Carl Gross, Editor

January 9th, 2009

January is Rotary Awareness Month

Upcoming Programs and Events

Presented by Program Chairman, Jack Jacobs and his crew.

January 16th-Bill Erickson-Peking to Paris Motor Challenge

January 23rd-Gary Bulla-Baja Adventures

January 30th-Fifth Friday Social at Peter Haggerty's House

In the Beginning...

President Bruce rang in the first meeting of the New Year in a full house, while outside the 80+ degree weather betrayed Ojai's midwinter. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim Anderson, and Charlie Thompson delivered a heartfelt invocation. Thanks go to Kelly Randall, Dave Neville, and Jim Combs for the set up of the room.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

We welcomed David Wilkinson from the Santa Paula Rotary Club, Ross Atkinson and Reggie Wood from Ojai West, Mark Cohen from the Park City Rotary, and Skip Faria from the Simi Valley Noontime Club.

There were a plethora of guests: The Rotary spouses included our own Anne Kaplan, Susan Watson, Joyce West, Karen Ghormley, and Ann Scanlon. Bill Monnot introduced Kenly Neufeld, Bret Bradigan's guest was Captain Chris Dunn, Dr. Fred presented Chris Platt, new owner and pharmacist of Medical Arts Pharmacy. From the Ojai Foundation we welcomed Laura and Jim Whitney, Deborah Pendry,the Director of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, and Lisa Meeker, Director, HELP of Ojai. Welcome to all!

Announcements. . .









Our favorite dentist, Dr. Simpson led the "extractions" portion of the program. Jim Combs, Scott Eicher, Frank Finck, Judy Gabriel, Peter Haggerty, and Ian MacLean recounted their holiday experiences and paid dearly.










The Program: Dr. David Guggenheim

Dr. David E. Guggenheim is president of 1planet1ocean as well as a consultant in conservation policy and science based in Washington, DC, providing services to clients in the nonprofit sector, governmental agencies, and private industry, including leading research and conservation efforts in Cuba, implementing the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission in coastal states, and advancing next-generation sustainable aqua culture practices as an alternative to fishing's ongoing depletion of wild fish stocks and disruption of ocean ecosystems. Previously, he was vice president for conservation policy at The Ocean Conservancy. In addition, he led cooperative research and conservation programs in Cuba, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Guggenheim draws from nearly 25 years of multidisciplinary experience in environmental research, policy analysis, advocacy and environmental education. Before joining The Ocean Conservancy, Guggenheim served as President & CEO of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and co-chair of the Everglades Coalition. Prior to that he was an environmental consultant in Washington, DC where he conducted research on global warming. He directed an international team of researchers in a study of Siberian forests. For 10 years, Guggenheim was vice president of EcoAnalysis, Inc. in California, where he directed numerous environmental projects. He also served as President of the Friends of Channel Islands National Park. Guggenheim holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University in Virginia. He holds Masters degrees in Population/Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies. Guggenheim is a member of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he also serves as Cuba Programs Manager. (from Dr. Guggenheim's web site:

Dr. Guggenheim, the "Ocean Doctor", presented a riveting program on his recent activities in the Bering Sea Canyons and dives off the coast of Florida. New generation submarines which can make dives to 2000 feet, armed with high definition video, have opened new vistas in the yet largely undiscovered sea floor. He pointed out that less than 5% of ocean life has been discovered and catalogued.

Dave pointed out that exploration and conservation go hand in hand. We have systematically depleted the flora and fauna of our seas. Huge drag nets wipe out huge swaths of sea life and coral, stripping bare the sea floor. Our biggest pollution problem is fertilizers and pesticides which are dumped into the sea with abandon. 40% of the United States water drains into the Gulf of Mexico. There has been extensive destruction to coral formations, which are critical to the survival of many species of sea life. In essence, we have engaged in an uncontrolled experiment with dire consequences. Dr. Guggenheim's message was clear: We must guide our next generation, aided by technology to preserve and protect our seas. Thank-You, David for an informative and timely program!

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Giving it their all. A Rotary Project in Jacksonville, Florida



Final Thoughts...

“The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.”

Daniel J. Boorstin, American social historian and educator, 1914