Burlingame Rotary Club
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High Gear Bulletin


Zoom Meeting - Wednesday, May 25, 2022

High Gear Editor: Marilyn Orr

High Gear Extra-Lite
Due to a dearth of High Gear writers, this issue will only contain the barest details of our meeting. However, there is a link for the video of the entire meeting at the end of the publication.
President Joe La Mariana began with the usual, pledge and invocation.
  • Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade – an opportunity to ride in a vintage Recology truck
  • Recap of the Scholarship Awards. Jennifer Pence told us about a reception held at BHS prior to the award ceremony for our student awardees and their parents. Emily Matthews and Jennifer stressed to the students that we wanted to keep in touch throughout their college career, being available to answer any questions. BHS career counselor, Jonathan Dhyne, played an instrumental role in corralling all the kids and parents for this first-ever event.
  • Fundraiser update – The two fundraisers, “Come Fly with Me..” hosted by Christine Krolik and the Fiesta hosted by Joe La Mariana,
Newscast+ Newscasters Fritz Brauner and Jennifer Pence entertained us briefly before we enjoyed some fellowship time.
Program:  Fritz Brauner introduced our speaker, Aileen Cassinetto, who, in October 2018, was appointed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to the honorary post of Poet Laureate (1/1/19-12/31/22). Widely anthologized, Aileen is also the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series.
Aileen began by reading the poem she composed from Rotarian contributions of their “hopes”. She thanked those who responded to her request: Fritz Brauner, Michael Brownrigg, John Delaney, Joseph DiMaio, Cheryl A. Fama, Mike Heffernan, Michael Kimball, Jennifer Pence, Jim Shypertt, and Sheryl Young.
Sunflowers are growing somewhere, like hope. 
Like summer’s children, like a thing with feathers.
More than ever, we need a little poetry in our lives today.
I hope for a future that is kinder, and a world where 
there is respect for science, 
respect for nature, 
respect for each other.
I hope we let history open our eyes and hearts, 
not close our minds and spirits to be better.
I hope for the status of poets during the ancient days of Persia. 
Also, the Greeks.
I hope to have a renewed appreciation for poetry.
I hope that someday everyone in the world will have access 
to the same resources.
I hope for a world where everyone reaches their full potential. 
I hope the adverbs don't stay out late and miss their chance 
to shampoo the Mugwump.
I hope that we can elect honest politicians that act like true patriots.
I hope that we can remember to treat each other 
the way we would like to be treated.
I hope that all of us Rotarians might behave the Rotary 4-Way Test, 
ever true and fair, good-willed, beneficial.
I hope that one day soon the people of Ukraine 
will again live in peace and freedom.
I was told sunflowers are growing somewhere, like hope. 
Like summer’s children, like a thing with feathers.
Like the sweetest, truest kind. Like the hope you give.
Aileen then talked about what it means to be a Poet Laureate before sharing more of her works. She gave a shoutout to Rotary in her native country of the Philippines. She actually received her polio vaccine from Rotary International.
To read more of Aileen’s inspiring poetry, watch the recording of this past meeting.
President Joe presented Aileen with a certificate noting that Burlingame Rotary would be donating five polio vaccinations in honor of her visit. This was especially meaningful to her having been a recipient of this life-saving Rotary Foundation program.
Jun 08, 2022 12:15 PM
Kiki's Restaurant (Reopening of Nini's Coffee Shop)
Kiki's Restaurant (Reopening of Nini's Coffee Shop)

Sarah Marotta is a BHS and USC graduate who trained as a pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She opened Beurre Pastry Shoppe in 2015, which features everything from melt-in-your-mouth brownies to delectable quiches. In addition to her thriving local and nationwide delivery business, Sarah’s goods can be found weekly at the San Mateo Farmer’s market. Sarah and her brother, Jacob, who also trained at Le Cordon Bleu, are partnering to reopen the beloved Nini’s Coffee Shop, which will be known as Kiki’s. Sarah will update us on her ventures, and we may even get a chance to try some of her delicious creations!

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Member Birthdays
Mike Kimball
June 2
Jennifer Pence
June 18
Chris Mount-Benites
June 22
Mike Heffernan
June 25
Charles Voltz
Mary Hunt
June 28
Joe La Mariana
Terri Baldocchi
June 30