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Minutes: The One with the Blues Lesson (06/19/2013)

June 23, 2013

Invocation: Scott Johnson
Pledge: Judith McCaffrey
Raffle: Sandy Grasso-Boyd brought a lawn/beach chair

Visiting Rotarians: Joe Clark, Rosslyn Ray, Kathy Scroggs
Guests: Daniel Ramirez, Bob Boss, Eddie Torres, Tony Torres

Announcements:

  • Volunteers needed for the July 4 Goleta Fireworks Festival. Support the Rotary Clubs of Goleta. They particularly need people in the kids activity area. Volunteer and enjoy the show for free. This is a great way to reciprocate for their help with the Fiddlers’ Festival.
  • 1 minute board meeting to approve the classification for proposed member Joe Clark.
  • Thank you to E. Russell Smith and Luz Maria Ortiz Smith for hosting the Fireside chat last night for new members.
  • On June 29, the Airport Radisson in Santa Maria will be the site of the District Governor step down for Frank Ortiz and district awards night.  Cost TBD.
  • David Velarde presented Burt Chorkoff with a pin to commemorate his 20 years as a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise.
  • Landshark Lost and Found of a water bottle. It was returned to Chris Tucker.
  • President-elect Betsy Munroe announced that we will not have a meeting on July 3.
  • David Velarde presented a Paul Harris Fellow award to Eddie Torres, whose work at El Puente school over the years has been a great contribution to our community.
  • Pay and tell with Sgt. at Arms Dana Goba.
  • Congrats to Tom Putnam on his retirement from UC Santa Barbara.
  • Concerts in the Park start June 27 and continue through August 15. FInd fellow Rotarians each week. The concerts run from 6-8:30 PM at Chase Palm Park. Bring food to eat and share.
  • Graham Guess and his ’80s band will close the Pride Festival on July 13. It’s at Leadbetter Beach and free.
  • This week’s rendezvous will be at Bistro 1111 in Hotel Mar Monte. There are lots of $5 specials!
  • Diana Cecala announced that she will be sending out an email survey about our Rendezvous process.
  • Celebrate World Sauntering Day.
  • Julie Joy Stilwell won the raffle.

Program: Bob Boss, Lucille Ramirez’s father, joined us to play music.

  • He kicked it off with “You Don’t Know Me.”
  • Music can relax people and create a sense of community.
  • He started playing guitar when he was 12 and is pretty much self-taught.
  • He played throughout his master’s degree.
  • “Dad, when I grow up, I want to be a musician.” “Well, you can’t have it both ways.”
  • He became a full-time musician in 1975.
  • His career in music has included teaching jazz guitar at San Diego State and performing.
  • 3 change makers in American guitar music Robert Johnson,  Charlie Christian and Jimi Hendrix. All of them had a blues foundation.
  • He played a sampling of blues music.
  • Through Young Audiences, he performs music in elementary schools.
  • He played “These Foolish Things.”
  • As a kid, he saw a guy playing electric guitar on the Lawrence Welk Show. His dad thought it was the thing of the future. His parents bought him an electric guitar for Christmas. The electric guitar wasn’t allowed in the school band, but his band got paid to play at school dances.
  • He told the story of how his guitar was built.
  • The club will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders in honor of our speaker.
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