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Proud Parents Karen & Eric Ramos with the very talented Emily Ramos
- Eric’s daughter, Emily will be playing the part of “Chava” in “Fiddler on the Roof”. Today she sang "Star Vicino and "On My Own" for us. She is a very talented performer and a tremendous singer. For more information on the Temecula Valley Players “Fiddler on the Roof” production (September 10-26 at 7:30 pm, matinees are also available), go to WWW.temeculatheater.org or call 951-600-8377. BRAVO EMILY!!! You gave a stupendous performance.
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Vince Ross, Charley Wolk & Debbi Peters
Guest Speaker: Charley Wolk – Bejoca Grove & Landscape
Vince introduced his longtime friend Charley Wolk. Charley is a Director for the Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) and considered one of California’s foremost avocado experts. Charley and his family have lived in Fallbrook for 44 years (almost as long as Vince – 50 years), and is involved in the Chamber of Commerce.
Charley emphasized the Avocado Industry in Fallbrook and the U.S. is not dead. In fact it is thriving. There are many new groves going up in Fallbrook alone. 2 billion pounds of Haas Avocados in the U.S. will be sold this year. Demand is HUGE. California avocados are sold mostly from the Rockies to the West Coast because the demand is too big to branch out much further. The demand for fruit overseas is huge also. 500 million pounds is not enough to supply the overseas demand.
Worldwide the demand is huge. Charley gets calls all the time from investors for available groves and land. High density planting is now used to try to satisfy the demand for Avocados. Avocados used to be planted 14’x14’apart. They are now planted 12’x12’ between trees and rows. Trees are kept low to about 6’-8’ so they can be picked and grow denser. Good pickers are hard to find because the work is arduous and considered dangerous. Charley reiterated the industry is not dead here in Fallbrook and throughout the world. Charley also predicts that we will see an even greater demand in the future as Avocados are used in products like hair conditioner.
The problem for Avocados is the enormous water usage to keep them producing. A mature Avocado tree uses 450 gallons of water per tree per week to stay healthy and produce. There is no water in Northern California and the San Joaquin and Central Valleys. We have water in Southern CA for 2015 & 2016 because the San Diego and Metropolitan Water Districts made investments to have water. Northern and Central CA did not make any provisions for more water. Imperial Valley is our biggest water supplier. Charley believes an El Nino is coming this year but may miss Southern CA. That may make us use our stored water supplies.
Fallbrook Village Rotary Club has been very busy this summer.
On July 21 we had the privilege of having Joe Ciokon speak to us about the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.
July 28th we had Warren Bishop speak to us about horse racing to help prep us for our annual Day At The Del Mar Races on August 1st.
Huge thanks to Melinda Stone for organizing the “Day At The Races” event on August 1st. She always does an amazing job which results in a great turn out and a ton of fun for everybody.
August 4th George and Helen Archibald, Tom & Caryn Meriwether, Bob & Pam Butler, Vince Ross and Karen Utley & Chuck Ibold all helped at the ever popular “Summer Nights”. The next and last “Summer Nights” will be Friday 8/7 and will be “A Salute To Military Heritage”.
For more information go to http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/events/Fallbrook-Summer-Nights---A-Salute-to-Military-Heritage_ET2428S22.html or go to the events section of our website.
Outgoing President Tom Meriwether (2014-2015) and incoming President Eric Ramos (2015-2016)
Demotion Party A Huge Success
July 11, 2015
Out with the old and in with the new. That was the theme for Saturday July 11ths Demotion Party. Eric Ramos replaced Tom Meriwether as Fallbrook Village Rotary’s 2015 – 2016 President.
Congratulations Gentlemen. Tom – you did a great job. Eric – you will surely do a great job as well.
For more pictures click on "Demotion Party 2014-2015" in the Photo Album box.
Incoming president Dr. Eric Ramos with T. Todd Evans, PhD, Citizens Climate Lobby
Guest Speaker: T. Todd Elvins, PhD – Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL).
Dr. Todd Elvins is a seasoned engineer, entrepreneur and executive with 25- years of leadership success. For ten years starting in 1988, Elvins teamed with earth, ocean, and space scientists at the University of California San Diego Supercomputer Center. In 1998, Todd co-founded the Indicast Corporation, sold it to the Oracle Corporation in 2001, and Directed Product Management in Oracle’s Application Division until 2006. He then accepted the position of VP Engineering at global medial leader PacketVideo, which was acquired by NTT Docomo in 2010. Elvins has authored or co-authored a dozen journal papers, spoken at many international conferences, and is an inventor on two patents.
Elvins currently serves part-time on the executive team at solar technology leader PI Energy, and is a full-time citizen lobbyist with the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). He holds a PhD in computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego. Todd lives with his family in Solana Beach.
CCL is a non-profit nationwide group formed by Marshall Saunders “which teaches and supports citizens to lobby their members of congress, the media and their fellow citizens in order to create the political will for a stable climate.” George Shultz, former Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan, is on the CCL advisory Board. According to Dr. Elvins climate scientists agree that, due to global warming, temperatures are going up when they should be going down. Unusual changes have been noted since the Industrial Revolution. Something must be done now to stop the unnatural trend. One option is to regulate coal fired power plants, but no one likes regulation.
- From left to right – Vince Ross, Al Gebhart, Bob Butler, Eric Ramos, Jack Bebee, and Donna Gebhart after working on the Santa Margarita River Trail.
Program: Jack Bebee – Assistant General Manager – Fallbrook Public Utilities District
Jack is originally from Chicago’s North side. Jack went to Washington College and got his masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois. He has lived in California for 15 years. Jack’s dad worked for Wrigley Field so he and Jack attended many Cubs baseball games. He is married to his high school sweetheart and they live in Vista. Jack gave a fascinating presentation on the water situation here in Fallbrook. For more of Jack's presentation click on "Read more..."
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