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Minutes: “Unicorn” (08/20/2014)

August 25, 2014
Invocation: Eric Ryan
Flag Pledge: Luz Maria Ortiz Smith
Raffle: E. Russell Smith
Sgt. At Arms: Colin Stephens

Guests: Savannah Cooley, Andy Doerr, Crisman Cooley, Nina Cooley, Catherine Cooley, Claire Cooley, Kristin Hart, Michael McGee


  • Jan Lindsay’s Celebration of Life will be Friday August 22, 2014 at 11 AM at California State University Channel Islands in the Grand Salon, One University Drive, Camarillo. Donations can be made to GoCare Inc., Rotary International or a charity of your choice. We will be gathering immediately after the memorial to share our favorite memories and stories of Jan. From the North: Follow US-101 to  E Ventura Blvd.  in  Camarillo. Take the exit toward CA-34/Lewis Road. Turn left on E Ventura Blvd. Take 1st right onto S Lewis Road for approx. 2.5 mi.  Turn left onto Camarillo Street.  Follow Camarillo Street to signs for parking area.
  • Welcome to Kylie Genevieve Doi, who arrived August 11. Mom, Dad and baby are doing well. Darren Doi will miss a few meetings.
  • Dana Goba invited Kimberly Horn and Geoff Rue to get their blue badges. They pledged to uphold the weirdness of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise.
  • Upcoming Weird Events: Please see past posts or your email for details about the: Rotaract Miniature Golf Tournament; the International Committee trip to Nicaragua; Group 8 Social; and the District Conference
  • We’re going to have an event for Brooke Sawyer at Valle Verde. Stay tuned for dates. It will likely be a Sunday afternoon.
  • Gary Jensen shared the Fiddlers’ Festival poster with the club. The main image was contributed by a member of the Goleta Valley Art Association. Postcards will be coming, too. Janet Napier is looking for a volunteer to help her get the food for the BBQ. Kimberly Horn asked people to sign up to ask companies for sponsorship. Andy Doerr reminded people that fundraising is actually selling a promotion opportunity. There will be signage at the event and inclusion in the program. Gary has the program fees. It’s a chance for businesses to build community. We’re introducing people to Rotary. It’s time to start inviting your friends to the festival! Every 100 people is $2,000. Think about other organizations you belong to. Could you get a group from that organization, church, or company to come together? We have a great lineup of talent.
  • We will not have meetings on a few dates in this Rotary year. These are our 2014-2015 dark dates:
    September 24 – week before Group 8 social
    October 15 – week after Fiddlers
    November 26 – day before Thanksgiving
    December 24 – day before Christmas
    December 31 – day before New Year’s
    March 4 (date tentative) – Club’s 30th birthday party
  • Lucille Ramirez announced next week’s duties. Greeters: Kimberly Coley and Steve Boehm; Invocation: Scott Burns; Flag Pledge: Diana Cecala; Raffle: Andrew Chung; Sgt. At Arms: Suzy Cobb.
  • In honor of the 27th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s Bad, we watched Weird Al’s video Fat.
  • Raffle Results:  Steve Kally won.
  • Little Known Fact: This Rotarian was at the Candlestick Park closing. Fred Gaeden. It was a no hitter and the Giants won.
  • Pay & Tell with Sgt. At Arms: Colin Stephens

    Program: Bill Boyd introduced Savannah Cooley to present “Geographic Information Systems, A Brazilian Experience.”

  • She’s going to school at Clark University, pursuing a degree in economics with minors in math and geography. She’s also doing a concentration in computer science.
  • She received a research grant from Clark University to return to Brazil. She titled her program Community Advocacy in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.
  • She learned Portuguese during her Youth Exchange year, and she kept it fresh with conversations with her host families and friends as well as making Brazilian friends in the states and listening to Brazilian music.
  • The Atlantic rainforest is in Bahia and has amazing biodiversity. There are more than 20,000 species of plants. There are 849 species of birds. She shared a map showing how much the forest declined in the past century.
  • She went to the Iracambi Research and Conservation Center in Minas Gerais for June and July. The World Cup interfered with some of her plans.
  • They’re trying to help residents prioritize conservation — to see the advantages of conservation as outweighing development.
  • They have a junior scientist program, giving junior high and high school students science skills.
    CBA, a mining company, plans to extract bauxite from the forest.
  • She was one of three GIS interns. They made maps. They also worked on a GIS web application, hosted a train the trainer workshop, and supported collaborations between the APAs and junior scientist program. In their free time, they hiked a lot.
  • Geographic Information Systems capture, store, display and analyze spatial data. The ability to layer data is powerful.
  • The production of aluminum is facilitated by bauxite. Mining it has negative environmental impacts. CBA (mining company) controls a concession area in the APA.
  • She created a series of GIS maps, such as watershed areas and priority reforestation areas. GIS Web Application – Data on map is provided by the Brazilian government and is not spatially aligned with the maps her group created (off by up to 60m). She shared some of her maps and explained how she used them to educate people.
  • In honor of our speaker, the club will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders.
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