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Minutes: The One with the Reminder to Ask People to Golf (04/24/2013)

April 24, 2013

Invocation: Claude Saks
Pledge: Tom Putnam
Raffle: Our hero, Bob McPhillips

Guests: Pat Hardy, Michelle Sullivan, Stephen Pope
Visiting Rotarians: Alicia Journey

Announcements:

  • Idea from another club: Polio pig. Each week a member takes a piggy bank to their workplace and tries to raise money for polio eradication.
  • Andrew Chung was spotted in Noozhawk giving $5,000 on behalf of his bank to the Rotary Club of Goleta for its scholarship program.
  • Rotarians at Work Day is Saturday morning at the Elings Park picnic area at 8 AM, continuing until 2 PM. Enter it from Cliff Drive. Bring gardening tools, shovels, gloves, wheelbarrows, knee pads, etc.
  • Chris Tucker announced that the new Spirit of Fiesta has been dancing at Garden Court for years. One of the Garden Court residents was the first spirit of Fiesta.
  • Next week’s meeting will be replaced by the May 3 visit to the zoo. Join the fun at 4 PM and see the new baby giraffe.
  • The RI convention will be June 23-26 in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • The Peace Scholar applications are due May 6. Our club may have a candidate recommended by E. Russell Smith.
  • Susan Klein-Rothschild said the dental clinic was a success. Thank you to the volunteers. Chris Tucker said the residents at Garden Court who got help truly appreciated it. The volunteers taught dental hygiene to the participants. Bill Boyd has started flossing every day. Susan also shared this fun fact: Floss before you brush.
  • The golf tournament is May 20. We need more golfers. Steve Kally asked members to go to other Rotary clubs and recruit golfers. Scramble format. Give silent auction items to Andrew Chung. Darren Doi asked for volunteers for the event.
  • As of July 1, we’ll have a lot of new officers on the board. We also need to elect new Foundation members. Two members are rotating off the foundation board, Jody Dolan Holehouse and Judith McCaffrey. It will be a 3-year term. Nominees should be members of at least 3 years with an interest in fundraising and talking about money. It’s an exciting time with the new Global Grants process. Also on the board Don Bennett, Janet Napier, Karin Napel, Sandy Grasso-Boyd. Joining will be David Velarde, Bill Ringer and Kimberly Coley — due to their roles on next year’s board.
  • Andy Doerr announced the Fiddlers’ convention will meet May 2 at MTD at 5:30.
  • There’s a board meeting tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM. All are welcome.

Program: Andy Doerr announced Pat Hardy and Stephen Pope, who run the Alternatives to Violence Project California.

  • The organization hosts workshops at prisons and in communities.
  • They shared a video of testimonials about the community workshops.
  • Stephen described the personal growth seminars they do in prisons.
  • People in prisons are not always the same people they once were.
  • The workshops are part school, part church, part therapy, part theater and part recess.
  • They build community, teach communication and incorporate games.
  • There are similar programs by other names.
  • They did a similar youth program in Goleta.
  • It has positive results. AVP cuts recidivism nearly in half.
  • You can volunteer.
  • The group will now focus on Santa Barbara to build community across groups. Has some similarity to Just Communities.
  • AVP has huge support from the prisons. The demand is high, and AVP could use more volunteers to meet the demand.
  • In California, we’re recycling 20,000 people into the prison system each year.
  • In honor of our speakers, 15 dictionaries will be donated to third graders.
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