville, NC. Look homeward if you dare…Butter Chopping
101 may be on dental school curriculum if Art and Joanne Hayashi have a
say…John Kane admired the efforts of butter cutters and all other
volunteers at the BBQ…Is that a holiday or Christmas tie
Ralph?...Successful Strawberry Festivals are worth $10 according to
Carlos Palacios.


Programmable…Ron Kinninger, Manny Solano, Stuart Kitayama, Celia
Organista and Murry Scheckman formed a Rotary Human Resources Committee
and got all present certified as Youth Protective Officers. This Blue
Ribbon panel (Ron's term, not this author) took a half hour to tell us
most things harassing and abusive are common sense. President Ralph
repeated the scare tactics of charter pulling for clubs that do not get
this training. So simple yet so many problems?

Homework was to read pages 13,14,15,16 and 17. See Watsonville Police
Department and/or PVUSD for Life Scans.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pipp

Rotary Club of Watsonville Pippin Newsletter for August 9, 2011.


August 3 Denise York, PG&E: Smart Meters and New Business Rates.
Detective Carol Turley
August 6 Watsonville Strawberry Festival
August 10 Club Barbecue. Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Start 5:30.
Dinner 7pm. Kid and Adult Friendly Event. John Kane is counting you
to be there with 124 other guests.
August 13 Day at the A's
August 15 StavVacations and Fear of Flying with Erica J.
August 17 Ron Kinninger: Rotary Youth Protection Program. It is
critical for all in the club to attend. Detective Al Greeninger
August 18 Annual Watsonville and Freedom Rotary Golf Tournament. Ed
Banks.
August 18 Fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes at El Alteno. $30.00
August 24 Sean Hayes: National Marine Fisheries Service. Detective
Jon Chown
August 25 San Jose Giants game?
August 31 Club Dark. Watsonville Wetlands Watch tour. PVHS.
Detective Rob Allen
September 7 Paul Harris Fellowships. Detective Kathleen King
September 12 Club Lewisburger Meeting at Fairgrounds
September 14 Club Dark due to County Fair. Peter Barr cooks 3-7pm.
September 19 Respect for the Aged Day.
September 21 District Governor. Arley Marley. Detective Gil Courtney
September 28 New and Old Members Introduction. Detective Terry Medina
October 5 Detective Rocky Franich
October 12 Mine and Marty
October 19 Billy Bob Gupta: Twelve Steps Forward and One Step Back to
Rotary Enlightenment.
October 26 Ron Kinninger. Seminary Culls.
October 27 Avenues of Service. Doubletree. San Jose.
November 2 Ed Banks. SPCA Hospice.
November 9 Veterans Day Program.
November 16 Murry Scheckman: Father Knows Best.
November 23 Day Before Thanksgiving. Probably Dark.
November 30 Art Hayashi. Pay Day Flossing.
December 7 Katie Gallegos. Crash Test Dummies in Local Schools.
December 14 Terry Medina. Too young to Retire; Too old to care.
December 21 Christmas Dark.
December 28 Between Holidays darkness.
February 8 Speech Contest (tentative)
February 29 Mike Wallace: Ben Franklin, The Quintessential American.
March 2-4 Far West PETS.
March 28 Vocational Day. (tentative)
May 6-9 Rotary International Convention. Bangkok, Thailand.
May 30 District Tennis Conference.
June 1 District Golf Tourament.
June 1-3 District Conference. Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe.
June 6 Peru Night (tentative)
June 13 Cabrillo Summer Stage. (tentative)
June 27 Debunking.


Nearby Make-ups: Monday Bishopdale-Burnside Papanui RSA Cnr NZ 6pm.
Scotts Valley: Monday 12:15 at Hilton; Freedom: Tuesday Santa Cruz
Sunrise 07:15 at De Laveaga Golf Club. Watsonville High School
Interact Club:12:34 in the Library Freedom 12:15 at California Grill;
San Lorenzo Valley: Wednesday 07:15 at Mt Herman Conference Center;
Capitola-Aptos: Thursday 12:15 at Seascape Golf Club; Santa Cruz:
Friday 07:00 12:15 at Santa Cruz Elks Lodge…Castroville


Freedom Rotary is now meeting at the California Grill at 1970 Freedom
Boulevard.

Guests: Sandra Wallace made up again with us and said she is from the
John Fischer school of perfect attendance…Another frequent and much
appreciated guest is Diane Cooley. Diane knows the value of a free
lunch…And the Cooleys guests were Hayden and Sue Salt from Borrego
Springs. Sue exchanged club flags with President Miljanich. She said
the club ranges from 30 or 35 in the winter and as low as 6 in the
summer meetings….Dave…Patty…and the Gallegos kids.

Exchanges…We got to meet our Foreign Exchange student from WUHS,
Brendon Gunn. He is off to Argentina in a few weeks. In exchange we
are getting are getting a student from France. Brendon is interested
in Water Polo, Math and Mock Trials.

Operations: Steve Smith had a mind clearing and focusing prayer from
Japan…Tinklers came to life again with actual glass containers. Sharp
objects might be next…Protestors might begin to see the light if they
could hear us sing about smart and other meters…Gil Courtney won the
raffle with the same ticket #2928.

Random Notes…BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER Broken Sticks… Ed Banks asks
everyone to a part of this years Golf Tournament August 18 as volunteer
or player…John Kane is headlining this years BBQ with beans from
Kathleen King. He may need help with setup and serving too. It is a
kid friendly event. Starts 5:30. Dinner around 7pm. Done by 8:30...

Detecting…Carol Turley wanted to know if you have been pinned by
Ralph…Just what is a password to Dave Hemrick's ticket account
worth?...There are still plenty of big fish in the ocean near Hawaii as
evidenced by Rocky Franich's latest tourney entry…Most members did not
know Don Cooley could get into any club. Never mind the Bohemian
Club…Poker winners and losers unite…Have you made up online?...Welcome
Margarita Cortez. Misspelling counts…Mrs. Miljanich is on the Y
Board…Is that a holiday tie Ralph?...The whole Osorio family are TV
celebrities…Gil Courtney thinks. The club shakes…Tom Treanor was fined
for something that my notes are illegible…Patty Albright said she is
responsible for the good and bad of Dave Hemrick.


Programmable…Mike Wallace introduced us to Denise York and Gabe
Martinez from PG&E. They came to clear up some of the issues around
Smart Meters.

They admitted PG&E did a poor job initially in misjudging the
importance of dealing with the initial complaints that came in on Smart
Meters. Now there are 8.3Million Smart meters installed with only 15%
more to go. Most are working just fine and are probably not
irradiating whole neighborhoods as the protestors are claiming.

Many of the meter readers are transitioning into customer service reps
like Gabe Martinez. He explains there is an opt out provision for
consumers, but it will cost you. Customers with solar systems already
have a digital meter that is backward compatible. The way we all want
our meters to run.

Wireless communications is the only real new feature of these meters.
The low emitting radio signal broadcasts approximately 45 seconds every
24 hour period. The meter can store up to 3 days worth of data if
radio transmission fails.

The big cultural change at PG&E from the CEO on down is to be more
oriented to the needs of customers and try to include them in planning.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pipp 8-2

Rotary Club of Watsonville Pippin Newsletter for August 2, 2011.


August 3 Denise York, PG&E: Smart Meters and New Business Rates.
Detective Carol Turley
August 6 Watsonville Strawberry Festival
August 10 Club Barbecue. Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Start 5:30.
Dinner 7pm. Kid and Adult Friendly Event.
August 13 Day at the A's
August 15 StavVacations and Fear of Flying with Erica J.
August 17 Ron Kinninger: Rotary Youth Protection Program. Detective
Al Greeninger
August 18 Annual Watsonville and Freedom Rotary Golf Tournament. Ed
Banks.
August 24 Sean Hayes: National Marine Fisheries Service. Detective
Jon Chown
August 25 San Jose Giants game?
August 31 Club Dark. Watsonville Wetlands Watch tour. Detective Rob
Allen
September 7 Paul Harris Fellowships. Detective Kathleen King
September 12 Club Lewisburger Meeting at Fairgrounds
September 14 Club Dark due to County Fair. Peter Barr cooks 3-7pm.
September 19 Respect for the Aged Day.
September 21 District Governor. Arley Marley. Detective Gil Courtney
September 28 New and Old Members Introduction. Detective Terry Medina
October 5 Detective Rocky Franich
October 12 Mine and Marty
October 19 Billy Bob Gupta: Twelve Steps Forward and One Step Back to
Rotary Enlightenment.
October 26 Ron Kinninger. Seminary Culls.
October 27 Avenues of Service. Doubletree. San Jose.
November 2 Ed Banks. SPCA Hospice.
November 9 Veterans Day Program.
November 16 Murry Scheckman: Father Knows Best.
November 23 Day Before Thanksgiving. Probably Dark.
November 30 Art Hayashi. Pay Day Flossing.
December 7 Katie Gallegos. Crash Test Dummies in Local Schools.
December 14 Terry Medina. Too young to Retire; Too old to care.
December 21 Christmas Dark.
December 28 Between Holidays darkness.
February 8 Speech Contest (tentative)
February 29 Mike Wallace: Ben Franklin, The Quintessential American.
March 2-4 Far West PETS.
March 28 Vocational Day. (tentative)
May 6-9 Rotary International Convention. Bangkok, Thailand.
May 30 District Tennis Conference.
June 1 District Golf Tourament.
June 1-3 District Conference. Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe.
June 6 Peru Night (tentative)
June 13 Cabrillo Summer Stage. (tentative)
June 27 Debunking.


Nearby Make-ups: Monday Bishopdale-Burnside Papanui RSA Cnr NZ 6pm.
Scotts Valley: Monday 12:15 at Hilton; Freedom: Tuesday Santa Cruz
Sunrise 07:15 at De Laveaga Golf Club. Watsonville High School
Interact Club:12:34 in the Library Freedom 12:15 at California Grill;
San Lorenzo Valley: Wednesday 07:15 at Mt Herman Conference Center;
Capitola-Aptos: Thursday 12:15 at Seascape Golf Club; Santa Cruz:
Friday 07:00 12:15 at Santa Cruz Elks Lodge…Castroville


Freedom Rotary is now meeting at the California Grill at 1970 Freedom
Boulevard.


Random Notes…BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER Broken Sticks… Ed Banks asks
everyone to a part of this years Golf Tournament August 18 as volunteer
or player…John Kane is headlining this years BBQ with beans from
Kathleen King. He may need help with setup and serving too. It is a
kid friendly event. Starts 5:30. Dinner around 7pm. Done by
8:30...Mike Salewske will be out of town for the fair this year so
Katie Bannister has stepped up to the grill and is running Lewisburger
this year…Ron Kinninger will demonstrate what happens when youth go
unprotected on August 17.

Detecting… Murry led them to believe that the gridlock in Wash DC was
over but then the folks realized he was talking about the NFL lockout.
Everyone was fined $1.00 for football's revival…Al Greeninger was fined
for advertising a Toyota when he works for Chrysler…Manuel Osorio was
fined for being so Cabrillo biased during his invocation a couple of
weeks ago…Stuart Kitayama gave a happy fine for skydiving the day
before and landing safely at Manresa…Terry Medina was fined for using
the words "cook the shit out of it" referring to an E Coli incident
WPD was praised for always "getting their man", but Manny wasn't there
so the fine was deferred…Mike Wallace was fined for deferring his
detective responsibilities when he told the group at some of the tables
to choose their person to fine…Murry paid a $50 happy fine for his
oldest daughter is getting married thisweekend…Ron Kinninger was fined
for attending adult entertainment and saying that his wife loves adult
entertainment (The Full Monty)!...Kim Turley and her table were fined
for they couldn't say what billboard replaced the Rotary Intl
advertisement (Jack in the Box) on W. Beach. (Editorial Note…What a
terrible waste of money that was. Impossible to determine the point of
the whole thing!) Jon Chown was fined for using the police logs for
info. Murry tried to compare his "intrusions" to the wiretapping
scandals in Murcochland! Murry was going to have Peter Barr stand up
and not fine you and let you know it was safe to come when he is the
detective. But Murry changed his mind when he saw some of the
projected program topics…All of the financial consultants and bank
employees were fined because they couldn't tell us what the outcomes
would be if the Fed defaults…Giants' fans were fined $2.00 for the
acquisition of Carlos Beltran!


Programmable…Club Assembly gave us all our marching and other
orders…Volunteers in this line and good Rotarions in this line. Now
merge together.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pippin

Rotary Club of Watsonville Pippin Newsletter for July 27, 2011.


July 27 Club Assembly. Detective Murry Schekman
July 29-31 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 20 Feast of Lanterns
July 31 Moss Landing Antique Fair
August 3 Denise York, PG&E: Smart Meters and New Business Rates.
Detective Carol Turley
August 6 Watsonville Strawberry Festival
August 10 Club Barbecue. Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Start 5:30.
Dinner 7pm. Kid and Adult Friendly Event.
August 13 Day at the A's
August 15 Dormition of the Holy Virgin
August 17 Ron Kinninger: Rotary Youth Protection Program. Detective
Al Greeninger
August 18 Annual Watsonville and Freedom Rotary Golf Tournament. Ed
Banks.
August 24 Sean Hayes: National Marine Fisheries Service. Detective
Jon Chown
August 25 San Jose Giants game?
August 31 Club Dark. Watsonville Wetlands Watch tour. Detective Rob
Allen
September 7 Paul Harris Fellowships. Detective Kathleen King
September 12 Club Lewisburger Meeting at Fairgrounds
September 14 Club Dark due to County Fair. Peter Barr cooks 3-7pm.
September 19 Respect for the Aged Day.
September 21 District Governor. Arley Marley. Detective Gil Courtney
September 28 New and Old Members Introduction. Detective Terry Medina
October 5 Detective Rocky Franich
October 12 Mine and Marty
October 19 Billy Bob Gupta: Twelve Steps to Rotary Enlightenment.
October 26 Ron Kinninger. Celibacy and the Priesthood.
November 2 Ed Banks. Lefthanded Cats.
November 9 Veterans Day Program.
November 16 Murry Scheckman: Liberation Theology in the Classroom.
November 23 Day Before Thanksgiving. Probably Dark.
November 30 Art Hayashi. Popular Uses for Stale Halloween Candy.
December 7 Katie Gallegos. Christmas Crash Wish List.
December 14 Terry Medina. Creaky Consulting in Retirement.
December 21 Christmas Dark.
December 28 Between Holidays darkness.
February 8 Speech Contest (tentative)
February 29 Mike Wallace: Ben Franklin, The Quintessential American.
March 28 Vocational Day. (tentative)
June 6 Peru Night (tentative)
June 13 Cabrillo Summer Stage. (tentative)
June 27 Debunking.


Nearby Make-ups: Monday Bishopdale-Burnside Papanui RSA Cnr NZ 6pm.
Scotts Valley: Monday 12:15 at Hilton; Freedom: Tuesday Santa Cruz
Sunrise 07:15 at De Laveaga Golf Club. Watsonville High School
Interact Club:12:34 in the Library Freedom 12:15 at California Grill;
San Lorenzo Valley: Wednesday 07:15 at Mt Herman Conference Center;
Capitola-Aptos: Thursday 12:15 at Seascape Golf Club; Santa Cruz:
Friday 07:00 12:15 at Santa Cruz Elks Lodge…Castroville

Obon…or simply Bon, is the Japanese version of the Ghost Festival. It
has since been transformed over time into a family reunion holiday
during which people from the big cities return to their home towns and
visit and clean their ancestors' graves. Art Hayashi recited a
Buddhist prayer to celebrate the special day.

Distinguished and Other Guests…Rich Costello is a State Farm agent from
Southern California…Sandra Wallace is still one of our most frequent
visitors…Looks like Margarita Cortez from Loaves and Fishes might be at
the end of her long visitors stint as she is threatening to join the
club.

Freedom Rotary is now meeting at the California Grill at 1970 Freedom
Boulevard.


Random Notes…BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER Broken Sticks… The club collected
$212 for Baby Grio which we expect Gil to match…Sounds like the
clanking will continue to replace the dingalinging as the plastic cups
go thud in the best of conditions…Ed Banks askes everyone to a part of
this years tournament as volunteer or player…John Kane is headlining
this years BBQ with beans from Kathleen King. He may need help with
setup and serving too. It is a kid friendly event. Starts 5:30.
Dinner around 7pm. Done by 8:30...Mike Salewske will be out of town
for the fair this year so Katie Bannister has stepped up to the grill
and is running Lewisburger this year…Ron Kinninger will demonstrate
what happens when youth go unprotected on August 17.

Detecting…Bill Neighbors had to wait while we collected money for Baby
Grio but came out swinging…Megan House made the Deans List…Gene Friend
and Terry Medina were MIA…State Farm is keeping the big expenditures
secret from local agent Torrente…John Radin has only been an Elk for 50
years…The new Grio gift to the world was a happy fine…Bulldog and Bear
fans wagered a little to keep it interesting…You either know when
Veterans Day is or not….Gene Friend and spouse both have new books
out…Rene Mello missed the raffle by one digit.

Programmable…Just when the headlines get harder to fathom, Susan Olson
brings us four Americorps volunteers to restore our faith in America
and instill the proper level of hope for America. Mary Hellen Gillen
is in charge locally of the federally funded program that pays college
grads $11,800 per year to volunteer in schools, food banks and other
community service providers.

Mary and her charges told us moving stories about people that have
changed their lives and life styles by eating better, exercising and
staying in school. They have come to Watsonville from Detroit,
Jacksonville and Rochester New York because we were close to the beach.
But they stayed because their volunteer work has changed their lives
and made such an impact on our community.

It is programs like this that keep us coming to Rotary and remind us
that volunteers are a key part of what makes America special.
)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pippinathon

Rotary Club of Watsonville Pippin Newsletter for July 20, 2011.


July 20 Americorps in Watsonville. Detective Bill Neighbors
July 23 Pasta with the Pastors
July 24 Wharf to Wharf
July 27 Club Assembly. Detective Murry Schekman
August 3 Denise York, PG&E: Smart Meters and New Business Rates.
Detective Carol Turley
August 6 Watsonville Strawberry Festival
August 10 Club Barbecue
August 15 Dormition of the Holy Virgin
August 17 Ron Kinninger: Rotary Youth Protection Program. Detective
Al Greeninger
August 18 Annual Watsonville and Freedom Rotary Golf Tournament. Ed
Banks.
August 24 Sean Hayes: National Marine Fisheries Service. Detective
Jon Chown
August 25 San Jose Giants game?
August 31 Club Dark. Watsonville Wetlands Watch tour. Detective Rob
Allen
September 7 Paul Harris Fellowships. Detective Kathleen King
September 12 Club Lewisburger Meeting at Fairgrounds
September 14 Club Dark due to County Fair.
September 19 Respect for the Aged Day.
September 21 District Governor. Arley Marley. Detective Gil Courtney
September 28 New and Old Members Introduction. Detective Terry Medina
October 5 Detective Rocky Franich
October 12 Mine and Marty
October 19 Billy Bob Gupta: Twelve Steps to Rotary Enlightenment.
October 26 Ron Kinninger. Celibacy and the Priesthood.
November 2 Ed Banks. Lefthanded Cats.
November 9 Veterans Day Program.
November 16 Murry Scheckman: Liberation Theology in the Classroom.
November 23 Day Before Thanksgiving. Probably Dark.
November 30 Art Hayashi. Popular Uses for Stale Halloween Candy.
December 7 Katie Gallegos. Christmas Crash Wish List.
December 14 Terry Medina. Creaky Consulting in Retirement.
December 21 Christmas Dark.
December 28 Between Holidays darkness.
February 8 Speech Contest (tentative)
February 29 Mike Wallace: Ben Franklin, The Quintessential American.
March 28 Vocational Day. (tentative)
June 6 Peru Night (tentative)
June 13 Cabrillo Summer Stage. (tentative)
June 27 Debunking.


Nearby Make-ups: Monday Scotts Valley: Monday 12:15 at Hilton; Freedom:
Tuesday Santa Cruz Sunrise 07:15 at De Laveaga Golf Club. Watsonville
High School Interact Club:12:34 in the Library Freedom 12:15 at Green
Valley Grill; San Lorenzo Valley: Wednesday 07:15 at Mt Herman
Conference Center; Capitola-Aptos: Thursday 12:15 at Seascape Golf
Club; Santa Cruz: Friday 07:00 Mequon-Thiensville WI Sunrise. Ozaukee
Country Club. 12:15 at Santa Cruz Elks Lodge…Castroville

Distinguished and Other Guests…


Random Notes…BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER Broken Sticks…

Detecting…Detective Mike Wallace continued his efforts to help the City
of Watsonville come up with additional revenue. This time, he suggested
the City could take a page from the Rupert Murdoch scandals and raise
money by selling news tips to the local media. The flaw in that
business plan is that the local media couldn't afford to pay what the
stories are worth, so Al Smith, Manny Solano, Jennifer Squires and Jon
Chown all paid $3 for a good idea gone bad.
As Rotarians were a bit reticent about ratting out their fellows last
week, the Detective had to resort to some group fines. Netflix
subscribers were fined for the 60 percent price increase, but were
allowed to collect the money from others at their table; the two people
who first identified Sherwood Schwartz as the creator of Gilligan's
Island and The Brady Bunch sat down without a fine, while others at the
three back tables paid; the tech-savvy table wasn't savvy enough to
know that the first joint deal between Expedia and Groupon was a
discounted trip to Las Vegas. Finally, in the spirit of the 21st
Century, all Giants and A's fans contributed to a bailout fund for the
Los Angeles Dodgers, who filed for bankruptcy.
In individual fines, Deutron Kebebew and Detective Mike paid the fines
of Rich Otto and Jeanie Johnson, who took over as chairs of the Speech
Contest and Program committees. Jeanie, however, was fined two dollars
for two-timing on our club by signing up as a friend of Salinas
Steinbeck Rotary. Gil Grio paid a fine because his kids needed a
haircut, and Gil Courtney escaped one fine (Carol Channing appearing at
the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Los Angeles) by volunteering for
another (new grandchild)..

Programmable…Police Chief Manny Solano reported last week that he was
improving cell service on Mt. Madonna in advance of the next
earthquake, tsunami or other miscellaneous emergency.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pippin July

Rotary Club of Watsonville Pippin Newsletter for July 13, 2011.


July 13 Detective Mike Wallace
July 20 Detective Bill Neighbors
July 27 Club Assembly. Detective Murry Schekman
August 3 Detective Carol Turley
August 10 Club Barbecue
August 17 Detective Al Greeninger
August 18 Annual Watsonville and Freedom Rotary Golf Tournament. Ed
Banks.
August 24 Detective Jon Chown
August 25 San Jose Giants game?
August 31 Detective Rob Allen
September 7 Detective Kathleen King
September 12 Club Meeting at Fairgrounds
September 14 Club Dark
September 21 Detective Gil Courtney
September 28 Detective Terry Medina
October 5 Detective Rocky Franich
October 12 Mine and Marty


Nearby Make-ups: Monday Scotts Valley: Monday 12:15 at Hilton; Freedom:
Tuesday Santa Cruz Sunrise 07:15 at De Laveaga Golf Club. Watsonville
High School Interact Club:12:34 in the Library Freedom 12:15 at Green
Valley Grill; San Lorenzo Valley: Wednesday 07:15 at Mt Herman
Conference Center; Capitola-Aptos: Thursday 12:15 at Seascape Golf
Club; Santa Cruz: Friday 07:00 Mequon-Thiensville WI Sunrise. Ozaukee
Country Club. 12:15 at Santa Cruz Elks Lodge…Castroville

Distinguished and Other Guests…President Ralph's childhood friend and
fellow Rotarian drove all the way from Corvallis, OR to see Ralph's
first meeting...Ralph's son Chris showed up to see just what his dad
had gotten himself into this time.


Random Notes…BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER…President Miljanich still likes
last years theme…Lewisburger chair Monte Lewis is circulating the
burger roster for this years fair duties…Tinklers knocked and banged on
anything within their reach as we are using a corn-based, sustainable
cup rather than glass…Prayer-Free in 2011 was Ralphs' mantra or he
forgot the invocation?...Baxter Black lovers could get free tickets to
see him in Monterey from Melvin.


Detecting….Gil Courtney showed up out of drag to raise a little money
last week…Other cross dressers such as Dave Hemrick were recognized
large and small for his debunking duties…$5 was the charge for missing
the debunking…A retired Terry Medina was late for the meeting…Jennifer
Squires neglected Patch for a couple of weeks and dove for pearls in
Bali…John Kane broke up the ladies only table…It was a happy day to
have all the Gallegos kids around…Rich Otto said the $55 he won in the
lottery will help him through another down market.

This Year Like it or Not!...President Ralph Miljanich promised to make
our club tech savvy and immediately had trouble keeping his Power Point
presentation alive and well. And no, the rainbow pins he handed out
were not leftover from Jesse Jacksons run for president.

The themes keep getting longer as Rotary marketing committees must have
disbanded. This year it is "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity." Kind
of fails at that roll-off-the-tongue test.

Ralph hopes to emphasize Tradition, Diversity, Club Finances, Member
Support, Activities, Vibrancy and Goodwill. Do what we do best.
Engage new members. Work closely with Freedom. Communications and
Technology. PR.

Sleep mode kept popping up on the screen as club members battled to
stay awake.

Membership goal is to reach 100 from the current 91.

With Ralph's financial market he is planning to invest all our
endowment funds in Greek bonds and other money making vehicles. Next
year we might only be able to offer scholarships for home schooling.

Properly motivated, club members headed out into the fog.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pippin Spring

Rotary Club of Watsonville Pippin Newsletter for May 25, 2011.


May 25 New and Old Member Program Detective Dave Hemrick
June 1. The Importance of Fathers. Detective Rocky Franich
June 8 Peru Night
June 15 Cabrillo Stage. Detective Inspector Clouseau/
June 21. Red Badge Social. 5:30pm at 730 Martinelli Street. Red
Badgers and Prospective members are invited to meet present and future
club leaders that Terry and Ralph have cultivated.
June 22 Carlols Palacios: The State of the City. (There is no truth
to the rumor the club will be dark today)
June 29 Debunking.


Nearby Make-ups: Monday Scotts Valley: Monday 12:15 at Hilton; Freedom:
Tuesday Santa Cruz Sunrise 07:15 at De Laveaga Golf Club. Watsonville
High School Interact Club:12:34 in the Library Freedom 12:15 at Green
Valley Grill; San Lorenzo Valley: Wednesday 07:15 at Mt Herman
Conference Center; Capitola-Aptos: Thursday 12:15 at Seascape Golf
Club; Santa Cruz: Friday 07:00 Mequon-Thiensville WI Sunrise. Ozaukee
Country Club. 12:15 at Santa Cruz Elks Lodge…Castroville

Distinguished and Other Guests…Al Greeninger's guest last week was
retired law enforcement and Lions club member Joe Flores…Roberts guest
was State Farm agent Robert Torrente… Student guests were from E A Hall
and New School. E A Hall students were bragging about their success in
the MESA math and science competition but the New Schoolers left with
the briefcases.

Peru Night…Donations and volunteers are still needed for our big June 8
event. Miguel Vasquez and others are selling $35 tickets and wearing
funny hats til you commit.

Random Notes…BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER…Terry is doing it all.


Detecting…My notes say port-a-potty, Terry Medina, yard work, paperwork
and singing…Tractor photos can be very revealing according to calendar
girl Georgann Cowles…Murry Shekman claimed Peter Barr and perhaps
others are avoiding him during his detective stints…Doesn't look good
for present and former City Managers Radin and Palacios in the
follicly-challenged word of munincipal leadership…A few members
admitted to watching American Idol…APB out for Police Captain Nil…Al
Greeninger continues to jam the internet with questionable emails…If
the check did not bounce Gene Friend will celebrate his 67th
anniversary at the rate of $1 per year…Not sure if Steve Henderson
broke or repaired a computer at E A Hall school…Something about John;
Kane that is…Steve Dufour is will to try any gel or other hair product
with the slightest restorative properties…Omega Nu Golf Tournament was
all about winners according to Nancy Korach…Rene Mello was just happy
to be here…For a small fee Manuel Osorio can change your Cabrillo
College transcript up or down.

Tri County Law Enforcement…Watsonville PD is a training ground for
another county as we heard from the new San Benito County Sheriff
Darren Thompson. Darren had been with our local police department for
20 years before going against the advice of the past sheriff Curtis
Hill and perhaps others in running for office. He benefitted from
advertising during the Giants World Series run and the campaign
mis-management of his opponent.

San Benito County ranks 53rd out of 58 California counties in economic
stats. There are 58,000 residents (about the same as Watsonville) in
1400 square miles. Most of them leave San Benito County every workday
morning for employment in other counties. Sheriff Thompson covers that
area with 3 detectives and 3 patrol deputies. With budget cuts he will
lose at least 1 of those offices and expects their average response
rate of 20 minutes to climb higher.

The sheriff is backed up by CHP and local police. One has to wonder
what the fascination is with elected office during these financial
crises where citizens want a high level of public services but are
unwilling to pay for them.
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