Lake Arrowhead Mountain

Sunrise Rotary Club

R.Y.L.A. Kids
Mar 21, 2018
Scott Markovich
Mar 28, 2018
R.Y.L.A. Kids Update
Apr 04, 2018
Steve Tilden
Apr 11, 2018
Mountain Communities Boys & Girls Club
Ken Decroo
Apr 18, 2018
New book - More Than Human
Ruth Mielke
May 02, 2018
Comfort Pets program
May 09, 2018
Camp Pavika
Jun 13, 2018
Demotion Planning
Jun 20, 2018
Ken McKay Demotion
Jun 27, 2018

Remote Monitoring Made Possible

In honor of their 25th anniversary, members of the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club have made a donation of $25,000 to Mountains Community Hospital to be used to purchase new patient monitoring equipment.



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Lake Arrowhead M SR


We meet Wednesdays at 07:00 AM
Lake Arrowhead Resort
President: Ken McKay
27984 Hwy 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA  92352
United States
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Cherie Gruenfeld, founder of “Exceeding Expectations,” was the speaker on March 7th.
Cherie has quite a background. She is one of the most decorated Master’s triathletes in the world today. She has competed in 28 Iron Man races, including the World Championship in Hawaii – 21 times! She has won the world's title in her age group 13 times, and she is the first female over 55 to break the 12-hour mark in an Ironman – which she did in Hawaii, considered the toughest course in the world.  Cherie’s photo has been on a Wheaties box!
Along the way, Cherie developed a passion for helping with at-risk kids, and she founded “Exceeding Expectations,” a group of volunteers that works to help kids become the best they can. Currently, there are about 60 kids in the program which focuses not only on athletics, but has a heavy emphasis on school. The idea is to build character, knowledge and goals – and to achieve them all. The organization takes full responsibility of the financial aspects of taking a kid all the way through college – and covers the cost.
QUITE A CONCEPT – a full time coach with financial resources designed to make a kid successful in life.
The group is staffed completely by volunteers – almost 100% of every dollar donated goes to help the kids. Amazing group, led by an amazing woman!
Trevor Richardson says he was looking for a special project to do for school – at first he looked into bomb making, but with further study of the necessary approvals, he decided raising trout from roe to fry, and then releasing them into our lake would be a lot of fun, and he would learn a lot to.
Trevor went over the process for the project, including winning the support of the Arrowhead Lake Association – who is helping to fund the project. Trevor had to seek a number of approvals, and organize the equipment and procedure. He is pretty much set to go, and looking forward to receiving the fish the third week of March.  Sounds like a GREAT project – and a lot of fun for Trevor and is class.
If you would like to help, you can donate to the ALA fish stocking fund – and put “Trout in the Classroom" on the memo line of your check.   
Pretty impressive young man!
Marc Ouellet presented today – what he has discovered about posture and how it relates to pain.
Marc recommends we consider a “plumb line” that starts at your head, and goes straight through to your heel. If there is a tendency to hunch forward, you are carrying more weight on the spine than necessary, and it can lead to problems.
Over the course of our lives, we have had an injury or two. Often what happens is that our bodies compensate for the injury for the period that is necessary for healing. What may happen is that the muscle memory creates a semi-permanent change in posture which can lead to other problems. Look closely in the mirror – you may notice an elevate shoulder or a rotated hip. Notice your balance points in the feet – should be equally distributed.
Marc reports that often pain is centered in the hips, and he recommends taking the time to think about posture, and how to “straighten up.”  One resource: Google “EGOSCUE” – lots of suggestions!
Dan started off with a quick report on our forest – it’s in transition, as it always is. The beetle problems still exist – Dan says they have been here for centuries. The best thing to battle bugs is a healthy forest.
Dan says one of our problems is that we have spent the last 100 years putting out fires and trying hard to maintain the forest in a too efficient manner. Nature trims the forest back with fire and other ways. Ideal is 40 to 70 trees per acre, a lot of our forest has as much as 900 trees per acre. It wouldn’t hurt to trim back a bit, to ease some of the over-population.
Dan gave us a bit on how trees work – the live part of the tree is near the bark – the middle is dead. Quite a surprise! As it turns out, we have lots of trees that look great, but have serious rot in the middle.
One last recommendation – don’t rake the ground to the dirt! All that mulch and moss is what’s feeding your trees!
John Connor from “Tudorville”
John gave us a quick review of what’s up at the Tudor House. It’s a one-thing-at-a-time re-development project, but since the closing of the theater company in Big Bear, it is the only dinner theater on the mountain.  John is working on a casino in the basement, and a brew pub on the site.
John also had a quick word regarding the Chamber of Commerce – they have gotten some of the bed-tax funding back, and are looking into doing more advertising in LA and Orange County. Sounds like things are looking up!
Geoff Hopper called up participants in the CHOICES Program for a brief recognition event, and a description of the program.
Scout Evan Kassouf presented his project – he is working on installing artificial turf at the Crestline Senior Center – and is looking for some help!
Looks like a great project, Geoff Hopper offered to do his usual donation match – so it looks like Evan will get his funding!
Bill Stanley reminded the group that Evan is a member of Troop 89 – “Our Boy Scout Club!”

Geoff Hopper presented today’s program. With all of the claims of sexual harassment lately, Geoff thought it might be interesting to discuss the problem, the way the problems are handled in the legal system, and how to stay out of trouble.


One item that struck home – Geoff pointed out that litigation isn’t so much a method of problem resolution as it is simply a business – and a very expensive one for the litigants. Harassment cases tend to be very long and costly, and very emotional.


Our goal should be to do whatever is necessary to avoid a hostile work environment – Geoff uses the “Blue Haired Lady” test – other words, imagine your grandma is standing next to you – what would she think about the dirty joke? If she wouldn’t like it, avoid it in the first place.


Other than that – you could move out of California to a less litigious state, or just stay home with the drapes closed.


Good advice.

Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation:
Foundation Chair Pat Davis presented Paul Harris Fellowships to:
Mike Richardson – P+2!
Armand – P+1!

Stephanie Phillips, ROP/CTE (Regional Occupational Program/Career Technical Education) Administrator gave us an update on her program at the high school.


She relayed a few stories about students. One young man started in auto mechanics, went to work for Ford Motor Company and ended up with Thermal Racing. The program is works with the Community College system, and has turned into a very successful Jobs program.


The Pathway Program has programs in Health, Building, Engineering, and Production and Media Art.


They are working on taking the program to the elementary school, and are constantly recruiting students.

Kathy Meyers spoke today about the ROP program through the Boys and Girls Club.
She gave us an overview of the program which provides a safe place for kids after school. They are working on a summer program, and could use help with funding. They currently are offering an 11 hour program every day.


Marcy Vega picked up where Kathy left off on the ROP program

  • They started the program with a 5 year grant – which was spent. Fortunately, parents at the time were able to pick up the financial slack.
  • They started with 2 members, and are now up to 50 with 4 staff people.
  • They offer an academic literacy program.
  • The Summer program is much needed.
  • Everything now is donor time and donor money supported.
Thanks to the Rotary for the previous support, they are targeting $14,000 for the summer program, and have $5,000 so far. Any help we can offer is appreciated!
District Governor Manzoor Massey was presenter of today’s special program.
Manzoor asked for our youngest member – Adam – to be his assistant in his magic act: Manzoor had Adam pull a blue scarf (from the Golden Temple in India) out of a bag. He asked Adam to put is back – he shook the bag, and Adam reached back in and pulled out a rainbow scarf!
Pretty amazing for a governor.
Manzoor gave us a passionate presentation: “The World is falling apart! Thank heaven that Rotary is there! We are ‘transforming lives around the world. 2.5 billion people vaccinated last year, water and food for people in need.”
On the life of Rotary, and a couple of items from the 4-Way Test:
If only everyone could be truthful always!
We should always work to build better friendships!
The Power of One:
“Each of us has unlimited power to change the world. Think about Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Nelson Mandella, Abe Lincoln – and Jesus.”
“Our world needs Rotary more than the desert needs the rain. REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEBODY:        
Manzoor had a few people to recognize with the gift of a signed copy of his book “Mind Realignment for EXCELLENCE” :
  • Jamie Zinn – with a special medallion
  • Ron Peavy as Assistant Governor
  • Tony Crowder as the person that sets up our weekly meeting.
  • Ken McKay as our Fearless Leader
  • Geoff Hopper because he’s a lawyer and so was Paul Harris (also because of his service and dedication)
  • Barry Smart for his job as Secretary.
What a treat to have such a committed and enthusiastic Governor!
Jack Cooperman accepted a $1,000 check from the club to help out with the Special Athletes!
Jack says the winter program is up and running!

Foundation Chair Pat Davis assisted by Governor Massey awarded a great big batch of Fellowships:


Geoff Hopper: X6

Davis Hopper: X1 (Accepted in abstentia by Brother Geoff

Mike Rose: X1

Mike Mueller: X2

John Moore: X3

Pat Davis: X4

Pookie Smith: X4

Jamie Zinn: X7!



Michelle French – “What the Heck is Grant Writing??
The Secretary had to leave early – so the synopsis is provided by Michelle:
 “What the Heck Is Grant Writing” provided an overview of philanthropy and the breakdown of the $390 billion dollars that were raised in 2016 (by individuals, private foundations, bequests and corporations).  The majority of funds went to religion, followed by education and various health and human services.  She talked briefly about the grant process (researching funders, writing proposals) and the special challenges that nonprofits in the Inland Empire face.  The per capita giving from private foundations is $3 as compared to  $3,113 in Los Angeles County. There are only 103 private foundations in the IE, as opposed to 1,752 in Los Angeles County.  Yet, the area has some of the highest needs in terms of poverty and lack of social services with numerous d under-resourced nonprofits (67% have revenues under $25,000).  It makes it especially challenging in an already highly competitive arena. 
Michelle has operated a private grant consulting business (FUNDamental Concepts) for 25 years, and has another 15 years in non-profit management.  She is one of 22 Grant Professionals Certified in CA by the Grants Professional Association and has represented a wide variety of nonprofits and public agencies, raising over $330 million on behalf of clients. 
Thanks Michelle!