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Minutes: SBCC Offers Lifelong Learning (06/04/2014)

June 7, 2014
​Invocation:  Bill Abel
​Flag Salute:  Bob McPhillips
​Raffle: Darren Doi brought movie tickets and pistachios
Guests: Andy Harper, Ken Harris

​Announcements:

  • Betsy Munroe announced ​June birthdays —  Steve Kally, Liz Alves, Bruce Belfiore, Joanne Schoenfeld — and ​June Rotary anniversaries —  Sherrie Fisher, Sandy Grasso-Boyd, Steve Kally, Sandra O’Meara.
  • ​Betsy Munroe honored Darren Doi (5 yrs), Steve Kally (15 yrs), Bill Abel (25 yrs) for their many years of service in Sunrise.
  • Betsy Munroe awarded a Paul Harris Fellow award to Bill Abel in gratitude for all of his service, commitment, and humor in the past 2.5 decades. Like Tom Heath said recently, Bill will go out of his way to make sure he delivers whatever Sunrise needs, he does that and so much more w/o being asked.  Thank you Bill for all that you do for Sunrise.
  • Andy Doerr has been on LOA and realized, after a month of commuting from Buellton, that logistically it makes no sense for him to continue as a member of Sunrise.  The Board reluctantly approves his resignation. Andy wants to continue as Director of Fiddlers’ Festival this year. We’ll miss you, Andy.
  • Goleta Rotary Clubs are looking for volunteers to help at its July 4th event. The contact info is on our blogle but if you can’t find it, email Betsy.
  • Sherrie Fisher’s retirement July 17th requires an rsvp. See Betsy Munroe or the blogle for invitations and info.
  • June 18 meeting is going to be Hawaiiana day at Sunrise. So wear your best Hawaiian shirt, dress, lei, whatever! Aloha!
  • Sandra O’Meara thanked her hardworking committee member Darren Doi. Sandra said Darren saved her when he accepted the role as co-treasurer. Without his help, she may not have stayed in Rotary.
  • SKR reminded members to complete the 2014/2015 involvement flyers on behalf of president-elect Dana Goba. Tell the incoming board how you would like to be involved next year.
  • Betsy Munroe honored Eric Ryan with a Paul Harris Fellow +4.
  • Diana Cecala announced next week’s duties. Greeters: Connard Hogan, Scott Johnson;  Flag: Scott Burns; Invocation: Kim Horn; Raffle: E Russell Smith; Sgt. at Arms:  Gary Jensen
  • Getting To Know You with Pat Hardy and Chris Tucker. When she was growing up, Pat thought sure, she could be an executive director of the Girl Scouts like her mom was. She got into nonprofits. Chris’s first job after college was in the Peace Corps in the Philippines.
  • Pay and tell with punch-happy sgt at Arms Gary Jensen.
  • Raffle Results: They raised $82. Richard Redmond won.


​Program: Joanne Schoenfeld introduced Andy Harper and Ken Harris from the Center for Lifelong Learning of Santa Barbara City College.

  • The center is a self-supporting educational program. They cannot accept money from the state. The budget is about $2 million, serving 7,000 students, 1,000 classes, 20,000 enrollments.
  • Mission: Offer high quality, affordable lifelong learning classes to the diverse adult population of Santa Barbara.
  • In 2009-2010, the state budget deficits led to prioritizing continuing education to focus on college prep and career prep. Personal enrichment courses became the state’s lowest priority.
  • They knew there were important benefits to lifelong learning classes, like social interaction, active citizenship, and cognitive development.
  • They wondered whether a self-supporting center could survive financially.
  • In the past couple of years, it’s been successful. They attribute this to the high amount of community involvement and feedback, affordable classes, tuition assistance, creative marketing, and fundraising.
  • Most classes average about $5/hour.
  • They now have a lot more freedom in how they structure their courses and who teaches them. They aim to make the courses more approachable.
  • Videos became a key marketing tool, giving students a better idea of what to expect from classes. They hope the videos create curiosity and interest. This is part of a bigger content marketing strategy.
  • They’re working on open studio hours for students who want access to equipment after learning a skill.
  • They also offer gift certificates to the center.
  • In honor of the speakers, the club will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders in their name.
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