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Minutes: We’re No Longer in the Dark about Mr. Joe Clark (08/14/2013)

August 15, 2013

​Invocation:  Darren Doi
​Flag Salute:  Jeff Boehm
​Raffle:  Gillian Amery brought a $50 gift card to Stella Mare.

​Guests: Rachel Wemmer (chk spelling), a guest of Jeff Boehm; Pat Hardy; Ryland Doerr, Andy’s son


  • Welcome back Bruce Belfiore. He returns from a year leave during which he worked a lot and took two big trips with the Boy Scouts. We kept the oatmeal for you, Bruce.
  • ​Thank you to those Sunrisers who are doing double duty. They support the Sunrise club as well as the District:
  1. Karen Kawaguchi – Executive Assistant Governor, Region 3 (Groups 7, 8, 9)
  2. Janet Napier – Dist. 5240 Foundation Scholarship Chair and member of District Global ​Grants Committee
  3. Jody Dolan-Holehouse – Dist. 5240 Charitable Foundation, Treasurer
  4. Luz-Maria Ortiz Smith – Dist. 5240 Rotary Foundation Chair 2013-2016
  5. David Velarde – Dist. Foundation Area Representative for Group 8
  • The Rotary Club of Cambria invites us to buy tickets for its fundraiser – a prize drawing and a good way to support a club in our District. See the info on your table.
  • Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein said an Indian musician will be coming in early November to present to our club. We need a place for him to stay for about two nights.
  • Janet Napier provided an update about the upcoming visit to NIcaragua. Ten people will travel there, including 5 members from the RC of Santa Barbara Sunrise, a few members from the RC of SB Downtown, one member from the RC of Santa Paula and another woman. They will paint the health clinics, which should have new roofs. They will conduct two health clinics and do some sightseeing. Janet, Connard Hogan and Mark Reinhardt will spend a couple of nights in one of the villages. Connard and Mark were awarded district travel grants.
  • Diana announced next week’s duties:  Greeters:  Dana/Connard, Flag: Gary; Invocation, Tim D.; Raffle: Jeff Boehm; Sgt. in Arms:  Tom Heath.
  • Pat Hardy shared the schedule of upcoming conflict resolution workshops organized by Alternatives to Violence.
  • Getting To Know You with Tom Heath. What were your activities in high school? Tom was into cars, girls and drinking with his friends. He worked part-time for an auto parts store.
  • Bill Boyd read the Rotary Minute about The Rotarian magazine.
  • Raffle Results:  Gillian raised $115, and Joe Weiland won.
  • Pay & Tell.
  • We have more than 713 years of marriage in this club.

​​Program:  Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein introduced Joe Clark for his craft talk.

  • He was raised in San Francisco, and went to a Dominican elementary school.
  • He went to University of San Francisco.
  • He was a foster child and got involved in Boy Scouts — earning Eagle Scout recognition, Junior Achievement, Debate Team, Speech team and football.
  • He is married to Connie Smith of the RC of Santa Barbara Downtown. They met at the International Convention in Montreal. He has two children, 43-year-old Joe Jr., and 41-year old Stephanie. He has six grandchildren.
  • His career spanned call centers, telecommunications, fragrance, NCR retail automation systems, professional sports, funeral services, credit cards and senior care.
  • Thank you, Joe, for the orange smell in California Adventure’s Soaring ride.
  • They owned four semi-professional basketball teams at one point.
  • He did marketing for a funeral services company.
  • Now he manages eight CNAs, serving seniors in their homes and residential facilities. Most clients are independent living, but a few are in assisted living and receive companion services.
  • He’s lived in many places, saying his favorite place to live is wherever he is. A sampling: Atlanta, Houston, Butte, D.C., NYC, Chicago, SF, Indian Wells, Ossinig. His list of countries he’s traveled to is much longer — 34 different countries. Tomorrow he heads to Munich. His favorite place in the world is Singapore.
  • Interests: football, baseball, basketball, golf, scuba diving and working with young people. He started a Rotary Club on Wall Street.
  • He has also been involved with the American Red Cross, Arthritis Foundation, Boy Scouts and Elks. He is the current chaplain of the Santa Barbara Elks lodge.
  • He has been a member of eight Rotary clubs. He started in 1978. The Houston Rotary Club was 980 members, and nearly 700 people showed up for each meeting. His next club, Riverdale, was building up from eight members. They grew to 25 before he left.
  • His Rotary resume is impressive. He loved being a GSE team leader to Brazil. He was a district governor. International Convention presenter. Multi district PETS chairman. Open World coordinator. Many, many more.
  • His theme, when he was DG, is “Real happiness is helping others.”The club will donate 15 dictionaries to 3rd graders in honor of the speaker.

Next Week’s Program:  Julie Parker from the Wildlife Care Network

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