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Minutes: The Spirit of Golf and Fiesta

August 2, 2015

Invocation: Pat Hardy
Pledge: Judith McCaffrey
Raffle: Diana Washburn brought gifts from Lizzy’s Coffee and two tickets to the Kiwanis Fiesta pancake breakfast

Visiting Rotarians: Jonathan Broida, Angela Pesce, Tom Sheehan, Sig Wathne,

Guests: Spirit of Fiesta Alexandra Freres, Renee Fairbanks, Lisa Osborn,


  • Tom Putnam shared that Brooke Sawyer would like to keep up with news of the club and its members. Please contact Tom if you would like to arrange a visit with Brooke.
  • A PRLS class will be offered in Carpinteria on July 31. Find details on the Rotary District 5240 website.
  • The RCSBS Charitable Foundation: Janet Napier, outgoing president of the club’s foundation, shared information. Tom Putnam will continue on as treasurer. The new president is Jody Dolan Holehouse. The new secretary is Luz Maria Ortiz Smith.
  • Fiesta float: David Velarde said the FIesta float building started over the weekend. Starting tomorrow, it will be ready for more volunteers each evening. The float is the corner of the courthouse and the sunken gardens with a wedding in progress. Watch for a signup sheet.
  • Dodger Game: On August 30, Rotarians from Group 8 will head to the Dodgers game, and you can go. $65 gets you a bus ride and game tickets.
  • Group 8 social at the polo fields: Jonathan Broida invited members to the social on September 13 from 12:45 until the second match concludes. The $45 fee includes lunch, wine tasting, one drink ticket, and two polo games (1 PM and 3 PM). Dress up for polo.
  • Mini Golf Tournament: The Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara hoses a mini golf tournament at the Santa Barbara Courthouse to benefit the Courthouse Legacy Foundation on September 18 and 19 throughout the day. Friday is the sponsor day, and Saturday the public is invited to golf for a small fee. The club is still seeking sponsors.
  • Fiesta: Diana Washburn was once a Fiesta flower girl and has been in the parade. She invited members to join her at the parade this year. The parade is August 7, starting at noon. She likes to sit across from Sambo’s, where the horses are still fresh. Bring your own chair and sombrero, and be prepared to cheer for the Rotary float. Please RSVP so she knows how large of an area to reserve.
  • Golf Tournament: It’s July 30 (that’s tomorrow)! All members are strongly encouraged to come for the dinner, even if they’re not golfing, for the Fiesta buffet dinner. Show up at 5, pay $25 for all-you-can eat dinner. You can purchase tickets at the event. Two people are needed to sell dinner tickets. Hole-in-one watchers are no longer needed. Thanks to Diana Washburn for assembling the goody bags. WIth enough dinner and silent auction participation, we could make $10,000. We have nearly 40 items for the silent auction. Bid! Invite your friends to bid!
  • Jonathan Broida won the raffle.
  • Dana Goba invited people to the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital tour. Also, Dana is going to work for the Central Coast Medical Association
  • Pay and tell with Sgt at Arms Steve Kally.

Program: Scott Burns introduced the 2015 Spirit of Fiesta, Alexandra Freres, to talk about herself and Fiesta and to dance. What a treat! Learn more about Fiesta here. 

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