Yearly Archives: 2014

The Groveland Rotary delivered dictionaries to Don Pedro Elementary School

Wednesday, December 17, our President Wayne Phillips, Herman Schaap, Larry Santa Maria and Rudy Manzo went to Don Pedro Elementary School in La Grange to deliver dictionaries to the third grade. This was the third School this year that was part of this yearly event. President Phillips explained to the Children what Rotary is all about and talked about the eradication of polio in a way that the Kids could understand what this meant. He also talked about the history of the Rotary. Thirty Children were excited to receive their books, and after they received their copy, Herman had them look up the word “Rotary” in their new books. Many hands went up in a short time. We hope that these students will use the dictionary during their education.


He found the word “Rotary”!



Photography by Rudy Manzo


US Forest Service presentation

Dusty Vaughn, Georgia Dempsey and Rebecca Garcia from the US Forest Service visited us at our December 9 meeting with an outstanding presentation. The topic was the ecological restoration of the rim fire damaged area.

Dusty, who is a public service leader and a recreation specialist, started the presentation with an explanation of the damage caused by the fire and the recovery work that is going on. It is amazing to understand that only 7% of the wilderness “floor” is damaged. Recovery in that area will take a life time.

Georgia Dempsey is a public affairs officer for the rim fire, followed with a thorough explanation of what is involved to create new seedlings and the growing of young shoots to reforest the burned area. She talked about the pine cone harvest. Seedlings are removed from these cones and planted to grow the shoots needed for the restoration of the burned wilderness.

Rebecca, who is a Public Affair Officer took notes of the presentation to improve the material needed to educate the people as well as possible.

All in all a great and informative meeting!

For more info click US Forest Service

Dusty Vaughn's presentation

Dusty Vaughn’s presentation


Georgia Dempsey captured the audience

Georgia Dempsey captured the audience









Groveland Rotary provided dictionaries for the 3rd graders

Herman Schaap and Randy Burke delivered dictionaries to Tenaya Elementary School’s 3rd graders. This event, like all previous years , was a huge success.
The Children were not informed ahead of this occasion. Needless to say it was a big surprise. Randy and Herman got all the kid’s attention. After the handout the students were put to the test. With the help of their teacher, Mrs Smith,  they were asked to find the word Rotary and Polio in their books. After a few minutes many hands went up. They found it! It is good to know that Children still have an interest in “opening books”

Dick Davis was our photographer and as you can see, He did an excellent job.

Thank you Dick Davis!



Groveland Rotary Challenges “Shoeless”

Groveland Rotary Club Challenges “Shoeless”

It was recently discovered that there were some children at the Tenaya Elementary School that were wearing badly tattered shoes or thongs to school and could not get good shoes to wear due to economic problems. Our own Rotarians, Herman Schaap and Cory Swank, heard about this and immediately went to action to develop a program that would enable our club to provide shoes for those who needed them. They contacted some of the local stores that carry footwear and were able to get vouchers which could be given to the children and enable them to get the shoes that they need.

Other members volunteered to help with the program and money was raised to fund a “shoe purchase bank”.  The funds have now made this a sustainable program. The school is in charge of determining the Children in need of footwear and issues the vouchers accordingly. Those who had sad faces because they had less than adequate footwear, now have smiles as they are wearing new shoes. The program has been successful at the try out  period and will now be expanded to include Don Pedro Elementary School and Tioga High School.  Financial constraints have no limits and Rotarians want to make certain that those who need footwear can have it.

Should you have a desire to help with this program or learn more about Rotary to possibly become a member, please contact Cory Swank at (209) 436-1800.

Deputy Donaldson visits the Groveland Rotary

Deputy Richard Donaldson visited the Groveland Rotary at our weekly meeting to talk about his duties and experiences in the Groveland area. Richard moved from Northern California to Tuolumne County about 6 month ago to accept his position as a deputy for the Groveland Area. Deputy Donaldson lives in Sonora and commutes every day to Groveland to protect our citizens.

The topic of his speech was to protect yourself from all kinds of violations that occur everywhere, even Groveland is not immune. Some of the issues Deputy Donaldson talked about are:

– Passage of Prop 47 is likely to cause an uptick in property crimes. Leaving cars and houses unlocked is inviting a problem.
– Heroin addiction is now a large drug issue in Tuolumne County.
– Current scams include:
o Someone calling posing as an IRS Agent, a utility bill collector or even a Sherriff asking for money for back taxes, an overdue bill, or bail for a loved one respectively. Never give out any bank information on the phone without vetting the situation.
o The use of “Green Dot Money Cards” and Western Union as untraceable methods of sending money. Once you send the money it is unrecoverable. Don’t fall victim to this scam!
o Mail, E-Mail and phone fraud for bogus lottery winnings/inheritance winnings
o Craigslist; people robbing you when you meet them to transact, especially for big ticket items.
– Tips to help yourself; lock your doors, know your neighbors, don’t be afraid to call the police, if a deal is too good to be true it probably is, keep a record of Serial Numbers and Model Numbers to be used in Stolen Goods Recovery.

                             Thank you Deputy Donaldson for sharing this great information

Deputy Donaldson can be reached at 209 962-6974

The Sheriff’s office is located at   12720 Par Court, Groveland, CA 95321

photo-2Deputy Richard Donaldson delivering his presentation

Mike Scuro presented Apolo14 recovery

Rotary Speacker- LCDR Michael N.Scuro  USNR- Apollo 14

By Rudy Manzo

Lt.Cmdr. Michael Scuro is no stranger to many of us here in PML. Now that he is retired he and his wife Judy spend the summer here and ten return to their home in Palm  Springs.
His introduction to aviation came through building model airplanes with the guidance of his father. He participated in model airplane competitions around the Country and that led him to several National awards.

During his college days he was in the Naval ROTC and upon his graduation he received his commission as Ensign, UNSR and then went on to flight school in Pensacola, Florida. He received his helicopter flying wings in 1968. Michael was then assigned to the Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron 6 in San Diego, CA. flying the Sykorski SH-3B missions.  From San Diego the squadron was sent to the Western Pacific in 1969 to conduct search and rescue missions. From there the squadron was diverted to Yankee Station off the coast of Vietnam to perform the same type missions.  The squadron received numerous awards for these missions.

in December of 1970 LCDR Scuro was selected to be part of the Recovery Team for the Apollo 14 Mission headed by Alan Sheppard. While co-piloting NW492 , also known as Swim 1,  they deployed members of the Navy Seals to attach the flotation devices and other apparatus to secure the Command Module and extract the Astronauts. During his presentation he gave many details of what occurred during te recovery mission. If there is ever a time that you hear LCDR Scuro is going to speak somewhere, be sure to hear his presentation. You will get all the inside information on the Apollo 14 mission,

LCDR. Scuro left active duty in 1971 after serving in the Navy for 23 years

After Michael’s military duties , he went on to receive his Masters Degree in Education and taught in several California High Schools

Michael Scuro talking about his Apollo 14 rescue mission.