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Minutes: The One where The Spirit Moved Us (08/01/2012)

August 3, 2012

Sandy Grasso Boyd gave the invocation.
Graham Guess led the pledge.
Fred Gaeden brought Edna Valley Chardonnay, Brander Sauvignon Blanc, 20 truffles from Montecito Confections and a Clive Cussler novel for the raffle.

Visiting Rotarians: Tyler Silva from Lathrop Sunrise
Guests: Mary Dinh, Kimberly Coley, Spirit of Fiesta Sabrina Ibarra, Adrianna Rey, Charles Caldwell, LuAnn Miller, Juan Penatel

Club Entertained by Spirit Dance
Club announcements

  • The Community Service committee is interested in launching a new project: a community dental clinic. They are meeting Tuesday at 7 PM at Community Service Chair Susan Klein-Rothchild‘s office. Contact Susan for details.
  • Chris Tucker continues collecting clothes for children in Nicaragua. You can drop them off at Garden Court.
  • Connard Hogan presented 100 years of Rotary book to club. He asked Karen Kawaguchi to sign it because she was the photographer.
  • Betsy Munroe is recovering well and sends her love.
  • David Velarde attended membership and PR and foundation seminars last weekend. They will be offered again on Saturday at the Goleta Community Center. If you are interested, check it out on the district website or contact Walt Stephens.
  • Mary Dinh is in an MBA program in Colorado and heads out as an ambassadorial scholar soon. She worked in Haiti already, trying to improve farmer incomes and promote reforestation. She would like to return there for her ambassadorial scholarship.
  • Diana Cecala described the SBCC Connections for Success program. It starts in late August. For more details, see the flyer Diana provided. Chris Tucker has joined the leadership team and has experience with mentoring programs. This year the program will take a group approach, including 6 workshops (with food) on topics like job readiness and field trips. Mentors will man activity stations. Some may continue to do 1-on-1 mentoring. Commitment is 1 hour intro, 2 hour training, and 3 of 6 workshops.
  • The Rotary board meets following the meeting next week.
  • The raffle winner is Tom Heath.

Program part 1: Judith McCaffrey introduced a couple of foundation grant recipients. 
Girls Inc.: They help girls grow up to be strong, smart and bold. Our grant will support the You Grow Girl conference in October that girls attend with their parents to talk about important issues. (Charles Caldwell, director of advancement)
The Isla Vista Youth Project: IV is a Thrive community. Goleta Unified School District does not offer summer school, so they created a summer program. (LuAnn Miller and Juan Parental)

Program part 2: Scott Burns introduced the Spirit of Fiesta Sabrina Ibarra

  • 19-year-old Sabrina has been dancing for 12 years, and attends SBCC, majoring in environmental studies. She went to DP High School, coaches dance team, and teaches at Linda Vega dance studio.
  • This years theme: Viva la Familia
  • The first Fiesta was 1924, started by Juan Cota. They started the dancing tradition of Fiesta Pequena. Daughter Cathy Cota still runs a dance studio.
  • The Spirit of Fiesta started in 1949. Back then, the spirit was elected. Now there are auditions and more auditions.
  • Her parents take the week off to celebrate as a family and see Sabrina dance.
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