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Minutes: “Skipper Dan” (07/24/2014)

July 27, 2014
Invocation: Tom Heath
Flag Salute: Darren Doi
Raffle: Jody Dolan Holehouse brought two coffee mugs and a gift certificate to Benchmark restaurant
Visiting Rotarians: Ros Ray, Walt Stephens,
Guests: Talia Ortega Vestal, Diana Vestal, Denise Sanford, Mona Measato,President’s Announcements:

  • Sherrie Fisher’s retirement party last week was wonderful.
  • If you have not completed your interest signup sheets, please do.
  • City of the Children Choir Performance will be Saturday, July 26 at 3 PM in Elings Park.
  • Rotaract Miniature Golf Tournament will be at the SB Courthouse. Sponsors play on Friday, September 12. The general public can play Saturday, September 13.
  • International Committee Trip to Nicaragua will be Thursday, September, 18 to Monday, September 25. Contact Tom Heath with questions.
  • The Group 8 Social will be Sunday, September 28, 12:30 – 4:45 PM at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
  • The Fiddlers Festival will be Sunday, October 12 from 10 AM to 5 PM at Rancho La Patera & Stow House. The event needs volunteers from Friday afternoon through  Monday.
  • The Rotary District 5240 Conference will be Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5 at the Monterey Marriott. New this year at the conference: the EPiC Challenge bike rides! This district fundraising event will elevate our assistance in the fight to eradicate polio globally. Proceeds will go to Rotary’s Polio Plus Campaign and will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. There will be two rides. The first is Friday, October 3, and it’s a 200k team or individual ride from Paso Robles to Monterey. The second is Sunday, October 5. It’s a family poker biker/run/walk at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey. As you traverse the course, you will collect playing cards. At the end there will be prizes for best hands. Learn more at or ask David Velarde.
  • Fiesta: Walt Stephens announced they’ll be building a replica of the 1948 centennial float as the Rotary float, which includes the California seal. Building begins tomorrow and continues through late Thursday the following week at the Carriage House Museum at 129 Castillo Street. Sign up on the sheet passed around or contact Walt. See the float at the parade on Friday, August 1. This is your chance to work with a celebrity: Walt Stephens will chair the Rotary Rose Parade float in 2016.

Club Announcements: 

  • Lucille Ramirez announced next week’s duties. Greeters: Gary Jensen and Scott Johnson; Invocation: Steve Kally; Flag Salute: Karen Kawaguchi; Raffle: Susan Klein-Rothschild; Sgt. At Arms: Steve Mascagno
  • David Vo will be placing an order for member badges, and he liked the license plate brackets. If you want to purchase one, we’ll post shopping options on The Blogle. Please let David know what you’d like to buy. Deadline to follow.
  • Raffle Results: Susan Klein Rothschild won.
  • Pay and tell with Sgt at Arms Kimberly Horn.
  • Weird Al Video: Summer vacation time

Program: Scott Burns introduced the 2014 Spirit of Fiesta, Talia Ortega Vestal

  • Talia is a senior at Santa Barbara HIgh School. She was the Junior Spirit in 2009.
  • She’s the Associated Student Body Vice President.  She’s also captain of the cheer team and a member of the competition team. They were 2012 and 2013 national champions. This year, in a more competitive division, they placed 5th.
  • She started ballet at age 2. She had interest in flamenco very early.
  • Starting at age 4, she studied with the Linda Vega dance studio. She liked the expression in flamenco.
  • Age 8 was the first time she danced to live music and she really found a passion for it.
  • The auditions for spirit include a preliminary round, and then interviews and more dancing auditions for finalists in April. The process pushes people as a dancer and as a person. They look for well rounded people.
  • This year’s Fiesta theme is “Honor Your History.” It’s the 90th celebration of Fiesta. It’s the 65th year of the Spirit of Fiesta. The first spirit was Leah Parker.
  • Her family, including her parents and siblings, are very supportive and involved in Fiesta, too.
  • Tonight at 6:30 PM at the Lobero Theater there will be a film about the Spirits of Fiesta, focusing on five girls during 2009 and 2010. She knows she’s one of the stars, but she hasn’t seen it yet.
  • Viva La Fiesta!
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