High Gear Bulletin


Wednesday, JUNE 19, 2024

High Gear Editor: Lisa Goldman

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President Cary Koh called the meeting to order at 12:15.
Past President Fritz Brauner led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Al Royse led the invocation. He told the story of Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19 each year. The origins of the holiday date back to the Civil War.  President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, and it took effect on January 1, 1863. Enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advance of Union troops. Texas was the most remote state of the former Confederacy, and it took until June 19, 1865, for a Union General to order the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas. President Biden declared Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021.
Sunshine Report:  Jim Shypertt let us know that Marilyn Norton is not doing well.
Guests of the club and visiting Rotarians:  Cheryl Fama introduced Millbrae Rotarian Denis Fama. Christine Krolik introduced her Hillsborough City Councilmember Leslie Ragsdale.  Bob Doerr introduced John Huang
Announcements:  President Cary reminded us that the Golf Tournament is at the Green Hills Country Club in Millbrae on September 30. Mark your calendars! Also make a note that Burlingame Rotary will be celebrating its 100th anniversary at Kohl Mansion in January 2025.  Reach out to President-Elect Phil Siegle if you’d like to help with the celebration.
This afternoon, you’ll receive an email from about changing the club’s name to include Hillsborough.  This is your opportunity to make your feelings about the potential name change known!
Mark Lucchesi congratulated the many Rotarians celebrating birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and Rotary anniversaries in May and June.
Christine Krolik introduced former Congressmember and future Supervisor Jackie Speier and suggested we all watch the new Hulu documentary on the Jonestown Massacre. Ms. Speier was working as a staff member to Rep. Leo Ryan and visited Jonestown with him that day. Although Rep. Ryan and others were assassinated, Ms. Speier survived five gunshot wounds. She eventually served as a San Mateo County Supervisor, a California Assemblymember, a California State Senator, and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Speier recently formed the Jackie Speier Foundation, which Burlingame Rotary is supporting. The Foundation has raised $4.5 million to provide “baby bonuses” of $300 per month for the first three years of life for all Medicaid-eligible newborns in San Mateo County. President Cary presented Ms. Speier a check for the baby bonus program.
Christine Krolik, accompanied by Lauren Mayer on piano, entertained the audience with five Broadway songs, while Jeff Krolik narrated the program. The songs and shows were”
Guys and Dolls:  “Adelaide’s Lament”
She Loves Me: “Dear Friend” and “A Trip to the Library”
On the 20th Century: “Never”
President Cary joined in with his violin for the final song from Little Shop of Horrors: “Somewhere That’s Green”

Jennifer Pence reminded us that next week is debunking. Join in for President Cary’s last meeting. We are dark on July 3. July 10 will be President-Elect Phil’s first meeting. The speaker is Ed Vine, who won the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Please RSVP early. It will be crowded!
President Cary adjourned the meeting at 1:13 p.m. 
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Member Birthdays
Mike Kimball
June 2
Peter Comaroto
June 7
Jennifer Pence
June 18
Mike Heffernan
June 25
Joe La Mariana
Terri Baldocchi
June 30