The meeting was called to order by Bryon Crawford.
Bryon, Nick Oatway, and new member Father Steve provided set-up.
Our Greeter this morning was Nick Oatway.
The Pledge was led by Lou Torres.
Invocation: Sid Cohn.
Angelo and Brenda Spandrio
Brenda and Lucas Da Silveira
Student of the Month and Mom
Fr. Jeff Wilhelm
Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Nordhoff High School Counselor
Left to right: Member Linda Taylor, with Interact co-Presidents
Elizabeth Talley and Barbara Horne-Petersdorf.
Club Announcements by Stephanie Midgett, President
Stephanie thanked all who brought bags of food this morning. Given the lame economy, there are many more these days who need help to feed themselves and their kids. The food drive will continue throughout the holidays.
The Board of Directors will meet Thursday, 7AM at Eggs N’ Things.
At our next general meeting we will review the Big Chili Cook-Off and prepare for the Ojai Wine Festival. Your input is important. “Mark down Sunday, June 12th for the 25th Wine Festival. In fact, you can mark the Saturday before and the Monday after, so you will be where you are needed.”
The Ojai-West club will celebrate our 26th anniversary on November 30th. The 5th Tuesday social will take place at Acacia Mansion. You should have received the invitation. If you received the invitation, you should have RSVP’d to Alice Gardner.
Rick Gould has officially changed his status to active member.
The District Conference in Santa Paula was well attended by clubs from Ojai, Ventura, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard.
Guest speaker was Anne Lee Hussey, a polio survivor from Maine who gave an impassioned speech about her life-long battle with this horrible disease, and the importance of continuing the vaccination program through Rotary.
Ed Fujita also spoke about how very close Rotary is to finishing the job of eliminating polio, and that we just have to go that last mile to completely eliminate this disease. He reminded us that no one remembers a person who is a runner-up–only the winners are remembered. Thus, Rotary must continue the race until victory is achieved.
Deepa Willingham and the Presidents of the attending clubs then gave The Rotary Foundation a check for $86,000–soon to become at least $90,000–to be used in the fight against polio.
The Community Service Committee is sponsoring a clean-up of a building at Help of Ojai’s West Campus. It will be used for the Ojai Adopt-A-Family program.
Volunteers should report at 9 am on November 6th (after stopping at the Interact Pancake Breakfast) and plan to work until noon.
She is lining up other projects for after the holidays.
Interact presidents Elizabeth Talley and Barbara Horne-Petersdorf reported on the upcoming Interact Pancake Breakfast.
It will be held at Chaparral Auditorium on Saturday, November 6th from 7:30 am to noon.
The proceeds benefit the Ojai Homeless Shelter Program.
The Thirty-second Commercials
Mike Caldwell is a mechanical engineer, and originally designed vessels that helped with oil spill clean-ups.
He worked for Venco for many years, designing blow-out preventers and “Christmas Trees” for oil wells.
He and Joanne owned Ojai Ice Cream for many years, and they have also been a citrus ranchers for 30 years.
Bob Beeby heads up Beebe Consulting, which specializes in consultations in the water resource area.
He works a lot with lawyers on water rights issues.
Halina Garbacz has owned The Manor of Ojai, a residential facility for seniors and disabled adults for 45 years.
She provides full and loving care to the residents under her supervision.
Gayel Childress has been a painter (Bill asked if she did garages) for over 40 years and a framer for over 20 years.
She does color consultations for offices to make those spaces more professional.
Father Steve is the pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Before Ojai he was in Peru, San Diego, Tijuana, Madrid, and Rome.
He is very happy to be in Ojai
Joann and Mike Caldwell celebrated their wedding anniversary last week.
Special Presentation Student of the Month
Lucas Ricor Watts Da Silveira
Rotary Foundation and Youth Scholarship Coordinator Jim Halverson presented October’s Student of the month.
Lucas was born in Hong Kong. He has lived in Brazil, Singapore, Zurich, and Miami, so he speaks several languages.
His father was an avid tennis player. When Lucas was a freshman in high school he decided to develop his own remarkable tennis abilities. After a search, Lucas came to the Weil Academy as a sophomore. He is now a junior with a grade point average of 3.6. Weil Academy students attend Nordhoff for four hours each morning to earn their academic credits for high school graduation.
Lucas is ranked # 9 among the junior tennis players in Southern California, and # 70 in the US, of all juniors in high school. Of all 18-and-under students in Southern California, he’s ranked twentieth. He will playing in the Ojai Open men’s division this coming spring.
Nordhoff Counselor Carly Futoran and praised his outstanding work ethic and his interest in his studies.
“We host many Weil Academy students,” she explained. “Lucas stands out because his Nordhoff teachers call him the best Weil student they’ve ever had. He’s taking very challenging courses, considering his tennis workload, including advanced placement English and honors pre-calculus.”
Dave Monson, our Athletic Director, told us that “Lucas is my top U.S. history student, not for his intellect alone, but also for his work ethic and his effort. His attitude is everything a teacher could want.”
His instructors at Weil told us that “Lucas is a tough competitor who will not give up until the last point.” They believe that his international tennis ranking will eventually be in the top hundred or perhaps the top fifty.
Jim also thanked Lucas’ mother Brenda, for making the trip to Ojai from Incline Village to see her son presented with the award. “Brenda told me that when Lucas left for Weil, he packed a bible.”
Lucas’s future plans include going to UCLA on a tennis scholarship and pursuing a career in medicine.
Jim presented him with a certificate of achievement and a check for $250.
Lucas thanked Ms. Futoran for nominating him, the club for giving him the award, his father, and he thanked his mother “who supported and encouraged me my whole life through every obstacle.”
Name that Tune
Fr. Steve Ochoa
Beethoven – Für Elise
Knights in White Satin — Moody Blues – Jim got it!
Yard Birds – For Your Love
Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
Beatles – Martha my Dear
Our guest was introduced by Ojai-West President Stephanie Midgett. “Brenda Spandrio of Ambience-Solutions has visited our club before with her husband, Angelo. She was raised in the Midwest, but found her true home in Ojai a little over a year ago. Her business helps people to organize and de-clutter their homes and workplaces.
No one is as surprised at Brenda to find herself helping others out from under the tyranny of their clutter. She is a self-proclaimed bit of a slob herself. She shares her expertise in a weekly column in the Ojai Valley News.”
Brenda told us that “I was not born organized. I did not turn into June Cleaver after the honeymoon. It became a point of contention.” This may have contributed to her divorce from her first husband.
She told us that her favorite definition comes from the electronics world: Clutter is noise that interferes with communication.
Are there advantages to clutter? You can see where things are, sort of. You can show others how busy you are, how important we are, and how much stuff you have. (Hmmmm.) But what clutter really does is divert focus from real things and genuine motivations that affect us. “Clutter can become a literal barrier between us and problems, or us and other people. It keeps us from facing painful truths,” she added.
How much valuable space does clutter use? Eleven million people in the U.S. rent storage units, totaling over two billion square feet of storage space, earning 22 billion dollars in gross business in 2006. That’s an increase of 90% since 1995, even as homes have gotten larger and households have gotten smaller. Storage of stuff is big business! The sale price for an Ojai house is $306/square foot, which amounts to very expensive storing of all that clutter.
“One of my clients had radiant floor heating. But his office was so cold, because all the papers on the floor were insulating the office from the heat. He was burning up money each month. He’s lucky he didn’t have a fire.”
Sometimes bills don’t get paid, as they are lost in the clutter, creating expensive late fees. Clutter is unsafe—sometimes medications are out of date. Important documents get lost. “Every time I’ve worked with a client we have found money, whether it’s uncashed checks, spare change, or hidden cash,” she said.
Some of the documents that commercial companies keep can be used against them in litigation.
How much energy does clutter take? It drains you, as everyone needs to have a place of calm. “The first homework assignment I give my clients is to pick one space andkeep that space clear while the rest of the house or office is cleared. And then see the difference that you feel, the energy, the creativity that flows because of that open space.”
“For those of us getting on in years, with diminished eyesight, clutter is tremendously unsafe. Slipping or tripping on things… Lost or outdated medications. Spoiled food, attracting pests. We lose important documents, such as wills.
Clutter is postponed decisions! There are only three decisions you need to make when dealing with “stuff”.
1. Act on it
2. Put it away or file it.
3. Toss it
Everyone who has clutter, she said, has to stop the cycle of what is brought into the home or office and kept. “Ask yourself what is the worst thing that can happen if I throw this away?” Eighty percent of what we keep we never use, and eventually it ends up in a landfill or recycle center.
People are embarrassed to ask for help, but in reality, asking is a sign of wisdom. How do you get clients to really change?
“A lot of it comes when they realize how much they like the open space,” she said.
Dear Members of the Rotary Club of Ojai West.
I noticed several members left early last meeting, some during the speakers’ talks. In the past, it was considered good manners to apologize to the speaker beforehand if you needed to leave early. I wonder if that was done. Imagine you are the speaker and as you are getting into the talk, which you probably got up early for and are not being paid to do, and people leave during the speech, making it appear the discussion was not interesting enough for you to remain. While occasionally that is the case, we still owe the speaker the courtesy of pretending to pay attention and not get the reputation of not appreciating our speakers’ time and efforts. Please consider this.
On another topic, as Secretary, it is my responsibility to provide the district with attendance figures. I have been trying to reach members who have missed meetings to see if they have made up in any other way. Obviously, attending another club’s meeting counts. Board meetings, Interact clubs meetings, Rotaract meetings, committee meetings, including Wine Festival meetings, boats trips with the classrooms, etc. You have 14 days on either side of the missed meeting to make up.
I have to make the report by the 10th of the next month. I would appreciate it if people could let me know when and if they do make up for a missed meeting, however, if you tell me after the 10th it is wasted.
Overall attendance for the club helps us with district awards and makes the club look better. My working on getting the members to commit to making more meetings or making up for missed meetings helps our statistics.
Remember, when you joined Rotary, you committed to represent your classification and promised to regularly attend meetings. We all have busy schedules but please make an effort. It is even possible to make up on line.
As most of you are aware, the fines that occur at our meetings is a way to add some to the club’s coffers. Each year, each club member is asked to indicate how much he or she is willing to be fined each year. The questions asked, whether you get them right or not, does not affect the total fines levied each year. Your commitment to paying the fines is what determines your yearly fine amount.
Please let me know what you are willing to be fined this year. If someone does not respond, we will set the amount ourselves. Risky!
Saturday, November 6, 8AM – 5 PM
CERT Graduates (individuals who have completed all seven CERT training modules AND have received a CERT certificate) are invited to attend this innovative training day.
Training Opportunities will include:
ICS – This 1 hour class will review the Incident Command System and will show where and how CERT members fall in the command system.
Sand Bags – This 1 hour class will teach the proper filling, placement, and use of this versatile tool.
Fire Extinguishers – This 1 hour class will review the proper use and tactics of the portable fire extinguisher when extinguishing a “Live Fire”.
The Main Scenario – This 3 hour “Real Life Drill” will cover Search & Rescue, Triage, and Treatment. You will be placed in a real time emergency scene and have to use your CERT skills to work as a team to mitigate and manage the incident.
Cribbing – This 2 hour class will review your heavy lifting and cribbing skills. Whether lifting slabs of concrete or file cabinets, this class will help you think “outside the box.”
Traffic – This 1 hour class will help CERT members be aware of their personal safety and surroundings as they learn how to effectively control traffic at an incident.
Communications – This 1 hour class will teach the proper use of verbal communications and the many types of radios and radio equipment used in emergencies. (Licensed Amateur Radio Operators, please bring your radio)
Open to the first 250 registrants on a first-come-first-served basis.
This is an adult disaster preparedness event. No children please.
Event volunteers and disaster victims are needed (children okay).
For questions or to volunteer, contact your local CERT Coordinator or
Ventura County Fire Department CERT Program Administrator at
Fifth Tuesday & Anniversary Party
Rotary Club of Ojai West
Contact Alice Gardner
Tuesday, November 30
from 6 PM to 7:30
205 S. Lomita Meiners Oaks, CA
“Nothing is worse than that moment during an argument when you realize that you are wrong.”
Your Scribe today was
October is Rotary Vocational Service Month. Rotary Foundation Month is November.
Rotary Rose Parade, Chili Cook-off, Wine Festival updates
Paul Stafford of Living Aikido
Hank Bangser, OUSD Superintendent of Schools
Michele Ellis Pracy, Director of Ojai Museum
30th ROTARY ANNIVERSARY and 5th Tuesday meeting at Acacia Mansion, 6-7:30pm
(205 S. Lomita, Meiners Oaks)
Dulanie Ellis and film project “A Greater Mission”
Heidi Allison Rhoades, Paddle Tennis in Ojai
Christmas holiday party at Camp Arnaz
Michelle Henson / Nick Oatway Craft Talks
Vocational Service Month (October)
The Rotary Foundation Month (November)
The Dictionary Project
Floating Classroom Scheduling begins mid-March
Rotary at Work Day
Ojai Wine Festival — June 12th
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