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Minutes: The One with a Crash Course in Local Civics (10/12/11)

October 16, 2011

Fillmore Sunrisers Contribute to Clean Water ProjectGreeters: Scott Burns and Brooke Sawyer

Invocation: Burt Chortkoff

Flag Salute: Susan Klein-Rothschild

Raffle: Dana Goba brought pasta and cookies

Visiting Rotarians: Cindy Blatt, Michael Hoffman

Guests: Evie Weiland, Jill Ireland, Judge Colleen Stern

Club and President’s Announcements:

  • The Hoedown will be Oct. 16 at Hollister Ranch’s Bulito Beach. Please sign up to bring something, set up or clean up. If you will be attending, be sure that Joe Weiland has your name and the names of your guests. See more details on the Blogle.
  • Fiddlers’ Festival: We did it! Congrats to Andy Doerr, the committee and every volunteer. Financial update to follow.
  • GSE Reception: On Oct. 17, greet the incoming GSE team from Korea. Dr. Harry Brown will host the event at 620 Rockwood Drive.
  • The Rotary Club of Filmore Sunrise contributed a $1,000 check toward the Kenya water project.
  • The District Conference is Oct. 21-23. Sign up online.
  • Sandy and Ken reported on their Rotary lunch as part of the Rotary lunch lottery.
  • Colin will be receiving three visitors from Brazil. If you would like to join them for dinner, meet at Mulligans at 6:30 PM next Thursday.
  • Jody Dolan Holehouse won the raffle.

Program: Judge Colleen Stern, a judge in the South County Civil Division, presents “Our Courts”

  • Santa Barbara County has 17 judges and three commissioners.
  • California selects judges by governor appointment followed by election at the next election cycle.
  • Thorough background research is done for each judicial applicant.
  • An independent judiciary is important to preserve “justice for all.”
  • Our county has multiple facilities and various services at each location. This is necessary to serve residents across the county.
  • There are seven justices on the California Supreme Court.
  • There’s a tremendous need for civics education for youth.
  • Despite budget cuts, the courts have conducted business within their means. However, additional cuts will be needed next year.
  • A new criminal courts building is in the works.
  • Media is allowed in a courtroom at the discretion of the judge.
  • Parolees have been returning to the counties (non-violent, non sexual offenses) as of Oct. 1.
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