Villa Park Rotary minutes of December 1, 2011

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The December 1, 2011 Newsletter has been published to the Villa Park Rotary website. A copy has been included below.

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Rotary Club of Villa Park Newsletter

Ed Carter "Unplugged"


Opening Ceremonies:

Invocation: Bob Meyer

Pledge of Allegiance: Pete Moriarty

Rotary Four Way Test: Jane McDonald

Song: "Jingle Bells" Terry Brooks



November 25th- Christie Sense had a birthday- celebrated with a large turkey dinner Thursday,

a Villa Park High Football game and a second dinner at the Cheese Cake Factory.

November 29th- John Broussard had a family-style birthday with his kids and grandkids

Steve and Nancy Kawa Celebrated their 42 anniversary in Bullhead City

Tomorrow is Pastor Stan Van Den Berg's Birthday and his wife is going to surprise him.



Marsha Leeg- visiting from Nevada

Rick Barnett- Marine Thanksgiving

Lawrie Solberg- guest of Bob Meyer

Bruce Ramm- Boy Scout Troop 850

Eric Peterson- Boy Scout Troop 850

Jim Furcolow- Villa Park Center

Frederick Fascinelli- Guest of Greg Mills- 2nd visits



Pete Moriarty- gave Bob Meyer his name badge and talked to the new members about ways to

get the red label off their name badges.

1. Attend next Monday December 5th Board Meeting- 6PM Villa Park City Hall.

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend

2 Attend the District Presidents' Dinner at the Double Tree Hotel on Tuesday December 13th

at 6:15PM. A buffet dinner will be served at $15/per person. Villa Park Rotary Club will

be honored for our membership accomplishments and to receive a Presidential Citation.

Bruce Ramm and Eric Peterson from Boy Scout Troop 850 thanked our club for sponsoring

the troop and filled us in on what the Boy Scouts have planned for the next year. Bruce

Ramm informed us that the Troop has produced 89 Eagle Scouts since its inception.

Craig Beinlich announced that our Holiday Party will be on January 12th at the Orange County

Mining Company. There will be no morning meeting that day. Contact Craig to RSVP.

Mike Brunhober talked about the upcoming Polio Inoculation Trip to Caborca Mexico

on February 10-12, 2012. Stan Van Den Berg and Mike are hoping some Interact Students

can go to share the experience. Contact Mike for more information and to reserve a seat on

the bus. Cost $125 plus hotel accommodations at $50/night. Singles can share a room.

Lawrie Solberg is a volunteer who helps Bob Meyer with his Operation a Bit of Home.

She announced that CVS has given them enough donations to fill 75 boxes, but a large

donation from them just came in and they will need help to fill all the boxes. Many of

the boxes are now being sent to Ford Hood, Texas where war wounded veterans are sent

for treatment and rehabilitation. It was agreed that on December 10th a group would

come to Bob Meyer's home and help pack up another 100-150 boxes from 10-noon.

Bob' Address is: 692 N. Adell, Unit 82 Orange.

Bob has sent 26,000 Gift Boxes and 31,000 DVDS to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

and hopes to transfer much of the DVD library to Fort Hood.

Rick Barnett wrapped up this year's very successful Marine Thanksgiving Event and thanked

the club and all the host families. He also announced that he received $15,000 in donations

above and beyond what was needed so he has purchased a number of items for the YMCA

at Camp Pendleton. These include: # 6-- 47 inch Big Screen TVs; #6 laptops and #1 - 80 inch

LED TV plus Blue Ray Disc Player and Bose Surround Sound System. He proposes that

we go as a club for the grand reopening of the facility in January.


Happy Bucks:

Steven Pollack- Had a great Thanksgiving. He and a number of other club members helped at the

We Give Thanks event at the Honda Center. He then spent the weekend in Las Vegas.

Steven was also today's Secret Greeter and snagged a few unsuspecting victims.

Wayne & Mary Silzel celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary and are taking a Christmas

Shopping Tour of Europe.

Jim Brodsky won a big bet on the USC/UCLA Football Game. USC won 49-0.

Lesslie Giacobbi had Marines spend Thanksgiving with her family and was amazed how much

food they ate. She had a wonderful day and encouraged everyone to host Marines for the holiday.

Teri Brooks honored the Villa Park Football Team that lost to Tustin last week in the playoffs.

The team finished 11-1 for the season. She also thanked those Rotarians who attended the

Open House at the Orange Jewelry and Loan last night. Her family also shared Thanksgiving

with Marines.

Eric Sense participated in the Anaheim Hills Turkey Trot and got a late start due to parking issues.

Ed Howard just returned from a trip to India and had chicken curry for Thanksgiving.

Greg Mills announced that there will be a Villa Park PIcnic at Irvine Lake this Memorial Day

Weekend. He is also grateful that Ed Carter is a member of the club.

Tom Grundy commented that it was nice to see someone get emotional about their dad after

Ed Carter's Craft Talk.

Nagy Ibrahim spent Thanksgiving with his grand kids.

Bill Baker was happy our club is sponsoring Boy Scout Troop 850.

Ed Carter reminded those members with Indian Princesses or Guides that there will be a free

movie night at the Mall of Orange/aka The Village this Friday Evening at 6 PM. There will

be free pizza, popcorn and train rides around the mall.



Craft Talk: Ed Carter

Ed referred to this talk as his life "unplugged". We learned he was born on September 21st 1950

in upstate New York and had a loving home. His mother gave him a tender heart and his dad was his partner, coming home from long days of work to play Cowboys and Indians. He also had two sisters. His parents and grandparents played a large role in his life. His life changed in 1963 when the Beatles came to America and his dad bought him a guitar. He played in many bands and still plays to this day. He also overcame Asthma to participate in many sports. He was educated by strict nuns, who he disliked and went on to study Chemical Engineering. He ultimately went into sales and later owned his own business retiring in 2007. He is currently very active in the YMCA Indian Princess Program and was recently nominated to the Board of Directors at the Orange YMCA. He also is the president of the Villa Park Dad's Club and member of the Home and School League Executive Committee. Ed has helped to raise funds to provide educational aides to the Villa Park Elementary Classrooms. One of his fondest memories is when he hit a grand slam home-run in a little league game with two outs in the last inning. His dad was coaching third base and as Ed rounded third his dad told him he did good. Ed cherishes that memory.


Next Week:

Jennifer Cabral- OC Sanitation Dept.

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