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Farewell Jerry and Ann Walsh

June 23, 2022

Au revoir     Adios     Farewell
MEETING CALLED TO ORDER: Past President Shannon Seifert (2015-16)
INVOCATION: Father Peter Kang
VISITING ROTARIANS: Scott Astrosky, Honorary Members Linda Maloney & Ted Ortega     

GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Debbie Testa, Cyndi McDermott, Elenor Seifert, Marla Gibson, Sandra Fuhring, Annie Thomas, Gary Mosby, Ann Walsh, John Edds, Deborah Jackson, Beth Ortega, Mary Wise, Scottie Ortiz, Mason Frakes, Sam Johnson and Jeff Hoyos
Step Down Celebration: A new date has been established. We will be celebrating at Trattoria Uliveto on Saturday July 9 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Drinks and heavy appetizers will be provided. Mike Gibson is circulating a new clipboard for sign-ups. NOTE: All members will be charged for their portion of this celebration (whether you attend or not). might as well attend and have a good timewink
Sam Johnson, Jeff Hoyos, Father Peter Kang and Past President Shannon Seifert

Martha’s Meals is a program to help meet the needs of the hungry in our community.  This program is a member of the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County & the Healthy Communities Council of the Marian Regional Medical Center and has been around for about 5 years.  Martha’s Meals is “family affair” and is supported by many local churches and organizations, including the Altrusa Club of the Central Coast, FEMA, First United Methodist Church of Santa Maria, Marian Outreach Fund, Sisters of St. Francis, and the St. Peters Episcopal Outreach Ministry.
Kate Ferguson gave a great shout out to Mark Jackson on his professionalism and ability to spontaneously produce insurance policies. $25
Tanya Astrosky had a great time with hubby Scott on their trip to Washington State. $25
Pat McDermott and wife Cyndi travel to Texas to help their daughter address some deferred the heat and humidity. $50
Mike Gibson bragged about a purchase made at the Y's fundraiser with Shannon's guidance.  He and wife Marla enjoyed a great evening at the Cliffs Hotel at Shell Beach. $30
Shannon Seifert proudly had several brags:  commended Mason Frakes for his fundraiser; complimented Katie McPike for her efforts in supporting SMBR; and, added a brag regarding Melissa McDermott's upbringing by parents Pat & Cyndi. $75
Mark Clarke enjoyed a great vacation to Oklahoma and Tennessee.  He shared a wonderful story about his grandfather's acquisition and donation of a hotel that was used as a hospital during the Civil War. $100
Scottie Ortiz, on behalf of her husband PDG Frank, bragged about their recent month-long trip to Maine and then down the coast to Virginia. Apparently, the Giants were playing on the west coast, but they still managed to take in four baseball games.  $100 
James Thomas took a hit for waiting until the end of the year to polish the bell. $30
Mike Moats, after some goading by Past Prez Siefert, fessed up to the acquisition of a new car...a 2022 C8 Corvette! Apparently, his red corvette had served its purpose.  As a careful and attentive car owner, concerned about the longevity of his vehicles, he installed refrigeration in the garage to protect his new ride.  $100
Today the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club bid a fond farewell to
Jerry and Ann Walsh
Santa Maria welcomed Jerry and Ann 50 years ago! They are now relocating to northern Florida to be close to daughter Collen and two grandchildren.  Jerry is a Charter Member and Past President (1988-89), scholarship committee, and Interact Director of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria-Breakfast.  Along the way the Walsh family has served this community well, predominately in education, Gerald L. "Jerry"  Walsh, PhD, served Santa Maria High School District with distinction as a teacher, athletic director, and principal, finishing his career a member of the Board of Education.  Ann, too, was in education and served as a member of the Board of Education at Orcutt Union School District.  In 2015 Jerry received the Elks Citizen of the Year Award for his many years working with the Elks National Scholarship Committee.  In addition, he carried on serving adults as a president of the Vocational Training Center and was active member of St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church.  Needless to say Jerry and Ann Walsh will be greatly missed as members of the Santa Maria Community.
Raising a glass and toasting the honored couple!
   Ted Ortega & Frank Ortiz

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