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Minutes: “Hey Ricky” (10/22/2014)

October 25, 2014

Invocation: David Vo
Flag salute: Joe Weiland
Raffle: Liz Alves brought pumpkin-themed food items and a $25 gift certificate to Trader Joe’s

Visiting Rotarians: Walt Stephens
Guests of Rotarians: Hon. George Eskin, Danny Ramirez, Diana Washburn, Tom Heath Sr.


  • Weird International Events: National Immunization Day Trip to India in February 2015. contact Anil Garg if interested.
  • World Polio Day is October 24.
  • Weird District Events: Foundation Webinars.
    There’s one on Thursday, October 30 from 6 – 7 PM on the theme “Your Rotary Legacy – Doing Good beyond your lifetime.” It will be presented by Michael Dunlap – Major Gift Officer, Zone 26 TRF Staff and PDG Brenda Cressey – TRF Endowment Major Gift Adviser – Zone 26. Register at Then, Thursday, November 6, 6-7 PM, join “Lighting up the World through Your Gift to the Annual Fund” with PDG Wade Nomura and PDG Frank Ortiz.
    Or the PR Webinar on November 4 at 5 PM called “Incorporating New Rotary Branding Materials into Clubs” hosted by Brian Rocha – District PR Chair. Register at
  • Weird Club Events:
  • Social for Brooke Sawyer is Sunday, October 26, 3 – 5 PM at Valle Verde. Please RSVP on the evite or to Sandy Grasso-Boyd.
  • Rotary Holiday Party will be December 13 at 5 PM at Ennisbrook. Please contact Steve Kally if you want to volunteer. He needs volunteers at the bar, as a host, and for housekeeping. It will be a sitdown dinner for $35 per person. You can begin registering now.  There will be limited space.
  • Our club’s 30th Birthday Party will be celebrated in the spring with an ’80s theme. It will be at the Lobero Theatre. Get out your fluorescent spandex! It will be rad.
  • Fiddlers Festival recap: Let’s start with a big thank you to Gary Jensen and Andy Doerr for all of their hard work on this event! It’s a huge amount of effort. Thank you to volunteers, which included our club members and their friends, members of other Rotary clubs, and Circle K volunteers. Thank you to sponsors. Special thanks to Janet Napier for managing the food sales. And to Kimberly Horn for leading sponsorship efforts. Thanks to Windrun wine (Hi, Scott Burns!) and Brewhouse beer.
    Dana Goba shared Preliminary (with a capital P) income and expense numbers, which are not included in the public minutes. She also shared a history of funds raised.
  • Lucille Ramirez announced next week’s weird duties: Greeters: Bruce Belfiore, Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein; Invocation: Bill Abel; Flag Pledge: Gillian Amery; Raffle: Chris Baxter; Sgt. At Arms: Ken Beisser
  • Thank you to Bill and Sandy for preparing a beautiful project board showing our Nicaragua project.
  • The G8 Wolf Pack got overall participation 2nd place in the EPiC bike ride for polio.
  • Weird fact: When this member was a Girl Scout, there was only one flavor and she sold them by giving out free samples.
  • Weird Al Video: it’s the  63rd anniversary of the first broadcast of I Love Lucy. so we watched
  • Raffle Results: Tom Putnam won!
  • Pay and Tell with Sgt at Arms Lucille Ramirez.

Program: Bill Boyd introduced Superior Court Judge (Ret) George Eskin “Criminal Justice System Reform”

  • He’s also an announcer for the UCSB women’s basketball team.
  • He was a Rotarian in Eugene/Springfield 53 years ago.
  • He worked for 50 years in the criminal justice system as a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge.
  • There are crimes of violence — like murder, elder abuse, child molestation, drug distribution and sales — and nonviolent crimes — like public nuisance crimes.
  • At the heart of our civil society is the assumption that people will honor the golden rule and the 10 commandments. When behavior deviates from these basic principles, we have laws that describe the offensive conduct and prescribe consequences. These are intended to deter the offensive behaviors.
  • We need to accept that people are imperfect.
  • All laws are subject to state and federal government.
  • Judicial branch interprets and applies the law.
  • Most people embrace a moral code of conduct that does not lead to criminal acts.Some people don’t instinctively avoid criminal behavior, aren’t deterred by the threat of punitive consequences, or aren’t changed by receiving punitive consequences.
  • We need to focus on reducing recidivism. Approximately 130,000 in prisons. California has 5% of population and 20% of those incarcerated.
  • While people are incarcerated, it provides us temporary safety from them, but it’s proven ineffective.
  • It would be better to ID root causes and address those.
  • It is not unusual to have a defendant in custody with 20 open files for public intoxication (a misdemeanor which is punishable with up to 90 days in jail). They may be repeatedly arrested, booked, fingerprinted, and released from custody. This represents quite a bit of work and expense. Minor offenses occupy the time of the court, taking resources away from investing in investigation and prosecution of felony offenses. He’d like to see reform.
  • He’s an advocate of Proposition 47.
  • A different model: The country of Portugual decriminalized drug possession. If you are found in possession of drugs for personal use, you are not prosecuted. You are put in a 6-month treatment program. They’ve reduced prison populations. It’s viewed as a public health model and not a criminal model. People in public health are better equipped to help people with health needs than a judge is.
  • He thinks community service is a constructive use of a prisoner’s time for non-violent crimes. It’s a good way to make restitution.
  • In honor of our speaker, 15 dictionaries will be donated to third graders in Santa Barbara.
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