President’s Letter – January 10, 2018

President’s Letter – January 10, 2018

DATELINE TUESDAY  01/09/2018- 10:32am  SUMMERLAND- not looking particularly good.  The reports of flooding and full life-stop for our communities dominate the day.  I hope all of you are safe and, if possible,  in service to others affected by these catastrophic weather events.

It has been a while since we met, yet meet we did last Friday.  It was good to see everyone again after the Holler Daze.  Thanks to our Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Dutton, Terri Eddy for invocation and another fine song led by Kathleen Blake.  Fines were nominal, something we should endeavor to increase over the next few months.  Visiting Rotarians included Kirk Greene from Seattle IV and Barbara Mueller from eClub World Peace.  Guests included Steve Brook’s wife Susan and Bruce and Sally Hansen, guests of Bob Hansen.  Of course, our speaker John Davies of Davies Communication was our very honored guest as well.

We took a few minutes to catch-up where we left off in 2017.  Bill Dutton had a few comments on International Service and our Guatamala Project.  A Foster Kids recap shared our total receipts towards the Foster Kids holiday giving was just under $5,000 and the money went a little further with an additional discount from K-Mart.  Dick Salloga ran the numbers again on our Rotary International Foundation giving.  Of course, there were a few comments regarding the Thomas Fire and its impact on events during the Holiseason.

Of significant importance is the passing of the proposed revisions to our By Laws.  The reduction in the number of Board members and combining of duties amongst the Committee Chairs will help the Club run efficiently.  My deep thanks to Bob Fatch for his dedication to completing the research and drafting the proposal that was ultimately passed.

Our Speaker was the thought-provoking John Davies of Davies Communication, truly a world-class, well-traveled presenter.  His opening comments, focusing on the facts that we will never have less information, be less connected or have less transparency were indeed revealing.  From that opening, Mr. Davies presented many simple truths about communication in our modern age.  This presentation had take-aways for anyone in our audience.

THIS FRIDAY: Pat McElory is a graduate of UCSB.  He began his firefighting career with the US Forest Service in 1976.  In 1981, he was hired as a firefighter by the City of Santa Barbara.  In his career with the City he worked as a Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief and Operations Chief.  He was appointed Fire Chief in 2013 by then City Administrator Jim Armstrong.  He has announced that he will be retiring in March 2018. During Pat’s career, he has been assigned to major fires throughout the United States, and to other major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Northridge earthquake.

We have a great slate of programs scheduled over coming weeks. On Friday, January 19 we have an opportunity for an offsite visit to one of the most effective non-profits in the world, Direct Relief. On 1/26, Marsha Bailey, Founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), will be speaking. WEV has been helping women entrepreneurs start businesses (men can participate too!) for over 25 years. And we are in for a treat on February 2 with a viewing of the documentary film “The Boatmaker” by Casey McGarry. According to our dear colleague and friend, Teresa, the film “is a beautifully executed recap of my parents’ love-story around the building of their wooden sailboat, Morningsong.” Paul Chappell, an US veteran of the Iraqi war, will be sharing with us on 2/9 about a New Peace Paradigm. And we get to throw ourselves a birthday party on 2/16 celebrating 100 years as a club. Bring a guest in coming weeks and we look forward to seeing you.

Michael Gardner
President 2017/18


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