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Minutes: The One with GoCare (02/20/13)

February 25, 2013
Invocation: Don Bennett
Pledge: Andy Doerr
Liz Werhane announced that it’s almost Rotary’s 108th birthday. In Rotary’s honor, we have donuts. We also encourage members to take their photo with our representations of Paul Harris.
Raffle: David Vo brought a $50 gift certificate to julienneVisiting Rotarians: Dr. Bob Katsev; Jordan Eller, president of Ventura East; PDG Jan Lindsay
Guests: Karen Kally

Club announcements:

  • Steve Kally announced the golf tournament returns May 20. It’s time to start inviting people. The committee can still use someone to help with cashiering.
  • Steve Kally also reinvited everyone to his office next Thursday at 30 east Figueroa from 4-7 PM. Park at the library lot or behind Chase.
  • Andy Doerr invited members to join the Fiddlers’ Festival planning committee tomorrow at 5:30 – 6:30 PM at MTD.
  • Chris Tucker presented a thank you note from the kids at Franklin Elementary for the dictionaries.
  • Bill Boyd shared that the GSE team has been posting to its blog. District Governor Frank Ortiz was there last week at the district conference.
  • RI convention June 23-26 in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Last week was Carpinteria’s talent show.
  • RC of Lompoc has wine event this weekend from 1-4.
  • RYLA seeks volunteer counselors and registration help. April 18-21. David Vo said volunteering at the camp was fantastic. It’s transformative. Our club will sponsor 3 students this year. Scott Burns encourages people with current sophomores to plan ahead for next year. Registration is in September.
  • As of March 6, the meal price will increase. Members pay $16/meal currently, and the new fee will be $18/meal. Next year’s board will make sure that we can absorb part of the cost. Fees include meals, use of room, storage for Rotary supplies, PA system.
  • Susan Klein-Rothschild shared that our participation in the dental clinic was recognized at the Board of Supervisors.
  • The next free dental clinic is Friday, April 19, from 9:30 AM to 6 PM, on Milpas at East Side Dental Clinic. This time, about 50 pre-screened people will get free, more significant dental work. Volunteers will share dental hygiene information. We’re partnering with the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Downtown. Susan will be recruiting volunteers soon.
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County needs an electric pallet jack. David Velarde invited the other Group 8 clubs to participate. So far, five clubs are participating.
  • There was no rendezvous last week, but this week’s rendezvous returns to The Marmalade Cafe.
  • Today is hoodie hoo day. At noon, go outside and yell hoodie hoo to chase away Winter and bring in Spring. You can celebrate national margarita day on Friday. Today is Ansel Adams’ birthday.
  • Rotary turns 108 this week. Happy birthday, Rotary! We have 161 Paul Harris Fellows among our current club members. We have a total of 305 in our young club’s history.
  • Pay and tell with Sgt at arms Andrew Chung.

Program: Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith introduced Jan Lindsay, CEO and co-founder of GoCare and past district governor 2004-2005, and Jordan Eller, owner of Capital Mortgage Services and President of Rotary Club of Ventura East.

  • Jordan visited Nicaragua and got to know GoCare.
  • GoCare was founded by Rotarians from District 5240 12 years ago. It’s a US charitable humanitarian organization that aims to eliminate extreme poverty through education in Nicaragua.
  • There are 2.4 billion people in the world living in extreme poverty –$2.50 or less per day — that’s 40% of the population.
  • Poverty leads to drugs, gangs, terrorism — the breakdown of civil society.
  • We can give things: food, shelter, medical care, sanitation, etc. This creates dependency. The other way to help is to give people the means to help themselves: education. That’s GoCare’s approach.
  • The speakers shared a couple of videos, showing how GoCare provides pre-school, school, university scholarships and vocational training. These services are ongoing.
  • The focus has been in the community of Pantanel. They’re expanding to other communities.
  • The annual budget is $250,000 with 16 full-time employees. Examples:  $237/year/student in the pre-school. 69 students in English classes and cost is $126/student/year. Community center operates at $60/day. You’re invited to donate personally, as a club or as part of a specific project/grant.
  • Kids are becoming leaders in their communities.
  • You can like GoCare on Facebook and/or visit the website.
  • Consider visiting Nicaragua.
  • Luz Maria is a director of GoCare.
  • Bill Ringer visited Nicaragua, and he said GoCare really understands how to break the cycle of poverty. Partnering with GoCare will help us be successful in Nicaragua.
  • In gratitude to our speakers, we’ll donate 15 dictionaries to third graders in their names.
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