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Minutes: Sharks. Enough said. (05/07/2014)

May 7, 2014
Invocation: Don Bennett
Pledge: Pat Hardy
Raffle: Scott Burns announced a bottle of rum on behalf of Bill AbelGuests: Karin Kally, Richard Salas, our students of the month, some family and teachers


  • May Rotary anniversaries: Connard Hogan, Betsy Munroe
  • May birthdays: Bob McPhillips, Jim Rue, Eric Ryan, Maurice Moreno
  • The Montecito Rotary Club hosts its golf classic on May 15 at the Montecito Country Club. It starts at noon. The entry fee is $150 or $600 for a foursome (same math, actually).
  • Susan Klein-Rothschild invited members to volunteer at the Dental Day on May 16. When you sign up, pick up a sheet with the details. This clinic will mostly serve children and seniors from Garden Court.
  • Tom Heath invited members to volunteer at Camp Whittier on May 17. There will be much fun and much camaraderie in a beautiful location. Please sign up on his clipboard.
  • Lucille Ramirez introduced the student of the month from La Cuesta High School. Manny Rodriguez was recognized as a student of the month. After a shy start, Manny now has straight As. He has learned “you are who you hang out with,” so he changed who he hung out with. He thanked the teachers for their support. Adelaine recognized for her grit and determination. Her motivation and hard work led to her recognition as a student of the month. She aims to be a pediatrician. She also thanked her teachers for their support. She volunteered with her former kindergarten class to earn her community service hours, which made her realize she wanted to work with children. She also got all As this semester.
  • Sherrie Fisher was honored as one of the top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
  • Getting to know you with Sandra O’Meara: Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet? She wants to visit her son, his wife and the grandbaby wherever they may go. Ted Deck: Why did you choose to live in Santa Barbara. He moved with his family in 1979. They came here so his mother could be served by the Sansum Diabetes Research Center.
  • Ted Deck won the raffle. Yes. Again.
  • Next week’s duties: Greeters: Tom Heath, Bruce Belfiore. Pledge: Susan Klein-Rothschild. Invocation: Joanne. Raffle: Chris Baxter.
  • Next week’s program will be by an investigative reporter speaking about the panga boats on the South Coast.
  • Pay and tell with Sgt at Arms Joe Weiland.
  • Pat Hardy and the Alternatives to Violence group will host a public workshop June 12-14. Ask Pat for more details.
  • Darren and Liz Doi are expecting.

Program: Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein introduced Richard Salas to speak with the club about sharks. View some of Richard’s photography here.

  • He acknowledges that many people have fear of sharks and other sea life, but some of the best moments of his life have been underwater with these creatures.
  • Sharks pre-date the dinosaurs. They’ve had a lot of time to figure out what their food is — and it’s not people. They need food that’s a great source of energy because they are always swimming to breathe.
  • In any given year, there are only 7-12 shark deaths in the world. In fact, in the U.S., you’re more likely to die from a vending machine than a shark.
  • There are 3 reasons for shark attacks: (1) Territorial attacks — a get-out-of-here bite. (2) Exploratory — “Is that something I want to eat?” (3) Predatory strike — “I want to eat that.” They can swim up to 45 miles/hour.
  • Pelagic shark numbers are down 90% in the past 50-60 years. One of the major culprits of this is people serving shark fin soup.
  • They’re cleaners of the ocean, taking out the old, sick and slow fish.
  • Sharks are curious, but generally pretty mellow so that they don’t waste energy.
  • He described the extent to which bycatch is affecting marine life with nets catching turtles, dolphins, sharks and even albatross.
  • The whale shark is the biggest fish in the sea. It can grow up to 41 feet long.
  • “Sharks can live without us, no problem, but we can’t live without sharks.” — Richard Salas
  • About 10,000 sharks are killed per hour.
  • In honor of our speaker, the club will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders in Santa Barbara.
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