Event Types

Dave Kramer is a Chief Financial Officer with more than 25 years of experience, from start-up to
over $100 million in sales. He’s been a full time CFO in medical devices, biopharma, and high
tech. Dave is the founder and principal of Outsource CFO Services, where he currently provides
part time CFO services to a variety of small, growing companies. His volunteer activities
include CONNECT Springboard, where he is a finance advisor and Chairmen’s Roundtable,
where he is an enthusiastic sponsor and Board member. Dave earned a B.A. from Yale and an
MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives with his wife in Carmel Valley, where they
entertain their out-of-town children and grandchildren.

Dave Kramer
Apr 21, 2017

Paul Thiel is chairman of The Chairmen's Roundtable, a unique San Diego non-profit that
provides pro bono mentoring for closely held businesses. Currently the regional managing
director for the San Diego region for BNY Mellon Wealth Managenent, Paul has been CEO of
three closely held firms, including TruCost Inc., a Sorrento Valley-based firm in the hospitality
industry. Thiel started his career as a financial journalist, writing for the New York Times, The
Washington Post among others. Paul holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and an
MBA from the University of Virginia, and has completed executive programs at Northwestern
University and Stanford Business School. A native of Boston, Paul is very happy to be living in
LaJolls wife his wife, Lori, their two kids and beagle.

Paul Thiel
Apr 21, 2017
The Quintessential Festival will feature more than 30 Beer, Wine & Spirit vendors, food for purchase, live music and a load of fun!  Check out the website for the latest information and buy tickets in advance to save money.
The event is 1PM to 5PM but we will have set-up teams in the morning and tear down teams in the evening.  We need Rotaractors 21 & over to help with pouring beverages too.
Apr 22, 2017
6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Nancy Gatschet
Apr 28, 2017
Dianne Day, Erik Mjoen
May 05, 2017
Educator of the Year
May 12, 2017

Beth & Brad Thorp Co-Founders of the Mitchell Thorp Foundation have created incredible blessings for children and families in need. A public 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to “Support families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders by providing financial, emotional and resources to their desperate situation”

They are impacting communities one child at a time, through their four programs:

  • • Medical and Home Assistance •
  • Healing & Rehabilitation •
  • Wheel Chair Accessible Vans •
  • Youth Leadership Council The foundation’s accomplishments and milestones since founding in 2009: •
  • Provided support to over 100 families & children and 15-20 on-going families monthly. •
  • 100% success rate in keeping families together and not end in divorce or separation. •
  • Over 2,000 toys delivered to local hospitals. •
  • Over 6,000 people came together at MTF events. •
  • 100 basket deliveries to children. •
  • Over 1,500 community service hours. •
  • Over 750 selfless volunteers •
  • Over 200 students participated in MTF Youth Leadership Council & MTF School Clubs.

Awards & Recognition: •

  • 2106 Starfish Leadership Award -Honored to Brad & Beth Thorp Who Inspire, Engage & Lead. •
  • 2016 City of Carlsbad-Recognition Certificate for receiving the Starfish Leadership Award. •
  • 2016 California Legislature Assembly Resolution 76th. District-Honored Brad & Beth Thorp for their significant contribution they have made to the community and beyond. •
  • 2015 Attained Gold Star Status through Guide Star. •
  • 2013 California Legislature: Certificate of Recognition of Service and dedication in helping families who are challenged with a life-threatening medical condition. •
  • 2013 Proclamation Honoring “Mitchell Thorp Foundation” of Feb 2, County of San Diego •
  • 2012 Created Youth Leadership Council that impacts kids (Kids Helping Kids) •
  • 2012 Finalist Non-Profit Association of the Year, State of California •
  • 2012 Finalist Non-Profit of the Year, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce •
  • 2012-Present Member of Nonprofit Alliance •
  • 2011-Present Partnership with San Diego Foundation & Better Giving Program •
  • 2010-Present Member North County Philanthropy Council (NCPC)​
Brad & Beth Thorp
Jun 09, 2017

Melodie Tao is a social media thought leader with over 13 years of marketing experience. She leads and runs her own company, Marketing Melodie, where she is a Marketing Consultant, Educator and Speaker.

Through her consulting and education services, Melodie helps businesses and entrepreneurs optimize their brand, and build social media communities to generate more revenue. After applying Melodie’s strategies, her clients typically achieve significant increases in traffic, subscribers, leads and clients.

Melodie’s background includes over five years of experience in print and radio advertising. She then transitioned into online marketing, and successfully managed campaigns that integrated SEO, PPC and Social Media.

Melodie also takes her knowledge and experience to the classroom and has served as a Marketing Professor at Platt College San Diego and National University, as well as a Guest Lecturer at UCLA, UCSB and The Art Institute of California, San Diego.

As an International Speaker, Melodie has spoken at conferences, and hosted workshops nationally, in Asia and the Middle East.

Melodie combines her expertise in traditional marketing and digital media to develop fully integrated campaigns for her clients. Melodie has successfully created interactive campaigns and promotions for national brands, including AT&T, Microsoft, Ralphs/Kroger, Westfield Malls, Colgate Palmolive, AMC Theaters, Insect Shield, Verizon Wireless, NBC Universal and

On a personal note, Melodie is from sunny San Diego. She teaches and practices yoga, enjoys cooking, live music, has strong ties in her community, and enjoys discovering new things to do in her home town.

For more information on Melodie visit her website and blog

Melodie Tao
Jun 16, 2017
Alex Monroe
Jul 07, 2017

Scott Carr is Past President of Rotary of San Diego Downtown Breakfast, and served as Chief of Staff for District 5340 Governor Louise Andres in 2014-15. He was also chief architect and punching bag for the District website at

Scott regularly trains Rotarians on web marketing and social media. A former registered principal in the securities industry, Scott was the founder of one of the first websites ever to focus on estate and retirement planning. He used this experience in online marketing to launch a marketing agency called Javelin Web and Media.

Scott is a proud dad to three kids, a son age 5 and twin three year-old girls. Scott met his wife Heather as President of the San Diego Downtown Rotaract Club. He is the recipient of the 2010 Community Service Award from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP), and received the 40 Under 40 award in 2012 from San Diego Metro. In addition to The Rotary Foundation, Scott and his wife work together to support several worthwhile charities, including Serving Seniors, Sepsis Alliance, the KPBS Radio Reading Service, and the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Scott Carr
Jul 28, 2017

Sandee will review the evolution of Human Resources from the 1400’s to the present day.

Sandee is a certified human resources professional who began her HR career as the Personnel Director at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in the late 70’s. With a keen interest in all aspects of human resources she focused on becoming a human resource generalist. As a generalist, she would be expected to be knowledgeable in all aspects of HR, most importantly the ever-evolving legal compliance aspects. She developed this knowledge while working at several well-respected law firms in San Diego. In 2006, she joined Cavignac & Associates as the Director of Human Resources serving the agency as its HR Director and the agency clients as a HR Risk Control Advisor. Today, as the sole proprietor of Walton Business Solutions, she serves small and medium sized businesses. Her focus is to assess the company’s HR related practices and then assist with the implementation of legally compliant HR "best practices". She also serves as a HR expert witness. 

Sandee Rugg
Aug 04, 2017

Richard Schulman President and Founder, Resource Strategies Inc (since 1985) RSI does aerial and satellite imagery sales and project management Clients include utility companies, water agencies, cities, county, state and federal government. Involved in pioneering high technology for over forty years. Founder National Computer Graphics Network Founding Sponsor UCSD Connect Program for Entrepreneurship and Technology (1985) Retired US Naval Officer (Commander) including Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (NOSC)

Richard Schulman
Aug 11, 2017
Bill Gore
Aug 18, 2017

Don is a farm boy from rural Ohio. His early inspiration was to fly, which he began at age 16, and he is still an active private pilot.

Don was a career Air Force Officer, and is a Viet Nam veteran. He has 30 years of technical and management experience in the aerospace and communications industries. He was one of the co-founders and the initial corporate strategist for Alliant Techsystems Inc. (NYSE:ATK), and he was Corporate VP strategy and planning for Motorola Networks in US and Asia. Today Don is semi-retired as an independent business consultant, and devotes his free time to charities. His hobbies and interests include flying, fishing, travel, music, history and philosophy.

Don’s topic today is the Apollo program. In 1968 and 1969 he was a NASA flight controller in Mission Control in Houston, on the control team for Apollo Missions 6 through 12, which included the first two lunar landings. Don will tell us about the Apollo missions, and some of the behind the scenes details of the people and the activities that made up this exciting time in our history. 

Donald Willis
Aug 25, 2017
Dark - Labor Day
Sep 01, 2017

Moisés Barón, Ph.D., President and CEO, San Diego Center for Children

Dr. Barón, a psychologist with more than 29 years of clinical and administrative experience, joined the San Diego Center for Children as President and CEO in September of 2014.

Prior to joining the Center, he served for 11 years as the first Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Student Wellness at the University of San Diego. Dr. Barón conceptualized and implemented a plan to restructure, expand and integrate health and wellness services, remodel facilities, and established integrated clinical, preventive and educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students. His responsibilities included general oversight of operations, budget and strategic development, and leading the efforts to achieve national accreditations of the wellness area units. He also provided ongoing leadership and guidance to university students, faculty and administration on issues related to diversity, inclusion, wellness, health, mental health and crisis response.

Prior to this, Dr. Barón was Director of the Counseling Center from 1997 to 2006 where he managed all of the center’s operations and budget. He has been Adjunct Faculty at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences for over 20 years, and is the Founder of the COMPASS Academic Center at USD where he led a team that developed multidisciplinary and innovative programs to help and support families of children with special needs. He also served as Executive Director of the services arm of COMPASS in the community until 2012.

In addition to his experience at USD, Dr. Barón also worked in private practice as a clinician and in different supervisory and leadership positions in community mental clinics and inpatient facilities in San Diego including: The Center for Counseling at Catholic Charities, Southwood Hospital and Vista Hill Hospital, where he served as Director of Psychology.

Moises Baron, Ph.D.
Sep 08, 2017

Karin Davies MD is a retired San Diego Kaiser pediatrician who lived in Ethiopia as a child when her father, as part of the Point Four Program, helped to develop an agricultural and technical school in Jimma Ethiopia. Dr. Davies returned to visit Ethiopia years later with her brothers and found that the small school her father helped to develop with only 80 students is now Jimma University with over 40,000 students. She felt a strong connection to Ethiopia and its people and, upon return, worked with her colleague, Neonatologist Patricia Bromberger, to develop a training of trainers program in neonatal resuscitation and post-resuscitation care of newborns for medical, nursing, and midwife students at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Gondar in Gondar, Ethiopia.

That training program became a Vocational Training Team Project funded by The Rotary Foundation’s Global Grant: “Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia”. Dr. Davies is a certified instructor in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and is a Master Trainer in Helping Babies Breathe and Essential Care for Every Newborn which are training programs developed jointly by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association to train doctors, nurses and midwives in low resource areas to save babies lives at birth. In addition, she is a Master Trainer in the TeamSTEPPS program to train health professionals in communication and teamwork skills.

Karin Davies
Sep 15, 2017
Corey Polant
Sep 22, 2017

Andrew M. Lowy, MD serves as Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Unit at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. Dr. Lowy ‘s clinical and research interests are in the area of pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancer. Since 2005, Dr. Lowy has served as the surgical liaison for the Pancreatic Cancer Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group. From 2007-2016 he served as co-chair for the National Cancer Institute’s Pancreatic Cancer Task Force, and was elected chair in 2016. Dr. Lowy also serves on the board of the National Pancreas Foundation and as chair elect of the scientific and medical advisory board for the Pancreatic Cancer Action network. Currently, Dr. Lowy serves as the surgical principal investigator of RTOG 0848, the largest pancreatic cancer adjuvant trial ever to be conducted in the U.S. He previously served on the editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology as section editor for pancreatic tumors, and has served as section editor for translational research since 2015. Dr. Lowy’s laboratory co-developed the first genetically engineered mouse model of pancreatic cancer and currently focuses on the study of tyrosine kinase signaling, preclinical therapeutics and preclinical modeling in pancreatic cancer. His laboratory has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1999. 

Andrew Lowy, MD
Sep 29, 2017
Phil Bresnahan
Oct 06, 2017

Garner A. Palenske and his family live in San Diego, California. A native Californian, he grew up exploring the mining camps of the Mojave Desert. Mr. Palenske earned bachelor degrees in both engineering and business from California State University, Fullerton. He works as a vice president of a consulting engineering firm and has worked on many historical building restorations. An accomplished researcher, Mr. Palenske has published several engineering research projects.

Mr. Palenske’s first history book “Wyatt Earp in San Diego, Life After Tombstone” was published in 2012. This critically acclaimed work was the first academic treatment of this exciting period in Earp’s life. Since then he has been published in True West Magazine and presented papers at the Arizona History Convention (2015, 2016 and 2017), and the Tombstone Territorial Rendezvous (many times).

Palenske is a member of the Wild West History Association and the San Diego History Center. He is also serves as the historian for the First San Diego Court House Museum in Old Town San Diego.

Garner Palenske
Oct 13, 2017

Clinton Mains is an advisor consultant for Hartford Funds. He is responsible for marketing Hartford Funds and The Hartford SMART529 in California, covering the San Diego, Orange County, Riverside County, and Palm Springs areas. Clinton supports financial advisors and their clients with educational material, client seminars, product expertise, and practicemanagement strategies.

Clinton joined the organization as an advisor consultant in 2011. Prior to joining the company, he worked in sales and marketing with Franklin Templeton in northern California from 2008-2011. Clinton is a registered representative of Hartford Funds Distributors. He is FINRA Series 6 and 63 registered.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Clinton graduated from The University of Denver with a degree in finance from Daniels College of Business. He currently lives in San Diego, California. 

Clinton Mains
Oct 20, 2017