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New member profile: Jeff Boehm

July 29, 2012


On July 25, Jeff Boehm received his blue badge. He also gets a gold star for quickly answering the following questions for his new member profile.
Read on to learn a little more about one of our newest members!
What would you choose for your last meal?
That’s a tough question for a vegetarian that used to love eating meat! Nonetheless, I would eat vegetarian for my last meal. My last meal would be a buffet filled with a variety of dishes all prepared by family and friends, especially my girlfriend! On the menu: lasagna, pasta, stir-fry, cornbread, garlic-bread, pizza with jalapeños and pineapple, loads of pie, cookies, and my favorite flavors of ice-cream!
Why did you decide to join Rotary?
As a third generation Rotarian, I grew up with Rotary but it wasn’t clear to me that I wanted to join until I was invited to a meeting by Bill Wilmer. This particular meeting had a lot of goodbyes to Bill because he was moving. I remember E. Russell saying, “The best thing I ever did was join Rotary.” He also mentioned that it was Bill who invited him to join. At that moment I realized I wanted to become a Rotarian. Also, there was a poorly rehearsed, yet passionately delivered and warmly received goodbye song to Bill at that particular meeting. That was just icing on the cake.
What are one or two things you hope to do as a Rotarian?
As a Rotarian I hope to support the community and learn how I can do so effectively from Rotarians before me. I also hope to learn more about social work and volunteering on the international level.
Name three of your accomplishments that not everyone knows.
  • At age 13, I wrote a 100-page biography, 50 pages on myself and 50 pages dedicated to my family.
  • I was a scholar athlete throughout high school, as well as repeat MVP on both my basketball and football teams.
  • At the age of 24, I traveled twice to India to present opportunities for, and encourage the development of, the implementation of blended education in vocational training centers — aiding at-risk youth.
Where did you go to college?
I attended John Muir College, one of the six colleges at UC San Diego, for four years.
What did you study in college?
I received a B.S. in Management Science, a B.A. in Sociology, and a minor in Urban Studies and Planning.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love to listen to stories of achievements and challenges faced by local businesses and individuals. But the greatest joy comes from seeing first hand how grateful my clients are that they took the time to capture some, or all, of their history in a meaningful way.
Cats or dogs?
Tough question! I have always thought myself a dog person, but I have come to appreciate the company of cats thanks to my girlfriend’s love for them.
Best book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen in the past year?
I am a sucker for action and adventure movies and books, but I secretly love cartoons and animation. My favorite book was the Hunger Games trilogy, book 1 being my favorite. My favorite TV series was Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Magazines you subscribe to?
I am subscribed to The Week, Noozhawk, Democracy Now, and the WSJ.
Where’s your favorite place on earth?
There is so much beauty out there, but company is more important to me than location. Santa Barbara ain’t too shabby!
What’s your next adventure?
To work from Guanajuato, Guanajuato Mexico, and assist in the development of friends’ Health and Wellness Center there. Ashley and I plan to move there in one year’s time and travel back and forth intermittently.
How are you similar to your dad? How are you different?
I am similar to my Dad in many ways. We both enjoy helping others, service above self, spending time with family, supporting family, sports and a great meal (more than most!). How we’re different: Steve tends to be more independent by nature. For example, his sports of choice were mountain climbing, skiing, paragliding, etc.. Meanwhile, mine were soccer, volleyball, basketball, football, etc. Literally, I’m taller and he’s in better shape (currently) and I have more hair (currently). Lastly, we are similar in that we share a cheesy and corny sense of humor.
(Editor’s note: For those not paying attention, Jeff is a son of longtime member Steve Boehm.)
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