Arturo Valle is a native of Escondido, who grew up and attended schools locally. He was the first in his family to attend College and graduate. As a high school student, he received the nomination for 2 Vocational Awards, in 1998. He graduated from San Diego State with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, and then from USC with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has since obtained multiple certificates in Strength and Conditioning, and is a Graduate Fellow. He coaches Youth Soccer, and was himself a competitive soccer player. He lives in Escondido with his wife and three sons.
John Goodrich will soon be our new District Governor for 5340 in 2019-2020. We watched a video showing 100 years of the Rotary Foundation. The first donation was $26.00 in early 1917. Since then, that number has grown to $3 Billion dollars donated worldwide.
Bret Bandick has a unique, multi-disciplinary background spanning over 25 years in corporate security, law enforcement, fire service, and public safety. He is currently the District Security Manager for Palomar Health; prior to this, Bret worked for the UCSD Health System as a Security Training Manager. He served 15 years with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. As a Sheriff’s Sergeant, he worked in several of the counties maximum security detentions facilities and was active in emergency preparedness and response. Additionally, he spent time as the Detentions Training Unit Director running the Detention and Court Services academies and the In-Service training program for the Detentions Bureau.
ANDY FICHTHORN has a background in public accounting, having worked for Price Waterhouse, before joining Anheuser-Busch as a strategic planning executive. He then moved to Sea World, the theme park subsidiary, and became President of Sea World in San Diego. After his retirement, Andy has been involved with Chairmen’s Round Table, where he is currently Vice Chair for Client Acquisition. Andy is also involved with several non-profit boards, and is a Rotarian with Club 33 Downtown San Diego. CHAIRMEN’S ROUNDTABLE is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization, founded some 20 years ago.
The presentations by the past presidents was kicked off with a song written by Nick Tsoulos containing a long and creative lyrical content. Some of the past presidents gave a talk about their time and recollections as a Rotary President:
Jack Raymond spoke about Burnet Wohlford's perfect attendance even during his out of state honeymoon trip.
Sandy Rimer talked about being the first woman president of the Escondido Club and how she gained respect during her time holding the office.
Keith Richenbacher's talk highlighted the future of Rotary and how to think differently to promote the Rotary Club to others. Rotary membership has been stagnant in the last five years, both the Escondido Club and at the national level. Keith used the old Apple Computer advertising slogan of "Think Different" in promoting the future of Rotary.