President’s Letter

President’s Letter – November 11, 2015

President’s Letter – November 11, 2015

What a wonderful celebration at the Rotary club meeting on November, 6, 2015.  We were a treated to stories from our veterans who were present.  Many stories were funny, such as, obtaining needed supplies should be left up to your clerk, not by going through order forms and the “way […]

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President’s Letter – October 28, 2015

President’s Letter – October 28, 2015

The Santa Barbara History for today is Gaspar de Portolá. Gaspar de Portolá was a soldier and explorer, governor of Las Californias and first Governor of Alta California.  He was born in Os de Balaguer, Spain on January 1, 1716 and died in Spain 1786. He volunteered to lead a […]

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President’s Letter – October 7, 2015

President’s Letter – October 7, 2015

Fellow Rotarians, The Santa Barbara History for today is Valerio.  Valerio Joseph was a Chumash Indian born at the Mission on August 6, 1792.  He did not like mission life and ran away and lived in a cave in the foothills.  A legend states that spirit helpers gave him supernatural […]

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President’s Letter – September 28, 2015

President’s Letter – September 28, 2015

The Santa Barbara History for today is Quarnatina. An anglicized word from the Spanish “caurentena.  Caurentena can mean forty days, months or years.  In Santa Barbara it is probably meaning forty days.  Forty days was the usual isolation time for illnesses and plagues.  In the 1790’s there were two incidences […]

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President’s Letter – September 22, 2015

President’s Letter – September 22, 2015

Fellow Rotarians, Many events have happened since our last regular meeting.  The Group 8 Event at the Polo Grounds Sunday September 13 was a big success.  For Kirk and I it was our first time watching Polo.  Very interesting.  We mingled with many Rotarians from other Group 8 clubs plus […]

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President’s Letter – September 15, 2015

President’s Letter – September 15, 2015

The Santa Barbara History for today is that in 1602 Sebastian Vizcaino was searching for safe harbors for trade ship from Spain.  On December 4, 1602 he gave the name Santa Barbara to an island and the channel.  Later in his voyage he went on to name San Diego, San […]

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President’s Letter – September 8, 2015

President’s Letter – September 8, 2015

The Santa Barbara Historical Street name of the day is Yannoali, Chief of one of the largest Chumash villages.  He perhaps also had authority over as many as 12 villages.  He was friendly with the Spanish and aided them in building the presidio.  He was one of the last to […]

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President’s Letter – August 18, 2015

President’s Letter – August 18, 2015

SANTA BARBARA’S  HISTORY WORD FOR THE DAY:  Chapala.  The word has been morphed possibly from other possible words, such as, chapatla in Spanish is where clay pots are made, or Chapalac, a chief who ruled Jalisco, Mexico in 1531.  In that town there is a Lake Chapala.  However the word […]

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President’s Letter – July 28, 2015

President’s Letter – July 28, 2015

Santa Barbara’s history for today focuses on the house at 31 East Pedregosa Street that is currently for sale.  The house is known as El Descanso that means rest, take a break or breathing space. Built for teacher Mattie More Storke in 1886.  We are all familiar with More Mesa, […]

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