Title Author Date
June 29, 2016 Meeting
Riverside County Code Enforcement
Today's speaker was Mary Ortiz, who has been the Riverside County Code Enforcement Officer since 2008.  The Code Enforcement Department is under the umbrella of Transportation Land Management Agency.  The Code Enforcement Department has five district offices of which Idyllwild is in District 3.  The Department's mission is to enhance public safety and the quality of life in partnership with communities through fair enforcement of laws and codes.  Code enforcement includes responding to complaints and concerns, investigating allegations, enforcing County Codes and Ordinances using a variety of methods, and educating property owners and the public regarding county codes and ordinances.  A few of the common violations are construction without permits, grading without permits, substandard/hazardous structures, substandard mobile homes or RVs, and parking enforcement.
June 29, 2016 Meeting 2016-06-29 00:00:00Z
Dec 16, 2015 Mtg
Idyllwild Quilters Club
Our speakers today, Diana Kurr (Terry's wife) and Joyce Cummings, explained exactly what the Idyllwiild Quilters Club actually does.  You might think that all the members do is make quilts, but that is only the beginning.  First of all, the quilts are all 100% cotton, and that is because the material is easier to work with while other materials may stretch and not perform well.  The quilts all have batting inside them that provide warmth and strength.  Although some of the quilts are sold, the majority of them are donated to many worthwhile causes such as disasters and other emergencies.  They also work with the school and the "Dress A Girl" project by sewing pillow cases into dresses and disbursing them to the underprivileged whether in our country or another.  Some countries require that the girls' shoulders be covered, so those dresses are sewn with T-shirt tops that have been cut to fit the dresses.  There are currently approximately 70 members in the club.
Dec 16, 2015 Mtg 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z
August 12, 2015 Mtg
District Governor’s Visit
Pictured is Prez Chuck “squirreling" with our District Governor, Rudy -- and Prez Chuck’s tattoo.
The Rotary Club of Idyllwild had it going this morning.  Rudy Westervelt‎, District 5330 Governor, visited our Club  and discussed the Rotary World Peace Conference which will be held in Ontario, CA. on January 15/16, 2016.  As usual, he also enlightened us with his words and wit.  Always so glad to have Rudy join us.
Club President, Chuck Weisbart, used the services of Rotarian Luke Pytlik to get his new tattoo.  Members came by all methods, including a cast.  Charlie Wix was awarded for sponsoring two new members.  Club members started at 6AM to cook the Club breakfast for members and visitors.  A member received his PHF +3 pin.  Congratulations.  A very exciting morning meeting transpired. Thank you Team Idyllwild and our District Governor, Rudy.
To see more pictures, click on the Photo Albums tab above.
August 12, 2015 Mtg 2015-08-15 00:00:00Z
Mountain Center Gas and Market
Mountain Center Gas and Market
Idyllwild Rotary Club welcomes a new business on the hill
with our first ribbon cutting at the Mountain Center Gas and Market.
Mountain Center Gas and Market 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z
You are the Missing Piece
You are the Missing Piece
You are the Missing Piece 2015-07-18 00:00:00Z
Your Gift to the Rotary Foundation
What your Gift to The Rotary Foundation supports

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people — children, families, and entire communities — benefit from projects funded by The Rotary Foundation.

Although Rotary gives back in countless ways, we focus our service efforts in six areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.

A gift of $100 helps provide a sewing machine that can teach entrepreneurs the skills they need to launch a business. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people — children, families, and entire communities — benefit from projects funded by The Rotary Foundation.

Have you made your gift to the Foundation this year?

Your Gift to the Rotary Foundation 2015-07-18 00:00:00Z
June 8, 2015 Rotary Fellowships
Rotary Fellowships
The Board of Rotary International, at its June 2015 meeting in Brazil, has expanded membership eligibility in Rotary Fellowships to include family members of Rotarians (not just spouses) as well as anyone who has ever participated in a Rotary or Foundation program.

This broader category includes Rotaractors as well as participants and alumni of all other Rotary and Foundation programs, past and present, including (but not limited to):  Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (
RYLA), Rotary Peace Fellowships, Global Grant Scholarships, Vocational training teams (members and leaders), District Grant scholarships, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Foundation awards to individuals in former TRF programs, such as: Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange, Rotary Volunteers.

Invite your friends, in these new categories, to join your Fellowship
June 8, 2015 Rotary Fellowships 2015-06-26 00:00:00Z
June 17, 2015 In and Out Dinner
In and Out Dinner
Our Idyllwild Rotary In and Out Dinner was held on June 17th at The Mile High Cafe.  Nam prepared a wonderful and tasty Asian buffet for us.  Everyone enjoyed it.  Chuck Weisbart was ushered "in" as our Incoming President, and Rick Foster was ushered "out" as our Outgoing President.  We are confident that Chuck's year will be as success as Rick's has been.  Please click on the Photos Albums"  at the "Tab" above to see how much fun was had by all.
June 17, 2015 In and Out Dinner 2015-06-26 00:00:00Z
May 19, 2015 Interact Pinning Party
Anza Interact Pinning Party
May 19th, in Anza, the Hamilton High School Interact Club held its annual Pinning Party and potluck.  As usual, it was a great success with several “dignitaries” in attendance – District Governor, Shab El Awar, District Interactor Chairman, Mike Behrens, and several members of the Hemet Sunrise Club including its President, and Interact Advisor, Sue Dell‘Acqua.
To the surprise and pleasure of our Interactors, they were showered with gifts from the District Governor.  The Party was filled with sharing Rotary, a great group of attendees and great mentors.
May 19, 2015 Interact Pinning Party 2015-05-22 00:00:00Z
July 4, 2015 Independence Day Parade
July 4, 2015 Independence Day Parade 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z
May 24, 2016 Pancake Breakfast
May 24, 2016 Pancake Breakfast 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z
April 24, 2015 Polio Eradication
Protecting Children through
Lifesaving Vaccines
The extensive polio-eradication infrastructure created by Rotary, its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and governments and health ministries provides a model for saving millions of people from vaccine-preventable deaths.  During World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, the partners are calling for renewed efforts to reach children with lifesaving vaccines and get on track to finish off polio for good.
April 24, 2015 Polio Eradication 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z
April 12, 2015 Polio Vaccine Anniversary



Polio Celebrates
60th Anniversary

Sunday, 12 April, marks 60 years since the Salk polio vaccine was declared safe, effective, and potent. In that time, the number of polio cases has dropped by 99 percent worldwide.

In 1988, when Rotary International launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) with its partners at the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, polio continued to cripple children in 125 countries. Today, polio remains endemic in only three: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. And it has been more than eight months since Nigeria’s last case, making a polio-free Africa a real possibility.

Salk’s vaccine will play an important role in the end-game strategy against polio when 120 countries introduce IPV (inactivated polio vaccine) into their routine polio immunization systems this year. Leading that effort are the GPEI partners and Gavi, a global vaccine alliance, along with Sanofi Pasteur, the largest manufacturer of polio vaccine.

“As more than 120 countries in the world are introducing IPV, we are beginning the last chapter on polio eradication,” said Olivier Charmeil, Sanofi Pasteur’s chief executive officer. “At Sanofi Pasteur, we have had a long-term vision of IPV as the ultimate public health tool able to finish the job started with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV).”

Give to end polio

April 12, 2015 Polio Vaccine Anniversary 2015-04-12 00:00:00Z
April 6, 2015 Peggy Parker
April 6, 2015 Peggy Parker 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z
April 1, 2015 Peace Fellows
April 1, 2015 Peace Fellows 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z
March 30, 2015 Youth Programs
Bringing Our Youth Programs Closer To Rotary
In any given year, more than 500,000 young people participate in Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, and New Generations Service Exchange.  These programs have made a positive difference in our world for decades.  We’ve developed leaders through RYLA, built international understanding through Rotary Youth Exchange, and worked side-by-side with Interactors and Rotaractors to take action in our communities.  Members of the public often don’t know about our programs, why they matter, and how they are connected to Rotary’s story.
Now our programs have a visual identity (Facebook, Linkedin) that makes that connection to Rotary more clear.  When we talk about Interact, RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, and Rotaract, community members will know that these young leaders are connected to Rotary and that these clubs and programs are Rotary experiences.
March 30, 2015 Youth Programs 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z
March 27, 2015 End Polio Now
March 27, 2015 End Polio Now 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z
May 15-17, 2015 District 5330 Conference
May 15-17, 2015 District 5330 Conference 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z
February 25 2015 Meeting
Idyllwild Health Center
Vicki Streeter, Board Member of the Idyllwild Health Center (and wife of our illustrious member and Past President, Chuck), spoke to us about the goals for the Center.  Below are a few of the goals:
Provide self-reliance support; review procedures and clients; pursue counselors; research grants; review plans to refurbishment the Center; form a group of consultants/advisors for assistance on projects; pursue fundraising events, ask people to pledge donatons on a regular basis; pursue donations of clothing and food.  It was suggested that the Center's monthly newsletter be uploaded to the Center's website.
February 25 2015 Meeting 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z
February 18, 2015 New Perspectives

Program gives Israeli and

Palestinian teens new perspectives

Students from Israel and Palestine sat together at a local art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, one day last summer, drawing portraits of one another and learning how to live in peace.
Kelly Mellos, an organizer of the project from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, says that drawing someone who is sitting so close helps break down social barriers between the young people. "  They see how many similarities there are between them," she says.  "And they begin to understand we are all just people.  There is a respect and trust that builds."
The students were participating in a program run by Hands of Peace, which every year brings together Jewish-Israeli, Palestinian-Israeli, and Palestinian teens, along with local students from a variety of religious backgrounds, for 18 days of dialogue and team-building exercises.
February 18, 2015 New Perspectives 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z
February 11, 2015 Meeting
Interact RYLA Students Attend Meeting
Today, four of of Interact RYLA students from Anza Hamilton High School attended our meeting.  Kate, Courtney, Cassidy and Jackson  explained why they are excited about attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference in April.  Our Rotarians welcomed our RYLA students to our meeting and we enlightened them with our "Welcome" song -- it is yet to be determined if our singing enlightened them or discouraged them, since we all sing in a different key.
Chuck Weisbart, Member and Travel Expert
Chuck gave us wonderful and informative tips of traveling, especially to foreign countries.  Be sure to use the internet to find out all the up-to-date changes that are happening for travelers.  TSA should be considered helpful as they have a difficult job keeping us safe.  If you understand the rules before traveling, you will not encounter any problems.
February 11, 2015 Meeting 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z
February 3, 2015 RYLA Students


The Anza Hamilton High School Interact Club will be sending five students to this year's RYLA Conference to be held in April.  Hemet Sunrise Rotary Club is sponsoring four of the students and Idyllwild Rotary is sponsoring one student.  The above photo shows when the students were presented their notifications of being selected to attend RYLA.  As you can tell by their smiling faces, they were all happy to receive the good news.

February 3, 2015 RYLA Students 2015-02-08 00:00:00Z
January 17, 2015 Manzanita Ranch Anza
Interacters Help at Manzanita Ranch in Anza
Click on the "Photo Albums" tab for the pictures
On January 17th, the Interact students from Anza's Hamilton High School (Weather, Sam, Jackson and Neal),  Idyllwild Rotarians (Rick, Trischa, Barney, Chuck S, Jean, Randy and Daniel) and Hemet Sunrise Rotarian (Terry) helped with building, repairing and painting the corrals at the Ranch.   Everyone worked to improve the corrals using old fashioned methods to saw, pound nails, etc.  The raw wood was painted with a chocolate colored paint - although it is said that more paint ended up on the painters rather than the wood.  Everyone's hard work was appreciated by Johnny Roberts, the owner, plus we all enjoyed a tasty lunch provided by Jill, Johnny's wife.
Where the Horses Are the Treatment
The Manzanita Ranch Inc., is a human service agency involved in using horses as treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD and/or other disabilities, cancer patients and survivors and at risk youth.  Visitors to the ranch learn to bond and work with the horses; some basic horsemanship; and several hours of riding a trail or trails that match the skill level of the visitors.
January 17, 2015 Manzanita Ranch Anza 2015-01-17 00:00:00Z
January 7, 2015 Meeting
Joe Mattioli, speaker
Joe grew up in Philadelphia and is part of the Mattioli family of Pokono Raceway fame.  After his graduation from Lehigh University, his father, "Doc" Mattioli asked him to work in the business for a year.  Throughout the next twenty-five years, Joe was the events "guy" obtaining sponsors and advertising.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and as its past President and COO.  He and his wife have recently moved to Idyllwild, and we are excited to have Joe as our newest member.  Welcome.
January 7, 2015 Meeting 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z
2015 New Year's Resolutions
New Year's Resolution:  Get involved
Have you made your New Year resolutions for our Idyllwild Rotary Club?
Have you resolved to increase your involvement our Club?  You’ve probably attended a handful of meetings and told yourself, “make sure you go above and beyond the minimal membership requirements this year.”  This could mean becoming a committee member, helping to set up the meeting place, helping to clean up after the meeting, helping at an event, serving on the Board of Directors, etc.  It could also mean you keep telling yourself to get involved yet haven’t done so.  Make 2015 your time for action.
Have you resolved to have more fun?  Humor is one of the best ways to connect to people and will help to make members feel “at home” at our meetings.  Nothing builds relationships better than sharing a good laugh.
May this Rotary New Year be one where we all have a great deal of fun while putting “Service above Self.”
2015 New Year's Resolutions 2015-01-01 00:00:00Z
More Rotarians
More Rotarians 2014-12-23 00:00:00Z
Women in Rotary

The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.


"My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world," said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01.


The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow for the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.


The response to the decision was overwhelming: By June 1990, the number of female Rotarians had skyrocketed to over 20,000.  By 2010, the number of women was approaching 200,000.

Women in Rotary 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z
Idyllwild Rotary Holiday Party
Idyllwild Rotary Holiday Party
will be held at the Creekstone Inn at four corners on December 10th from 5PM to 9PM.
Remember to bring your hors d'oeuvres, soup or dessert and, of course, bring something nice for our gift exchange.  Maximum gift expenditure is $15.
Idyllwild Rotary Holiday Party 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z
Nov 2014 Ebola
Polio infrastructure helps combat Ebola in Nigeria
Rotary’s investments in polio eradication infrastructure in Nigeria has helped the government stop the Ebola outbreak there. The polio surveillance network, which is used to monitor incidence of polio, is now also being used to identify and track suspected Ebola cases.
Nov 2014 Ebola 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z
Anza Interact Club
The Interact Club at Anza’s Hamilton High School (sponsored by Hemet Sunrise and Idyllwild Rotary Clubs) has already met twice with 29 students signing up.  The members completed 56 care packages which is one of its annual projects.  They all had a great time.
        The Manzanita Ranch in Anza is preparing a list of things it needs done on the ranch and we plan on helping them.  The Ranch helps veterans with PTSD and also children with behavioral problems.  It is a non-profit organization run by a Rotarian in the Temecula Sunrise Club.
Interact Jean Dores 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z
Sept 31, 2014 Idyllwild Rotary Labor Day Weekend Deep Pit BBQ

Idyllwild Rotary Labor Day Weekend Deep Pit BBQ

No words needed.  Did you miss the good food and fun??



Sept 31, 2014 Idyllwild Rotary Labor Day Weekend Deep Pit BBQ Nathan DePetris 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z
Rotary Achievements


Rotary Achievements




This past year was one of exciting achievements and forward momentum for Rotary, as highlighted in the 2012-13 Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation Annual Report.


We launched a bold new chapter in our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that makes your contributions to the vital polio eradication end game work three times as hard.


We also finished preparing for the global launch of our new grant model, boosting our ability to help more communities secure and sustain a better quality of life.  And we carried out our first projects with Mercy Ships, while building on our work with Aga Khan University, UNESCO-IHE, the Rotary Peace Centers, and other partners.


In addition, The Rotary Foundation earned top marks from several independent charity evaluators, including the American Institute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator, and the Wise Giving Alliance.


I encourage you to review our annual report carefully, and to share it with others who may be interested in joining, partnering with, or donating to Rotary.  You can order print copies of the report at shop.rotary.org.  For those who want a more detailed look at Rotary finances, the audited financial statements are available for download.


Thank you for the important role you play in Rotary's work to help meet critical human needs, strengthening the groundwork for a more peaceful world.



John Hewko

General Secretary

Twitter: @johnhewko



Rotary Achievements Jean Dores 2014-01-12 16:15:01Z
2014-15 RI President, Gary C.K. Huang

Gary C.K. Huang is choice for 2014-15 RI president


Huang says his vision for Rotary is to increase membership to more than 1.3 million.

“To increase our membership, we must go beyond borders to wherever we see growth potential, such as the countries of China, Mongolia, and Vietnam. I will put an emphasis on increasing female and younger members,” Huang says. “I will also encourage former Rotarians to once again be part of our Rotary family.”

Huang has served as the chair of Taiwan Sogo Shinkong Security Co., Ltd., Shin Kong Life Real Estate Service Co., and P.S. Insurance Agency, Inc. and director of Federal Corporation and managing director of Taipei Life-Line Association.

He is a past president of Malayan Overseas Insurance Co. and charter secretary general of the Council for Industrial and Commercial Development in Taiwan.

A Rotarian since 1976, Huang has served as RI vice president, director, Rotary Foundation trustee, district governor, International Assembly training leader, regional session leader, task force member and coordinator, and committee member and chair.

Convener of the 2000 Hong Kong, 2001 Kuala Lumpur, 2002 Manila, and 2003 Singapore Rotary Institutes, he also served as chair of the 2002 Taipei Presidential Conference. He is chair of the Council of Past District Governors in Taiwan.

Huang created 19 new clubs in 1986-87 as governor of District 345, which included Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

Huang has been awarded the National Civic Service Award by the Federation of Non-Profit Associations and the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Ministry of the Interior, R.O.C. He is a recipient of the RI Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.

Huang and his wife, Corinna Yao, have three children.

2014-15 RI President, Gary C.K. Huang Jean Dores 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z
Nov 28-29, 2014 Idyllwild Harvest Festival

Harvest Basket                           Idyllwild Harvest Festival

The Rotary Club of Idyllwild is sponsoring the 48th Annual Idyllwild Harvest Festival being held November 28th and 29th at the Town Hall.  Raffles will be held for "Baskets" that consist of valuable selections of items.  There is a wide selection of booths with a variety of items such as homemade mustards by the Rotary Anns, the alpaca booth, jewelry booths, hand craft booths, art booths and many others.  Food is also served by the Rotarians with a popular menu - chili dogs, cheeseburgers, quesadillas, soft drinks, etc.
For additional information about the Festival, click on the website below:

Idyllwild Harvest Festival  

Nov 28-29, 2014 Idyllwild Harvest Festival Jean Dores
October 25, 2014 Foundation Gala

2014 Foundation Gala

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:00-9:00PM


October 25, 2014 Foundation Gala Jean Dores
August 20, 2014 Mtg

Welcome Martin Baxter


Our speaker this morning was Martin Baxter, Coordinator Disaster Volunteer for the Medical Health Department.  He has trained the Mountain Disaster Team in such things as medication distribution, emergency response, if there is a Red Cross shelter, then bringing in nursing.  The Department keeps a stock of medicines such as antibiotics and also practices warehouse operations to receive, store and ship.  Soon quarterly training will begin for the Mountain Preparedness Team in triage, medical distribution and deployment process.

August 20, 2014 Mtg Jean Dores
August - Clean Water

Clubs Breaking Down Barriers

to Clean Water in Ghana


When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water.

Hatala's experiences in Ghana led to a series of joint projects between the Rotary Club of Boaz and the Rotary Club of Alabaster-Pelham, also in Alabama. For their first two projects, members installed two water wells in Aflao, a town in the Volta region. And more recently, they joined forces with two other Alabama clubs to provide clean water, but also to significantly reduce the time and effort that go into finding and fetching water. According to United Nations worldwide statistics, up to 40 billion hours a year are spent fetching water, primarily by women and children.

Although the water distribution project wrapped up in early March, Sorensen says all the clubs involved are planning a fourth project and considering water sources in other regions. Their overall goal continues to be to improve the lives of as many people as possible.

"It was really rewarding to create a difference in the lives of the villagers there, and their families and their future families. This project, and the fact that they have water available to them in more locations, is going to impact other issues, from health to education to income and time available. It's just going to be a game changer for those villages for generations to come."

August - Clean Water Jean Dores
August - Membership Month

Celebrate Membership Month

August is Membership Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.

There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started:

  • Say it loud, say it proud! Let everyone in your social network know that you are a proud member by changing your Twitter and Facebook profile to the , , or graphic. Copy and save the graphic as your profile picture for August.
  • Watch and share. Download RI President Gary C.K. Huang’s video on membership from . Watch it at your next meeting or club event to highlight the vital role membership plays in maintaining a strong and active club.
  • Exchange ideas. Do you have successful membership strategies that have worked well in your community? Share them on the .
  • We Are Rotary. Using the hashtag #WeAreRotary, to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine of your club members at work in your community or abroad to show how Rotary makes a positive impact in the world.
  • It’s Now or Never. Join us on August 13 at 10:00 Chicago time (UTC-5) for our webinar. It will feature international membership expert Nikki Walker discussing innovative ways of thinking about membership.
  • Making a difference. Rotary clubs are known for the high-impact service projects they undertake locally and globally. Share stories about your service projects and how they improve lives on . Be sure to follow us on , , and to see what Rotary members around the world are doing to celebrate Membership Month.
  • What does Rotary mean to you? Rotary members have pushed polio to the brink of eradication, delivered clean water to those in need, improved their local communities, provided scholarships to the next generation of peacemakers, and continued to do good in the world.
August - Membership Month Jean Dores
August 15-17, 2014 Jazz Festival

Idylwild hosts annual

Jazz in the Pines fest

August 15-17, 2014


Jazz in the Pines is a fundraiser for the Idyllwild Arts Academy with proceeds going help to support student scholarships. The event attracts some 3,500 visitors to the town over the course of the weekend and is regarded as one of the top tourism events for Idyllwild.

Jazz In The Pines is three stages of continuous music, featuring over two dozen bands on three stages, so there's something for everyone. Our festival marketplace offers a wide selection of art, jewelry and handicrafts. A variety of delicious food is also available, along with beer, wine and margaritas.

August 15-17, 2014 Jazz Festival Jean Dores
July 23, 2014 Mtg

The Rustic Theatre



Christina Stewart invited us to continue our support of our Idyllwild Rustic Theatre.  Christina is the General Manager for the Theatre and also a realtor.  The original site for the Rustic Theatre was at the Silver Pines Lodge being built in 1946.  Even though it's location was moved to downtown, it has never closed.  There have been six owners of the Rustic Theatre, the Stewarts being the fifth and seventh owners.  The Stewarts want to start a movie club for the classics.  The tickets would cost only $3.50 at the door or you could pay for four tickets in advance for $3.00.  It's a deal you can't turn down.


July 23, 2014 Mtg Jean Dores
July 16, 2014 Mtg

The Rotary Foundation


Chuck Weisbart, our President-Elect and Foundation Chair, spoke to us about the importance of the Rotary Foundation.  The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.  Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Donations are not spent immediately but are maintained in a savings account drawing interest.  The funds are used throughout the world such as clean water projects, eradicating polio, etc.  In fact, two billion children have been immunized against polio.  The world today is 98% polio free.  Funds are also returned to your District and grants made available to clubs for their various projects.

Rotary International has the lowest administrative costs of any philanthropic organization in the world.

July 16, 2014 Mtg Jean Dores
2015 Rotary Convention



Rotary International President Gary Huang and the RI Board have changed the dates for the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo, Brazil, to Saturday, 6 June, through Tuesday, 9 June – starting and ending one day earlier than previously scheduled.

The dates were changed because the original opening day (Sunday, 7 June) coincided with one of the city's most popular parades.  The new start date will dramatically reduce traffic congestion and make it easier for Rotary members to attend the opening plenary sessions.  It will also make it convenient to attend our very own Rotary Carnival, a Host Organization Committee event, on Saturday evening.

The dates for many of the events have also changed.  Please check riconvention.org for the latest information.

2015 Rotary Convention Jean Dores
July 4th Parade

July 4th Parade

The 2014 Idyllwild 4th of July parade was a total home run for the Idyllwild Rotary and our tight knit mountain hamlet.  Thanks to all of our club members that made this the best ever parade.  The crowds in town this weekend were huge- God Bless America and God Bless Idyllwild.





July 4th Parade Jean Dores
2014-15 Rotary International President




Gary C.K. Huang is an adviser for Wah Lee Industrial Corp. and Bank of Panhsin, and is director of Federal Corporation and Sunty Development Co. Ltd. He previously was president of Malayan Overseas Insurance Co. and chair of Taiwan Sogo Shinkong Security Co. Ltd.

A Rotarian since 1976, Huang has served RI as vice-president, director, Foundation trustee, International Assembly group discussion leader, regional session leader, task force member and coordinator, committee member and chair, and district governor. He also was chair of the 2014 International Assembly Committee; adviser for the Permanent Fund Committee for Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong; and PolioPlus advocacy adviser for Taiwan.

He has been instrumental in membership development throughout Asia. As a Rotary Foundation trustee, Huang set the goal of recruiting 100 new Major Donors in Taiwan to celebrate Rotary's centennial; the result was the addition of 106 Major Donors in 2005 and 103 in 2006, who contributed more than $2 million to the Foundation's Annual Fund.

Huang wrote about his experiences in business and Rotary in his book, "Finding Solutions, Not Excuses." He received the Civic Service Award of the Federation of Non-Profit Associations and the Outstanding Community Service Award from Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior. In 2001, when the Rotary International Convention was held in San Antonio, Texas, USA, he was named the city's honorary mayor.


Huang is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award and Presidential Citation and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.

2014-15 Rotary International President Jean Dores
June 21, 2014 In-Out Dinner

In-Out Dinner


Outgoing President, Danny Richardson, passed the gavel to Incoming President, Rick Foster, at our Western Themed In-Out Dinner held Saturday, June 21st at the Mountain Center Café.  Congratulations to Danny for a successful year and to Rick for an upcoming successful year.

June 21, 2014 In-Out Dinner Jean Dores
Clean Water

Opening Doors to Clean Water


The Rotary clubs of Redwood City, California, USA are bringing water purification technology to Thailand, the Philippines, and now Mexico through their club project H2OpenDoors.  Not only are they providing clean water to villages and schools, they provide opportunities for locals to also sell the surplus capacity of their water.





Clean Water Jean Dores
June is Rotary Fellowships Month

Rotary Fellowships


Did you know that June is Rotary Fellowships Month?  Rotary fellowships are groups of Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, and Rotaractors who share a common interest, wish to further their vocational development, or would like to make new friends, explore opportunities for service, and enhance their experience in Rotary.  Fellowships, which must have active members in at least three countries, provide you with a chance to make lasting friendships with people outside your club.  To join a fellowship, go to www.Rotary.org/Fellowships and see the extensive list of fellowships.

For the past 12 years, our own Jean Dores has been a member of the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians and has been its Membership Director for the past six years.  The fellowship has given her the opportunity to meet and ride with Rotarians from around the world and to travel throughout the United States and parts of Canada.

June is Rotary Fellowships Month Jean Dores
End Polio Now

Interactors and Rotaractors energize

Rotary’s global efforts to end polio

In the past nine months, Interact and Rotaract clubs have raised more than $50,000 to end polio worldwide.  With creative initiatives like the This Close campaign and fundraisers like 5K runs, curry nights, purple pinkie challenges, themed parties, scavenger hunts, and more, young leaders have raised awareness while raising funds to End Polio Now.  Taken together, these efforts have a positive impact worldwide.  The World Health Organization recently declared its Southeast Asia region polio free, and we are stepping up efforts to end this disease. 

End Polio Now Jean Dores
Visually Impaired Cookbooks


Rotary Project Creates Cookbook

for the Visually Impaired

A woman with a black apron is stirring tomatoes into a pan of vegetables in Bursa, Turkey.  Visually impaired, she is being helped by an assistant, who is a spouse of a Turkish Rotary member.

Elsewhere in the kitchen, other cooks and Rotary spouses are preparing meatballs, slicing and peeling eggplants, and measuring out cookie dough.  At a table in an adjacent dining area, a man is reading a recipe from a Braille cookbook.  The cookbook, "Good Smells From the Kitchen," has enabled many members of the Library of Turkey for the Visually Disabled to enter the kitchen with new confidence.

The activity is part of a project by Rotary members in western Turkey, who have partnered with the library to produce the country's first cookbook for the visually impaired, printed in Braille and recorded on audio CD. Several dozen copies of the book have rolled off the library's presses and have been recorded in the library's studio, and given free to library members. Additional copies are printed as Rotary members secure funding and line up new sponsors.

Visually Impaired Cookbooks Jean Dores
2014 Sydney Convention

Rotary Chases Oprah’s Record


It’s not every day a service organization like Rotary International takes on the likes of television giant Oprah Winfrey.  But that’s exactly what’s happening on May 30th in Sydney when Rotary members from around the globe ascend the Sydney Harbour Bridge to break Winfrey’s record for the most simultaneous bridge climbers and the most flags flown.

In what will likely be Rotary’s first and only attempt to dethrone Winfrey will also have the added wrinkle of raising funds for polio eradication.  Rotary will donate 50 percent of all ticket sales to its End Polio Now campaign.

“Rotary’s partnership with BridgeClimb is expected to generate enough funds to immunize more than 240,000 children and give all visiting and local Rotarians the chance to make a real contribution to the End Polio Now campaign,”  Rotary International President Ron Burton says.

 The current world records stand at 316 climbers and 137 flags flown.  Don’t miss the chance to climb to the bridge’s apex for once-in-a-lifetime views.  Afraid of heights?  Fear not, you’ll be strapped in.

2014 Sydney Convention Jean Dores
April 23, 2014 Meeting

Cheryl Vladika, Our Rustic Kids


 Today's speaker was Cheryl Vladika who has created a wonderful program in Idyllwild for our kids between the ages of 11 through 18.  Rustic kids is a place for kids to be kids (teenagers).  Currently, the Rustic Kids meet at the Rustic Theatre in town on Monday-Tuesday and Thursday from 3PM to 6PM.  Cheryl is applying for a non-profit organization which will enable her to apply for grants for the Rustic Kids.  Her first goal is to obtain the old library in town so the kids will have a more appropriate meeting place.  There are several groups formed within the Rustic Kids such as the Tech Club, Teen Club, Homework Club, Chess Club - plus many other activities - dancing, diversity movies, video games on the big screen, fundraising, and just hanging out with friends.

Cheryl is always looking for volunteers to help plan events.

Check out the Rustic Kids on Facebook.

April 23, 2014 Meeting Jean Dores
April 9, 2014 Meeting

Terry Dyment, Speaker

Our own Terry Dyment entertained us today by telling us about an LAPD case that fascinated people for years.  Terry is retired from Internal Affairs but was involved with the case called, "Mild Bill."  Mild Bill was a policeman for LAPD for several years spending most of the time issuing traffic citations and responding to traffic accidents.  He lacked incentive - or so everyone thought.  As the years went by, it was finally discovered that Mild Bill was stealing and selling yachts and cars as well as other big items.  He also murdered three people and is now in jail forever.

April 9, 2014 Meeting Jean Dores
Water in Lebanon Schools

Installing Water Filters

in Lebanon Schools


In Lebanon, Rotary Clubs have installed water filtration systems in some 200 public schools. Starting in the South where 45 installations were done by Rotary Club Saida in Saida and in the South and some 155 installations were done by other Rotary Clubs with the guidance of water and sanitation committee in public schools all over Lebanon. Over 1,100 schools need to have the same and this can be done through multiple Water Matching Grants (MGs)! as a chair of water and sanitation committee this year we continue our project to install more filters and let our kids drink clean water - ADG Badredine Ghazzaoui

Water in Lebanon Schools Jean Dores
February 2014

What do the Olympic rings stand for?


Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin — a French aristocrat and intellectual  explained his design in 1931:  "A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: Blue, yellow, black, green and red...is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time."  Coubertin used a loose interpretation of "continent" that included Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. He never said nor wrote that any specific ring represents a specific continent.

February 2014 Jean Dores
February 18, 2014 Mtg

La Rotonda, in Vinenza, Italy





Today, Martin Kubelik spoke to our Club about the history and architecture of La Rotonda in Vicenza, Italy.  The villa was build on project by Andrea Palladio for bishop Paolo Almerico, around 1570.  In 1591 the villa was bought by the noble family Capra.  From 1911 La Rotonda is owned by the family of Count Valmarana who opened it to the public in 1986.  The design is for a completely symmetrical building having a square plan with four facades, each of which has a projecting portico.  The whole is contained within an imaginary circle which touches each corner of the building and centers of the porticos.  The name La Rotonda refers to the central circular hall with its dome.   After 500 years, La Rotonda today is still a place of pure beauty, waiting to give inspiration, culture, joy.

February 18, 2014 Mtg Jean Dores
The First Four



On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.

Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.

Read about each of the first four Rotarians below, and about Harry L. Ruggles, who is often called the "fifth Rotarian."


Rotary’s founder, Harris, was born in Wisconsin, USA, on 19 April 1868. He was raised by his paternal grandparents in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont, Princeton, and the University of Iowa. He was Rotary president from 1910 to 1912 and a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago until his death on 27 January 1947.

Loehr, a mining engineer, was born on 18 October 1864 in Carlinville, Illinois. He was a Rotarian for only a few years, never holding office at the club or international level. But that first Rotary meeting was held in his office, Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. He died in Chicago on 23 May 1918.


A Rotarian for only a few years, Shorey served as recording secretary during the club’s first year. He was born in Maine in August 1862 and died in March 1944.


Schiele, a coal dealer, served as the Chicago club’s first president in 1905 and Rotary International’s third treasurer in 1945. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in June 1870, Schiele attended Terre Haute Business College and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He was president of the Schiele Coal Company from 1902 until his retirement in 1939. He and Harris became lifelong friends and lived near each other on the South Side of Chicago. Schiele died on 17 December 1945 and is buried near Harris at Mount Hope Cemetery.


Originally from Michigan, Ruggles was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and joined Rotary at its second meeting. He was treasurer of the Chicago club during its first year, president from 1908 to 1910, and a Rotary director from 1912 to 1913. He is known for having introduced singing to Rotary club meetings. His printing company, H.L. Ruggles & Co., printed the first issue of The National Rotarian and the first Rotary songbook. He died on 23 October 1959, an honorary member of seven clubs in addition to his home club, the Rotary Club of Chicago.

The First Four Jean Dores
January 2014 Mtg

Idyllwild  Community  Center  Program


Chris Trout, Dianne Cardinali and Pete Caparelli were showing off their commemorative coffee mugs to some old guy after providing a wonderful presentation on the proposed new community center in Idyllwild.

January 2014 Mtg Jean Dores
January 8, 2014 Mtg

Jeff Cohen, Newest Rotarian

Jeff Cohen, who joined Rotary recently, was our program speaker today.  He spoke about his business of distributing specialty cards and also his volunteer work with the Make A Wish Foundation.  He is so energetic and upbeat that the program was a real hit.  Jeff is a welcome addition to our Club.

January 8, 2014 Mtg Jean Dores
December 18, 2013 Mtg

New Member

Today, Jeff Cohen was officially inducted as our newest member.  Welcome, Jeff.

Rick Foster, Speaker

Our President Elect, Rick Foster, and his wife, Nancy, shared their experiences and their photos taken at the 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.  The historical buildings were beautiful -- and, the cobblestone narrow streets were scary - hard to image that a trolley car can travel through those streets.  Rick's presentation inspired us all to attend the 2014 Convention in Sydney, Australia.  If you are interested in attending, register now, before the registration cost increases.  The website is http://www.riconvention.org/en/2014/Pages/ridefault.aspx.

December 18, 2013 Mtg Jean Dores
Nov 29-30, 2013 Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival 2013


November 29th and 30th, our 47th Annual Rotary Harvest Festival was held at the Town Hall.  All the Rotarian volunteers worked long hours to ensure that the Festival was a success - and it was.  Even though it rained on Saturday, it did not prevent the town folks from visiting and purchasing wares that were provided by the many various vendors.  On Sunday after the Festival, everyone went downtown to see the lighting of the Christmas tree.  As usual, it was a sight to see.  What a wonderful weekend!

Nov 29-30, 2013 Harvest Festival Jean Dores
December 17, 2013 Anza Interact Club

Anza Hamilton High School Interact Club


The Anza Interactors prepared 100 care packages for the underprivileged children. Interactor Maggie said, "It is so wonderful to be able to accomplish so much for the community in such small ways! To be able to do something as small as making care packages is so rewarding!

December 17, 2013 Anza Interact Club Jean Dores
November 20, 2013 Mtg

Exercise with Pilates

Judi Way spoke to us today about the benefits of exercising with pilates.  Pilates first began by Joseph Pilates who immigrated from Germany around 1949-1950.  It deeply transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs, and it's one of the fastest growing forms of exercise on the planet.  Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body.  Our own Charlie Wix demonstrated some of the stretches for us all to see how easy it is to do pilates.  One of the exercises is to lift your arms to the sky and bend backwards to relieve compression of the disks in your spine.

You can contact Judi at her Idyllwild studio at 951-659-6042.

November 20, 2013 Mtg Jean Dores
December 4, 2013 Holiday Party

Holiday Party at Silver Pines Lodge

December 4, 2013

Before the party began, a quick Rotary meeting was held and the slate of officers for the upcoming year was read.

Next came the food.  Oh-h-h-h, so much yummy food.  Everyone brought a dish.  Several different kinds of soup, cornbread, desserts and, of course, wine.  Then, there was the gift exchange.  Many laughs and sadness when gifts were taken by others as part of the game.  We all had fun, the weather was perfect with the snow waiting until the next day.  If you missed the festivities, you missed a marvelous evening with friends.

December 4, 2013 Holiday Party Jean Dores
November 6, 2013 Mtg


Our club member, Craig Coopersmith, spoke to us today about "taxes."  Tax legislation won't be affecting most of us.  The focus will be on earners $250K and above.  Due to the current disfunction in government, it's hard to tell what will be coming down the line.  In 2014, watch out for email scams.  Remember, the IRS does not send emails.  Be cautious.  Reserve your opinion on the Affordable Healthcare -- stay tuned.

November 6, 2013 Mtg Jean Dores
October 23, 2013 Mtg

Astro Camp Idyllwild


Our speaker today was Larry Kwano, the Chief Scientist Outreach, at the Astro Camp in Idyllwid.  Astro Camp is a year-round residential science camp featuring programs like physics, space exploration, astronomy, outdoor adventures.  Some of the team-building adventures include high and low ropes, zip line, power pole, skycoaster, cat walk and vine walk.  After the meeting, Larry conducted a 2-hoour tour of the Camp for several of our members.  It was very interesting and educational.

October 23, 2013 Mtg Jean Dores
October 9, 2013 Mtg

Back to School in Education



Debbie Carpenter of the Idyllwild Arts Academy spoke to us today and informed us that this year the Academy has it largest enrollment ever - a "bumper crop" of young artists.  In fact, 49% are international students.  The graduates also meet the UC requirements for college.  What a wonderful accomplishment!  37% of revenue is given to scholarships.  Donations are still coming in for the concert hall, plus a 4-1 matching grant.  Congratulations.  The 6th, 7th and 8th graders at the Idyllwild Middle school have been invited to attend scenes from the Dracula performance. 




October 9, 2013 Mtg Jean Dores
Sept 25, 2013 Mtg

District Governor's Visit


      Joe Ramos, District Governor 5330, and his lovely wife, Jeanne, visited our Club today.  Also visiting was Assistant Governor and our good friend, Sue Dell'Acqua.  Joe recognized six of our members:   Thom Wallace, Bob Lippert, Trischa Clark, Chuck Weisbart, Bill Gallagher and Rick Foster (see photo above).  Joe is on the right.

     Joe retired from NASA and also worked at the Pentagon.  Joe discussed several District and International projects.  He mentioned that Million Meals needs money rather than food.  Food is donated, but it is the money that gets the food to the people.  Also, Bill Gates has now increased his donation to the March to End Polio.  For every $1 donated by Rotary, he will donate $2.  What a deal!  Let's do it!

     The District Foundation Gala will be November 16th at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.  There will be a panel on post-polio syndrome.  The theme of the Gala will be the 50s.  Do you still have your poodle skirt or white sport coat?  The District Conference will be May 4, 2014, at the Doral in Cathedral City.  It will also be a 50s theme (rock & roll).  Mark your calendars now for these important events.

Sept 25, 2013 Mtg Jean Dores
September 11th Mtg

Physician's Assistant Myla Davis Welcomed

Myla Davis has been a Physician's Assistant (PA) for four years.  Her Office Assistant, Keith Bradley, also attended our meeting.  Myla works at the Idyllwild Medical Center and enjoys internal medicine as well as family medicine.  Many questions were answered by Myla such as what is the difference between Nurse Practitioners vs. Physician's Assistants.  Answer:  Nurse Practitioners can have their own business, whereas a Physician's Assistant works for assigned doctors and may not have her/his own business.  A lengthy discussion was also held regarding "Obamacare."

September 11th Mtg Jean Dores
August 28th Mtg

Welcome Ranger Nancy

Today's speaker was Ranger Nancy at Camp Emerson.  Nancy explained that Camp Emerson was established 94 years ago.  Boy Scouts first began camping in the Camp Emerson area of Idyllwild in 1919, making the camp one of the oldest camps in the West!   Camp Emerson acted as both a long term camp and base camp for scouts hiking into the San Jacinto wilderness.  It began with only five acres of land and 433 Boy Scouts.  Today it encompasses 110 acres and 1,200 Boy Scouts.  What a change!    There are several programs during the years that are fun and also of service to others.  These programs enrich the attendees.  In the past 10 years the addition of showers and flushing toilets has occurred through the rehab and construction of several facilities that include the Simonds Flats, Family, Boathouse and Wagon Wheel Restrooms.

Ranger Nancy is the only full-time camp employee, so you can image that she is one buy lady.


August 28th Mtg Jean Dores
August 14th Mtg

Importance of Music Education

Our speakers today were Christian Chalifour and Jeff Wilder who helped us better understand the importance of music and how the education has deteriorated in our country.  Chris explained that there is no longer any money for music, so musicians are thinking "outside the box" by being creative and finding new ways to introduce people to music.

Jeff's organization is "Make Your Mark" and the organization brings families closer together, school grades improve through a new enthusiasm.  Community helpers support the program.

Check the website Events or Calendar for information about the Potluck at the Concert on the 22nd, the Deep It BBQ on September 1st, the fishing trip on September 6th and the Gala and Silent Auction on November 16th.

August 14th Mtg Jean Dores
July 31st Mtg

Welcome Becky Clark

Our speaker this week was Becky Clark of the Town Crier.  She recently purchased the newspaper so it could remain on the "hill" rather than being purchased by a large enterprise and then outsourced to China.  The Town Crier is now open seven day a week.  Becky was congratulated for doing such a great job reporting on the Mountain Fire.

Craig Coopersmith was named our August Rotarian of the Month.  Craig is always the first one to volunteer and consistently is helping with every project that our Club is involved in.  Good job, "Coop."

July 31st Mtg Jean Dores
June 19th Mtg

Website and Fellowships

Today's speaker was our own Jean Dores who discussed our Idyllwild Rotary website and Rotary Fellowships.  Jean explained how to login to the members section and what is available to the members only and what is available to the public.  The newsletters can be viewed and/or downloaded as well as other documents.  Current events are listed in the calendar as well as photo albums of our current events.

June is Rotary Fellowships Month.  Jean informed us that Rotary Fellowships share a common interest in worthwhile recreationl activities (sports, hobbies, etc), and explore new opportunities for service.  Jean is a member of the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians and has been serving as its Membership Director for the past several years.

June 19th Mtg Jean Dores
June 14th In and Out Dinner

In and Out Dinner

Friday evening, June 14th, our In and Out Dinner was held at the Rainbow Inn.  The turnout for the event was phenominal.  The majority of our members and their spouses were in attendance to see the "passing of the gavel" from our President, Steve Espinosa, to our Incoming President, Danny Richardson.  This will be the second time that Danny will be our President, so we are expecting even bigger and better things from him this time.  Steve recapped his year and the many thousands of dollars our Club donated to charities and scholarships.  Congratulations, Steve, on a very successful Rotary year.

We were all saddened to learn of the passing of Allan Morphett.  Allan was a long-time Rotarian and a friend to us all.  May you rest in peace Allan.

Bob Lippert was named our Rotarian of the Year for his neverending work as our Treasurer.  Bob ensures that we stay within our yearly budget and that expeditures are controlled.

Thom Wallace was named June's Rotarian of the Month for volunteering to assume the position of our Newsletter Editor.  Steve Carlson and his family have moved to Wisconsin and will be missed, but Thom has already prepared two newsletters and is doing a great job.

June 14th In and Out Dinner Jean Dores
June 5th Mtg

Welcome to Our District 5330 Guests

Helene Kalfuss, District Foundation and Past District Governor, and Laura Ahmed, West Clubs Assistant Governor, visited our Club.  Helene spoke to us about the importance of supporting the Rotary Foundation through our donations.  Rotarians are "giving" people and we need to teach our children and our grandchildren to give.  Giving is not inherited, it is learned.

She explained that 25 percent of our children in our schools in the United States are hungary, and children in third world countries are dying from starvation and diseases.  Our donations make possible to help solve these problems throughout the world and here in our communities.

E.R.E.Y  "Every Rotarian Every Year"

Let's continue to donate to the Rotary Foundation every year.

June 5th Mtg Jean Dores
May 8th Mtg

Congratulations to our Rotarian of the Month

Congratulations Trischa Clark for being awarded our Rotarian of the Month.  Trischa was recognized for her hard work through the years as our Club Secretary.  Way to go girl!

Idyllwild Arts

Marek Pramuka, the Dean of Admissions at Idyllwild Arts spoke to us about the school and how it has become so successful the past few years.  The school has about 300 students and is the only "boarding" arts institute west of the Mississippi River.  Chinese make up about 1/3 of the school's revenue.

May 8th Mtg Jean Dores
April 10th Mtg

Rotarian Carol Acosta, Speaker

Carol Acosta, who lives in Thailand, spoke to our Club together with two Thai students and a teacher.  The Thai girls all wore their colorful and ornate native costumes.  They are from the Hmong area of Thailand, but their people live in countries around the world.  95% of Thais are Buddhists.  The girls also treated us to a slide show of their country illustrating the many different aspects of the country.  The two students are members of Interact and both received scholarships.  One is already attending a university, and the other will be soon be attending the university.

Rotarian of the Month, Bob Lippert

Congratulations to Bob Lippert for becoming our Rotarian of the Month.  Bob was honored for his outstanding work as our Treasurer.

April 10th Mtg Jean Dores
March 13th Mtg

Rotarian of the Month

Congratulations to Danny Richardson as our March Rotarian of the Month.  Danny has stepped up to the plate to be our next President (again).  Thank you, Danny.

Speaker Larry Ross

Larry Ross of Omega Gunlocks explained that today, gun safety is at a premium.  Larry demonstrated gun locks that go inside the chamber of a gun, thus eliminating the need for a cumbersome cable lock.  A child resistant key goes through the barrel to the cyliner preventing the cylinder from turning.  There are different designs for different guns and are caliber specific.

March 13th Mtg Jean Dores
February 13th Mtg

Congratulations to Our New Member


Thomas Hwang was inducted today as our newest Rotary member.  He and his wife, Esther, are welcome additions to our Club.


Our speaker this week was Mike Symmes of Realgoods Solar.

February 13th Mtg Jean Dores
January 23rd Mtg

Welcome Kay Perriman


Kay is the Director of Daybreak Adult Services and has worked with seniors for the past sixteen years.  Daybreak provides daily care including breakfast and personal care.  The non-profit organization, Fammily Services Association, is the parent company of Daybreak.  There is a grief support group available for those who have lost a loved one but also for caregivers, family and friends who are watching someone decline.

There are several ways to support someone.  A few of them are:  1) take care of yourself first; 2) laugh at something every day; 3) talk with someone every day.  Daily contact is important; 4) let family and friends help.  You don't have to do it yourself; 5) give yourself permission to cry; and 6) always have a back-up plan in case of an emergency.

Chris Finn also Welcomed

Our Assistant District Governor, Chris Finn, joined us and encouraged us to attend the March 15th Governor Roast and to attend the April 20th District Assembly.

January 23rd Mtg Jean Dores
January 9th Mtg

Prez Steve thanks Nancy


Nancy Layton spoke to us today about the upcoming formation of the Fire Department Auxiliary.  The first organizational meeting will be held at the Idyllwild Fire Department on January 24th at 7PM.  They will be discussing expectations, structure, fundraisers, activities of the volunteers, and much more.  The Auxiliary will be looking at life experiences and skills of the volunteers.  The Auxiliary will become a 501C3 corporation which will enable it to receive grants.  Rotarian and Idyllwild Fire Chief, Patrick Reitz also added valuable information about the importance of have an Auxiliary in Idyllwild. 

January 9th Mtg Jean Dores
January 2nd Meeting

Terri Bowen, Speaker


Prez Steve Espinosa presents our speaker with a beautifully framed painting.  Terri Bowen is the Riverside County's Project Manager.  We all were eager to hear her presentation.

January 2nd Meeting Jean Dores
November 28th Mtg

Laurie Gillett of Creekstone Inn

Our speaker today was Laurie Gillett.  Not only is she one of our Rotary Anns, but she wears many hats here in Idyllwild.  Her "innkeeping" career started in 1997 and as the years went by, Laurie also provided Idyllwild tours for our many visitors.  Our town has approximately twenty inns and lodges, and the busiest times are Thanksgiving and the Jazz Festival.  Tourism is vital to our economy.


The last meeting of each month, please remember to bring non-perishable foods for our Million Meals on Wheels.

Our Christmas Party will be December 10th from 4PM to 8PM at the Creekstone Inn.  If you would like to participate in our gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift with a value of approximately $15.

November 28th Mtg Jean Dores
October 31st Mtg

Our Own John Newman, our Speaker

John is the Dean of Students and Director of Operations at Idyllwild Arts Academy.  He spoke to us about the upcoming third Director's Hearing to approve the Academy's Master Plan revision.  The primary reason for the current revision is the relocation of the proposed Performing Arts Complex and LEED-Certified Health Center, and the new plans for faculty housing, and for the first time, the Jazz Festival is now listed as a planned annual event.  Approval will allow Idyllwild Arts to move forward with building projects over the next 3-5 years.  This process will support our mission to provide world class educational programs to talented students from around the world.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John.

October 31st Mtg Jean Dores
October 17th Mtg

Anna Ancheta, Speaker

Anna presented a very animated review of her life as a musician.  She sings, plays the violin as well as writing arrangements and composing songs.  She has even written a new arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner.  She has taught theory, started various musical groups such as the Ladies Chorus here on the hill.  Anna even managed to convince all of us to the "I Met An Old Woman."

October 17th Mtg Jean Dores
September 19th Mtg

Welcome District Governor Jean Easum


Our members greeted DG Jean Easum and Asst DG Chris with a full house.  It was an exciting meet and greet and we all enjoyed hearing our DG speak.  She encouraged all of us to attend the upcoming District Conference at the Doral in Cathedral City, and we look forward to seeing her again.


Congratulations, Patrick Reitz


Patrick was officially inducted into our Club by District Governor Jean.  Patrick didn't wait to become active in our Club, though.  From the very beginning of his first visit, he began volunteering for our projects.  Way to go, Patrick.

Congratulations, Bill Gallagher


Bill Gallagher is our September "Rotarian of the Month" and was awarded a well-deserved gift certificate.  Congratulations, Bill.

September 19th Mtg Jean Dores
Sept 5th Mtg

Our Prez, Steve, welcomed our newest member, Terry, to our Club.
Glad to have Terry join us.


Today's speaker was our own Rotarian, Kay Wanner, who defined a "Living Trust" and other documents necessary to avoid probate when you or a loved one passes on.  A good motto is "Don't Plan for Tomorrow, Live for Today."  Kay also explained the necessity to place copies of medical documents in easily accessible locations in case of emergency -- such as under your home phone, your vehicle glove compartment or in your luggage, if traveling.

Sept 5th Mtg Jean Dores
August 15th Mtg

Acorn Galleries

Kirsten Ingbretsen, an artist and the new owner of Acorn Galleries, was our speaker.  She enlightened us with her background as a Marine, school teacher and, now, a gallery owner.  Please stop by to see the ceramics, sculptures, paintings and many other types of artistry.
She also invited everyone to attend the Art Festival on Saturday, Sept 1st at the new community park.

Assistant District Governor

Christopher Finn, our Assistant District Governor, visited our Club and encouraged us to participate in the Million Meals to People Program.  The District Conference will be held October 26th at the Doral in Cathedral City, and the "Spirit of Rotary" will be a Halloween theme this year.

August Rotarian of the Month


Prez Steve announced that Jean Dores is our Rotarian of the Month for her efforts in setting up and maintaining our website "Idyllwild Rotary."  Jean was presented with a $30 certificate to the Gastrognome Restaurant.


August 15th Mtg Jean Dores
August 8th Mtg


Our new Fire Chief, Patrick Reitz (on left), was introduced by Michael Sherman (on right), Interim Fire Chief.  Patrick is going to be a much needed asset to our community.  He grew up in small towns, so Idyllwild will fit right in.  He has also worked in large towns as well and comes to us from Sheridan, WY,
after serving 13 years there.
Patrick is also a paramedic which will also benefit our community.

Kay Wanner was "officially" welcomed into our Club.
So glad to have her join us.

New member, Martha Sanchez of Vacation Rentals, spoke to us about why she joined Rotary.  Martha enjoys people and is anxious to serve our community.

Another new member, Steve Affsa, moved to Idyllwild about one and half years ago after retiring from Riverside Public Works.  He has accepted a position in Thousand Palms and will now be making the trek off the hill each day.


August 8th Mtg Jean Dores
August 1st Mtg

Gary Cook spoke to us about his non-profit company, Homes for the Upward Mobile (HUM), that helps young people get back on their feet.

 The goal of HUM is to build businesses that can be owned by the workers.  HUM will be creating enterprises, within which workers will be hired, and it will be assisting youths to build equity starting at 18 years of age.

 Steve Carlson presented Gary Cook with a local artist's picture as his speaker gift.  Check out the HUM website at www.homeup.org.

August 1st Mtg Jean Dores
July 18th Mtg

The meeting was opened by Steve Espinosa.  Steve announced that Rick Foster is our Rotarian of the Month for his never-ending help and support of the new community playground.  Congratulations, Rick!

Steve presents Terry Dyment with his New member package.

July 18th Mtg Jean Dores
July 25th Mtg

Welcome New Member, Steve Affsa
Steve is retired from Public Works, Riverside County and has been living in Idyllwild for the past year and a half - Steve is a welcome asset to our Club.

Speaker, Botir of Tajikistan
Our speaker was Botir of Tajikistan and a member of FLEX (Future Leaders of Ex-Soviet Union).  Botir explained that his country is north of Pakistan, land-locked and very mountainous, extremely hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter.  Uranium and aluminum are mined.  Work in the country is mainly in the hospitals and schools, but most people work in Russia.  Every November, schools close so the students can pick cotton in order to pay for their tuition.  There are approximately seven million people in a country about 1/3 the size of California.  Some of the mountains are as high as 24,000 feet.

July 25th Mtg Jean Dores
July 11th Mtg

Steve Espinosa, President 2012-13
Martha Sanchez was welcomed into our Club as our newest member.

Reba and Prez Steve present Brian, our speaker, from Ronald McDonalds with a donation for the Kids.

July 11th Mtg Jean Dores
June 27th Mtg


President Chuck's Last Meeting

Now why does Chuck have such a big smile on his face?  Could it be that it is his last meeting as President of our Club or is it because he is congratulating our newest member, Dave Thomason?  Dave is a welcome asset to our Club and look forward to his becoming active in our activities.

June 27th Mtg Jean Dores
June 20th Mtg


Our Website is Up and Running

                                         Jean Dores informed us that our Idyllwild Rotary.org website is up and running.  She explained how the members can easily access the member portion of the website, and usernames and passwords were assigned.

June is Rotary’s Fellowship month, so Jean talked about her membership in the International Fellowship of Motorcycle Rotarians and the various rides that they have done, including several Rotary International Conventions, the most recent being the ride to New Orleans in 2011.


June 20th Mtg Jean Dores
June 8th - Kick-out Party

Kick-Out Party
Chuck Streeter, our fearless leader, is presented with a parting gift by our incoming president, Steve Espinosa.  We all gathered at the Rainbow Inn for an evening of fun,  laughter and good food as we wished Chuck well and thanked him for a wonderful and successful Rotary year.  If you missed the festivities, you will still be able to thank Chuck during his last few meetings in June.

June 8th - Kick-out Party Jean Dores
June 6th Mtg


June 6th Mtg Jean Dores
May 30th Mtg - Idy Historial Society

Idyllwild Historical Society

Bob Smith of the Idyllwild Historical Society presented a nostalgic slide show of what Idyllwild looked like throughout the years, comparing it with today.  It was impressive to see how many areas had not changed, but amazed to also see the changes that have taken place throughout the years.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit the Historial Society, it is not too late.  Be sure to visit its website at www.idyllwildhistory.org for more information. 

May 30th Mtg - Idy Historial Society Jean Dores
Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast

Idyllwild Rotary Club Memorial Day
  Pancake Breakfast






The Idyllwild Rotary Club Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast was held on Sunday, May 27th at the Town Hall Park. It was a huge success serving about 600 people.   As usual, our Rotarians made an impressive presence in their Rotary shirts and aprons and were busy at work flipping pancakes, serving ham and eggs, plus all the fixins'.

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast Jean Dores
Nov 29-30, 2013 Idyllwild Harvest Festival

Harvest Basket                           Idyllwild Harvest Festival

The Rotary Club of Idyllwild has been the Sponsor for the Harvest Festival for the past 45 years.  The motto of Rotary is "Service above Self."   Our local club, The Rotary Club of Idyllwild, has about 40 members and we are fundraising for youth scholarships as well as the playground at the new community center in Idyllwild.

November 29th and 30th is the 47th Annual Idyllwild Harvest Festival.   Raffles will be held for "Baskets" that consist of valuable selections of items such as a wooden bear, quilts, luggage, gift certificates for restaurants, inns, and various other exciting offers.  The "Pet Lovers Basket" is another favorite.  There is a wide selection of booths with a variety of items such as homemade mustards by the Rotary Anns, the alpaca booth, jewelry booths, hand craft booths, art booths and many other.  Food is also served by the Rotarians with a popular menu - chili dogs, cheeseburgers, quesadillas, soft drinks and, of course, delicious brownies and even a 7-layer bar.

For additional information about the Festival, click on the website below:

Idyllwild Harvest Festival

Nov 29-30, 2013 Idyllwild Harvest Festival Jean Dores
May 16th Meeting - Bob Pratte, Columnist


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Our Speaker this week was Bob Pratte, a columnist for the Press Enterprise newspaper in Hemet. Bob informed us of the many changes taking place in "paper" newpapers. In our ever changing world of technology, the newspaper is making changes to keep up with the internet. Bob is completing his learning curve of how to communicate on the internet and is now on Facebook, My Space and Twitter. On the large computer scrren at our meeting place, he showed us his blog and other information that he inputs several times a day. Just google "Bob Prate Press Enterprise," scroll down the page and click on Bob Pratte. We all enjoyed Bob's sense of humor, especially when he showed us the picture he took of Jane Fonda in the men's bathroom.

May 16th Meeting - Bob Pratte, Columnist Jean Dores
May 2nd Meeting - Alpacas


Our May 2nd Meeting was entertained by our speaker
 Julie Roy of the Alpacas of Anza Valley.

Alpacas are gentle by nature, easy to care for, and are a great way to enhance your life, no matter where you live - urban, suburban, or rural.

Alpacas are members of the camel family. Indigenous to South America, the alpaca is raised for its soft fleece. This fleece is sheared once a year, yielding roughly five to ten pounds. After only minimal preparation, it is ready to be spun into yarn (for knitting, crocheting, and weaving) or used to make felt
 (for creating hats, cloth or moccasins).

Alpacas stand approximately 36 inches tall. They require only modest amount of food (approximately 1-1/2 to 2% of their body weight in hay per day), plus free access to fresh water and free-choice minerals.

May 2nd Meeting - Alpacas Jean Dores
Palm Springs Follies


April 20th at 1:30 PM

On Saturday, April 20th, we all had an exciting time watching
 he Palm Springs Follies perform.  For those of you who were
 unable to attend, you missed a great afternoon.

Our many thanks to Charlie Wix for organizing the event,
 and to Bob Wood and his lovely wife for the
 "After Follies Get-Together" at their beautiful
 home in Palm Desert.

Palm Springs Follies Jean Dores
Firefighters Muster


Firefighters Muster "Ready-Set-Go"
was held on Saturday,
 April 28, 11 am -3 pm

 The second-annual Firefighter’s Muster, presented by the Mountain
 Communities Fire Safe Council, as larger this year, with more participants,
events and information than last year.

Thank you Idyllwild Rotarians for volunteering your help at this year's event.
 We do make a difference!

Firefighters Muster Jean Dores
2012-2013 District 5330 Recognitions for Idyllwild Rotary

2012-2013 Idyllwild Rotary Recognitions







2012-2013 District 5330 Recognitions for Idyllwild Rotary Jean Dores

Welcome to our Idyllwild Rotary Club.  What is Rotary? 

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 34,285 clubs worldwide.  Members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self."

Of things we think, say or do is our "Four-way Test":

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 
Welcome Jean Dores