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MEETING DATE:  January 9, 2020

MEETING CALLED TO ORDER: President Kevin Walthers

GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Guest Speaker: Brian McConkey
Clarissa Nagy Benefit Wine Raffle: Pat McDermott announced that a limited number of tickets were available for the benefit drawing. The cost is $10.00 each and the proceeds go to help pay medical bills for Ms. Nagy's cancer treatment. Contact Pat if you would like to participate.
Guadalupe Fire Fighters: Our club donated $500 to help purchase new equipment.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing: $1,600 was raised in two days by our volunteer bell ringers outside the Orcutt Albertson's. Way to go Rotarians!
New Years Day "Walk on the Beach": Mike Gibson reported a great turn-out for his planned early morning walk on Pismo Beach. The weather was great and everyone had fun.
Frank Ortiz presented Rich Watson and Tim Staffel their most current Paul Harris Award
Chris Hastert: Reminded everyone that a major announcement was happening tomorrow with a major airline coming in to service our very own Santa Maria Airport. Our members did everything they could to try and get the information beforehand, but to no avail. Chris knows how to keep a secretlaugh  $30
Mark Clarke: was extremely happy to announce that with all the boys and men in the Clarke family, it was finally time to welcome a new grandaughter into the mix. Hadley Jane Clarke is her name and we are all looking forward to seeing her photo at an upcoming meeting (right Mark?). Congratulations!  $35
Jerry Schmidt: his daughter was married sometime during the holiday season. The wedding came together without a flaw and he thanked Lee Carroll's daughter Jessica (wedding coordinator) and Testa Catering for helping it become a spectacular event.  $100
Jim Bray: bragged on the recent award given to our local air show as the Best Small Air Show in the nation. Very impressive indeed. $25. Chris Hastert also mentioned that next year's event will be even better (if that's possible). He even added an extra $25 to the brag
Ted Ortega: Where to begin? He went to New York, had shoulder surgery, had pneumonia and was briefly hospitalized, the Patriots lost, had a birthday and in conclusion, he's going to Vegas after the meeting this morning (Whew!)  $100
Rich Watson: as a very proud father he bragged on his CPA son Ben for becoming a new partner with Apkarian & McDermott. $50
Pat McDermott: woke up and said "yeah, me too". Seriously, he's very proud to have such a hard working young man join the firm. Looking forward to good things happening. $50
Kate Ferguson: was very happy to brag on Martin & Debi Testa for doing such a great job with the adult Christmas party. She's so happy that she's letting them organize it from here on out (that will teach you to volunteerwink)  $25
Mike Moats: recently celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary. Since he has such a great wife he donated $100 to the brag fund.
Leonard Champion: was happy to announce that he recently hired a new Deputy Fire Chief (Todd Tunnell). The new position begins on February 3. He thanked all Rotarians that helped with the interview process.  $50
Tony Spinelli: has been living the single life for quite some time now as his wife and daughter are now returning home from Peru. He's happy to now have someone (other than his dog) to talk to. $25
Laurie Tamura: and husband Jeff recently celebrated 42 years of wedded bliss. They attended the last Rams home game of the season and are headed to Hawaii in a couple of weeks.  $42
Tim Staffell: had a birthday, an anniversary and saw Dwight Yocum in Bakersfield. $50
Mike Gibson: bragged $9 on Jim Peterson wearing shorts in cold weather (I think he's just jealous).
 The following members were fined $30 each because they weren't too keen on their western movie trivia.
Jim Bray, Mike Cardona, Frank Culley, Terry Dworaczyk, Kate Ferguson, Wendy Foxen, Peter Kang, David Leroy, Abel Maldonado, Wayne Miller, Patrice Mosby, Tony Spinelli, Peter Sterling, Terri Stricklin, Jim Ventriglia, Rich Watson and Kevin Walthers (which is a shame, since he thought of the questions).

Brian McConkey


  This morning's speaker was Santa Maria's very own Brian McConkey. Brian grew up in our town and attended local schools. From a very early age Brian gravitated towards all sports with baseball being his favorite. While attending St. Joseph High School, Brian helped his team reach CIF championship games. At graduation time he received a baseball scholarship to attend Cuesta College. After playing two years, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. That experience didn't pan out to his expectations, so he returned to the college level playing at U.C. Riverside. He then was drafted by the Marlins where he played at the AA level. After parting ways with that organization, he played two more years of independent baseball. When that commitment was completed, he eventually decided to return to his hometown and pursue a career in the automobile dealership industry. After working many departments for the experience, he has now settled into the job role of Finance Manager for Toyota of Santa Maria. Brian, who is now 31, is a very enthusiastic individual. He looks at every situation as a positive opportunity to make life better for himself as well as anyone he encounters. We appreciate the time that Brian took to speak to our club and we wish him much success in his future endeavors.

Kate Ferguson
Gary Nemetz

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