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Minutes: Conversation about Peace (09/09/2015)

September 9, 2015

Invocation: Diana Washburn
Pledge: Bob McPhillips
Raffle: Luz Maria Ortiz Smith brought two bottles of wine. Our speakers added two books. Steve Boehm and Bill Abel were winners.

Visiting Rotarians: Rainer Zumbach, Harlan Green, Kathy Scroggs, Sigg Wathne, Barbara Muller

Guests: Ernie the videographer


  • Vocational Chair Liz Alves asked members to put their business cards in the bin. She’ll email members to ask for a bit of professional advice. We’ll collect this advice and do something, yes something, with it.
  • Sandy Grasso-Boyd thanks members for visiting Brooke Sawyer. She invited other people to continue visiting Brooke. He’d like to visit the Yacht Club and the Maritime Museum.
  • Diana Washburn thanked members for attending the Sundowner Wine Tasting (and guacamole contest) at the Elings Park picnic area.
  • Tuesday happy hours are now at the Endless Summer, starting at 5:30.
  • The Group 8 polo event is Sunday. Have fun!
  • The club BBQ will be Oct. 10 at Goleta Beach. Save the date.
  • District Governor Jim Bell will visit the club next week. The regular meeting will be followed by a short board meeting. He will be our speaker and a listener. Please come with questions.
  • The Santa Barbara Public Library’s Children’s Library will have its grand opening on Sunday. They need volunteers. Please contact David Vo if you can help.
  • Ignore emails from Sandra O’Meara about Dropbox. She was hacked.
  • Next week we’ll have special guests from Nicaragua.
  • Pay and tell with Sgt at Arms Janet Napier.

Program: Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein introduced Barbara Muller to speak about the Rotary World Peace Conference.
She was the second woman member of Rotary. She is the president of the United Nations Association.

  • Peace is her passion.
  • She wants to talk about synchronicity of time.
  • When she was 7, her grandfather told her to work on peace. He told her to collect stamps from around the world and that she was a global citizen.
  • Sigg Wathne’s family traces back to four Wathne brothers who started the herring industry. Recently, 76 Wathne’s united in Iceland without technology — only conversation. They saw the power of conversation. They also saw the building where Reagan and Gorbechev signed the agreement ending the Cold War.
  • Her first husband had a 40-year career with the United Nations, including a role as assistant secretary general. He lived history. His father changed nationality five times without moving homes. He worked for peace. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 23 times.
  • Robert Muller entered an essay contest and won an internship with the United Nations.
  • To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, there will be a local walk during the Open Streets event on October 24. It starts at the bird refuge. There will be cake.
  • Rotary was one of 50 signers on the United Nations charter.
  • Sig was 13 living in Norway when World War II broke out. He joined Rotary in 1980. He sees what Rotary has done for polio eradication, and he believes Rotary can also end war.
  • You’re invited to the Rotary World Peace Conference on January 15 and 16 in Ontario, CA. Learn more at There are 13 different training tracks. It’s $215 for the full conference. The price goes up in October. Dinners are extra. Barbara has interviewed about 60 of the conference speakers, and you can see excerpts from these interviews at the website.
  • Barbara Muller wrote Revolutionary Conversations: The Tools You Need for the Success You Want.
  • Visit to see some of Robert’s ideas about how you can improve the world.
  • If you like this, you may also like 2020: Year Without War. Google it.
  • September 21, 2015 is International Peace Day.
  • In honor of our speaker, the club will donate 15 dictionaries to local 3rd graders.
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