December 2020
Club Officers and Directors
Past President
International Serv
Community Service
Interact/Youth Advisor
Club Admin
Social Media
Program Chair
BBQ Chair
Youth Service
Rotary Club Foundation Board 2020/2021
Barry Dunahou
George Dubois
Cees Dobbe
Kelly Ricker
Kat Stowell
Club Information

Rotary Club of Nipomo


Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Monarch Dunes - Butterfly Grille
1606 Trilogy Parkway
Nipomo, CA 93444
United States of America
We are currently meeting via Zoom. For a invitation to a meeting contact
Home Page Stories
Ed Harris's 19th meeting as this years President began with John Brantingham introducing Ed.
Ed gives a hearty welcome to our guests.
Odell Lee lead us in the invocation.
Roger (play ball!) Ridley lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance 
 Roger's "Moment in History" took us from 1650 with the birth of William the 3rd to 1939 with the first Air conditioning for Automobiles.
Walter bragged about Ed's continuing his technological prowess so our meeting can continue via Zoom until it is safe to meet in person once again.
Harry bragged about the work done for the Election
Roger has a "new mug" of Harry's left behind in haste as he departed from long four days at Edward's Barn.
Our Guest Aaron Melon encouraged our club members to once again give to his "NIPOMO NOEL" project on December 3, 2020 from 5pm to 9 pm.
Kat Stowell said help was needed pulling turkey for the community dinner on November 15. Please lend a hand if you are available.
Ed Harris reminded us that it is time to start turning in your Raffle Tickets.
A big Thanks! to Bill Pucirelli for his coordination of the four day Voter Service Center. His cool demeanor pulled us through days of tension and some challenges.
Another thank you to Judy for once again making sure volunteers were well fed on Election day at dinner time.
Bob Sander was mentioned not just for his time given but that of his wife and neighbors. Bob was responsible for 50 man hours at the Voters Service Center and the sale of a number of Raffle tickets. Way to go Bob!
Thank you to George Dubois for accompanying Bill to safely deliver ballots after polls closed.
Nipomo Food Basket is looking for food.
If you are moved to donate  you can take your items to the MAC building in Trilogy located on Trilogy Parkway on either Friday 11/13/20 or 11/16/20.
Items most coveted would include peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables, frozen turkeys and cold hard cash.
They will be open to accept your generosity from 10 am till 2 pm.
Mario Iglesias gave us a brief update on the work trying to improve the center dividers along Tefft. The struggle is real.
They explained the four facets to the veteran community:
They presented us with the history and overview.
An explanation of how a veteran can get in the court program
If this interests you or any one you know you can help by Volunteering and or donating cash.
Another Zoom meeting for Rotary Club of Nipomo.
This meeting is President Ed Harris's 18th of his term.
John Brantingham assured us that our President WOULD NOT pose the question to our guest speaker " if you were to arrest a mime would you remind him that he had the right to stay silent/".
Odell Lee introduced our quest speaker.
Ken said a prayer of thanks and asked for guidance and blessings.
The pledge of Allegiance was given.
Odell gave an update on guest speakers and has the schedule filled till spring but asked if any one has ideas for future speakers please contact him.
George has been married a long time!
Collette's granddaughter had a birthday.
Ron celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary
John Brantingham.s brother and his family have recovered from the Covid-19 corona virus.
Lee Baggett is able to restart his business after a 7 month shut down due to covid-19 concerns. Happy Trails!  
Ken White is home and recovering from his recent surgery. 
Cathy Catchu had another birthday.
Mr. Puccirelli lead us in a Happy Birthday song for Cathy Catchu.
Bill also gave us a brief update on the upcoming election process.
Kat Stowell gave an update on ThankGiving and will keep us posted as plans are finalized.
Ed Harris reminded us of the upcoming District Conference with will be virtual this year on 11/5/20. There will be a $25.00 registration fee.
Speaker Danny Miller from the Deputy Sheriff's office gave us a very informative talk on homelessness in San Luis Opisbo County.
He apprised us of the difficulties of dealing with the problem's associated with this condition due to California laws.
We were informed about the resources available to the homeless population through Prado and with mental health experts.
It is a challenging issue that isn't going to be easily resolved.
Zooming into his 17th meeting as President, Ed Harris stationed at Quintessa Coffee Roasters in Oceano conducted the weekly Rotary gathering.
John introduced Ed and then Ken Shadle guided our thoughts to the divine and asked for blessings from above.
Roger Ridley gave us interesting tidbits with his presentation of TODAY IN HISTORY
Starting in 1492 with Columbus sailing the ocean blue up to 1980 and the Phillies winning the World Series baseball game.
Speaking of history Mr. Bill Puccirelli told of the story of Rotary Club in Havana Cuba. Starting in 1916 with the establishment of the  first club and by 1957 there were 60 clubs on the Island.
Sadly none exist there today as Rotary International dissolved the membership of the Island residents because they did not agree with the form of government established after the Revolution.
Time for some Braggs!
Peggy Hess bragged that the first meeting with her estate planning attorney was complementary. So she gave a little to Rotary in return.
Jim Harrison announced his granddaughter just gave birth. Apparently this isn't his first one as it sounds like he has enough grand children to start his own Rotary Club
Ed Harrison thanked Kelly for helping him Zoom the meeting from Quintessa Coffee Roasters.
The demise of Bill Bettancourt's wife has been greatly exaggerated. Last reported she is alive and well. 
Jim Harrison reported on the BBQ trailer.
Thanks Giving is fast approaching and decisions need to be made on plans for helping.
Kat discussed BBQing all the turkeys in lieu of oven baked this year.
We were encouraged to continue selling Raffle tickets.
This years virtual conference will be virtual. Some interesting speakers are lined up so be sure to register.
Our guest speakers were the owner and head Roaster from Quintessa Coffee in Oceano.
Owner Daniel explained his passion for coffee and walked us through the whole process with an occasional asset from Jack the roaster to make a great cup from procurement of the beans  to the roasting process to cupping to selling the beans. An excellent product and an asset to our community. The business emphasis is on wholesale production but they are open to the public for a great cup of aromatic coffee or a bag of beans for home use.
Sargent of Arms, John Brantingham, kicked off the Zoom meeting.   Ken Shadle provided the invocation and John  Brantingham led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.    Roger Ridley provided This Day in History.from Brevard, North Carolina.  President Ed noted the passing of Hall of Fame, Bob Gibson, a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals.  Bill Pucciarelli provided the Rotary minute explaining the integration and application of International service to Rotarians.   There was only one brag, Roger Ridley bragged that he had seen seven waterfalls on his cross country trip, including Niagara Falls and Idaho Falls.   Bill Pucciarelli said we still need volunteers for four hour shifts for the Voter Center at Election time.
The club's bylaws have been updated.   They are currently posted on the club's website.   The club will vote to approve them before the end of October.
Jim Harrison announced that the club is going to help with the Nipomo Thanksgiving dinner to feed the homeless.   Kat said the turnout will be muted this year due to the pandemic.    The other organizations helping with the Nipomo Thanksgiving dinner are the Golden State Water, the Lions club, the Boy Scouts, 4H and community churches.
The Raffle Tickets for the Multi-club Mega Raffle and Electronic poster are now available.    George & Ed Harris are distributing the raffle tickets.
The speaker was Jamie Herbon, the Lady Gaga of Trash.  She appeared on Zoom with her cape of trash and a crown donning the green triangle of arrows symbol for Recycle, Reuse and Reduce.    Jamie talked to the club about ways we can reduce trash.   She provided some facts.
4 1/2 pounds of trash are generated for every person in the United States every day.
Landfill space will run out in 2035.
The amount of plastic spoons, forks & knives in the world could wrap around the world 300 times if placed end to end.
Her message was as a society and individuals, we need to reduce the amount of trash going into landfills, by reusing some items, watch what we purchase and recycle what we can.    Her message was we can no longer live in a disposable world.   Her recommendations were to use real china and glasses instead of paper plates and cups.    Use a real dish towel instead of paper towels.   Purchase a silicone lid for refrigerator storage containers rather than use plastic wrap.    Bring your own draw string net bag for produce purchased at the grocery store rather than the plastic bags the store provides.   Rinse out cans and jars that can be recycled and put them in the blue curbside bin.   Plastic containers with the recycle number 1 or 2 can be recycled.
She informed that we can recycle plastic bags and amazon shipping envelopes at Vons.  She recommended we put food waste in the food waste buckets provided by South County Sanitation rather than put the food in the land fill.    The land fill gets so densely packed that air does not get to the food waste in the land fill and it does not decompose quickly, but fills up space.   The food waste from the waste bucket goes into the green waste container that goes out to the curb.   Hazardous waste (batteries, paint, etc ) can be dropped off in Nipomo on Saturdays between 11AM - 3PM and at the SLO dump during regular business hours.   She mentioned that if there is just a small amount of paint left in a paint can, it can be spread out in an old box and thrown away once dried.   The paint is no longer hazardous after it dries.  
Jamie provided a recycling information sheet for her presentation.

Wasteful Information


County of San Luis Obispo – Integrated Waste Management Authority

Brochures, can stickers, general information about solid waste & recycling

870 Osos St, San Luis Obispo




Bottles & Cans – The locations to recycle California Redemption Value (CRV) containers have been severely cut back.  The closest location to Nipomo is AGS recycling, 564 Mesa View Drive, Arroyo Grande (near JJ’s Market)



A relatively new small business is helping residents with repairs versus dispose.  Repair Café Five Cities supports reuse, repair, and waste prevention. Besides saving repairable items from landfill, our Repair Cafe is an amazing community of fixers and volunteers who are generous with their time and talent.

Upcoming Repair Café - Sunday, October 18, 2020, ​Time:  from 1-5 pm

Location:  Grover Beach Community Center, 1230 Trouville Ave.


Nipomo Household Hazardous Waste Facility
509 Southland Street, Nipomo, CA
Hours: Saturday 11am – 3pm

For more Information call: (805) 782-8530


Medicines & Prescription Drugs

The following Nipomo pharmacies provide a free disposal program for household over-the-counter and prescription medications, including pills, ointments and lotions. 

Community Health Center Pharmacy (kiosk; use envelope for controlled substances)
150 Tejas Place | (805) 270-1821

CVS (kiosk)
610 Tefft Road | (805) 929-2740

Nipomo Rexall Drug (envelope)
695 West Tefft Street, #E | (805) 929-1929

Vons (envelope)
520 West Tefft Street | (805) 931-1850


Battery, CFL and Thermostat 

The following businesses in Nipomo participate in the SLO TAKE BACK PROGRAM:

Miner’s/Nipomo Ace Hardware

*Chevron Gas Station
*CVS Pharmacy
*La Placita Market
*Stop And Buy

†Nipomo Community Services District

*  batteries only

† CFLs and fluorescent tubes only

The meeting convened on Zoom with John Brantingham introducing Ed Harris's 13th meeting.   There were three guests, Jim Lewis, District 5240 Polio Plus Chairman, Brett Morey from La Jolla Golden Triangle club and Rose Parade Float Director,  Mike Laughlin from Palm Pines Rotary Club and Katherine Hudson from the Cayucos club.  Ken Shadle provided the invocation and Ron Willis led the Pledge of Allegiance.   Bill Pucciarelli and Bob Sanders had BIG Birthday brags ( Bob - Sept. 9 and Bill - Sept. 27).   Odell Lee bragged on his 51st wedding anniversary.  Congratulations (or maybe condolences)  to Nora!
A moment of silence was held for former member and the second president of the Rotary Club of Nipomo, Phil Henry, Jr.   His obituary noted memorials may be sent to the Rotary International Foundation in his memory.   Rotary was important in Phil's life.  
Jim Lewis provided the club with a brief update on the eradication of Polio.   He said there are still cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan.    He told us Africa is polio free which is a significant accomplishment because the continent has to report no cases for three years to be certified polio free.   Jim Lewis will be back as our speaker to present the entire Polio eradication story after the first of the year.   Jim also mentioned how many Rotarians are participating the District Challenge -, which raises money for Polio Plus.   Jim thanked the club for it's past contribution to a clinic in India which helps kids with Cerebral Palsy.
Announcements - There will be no meeting Sept. 30.  Members wishing to do so can go to Rooster Creek Tavern for dinner on Sept. 30.   There is no group room reserved.   People will be seated and served at individual tables as they arrive.   We need volunteers to staff the Voter Center at the Edwards Barn 10/31 thru 11/3.   Contact Bill Pucciarelli at  The updated club ByLaws have been sent to all the members by secretary, George Dubois.  The club will vote to approve the ByLaws after three weeks.
The speaker was Gordon Lu, former owner of the CoffePot restaurant in Morro Bay.  Gordon Lu ( Lu Chi Fa ) was born in 1942 in Jiangsu Province of China.  He grew up there and in Shanghai HongKong and Taiwan.  As an orphan, he was shuffled from one house to another; he often was hungry, beaten and forced to beg to survive.  In 1969, he immigrated to the United States, and through hard work and perseverance realized the American dream of success.
Gordon told the club that he came to the United States at age 26, landed in Honolulu and realized his visa was only good for 38 days.   He quickly tried to enroll in college with little prior education.   Somehow he obtained a student visa to stay for four years.   He moved to Denver where he applied for permanent residency.    He became a US citizen in 1983.   He purchased a fast food restaurant in LA near the airport and owned that for less than 10 years.   He then moved to Morro Bay and started the CoffeePot restaurant,   He owned the restaurant for 30 years and closed it this March at the start of the pandemic.  
Gordon told us how lucky he is.   His book 'Double Luck' tells of his life story of struggling as an orphan in China to immigrating to the United States.   He said it was required reading by many schools in California and by Cal Poly in the past.  He has spoken to many school groups about the tremendous opportunities there are in the United States.
He believes and appreciates that the United States is the land of opportunity, but it takes hard work also.  He said at one time he was financially well off, on top of the mountain as he called it, but the past recession and now the pandemic have set him back.   He now lives in a 1200 square foot mobile home and is happy and grateful.   He gives the profits from his book 'Double Luck' to the Morro Bay Library.   He said the community has been good to him while he operated the Coffee Pot Restaurant and he wanted to give back to the community.   His donations to the Morro Bay Library total $35,000.    The book can be purchased from the website or Amazon.    He lived the American Dream and is grateful for all the American has provided for him.
Brendan Kelso
Dec 09, 2020
Shakespeare for Kids books
Mike Stake - Senior Wildlife Biologist
Dec 16, 2020
Ventana Wildlife Society - California Condors
Kids Christmas Day
Dec 23, 2020
Rick Grether
Jan 06, 2021
Shower the People
Sue Anderson, President & CEO
Jan 13, 2021
Dignity Health-Marion Regional Medical Center
Jim Lewis
Jan 20, 2021
Polio Plus
Mario Igesias
Feb 03, 2021
NCSD Wastewater Treatment Plant tour
The Not so Newly Wed Game
Feb 10, 2021
The Not so Newly Wed Game