Men’s Club: June 2016 Update

On May 3 many of our wives joined us for a Mother’s Day celebration to hear our guest speaker, Fay Wyles, a San Clemente painter, shared her fascinating story of her journey as an artist. Ms. Wyles started her art adventures as a child in her father’s art studio in New Mexico where she learned to do all of the other creative tasks that go into painting before the artist touches brushes and paint.
With a degree in Fine Arts, she traveled to San Francisco and found work-painting murals. Soon she found herself in Southern California where she became part of a 12-artist team that was commissioned to create the façade for Cars Land, a themed area of Disney California Adventure. This adventure was a 1.5 year project that involved painting a 250,000 square foot, three-dimensional mural. With this industrial-scale project behind her, Fay was inspired by the saying: If you don’t build your dreams someone else will hire you to build theirs. She decided to move to the Laguna area and focus on painting in the more traditional sense. Her passion is painting in plein air, especially the drama of sunsets and the ocean.

On May 17 our speaker, Mike Powers, the President of the Lantern District Alliance, was accompanied by Harold Kaufman, Bob Theel, and Stephen Weinberg. Mike expressed his view that the H and I initiatives that are on the upcoming ballot are causing much confusion and hard feelings. He appealed that we all listen to each set of arguments and vote accordingly.
Harold Kaufman then presented a review of Dana Point development history. Mr. Kaufman outlined a structure for judging the issues based on building height, parking, and land use. Advocates for both initiatives, H and I, present catch phrases related to building height, parking, and land use to show that their viewpoint is better for the future of our community; therefore, digging in to detail may be needed. There is intensity and lack of compromise on both sides, possibly less intensity and more compromise would serve the community well.
—Jerry Allen

Music Under the Stars
Two lucky winners of 4 tickets each for the sold out Music Under The Stars at Mission San Juan Capistrano will be drawn about July 4 or as soon as 100 tickets are sold. July 9 is a Bee Gees Tribute band with a Classic Motown Hits opening act. July 23 is The Beach Boys Tribute band with The Safaris as an opener. It is a beautiful venue in the main courtyard to enjoy the music and a picnic dinner, with wine of course. Only $5 each. All proceeds to the Men’s Club scholarship fund for Dana Point graduates. Men’s Club member Jon Cobain donated these tickets.