We held a blind tasting of Pinot Noirs. Perhaps we should change our nickname to the Pinot Noir Club. We tried a 2009 Cambria from the Santa Maria Valley; a Windsor / Torrey Pines Rotary Club; a Jekel from the Central Coast;  a 2005 Nuit St. George; and a Hahn 2011 from California. The club favorite was the Cambria, followed by the Nuit St. George.

A special thanks goes to Nancy Stoke for all the work she has done on community services. She recently received a $200 check from the fairground for the work she did during the fair. She is also looking for volunteers to help give water out at America’s Finest City Half Marathon on Sunday, August 19. Sorry for the late notice, but if you’re willing to pitch in, contact Nancy asap at nancystoke@earthlink.net. Contact her also if you’d like to tour Hospital Infantil on August 31.

A member of the Monaco Rotary Club and a friend of Max Gurney, Francois Wurz, will be visiting San Diego and the club on August 27. He is looking for a place to stay for that one night. In exchange, he is willing to offer 2 nights of lodging at his own apartment in Monaco. If you are going to Monaco in the future, this is a great opportunity. If you are interested in taking advantage of it, contact Max at gurneymcm@aol.com or 858-459-8912.

Our speaker was past member and long-time friend, Chip Hayes. Chip shared his fascination with John Kennedy. We learned a lot about the Kennedy Administration, particularly with regard to Kennedy’s problems with Cuba. Many of the club shared their own recollections of the period. Thanks for the brief trip on the time machine, Chip.