Denny’s Diner, San Diego; February 12, 2019; 6:16pm
Present: Amy Vegter, Fernando Santos, Carmen Diaz, Consuelo Rey, Maxie Gluckman, Janet Mikelson, David Ballesteros, Marian Pavlovich Sargeant, Scot Sargeant, Mel Gallegos, Felipe Razo, Dijana Ristic, Maurilio Melendez
Meeting began with introductions of members and guests, leading into a group discussion about causes that we care about. Maxie started by giving a brief description of her activities with our global grant in Honduras. Maurilio then highlighted our cooperation with the Oncological Institute of the Hospital General del Tijuana. Consuelo (Maurilio’s guest) shared that she donated over 2,000 books to children in Mexico. Janet then noted the Reyes Magos project for disabled kids in Mexico. Carmen shared her PETS training, Felipe highlighted his involvement with communities in Mexico as well. Mel discussed about A thousand smiles and his contribution to the clinic. Dijana shared her involvement as board member of the Parkinsons Disease Society. Amy talked about her mentoring to highschool students, and finally Scot and Marian discussed their involvement with assisting incoming DG’s for the International training.
We then transitioned to a presentation by Mel Gallegos. He began by talking about his background of how he became involved with Rotary. His wife, Judy, was first a member of Rotary, in 1990, and initially they thought he was not qualified to join Rotary. They thought he had to own a business. After clarification, Mel, a hospital executive, joined Rotary. Throughout his time in Rotary he had several mentors, and one of his mentors encouraged him to go to an international convention in 1996. From that point on, not only did he become inspired, but he then went on to lead a fundraiser for polio immunization of children in Africa. He and his wife joined a group of Rotarians to Eritrea and helped immunize all of the children in that country. Subsequently, they went to Malawi, and the Philippines, doing the same campaign. As they grew their love for travel they realized rotary was in every country and the friends that were made at conventions would be hosts for them. After sharing his involvement with Rotary he mentioned that membership is a great concern for the organization. He encouraged members to pull other new members and to most importantly attend district conferences. According to Mel every rotarian should motivate members to attend to gather more information regarding projects and partnerships with the district. This years’ conference will be at the Catamaran Resort and will support a Project Fair with clubs from Mexico. Also, he promoted the Rotary Gala on April 29th at the Hyatt in La Jolla. He ended his speech by showing a comical promotional video for this years’ conference.
Several announcements were then made regarding some events. Janet gave a recap of the 7-club meeting held in Del Mar this past month. She noted that the guest speaker was very inspirational after ending a battle with ovarian cancer. The message was that each and everyone needs to have a positive attitude. Life is all about attitude. Makes us all reflect and reconsider the way we position things in life whether they be challenges or not.
Carmen added to the discussion by sharing with everyone her experience at PETS. She mentioned that she is ready to lead our club this upcoming year, and also noted that she began a latinas in Rotary group within the district.
We then collectively discussed board nominations for President-elect, Carmen’s term. The nominations are as follows, and are subject to e-voting, members not in attendance who wish to make any other nomination please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
President-elect 2020-2021 Maurilio
Secretary Janet, Marian
Treasurer Amy, Janet
Dir Tech Scot
International Projects Maxie, Maureen, Marian
Executive Secretary Maureen Claudia
Membership Amy S. Maxie
Peace Chair Emma
Finally, please save the date for our upcoming meetings:
March 12th at Denny’s Diner
April 9th location TBD