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Minutes: The One with Construction and Coffee (05/08/13)

May 8, 2013

Invocation: Sandy Grasso-Boyd
Pledge: Jill Ireland
Raffle: Andy Doerr brought a gift certificate for two for lunch at El Encanto and movie passes

Guests: Claire Cooley, Savannah Cooley, Catherine Cooley, Ted Deck, Alex Duran, Saji Gunawardane, Christel Hartman, Jacqueline Duran


  • Claire Cooley heads to Naples, Italy, as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
  • Rotarians at Work Day was a success at Elings Park. Special thanks to Mark R., Bill B. and all the volunteers.
  • Zoo Day was also a success.
  • The golf tournament is still May 20. Andrew Chung needs silent auction items! We have about 75 golfers and would like more! Please sign up to volunteer.
  • The community service committee will meet Tuesday May 14. Talk with Susan Klein-Rothschild for more details.
  • Elizabeth Werhane invited all members to a social event on the Landshark on May 29 from 6:30-8:30 PM. There are 44 spots available for the 2-hour ride. Food and drinks available at $20 per person.
  • Club Foundation board is still accepting candidates for the next 3-year term. Contact Jody Dolan-Holehouse if you are interested.
  • David Velarde awarded a Paul Harris Fellow +2 to Elizabeth Werhane.
  • The members inducted new member Jacqueline Duran. E.Russell Smith is her sponsor. Elizabeth Werhane is her mentor. Sandra O’Meara presented the first bill.
  • Pay and tell with Sergeant at Arms Bob McPhillips.

Program: Craft talks with Tom Heath and Claude Saks

  • Let’s start with Tom Heath, a 20-year Rotarian, shall we?
  • Tom was born in PA on 9/11/64. He was a very young Eagle Scout. He came to SB in ’80 and graduated from San Marcos High School. He graduated from the Builders Institute at Penn State, and became president of his father’s contracting company.
  • To stand out, he tried to be more professional. Dressed well, used computer estimates, and such.
  • Tom married Raquel in 2002. She owns Organic Aesthetics, a spa in Santa Barbara.
  • He likes cycling and wine.
  • Tom shared a slideshow of Athena Contractors Inc. projects. Beautiful work! There was residential new construction, remodeling, additions, fountains, cafe, bathrooms, kitchens, etc.

Claude Saks

  • Editor’s note: Claude has requested that his craft talk not be shared with those unable to attend in person. He does, however, have great stories to tell. Thanks for sharing some of them with us.
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