The Rotary Club of

Ojai Rotary Reminder Newsletter
November 2nd, 2018

Haady Lashkari, Editor
November is Rotary Foundation Month
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. 
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.


In the Beginning...


12:10 PM President Deirdre Daly welcomed Rotarians and Guests.


The meeting was called to order at 12:30 PM. President Daly thanked Christine Golden for the Flag Salute and Sid Cohen for the Invocation. Bill Prather and Fred Coleman were thanked for room set up. David Scarlett and Suzanne Scar were thanked as greeters. Bryant Huber was thanked for being the roving mic and for tending to all the audio/tech needs. Bill Gilbreth was thanked for fining and Dave Watson for collector. Anne Carper was thanked for desk duty. Ginger was thanked for serving lunch. 


Visiting Rotarians: Alas, there were none. 


Guests: Caroline Strauss, Debora Kirkland, Steve Kirkland, Carolyn Giullot, Rebecca Kirkland, Jesse Kirkland, and Jonathan Kratz






Ren Adams presented the PE Student Award to Jesse Kirkland. Jesse has been chosen as the Topa Topa Elementary PE Student of the Year for many reasons. The PE teachers describe Jesse as a “bright, shining star”. He approaches each activity with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. He is a model of good sportsmanship. Jesse regularly provides words of encouragement to his peers. He is kind and compassionate. His smile and sense of humor help create a fun and enjoyable environment during PE as well as in the classroom. The teachers can rely on Jesse to be a positive leader and excellent role model. In addition, Jesse always does his best in everything he attempts. For these reasons, we are happy to honor him as our PE Student of the Year.




 Terry Beckett presented a Paul Harris +5 to John Russell.






Welcome New Member Andy Gillman!




Mike Malone presented a Red Badge to Andy Gillman. Andy is the Executive Director of the Agora Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-for-profit, dedicated to providing great books seminars, panels, and other educational opportunities to those who are busy with careers, families, and daily responsibilities yet are seeking to further their education. The goal of these offerings is to provide an understanding of the ideas that shape civilizations and to promote civil discourse on complicated subjects. Andy’s former work includes being the Outreach and Admissions Director for Oak Grove School, founding board member and Board President of Ventura Charter School, and Marketing Manager and Content Consultant for Behavioral Science Technology. He is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts and St. John’s College, and enjoys his three adult children, long hikes and pilgrimages, travel, cooking and learning. Bret Bradigan was his sponsor. 


Mike announced that there will be a C.R.E.W. get together on Nov 7th from 5:30-7PM. Location TBA. 


Mike announced that the Rotary Holiday Party will be December 3rd. Save the date! 




Dr. Fauvre shared the Irish joke. 



















President Daly shared that in honor of Rotary Foundation Month members should consider raising money and donating to Polio Plus. President Daly shared our District Governor’s inspiring message. Governor Sandi rode 100 miles on her Peleton on October 23rd for World Polio Day. So far she has raised $14,250 with the Gates 2:1 match to the End Polio Fund. 


Bill Prather shared upcoming programs:


November 9th- Tanya Atwater will be talking about the Geology of Ojai


November 23rd- Dark to Thanksgiving


December 3rd- Holiday Party Social


President Daly shared a note from Pradeep Kapadia to the Club. Shout out to Randy Roth! Randy went to Uganda with 2 laptops, one for the student he mentored and one for another KEF student who recently graduated. 


Fining with Bill Gilbreth


Bill Gilbreth lead Fining with questions regarding the U.S. Supreme Court. The Fining was followed by a fine from President Daly for forgetting to do Confessions. 

























Club Member Nancy O’Sullivan shared a flag from her recent visit to the Rotary Club of Hong Kong!






The Program-Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center


Bill Prather introduced our guest speakers: Rene Mandala and Lisa Griffiths with The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center. 


The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center is dedicated to supporting secure beginnings in all families with children 0-5 regardless of ability to pay, by nurturing the earliest relationships, where our deepest patterns are set.


They are dedicated to the nurture of children pre-birth to five, through inspiring partnerships and community resources that address pre and post-natal well being, infant/ toddler development, and parent education and support.

In partnership with parents, health professionals, educators and the community, they create opportunities to connect, to explore, and to engage directly in the development of healthy approaches to early childhood education.








What they offer:


  • Infant, Toddler, Sibling and Parent Playgroups and Classes
  • Counseling for Mothers, Fathers and Families
  • Teen and Young Parent Program
  • One on One Parent Consultations
  • Workshops
  • Parent Care Newborn Home Visit Program
  • Breastfeeding Support Care Line
  • Family and Community Gatherings
  • Professional Infant/Toddler Caregiver Training
  • Special Needs Support


The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center is designed as a responsive environment where parents can be present with their babies or toddlers who initiate and extend their own self-mastered exploration and discovery through play.


Founder: Nan Tolbert


Recognized and awarded as an Ojai Valley Living Treasure for her great contributions to our community, Nan was passionate about the wellbeing of young children and families within the Ojai Valley.


In the 1970’s Nan Tolbert drew a large percentage of pregnant women from Ventura County to Ojai Hospital with her expertise and progressive birthing techniques. She was part of a remarkable group, along with Dr. Robert Skankey, who practiced innovative and healthy birthing techniques that are more mainstream today. 




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Final Thoughts...


President Daly finished with a closing thought for the day:


“Children are not a distraction from more important work, they are THE most important work”


C.S. Lewis


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