Source To Sea

SEPT 10th 9:30 – 5:30 ( DOORS OPEN AT 9:05 AM )

SEPT 11th 12:30 – 4:30 ( DOORS OPEN AT 12:05 AM )

Dear Rotarians

We are proud to welcome “The People of Action Summits” that is hosted by Rotary Zones 26 and 27 to Newport Beach.  This region is made up of 67,000 Rotary members across the Western US, as well as part of British Columbia, Canada.

The People of Action Summits will provide an in-person and virtual opportunity for Rotary members to join forces with communities and industry experts to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face.It’s all about individuals identifying issues, solving problems, and making a difference. The summits will focus on Food Security in Boise, Idaho, Green Transportation and Clean energy in San Jose,CA, Agriculture in Colorado, Human trafficking in San Diego and Water, From “Source to Sea” in Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach is fortunate to have the largest of only a few remaining natural estuaries in Southern California. As the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, Newport Harbor activities are everywhere.  Explore the Back Bay where the Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve draws naturalists and scientists from all over the world. Here you will find where more than 35,000 migratory birds and more than 200 endangered species make their home across 1,000 acres of coastal wetlands. The area offers hiking and cycling trails as well as aquatic adventures for nature lovers and passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Please feel free to come early or stay late to enjoy our world class scenery, dining, and shopping.

Saturday September 10th, 2022

Saturday morning will start off with doors opening at 8:30 amand the event will start at 9:00am with a welcome fromthe chair of the event, Steve Bender, President of the Rotary Club of Newport Beach.
Andy Barnett from the Rotary Club of Garberville will give us an overview of hisspeakers representing the “Source” and Introduce Congressman Mike Simpson representing Idaho to start the day.

We have an amazing line-up of speakers representing all facets of water from ‘Source to Sea”

Sunday morning, we will have many options, off site and the “Source to Sea” event at the Newport Beach Library will begin at 12:30 and run until 4:30pm.

Captain Paul Watson

Our Keynote Speaker on both days will be Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson is an environmental activist who founded the Sea Shepard Conservation Society, an organization that protects marine wildlife.Watson was also a founder of Greenpeace.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society frequently undertook dangerous expeditions to protect and defend marine wildlife from illegal poaching. Watson’s direct-action approach to saving the whales included positioning his ship, named after the Australian conservationist and television personality, Steve Irwin, between the whalers and a targeted pod of whales, entangling ropes in their propellers, throwing stink bombs onto the offending vessel, and even ramming up against the whaling ship. The society’s battle with a Japanese whaling fleet in 2006–07 was recorded in the documentary, “At the Edge of the World”.  The group’s efforts were also chronicled in Whale Wars, which first aired on the Animal Planet network in 2008. In 2010 one of the society’s boats, the Ady Gil, sunk after colliding with a Japanese whaling boat while patrolling the seas under a modified, Jolly Roger, pirate flag,

Watson shares his passion for animals and the environment through his involvement with numerous other organizations, including Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Wolf, Fund for Animals, the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals, and the Sierra Club, of which he was director (2003–06). For his efforts on behalf of wildlife, Watson was granted the Genesis Award (1998), the George H.W. Bush Daily Point of Light Award (1999), and enrollment (2002) in the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame.

Watson’s many books included Shepherds of the Sea (1980), Ocean Warrior (1994), and Seal Wars (2002). The documentary Watson (2019) chronicles his life.

Paul will speak on different topics at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and sign books on both days.

Saturday Morning Speakers will focus on

“The Source”as well as, “Plastics and solutions” ,Speakers will include:

Shannon Wheeler
Vice Chair, Nez Perce Tribe
“Salmon People All-Life on the Snake River”

Pat Higgins
The Eel River Recovery Project

Prof. Michael Furniss-Humboldt Polytechnic University
“Water, Forests, and Climate Change”

Salvador Rico-South Ukiah Club (CA)
“World Water Day”

Lori Cloutier- Co-Leader, ESRAG Plastic Solutions

Co-Leader of the Plastic Solutions Task Force, a part of Rotary’s Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group.

David Rice– United Nations Association

UN’s 2030 Goals-National Bottle Redemption Program with the Rotary Club of Newport Beach

John Mathers-Rotary Club of San Francisco
Rotary Climate Action Team
“Speaking Truth to Power from Power”


Lunch will be provided by Keherut:Kherut empowers survivors of human trafficking by providing education, mentorship, and long-term employment opportunities in a safe and supportive environment.


Lunch options:
1. Grilled Tuscan Chicken Sandwich
2.Vegetarian Sandwich-Roasted Portobello mushroom
3. Salad.  We will also provide Vegan and Gluten free options.

Saturday afternoon will focus on

“The Sea” and Global Projects-Solutions

Ella Fletcher-Rotaract VP-Rotary-Global Climate Pledge

MAHATANTE, Ph.D.Secretary General

(Southern African Non-State Actors platform in Fisheries and Aquaculture)
Leader of the Nutritional security, sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, and livelihood
Président Rotary Club Toliara (21-22)

1 Tilapia farming
2 Seaweed farming
3 Crab fattening
4 Sea cucumber farming
5 Shrimp farming
6 Pin shell farming
7 Spirulina farming

Help in a Box-Water Projects

Jon Kaufman-H2 Open Doors and Steve Bender
Will discuss plans to launch “Enterprise in a Box”-Water programs in:Ukraine, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rico

Keynote Speaker 2:00PM
Captain Paul Wilson

Rotary Reefs

The world’s top marine biologists will discuss the “Stoney Coral Disease” which is wiping out our reefs in Florida and the Caribbean and solutions, including “The Rotary Reef” program that won 2nd place in the world in “ESRAGS” “I fix the planet project competition”

Earth X

Trammel Crowe-Earth X Founder will share information on Earth X 2023.The largest environmental conference in the world.

Interact and Rotaract project Presentation 3:30pm
Interact and Rotaract project Awards 4:00 pm

Steve Bender-Closing

Sunday Welcome

Steve Bender

Introduction of local Dignitaries

Welcome Interact and Rotaract environmental award winners

Captain Nancy Caruso Lightower

Nancy will discuss 4 differentprojects that Rotarians can volunteer for in Southern California
Kelp Forest
Sea Bass-Aquaculture
Abalone projects
Pismo Clam projects
Group discussion on Oil Rigs off the Pacific Coast

Steve Bender-Moderator
David Minn, State Senator
Grant Bixby-Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast (BAPPC),
Pete Stauffer, Ocean Protection Manager, Surfrider

Keynote Speaker 2:00pm
Captain Paul Watson

Steve Bender will have a Q and A session with Paul after his presentation and then Rotaractor’s’ will join in the discussion and present their 2022-2023 project

Rotaract and Interact members will present projects and receive awards.

John Mathers

Rotary Climate Action team will recap the weekend and future goals
Steve Bender will Thank participants and close the summit.

Sunday Morning Off Site Events

Other activities for the weekend include but not limited to:
District Projects-Lane Calvert suggested a project with Interact and or Rotaract

Check with Lane on July 27th
An E-waste-Clothing-Food Drive at Coastline College
Back Bay Walking Tours
Electric Boat Harbor Cruise
Interact Bay Clean up August 12 and September 11th