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Minutes: “Gump” (07/16/2014)

July 19, 2014

President Dana Goba called the meeting to order. She’s weird.
Invocation: Tim Durnin
Pledge: Tom Putnam
Raffle: Fred Gaeden brought a $60 gift certificate to Via Maestra 42 and a bottle of sparkling wine

Guests: Caryn Kally


  • Weird Al update: His new album was released yesterday. It’s called “Mandatory Fun.”
  • If you have not completed the involvement form, please do.
  •  Rotaract Miniature Golf Tournament will be September 13 at the SB Courthouse. Sponsors can play on September 12.
  • The Group 8 Social is at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on September 28 from 12:30 – 4:45 PM
  • The Rotary District 5240 Conference is October 3 through October 5 at the Monterey Marriott. Otters!
  • Group 8 Fiesta activities: (1) Float. Framing daytime July 19 and 20 [editor’s note: cancelled]; finish carpentry and detailing daytime July 26-27; painting and chicken wire evenings July 28-30; flowers evening July 31. (2) Horseman BBQ needs food servers on Friday, August 1 from 2-5 PM. It serves 1,000-2,000 people, mostly the riders from the Fiesta horse parade. All these activities are at the Carriage Museum at 129 Castillo Street.
  • Fiddlers’ Festival: Volunteers needed Friday, October 10 through Monday, October 13. On Sunday, the event runs from 10 AM to 5 PM at Rancho La Patera and Stow House.
  • Sandy Grasso-Boyd said the City of the Children will be singing at Elings Park on July 26 at 3 PM.
  • Sandra O’Meara presented a check for $4,000  to Janet Napier and Tom Putnam. The Board decided to give the previous year’s raffle money to the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Foundation to use for local projects. Last year the raffle contributed more to the foundation than the three years prior!
  • Next week’s duties: Greeters: Graham Guess and Pat Hardy; Invocation: Tom Heath; Pledge: Darren Doi; Raffle: Jody Holehouse; Sgt at Arms: Kimberly Horn
  • Tom Heath announced that the Nicaragua travel dates are September 18-22 There will be time for work and you can add on play. They’ll work on medical clinics. If anyone is interested in coordinating a pleasure trip following the work, please contact Janet Napier.
  • Little known facts: This Rotarian’s first concert was at Radio City Music Hall with Judy Garland who did a presentation of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” This was E. Russell Smith.
  • The raffle raised $73.98. Tim Durnin won.
  • Sherrie Fisher‘s retirement party is this Thursday. It looks like at least a dozen club members are going.
  • It is the 20th anniversary of Forrest Gump being released. So we watched Weird Al’s “He’s Gump.”
  • Pay and tell with Sgt at Arms Sandy Grasso-Boyd.

Program:Bill Boyd introduced Gary and Cheryl Jensen, who are longtime members of the Santa Barbara Genealogical Society. Gary is also a longtime member of this club, and Cheryl is an honorary member. They presented “Our Genealogy Hobby.”

  • Gary shared a story about his grandfather, Jens Jorgen Jensen. He was the immigrant in 1904. He appeared on the passenger list for the SS Ivernia from Liverpool to Boston. He was from Assens on Funen, Denmark.  He was listed as going to visit his uncle in Chicago.
  • From his family line you can see where names changed from being based on the father’s name to holding a last name.
  • He showed a pedigree chart, which includes a Danish side and a Swedish side. Another variation is a bow tie chart.
  • When they found out the RI Convention was going to be in Copenhagen, they decided to go see if they could find any of Gary’s relatives. When he did, they published an article about it in the local Assens paper looking for familial connections. Someone saw the article and contacted Gary. He connected with family he didn’t know existed, including first and second cousins.
  • His family came from the Nakkegaard farm.
  • He uses a program called Family Tree Maker.
  • Cheryl shared a story from her grandmother. Her grandmother was born in England and came to the U.S. The family made gloves and baskets, but her grandmother, Alice, always said there’s a sailor in the family. Cheryl’s great grandmother is Julia. The story goes that Julia’s brother was a sailor who died when he fell from the rigging of a ship and that Alice’s youngest sister was named after the ship, Hecla. Julia had 5 brothers. The youngest three children — Elijah, Henry and Flora — had ended up in a work house. The older children were listed with occupations. So perhaps Elijah or Henry was the sailor.
  • Elijah seemed to fit within her clues, so she ordered his death certificate from 1889. It explicitly stated where he died and that he had fallen from the rigging and fractured his skull. The mystery was solved.
  • Then she was even able to find a news story about it from a Portsmouth, England newspaper.
  • She kept pursuing her leads, and got his record from the navy.
  • He’s buried at the Royal Naval Cemetery in Haslar.
  • The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Sahyun Genealogical Library is at 316 Castillo Street.
  • Cheryl has coupons that can get you a free hour of help and research at the library.
  • She described the facility and what’s available. The materials are global. There are a lot of records from the East Coast. There’s also a small redwood forest on the property. She also explained what the SBCGS plans to develop in the future.
  • There are 600 members.
  • In honor of our speakers, we will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders in their names.
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