RECSDG, June 28th Achiote Restaurant
Members Present: Janet Mikelson, Alan Rezner, Susan Rezner, Carmen Diaz, Claudia Torres, Maxie Gluckman, Scot Sargeant, Marian Pavlovich
Guests: David Ballesteros, Daniel and Linda Woods, Fernando Hilton, Natalia Diaz, Emma and Jose Maurilio Melendez, Rosa, Aurora Salazar
President-Elect Maxie Gluckman opened the meeting by thanking Carmen for arranging our dinner at the Achiote Restaurant located at the outlets on the American side of the border. She asked members to introduce themselves by name, number of years in Rotary and your club. Our Club Advisor David Ballesteros had over 30 years in Rotary having been a member of clubs on both sides of the border as well as having been active with Rotary grants in Ecuador. Carmen followed with 20 years. The visiting Rotarians averaged about 15 years in Rotary. Current Club President Marian started in Rotary in 2004 as a member of Interact and continued with Rotary as a Rotaract member. She became an Ambassadorial Scholar before starting the EClub.
Maxie reported on her participation in the International Convention in Canada. She had carried a world globe and asked Rotarians she met to mark their country and sign their name. The convention attracted 35,000 participants. The fact that the Prime Minister of Canada made the closing remarks shows how highly Rotary is respected by other countries.
An ice breaker gave us the opportunity to interact with each other more personally. As part of this exercise, Fernando had an interesting story about his Mexico club having been sponsored by the San Diego downtown club until it was transferred over to the District in Mexico.
We had a delicious dinner with a choice of a set menu of three delicious options before restarting the meeting. Maxie asked current board members to stand and be recognized for their hard work this past year. Each board member received a Rotary item to commemorate their service and pinned the incoming officer replacing them.
Marian was pleased to report that after two years of effort, 20 beneficiaries have been selected for the Ecuador Grant. She also reported that the Peace Pole has been completed and needs to be decorated. We also need to select a school for the pole. Janet has some ideas of schools but was also encouraged to consider a location in Mexico as we are a global club. A small brass plate will be added to indicate the EClub is the donor of the pole.
David Ballesteros presented a donation to the Club Treasurer and was surprised with a birthday cake.
Group photos of attendees were taken before the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully Submitted by
Alan Rezner, Secretary