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Escondido Sunrise Rotary; Meeting to Serve our Community in Person and via Zoom; and Welcome Emily Parviz, The Story of a Young Leader
As we all try to conduct our professional pursuits in new ways, it’s appropriate to remind ourselves of who we are as a Serving Organization… Our accomplishments, our fellowship and the reminder of our many successes is valuable as we seek new opportunities to serve…
We met again in person at the Chamber of Commerce… Great to enjoy the fellowship again and see all your smiling faces…
As a Club, we honored our nation with a salute to our Flag and the invocation was given
Guests and Visitors:
Tony Criss’ guests included his lovely wife Connie Criss, guest speaker Emily Parviz, Jeff Jones, and
Kevin Hall. Kendra Koed’s guest was Bob Weller who would like to join the ESRC.
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
Richard Agnew received well wishes for his upcoming birthday on September 19th.
Floyd and Alta Farley were congratulated on their upcoming 48 years of wedded bliss on September 21st.
Rotary Anniversaries:
We appreciate the dedication and servant leadership hearts of those that have made long term commitments
to serve as Rotarians. Congratulations to Chris Lesso for 2 years of service and Kendra Koed for 1 year of
service. President Tina Pope commended Kendra for her going above and beyond what is expected during
her one year of service. Kendra’s hard work and willingness to help where needed is greatly appreciated.
Rotarians Having Fun:
Oklahoma Pow Wow; Brian and Nancy Murphy attended the annual Pow Wow where the Bearskin Tribe
honored Nancy in place of her late father Chief Leeford Bearskin. Nancy wore the traditional Indian
Princess wear – Lehenga Choli, Brian was welcomed as the resident Paleface and proudly escorted his
Princess Bride throughout the event.
Jim Ponder shared pictures of himself with his family visiting Mammoth Lakes. While there he attended a
community event and interacted with Mammoth Lakes Rotarians. He also earned a “Grampa of the Year”
nomination for engaging in special moments with his granddaughters by allowing them to paint his nails.
Rich Aeling and Jerry Faye thanked everyone who attended the Greater San Diego’s Boys and Girls Club
2022 Gala. A fun time was had by all and $1.6 million dollars were raised, that was $400k over the $1.2
million goal! A special thank you to Dr. Moyer and family for donating a classic Corvette that sold for
High Fives and Announcements:
Mark Hoekstra proudly announced that he was expecting grandbaby #2 to arrive at any moment as the due
date was fast approaching.
Rich Aeling shared Classical Academy’s gratefulness for the generous donation Tony Criss made to them
of rocks for a landscape project.
Gloria proudly announced that since going through business and job challenges due to the pandemic, she
was recently promoted to Customer Service Manager at Hobby Lobby in San Marcos. Congratulations
Elizabeth Pope shared she recently transitioned from working at Conrad Industries in Escondido to being
the new Marketing and Communications Director at the Greater San Diego Boys and Girls Club. Well
done Liz!
Dave Herbert submitted a heartfelt request to financially support the Southern California Mountain
Association. Dave has been a lookout volunteer for the Palomar Mountain Post and has worked closely
with the South Riverside County lookouts. Dave reported that Red Mountain Tower lookout was the oldest
lookout on the Idyllwild Ranger District. The tower was built in 1936 and with its proximity to the
Cleveland National Forest, Red Mountain lookouts coordinated daily with the local chapter of the FFLA on
Palomar Mountain. The recent southern California fires swept through the Idyllwild Ranger District and
took in its path of destruction the Red Mountain Tower. Dave asked his fellow rotarians to consider making donations to rebuild the tower.
Grape Day 5k Update:
Richard Agnew reported that we are inching closer and closer to the $125k fundraiser goal! The latest
report is that we have raised almost $95k! It is estimated that the goal will be reached before the October 8,
2022 date. Keep up the good work, and keep those numbers rising in fundraising and registering
Guest Speaker:
Tony Criss opened the introduction of guest speaker Emily Parviz by stating, “This is a Story of a Young Leader". He described Emily as a faithful Christian with a generous heart who exemplifies moral leadership. At only eighteen years old, Emily has begun to make her mark in the community.
Emily shared how her passion in local government, patriotism and community cooperation influenced her dream to become the first female president of the United States of America. Her time at UCSD, thus far, has helped clarify her personal and public service objectives, vision and mission. As a student during the Covid-19 pandemic, Emily saw a great shift in the high school and college student demographic as they faced a myriad of unprecedented challenges. Emily experienced the accelerated divisiveness that has been attributed to students no longer interacting face to face and feeling free to share via social networking and media attitudes that would not be tolerated in in-person interactions.
For this reason Emily gladly represented UCSD’s at the Americal Legion Auxilary – Women’s Chapter. In this program she learned about local government and the impact being a proactive citizen can have in the community. She took this experience and formed student community groups where there is face to face conversations that better connect individuals with their counterparts.
Emily’s personal and professional values are to respect and uphold our country’s core values. Her opinion of the current challenges in our country is “divisiveness accelerated by closed mindedness”. She quoted President Lincoln when he said in a speech, “A house divided against its self can not stand”. Emily sees a future where both sides of the political aisle can meet in the middle to embrace or consider opposing ideas, and overcoming adversity would be commonplace.
We are grateful for Emily’s strong faith and for her heart to be a future elected government official
and make an impact as a Servant Leader.
Thanks for Attending Today’s Meeting…
Next Week’s Meeting:
Will be in person and online at the Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 AM on September 22nd.….
Support for our Escondido Community …
Our great community and the success of its businesses is all of our responsibilities… Support the businesses that are doing all they can to survive during this challenging time… Take out some chow… Be ready to support them when the economy begins working again…
The ‘Giving Arch’ on Grand Avenue and Centre City Parkway reminds us that Escondido is a caring, giving community…
To all; be safe and be well…. God Bless those men and women that carry the load at our medical facilities, and God Bless our first responders… May our governmental leaders be wise, thoughtful and smart as this pandemic is overtaken by our hard work and collective support…
Online Meetings:
Technical Support for Online Meetings:
Our meetings will begin as a hybrid setting with in-person and on-line opportunities…The meetings will be technically managed by President Richard Agnew… Thanks for that Richard… And, Richard is prepared to support all of our attempts at joining the on-line meetings… Look for his email with details and links to log on to the upcoming Zoom meetings…
Watch for emails defining the next meeting. The system works fine, dependent upon your technical support available through your PC or laptop…
SEE YOU SOON……  In Person or ONLINE… Next meeting; September 22nd, 7:30 AM at the Chamber of Commerce…
Check President Tina’s email for the reminder…