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MEETING DATE: March 17, 2022

MEETING CALLED TO ORDER: Past President Kevin Walthers
FLAG SALUTE:  Craig Bernard

GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Linda Maloney, Kelly Briggs & Program Jim Gregory
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Ukrainian Relief: Contact Frank Ortiz with any question.
Rotary Barn Party Luau: Saturday May 14th. The event will be focused on a maximum of 300 attendees. Each member will be responsible for four tickets at $100 each. Every member will also get two tickets (no charge) for themselves and one guest. Wine auction donations are being collected by Berto at each Rotary meeting. Mark Jackson will be assembling his decorating committee in the very near future. If you would like to volunteer, please contact him directly.
Berto has e-mailed out several items to all members. Sponsorship Request Letter, Acquisition Form, 2019 Barn Party Catalog and a few other items.
The six tickets were handed out today.
Dan Blough Scholarship Fund: The Breakfast Rotary Foundation will match the first $10,000. Pat McDermott explained that they now have a clearer road map as to how the scholarship program should be administered. The committee will meet again in the near future and more updates will follow. In the mean time just send your checks to Pat, made out to Pat.
8th Grade Community Interviews: After an absence due to Covid, the interviews will return May 16 - 19 at Orcutt and Lakeview Jr. High Schools. Adult interviewers are needed. Contact Holly Edds or Laurie Tamura for scheduling details.
Down Town Fridays: And you thought life couldn't get any better. April 1st to September 30th.
AHC: Final Fore. Contact Kevin Walthers.
PCPA: Mother Road (a sequel to "Grapes of Wrath") will be performed at AHC from 3/10 - 3/27. Contact Kevin Walthers for more details.
Pat McDermott: Pat conducted a progressive auction to auction off four tickets to Mother Road. The lucky winner was Patrice Mosby.
Boys & Girls Club Auction: Mark your calendars for Saturday April 9th for the annual (normally) fundraising auction. The event will be at the Radisson starting at 5:30 PM. Contact Roberto for ticket information.
The Nipomo Rotary Club: Mark your calendars for April 9th when the Nipomo Rotary Club will be celebrating their 25th anniversary. The festivities will be at the Santa Maria Inn.
Rotary South: Rotary South will be putting on two presentations about "Human Trafficking". The first will be on April 4th and the second on April 18th. The presentations will be at the Santa Maria Inn.
CALM: Mike Gibson announced that the Ladies will be getting loud on April 28th. 
Scholarships: Mike Gibson mentioned that several students have started filling out the application for a scholarship.
Rande Downer: bragged that after 38 years of playing the lottery he finally won...$5 with a scratch-off.  $5
Glenn Morris: reported the Junior CEO program, conducted on the roof top of Santa Maria Toyota, was very successful.  $50
David LeRoy: complimented Glenn on the successful Junior CEO program and was happy to have Toyota of Santa Maria host the event. $100
Jerry Schmidt:  bragged that his daughter is a national finalist in a reality TV show sponsored by the Dekas fitness program  $100
Kate Ferguson: happily reported that her Grandkids swimming team enjoyed great success and shaved 6 seconds off of the previous record.  She also bragged about the Shoes for Students Poker Tournament, meeting and exceeding its financial goals.  $200
Lee Carroll: shared that he was very surprised when he entered the Far Western Tavern and discovered the the party going on was for his 60th birthday.  He was so surprised that he dropped to a knee, pulled out a ring and became engaged. $100
Kevin Walthers: bragged about the Orcutt Academy Spartatroniks robotic team that qualified for the world finals competition to be held in Houston. $100
Wayne Miller: enjoyed a very successful snow goose shoot near Sacramento. 54 of the winged birds were bagged when the shootin' was done. $54
Matt Diel: shared that Terri Stricklin and he made the final table in the Shoes for Students Poker Tournament.  He finished 8th and Terri nearly won it all, finishing second.  Matt also bragged about traveling to Las Vegas with his wife for their 10th wedding anniversary and taking in a Billy Joel performance. $50
Mark Jackson: Mark was fined for not mentioning a party with kids. $30
Kathy Simas: Was fined for something to do with a bottle of gin. $30
Craig Bernard: Craig was fined for agreeing with Kathy. $30
James Thomas: James was fined for not fining members enough this year to date. $50
Past President Kevin: In an attempt to catch some members up on their fines, Kevin levied the following fines.
Tanya Astrosky, Frank Culley, Matthew Diel, Rande Downer, Terry Dworaczyk, Holly Edds, Angie Gumabon, Chris Hastert, Michele Jensen, Dale Johnson, Peter Kang, David LeRoy, Ron Levy, Suzanne Levy, Abel Maldonado, Julianne Moreno, Patrice Mosby, Jerry Schmidt, Martin Testa & Rich Watson.
Mr. Jim Gregory

Jim Gregory taught American literature, modern world literature, cultural anthropology, advanced placement U.S. history and AP European history for thirty years at Mission College Preparatory School in San Luis Obispo, California, and at Arroyo Grande High School. He, with his brother and two sisters, was raised in the Upper Arroyo Grande Valley and attended the two-room Branch Elementary School. He then studied journalism and history at Cuesta College; the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received his bachelor's degree; and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. He was an editor at ABC-Clio in Santa Barbara and a newspaper reporter in San Luis Obispo before becoming a teacher. He has also worked as a research historian for the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society. 

Jim was the Lucia Mar Unified School District's Teacher of the Year in 2010-11. In 2004, he received a Gilder-Lehrman Fellowship to study the Depression and New Deal with Pulitzer Prize-winning Stanford University professor David Kennedy, an experience that only deepened his fascination with the 1930s and 1940s. He has led several student trips to Europe, including visits to many of the villages and cities where young Americans fought in 1944-45. He recently taught a class on descriptive writing for young people as part of the Central Coast Writers Conference in San Luis Obispo. Jim is married to Elizabeth, a teacher and campus minister at St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, and the father of two sons, John and Thomas. The Gregory family shares increasingly precious space in their Arroyo Grande home with one Basset hound, two Irish setters, one tortoise and a small army of cats.


Today Jim gave us a brief history of the military in Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria and surrounding areas during World War Two. The following are a few of the pictures Jim brought to show us.


And the winners are.....
Mark Clarke & One Other

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