Burlingame Rotary Club
Founded in 1925

A message from President Cheri Carr: Meeting Reminders: We meet every Wednesday of the month.

August, 14, 2019
Burlingame Rotary, Lunch Meeting
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
President Cheri was delayed a bit so Past President Mike Horwitz got us started.  He led us in the Pledge of Allegiance then ask Father Michael Mahoney to deliver an Invocation.  He then asked for visiting Rotarians and guests.  In the former category we had two Rotarians from San Mateo, Mike Peterson and Tom Mohr.  Also, Won Yi, formerly from the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, joined us for a second visit.  Pierre Bouquet introduced his friend John Manning and Pennie Lundberg brought Lyla Paniaguc.

President Cheri then took over and brought up one of the district’s Rotary Scholarship Exchange students.  Courtney Sullivan Wu will spend an academic year in Alcamo, a town in Sicily, Italy.  It is about 50 kilometers from the city of Palermo.  She told us a bit about herself.  She is a student at Design Tech High School.  We wish her the best and look forward to hearing about her time in Italy when she returns.
Mike Horwitz then gave us an update on the golf tournament scheduled for Monday, October 21.  Cheri then made a plea for help manning our booth at Burlingame on the Avenue.  All tips collected will come back to the club.
Our speaker was generous enough to contribute four tickets to a Giants baseball game.  President Cheri did a spectacular job as auctioneer.  Mike Horwitz was the winning bidder and his $400 was credited to our upcoming golf fundraiser.
President Cheri announced that the first Board of Directors meeting will be held August 21 at 5PM at 800 Airport Blvd., 5th floor conference room.  Future meeting will be the third Wednesday of each month at the same location.
Pennie Lundberg introduced our speaker Gary Hughes.  Gary is a local guy having attended St. Matthews then Serra High School.  He completed his education at San Jose State.  In his career as a scout for major league baseball he has acquired five World Series rings.  Gary began by contrasting youth sports back in the 1950s.  At that time in this area there was no Little League.  The Parks & Rec. Department offered informal baseball teams.  Colored T-shirts were the extent of team uniforms.  Now youth sports has become cottage industry where parents must pay to allow their children to participate.  It often costs $1000 a week to be able play in a tournament.  This means many kids are left out of the opportunity to play due to finances.
Gary then recounted his years with professional baseball.  He began his full-time scouting profession with the New York Yankees in 1977 under George Steinbrenner.  He then went on to become the scouting director for the Montreal Expos, and the assistant general manager and scouting director for the Florida Marlins starting at the organization's inception in 1991.  He worked for the Chicago Cubs for many years before moving to the Boston Red Sox where he acquired two of his five World Series rings.  He entertained us with many stories of players and personalities during his MLB career.
As a graduate of Serra High School, Gary commented on the great athletes that have gone to that school.  Of three well know names, Jim Fregosi, Lynn Swann and Tom Brady, he felt Lynn Swann was the best athlete.  He gave a shout out to Rotarian Basil Emery who is Lynn’s godfather.  Gary took some questions from the audience before turning the podium back to President Cheri who presented him with a Polio Plus certificate of appreciation noting that five children would be inoculated against this disease.
President Cheri then gave us a few “this day in history” fun facts related to baseball in honor of our speaker.  She then rang the bell to conclude the meeting.
Lunch Meeting - Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
It was a fun-filled lunch meeting and a super interesting presentation by Alex Bujian who enlightened us with the history of our beloved City and the people who made it what it is today. President Cheri also reminded us that next week we have some special visitors, watch out for an email describing what's happening next meeting, and bring a friend. 
President Cheri called the meeting to order–right on time.  She then provided the group with a Thought of the Day and then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Cheri then asked for guests and visiting Rotarians.  Visiting us from the Rotary Club of East Palo Alto was Borys Senyk.  Also joining us was Stacey Charlton who is a member of a club in Fall River, MA but lives here in Hillsborough.  She was most interested in the topic of our speaker.
Fritz Brauner was invited to the podium for his first Rotarian Spotlight.  The featured Rotarian was John Delaney who got up and informed the club of a recent professional change.  John is now the President and CEO of Beacon Business Bank, a small community bank with three offices.  Much to everyone’s delight he let us know that he will continue to remain active in our Rotary Club as well as his other community involvements.  Congratulations, John.
Fritz continued to entertain us with a little table by table research question.  Which Rotarian was born the furthest from Burlingame?  With the international flavor of our club, those born abroad were the “winners”.  Those in attendance represented London, the Philippines, Japan, Ukraine, and Palestine. 
President Cheri then introduced our speaker, our very own Alex Buljan.  Alex gave us a historical overview of notable local figures from the past.  We all recognize most of the names because many of our streets are named after these individuals.  In 1913 there were very few streets in Hillsborough as the area was comprised of large estates that were the country homes of the wealthy members of Sa Francisco society.  Alex began with William Howard who was truly the founder of the town.  He came from Hillsborough, New Hampshire and therefore passed this name along to the town.  He had purchased the huge Rancho San Mateo from Pio Pico in 1846.  Another notable was William Ralston who made his fortune in silver with the Comstock Load.  He started the Bank of California and developed the Palace Hotel.  Harriett Pullman Carolan built the Carolan Mansion which still stands today.  William Sharon, another Comstock millionaire, purchased all of Ralston’s assets after his death.  Celia Tobin Clark built a large estate that still stands today.  Her family founded Hibernia Bank.  Thank you, Alex.  We’ll never drive these avenues without thinking about the individuals who built this community.
Mike Horwitz gave us an update on our major fundraiser golf tournament and dinner.  This year it will be held on Monday, October 21 at Green Hills Golf Club.  We need everyone’s assistance in finding sponsors and auction items.  Also please sign up for golf and/or dinner.  It is easy to do on ClubRunner, our website.  Just go to www.burlingamerotary.org for all the details.
John Delaney then told us about the annual Burlingame Art & Wine Festival on the weekend of August 17/18.  Our Rotary has always helped out at the beer and wine booth.  All the tips collected those two days are donated to our Service Fund.  John needs volunteers for a four-hour shift on Saturday and again on Sunday.
President Cheri informed us about our very special speaker next week.  Thanks to Pennie Lundberg we will have Gary Hughes, a major league baseball scout, and Serra alum.  It is a program not to be missed.  So bring along some guests. 
Before ending the meeting President Cheri shared some “This Day in History” fun facts.  We were promptly dismissed at 1:30.
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