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Minutes: Live Reptiles. That’s Weird! (02/04/2015)

February 5, 2015


  • Scott Johnson has left the club.  Ed Flemming is leaving in March.
  • The following Rotarians are celebrating their membership anniversaries.  Bill Boyd (11);  Tara Stoker (6); Andrew Chung (5);  Tom Putnam (5);  Suzette Cobb (1)
  • SKR described the upcoming Dental Clinic. It will be February 20 at the  Eastside Dental Clinic, 923 N. Milpas St. Volunteers needed.
  • Lucille Ramirez reminded us that our Weird 30th Birthday Party will be Saturday, March 7 from 6 – 9 PM at the Lobero Theatre.  Party like it’s 1985! Buy tickets at  It’s open to the public
  • We still want 100% participation in contributions to The Rotary Foundation and our Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Foundation.  We’re at 75%
  • Dana Goba announced the results of the fundraising questionnaire, thanking members for their input.  74% of members gave their feedback. The golf tournament was the most preferred fundraiser, followed by Fiddlers’, with assessing members a fundraising fee in third.
  • Dana thanked Gary Jensen and Andy Doerr for their long leadership of the Fiddlers’ Festival, as well as Tom Putnam, who was prepared to lead the event this year. We’ll be talking with potential buyers to purchase Fiddlers. Please contact Tom or Gary if you want to be on that team.
  • The club will continue to work on the Santa Barbara vacation fundraiser. Bob McPhillips and Joe Weiland will take the lead on finding a golf course and date while we form the committees. We will update our bylaws to reflect our approach to fundraisers.
  • Members are invited to go to Celaya, Mexico to help with an eye surgery clinic. The clinic will be April 17-18, but Bill Abel is assembling a longer trip with some fellowship opportunities.
  • Luz Maria Ortiz Smith and E. Russell Smith, as well as Janet Napier and a few others, attended the District Gala and reported on the event.
  • Many members also attended STEPS, where  Janet Napier was a presenter. Sandy Grasso-Boyd shared her experience.
  • Lucille Ramirez announced next week’s duties. Greeters: E. Russell Smith, Lucille Ramirez; Invocation: Colin Stephens; Flag Pledge: Lucille Ramirez; Raffle: Chris Tucker;   Sgt. At Arms: Eric Ryan
  • Valentine’s Day is approaching, so we watched Weird Al’s You Don’t Love Me Anymore.
  • In the raffle, Sandra OMeara won a bottle of wine, box of chocolates, and $50 gift certificate to one of four local restaurants.

Program: Bill Boyd introduced Chrissy and Joe Martin to present “The Reptile Family.”

  • She and her husband have been teaching about reptiles for the last 20 years. She had to wake up early because the animals get a bath so they are clean, especially for young children. All their animals are capture born, they do not capture any animals from the wild.
  • White Tree Frog: They have suction cups on their feet. They are native to Asia. Frogs are carnivores. This type of frog eats small moving objects such as crickets and even small mice.
  • She brought her third largest frog. His name is Jabbba Jr. In certain countries, “jabba” means frog. That’s how George Lucas came up with the character name. Frogs are more aquatic, and toads are more land-based. Frogs use their mucus to keep them moist inside. He has five incisors as big as our teeth. He doesn’t let go when he bites and eats his food whole. Frogs don’t have ribs. He fills up body with air to make his body stiff.
  • Leonardo is a gecko. His tail is almost as soft as a marshmallow. They have beautiful shiny eyeballs because they lick them. Geckos are the only lizards with vocal chords. Lizards can make some sound through the air in their throats but only geckos have actually vocal chords. They use their tails to catch food or avoid getting eaten. Their stomachs feel like velvet, very soft. This one is 13 years old.
  • Meet Miss Scarlet from South America. She’s about 9 years old. She has a forked tongue and uses it to detect where food, water, and friends are. In South America they have farms where they are raised for their skin and meat. In the wild, their regular diet is eggs. She is often fed hard boiled and scrambled eggs. She was bitten by a spider on her hind leg and lost lots of circulation on her tail.
  • They have 6,000 acres after downsizing. The next animal out is a turtle. Yurtle the turtle. Ornate box turtle native to the north east. Turtles have nails and sometimes feet made for swimming whereas tortoises have feet that look more like elephant’s.  Turtles are ominvores.
  • Caesar is a yellow-foot tortoise. He comes from the jungle. He’s an omnivore. Turtles and tortoises never leave their shell. They are connected by their backbones and ribs. Their shells grow with them. His tongue looks a lot like human tongues. He loves corn on the cob. They have two separate corrals to hold the turtles and tortoises.
  • Her snakes think that people are trees because we are vertical and have limbs. Since reptiles are cold blooded and need external heat sources to stay alive.
  • Native to the cornfields of Kansas, Cornelius is a corn snake. He’s about seven years old. Constrictor. They are fed defrosted food, but they still bite and constrict it.
  • Diamond is a boa from Argentine. He’s a distant cousin to the anaconda. He had surgery last fall to remove a tumor from his back. They are live birth animals, they do not hatch from eggs. One out of five reptiles are live birth. They are fed every two weeks.
  • To thank the speakers, we will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders in their honor.
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