President: Chris Costlow opened the meeting of The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake at 6:30 p.m. Sharp!  Chris led the club members in the Pledge to our Flag.
John Stock: Youth Director provided the Rotary Moment.
Dave Johnson: Treasurer led the members in singing God Bless America and R-O-T-A-R-Y.
 
Introduction of Guests: Dawn Rowe, Supervisor 3rd District San Bernardino was our honored guest and the Program presenter for the evening meeting.  Dan Easterby brought his fiancé Genelle, Dave Johnson brought his wife and guest Rigo Negrete from Haus and Home.  Filo Arias brought his Son, Murphy Arias.  John Friel brought his Wife Connie and Holly Elmer, President of the Hospital Foundation.  Dick Shaw brought his wife Yvonne,  Tony Tamburchi was welcomed back from Finland where he has been staying for a couple of months!  Sorry if I missed anyone.
Dinner was a buffet and as usual great.  Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan.  Delicious egg noodles al olio.  The Cheese Cake/Mousse was fantastic.  Thanks to the great staff at the Holiday Inn. 
 
Tony Tamburchi upon returning from Finland presented the club a Trading Banner from the only English speaking Rotary Club in the Country. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program: Dawn Rowe (rhymes with “row”)  Click Read More link
 
Former Yucca Valley Councilmember and Mayor Dawn Rowe (rhymes with “now”) has been appointed to fill the open San Bernardino County (SBC) Third District Supervisor’s position and will complete the remaining two years of what was James Ramos’ seat. Ramos was elected in November and is now serving as, Assemblyman for the 40th District. Yucaipa is part of SBC’s Third District.
 
Rowe who has most recently worked as a field representative for Assemblyman and now Congressman Paul Cook since 2009. She has lived in the Morongo Basin since 2003 and served on the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2010 to 2014, including a turn as mayor. She has worked as a substitute teacher within the Morongo Unified School District since 2009 and is active in numerous community organizations.
After having completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications & public relations (as a double major) from Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa), Rowe went onto complete a master’s degree in advertising from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
Rowe cited her experience dealing with key issues in the district, including the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, water hauling, vacation rentals and off-road recreation in her application for appointment as the Third District Supervisor. She also expressed understanding, of countywide issues and committed herself toward building a positive working relationship with the other members of the Board of Supervisors.
Rowe elected from a field of 43 qualified applicants for the county’s open supervisor’s seat. She was immediately administered the oath of office upon the unanimous vote by the other four current members of the SBC Board of Supervisors. In taking her seat on the Board of Supervisors, Rowe tilts the majority of the board seat occupied by females for the first time in the county’s 165-year history. The two other female Supervisors are Josie Gonzalez (5th District) and Janice Rutherford (Second District).
 
In the event of a vacancy on the SBC Board of Supervisors, the county’s Charter requires the remaining members of the board to appoint someone to serve until December of the next even-numbered year. If the board fails to appoint someone within 30 days the governor is required to make an appointment. The Third District seat on the Board of Supervisors became vacant on Dec. 3 when (now former) Supervisor Ramos took the oath of office as a member of the state Assembly. The county began the appointment process on Nov. 16 in anticipation of Supervisor Ramos’ departure by inviting qualified Third District residents to apply for the appointment.
In addition to Yucaipa, the SBC Third District includes all or portions of the cities of Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas.
 
Mrs. Rowe took several questions from the club members.  One of the major questions was about the current construction of the Big Bear Zoo.  Mrs. Rowe explained that there had been problems!  Project manager for both the city and the contractor have been appointed and hopefully, the weather will cooperate and the Zoo may be completed in November.  It will take another 30 days to safely move the animals. Other questions concerned the differences in how home rentals are handled between Big Bear Lake and the County areas of Big Bear City.  Homelessness is also a problem in Bear Valley and there are several groups that are working on that problem.  The County has some funds and will be working with the City and the County Areas in the future. 
 
President Chris presented Mrs. Rowe with our Trading Banner to always remember the welcome she received at The Big Bear Lake Rotary Club meeting. 
 
The Meeting was Adjourned.