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Chester Santos
Man of Memory
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Don Shoecraft
The day began with Past President Chris Eckert (at left in his best Clockwork Orange pose) at the helm in the absence of Soon-to-be-Nobody Bruce Bean, so we were in for a ride through fashion and video puns.
Ro Bianchi took the podium to recount how he spent the war, that's the one with Korea in it, not the one with the 'II,' a virtual idyll for him as military SNAFUs that approached FUBAR had him dispatched hither and yon as an IBM operator.
In those days, youngsters, you had to 'operate' an IBM machine because not only was there no artificial intelligence, there was very little machine knowledge out there.
It all started when a buddy advised him not to leave the "special skills" section blank on his enlistment form.  Since he'd had a little training at B of A, he entered IBM operator. "It was a gross lie and I felt and still feel a little guilty about it," but it lead ultimately to an entertaining Newscast and that's all that matters.
Bernie Mellot got to report good Sunshine news on herself: her back's recovering from fusion surgery. And Susan Manheimer's healing from her ski injury.
The Community Funding Committee made a personal presentation of its first community grant funds to Tricia Dell, Executive Director of Homework Central and to Luci Latu, Project Manager of Taulama for Tongans and Lea Taumoepeau, the non-profit's Executive Director.
Homework Central, which assists 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, is a previous recipient. Taulama for Tongans helps Tongan seniors cope with loneliness, depression and transportation.
Dick Bennett says these are the first of 14 awards totaling $32,000 this year.
Thanks to Dave Skromme and FastSigns for donated the graphic work.
Prez-for-the-Day Eckert tortured Mama Mia, which had been over for three weeks and found no one to fine. He did turn on Kitty Lopez for a testy email exchange in which she demanded to know what he was up to (odd question, since Chris often has no idea himself).
He also focused on Erin Sinclair merely for having attended her Sacred Heart reunion.
He turned on them, the two turned in $300.
He also dinged Mike Peterson, who did a very fine technophobe imitation, admitting he had no idea what Facebook was, didn't know how pictures of him showed up on it and blamed his daughter for everything. He got the 'Do Not Pass the Timeline' card and paid $150.
Bernie's good news was short-lived, though the good news was her grand-daughter has graduated from Notre Dame de Namur and is on her was to Purdue. There'll be $150 less in grandma gifts for the tyke this year.
July 18 Potluck In The Park: Mark your calendars. Rotary is going to Central Park in San Mateo for another potluck July 18. The club will supply hot dogs and hamburgers, attendees are invited to bring appetizers, salads and desserts to share. Details to follow.
The venerable Alan Talansky introduced his better-looking brother, Jack.
Dan Pasini
Instructor of Trades Introduction Program
Craig Judy introduced Dan Pasini, an officer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 617 and instructor of the San Mateo County Building Trades Council's Trades Introduction Program (TIP) at the College of San Mateo.
The program is a response to the fact that building is "moving fast" in the Bay Area, there is a need for skilled workers in the building trades and workers who want to break into the ranks often lack the information and skills they need to hit the ground running.
TIP runs like a jobsite and rules are rules. Thirty-five young men and women commit to 120 hours of training in three-hour sessions Friday and Saturday nights. Tardiness can get you canned. Two absences and you're out. Attendees need documentation, must be 18 or older, be San Mateo County residents and submit to drug testing.
The training are trained in job site behavior, undergo sexual harassment training, learn building codes and union topics.
The average class costs $125,000 to run and receives funding from industry, 12 trades other than electrical workers and from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
Does it work? A total 311 persons have taken the course. Fewer than 24 did not complete it. Enrollees included 54 women and eight military veterans.
The model is based on "humility and gratitude," he said. "Humility ends with honor."
Cost to students: Nothing.
 Peter Webb
Don Shoecraft, Ed.

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