HUNTINGTON BEACH COORDINATING COUNCIL
May 6, 2013
President Don Garrick opened the meeting at 12:03PM. He asked Dr. Peggy Price of the Center for Spiritual Living, Seal Beach to give the invocation. Don then called on Larry Schnitzer, America Legion Post 133 and Commander, Military Officers Association of America to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. President Garrick thanked Hospitality Chair Marilyn Thorpe, her Hospitality team, and the American Legion Post 133, and the American Legion Auxiliary, for providing lunch and decorations today. Don then dismissed the delegates and guests to enjoy the lunch. After delegates were seated, President Garrett asked Mike Heywood to introduce the program. (Mike was filling in for VP Pr4ograms Chris Grisey who had a family emergency and was unable to attend.) Mike introduced Jennifer Chung of the Habitat for Humanity Orange County organization. Jennifer is a native of New Jersey. She graduated from Montclair University in New Jersey. She’s been in California for the past eight years and with Habitat for Humanity for three years. She is the Development Manager and has responsibility for leading their fundraising efforts. They do a tremendous amount of good works worldwide. They are the sixth largest home builder in three United States. In Orange County, they have built 174 homes serving 860 family members. They seek to provide “A hand up, not a hand out!” Their vision is to provide everyone with a decent place to live. Their goal is to serve at least 100 families each year in Orange County. There are many, many volunteer opportunities. She encouraged delegates to check out their website for ways that they can support Habitat for Humanity – www.habitatoc.org. After thanking Jennifer, Don asked Dr. Peggy Price to speak about City for Compassion. Dr. Price distributed a handout that included the Charter for Compassion. Dr. Price said that Seattle and a number of other cities have formally adopted the Charter of Compassion. She is leading a drive to have Huntington Beach adopt this Charter. Elaine Craft moved, and Mike Heywood seconded a motion for the Huntington Beach Coordinating Council to adopt the Charter. After some discussion, the assembled delegates approved the motion on a unanimous voice vote. Candace Bratsch suggested that delegates should take the Charter back to member organizations to encourage their adoption of the Charter wording. President Garrett asked for a Treasurer’s Report from Jim Sankey. Jim said that the HBCC has a balance of $2378.41. Don then called for a vote to approve the proposed slate of officers. He posted the elective as well as the appointive offices for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year. The slate was approved on a voice vote. They are President: Judy Ann Morris, President-elect: Mike Heywood, VP Programs: Chris Grisey, VP Membership: Don Garrick, and Treasurer: Jim Sankey. The Secretary slot is open. Delegate Tina Bauer suggested that the role be handled on a single-month at a time sign-up. The idea was well received. The appointive roles were also approved. They are Parliamentarian: Elaine Craft, Hospitality Chair: Marilyn Thorp, Historian: Marilyn Thorp, Spirituality: Judy Osuna, Publicity: Karen Jackle, Photographer: Candace Bartsch and Webmaster: Mike Heywood. The webmaster, Mike Heywood, asked delegates to please send him a brief email with key facts and contact information for all future events so that he can post them on the Huntington Beach Coordinating Council website www.hbvolunteers.org. President Garrett announced that Friday, May 10th, is a special opportunity to support a member organization, as well as to socialize at a discounted cost at the Huntington Beach Playhouse showing at the HB Central Library. Heywood suggested that delegates check the website for details of the showing. Don then asked for delegate 60 second reports. There were 33 delegates and guests at the luncheon. Among the events discussed by attendees was a grieving support group at the Sangha Center for Spiritual Living. Judy Osuna said details can be found on the website www.sanghacenter.org. Dr. Dave Chipman of the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach reported on the May 3rd Fishing Derby for Special Needs Students at Carr Park. He also relayed that Kiwanis was cooking for a military unit at Huntington State Beach on Sunday May 12th. He encouraged interested parties to contact Kiwanis if they would like to help. Karen Jackle encouraged delegates to go to the HBReads website to suggest a book for the new HB Reads One Book campaign. The selection should have a theme appropriate for high school students and also should ideally deal with diversity. Commander Schnitzer announced that the American Legion Post 133 will be selling Poppies and scarves in front of the Trader Joe’s five points location on May 25 and 26. American Legion Commander Dennis Bauer reminded delegates that there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony to honor our fallen military at the HB Pier Plaza. His wife, Tina, said that each of the Poppies had been hand made by wounded veterans at the LB Veterans Hospital. Delegate Nancy Griffin encouraged attendees to come out to HB Hospital on May 30-31 to purchase some neat items at the Silver Anchor Masquerade to support the nursing scholarships they award each year to GWC Nursing Students. Lorraine Crawford of Soroptimists of HB said that on June 8th they will hold their 3rd Annual Walk to Make a Difference. Details are on the Soroptimists website on the Links page of the HBCC website www.hbvolunteers.org. Candace Bartsch of HBCOA said that there were over 53 thousand hours of volunteer service last year! She said that on Friday May 10th there will be a Senior Nutrition workshop at the Rodger’s Senior Center from 9 to 11:30AM. Delegate Zoe McCollum asked delegates to come to a HB Newcomers Meeting to learn about the many enjoyable activities they have each month. She encouraged members to pick up one of the flyers. Delegate Ron Knowles said that the Knight of Columbus had raised major funds to provide free wheel chairs to veterans. Delegate Judy Ann Morris asked members to come out to learn about the new, easy to learn “hand only” CPR technique. Training is being put on by HB CERT. Charlotte Christiana announced the upcoming fundraiser to generate funds to send girl students to Sacramento to learn about government. She said that the homes that will be open for view are truly fantastic. Ann Anderson reported that the new planting at Shipley to replace non-native trees with native plants is underway. She also thanked Don for the help from his organization at the Urban Forest in Central Park. Jim Sankey reminded attendees that the Duck-a-Thon would be May 17-19 at the Pier to aid the Community Clinic. Brenda Meek said that on October 5th, the Women’s Club will host a Miss HB Program to award scholarships to winners. (This is the old Sand Dollars program.) Past-president June Dugmore said that May 17th will be the GWC Patrons last meeting. Information on this year’s Chefs program is posted on the www.hbvolunteers.org upcoming events page. Conrad Neumann spoke about the challenges of merging four VFW posts into one new VFW Post 9557. Delegate Jack Stephenson announced that this Saturday, May 11, will be the annual Gathering of Friends fundraiser at the Waterfront Hilton. Details are available on their website www.afscenter.org. President Don Garrick spoke about the tremendous amount of volunteer work completed by Helping Hands from the North Stake of the LDS on April 27th. Then Don Garrick adjourned the meeting at 1:30PM.
HUNTINGTON BEACH COORDINATING COUNCIL
April 1, 2013
President Don Garrick called the meeting to order at 12:04PM. He called on Elaine Kraft to give the invocation. Don then asked Conrad Neumann of the newly constituted VFW Post 9557 to lead the Flag Salute. President Garrick thanked Hospitality Chair Marilyn Thorpe, her team, and Tom Livengood of the Friends of Shipley Nature Center the luncheon. Don then dismissed the delegates and guests to enjoy the lunch. After lunch, President Garrick turned the microphone over to Program Vice President Chris Grisey, who introduced the speaker Roni Ellis of the Ocean View School District. Roni was the Principal at Harbour View Elementary before becoming the Director for Administration and Community Relations.
She spoke about the budget challenges the district faces, despite the expected added funding from the voter’s passage of Prop. 30. One program they have instituted is a Saturday Academy that has not only given students with absences a chance to make-up for the lost learning time, but the program also allows the district to recapture some of the lost ADA monies. (The planned sessions will generate almost $200,000 in revenue.) Roni said that they are always looking for community volunteers. She said that interested parties should send her an email – firstname.lastname@example.org. After the talk, President Don Garrick asked for officer reports. VP programs Chris Grisey announced that our May speaker would be Karen Thoms from Habitat for Humanity. Don then asked for a motion to approve the March Minutes. Delegate Gisela Campagne moved that the minutes be approved as written. Delegate Tom Livengood seconded the motion. The motion was approved. Treasurer Jim Sankey reported that the HBCC funds were $2290.95 as of 4/1/2013. Marilyn Thorp, the Nominating Committee Chair, said that they were still working on filling the key roles for the next year. As of 4/1, JudyAnn Morris will be the President. Jim Sankey will be the Treasurer and Chris Grisey will be VP Programs. The HBCC Parliamentarian will be Elaine Kraft. Marilyn said that the formal election will take place in May. The City of Huntington Beach’s representative, Randy Pesquira, discussed several of the good senior activities listed in the HB Sands publication. He said that on April 19th there will be a Youth program through the Art Center. He also encouraged all delegates to learn the new CPR technique by taking the course offered through the City. There were 33 delegates at the April 1st meeting. The webmaster, Mike Heywood, asked delegates to please send him a brief email with key facts and contact information for all future events so that he can post them on the Huntington Beach Coordinating Council website www.hbvolunteers.org.
HUNTINGTON BEACH COORDINATING COUNCIL
March 4, 2013
President Don Garrick called the meeting to order at 12:02PM. He called on Carol Barkley, the Principal of Shoreline Baptist Church School in Fountain Valley, to give the invocation. Don then asked Commander Larry Richey of VFW Post 9557 to lead the Flag Salute. President Garrick thanked Hospitality Chair Marilyn Thorpe and her team for the decorations and the luncheon. Marilyn said that the Kiwanis of Huntington Beach and the Alzheimer’s Family Service Center who provided the food and decorations. Don dismissed the delegates and guests to enjoy the delicious lunch, including tasty bread baked by Kiwanis member Dennis Midden of Brewbakers. After lunch, President Garrick turned the microphone over to Mike Heywood, who introduced the speaker Steve Bone. Mike indicated that Steve Bone was raised in Jacksonville, Illinois where his father was the town physician. After graduation from the College of Wooster, Steve headed to New York for graduate studies. A graduate of Columbia Law School, he practiced International Law on Wall Street. In the 80’s, Steve headed West where he became General Council for a development firm Las Vegas. While there he met Robert Mayer, who enticed Steve to come to Huntington Beach and serve as President and Managing Partner of the Waterfront Hilton project. In 1989, Steve Bone became the founding Chairman of the Visitor’s Bureau. He also founded the Orange County Tourism Council. After retirement from the Robert A. Mayer Company in 2008, Steve agreed to serve as the President and CEO of the Visitor’s Bureau. He provided delegates with a number of well designed promotional pieces aimed at attracting visitors to Huntington Beach. Steve said that their target is someone who is coming from 50 miles or more, and stays in a hotel. Of the one million or so overnight visitors each year, about half stay with relatives. He said that one of the Visitors Bureau goals is to take steps to make Huntington Beach sustainable. Of course it was his organization that created the “Surf City USA brand for the City of Huntington Beach. Delegates were encouraged to check out their website www.surfcityusa.com . Steve has been married for 44 years and has three children and four grandchildren. He has been a resident of Huntington Beach for almost 30 years. After thanking our excellent speaker, Don called for approval of the minutes. Richard Moore moved that the minutes of the February meeting be approved as written. Kathy Tillotson seconded the motion, and the motion was approved. Secretary Mike Heywood also indicated that it was time to appoint the Nominating Committee to select an officer slate for the 2013-2014 HBCC Year. Past President Marilyn Thorpe will chair the committee. Mike Heywood, Dr. Dave Chipman, and Larry Richey indicated they would serve on the Nominating Committee also. Treasurer Jim Sankey shared the favorable results of the annual financial audit completed by Elton Thorpe. Jim reported that our balance was $2200.95. President Garrick then asked our guest minister, Carol Barkley, Principal of Shoreline Baptist Church in Fountain Valley, to briefly discuss her campus. She said they have had a K-8 school since 1970, and she has been the Principal of the school since 1975. Carol suggested that attendees check out their website www.shorelinebaptist.org. Delegate Ann Anderson of the HB Tree Society relayed that they had a special re-dedication of the beautifully restored mosaic that depicts the Monarch Butterfly life cycle at the entrance to Norma Gibbs Park. They were pleased that Norma was able to attend that event. On March 12, the Tree Society will plant a California Oak Tree at the Newland House. Delegate Kathy Tillotson of Build Futures was pleased to announce that she now has office space courtesy of the Monkey House Café. She said that they will use repaired bicycles to provide transportation for their 18 to 25 year old homeless clients. They are seeking permanent storage for the bicycles that they have on hand. The OC Circle of Friends delegate, Dolly Dupont, reported that they have been recognized for offering some of the best Senior outings in the County of Orange. Candace Bartsch, representing the Huntington Beach Council on Aging said that they have also received recognition for doing an outstanding job of creating a wide array of services to the town’s senior citizens. Delegate Nancy Griffin of the Huntington Beach Hospital’s Silver Anchor Auxiliary said that they raise funds for six to eight nursing scholarships each year. (The hospital is now a 501c3 non-profit.) Delegate John Prusa spoke on behalf of the Friends of the Children’s Library. He said that he will donate time as a Santa to non-profits. He asked delegates to be sure to save the date for the Taste of Huntington Beach which is the main fund raiser for the Children’s Library. The event this year will be on April 28th. Check out www.tastehb.com/event for details. Delegate Richard Moore reported that the visit by this year’s book’s author will be on March 21 at the Art Center from 4 to 6PM, followed by a talk at the HB High School Auditorium. Richard suggested that delegates should look at the website www.hbreads.org for the most complete list of events, how to register, etc. Delegate Tom Livengood represented both the Amigos de Bolsa Chica and the Friends of Shipley Nature Center. Both organizations have planned activities for Earth Day which Tom indicates has now been stretche3d to the entire Month of April. Tom also gave a “shout out” to the new owners of the Lake Café for doing an excellent job on fundraising events. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica have an Earth Month event planned for the 20th, while Shipley’s event will be on the 27th. Delegate Ron Knowles, representing the local Knights of Columbus as well as the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force. The K of C runs an excellent program for the developmentally challenged youth in our area. They recently raised fifteen thousand dollars towards their substantial goal of funding this annual endeavor. Dr. David Chipman reported on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach. He said that March 22nd was the date for the Special Needs Bowling event at the FV Bowl. March 21st through March 23rd the Club will be chaperoning thousands of Key Club students as they enjoy their annual District Convention in Anaheim. The largest activity of the Kiwanis Club each year is the Easter Hunt in Central Park, and the Kiwanis Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 30. Both will take place at the Sports Fields next to the Huntington central Library. Delegate Brenda Meeks reported that the HB Women’s Club has permits approved for rebuilding their historically significant Meeting Hall. It’s been two years since the fire that destroyed the structure. The Women’s Club is planning a Flag Day Mixer to help raise3 funds for the rebuilding effort. Delegates Jack and Jan Stephenson announced that the Alzheimer’s Family Services Center will hold a Spirituality Conference on March 22nd. Their major annual fund raising event is coming up on May 11th at the Waterfront Hilton Hotel. Delegates are encouraged to check out their website for details, www.afscenter.org. The City of Huntington Beach’s representative Randy Pesquira discussed the very substantial joint effort between Kiwanis and the City’s Community Services Department. He said that the Rodger’s Senior Center will hold a Line Dance Party on March 15th for those seniors ready to do a “Boot Scoot Boogie!” Randy also said that currently released movies can be seen at the Center each Friday afternoon. Delegate Donna Gray of Soroptimists said that a Girl’s Night Out is planned for March 28th at Meadowlark GC at 5:30PM. The Huntington Beach Playhouse will feature a presentation of the well known classic, Mikado, as part of their Youth Theater Arts Program from July 1st to August 1st. The price for participation is $175. Delegates should call 714-375-0696 for more information. Delegate Victor Morales, representing CERT, announced that there would be free classes on four consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30PM to 9:30PM beginning April 10th to help interested residents prepare for emergencies. Registration is on the City website, and can be completed online. Hospitality Chair Marilyn Thorpe said that next month’s meal host will be the Shipley Nature Center. Executive Director Dennis Hatch of the Huntington Beach Police Officer’s Association spoke about the 911 Memorial planned for the City Hall Plaza. The memorial will use structural steel recovered from the Twin Towers. Dennis brought a model of the planned structure for delegates and guests to view. He said that about half the funds have been raised, but they need about $60 to 80 thousand more to complete the 911 Memorial to the many first responders who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. Delegate Karen Jackle reported that Huntington Beach Tomorrow has a scheduled Annual Member’s Meeting. The City Administrative CEO will be the speaker at this March 28th meeting, 7PM meeting at the HB Central Library. This meeting is free to all comers. Karen also announced that the next AAUW meeting will be at the Old Ranch CC in Seal Beach on Saturday March 23rd at 10:30AM. She said that interested parties should check out www.aauwwmhb.com for full details. There will be a Beach Woodies event on March 23rd from 4 to 6PM at the Art Walk. Delegate Larry Ritchie announced that there is a newly formed VFW Post 9557. He reported that members of the VFW are passing away at a rate of about 1200 a month. They have a major fund raiser planned for May. Delegate Joy McCollum said that the HB Newcomers are looking for women interested in getting together monthly for fellowship, and to hear interesting programs. They are not limited to newcomers. Delegate Darlene Dunn of the Assistance League of Huntington Beach said that their shop is featuring a Peter Cottontail Easter Shop on Friday March 8th from 11 to 3PM and for Saturday, March 9th from 11 to 3PM. Also on Saturday they will have a Wedding Clothing Boutique with clothes for $35 or less! HOPE announced that they will have Comfort Dolls and a WELL section. UCI will host a Take Back the Night program to fight sexual abuse on April 17th. Past-president and delegate Elaine Craft spoke on behalf of the Tree Society, and also on behalf of the Sts Simon and Jude Chorale Group. They are working on music for the Easter Season. President Don Garrick, as delegate for the HB LDS, announced an event planned for April 27th from 9 to 11PM for the C of JC of the LDS. Reverend Judy Osuna of the HB Church of Religious Science said that they will have a special Easter Program. The focus will be for the support of our senior community. She also discussed their program, “It’s Okay to Say No!” President Don Garrick adjourned the meeting at around 1:30PM.
HUNTINGTON BEACH COORDINATING COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES February 4, 2013
President Don Garrick called the meeting to order at 12:01PM. He called on Adult Life Minister Dean Bobar of Christ Presbyterian Church to give the Invocation. Don then called on Commander Larry Schnitzer to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Then President Don Garrick thanked Hospitality Chair Marilyn Thorpe and her team for providing the decorations and coordinating the tasty Pot Luck luncheon. He dismissed attendees to get their lunches. After the lunch, Don asked Minister Dean Bobar to speak about his church's activities. He explained that they have a significant outreach program, including partnering with teachers at Edison High and Perry to help encourage solid parent/teacher efforts to make sure students succeed. He suggested that delegates should check out their website to learn about an upcoming Parenting Seminar. The mic was then passed to Vice President of Programs Chris Grisey who introduced the program, Janeen Laudenbach. Janeen is the Acting Director of the Community Services Department. Her subject was Partnering with Non-profits. She outlined how there are five long standing arrangements with non-profits to provide city services. Laudenbach first spoke about the wonderful partnership with the Friends of the Shipley Nature Center. In 2002, the new organization took over maintenance and staffing of the nature center after the city dealt with severe budget problems. The Friends have done a super job of making the Central Park facility a valuable part of the City's offerings. She then spoke about the long-standing partnership with the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation. That group arranged for the capital fund raising to acquire and remodel the Art Center. Ms. Laudenbach described the Friends of the Junior Life Guards as another fine relationship that provides an outstanding program for the City's youth. She then called on Randy Pasuiera, the Human Services Supervisor, to discuss the HB Council on Aging and also Project Self Sufficiency. Randy explained how both efforts between community non-profits and the City made sure that services to single parents and seniors were advanced. After the program, President Don Garrick introduced the Community Editor of the OC Register, Roger Bloom, who explained how non-profits could get publicity about their programs. He described the Faith and Values page as well as a column on good works and focus on local charities and service organizations. Then on a sad note, Don announced that Past President June Dugmore's husband, paul Dugmore passed away on January 27th. The HBCC officers and delegates extended their condolences to June in this difficult time. President-elect, and the delegate for the HB COA as well as CERT, JudyAnn Morris spoke about the monthly Council on Aging dances which take place the 2nd Friday of each month. She said there is a live band, and that delegates should be sure to attend. Victoria Alberty reminded members that the Lion's Club Crab Fest at Old World was coming up March 24th. She suggested that delegates check out the website www.hblionsclubcrabfest.com for details. Delegate and President Kathy Tillotson said that they need help in a number of areas to help Build Futures meet their goal of helping 18 to 24 year old homeless youth off the street. Delegates Commander Larry and Terry Schnitzer were representing the Military Officers Association of America. This non-profit organization supports the interests of former and serving officers in the United States Armed Forces. Larry is also a member of the American Legion, which works on honoring and supporting veterans. Terry is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and also the Jewish Women International, formerly known as Bnai Brith, which raises money to support abused women shelters in Israel. Terry said one Auxiliary fund raiser is selling holiday scarfs. She'll plan to bring some to the next meeting. Ron Knowles spoke on behalf of the HB Human Relations Task Force and also the Knights of Columbus, which have raised $60,000 for Wheelchairs for Wounded Vets, and $160,000 for the Special Olympics. Reverend Judy Osuna discussed her Church of Religious Science's outreach programs, including a prison ministry where they work with inmates, and with their families to ensure a better, more supportive environment for the inmate on their release. Delegate Richard Moore said that March 21st is the day that the author of 13 Reasons Why Jay Asher would be in town to speak to students. Richard said that the book is available at Barnes and Noble. (It's also available for Kindle.) He suggested that delegates can go to the www.hbreads.org for event updates. Dar Dunn, delegate of the Assistance League, introduced their President, Carol Manheim. Carol outlined the good works supported by their extensive fund raising efforts. She said that their signature work, clothing students, helped them clothe some thousand students. She said they also support juvenile dental health. They have a significant fund raising event on April 6th. Delegate Karen Jackle announced a March 21st for an upcoming meeting of Huntington Beach Tomorrow at the Huntington Beach Central Library. The Mayor and the City Manager will be speaking at that meeting. Karne introduced Sybilla London President of the American Association of University Women, who have a new member meeting planned for February 8th. Sybilla announced that there was going to be an author's luncheon at Old Ranch CC on March 16th. Dr. David Chapman, delegate for Kiwanis of Huntington Beach, discussed the March 30th events, the Easter Hunt and the Family Fun Day. Delegate Dottie Dupont, representing Circle of Friends, announced that their organization was now a 501c3. As a non-profit, they collected 850 lbs. of food for the OC Food Bank. Delegate Candace Bratsch said that HB Hospital is now a non-profit. She said that facilitates their good works outreach efforts. Candace showed attendees the latest Bright Outlook that includes a wide array of senior programs available in our town. She also asked for volunteers for the Silver Anchor Society, who provide an array of services for the hospital. Secretary Mike Heywood encouraged delegates to email him key activities which he will feature on the website www.hbvolunteers.org . Delegate Brenda Meek represented Sand Dollars and the Women's Club. She said there's an upcoming fund raising activity at Huntington Terrace. She said that the Women's Club members are still working on raising money to rebuild. She said the club is a hundred years old. Lorraine Crawford was the delegate for Soroptimists of HB. They have a fund raising event, Leap into Service, which is a wine tasting on February 20th. The Girls Scouts of Orange County had two representatives, Karen Hill and also Christine Salcido. Karen said that the cookie sales provides a good leadership training opportunity. She also outlined a way to support the program without bringing cookies into their own homes. If you donate $4, the Scouts will bring a box of cookies to the Vet's Hospital. Delegate Zoe McCollum said that the HB Newcomers are always looking for new members. She said that they welcome all comers, whether new or not, to enjoy a good time. They meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Delegate Peter Petrallis spoke about HB CERT. They are scheduling training sessions to help make sure citizens
HUNTINGTON BEACH COORDINATING COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES January 7, 2013
President Don Garrick called the meeting to order at 12:03PM. Don called on Pastor Daniel Harmelink of Redeemer Lutheran Church to give the Invocation. He then asked delegate Larry Richey of VFW 11548 to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Vice President of Programs Chris Grisey then explained that the speaker for the day would be showing a slide show via a computer PowerPoint while members were getting their lunches. Chris indicated that next month’s meeting would be focused on honoring the Presidents of our member organizations. She encouraged delegates to ask their Presidents attend next month’s meeting so that they could have an opportunity to share their vision for their respective charity or group. She reported that in addition to recognizing Presidents Janeen Lauderback of the City of Huntington Beach’s Community Services Department would speak about the opportunities for charities to partner with her department to put on events. Then President Don Garrick released the delegates for lunch. President-elect and the program speaker of the day JudyAnn Morris began her presentation speaking about how delegates could prepare for disasters that might impact our town. JudyAnn said that she’d been a resident of Huntington Beach for 35 years. She said that her husband was a 35 employee of the Huntington Beach Police Department. He still works for the department as a 911 operator. She jokingly said it was easy to remember his work phone number. I addition to her husband’s long commitment to community service in our fine city, she said that she has spent 22 years as a volunteer for the Huntington Beach Fire Department. JudyAnn then proceeded to use her PowerPoint slides to guide her discussion of the Community Emergency Response Training program (CERT). She outlined the three key areas to prepare for disaster – Get/create a Kit, Make a Plan and Become Educated. MaryAnn suggested that we should all carry a list of our prescription medications so that in the event of injury, an attending medical professional would be aware of our meds. She said that in her case, she has to carry a baseline EKG with her as her typical heart rhythm would indicate that she was experiencing a heart attack when, in her case, she wasn’t. For an emergency kit, she said that all you would need is a conveniently durable bag that should be tied to the bedstead (as beds typically move around the room during a quake.) The bag should contain sensible shoes, a flashlight, and clothing so that if a fast exit is required you’ll still have the right clothing to face the initial challenges of a disaster. JudyAnn said that you should have a 72 hour kit (though realistically, depending on the nature of the natural disaster a five day to two week kit might be more realistic.) She said that a First Aid Kit was a must, as is a bag for the car, and of course, a bag for the family pets. JudyAnn described Grab-n-Go bags for each family member and for each vehicle. She said that you could use a Thumb Drive to keep scanned key documents accessible after a disaster. JudyAnn suggested that delegates should go to the City website to line up a speaker or training session for their own organization and neighborhood. After JudyAnn’s informative program, President Don Garrick called for Officer reports. Secretary Mike Heywood called for a motion to approve the December minutes. Delegate Richard Moore moved, and delegate Warren Balfour seconded, a motion to approve the minutes. The motion carried. President Garrick then asked Treasurer Jim Sankey for a financial report. Jim reported that we have 53 member organizations, with 48 having also paid dues for the year. Executive Director Billy O’Connell of Colette’s Children’s Home announced that a count of Orange County homeless will be completed on January 26th. It’s known as a “point-in-time” survey based on volunteer observations. They need about a hundred volunteers, and information was provided for any interested delegates. Billy asked interested parties to call him at 714-596-1380. Billy’s outstanding program has taken thousands of single parents and their children off the streets. Pastor Daniel Harmelink of Redeemer Lutheran Church spoke briefly about his church. He said they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. He explained that they have many worthwhile community outreach programs and he asked delegates to go to their website www.redeemer-luthern.net to see their offerings. Pastor Harmelink is a graduate of Concordia University and he suggested that it was an excellent educational institution. He also suggested that delegates should obtain a copy of One Square Mile by John Shaw. The book explores the many challenges and opportunities that residents of the Oak View community face. Delegate Ann Anderson of the Huntington Beach Tree Society reviewed projects they are working on at present. She said that the Norma Gibbs Butterfly Park mosaic restoration was almost complete and that they were looking forward to a celebration of that restoration. Ann said that they are also working with some Eagle Scouts who will add planting to the Urban Forest in Central Park. Delegate Elaine Craft said that the wonderful choir at Sts. Simon and Jude Church has recorded a CD that would soon be on sale. Charlotte Christiana of the Huntington Harbour Republican Women’s Club said that their group raises money to send youngsters up to Sacramento to get a “hands on” look at the political process. She said that of the 431 such clubs in the United States, their club is the largest. Charlotte said that this September they would hold their biennial Home Tour. She will provide more details at future meetings. Warren Balfour and Eldon Thorpe are delegates representing the Golden West Y’s Men. Their organization supports the Y’s various programs and community good works. Delegate Ron Knowles represents the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force as well as the Knights of Columbus. Knowles invited delegates to attend any upcoming meeting of the Task Force which seeks to bring more tolerance of differences within our town. Delegate Billy O’Connell is the Executive Director of Colette’s Children Home. His fine organization has helped thousands of women get back on track and from being homeless to being functioning citizens with jobs and permanent housing. He and his staff try to always “Give a hand up, not a hand out.” Delegate Richard Moore of HB Reads reported on the scheduled visit of this year’s featured author Jay Asher. He will be in town March 21st. His book is the hugely popular Thirteen Reasons Why. Richard asked people to check out the www.hbreads.org website to get information about springtime activities. A delegate from the Huntington Beach Downtown Improvement Committee said that the next Art Walk will be at the Shorebreak Hotel on January 17th. She also indicated that the Friends of the Children’s Library are having an authors’ event on January 31st. The Surf City Kid’s Book Fest has a facebook page that includes full details. Delegate Jan Stephenson spoke on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Family Services Center. She referred to several educational opportunities that were aimed at helping residents get better informed about dementia and driving, and similar issues. Their website includes details for their many training sessions. It is www.afscenter.org. The AFSC main fundraiser is slated for May 11 at the Waterfront Hilton. Delegate Karen Jackle announced an upcoming regular meeting of the American Association of University Women. Karen also spoke on behalf of Huntington Beach Tomorrow which has a program on March 28th at the Huntington Beach Central Library. Past delegate Pat Nagel introduced Kelly Symmes, who is the new delegate for Huntington Bach Neighbors. She said that they have a meeting coming up and would welcome anyone who is new to our community. Delegate Tina Bauer spoke on behalf of the American Legion as well as the American Legion Auxiliary. She indicated that they meet at the Rodger’s Senior Center. They give out scholarships awards, and they also create and send packages to serving military. These “care” packages are filled with an array of items from that are intended to make their time away from home and family easier. (Tina also asked that HBCC 2012-2013 Directory information not be used for commercial purposes, but rather as a way for delegates to connect with each other for mutual support. Delegate Brenda Meek gave an update on the Huntington Beach Women’s Club construction project. She said now that they had permits approved, they needed to generate funds to pay for the rebuilding. Brenda also gave a report on the activities of the Sand Dollars/Women of Action. They operate the Miss Huntington Beach program and support Project self Sufficiency, the Therapeutic Riding Center and other worthy causes. Delegate Donna Starr announced that the Amigos de Bolsa Chica are starting their Docent Training program shortly. She asked that delegates interested in volunteering as a guide at the Bolsa Chica go to the website www.amigosdebolsachica.org for information. Delegate Judy Osuna gave attendees an update on the Church of Religious Science’s activities. She said that they were housed in a building that they own and that they are very interested in renting out rooms for events. They are also starting a ministry for residents suffering from addiction. Their aim is to use spirituality to help these individuals deal with their life challenges. Delegates should check out their website www.sanghacenter.org to learn more about their organization. Delegate Tom Livengood reported that The Shipley Nature Center was planning a series of lectures on how to use our limited water supply more effectively. Randy Pesquira announced that he would be the City of Huntington Beach liaison with the Huntington Beach Coordinating Council. He said that he is the director of The Recreation, Human, and Cultural Services Division in the City. As such, he is involved with senior and human services, and is looking forward to helping service groups and charities partner with the City to best serve our residents in need. Delegate Candace Bartsch reported on the Council on Aging’s activities. Candace encouraged delegates to read the monthly Bright Outlook publication to learn about the many services and volunteer opportunities of the Rodger’s Senior Center. The Council has an informative website - www.hbcoa.org. She also announced that Huntington Beach Hospital is now a non-profit and as such would be doing more community outreach activities. Candace suggested that delegates learn about the long-standing senior travel and entertainment club, Circle of Friends. She said 50+ seniors would find a wide array of enjoyable activities available to members. Also part of Huntington Beach Hospital is the Silver Anchor Auxiliary. Their delegate, Nancy griffin, reported that they provide valuable patient services at the hospital, including operating the gift shop. They raise funds which are used to provide scholarships to nursing students. This past year they gave eight such awards to nursing candidates. Delegates Conrad Neuman and Larry Richey announced that their VFW Post 11548 was going to be merged in with several other Posts due to declining membership. They still plan to be part of the Huntington Beach Coordinating Council regardless of their new affiliation or meeting place. Delegate Doctor Dale Braithwaite representing the South Stake of the LDS and also the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council discussed the LDS effort to make survival foods readily available to residents of our town. He encouraged delegates to take a flyer with them and to check out this valuable service. Delegate Gisella Compagna announced an upcoming fund raiser for Waggin Tails. She said that an entertaining Medium was going to speak and perform at a January 31st event. She said that details could be found on their www.waggintrails.org site. Delegate Victoria Alberty announced the CrabFest coming up March 25th. She said that you could learn more about this always enjoyable activity at her news site www.thelocalHB.com. Delegate Rebekah Dell, MPH, said that the same organization that operates the City youth shelter also has a program to help stop RX drug abuse among young people. Rebekah would like to speak to member organizations. She said that too many children have easy access to household prescription drugs. To arrange for Rebekah to speak to your group, just send her an email at email@example.com. Delegates Larry and Terry Schnitzer were representing the Military Officers Association of America. This non-profit organization support the interests of former and serving officers in the United States Armed Forces. Vice President of Programs Chris Grisey has been an active supporter of Girl Scouts for many years. She has also operated youth drama programs too. She suggested that if delegates have a daughter or granddaughter with a child interested in acting, they should contact Chris. You can reach her at 949-632-1363. President Don Garrett thanked Marilyn Thorpe, Brenda Meek and the members of her team who stepped up to provide a tasty luncheon!!! He then adjourned the meeting.
by HBCC Secretary Mike Heywood
December 3, 2012
November 4, 2012
President Don Garrick called the meeting to order and called upon Church of Religious Science Minister Judy Osuna to lead the Invocation. Don then asked American Legion Post 133 delegate Dennis Bauer to lead the delegates in the Pledge of Allegiance. Vice President Chris Grisey then asked the three speakers to please be the first in the food line as their talks would begin while delegates would be eating their lunches. Chris Grisey introduced Billy O’Connell, the Executive Director of Colette’s Children Home. He spoke about the mission of Colette’s which is to “Give a hand up, not a hand out.” In Colette’s 14 year history they have helped thousands of women get back on track and from being homeless to being functioning citizens with jobs and permanent housing. Billy said that they provide counseling for these clients, and transition them from temporary to permanent hosing while making sure they receive guidance for any substance abuse issues they may be dealing with. Their major fund raising banquet will be at the Hyatt Regency Irvine on November 16th. He suggested that interested delegates should visit his website which is shown on www.hbvolunteers.org. The November 16th event is also highlighted on the Upcoming Events page. Chris Grisey then introduced Jim Sankey to give us an important update on Project Self Sufficiency. Jim related that Project Self Sufficiency (PSS) has been a city-sponsored program since 1985. Then many cities participated in this public-private partnership. Now, Jim said, there are only two PSS efforts in the USA, ours and one city in Colorado. Jim reported that since its inception, the PSS program has helped 1,532 women to recover from homelessness. The approach of PSS has been, and continues to be, to help struggling single women to achieve their educational goals. There are many success stories for our city’s PSS efforts! There is a special fund raiser on 11/27 at Old World called Toys for Joy! Please plan to bring a toy in its original wrapping with a retail value of at least $10. Delegates asked if they also need canned foods and clothes. Mr. Sankey said that they have a relationship with the Assistance League of HB where people can donate clothes to PSS which the AL hold onto and twice a year they let PSS clients come in and select clothing. They also maintain a food pantry. Jim said they can always use more food. Chris Grisey commented that local Girl Scouts have had food drives for Project Self Sufficiency. Next, Chris introduced Kathy Tillotson, founder and Executive Director of Build Futures. They focus on homeless youth 18 to 26 years of age. Kathy pointed out that many people think these homeless youth are coming out of the foster system. She said, in fact, 90% are not from the foster system. She said that they are ‘runaways”, leaving abusive family situations, or “throw aways”, where parents have evicted them from their childhood home. Kathy’s organization is using National Best Practices among institutions dealing with youth homelessness which calls for “rapid rehabilitation.” Build Futures has specific “steps for success” which aim to get youngsters into temporary housing, with the necessary aids to assure they can get a job. Build Futures needs include temporary housing, cell phones, bus passes, and jobs. Kathy’s said they are also in need of a storage facility for about 200 bikes. To see how you can help her charity care for these homeless young adults check out www.buildfutures.org. Following Kathy’s presentation, President Don Garrick said that November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, and that November 10 to 18 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month. He indicated that almost all members of the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council deal with these issues as parts of their ministries. President Garrick called for reports from HBCC officers. Secretary Mike Heywood called for a motion to approve the October Minutes, which he reminded delegates, were posted on the HBCC website. Delegate Tom Livengood moved that the minutes be approved as written, and Delegate Richard Moore seconded the motion. The motion was approved. Heywood asked delegates to be sure to email him events and activities so that he could post them on the website. President Garrick then called on Treasurer Jim Sankey to give an update on the HBCC’s finances. Treasurer Sankey distributed the budget for the 2012-2013 year. The Total Expenditures for the fiscal year was $2,352. Mike Heywood moved and Kathy Tillotson seconded a motion to approve the budget as shown. The motion carried. Vice President Larry Gallup was absent, so President Garrick called on Vice President-Programs Chris Grisey to report on planned speakers for the rest of this year’s term. VP Grisey said that she was attempting to line up the Huntington Beach High School Chorale to perform for the December meeting. She also has a complete array of interesting programs through the end of the year. Next, President Don Garrick called on our Hospitality Chair Marilyn Thorpe to report on her committee’s activities. Marilyn asked all who had been involved in the day’s service to please stand. They were given a round of applause by the assembly. Marilyn also circulated a sign-up sheet for the coming month’s meals. President Garrick called on Judy Osuna to discuss her Church of Religious Science’s activities. Osuna explained that their mission is to promote living spiritual principles that build communities and transform lives. They hope that members express love and joy by realizing God now. She suggested that delegates go to their website www.sanghacenter.org to learn more about her church. Her church has an active ministry to care for the homeless in our community. President Don Garrick then passed the microphone for the member sixty second updates. Delegate Dar Dunn reported that the Assistance League of Huntington Beach raised and donated the huge sum of $429,000 to the needy of our town. She asked that delegates check out their Holiday Boutique grand opening on 11-8 from 11AM to 3PM. Golden West College Patron’s President Jo Andrews indicated that this year’s Chef’s for Scholarship event was a huge success. She encouraged delegates to let their respective memberships know that the patron’s are actively seeking new members. She invited delegates to attend their November 16th meeting to learn more about the Patron’s activities. Delegate Candace Bartsch reported on the Council on Aging’s activities. She said that there are free Health Screenings at the Roger’s Senior Center on November 8th. Candace suggested that delegates join the Council and receive the monthly bulletin that outlines the wide array of services and activities offered at the Center. She encouraged members to go to www.hbcoa.org to learn more. Delegate Rebekah Dell, MPH, Health Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org, spoke on behalf of CSP’s program to stop RX drug abuse. The Community Service Program operates the Youth Shelter in HB Central Park. Rebekah announced that CSP is offering an educational program for parents to raise awareness of the huge growth in the abuse of prescription drugs by teenagers. She said that for many children, their path to using street drugs starts with their easy access to household drugs. To contact the CSP to schedule a speaker, go to www.cspinc.org/RX or email Rebekah. Delegate Larry Ritchie of VFW Post 11548 announced that there will be a Veteran’s Day program at the HB Pier on November 11th at 11AM. He said they are also selling poppies as reminders of the sacrifice made by veterans. Delegate Jack Stephenson, representing the Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, said that their former Executive Director was giving a speech on November 19th from 10 to 11:30AM at the FV Senior Center titled Demystifying Dementia: Is it normal to forget? Check out www.afscenter.org for details and for added offerings. Delegate Victoria Alberty announced the date for the “fight cancer” Relay for Life in Central Park is May 18th at 9AM. See www.thelocalhb.com for more details, and also to post upcoming activities. Delegate Lisa Campagna spoke about upcoming events for her animal rescue program called Waggin Trails. They transport animals that are slated to be euthanized to communities “out-of-state” who offer pet adoptions. She said they are in need of a panel truck to help with this transport activity. They have a range of activities coming up. There is a Wine Tasting event on 11/28 at the Waterfront Hilton. Delegate Brenda Meek reported that the Women’s Club is working with an architect to design a replacement building. She also said that Women in Action/ Sand Dollars are now a section of the HB Women’s Club. Delegate June Dugmore followed up on the GWC Patron’s “Chefs” program by reporting that this year’s event far exceeded their goals. Dugmore reported that the 39 year old organization was very pleased with the scholarship monies raised by Chef’s for Scholarship. Parliamentarian and delegate Elaine Kraft reported that the music ministry at Sts. Simon and Jude is doing well. She said that delegates should see www.ssj.org for more information. Delegate Mike Glosecki announced that the Huntington Beach Symphony has scheduled a program for Sunday, November 18th at 3PM at the HB Central Library. He said details and tickets were available at www.hbsymphony.org. Glosecki indicated that their young organization was created to add to the culture of the community and to reach out to the youth of the city by exposing them to symphonic music. Delegate Dennis Bauer of the American Legion Post 133 said that they would be participating in the November 11th memorial along with the VFW. Delegate Tina Bauer of the American Legion Auxiliary said that they were selling attractive patriotic scarves to help fund their good works for veterans. Dr. David Chipman, DC, gave a report on the Kiwanis of Huntington Beach. He said that there was an enjoyable harbor-view, boat parade party on December 9th. Proceeds from the event will help fund the cost of the annual Clothe the Children program slated for 12/1 at Wal-Mart on Talbert at Beach in Huntington Beach. The club also plans to run the annual Oak View School on 12/19 where bags of presents will be given to almost 800 students. Delegate Richard Moore gave an update on HB Reads. He said that this year’s book is the hugely popular Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. He said that they have acquired 40 books for each of the HB high schools, and that the school has acquired added copies because of the timely nature of the subject of stopping bullying. Richard asked people to go to the www.hbreads.org website to get information about springtime activities including a visit with the author. He asked if delegates would please be sure to post one of the attractive posters in their places of business. Delegate Tom Livengood discussed the successful programs at the Shipley Nature Center, including their water saving garden. Delegate Mike Heywood spoke on behalf of the new HBCC members, the Wintersburg Historical Preservation Society. Mike indicated that this organization is attempting to preserve the historic Japanese Wintersburg community church and hall structures. He suggested that interested parties could check out their fund raising event listed on the www.hbvolunteers.org Upcoming Events page. Delegate Ron Knowles spoke about the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force proclamation against bullying issued by the City of HB. Delegate Chris Grisey announced that the Girls Scouts are starting the sales of their Fall Products sales. She also asked delegates to let their organizations know that Girl Scout Troops are looking for “Take Action Projects.” They are a ready and willing resource for appropriate community efforts. President Don Garrick indicated that the South Stake of the LDS has appointed a new delegate to represent their community. Don also said that there is an Open House on November 15th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints facility from 6 to 8PM at 5402 Heil Avenue in HB. As the delegate for the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, Don also announced that on Sunday 11/18 from 6:30 to 8PM at the Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living at 500 Marina Drive in Seal Beach. President Don Garrick then adjourned the meeting.
Minutes for October 1, 2012
President Don Garrick called the meeting to order at 12:01PM. He introduced Father Christian Mondor of Sts. Simon and Jude who gave the Invocation. President Garrick then called on Cecil Birnbaum of the VFW Post to lead delegates in the Pledge of Allegiance. He then called on VP of Programs Chris Grisey to explain how the Candidate Forum would be handled. Chris also reviewed upcoming programs including November’s program, Build Futures, and December’s Holiday program. Chris is asking Edison High’s Chorale to perform. Then she asked the candidates to go through the food line first as they would be asked to speak during the luncheon. VP Chris Grisey did an excellent job of making sure that the candidates stayed within their allotted 90 seconds. After their timed comments there was a lively question and answer session, especially over those who were supporting a yes or a no vote on Measure Z. Before the candidates began their comments, Ralph Bauer made a pitch for support of Measure P, which would fund much needed repairs to the OVSD’s aging campuses. After the candidate forum, President Don Garrick asked for a motion to approve the June HBCC Minutes. Jan Stephenson moved for approval of the minutes as written. JudyAnn Morris seconded the motion, and motion carried. President Garrick then called for officer reports. Treasurer Jim Sankey indicated that the 2012-2013 HBCC Membership Booklet would be printed in time for the December meeting. He said it was important that delegates made sure they had their paid renewal completed by the November meeting. Jim Sankey indicated that he would present the Fiscal 2012-2013 Budget at the next meeting. He said that as of 10/1, there was a balance of $2044.35. President Garrick recognized the VP of membership Larry Gallup, Mike Heywood, Secretary and Webmaster, President-elect Judy Ann Morris, and Hospitality Chair Marilyn Thorpe. Marilyn in turn thanked her husband Eldon, Pat Nagel, Brenda Meeks, Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson, delegates from the Alzheimer's Family Care Services and several other delegates and even some guests who helped with the set-up, luncheon and decorations. Webmaster Mike Heywood encouraged delegates to send him event announcements which he would publish on the www.hbvolunteers.org website. Father Christian Mondor announced the Blessing of the Waves that would take place on October 14th at 9AM by the pier. He said that a special guest, Tom Morey, inventor of the Morey Boogie Board, would participate in the blessing. This event is put on by the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council. Delegates reported on many highly successful fund raising events over the Summer. It was apparent that hundreds of thousands was raised and donated to support the many worthwhile charities that care for young and old and the needy in Huntington Beach. President Don Garrick closed the meeting at 1:40PM.