Lake Arrowhead Mountain

Sunrise Rotary Club

Colleen Myers
Mar 01, 2017
Youth Outreach
Rudy Westervelt
Mar 08, 2017
Haiti Trip
Dr. Annous
Mar 15, 2017
Rim School District Supervisor
Ryla Kids
Mar 22, 2017
Ryla kids
Apr 12, 2017
Stephanie Neumen, Uganda trip
Janice Rutherford
Apr 26, 2017

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

562 400-3555

We meet Wednesdays at 07:00 AM
Lake Arrowhead Resort
President: Deborah Fancett
27984 Hwy 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA  92352
United States
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The students offered background music dining our breakfast – delightful!
They are raising money to go to the National Youth Concert at Carnegie Hall – they are looking to raise $2,000 per person!
We heard a little history on the group
PASSED the hat – raised $600 to help – and referred them to the Board for a possible further contribution!
Kim Starr, Cancer survivor and Appalachian Trail hiker spoke to our group today.
When Kim isn’t hiking, she’s the manager at the Mt. High Market in Twin Peaks.
Kim told us about her adventure – and dream to hike the Appalachian Trail. 2184 miles, 14 states, from Georgia to Maine, quite an ambition! As a 60 year old mother of 6 kids with lots of grandkids, she decided to do something just for her self – for 3 reasons:
  1. Top celebrate her 60th birthday
  2. 40 years cancer free
  3. Simple peace of the Appalachians.
She started on April 10 in Georgia, and acquired the “Trail Name” of Kool-Aide due to her constant consumption of the beverage. This is a tough trail, especially for someone who has never hiked before. During the hike she fell 13 times, the most memorable was due to a (BIG) bee bite on the leg. While hiking, Kim took 1800 photos, some of which are on display.
A few remembrances – Kim enjoyed meeting other hikers on the trail, but didn’t like the snakes very much. Along the way, she ran into 12 bears!
Kim did about half the hike, and is planning to finish it this next April.
Haley Raines from the Echo Factory was today’s speaker.
Haley is a website producer, and has lots of experience with the way the web works – and how it can help your business, and how it can cause problems.
A few facts: 
  • There are 130 trillion pages of information on the web.
  • What we now call an “Ap” appeared for the first time in 2007.
  • Every move we make on a computer, smartphone or other connected device is being tracked.
  • Google has about 83% of the search market, and they turn your information search into information to help sell you stuff! What they are is an advertising Company.
The goal is to find out as much about each individual as possible so that product and service offerings can be targeted specifically at buyers that have expressed an interest.
Haley’s company specializes in creating a web presence that will target buyers at your organization – a very specialized field. The key is to target the exact buyer who is looking for your service or product, not to advertise in mass. It seems that they are very successful at it!

Today’s program was a WONDERFUL show of precision, loyalty and patriotism by one of our favorite groups – The Mountain Fife and Drum Corps.



What a show – and a great history of the group by leader Joy!

Speaker number 1:  Olivia Ryans:
The Rotary Annual District Conference will be held HERE at the Resort this year in May. Everyone is excited, Monday and Tuesday are already ¾ booked!
Business owners can buy ads in the program It will include a map to your business.
Friday night of Conference week is Hospitality Night – everyone is welcome!
Speaker Number 2: Nicole Swedlow, founder of The Mexican School:
Nicole told us her story – she went on vacation to Mexico and ended up staying for 2 years. Unfortunately, that led to a divorce. On a visit home, Nicole ran into teacher John Arner who was interested in her story of the small village she had been living in – and offered to help fund a community project there she was interested in.
Nicole ended up dedicating her life  to educating the people of San Pancho, and showed us a video of her work and the people there. She has built a 15,000 square foot community center, and hopes to continue her work there.
She could use a little financial help – which will go to our Board for consideration.
Speaker Number 3: Chris Jack, Eagle Scout Project
Chris showed us a powerpoint presentation of his Eagle Project – He plans to build an interpretive garden at Rim High School – which is quite an undertaking. The project is projected to cost about $4,734 – which included a lot of donated material and time from experts and a mural painter – but needs lots of supplies.
Chris was almost done with his presentation when Geoff and Davis offered to subscribe a $1,000 of the project if Rotary would match their gift – Butch offered materials, Duane offered tractor time and the Resort offered food and refreshments for the workers.
 I guess we just about have that one wrapped up!
Local Novelist Ken Decroo visited with us – with a talk about his first novel –“Almost Human” and his current efforts for the sequel – “More than Human.”
Ken talked a bit about his career, and noted that all of his occupations have been fraught with difficulty – but being an author is by far the worst. He had 98 rejections from agents before finally finding one that would help!  Now that that’s behind him he reports that there are 442,000 copies of his book in print, and it has been picked up by Kindle.
Ken reports that after the publisher found the market for his book, they offered and he signed a deal for 2 more books – that included an advance!  Which means that he is writing frantically to produce “More than Human” prior to the deadline.
Ken spoke a bit about the craft of writing – He notes a few thoughts:
For him, the idea starts as a “fossil” that begins the process of “digging” up the story. In his first book, he was well into it when has editor asked how the book would end – and he reported he didn’t know, the story was still unfolding. The editor replied that he would need to send her the end before she would edit any further – which GREATLY aided the process!
The whole project started when Ken was a young man – and he discovered a chimp that could communicate with sign language – which lit the fire.
Ken relayed lots of stories about his career in Hollywood, and things that led him to where he is now.
It’s pretty easy to see that Ken is a master storyteller - !

Number 2: Bill Johnson


An update on Sky Park at Santa’s Village:


They have managed to pull of 30 days! Everything went well, no back-ups or complaints. They have 300 employees at present. The holidays were pretty much sold out, all of the tickets were sold online, they sold none at the gate.


At the moment, about 20% of the park is open, with pending permits and authorizations still in the works. Bill seems a little upset with the problems associated with getting the approvals, especially with issues regarding groups that oppose the development like the Sierra Club that has threatened a lawsuit.


Bill says the park maxes out at 1000 visitors, has no idea how they crowded 4000 in in past years.


They think about 20,000 people visited the park in December, and they are working on a reduced charge for people who would like to visit to have dinner - everyone likes that idea!


An amazing project!



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