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Minutes: Behind the Scenes at Dos Pueblos Ranch (07/15/2015)

July 15, 2015

July 15, 2015

Invocation: Diana Washburn
Pledge: Fred Gaeden
Raffle: Darren Doi brought a gift certificate to Los Agaves and movie tickets

Guests: Kristin Taylor, Italian exchange student Tusa, Lulu Guess, Frank McGinity


  • The El Paseo rendezvous was great for everyone who attended, except Bill Ringer. Next Tuesday we’ll do it again — 5 PM ish at El Paseo.
  • Maurice Moreno resigned from the club.
  • Golf Tournament: It’s in 2 weeks! Joe Weiland passed around a clipboard to sign up to volunteer. We have space for more golfers, and more golfers = more money. Keep inviting people you know to golf. Bill Boyd requested additional silent auction items by next Wednesday, July 22. Bob McPhillips and Steve Kally have pitched it to other clubs. You do not need to know how to play golf. You can register as a single golfer — you do not need a foursome.
  • The Group 8 clubs will be building a Fiesta parade float. Contact Lucille Ramirez if you want to volunteer. It will have the Rotary wheel on it.
  • Darren Doi sent members their quarterly bills. Please pay those.
  • Pay and Tell with Sgt at Arms Fred Gaeden.
  • American Riviera Bank and Bank of Santa Barbara may be merging.

Program: Joe Weiland introduced Frank McGinity to present “Nicolas Den and the Dos Pueblos Ranch.”

  • He is the president of the American Irish Historical Society. It was formed to “keep the story straight about the Irish in New York and those areas,” Frank said.
    Nicolas Den came to the Santa Barbara area. He had medical training,but he had not completed his education.
  • He was the first mayor of Santa Barbara. He is credited for saving the Mission from secularization and for transitioning Santa Barbara from Mexican rule to U.S. rule in 1847.
  • The Irishman who became a don owned nearly 100,000 acres of land. Dos Pueblos was his first ranch.
  • The historical society put his story on film, which was shown at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival and has been submitted to the San Francisco Film Festival.
  • We watched the film.
  • In honor of our speaker, we will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders in Santa Barbara.
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