Burlingame Rotary Club
Founded in 1925

High Gear Bulletin


Zoom Meeting - Wednesday, May 18, 2022

High Gear Editor: Marilyn Orr

Call to Order: President Joe La Mariana was again presiding over our group of 18 in a cozy smaller room at Green Hills Country Club.
Pledge: Marc Friedman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance         
Invocation: Pete Wanger, on Zoom from the comfort of his couch, gave us his interpretation of the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He felt it should be “treat others as THEY wish to be treated.
Guests and Visitors:  Christine Krolik introduced her husband, Jeff as well as our speaker, Rob Fisher.
  • Joe again thanked Christine Krolik for the wonderful fundraiser she hosted at her home. The Club netted over $7000 from that event.
  • He then reminded all that our second mini-fundraiser, La Fiesta del Presidente, will be held at his home Friday, May 20, 2022. Wonderful food (a taco truck) and beverages (wine, beer, etc.) will be served. $75 gets you all this and more.
  • Joe then recounted his inspiring experience at the Award Ceremony at the College of San Mateo, where Rotary scholarships were presented.
  • As a follow-up Past-President Emily Matthews then came to the podium to talk about one recipient, Vania Ruiz. This student, whom we have supported through her CSM career is now a senior at Cal Berkley. Emily read a thank you letter that Vania had sent.
Dear Ms. Matthews and the Rotary Club,
I am immensely grateful to have been given a scholarship opportunity.  I truly appreciate it as it will help address my financial worries for the 2022-2023 school year’s tuition.
I will be a senior this upcoming school year and intend to continue pursuing my passion for supporting students with their higher education endeavors. I will continue my involvement with the Raíces Center’s mission in demystifying higher education, providing any support to the first-generation students of Burlingame High School, and potentially furthering my outreach area given the opportunity.
It is difficult for my family to provide me with resources to support my college attendance. The scholarship will reduce the financial burden of completing my degree in my last year of my undergraduate education. The financial assistance will be of great help to me, and it will allow me to dedicate more of my time on coursework, and mentoring/advising students.
Thank you again for your generosity. I will be diligent with my studies and continue to honor your investment in me by serving as a mentor and advisor. 
I would love to accompany one of your lunch meetings and look forward to meeting the club in person. I will definitely be keeping in touch and will update you throughout the school year. Thank you once again for the invitation and I will contact you about arranging it
Vania Ruiz
  • To watch the CSM award ceremony and see the wonderful students we support click on the link below.
Fellowship: Our resident newscasters were not present. Fritz Brauner is vacationing in Kauai and Jennifer Pence had a conflict. So, we had time for an extra-long fellowship period.
Program: Christine Krolik introduced our speaker, Rob Fisher. Rob was the former CEO of the Academy of Art Automobile Collection, which is one of the most exclusive car collections in the world. He is also the former Chair of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance and led the transition of that event from a local school fundraiser to one of the most respected car shows in the country.
Rob told the group about some unique cars and why vintage automobiles are both works of art and pieces of history. He also gave a history of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, the oldest consistently run Concours in the world. This is its 66th year. It will be held on Sunday, June 26 at Crystal Springs Golf Course.
For Rob’s amazing presentation, including fascinating photographs, watch the recording of our meeting.
(Zoom Link)
Closing: President Joe presented Rob with a certificate noting that our club would be sponsoring five polio vaccinations in honor of his appearance today.
May 25, 2022 12:15 PM
San Mateo County Poet Laureate
San Mateo County Poet Laureate

In October 2018, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors appointed Aileen Cassinetto 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.

"To be a Poet Laureate is to perceive and bridge the gaps that exist in a community. It is about creating empathy and recognizing our shared humanity. Our county is singularly diverse, in terms of its geography and its demographics. And in this landscape, we have the space we need to bring to the fore the issues that unsettle and divide us, but there is also more than enough room to hold up the ideals and hopes which define, connect, and unite us.

As an immigrant, I came to America with luggage overpacked with poems and the unshakeable conviction that I can be a poet here. I learned the most important lessons from being part of a community, that is, to be a poet is to help build, gather, restore. It’s about hope, that great unifier, which transforms lives, which fortifies communities, which changes the world." Aileen Cassinetto

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