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Minutes: The One with 2 New Members! (12/21/2011)

December 21, 2011

President Joe Weiland called the meeting to order.

Greeters: Laura Benson, Fred Gaeden
Invocation: Andrew Chung
Flag salute:  Sherrie Fisher
Raffle:  Julie Joy Stillwell brought a number of beverages. Winner was Sandra O’Meara.

Visiting Rotarians: Kathleen Blake

Guests:  Sue Wilmer, Chris Tucker, Allison Chung, Dolores Johnson

Club Announcements:

  • Rediscover the Blogle – Liz Werhane urged us to check out the Blogle more frequently. Thank you to Liz for her work on this!
  • Foundation – Bob McPhillips asked members to use the pledge form and thanked those who have contributed to The Rotary Foundation and the charitable foundation of the club.
  • Double induction of new Rotary members – Chris Tucker and Dolores Johnson 
  • Bell ringers – Last week was a good collection, Captain Bill Smith thanked our club for the bell ringing

President’s Announcements:

  • Cheryl Barnard – president elect of the Rotary Club of Montecito — passed away from cancer.  Services are on December 29.
  • Symposium to End Poverty Sustainably (STEPs) is January 28 at UCSB. A few club members have agreed to house speakers.
  • Float decorating for the Rotary Rose Parade is going to be on December 31. The bus departs at 2 PM and costs $35. Trivia from Dolores: The Rose Parade is not on a Sunday so the church bells do not disturb the horses.
  • Tuesday Night Rendezvous –  10 people met at Mulligans. No rendezvous next week.
  • Andrew Chung’s birthday is December 28. Burt Chortkoff’s birthday on December 31.
  • Rotary Lunch Lottery – New match is Joanne Schoenfeld and Bob McPhillips.

Program – Music and holiday stories

Thanks to our ukelele players and singers!

Bill Wilmer – Took a trip as a child to new home in Venezuela, moved to an oil camp, all mothers in the camp who had children went into the major city miles away to buy gifts, every child was called and went up to receive a gift, a Christmas tree was waiting at each home.  Bill grew up with people from all over the world until he was 11 years old.  As a result he has learned to judge all people by their actions and behavior, not by appearance.

Bob McPhillips – He was 8 years old, his uncle Paul gave him a snare drum, after playing for a week or so, his father said it’s time, here’s your first jack knife, see what’s inside your drum.

Sandy Grasso-Boyd – Grew up in a Jewish home and didn’t always celebrate Christmas, they used to visit people in nursing homes, one year they went to a juvenile facility and asked the teens to wrap gifts for seniors. When she thanked the teens for helping, they said they were used to receiving handouts and this was the first time they had been thanked.

Tom Putnum – In 1997, he took a skiing vacation in Switzerland. There are no cars in town, only sleighs with bells. They went Christmas caroling (English and Americans were into the caroling). He learned that Brits and Americans know different words and melodies.

Susan Klein-Rothschild – Jewish experiences include persecution, ordinary people who do extraordinary things and food, Hanukah is no different. there was an oppressive king who took all of the things of value from the temple and would not allow Jews to pray, a man named Judas Maccabeus and others took back the temple and rededicated it, Hanukah means dedication

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