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Minutes: The One with One of Our Own (03/07/2012)

March 11, 2012

President Joe Weiland called the meeting to order.

Greeters:  Jerry Smith, David Vo
Invocation: Gillian Avery
Flag Salute: Sister Christine

Visiting Rotarians: Andy Bailard (Carpinteria), Sis Chris (Los Angeles), Trent Baer (Anchorage South)
Guests: Aaron Ritter (Financial Planner)


  • Potential Leaders Rotary Leadership Seminar (PRLS) is this Saturday. Joe encouraged members who have not participated to look into it.
  • District Assembly will be March 31 in Oxnard. This is good for the incoming Board. There is another District Assembly option in Bakersfield on April 17.
  • Annual contribution to the Rotary Foundation: Many in the club have made the annual contribution. If you have not done so, do it now. We are looking for $130 per member on average.
  • Eye Surgery trip to Mexico – April 21 is the eye surgery, leaving the US on April 19 or 20.
  • Hands-on project to Mexico – This District project is at another location and it is on April 23, the following week.  Mark will go and others are considering it.
  • April 28 is a Rotarians at work day at the Elings Park picnic area.
  • Tuesday Rendezvous – Drinks were fantastic!
  • March 21 – Young professionals from Ukraine will be hosted at the homes of Liz Werhane and David Vo.  They will be the program at March 21. That evening, from 5:30-7, we will have a reception for them at the home of Luz Maria Ortiz Smith and E. Russell Smith during which we will tell them about Rotary. Please RSVP to Luz Maria.
  • May 21 is the golf tournament. We need golfers for the tournament, so please invite people to play. We have a goal of $1,000 in contributions per member.
  • The 6 charters members of Sunrise Rotary (Fred, Steve, Steve, Brooke, Jerry, and E. Russell) are celebrating their 27th Rotary anniversary tomorrow. Congratulations!
  • Lunch Lottery: The new pairs for lunch are Bill Able and Andrew Chung,  Jillian and Tara, Fred and Tom.

Program:  Our Own Chris Tucker

  • Garden Court is the result of a collaboration including the Housing Authority and others. The property was built with a combination of funds. Section 8 provides funding for ongoing expenses.
  • Garden Court is for low-income, frail elderly. It provides services to seniors. This type of project has become more common across the country. There are 96 apartments and common areas and public space.
  • Many residents at Garden Court have often had a catastrophic health event that quickly evaporated all of their funds. Individuals must be 62 years or older and make no more than $22,000 a year to be eligible to reside at Garden Court.
  • There is an endowment to help with key needs of residents, such as dentures. The endowment is being expanded to build one of the first affordable Assisted Living facilities in our area.
  • Assisted Living costs anywhere from $5,000 to $13,000 a month. If they don’t have the means, they go directly to a nursing home.
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