The Rotary Club of

Ojai Rotary Reminder Newsletter
March 22nd, 2019

Matt Clements, Editor
March is Water and Sanitation 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...
President Deidre Daly called the meeting to order and thanked Fred Coleman and Bill Prather.   Michael Malone for the invocation. Fred Coleman for the Flag Salute. Randy Roth held down the desk duty.  Steve White and Terry Beckett were our greeters. As always, a big thank you to Ginger Case for feeding us, and Carl Gross as photographer and editor of this fine publication.
We are dark this week.  Fifth Friday social will be at Colin and Cindy Jones house. The address is: 1809 Ladera Ridge Road, Ojai.
There will be a Peer Mentorship Program event at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) on April 11, 2019.  Rotarians are invited to as guests of Esther Wachtel (Board Member).  Cocktails and dinner will be served.  Please let Deidre know if you would like an invitation to this event.  A table is reserved for 20.
Tara Saylor announced a Rotarian at Work Day in the Demonstration Garden, April 6, 2019.  This is an important and fun way to interact with the other members of the club and help the community.  So, lets all get together and do some good!
The Ronald McDonald Walk is coming up on April 7th.  Please register to walk with the group or donate to support the team.  Contact Nancy O'Sullivan at to make a pledge or sign up to be a team member.  The walk starts at Buenaventura Park, is about 3 miles and winds along the coast. 
Marty Babayco did a great job of crafting an elevator speech on the spot.  The truth is we should all have a simple, clear and compelling way of explaining what Rotary is, what we do and why it would be a great institution to join.  This editor, for one was intrigued with the possibilities and will be working on my elevator speech over the next few weeks.   
Dewayne Boccali Rocks the House
On Saturday night, 3/23, Rotarians gathered together for the Boccalipalooza at his local eatery.  As Dewayne put it, "We will play old, older, and oldest songs.  A great time was had by all! We were regaled with such ditties as: Ghostriders in the Sky, El Paso, That's Amore, and many more.  Thanks DeWayne for sharing your talents and an entertainment filled evening!
Fining: Patricia Anderson
Patricia led a spirited fining session, extracting gelt from many of our hapless members.
Craft Talk:
Dr. Nathan Kaehler DACM.  Nathan has just earned his Doctorate in Chinese medicine, he is an expert in Acupuncture, Shoni Chin (for children), Cupping, and Moxibustion practitioner, as well as being an expert in Chinses herbs. Nathan gave a fascinating talk, about his practice, the herbs he uses.  His practice consists of 60% herbs and 40% acupuncture, and had a slide that showed CAT scans of how acupuncture affects different parts of the brain.  His dad was an organic gardener long before it became fashionable. He grew up reading Organic Gardening magazine back when it was a half-inch thickness of newsprint. Asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, "botanist.," his parents wanted him to go to seminary school.  When he began years of schooling in traditional Chinese medicine, he was drawn to the herbs and to the breadth and depth of the Chinese tradition of utilizing plants to heal. ​ Nathan began his practice of classical Chinese medicine in Ojai in 2002. He says ” It's a great location not only because of the natural beauty, but because people here have a special appreciation for the healing power of plants and trees and the need to honor both tradition and science in medicine”
​One of Nathan’s strengths is as a scholar. The complexity of composing herb and acupuncture formulas for patients requires continuous learning, he has a large library on Asian medicines and herbal medicine and collect books and journals as a hobby. Patients and students are welcome to come in and share the library.  Recently Nathan has begun a 3-year program of study of Tibetan Medicine.  Many club members have been to Nathan for treatment and stood to give their testimonials.  We are lucky to have Nathan in our community and our club!
Today’s Program: Ojai Valley Inn--Alex Kim
Our own, Alex Kim is the General Manager of the Ojai Valley Inn and gave an impromptu program on the Inn, its plans and the new Farmhouse.  The name was officially changed about 10 months ago from the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa to The Ojai Valley Inn, (no spa) There are upgrades pending and completed. Jimmy’s Pub has a new kitchen, upgraded from a “tiny one the size of a closet”.  This is allowing the food and service to be quicker and is much easier on the staff.  There is a pending deck project scheduled soon and of course the Farmhouse is now open. 
The Farmhouse is a culinary inspired event venue.  Its designed for three (3) types of events.  Banquets for large groups, Weddings, (they are booked out for the year (sorry), and Pre-programed events.  The Farmhouse has five (5) areas available, The Farmhouse Great Room (seating 800), The Farmhouse Great Room Foyer (100), The Farmhouse Kitchen (200) The Farmhouse Lawn (1,750) and the Farmhouse Library (60)
The Farmhouse pre-programed events are ongoing and open to the public.  What a treasure!  Some of the top award-winning chefs from our area are coming to host a plethora of amazing opportunities. There is a Cheese making and dinner class, Rojat Parr Reserve Dinner, Olive Oil tasting, Artisan Pizza class, Honey Harvest presentation, Then, there is the Nancy Silvester and Friends Multi Course Dinner. With five (5 (yes 5)) James Beard award winning chefs serving a multi course dinner with pared fine wine. It goes on and on… In what other town would you find this kind of thing, and its IN OUR OWN BACK YARD.  TREASURE!!
Don’t forget on Thursdays from 4:00-8:00 is the In-crowd specials for locals only. 
Deidre closed the meeting with a quote from Chief Sitting Bull, encompassing spring, embraces of the sun and how we will soon see the results of that love.  A beautiful sentiment to send us off to the glories of our beautiful Ojai Spring.

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