Our 2019-2020 rotary year in photos

Here in all its glory is a Neisha Hernandez production of a Bernard Hernandez film, Ode to Bob, performed by the Chula Vista Rotary Sky Lounge Flight Crew at the 2020 In & Out. This dance spectacular features David Hoffman, Glen Googins, Laura Humphreys, Suzanne Catanzaro and Jan Mellinger. 
Former Chula Vista Rotarian Paul Raffer performed Come Fly With Me for incoming President Zaneta Encarnacion at the 2020 In & Out Sky Lounge. Click on the button for the lyrics.
Gary Bryant arranges yet another load of food donations going to families who need a helping hand as a result of the economic shutdown during the pandemic. 
David Hoffman (left) and Gary Bryant shows what it means to be a part of Rotary during a global pandemic.
Duane Buckingham (left) helps Chris Lewis pack up some goodies going to families who need it during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gary Bryant, Troy Ray, and Lane Pearson (left to right), properly masked, pick up a load of food and beverages to distribute to families struggling to get through the pandemic.
Past President Eric Rimmele led a virtual wine-tasting social and attempting to teach us heathens something about how to drink wine.
Pandemic? What pandemic? Our scholarship committee, ably led by Rotarian Jesse Fernandez, still figured out a way to award ten $1,000 scholarships to deserving graduating seniors from Chula Vista high schools. 
Dr. Ajit Rai, a New York City anesthesiologist and brother of Rotarian Sonny Rai, featured as one of our very first virtual program speakers. He gave a vivid and breathtaking perspective on the impact of the pandemic in his city. 
Making lemonade from lemons and figuring out a way to get through this. 
We were sad to lose long-time Rotarian and gentle soul, Dr. John Pullen in April 2020 at the age of 91. 
Discovery Charter School 7th grader Morgan Murphy (left) shows off club swag for being a top performer in the CVESD TALKS program. Joining her is 4th grader Andres Moreno Ranon of Allen Elementary, and 5th grader Eloise Herrara of Valle Lindo Elementary. Little did we know this would mark our last in-person weekly meeting before the COVID-19 shutdown began. 
The club's annual Valentine's Day program gave Past President Eric Rimmele a chance to show how he uses asparagus to woo his wife, Yiwei.
President Bob (center) hands over $1,630 donated by Chula Vista Rotarians to help relief efforts in Australia during the devastating wildfires there in late 2019. 
This sullen group of Rotarians show off their door prizes during an early 2020 meeting. From left are Gary Bryant, Leon Redondo, Past President Jim Biddle, Troy Ray, Past President Chuck Bevan, Past President and Assistant District Governor David Hoffman, and Mitch Compton.
More than a dozen District Governors-Elect from as far away as India and Norway were hosted at the home of Rotarian Cheryl Shields for a hospitality event.
Along with other Rotary clubs in the South Bay region, the Chula Vista Rotary hosted a breakfast for visiting Rotary International President Mark Maloney, who was visiting San Diego for the annual International Assembly of District Governors-Elect.
Past President Carmen Sandoval (left) and President-Elect Neisha Hernandez play Santa while helping to decorate the Chula Vista Veteran's Home for Christmas. 
A group of Chula Vista Rotarians learned a new trade helping to serve food during the Christmas holidays at the Ronald McDonald House. Beginning second from left are Reed and Beta Dinsmore, Mora de Murguia, Lori Mitchell, Rich Anderson, and Jeanne and Troy Ray.  At far right are Gary Bryant and Lisa Johnson. 
Past President Suzanne Catanzaro takes a more relaxed approach to gardening during Christmas In October. 
Past President Jerry May prepares to commit murder. Fortunately, he was only intent on killing weeds during Christmas In October. 
Past President Lane Pearson got really, really sweaty hauling around a wheelbarrow during Christmas In October. Fortunately, he said his weekly shower was scheduled for the next day. 
Rich Brocchini (left) and Bernard Hernandez sample some of the spirits brought in speaker Ken Lee, owner of Malahat Spirits. 
Our first ever Non-Event fundraiser set the standard for lazy fun. 
Rich Brocchini and his daughter are thrilled to have a close-up look at an Olympic Games torch.
From left to right: Donna Moss, Past President Betty Waznis, Board Director Ben Koala, Immediate Past President Dan Dredla, Program Chairperson Mary Johnson (foreground), Board Director Cheryl Shields, and Past President (and first female president of our club) Diane Flint Wages.
Past President Mark Greene passed away in late 2019. Mark had been a member of our club for 52 years, the first 50 of them with perfect attendance. Somewhere up there, we know Mark is giving an angel a good deal on a new car. 
District Governor Marta Knight lets President Bob know she expects our PolioPlus donation jar to be overflowing by the end of the year. 
And so it begins. President Bob Silvas kicks off the 2019-2020 Rotary year stressing the theme, "Rotary Connects the World."