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Minutes: The One with the Not Hidden ‘Treasure’ (01/30/2013)

January 31, 2013

President David Velarde called the meeting to order.
Invocation: Bill Abel
Pledge: Andrew Chung
Raffle: Jerry Smith brought a gift basket with chocolate

Visiting Rotarians: Dr. Bob Katsev
Guests: Dr. Lori Gaskin


  • Fiddlers’ Festival poll results (sample size 55): Joe Weiland reported that 74.5% of surveyed members said we should hold it this year. Even people who didn’t say we should hold it again said they would volunteer. And 23 people said they would be on the committee. The goal for holding it again was a super majority of at least 66%. Andy Doerr thanks everyone for the support, and he encourages more people to join the committee — from inside and outside the club. Meetings may start in April. The event is always the second Sunday in October. This year it is October 13, 2013. You can also ask Gary Jensen questions.
  • Pay and tell with Sgt at Arms Chris Baxter.
  • A donor sent our club foundation a check for $1,500. They wish to remain anonymous.
  • Janet Napier recommends “A Royal Affair” at the film festival. See it Friday at the Arlington at 8 PM. Check your local listings.
  • Karen Kawaguchi reported on The Rotary Foundation Gala. Our club was represented by 22 people. Thank you. She gave special thanks to Luz Maria Ortiz Smith for her commit”mint” and “mint”orship. She also thanked Amy Clemens, Sandy Grasso-Boyd, Julie Joy Stilwell and Liz Werhane.
  • Liz Werhane, Karen Kawaguchi and Kimberly Coley will deliver dictionaries to Franklin Elementary School on Thursday at 11:30 AM. Want to join? Ask Liz.
  • The Symposium to End Poverty Sustainably (STEPS) was a success. Club members shared what they learned.
  • Saturday is district midterms for current and upcoming club presidents.
  • Shen Yun will give 10 percent of club ticket sales to the club. We’re pretty sure that’s at least $50.
  • On February 8, The Rotary Club of  Santa Barbara Downtown celebrates 95 years of Rotary. If you want to attend, RSVP by Feb. 4.
  • The Rotary Club of Carpinteria Talent Show will be February 16.
  • Rendezvous snafu: It moved from Shoreline Cafe to Brewhouse last week. Jeff Boehm announced that this Thursday the club goes to Harry’s Plaza Cafe.
  • Mark Reinhart presented an International Service Committee report: Mark and Tom Heath head to Nicaragua later this month to research project options. Our club’s contact down there has expressed a lot of enthusiasm. We already have three other clubs interested in partnering with us on the project.
  • Melrose Place was the theme song.
  • Steve Kally won the raffle.

Program: Darren Doi introduced Dr. Lori Gaskin, president of Santa Barbara City College.

  • She has 30 years of experience at city colleges.
  • California community colleges accept the top 100% of students, meaning there is not a GPA or even diploma requirement.
  • There are 112 community colleges in California.
  • Some demographics: 60% of students are part time. 69% of students are 25 years old or younger.
  • SBCC is a top 10 community college in the country, among other accolades.
  • 2,200 high school students are taking SBCC classes at their high school.
  • SBCC offers more than 50 disciplines. They have some programs offered fully online.
  • 17 intercollegiate athletic teams.
  • The student population is highly heterogenous. That’s a challenge for instructors.
  • Continuing education is transitioning into a Center for Lifelong Learning. It will be self sustaining and fee based.
  • Dr. Gaskin gave members a quiz. The winning team received SBCC prizes.
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