Lake Arrowhead Mountain

Sunrise Rotary Club

Ken McKay Demotion
Jun 18, 2018
Stephanie Neumen
Jun 27, 2018
Duane Banner
Jul 25, 2018
Jim Johnstone
Aug 08, 2018
Fire Preparedness
Search and Rescue
Aug 15, 2018
John Wurm
Aug 22, 2018
Lake Arrowhead Community Services District
Scott Markovich
Aug 29, 2018
Mountain Issues
Jack Cooperman
Sep 19, 2018
Special Athletes
Dr. Win
Oct 17, 2018
Breast Cancer

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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We meet Wednesdays at 07:00 AM
Lake Arrowhead Resort
President: Ken McKay
27984 Hwy 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA  92352
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Welcome New Member - John Lassak!

Geoff Hopper did his usual bang-up job initiating John Lassak as our newest member.
A realtor working at Coldwell Banker, John was a local, left the mountain and realized the error of his ways – and came back!
After the solemn ceremony, John received his official 1957 Lion’s Club pin, and a Rotary Basics Book.
Welcome, John!

Paul Harris Fellowships

Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation:
Foundation Chair Pat Davis presented Paul Harris Fellowships to:
  • Mike Clark is now a Paul Harris Fellow!
  • Duane Banner is a Paul Harris+1!
  • Barry Smart is a Paul Harris Fellow+3!

Rudy Westervelt - Peace Conference

Rudy reminds us that he regularly updates our Facebook page – keep him in the loop, and he will be back involved in the Auction – and he’s ready to accept donations!
Rudy gave us a bit of background regarding his year as District Governor, and his signature “Peace Conference” program.
The Peace Conference was a great success – so much so, that Rudy is putting another one together for 2020. There is a lot to do, and Rudy had a number of stories of people who were helped, and about areas that still need help.
His great emphasis is on Human Trafficking. There is a hotline – 888-373-7888 – that is there to help, but there is so much to do. Often kids as early as pre-teen are the ones who are the most hurt. It is estimated that there are around 27,000,000 victims world-wide, and we must change this.
Rudy is convinced that Rotary is in the perfect position to help – and if he has his way, we will.  Rudy is incredibly dedicated to his cause – Change will come!

Rim of the World Comfort Pets

Therapy Dogs!
Barry Robinson gave a brief overview of the Rim of the World Comfort Pets “Therapy Dog” program – and all of the work they do with the VA. They spend a lot of time in the PTSD department – and from what they say, the dogs are a hit with the Veterans!
Barry told us a story about a woman in palliative care – that Chelsea (the dog!) came to know. When Grackie passed away, Barry and Chelsea went to her service at the Veteran’s Cemetery.
Jen Horton gave us a few details about the program, Katherine Walker discussed their upcoming fundraiser – the annual “Hot Dog Barbeque!”
A thought:  Have children read to a dog! Dogs don’t criticize!
A great visit with an amazing group of beautiful and gracious dogs – and their people who do amazing things for our Veterans, children and people who are often at a very dark spot in their lives.

Kim McGuire & Ruth Mielke - Women's Health Services

Lynn Ritzer introduced Kim McGuire and Ruth Mielke. Kim is the Director of Community Development, and handles marketing the Mountains Community Hospital.
Kim gave us a quick Hospital update:
  • Seismic project is complete – and the hospital is certified through 2030, they are hoping to move to the next level and get permanent certification.
  • They are hoping to hire an OBGYN this year.
  • They are contracting with a cardiology group
  • Hoping to hire another general surgeon
  • Looking to add to the building with a new Acute Care “Pod”
  • Don’t forget to come the Le Grande Picnic! July 15!
Kim introduced Ruth Mielke, who is all about women’s health care. Ruth is a PhD educator, Nurse Practitioner, RN Mid-Wife among a number of other medical disciplines.
Ruth is affiliated with MCH, and is working to bring a much higher level of Women’s Health services to the mountain. She is using education events, along with our rural clinics to do everything necessary to improve care on the mountain.
We received a pretty good introduction to local Women’s health issues, and what’s up with the issue in the state of California. Ruth’s goal is to help find ways to educate more nurses and OB practitioners to help eliminate the current shortage in the state. She calls the program a “pipeline to collect students.”
Ruth is pretty passionate – we can probably expect some pretty big happenings!
Sandy Benson from Mountain Transit spoke today – with a lot of great information about the services they offer.
They are dedicated to getting people where they need to be – through the scheduled lines, and the Dial a Ride service.  They are able to help out on public events – like the “Wine Walk” – at $10 a head round trip. They are also about to start a Trolley service in Lake Arrowhead, and will be able to use the trolley for public special events (maybe our auction??)
They have 22 buses, and make 3 round trips to San Bernardino daily. They operate 7 days a week, and offer dial-a-ride for anyone with 2-hour notice.
Watch for a free ride coupon in the mail – and give their service a try!
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Old friend, old member and novelist Ken Decroo was today’s speaker. 
FIRST, Ken caught us up on what he has been up to – other than writing. Pretty much spends his time traveling, or at his place in Mexico.
His novel “Almost Human” did well, it is based on a chimp named Oliver that Ken owned for a number of years. Oliver had been mistreated and killed a man years ago; Ken was able to rescue Oliver and use him for Ken’s work in movie making. Oliver passed away 4 or 5 months ago at the age of 64.
Ken is working on his next book – a continuation of “Almost Human” titled “More Than Human.” The proceeds of the book are dedicated to “Hearts and Lives.”
A few thoughts on writing:
  • “First, live a life worth writing about!” (Hemingway)
  • Don’t write for money, write because you have a story to tell.
Ken is actually in the negotiation process to have his first book produced as a movie! Book number two should be out this summer.
As always, Ken has quite a number of stories to tell – and today he had an opportunity to do so.
Pretty exciting to have a novelist as a friend!
Steve Tilden of the Mountain Communities Boys and Girls Club reviewed the club program.
Started in 1995 and chartered in 2002, the group has about 600 members, and currently serves 250 kids daily. The morning program in Crestline works like a bus stop, kids do homework, have snacks and participate in lots of fun programs.
Steve says we have the same problems as down the hill, but fortunately we have a smaller population and a bit easier in intercede. They are working on the summer program, and are looking for funding help. Kids pay $10 per day to participate. Each club pays its own way.
Make sure to attend the “Bids for Kids Auction on May 12!!
Rory has been giving us bits and pieces about a program he has been spearheading. Everyone knows that Rory
wants to help out with the Automotive ROP Vocational Ed program at Rim.  He has managed to put together a “Build the Future” vocational education fund raiser to be held in August. He is set up for the ASCCA (Automotive Service Council of California) to host the program at the Club Center in San Bernardino.
Rory showed us a short video that didn’t work, but that did little to dampen his enthusiasm! The program will include booths for tool and equipment vendors, Door prizes and racing next door at the kart track.
We’ll be hearing a lot about this as we get closer!
Our own Scott Markovich presented tday's program. Scott spent a few minutes talking about what’s up with the Rim School District. First, lots of praise for Superintendent Michelle Murphy – Scottsays she is a positive force – and is getting business taken care of.
Budget problems still exist, and from what Scott says they are fairly serious, but the district has come back to a balanced budget. They are dealing with lots of mandates, which is exacerbated by a large number of State mandates. They are working on the problem of unfunded retirement benefits.
Scott is running for State Representative, District 33 and had a few words about his candidacy.  Scott had a prepared statement, but noted as his focus a few issues: Water. We need serious work here, and he has a few thoughts that might help, that seems focused on converting private interests to public ones. Nestle came up as someone who otta pay their fair share. Mining Claims. There are lots of them, and we need to find a way to consolidate.
Scott thinks we need to find ways to work together – both sides, to create a few new items to help:
  • A new CalState University in the high desert
  • New Medical Center
  • New K-12 education funding system
  • Need to work on Health Care Funding solvency.
Geoff was unable to pin Scott down on Sanctuary State status – or the Train to Fresno! Lots of interesting thoughts!
Special Event – “The 4-Way Speech Contest”
Co-Chairs Steve Hollstein and Adam Lane reviewed this year’s program and rules. There are 3 contestants this time, and Steve went through the program – the winner will advance to the regionals, and has an opportunity to advance from there. The judges:  Patti McGonigle, Terri Clark and Mila Skolnick – with Bill Stanley as timekeeper.
The Speeches:
Speech No. 1:
The history and institutionalization of Crypto-currency. Speaker No. 1 described the way crypto-currency works, and told us a bit about block-chain technology.  He did a good job of associating his subject to the 4-way test; noting the truthfulness and accuracy of the system, it’s good for all due to the way the transactions are secure, the system build good will due to the inherit fairness and beneficial through its accuracy and security.
Speech No. 2:
Speaker No. 2, as a Millennial, seems to have taken a light-hearted offense at the way our society views her generation.  She claims the stereotypes are untrue, and points to a number of examples to support her thoughts.  Her final note – the term “Millennial” is nothing but a label, and no reason to condemn anyone!  Also a good relationship to the 4-Way Test!
Speech No. 3:
This speaker takes issue with school starting at 7:10am! He has done careful study and makes a pretty good case that young people are in need of around 9 hours of sleep a night – which, considering the busy schedule the typical high-schooler has – is all but impossible if to need to get up at 6am! A very well researched and presented argument – but probably won’t come to pass!
The results:1st Place, with a $250 gift: Luke Scorziell; 2nd Place, with $100 gift: Madison Oaks; 3rd Place, with a $50 gift: Nathaniel Forrey!
What a great program – and a great bunch of speakers!
Rick Miller Jr. offered today’s presentation!
Rick works as a civilian trainer/operator of military drone aircraft – known as Remote Piloted Aircraft.
Rick got started as a member of the Air National Guard, and now works with a private contractor. He instructs the military personnel on air missions, and works on close air support, search & rescue and backs up the military operators. Rick reviewed the aircraft, gave us a review of the sensors, cameras and a particularly interesting camera that sees in the dark – known as the “Finger of God.” Pretty interesting stuff.  Rick showed us a video – what an amazing bunch of equipment!  VERY interesting to know and understand a little bit of our amazing technology. Thanks to Rick for the report – and his efforts to support our military!
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!