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Minutes: The One with the Funk Zone (03/20/13)

March 21, 2013

President David Velarde called the meeting to order.
Invocation: Steve Kally
Pledge: Judith McCaffrey
Raffle: Tom Heath brought 2 bottles of wine

Visiting Rotarians: Johannes Beverungen from Manheim, Tom Sheehan

Guests: Laura Inks, Clay Bodine, Jacqueline Duran


    • It’s nice to see Steve Moscagno.
    • District Assembly is coming April 6 in Bakersfield and April 13 in Oxnard.
    • The RI Convention will be in Lisbon, Portugal, in June.
    • At the end of the school year, El Puente will be closed. That will mark the end of our El Puente Student of the Month program. for many students, this may be the first time they have received positive recognition. The program was recognized by multiple political officials. We have been giving continuing education grants to some of the students. Our members also helped paint El Puente walls and chairs. Our foundation provided book projectors to classrooms there, too. We’re planning a small recognition event for the teachers of El Puente.
    • Susan Klein-Rothschild announced the April 19 free dental day. It will be at the Eastside Family Dental Clinic from 9:30-6:30. 50 low-income residents will receive needed dental treatments, including 25 children from local schools and 9 seniors from Garden Court. We need volunteers to provide dental hygiene education in 2-hour shifts. Volunteers will receive training the thursday before the event. Contact Susan to volunteer.
    • Nicaragua– Mark Reinhardt announced that the Rotary club has been formed down there. We’re working on a grant for a hands-on project there this summer.
    • Steve Kally reminded members that the golf tournament will be May 20. Start inviting people. We want 100 players at $200 each.
    • If you have not made a donation to The Rotary Foundation for the year, please do. Ok, Scott? You can also make your donation with a credit card on The Rotary Foundation website using your member number on your Rotarian magazine. Your donation helps create peace, eradicate polio and implement humanitarian programs.

Susan Proudly Displays PHF Certificate

  • David Velarde presented Susan Klein-Rothschild with a Paul Harris Fellow award. About 80% of our club are Paul Harris Fellows.
  • David Velarde presented a Paul Harris Fellow +2 honor to Mark Reinhardt.
  • Pay and tell with Sgt at Arms Fred Gaeden
  • Board meeting tomorrow at Bethany Church on Hope Street at 7:30 AM.

Program: Andy Doerr introduced Laura Inks and her program “Funk Zone = Creative Zone?”

  • The Funk Zone is the area around lower State around the train tracks, concentrated around Helena and Anacapa.
  • We have a creativity revolution.
  • Creatives need a collaborative environment to thrive.
  • Late-night restaurants, coffee shops and the ability to make noise all support a creative culture.
  • Fishbon Arts Collaborative was formed about 12 years ago, allowing people to be “mucking around with crazy ideas.”
  • The graffiti project is a collection of 17 murals on former La Entrada project. Every 4 months of the past 4 years new artists put up art.
  • In 2012, in partnership with the SB Foundation, they created a report on the Funk Zone. Trend fear = artists create a cool vibe and space and then the rents go up and drive them out.
  • Creativity isn’t just about art. It’s also about science, engineering, software development, etc.
  • SB ranks high among mid-sized US cities — 37th on creativity index, 21st on technology index, 33rd on the tolerance index (according to Richard Florida’s research)
  • She studied successful models for creative communities during a tour of the Northeast.
  • There needs to be curation. Some org must coordinate the businesses, city, creatives and property owners.
  • They’re working on marketing for the creative district, too. Focus on the Funk Zone event will be in October. Pianos on State Street was one of her projects.
  • We also have an ocean culture, wine trail and gourmet food fun.
  • We’ll have an article in Sunset Magazine soon. It’s already had coverage in Santa Barbara Magazine, C, the New York Times and more.
  • In honor of our speaker, we will donate dictionaries to 15 third graders in her name.
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