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Minutes: “Behind the Cockpit Door” (06/11/2014)

June 13, 2014

Invocation:  Kim Horn
​Flag Salute:  Scott Burns.
​Raffle: Pat Hardy brought a homemade cheesecake

Visiting Rotarians: Katherine George

​Guests: Steve Bellamy, Peter Kally, Levi Palencia, Karen Kahn, Patty Deck, Megan O’Meara


  • Betsy Munroe shared that Don Bennett has been in the hospital for a few days. He does not want visitors right now, but he’ll be happy to receive emails and cards soon.
  • ​Dist. Gov. Jack McClenahan’s Step-Down Luncheon will be held Sat., 6/28, from 11 am- 2 pm at the Marriott Courtyard in Oxnard. Registration can be done on the District website. (
  • The Goleta Rotary Clubs are looking for volunteers to help at their July 4th event.  The contact info is on our blogle.
  • Sherrie Fisher’s retirement party on July 17th requires an rsvp.
  • Reminder that 6/18 the Ave. of Service Chairs will be thanking their committee members.
  • The 18th is also Hawaiian day. Wear your best Hawaiian shirt, dress, coconuts, or other tropical attire.
  • Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th.  The day commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag which happened on 6/14/1777 by the Second Continental Congress.  The date June 14th was officially adopted by Pres. Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
  • Betsy Munroe honored Janet Napier for her with a Paul Harris Fellow +5.
  • Janet Napier and Fred Gaeden announced they’re taking nominations for the Foundation Board. There will be two vacancies starting July 1. Responsibilities include taking care of the club’s foundation funds at about 6 meetings per year. You need to have been a Rotarian for at least three years, and it’s a three year commitment. Fred shared that Betsy’s goal for our club was $9,600 in general giving. As of yesterday, we have raised 96% of that goal. A few people aren’t on the list yet. Get your donations in this week to Janet, Fred or Tom Putnam.
  • Gary Jensen announced that the Goleta Valley Arts Association is partnering with our club’s Fiddlers’ Festival. They put out a request for artist submissions for the Fiddlers’ posters. Gary brought those to share. These designs would end up on posters and Tshirts.
  • SKR asked each member to complete the 2014-2015 Rotary interest form for President Elect Dana Goba‘s board. Please return your forms next week.
  • Connard Hogan reported on the Rotary International Convention in Australia. He suspects our district was one of the best represented in the world. Our club had five members in attendance: Connard, Janet Napier, E. Russell Smith, Luz Maria Ortiz Smith, and Dana Goba. Speakers included the new prime minister, Tony Abbott. It was announced that Myanmar joined the Rotary family.
  • Betsy Munroe announced next week’s duties. Greeters: Chris Tucker, Geoff Rue;  Flag: Joe Weiland; Invocation: Steve Kally; Raffle: Suzette Cobb; Sgt. in Arms:  Gary Jensen
  • Getting To Know You with Colin Stephens. How did you get in your career? He was trained as an electric engineer. He worked at nuclear power plants, and he trained a lot of engineers about the power plants. His involvement in teaching led to a role at a continuing education firm, teaching technology. It’s based in Las Vegas. Suzette Cobb. What did you want to be when you were growing up? Her father was a minister, so she was raised to be of service. She attended Cal lutheran with plans to be a psychiatrist. Then she switched to psychology and did an internship at Camarillo State Hospital, working with schizophrenic youth. She then did employment counseling. She trained people with the Workforce Investment Board. Fun fact: She was asked to help write a resume for Charles Manson.
  • Raffle Results: We raised $138. Chris Baxter won.

Program:Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein introduced Karen Kahn, one of the first female commercial pilots, who just retired after more than 30 years from Continental Airlines. She’ll present “What’s Behind the Cockpit Door?” Spoiler alert: It’s Karen!

  • The focus of pilots is customer service, and providing that requires teamwork.
  • Of the careers involved in commercial airlines, she thinks pilots have one of the best jobs because they have the best view.
  • As pilot, she sees herself as a coordinator inspiring people to do their best and sometimes as a gopher.
  • She started learning to fly in 1968. In 1977, she had enough time and accreditation to apply for work as a commercial pilot. She began as a flight engineer on Boeing 727s. She was the 4th woman hired at Continental.
  • There were some added challenges of being one of the first women pilots, such as being discouraged from making flight announcements to avoid frightening the passengers and only having a women’s restroom in the flight attendants wing.
  • She’s seen the airlines go through all sorts of challenges.
  • How she made it through: Be proactive. Think ahead.
  • She’s made her home in Santa Barbara throughout her career, even though she’s been based in about 15 other locations.
  • She became a captain in 1988.
  • She pushed for free WiFi at the SBA terminal.
  • She asks customers to arrive early for their flights.
  • “Learn from the mistakes of others. You’ll never live long enough to make them all yourself.”
  • She started Aviation Career Counseling. She’s the author of “Flight Guide for Success.”
  • She recommends “Speaking of Flying,” which includes her “Kaboom” story about flying an MD-80 and hearing a huge explosion. You’ll have to read it (or talk to someone in attendance) to hear the rest.
  • Her advice: Learn your trade well, find a mentor, and demonstrate your passion.
  • She’s one of the airport commissioners at SBA. Here’s the update: THe visitors center is now open and staffed by 18 volunteers, showcasing interesting history. Airport ambassadors are in their 5th year. The downstairs restaurant will be expanding and adding beer and wine service. United may begin using bigger airplanes for the flights to LAX.
  • The long-term lot at the drive-in is now closed. They’re looking for a restaurant operator to replace the Elephant Bar.
  • In honor of our speaker, we’ll donate 15 dictionaries to 3rd graders in her name.
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