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Minutes: The One on Leap Day! (02/29/2012)

March 1, 2012

President Joe Weiland called the meeting to order.

Greeters: Julie Joy Stilwell and Chris Tucker
Invocation: Tom Putnam
Flag salute: Bill Boyd
Raffle: Judith McAffrey brought a $50 gift certificate to Harry’s, Tee-Off, Harbor or Longboards and fresh chicken eggs

Visiting Rotarians: Louis Carr
Guests: Rick Money

Club announcements:

  • Happy Leap Day. Women can propose to men today!
  • Andy Doer said the Fiddlers’ Festival committee will meet at 5:30 PM tonight at MTD.
  • The golf tournament will be May 21. Please help us get golfers, auction items and sponsors.
  • District Gala report: Bill Abel learned about the Foundation. District 5240 donates more than $1 million to TRF every year. D5240 donates the most to polio programs. TRF has now accumulated $800 million. They dined under Air Force One and listened to the incoming RI president. WHO declared India polio free. There were only 18 new cases in 2011.

President’s announcements:

  • The Economist reported on Rotary’s role in polio eradication in India since 1985.
  • The club’s international committee asked for money or many great projects. And if the president or president-elect send the Blogle editor the list, she’ll post it! Highlights include: Engineers without borders, a micro-lending project, a kKitchen project in Brazil, Celaya eye surgeries, wheelchairs to India, a septic system in Brazil, etc.
  • Rotary at Work Day: Elings Park on April 28. Get your pruning shears, gloves and wheelbarrows out. Plan on spending the day beautifying a local park. As part of Rotary’s centennial celebration, our club created this picnic area in Elings Park. The trees are growing well, and we want to continue preserving it and sprucing it up.
  • A few members attended the Rendezvous at Cielito.
  • Happy 107th birthday to Rotary.
  • Rotary Lunch Lottery: Karin Napel enjoyed lunch with Chris Tucker (and vice versatile as reported last week). The next pair is Ed Fleming and Bruce Belfiore.

Program:

  • Rick did Group Study Exchange to India in 1980.
  • The most surprising thing he’s learned: There are 160,000 inmates in the CA prison system. How many get released every year? 135,000 people released every year, but those are not necessarily unique individuals because of repeat offenders.
  • 70% of people who get out of prison end up back in prison. This is expensive to the state.
  • Can we help break that cycle? He’s trying to find out in our county.
  • 1,000-1,400 people getting out of jail every year return to SB County.
  • They formed a group to explore solutions to help people who want to change, change.
  • When you get out of prison, you get $200–most of which is spent on a bus ticket.
  • 80-85% have substance abuse problems.
  • Pilot program: They assign a case manager to someone returning from prison who wants help. The help is customized to their needs: substance abuse, housing, cognitive thinking programs (manage stress, make decisions, build relationships), work. Help them for a year.
  • Measure: After three years, the one-year recidivism rate was reduced 40% in the test group.
  • Funded by Department of Parole. Opened two day reporting centers, which are managing 300 parolees a year. Community Solutions runs it.
  • Started by writing to people who were in prison with plans to be released in a few months and invited them to complete a form and participate. Others came to the program from parole officers directing released people to the center.
  • He was thanked by someone who had been to prison 14 times. The man didn’t have a high school degree. Now he has GED and is attending SBCC. People can change.
  • Under new rules, people who get out of state prison cannot go back to state prison. So the criminals have to be in county jails. Without enough support, we’re likely to have more criminals not locked up. The county will be managing more people. He thinks this is the right approach to keep people in their local communities. State prisons should be used for violent criminals.
  • Key opportunities are in employment — mentoring, job training, interview coaching, etc. If you have ideas of how you or your organizations can get involved, contact him.
  • The approach is education, experience, get a job, get a better job, then get a career.

As always, dictionaries will be given to 3rd graders in our presenter’s name.

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