Passings and Learning from Them


Maya Angelou would have turned 90 years old last week, but the wisdom of her words will live on forever:
Here are some profound quotes to remember Maya by…

What do 90 year olds regret most?
Their responses contradict popular research on aging and happiness
…Put simply, when I asked one person, “Do you wish you accomplished more?” He responded, “No, I wished I loved more.”

Words of Wisdom from Ken Ravissa:


The Passing of Dr. Harry Weinberg Educator Extraordinaire:

 Dr. Harry Weinberg  also passed away in the last week.

Harry, as he preferred to be called, is a bright light in the education community and in our region and will continue to be that through his impact on so many individuals.

While he was the Valley Center Superintendent, he worked with Steve Lilly, the Dean of the College of Education at CSUSM.  Together they created the Distinguished Teacher in Residence Program at CSUSM.  This provided great teachers an opportunity to work and learn with college faculty and to provide excellent instruction to pre-service teachers at the university.  In addition, Harry worked with Steve to create the North County Professional Development Federation (NCPDF) 27 years ago.  The group started with CSUSM, SDCOE and five districts and has grown to include 28 districts, 5 charters, Palomar and MiraCosta Colleges, UCSD and CSUSM.  These collaborations between K12 schools and districts and CSUSM proved to be very beneficial to our area and are a testament to some of the great work that Harry and Steve led.

Harry went on to become the Superintendent at the San Diego County Office of Education.  He was known for his leadership by walking around.  He talked with all employees on a regular basis and really knew the people in the organization.  He retired and began teaching at CSUSM, supported districts in their recruitment of superintendents and was a frequent guest speaker for a wide range of groups.

Harry was also known for his quick wit, thoughtful reflections and genuine passion for students, teachers and administrators.  He has long been viewed as a legend in the education community and is very deserving of that title.  He touched many lives, and he will be greatly missed.

There really are no words that I can put together that are up to the task of recognizing Harry and the impact that he has had, so I will just say that he had high expectations for educators, and I feel fortunate to work with a group of individuals who would make Harry proud.

(from Brenda Hall)

Please see the message that Valley Center Superintendent Ron McCowan shared about Harry below:

Dr. Harry Weinberg’s Legacy to Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District

So many who worked closely with “Harry” as they referred to him, recall how his management style, integrity and work ethic turned around Valley Center Union when he took the helm during difficult financial times.  Harry was not only successful in making the district fiscally sound, but he also was instrumental in developing an awarding winning academic, music, agricultural and dual language program that was revered by his San Diego County counterparts.  Dr. Weinberg was one of the longest standing superintendents with a 14 year tenure when the average superintendent lasts only 3 years. Dr. Weinberg’s ability to gain the trust of teachers, staff and board members was how he kept moral high and when asked about his management style he indicated, “is such that I try to persuade people rather than order them.  If you persuade, they’re with you for the whole war.  If you order they’re just with you for the battle.”

Dr. Harry Weinberg’s legacy will always be how much he was respected, admired and loved by teachers, board trustees, and superintendents.  Dr. Weinberg was instrumental in making a tremendous difference in the lives of so many in his role as the Superintendent of Valley Center Union School District for 14 years (1977-1991) and as the San Diego County Superintendent for 3 years (1991-1994). Board members had only accolades when describing Dr. Weinberg with his reputation that was known county-wide.  This stellar reputation was why Dr. Weinberg did not have to apply for the San County Superintendent job, but was offered the position after the San Diego County Board had interviewed 10 finalists from 100 applicants.

Dr. Weinberg continued to strive for excellence in schools after his post from the San Diego County Office by assisting Districts in the recruitment of superintendents.  He later continued grooming the next generation of administrators during his tenure in the Department of Education at California State University at San Marcos.  During his multiple careers he never deviated from his pursuit to develop excellent schools, teachers and administrators.

Dr. Weinberg began his position as superintendent of Valley Center Union in 1977 when it was a K-8th grade school district with 2300 students. Before that he was an assistant superintendent in the Sanger Unified School District near Fresno and taught at the elementary, junior, and high school level. He received his bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara in 1957 where he also played varsity basketball. In 1961 he received his master’s from San Francisco State College and in 1973 he received his doctorate from the University of the Pacific.

His work is still reflected in the day to day operations of many school districts who continue to follow his sage mentoring and guidance to strive for excellence. Hats off to Dr. Weinberg and may he always stay with us.

Harry’s Homilies:

It’s what you learn after you think you know it all that counts in life – John Wooden

• No one ever learned anything when they were talking
• You can learn a lot from people who disagree with you
• Slower is faster
• Persuade – Don’t order
• Don’t tell – Ask
• Don’t major in minors
• Exit interviews = Continuous improvement
• If it’s not monitored, it’s optional
• Remember to say, “Thank you.”
• Don’t teach a drowning person how to swim
• Listen, then speak
• Don’t get your honey where you get your money
• Never do anything you wouldn’t want to read about in the morning papers
• Tell me and you have a friend, let me find out and you have a judge
• Make the right things easy, the wrong things difficult
• Do not command what you cannot enforce
• Tell the truth, it’s easier to remember
• Leaders listen, learn, and affirm
• Show up
• Leaders don’t take other people’s monkeys
• Bad news is additional information
• Letting a mistake bother you is a mistake – correct it and move on
• It takes three cups of tea to build a relationship
• Knowledge is power
• Leaders are the thermostat, not the thermometer
• Leaders ask, “What do you think?”

Unfortunately, we have to live most of our life before we learn to get the most out of our life.

© Dr. Harry Weinberg


If you are local…

20th Anniversary of the Cause Conference Early Bird Tickets Are On Sale and I am Proud to Serve as a Co-Chair Again This Year:

Get ready to collaborate with San Diego’s purpose-driven community representing leaders across the business, nonprofit, investors, government, and education sectors. The 20th annual Cause Conference is set for Friday, October 12th at the beautifully renovated Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley. Get ready to collaborate with San Diego’s purpose-driven community representing leaders across the business, nonprofit, investors, government, and education sectors. The 20th annual Cause Conference is set for Friday, October 12th at the beautifully renovated Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley, with a pre-reception event the night before at National University.

Take Advantage of This Hometown Offer:



Refer a Friend—now with more options!

Now your friends and family can earn $40 when they open any one of these services and meet the promotion criteria:

  • Checking Account
  • Credit Card
  • Auto Loan
  • Personal Loan
  • Mortgage Loan
  • Home Equity Loan

And, you’ll earn $40 for referring them to Mission Fed!

Refer a Friend

Tell your friends to open an account by September 30, 2018!

Make sure your friends and family take advantage of this great offer and have them bring the coupon from our website with them when they visit the branch. There’s no limit to how many people you can refer!

Plus, all year long we are rewarding members with our $1 Million Mission Fed Money Match. Are you next?

Cash in on the details. The new primary member must be 18 years of age, open Mission Fed eligible accounts and meet the minimum transaction requirements for the accounts they choose by 9/30/18. To be eligible, the new member may not be a signer on a Mission Fed account within the last twelve (12) months. The new member must be eligible for membership and all accounts and loans are subject to approval. The new Checking Account must have a minimum of five (5) eligible member-initiated transactions completed and posted to the account prior to the 91st day of initial account opening. A Mission Fed Credit Card must be opened with a minimum of five (5) purchase transactions or one (1) balance transfer posted within 90 days of initial account opening. New Auto Loans, Personal Loans, Mortgage Loans and Home Equity Loans must be funded within 90 days of initial account opening. Indirect auto loans, share secured loans and auto leases are not eligible for this promotion. A Savings, Checking or Money Market Account must be opened in addition to the new loan or credit card. Upon satisfaction of the above requirements, the $40 will be automatically deposited to the new member and referring member accounts on the 91st day of the new member’s initial account opening. $500 minimum balance required to earn .05% Annual Percentage Yield on Smart Checking as of 8/1/18. Visit for Official Rules, a list of eligible member-initiated transactions and other details. No other promotional offer may be used in conjunction with this special offer. Programs, rates, terms, conditions and services are subject to change without notice. For Mission Fed Money Match, certain restrictions apply; visit for Official Rules.

Thanks this week go to Hitendra M, Mehrad N, Brenda H, Glenda O as well as the Cause Conference and Mission Fed teams!

Please pay it forward…


With That Moon Language
Admit something:
Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.”
Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops.
Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.
Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye
that is always saying,
with that sweet moon language,
what every other eye in this world is dying to hear?

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