President’s Letter – November 14, 2019

President’s Letter – November 14, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians, I was thinking about you today. I was having lunch with a new acquaintance and we got onto the subject of community. Not community in the broad, general sense but a more subjective idea of community. The kind of community that individuals seek to be a part […]

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President’s Letter – November 6, 2019

President’s Letter – November 6, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians, With apologies to Jerry Maguire, you had me at the four-way test. As soon as I learned about that pillar or Rotary I knew I wanted to be a part of the Rotary community. Such simple, elegant, and insightful principles to live and and do business by. […]

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President’s Letter – October 30, 2019

President’s Letter – October 30, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians, I love this time of year. Do you? Summer becomes fall. Leaves turn color if you are in the right part of town (or if you can get out of town to go leaf peeping). Change is in the air. It is a reminder of the natural cycles. […]

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United Boys & Girls Club Rotary Corporate Playdate

United Boys & Girls Club Rotary Corporate Playdate

We had an awesome day Saturday getting to meet and interact with some of the amazing kids at the United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara. Michael Baker started us out with really interesting information about the club and how it’s run.  After that we jumped right into some […]

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President’s Letter – October 22, 2019

President’s Letter – October 22, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians, Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Rotary Club of Studio City-Sherman Oaks. That is a club with an interesting history. It was two separate clubs that were shrinking, so they merged. And continued shrinking. The merger was a good stop-gap, but it didn’t solve […]

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President’s Letter – October 9, 2019

President’s Letter – October 9, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians, I am proud of our Rotary Club of Santa Barbara for its history of supporting vulnerable children and young adults in our community. We have helped improve the lives and create opportunity for local youth through our philanthropy and volunteer hours. We have coached high school kids […]

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President’s Letter – October 2, 2019

President’s Letter – October 2, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians, So far 26 of us have responded to the club survey—thank you for an excellent response rate! This is a case of more is better, though. The Board and I will be drawing conclusions about the club as a whole based on the responses, and I’ve seen […]

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President’s Letter – September 26, 2019

President’s Letter – September 26, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians, This morning I sent a club survey to everyone, and already 17 percent of club members have responded! That level of engagement is exciting to see. It is exciting because it means our members care about the club and want to be a part of its success. […]

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President’s Letter – September 19, 2019

President’s Letter – September 19, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians, How do you answer the question, “What is Rotary?” I was at a cocktail reception this evening and met a Millennial businessman who noticed the Rotary pin on my lapel. He asked me what it was for. I told him it was for Rotary and asked him […]

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President’s Letter – September 15, 2019

President’s Letter – September 15, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians, A feeling of belonging requires proximity.  Author and historian Jill Lepore made that observation during an interview on the Econtalk podcast a few months ago. This past Sunday, I think a lot of us felt that sense of belonging when we were at the first annual Santa […]

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