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Newsletter - Current Sep 20, 2018
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Rotary Club of Villa Park Newsletter

Gunn Marie Hansen & Update on Measure S

Tecate, Mexico Report and Chili Cook-off.

Opening Ceremonies:

Invocation: Bill Baker

Pledge of Allegiance: Linda Bartrom

Rotary Four Way Test: Chad Zimmerman

Song : "God Bless America" Lesslie Giacobbi

           " Happy Days Are Here Again" Teri Elmendorf

Secret Greeter: Robert Frackelton

Sgt At Arms: Dale Dagley




Kathy Moffat- OUSD School Board

Gunn Marie Hansen- OUSD Superintendent

Vito Canuso

Pam Gallegos- guest of Pam Dunn

Marjan Roshangar- guest of Lesslie Giacobbi


Dr. Ken Miller-pointed out the new marketing program in the Spartan Football Program

      - He was very proud of the team's win over Servite last Friday night- 28-14

      - He noted that players have gone on to have great success in college and pro-football

     He wanted to thank Dr. Hansen for coming today and for the support she has given the school and him personally.

Dr. Linda Bartrom- announced Greg Mills will address the American Chemical Society  tomorrow.

          Interact also has a busy schedule of events.

Bill Baker- was happy to announce that Mark Schmidt has joined the Santiago Canyon College Board of Directors

          - He also announced the funeral on  Saturday for former Villa Park Rotarian Bob Meyer.  The service will be at the Shepard Hills United Methodist Church

             in Mission Viejo at 11am with a reception to follow.

          - Friends of Villa Park Library Fundraiser- Saturday, Sept 22nd at 5 pm - Orange Assistance League Chapter House-124 S Orange St, Orange.

                    $40/ person- Authors and Appetizers

Chad Zimmerman- Vocational Service Chair- reported on progress with the Wright Brother's Kite Project at Cerro Villa .

              - Teacher Dan Baker has begun to purchase materials

              - The students are very excited about the project

Mike Brunhober- International Service Chair- reported on last weekends trip to Tecate, Mexico to support the Elias Mora Foundation

             - The club supports the foundation with a $500 donation that goes towards helping exceptional students who's family can't afford to send them to middle and

                     senior high school- thus far they have sponsored 63 students and have begun a program to provide a hot breakfast for the students.

             - While in Tecate we alos visited the clinic that our club helped sponsor in 2003, a Rotary School  and heard about a new project to create a youth center where

                  students age 11- 18 can come after school to learn music, dance, song and language skills.

             - Charlie Gallagher gave his impressions of the trip; he was blown away.  It was his first time in Mexico and he enjoyed the food, people and places we were

                    able to visit.

The Tecate Medical Clinic our club helped create in 2003-2005

Tecate Rotarian Marco, Dan Hoffman from the Newport Club, Mike Brunhober, Charlie Gallagher, Jay Applebaum and Elliott Brender.

Photo by Bill Underwood.



Mark Schmidt- Community Service Chair- reported that Boy Scout Troop 850 is holding their training program called Banana University next Saturday at Cal State

               Fullerton' ROTC Center beginning at 10 am .

Dan Gray- Membership Chair- announced we were thrilled to have 4 visitors today- Marjan Roshanger, Vito Canuso, Kathy Moffat and Pamela Gallegos.

                  - He also asked that members update there committee affiliations in the club.

Marc Hurd- Chili Cook-off- Last Saturday at the Big A-  Meg Rothi, Robb Lovedahl, Ed Carter, Bill Langstaff, Chad Zimmerman and Chef Marc Hurd

             - This year's chili didn't quite measure up to last year's honorable mention, but everyone had a great time and enjoyed the music of Hammered Nails.


Induction of Dan Collins

Sponsor Pam Dunn

Area of Service- Community

Dan Gray Presiding


Mark Schmidt, Dan Collins and Pam Dunn.



Robbie Pitts-Birthday -Sept 18th

Liz Valentine- Birthday Today

Ed Carter- Birthday tomorrow

Bob & Barbara Grandolfo- anniversary Sunday

Rotary Anniversary- David Gayl & Al Verkuylen - 2 years


                                                                                                                             Get Well Soon:

Don Ware-recovering from surgery

Steve Stern- recovering from surgery


Happy Bucks:

Brian Clark-is happy his son David has returned from the London School of Economics and is going to move to San Francisco.

              He met his daughter at Oakglen for apple pie.

Jill Kuli- is hosting an Ice Cream Social at her home for Chad Zimmerman on Saturday at 2-4 pm

Lesslie Giacobbi- is happy Gunn Marie is hear today

                She also wants to applaud Dan Gray for his work in membership.

Bob Bell flew to Palo Alto to celebrate his sister's birthday with other family members; she turned 96.

Dan Collins is happy to be part of the group.  Marc Hurd invited him to the Oct 8th District Leadership Dinner.

Charlie Gallagher had a great time in Mexico last weekend and has $250 to donate to the Friends of the Library.


Speakers: Dr. Gunn Marie Hansen- OUSD Superintendent

David Rivera - OUSD Asst Superintendent

Scott Harvey- Interim Sr. Executive Director, Admin Services.


Gunn Marie has an extensive educational background and has been the OUSD Superintendent for about 9 months.  Her goal is to work with the OUSD Board to create strategic goals for the future of our schools. She discussed Measure S briefly  and noted the school system runs on a $300 million  budget plus what they get from the Measure.

She went on to introduce her staff, who spoke about their background in relation to getting the monies from the measure spent in a responsible manner.   Asst. Superintendent Rivera has had worked with 8 school bonds during his 30 year career.  He knows we need to create facilities that meet the needs of the students. Scott Harvey noted the new addition to Villa Park High will be 47,000 square feet and cost about $45 million to  complete.   It will include: 12 fully equipped science labs, 2 general classrooms and 2 rooms for medically fragile students.   He is currently working with the Villa Park City Council to create a workable traffic flow.  Construction will begin in December 2018 with demolition of the 300 building starting in April.   They also discussed the new track and field that is currently under construction at the school. Each of high schools will get a new state of the art field that is not coming from the Measure S funds.  Dr Hansen noticed Bill Campbell in the audience who is on the Citizens Oversight Committee to review the progress of the project and ensure the funds are being spent appropriately.



David Rivera, Scott Harvey, Dr Gunn Marie Hansen and Marc Hurd.


The new synthetic track and field being constructed at Villa Park High.


Upcoming Events:

9/27 Cindy Demit

10/4- District Governor Lucy Walther