President’s Letter – April 30, 2019

President’s Letter – April 30, 2019

Due to Dick Salogga’s model airplane flying skills, he was awarded the opportunity to lead us in the Flag Salute and Invocation.  He performed admirably at both duties with a thoughtful invocation that was well delivered.  Our song in honor of our speakers was “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles, which was also very well received.  After settling down and going through a number of announcements, attempted but blundered fines and joviality we took the opportunity to thank all of those that helped with the Group 8 service project at the Goleta Boys & Girls Club last weekend.

Fireside Chat
Joining us at the Fireside was Kirk Greene with Michael Baker at the other end of the mike.  We learned that Kirk grew up in Goleta and was in the initial class of La Patera Elementary, Goleta Valley Junior High and Dos Pueblos High School.  After graduating from Seattle University, he chose to become an investment manager and started his own firm in Seattle.  I loved Kirk’s advice for a young person entering the field.  He passionately advised that if you always keep your clients interests first, you will succeed and clearly, that has been true for Kirk during his 45 years of helping others manage their money. Kirk has been a proud Rotarian for 21 years and splits his time between our club and Seattle 4, which is the 4th oldest Rotary Club in the world.  It was also nice to hear that Kirk and Kathleen will be traveling to Hamburg Germany next year to attend the Rotary International Convention.  Thank you Kirk for being such an active member and sharing some of your experiences with us.  I also want to thank Michael Baker for excelling in his new role as a talk show host.  Next stop, the Tonight Show!

For six years in a row now, a group of Rotarians led by Bill Dutton and Don Jack have traveled to Guatemala on a humanitarian mission.  They are joined by friends from the Unity Church of Santa Barbara to help build new housing, install water filtration systems, solar lights, stoves and enjoy the friendships created from helping the indigenous Mayan people.  We heard from Bill and Don about their most recent visit in February.

Here are a few of the group’s accomplishments:
2019 budget $15,390 ($9,035 Rotary Club of S B, $6,355 Unity Church of S B)
10 stoves built
10 water filters provided
36 pairs of solar lights
2 preschool visits and 2 elderly feeding events
A whole bunch of sweating, laughing, making friendships and building good karma
I will speak for our entire club in saying thank you to the all of the members that have participated in making a positive difference for the people of Guatemala.  


Next Friday we will be at Zodos for our Bowling Day rather than the Hilton for lunch.  Please sign up so we can secure the proper number of lanes.
The Santa Barbara Rotaract Club invited us to their Karaoke night at Dargan’s on Wednesday evening May 1st from 5:00 to 9:00.  There will be a $20 contribution requested with the funds benefiting the Buena Vista Care Center.

District Social at a Dodger Game is Thursday evening June 20th.  See Steve Petersen for more details and to register.

Please see Stacey Lydon about advertising opportunities in a new Rotarian magazine being created that will be distributed throughout the South Coast.  This is the inaugural publication and will focus on our 100 year celebration. 


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