Our Rotary District is busy!
Read about it at http://getrotary.org/.
Invocation: Sandra O’Meara
Flag Salute: Jerry Smith
Raffle: Richard Redmond
Guests: Lexi Rothschild
- Dec. Birthdays: Andrew Chung, Burt Chortkoff, Tom Putnam, David Velarde, Susan Klein-Rothschild, Kim Coley.
- Dec. Anniversaries: Don Bennett, Scott Burns, Claude Saks, Julie Stilwell, and Chris Tucker.
- Next week and the following (12/11 & 18), we will be passing the hat to collect money for the holiday annual thank you to the Santa Barbara Club chefs and staff. We’ll bring the staff out 12/18 so everyone can meet them. This is the crew who gets here every Weds. at 5 AM to make us the delicious breakfast buffet. I know they will all appreciate what we can give them, thank you!
- If you would like to meet the current RI President, Ron Burton, and wife, they will be guests of honor at the Rotary Rose Parade Float Celebration dinner on 12/30 at the University Club in Pasadena. Past District Gov. Wade Nomura chairs the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee this year. There will be a live and silent auction to benefit the Rotary float. There are flyers on each table, and this information is in the Blogle. The District is hoping for a good turnout to welcome the Burtons and support the float committee.
- Jim Ruh shared the fundraising ballot results. 47 club members voted. No clear direction on 1 versus 2 fundraisers.
- Golf: There were no votes to keep it as is. With additional leadership, we could do the golf event one more time in May without a dinner. However, Andrew Chung and Darren Doi said the golf tournament will not happening 2014.
- Fiddlers: 74% voted for continuing it with some changes. Common theme was that the event is well-run, but it could use more fundraising support. The ad hoc fundraising committee will work with the Fiddlers committee to look for opportunities to raise more money at the event.
- As for other fundraisers, most people didn’t feel they had enough information to make an informed recommendation.
- 46 out of 47 people said they would help with fundraisers.
- Janet Napier: Philippines typhoon disaster relief, collected $1,054 from Club, matched by Foundation for a total of $2,108 that went to Rick Zanders Foundation in Solvang. Janet passed out receipts for the donations.
- Diana Cecala announced that the holiday party is now full. If you are interested in participating in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift valued at no more than $25. It begins at 5:30 PM at Ennisbrook in Montecito. Consider bringing a flashlight to walk from your car to the club. Ladies, please avoid pointy heels, which are bad for the floor.
- Don Bennett shared that Salvation Army bell ringing is underway. Thanks to the volunteers. We collected $311 in the first day. Happy ringing, all.
- Scott Johnson asked for help with setting up the audio for every meeting because Tom Putnam is away. Let him know if you will help.
- Susan Klein-Rothschild talked about the meningitis outbreak at UCSB. Currently there are four confirmed cases, and it can be 10-20% fatal. This particular outbreak is not covered by the current vaccine. More than 700 students will likely get a preventative treatment this afternoon. They’re trying to get a vaccination currently used in Europe. Smoking, drinking alcohol and sharing bodily fluids are high-risk activities. Symptoms can include intense headaches, vomiting, a very stiff neck, and a rash.
- Welcome back, Tim Durnin.
- Getting To Know You with Burt Chortkoff: what he liked best about his hometown was leaving. He was born in Brooklyn, NY. One block is your life: fruit, laundry, candy store. His first year of high school he had to leave the gang he grew up with, but he moved to LA. They moved because of his brother’s bad asthma.
- Connard Hogan announced that we’re halfway through with dictionary deliveries. There are still delivery opportunities available. Washington School has sent some thank you notes. Bill Boyd really enjoyed his visit.
- Pay & Tell with Sergeant at Arms Jody Dolan-Holehouse.
- Raffle Results: Susan Klein-Rothschild won
Program:Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein introduced Jenny Roberts and Lindsay McTavish, SB Arts Foundry.
- About 20 years ago, Lindsay started working with artists making bronze sculptures. Then they met Frog, who was the first person who paid cash up front.
- The foundry is located at 120 Santa Barbara St. in the Funk Zone.
- Thatcher created a mural for their building starring Foundry Man.
- They have two warehouses, one is a gallery and one is an exhibition foundry.
- Her philosophy is to have a gallery full of things that make you happy. They are a tasting room for Fox wine, which is produced by Blair Fox — the winemaker behind Fess Parker, Blair Fox and Epiphany.
- They’re offering Barrels and Bronze and Blossoms and Bronze events.
- Bronze is heated to 1800 degrees to pour it.
- Lindsay shared some frogs.
- Her 18-year-old son designed Key to My Hearth series of fireplace keys.
- The Art Foundry will host a block party on December 15 from 1-4 PM.
- They can host events. They have two media rooms.
- In January, the Sunday artist series begins.
- There will be a Cowboy poetry jam at the end of January.
- They do flat art, too, not just bronze.
- Bronze is made up of Copper, tin and zinc
- This is an exhibition foundry for small items. Their main larger foundry is in Ventura.
- Frogs are the most collected thing in the world. Turtles and pigs are also popular.
- They have their first intern coming in to work with them from Crane School.
- They poured the John Wayne at the John Wayne airport. They poured horses 17′ by 12′ each in Hong Kong.
- As a token of our appreciation, it is the Club’s practice to donate 15 dictionaries to local 3rd graders in your honor. We have a book plate with your name on it that will be placed into the dictionaries.
Next Week’s Program: Dr. Charity Thoman will speak on public health issues and influenza update
Come help celebrate the chartering of the Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara on Tues., Jan. 28, 2014, from 5-7 PM at a soon-to-be-disclosed location.
More details to come.
Save the date!
A note from our District Governor:
Meet your 2013-14 RI President Ron Burton in Pasadena!
Attendance is usually about 100, so you have a good opportunity to introduce yourself and welcome the Burtons to southern California.
Our own Past District Governor Wade Nomura chairs the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee this year. Wade and Roxanne will be thrilled to see a supportive turnout of District 5240 Rotarians and friends. There’s a great silent and live auction to benefit the Rotary Float.
[Editor's note: Tickets are $100 and include your choice of a salmon, tri-tip or vegetarian entree. Holiday or business casual dress. The event begins at 6 PM.]
If you have questions about this event or other Rotary Float activities, email me at JJMCC@Roadrunner.com. For general information about the Rotary Float, or to make a club or personal contribution for the Float, go to www.rotaryfloat.org.
For Float Viewing, Rose Parade, or Rose Bowl tickets, see www.tournamentofroses.com.
Jane and I hope to see you there!
Rotary Club of Moorpark
Local Doctors Organize Typhoon Relief
Jointly, they have organized a live concert featuring The Gollayan Sisters” (four beautiful nieces of Dr. Galicia.) The Gollayan Sisters recently won the “2013 World Championship of the Arts” award for best Vocal Group. (www.wcopa.com).
The event has been scheduled for Monday evening, December 9 at the Moorpark High School Performing Arts Center, 4500 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark, CA.
The concert will start at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
You can purchase tickets on Moorpark Rotary’s website, www.Moorparkrotary.com and make your payment on line. The Performing Arts Center has very limited seating, so please purchase your tickets on line to be assured a seat. Tickets will be sold at the Center if the event is not sold out on line.
Proceeds of the event will be donated to the ANCOP Foundation USA (a 5o1 (c) 3 non-profit), a medical professionals group that is dedicated to answering the needs of the poor in the US and in the Philippines.(www.ancopusa.org. Monies raised in this event will be channeled thru this organization to fund medical supplies and medical personnel assistance in the devastated regions of the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan is the worst typhoon in recorded history. The devastation is simply unbelievable. If you cannot make the Concert and want to help, please make your donations to ANCOP Foundation USA on the Rotary Web Site or send a
check direct to ANCOP Foundation, 530 W. Los Angeles Ave, Suite 115 MS343, Moorpark, CA 93021-1746.
Limited seating available, please purchase your tickets today!
Questions should be directed to
Invocation: Joanne Schoenfeld
Flag Salute: Eric Ryan
Raffle: Pat Hardy
Guests: Eric Ryan brought his father and brother, Kevin and Chris Ryan. Lucille’s guest is the student of the month
- Betsy Munroe and Claude Saks welcomed our newest member Ted Deck. His classification is mineral leasing. Bill Ringer is his mentor and he was proposed by Claude Saks.
- Lucille Ramirez announced the La Cuesta Student of the Month: Lily Flores. The principal, Fran Wageneck, talked about the school. Most of the students are not there because of discipline or court-system reasons. It’s a comprehensive high school. It’s one of four schools that are under the umbrella of alternative schools in Santa Barbara. Lily’s teacher, James Bedard, said she exemplifies what it is to be a firebird (the mascot). Since she’s been at La Cuesta, she’s earned straight As. She even takes on online course in trigonometry. She helps out with three siblings. His favorite part is there is a sixth period on Fridays. He teaches a cooking class. Lily always comes and is eager to help. She stays late on a Friday because she wants to be helpful. She is graduating this year. She also is a community translator. Lily plans to go to the community college for two years then transfer to San Diego to study interior design and lighting to help her dad with his business (Flores Lighting).
- Reminder: Next Weds. is DARK. No meeting on 11/27!
- Jim Ruh called for responses to the fundraising ballot. We are trying to get a sense of what direction the club wants to go. If as a result of this survey, if there is no consensus, then the board and club has to work on developing one before the committee does any more work. Jim agreed to chair the fundraising committee next year if needed.
- Bill Ringer announced that the Philippines typhoon money collection is already at $700. Additional donations were collected.
- Kim Coley: Food drive/collection today for Unity House. Thank y’all for your support. Special shoutout to Tom Heath for all his hard work coordinating Camp Whittier. Press releases have been sent. Sandy Boyd took great pictures to capture the day. Thanks for everyone who brought canned food. We have about 200 items. The club is donating $1,000 to the Food Bank to buy turkeys for Thanksgiving.
- Connard Hogan announced dictionary deliveries. We have a delivery this morning and we have other dates coming up. Please sign up so we can coordinate deliveries.
- Diana Cecala shared holiday party details. We have everything planned, and the RSVPs are pouring in. We have some space constraints (68 people + 2 servers = 70). We need everyone to RSVP so we can have a clear list. Please put guest or spouse’s name.
- Don Bennett reminded members about Salvation Army bell ringing. We kick this off the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Helps the Salvation Army.
- Tom Heath: Sunrisers did a lot of work at Camp Whittier on Sat. Thank you everyone, great job. 32 people signed up but only 19 showed up. David Velarde and Bill Abel even went back on Sunday to do more work. Thank you to everyone who helped out. Tom’s two employees were there and helped out, too.
- Janet Napier reminded members that this is the time of year to turn in our pledge forms for our annual fund, our club’s foundation and punch cards. By today, we have only received seven. Turn in to her or Fred Gaeden.
- Joe Clark met with Deepa Willingham about the 25th anniversary of women in Rotary. There will be an event on March 8 for the district. It will be a gala event to celebrate women in Rotary and also The Rotary Foundation. This area is looking to raise a minimum of $25k. In total, the goal is $100k. Gala dinner, fairly inexpensive, and caveat to it – going to do a dancing with the stars fundraiser. We’ll have celebrities dancing with the dance students around the area. Teams can be sponsored for $2,500 and will compete. The top teams will get money to be donated to the charity of their choice. We want to celebrate “firsts” – first woman member, first woman president, etc. We will be hosting at the Santa Barbara Elks Club.
- Andrew Chung and Darren Doi announced that 1 member stepped forward to help run a committee for the golf tournament in 2014. They need 2 more by the end of Nov. By early Dec. they have to commit financially to the golf club. Do we have 2 more people who want to help coordinate the golf tournament in May 2014? If not, we will have to cancel the tournament.
- Diana Cecala announced duties for Dec. 4. Greeters: Andy Doerr, Chris Tucker Flag: Jerry Smith; Invocation, Sandra O’Meara; Raffle: Richard Redmond; Sgt. in Arms: Jody Dolan-Holehouse
- Ted Deck won the raffle.
Program: Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein introduced Travis Wilson to talk about “How to protect yourself from fraud.” He is a forensic accountant and came highly recommended by other clubs. He works primarily with nonprofits. He is also part of a company called Fraud Hotline, an anonymous reporting service.
- People who commit fraud look very much like people in this room. If they didn’t look trustworthy, they would not be able to commit fraud.
- Would you ever be able to commit fraud? Home foreclosures, medical bills, student college tuition. Lots of examples of local fraudsters including the SB Olive Company which was forced to sell for just assets.
- Businesses are embarrassed, and nonprofits are afraid it will ruin their reputation, so small businesses and nonprofits are disproportionately reported.
- There is a Fraud Triangle – rationalization, opportunity, motivation. You don’t have control over two of the factors but you can control opportunity.
- Look at handout or visit www.fraudhl.com
- How did you get involved? He primarily audited nonprofits. In CA they are required to have a whistleblower policy. Usually they say just see the executive director but this is not ideal. You should really have a third party. It removes people internally from the process. Other companies out there are for for-profit companies, but Fraud Hotline is lower cost, for nonprofits.
- What should they be looking for, red flags? He can’t say there is any one thing. Living outside of your means, gambling habits, alcoholism, and drug abuse.
- Would you say that most of the fraud is very elaborate in hiding their trail? No. Unfortunately, if someone had just looked or known where to look, it would have been very obvious. These are not very complicated fraudsters.
- Do you work with the police? Not really. They act as a middle-man.
On 12/4, The SB Arts Foundry will be here to tell us about the lost wax process.
Invocation: Richard Redmond
Pledge: Bill Ringer
Raffle: Elizabeth Alves brought a $50 gift certificate to Holdren’s.
Visiting Rotarians: Stanley Weinstein
Guests: Ted Deck, Valerie Amparan, Jeff Martinez, Nick Adelchenar
- Tom Heath announced this weekend’s Whittier work day.
- Kimberly Coley reminded members to bring canned goods to the November 20 meeting for the Unity Shoppe food drive. Also, there is extra money in the community service budget for this year, so members are invited to suggest project ideas.
- Connard Hogan announced that the dictionary labeling party will be Nov. 18 at his home at 5:30 PM.
- Stanley Weinstein, of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Downtown, announced that his club sells poinsettias as a fundraiser at this time of year. President Betsy Munroe will email the order form to all members.
- Fred Gaeden introduced the club to a company that sells Rotary-themes ties and scarves. When you buy one, with the Polio logo on it, they give $10 to Rotary for Polio. Find them online -iawareables.com
- Don Bennett continued recruiting volunteers for Salvation Army bell ringing. It’s starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Please sign up. He needs more help on the first Saturday, November 30th.
- Scott Burns wants more people to meet Gloria, and she can sometimes use a ride from Goleta to our Rotary meetings and back to San Marcos High. A few people volunteered to help.
- Bill Ringer collected donations for relief efforts in the Philippines. The club will collect next week as well.
- Gary Jensen encouraged members to look at Sandy Grasso-Boyd‘s photo album from the Fiddlers’ Festival.
- Diana Cecala thanked those with duties this week and announced next week’s duties. Greeters: Pat Hardy and Chris Tucker; Pledge: Eric Ryan; Invocation: Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein; Raffle: someone to replace Mark Reinhardt
- Getting to know you with Tom Heath. Nevermind. Connard Hogan. Connard was inspired to join Rotary on an NID, and he credits E. Russell Smith and Karen Kawaguchi.
- The Rotary Minute with Sandra O’Meara was about the Rotary annual conventions: 1910 was the first convention with 50 attendees. In 2004, more than 43,000 people attended.
- Ed Fleming won the raffle, which raised $90.
- Pay and tell with Sgt at Arms Scott Burns.
Program:Jim Ruh led a club assembly about fundraising for our club’s foundation. He has led the ad-hoc fundraising committee.
- The fundraising committee is composed of: Jim Ruh, Dana Goba, Eric Ryan, Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein, Susan Klein-Rothschild, Andy Doerr, Joe Clark and Betsy Munroe.
- Jim first described the research process, including club surveys, Rotary research, committee meetings, and a meeting with the board. Next week we will vote on the recommendations. The PowerPoint will be emailed to members.
- Questions: email@example.com
- Combined, our two fundraisers raise up to $25,000 per year — and often less.
- They established criteria to consider when evaluating fundraisers, including things like potential revenue, work required, out-of-pocket costs at risk, who the money is coming from, and the uniqueness and suitability of the event for the Santa Barbara community
- Two big concerns in addition to wanting to make more money: lack of club member participation and that events don’t clearly message who we are or what we do with the money.
- The committee made recommendations for how to build on the existing golf tournament and the Fiddlers’ Convention
- The committee also proposed alternative fundraisers, including a Coffee Art Festival, raffles
- Regarding the 2014 golf tournament: If we don’t have 2-3 additional co-chairs by the end of the month, we will cancel the golf tournament.
- Watch your email for more news about this, including the presentation slides and a ballot soliciting your thoughts.
Invocation: David Vo
Flag Salute: Steve Kally
Raffle: David Velarde is raffling off Bruce Belfiore‘s items: red wine, white wine, vinegar and another food item in a lovely basket
Visiting Rotarians: Dr. Hari Haran, Kevin Ryan
Guests of Rotarians: Karen Kally
- Nov. Birthdays: Karen Kawaguchi, Joe Weiland, Richard Redmond, Scott Burns, Sherrie Fisher, Andy Doerr, Pat Hardy and Claude Saks.
- Nov. Rotary Anniversaries: Diana Cecala, Graham Guess, Tom Heath, Jody Dolan-Holehouse, Susan Klein-Rothschild, Luz Maria Ortiz Smith and Jim Ruh.
- Don Bennett – Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Please sign up for one of the Saturdays between 10 AM and 5 PM, starting the weekend after Thanksgiving. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 21.
- Sandy Grasso-Boyd shared the new Fiddlers’ Festival photo album that contains photos from her and the other photographers.
- Tom Heath announced that Kimberly Coley will announce the Camp Whittier work day on Nov. 16.
- Kimberly Coley, Community Service Chair, gave an update on her committee’s activities. Committee members include: Connard Hogan, Sandy Grasso-Boyd, Janet Napier, Luz Maria Ortiz Smith, E Russell Smith, Dana Goba, Don Bennett, Mark Reinhardt , Bill Boyd, Jeff Boehm, Susan Klein-Rothschild, and Tom Heath.
- Camp Whittier work day is Nov. 16. Thanks to Tom Heath for coordinating. Lots of volunteers are needed.
- Last weekend a few members spruced up the Elings Park picnic area, completing the drainage project. We expect a weeding day early next year.
- Dictionary prep day will be Nov. 18 at Connard Hogan’s house. We’ll be giving more than 850 third grade students dictionaries! Prep includes putting Rotary and speaker stickers on each book. We hope to distribute them before winter break.
- We will likely co-host two dental clinics in 2014. Tentative dates are Feb 7 and May 16.
- Our club will support the Unity Shoppe Holiday Food Drive. View the items requested on the flyers, and bring food to the Nov. 20 meeting. We will also do a toy drive for the Unity Shoppe. Please bring in toys to the Dec. 18 meeting.
- Life legacies project continues. Members and/or Rotaract and Interact members may help with the interviewing.
- The committee is looking for new project ideas. Next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5-6:30 PM at Tom Heath’s office.
- Sandy Grasso-Boyd‘s grandson got a dictionary from a Rotary Club in Berkeley.
- Diana Cecala announced next week’s duties. Greeters: Sherrie Fisher, Jerry Smith; Flag: Bill Ringer; Invocation, Richard Redmond; Raffle: Liz Alves; Sgt. in Arms: Scott Burns
- Getting To Know You with Bill Abel and Liz Alves.
- David Velarde shared a Rotary minute about Arch Klumpf and The Rotary Foundation. It started with $26 leftover from the RI Convention. It’s more than 90 years old.
- Joanne asked our veterans to stand and share where they served: Jerry Smith, Bill Ringer, Chris Baxter, Jim Ruh, Bill Boyd, Bob McPhillips, Brooke Sawyer, Burt Chortkoff, Bill Abel
- Pay and tell with substitute Sgt. at Arms Eric Ryan.
- Pat Hardy birthday on 11th
- Jeff Boehm got married and honeymooned in the Cayman Islands.
- Bill Boyd won the raffle.
Program: Steve Kally introduced Dr. Hari Haran from Pondicherry, India, to talk about how music affects healing.
- The prime universal sound is “om.”
- Music therapy uses music to aid in the achievement of specific therapeutic goals. You use music to heal the body.
- It’s a health service similar to physical therapy or occupational therapy.
- It can treat ailments like chronic pain, anxiety, depression, stress, etc.
- Indian music has 7 notes that produce 66 microtones.
- He shared before and after photos following a chakra balancing therapy.
- Chanting can energize or cleanse your body.
- There are mantras that target parts of the spine/nervous system.
- The planetary alignment can affect human health, both clinical and emotional.
- For example, he shared a sun chant that he said will restore your vision if you say it at sunrise for a few months.
- When you listen to chants, be in a sitting position. When you’re listening to the music, be laying in bed.
- There are two styles of music in India today, a northern style and a southern style.
- Music prescriptions are specific to individuals.
- He sells CDs with music therapies for specific audiences based on medical need, profession, relationship and species (ie cats, fishes and cows).
- He’s from District 2980. His club has about 50 members.
- As a token of our appreciation, the club will donate 15 dictionaries to local 3rd graders in his honor.