President’s Letter – July 18, 2018

President’s Letter – July 18, 2018

We enjoyed last week’s meeting at the Santa Barbara Club and I hope none of you had the same experience as Christian Orth who went to the Hilton first then the University Club next and finally found us at the Santa Barbara Club.  Thanks for being persistent Christian and tracking us down.  If we knew you were trying so hard to find us we would have continued playing hide and seek and moved to another location at the last minute (just kidding).  We will be back to the Hilton this week so everyone can get back into the normal routine.
I want to thank Don Jack for bringing his projector, Jim Armstrong for leading us in the invocation and Christian Orth for volunteering to lead us in the Flag Salute.  Davis Darnall selected Ghost Busters for our song and we were all on board and ready to sing but due to technical difficulties with the speakers, the song was gonged by yours truly.  I appreciated the effort Davis but really enjoyed being the first one to pay $10 to pound the gong and kill the song.
Guests included Todd Mesnik, Helen Fabien, Marcelo Lopez and our speaker John Palminteri.  There was one visiting Rotarian, Tom Fisher, who recently moved to the area from San Diego.
At our second installment of the Fireside Chat, we had the opportunity to learn more about Stephen Millard.  We were unaware that Steve had a long history in the hotel management industry along with organizing art festivals and music shows in Texas prior to starting his very stressful job of yacht brokering.  It was pleasure to hear about his grown children and future aspirations (no he is not following Dennis Johns in sailing around the world).  His comment about treating people the way you would like to be treated as a way of thinking about the four-way test was a good reminder to all of us.  Thank you Steve for being our second participant at the Fireside as we continue learning a little more about each other.
We did give away a Boston Red Sox hat to our most fervent Red Sox fan Michael Baker who knew that Ted Williams had a .406 batting average in 1941.  This dubious award was proudly earned, as we continue to honor people and things that are or would have become 100 years old, just like our club.  Stay tuned as this upcoming week I have a special prize and another obscure question to test your historical capabilities.
Our presentation was provided by John Palminteri from KEYT news and he shared with us some stories about the Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flow this past year.  He also explained his history in radio and TV along with some changes that are occurring in his industry.  Thank you John for enlightening us as to how the news is created on the streets and makes its way to our TV’s.
Next week we will be enlightened by a speaker who will share with us how our hidden prejudices affect our work and relationships. Dr. Carmel Saad is a local professor that promises to open our minds to our unconscious thoughts and promises to make us walk away thinking differently.  I am looking forward to a very insightful presentation.
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Dr. Carmel Saad
Hidden Prejudices: How Implicit Bias Affects Our Work and Relationships
The importance of being aware of inequities in our world calls on us to first more closely examine hidden prejudices in our own unconscious minds. Known as implicit bias, these prejudices are absorbed in child-hood and persist into adulthood. Human brains gravitate toward biases, as we internalize society’s stereotypes unknowingly. Thus our brains reflect society’s preferences, which can insidiously undermine our best intentions toward social justice. Identifying our biases and how they affect behavior can help manage their effect on our decisions. Professor Saad will discuss the prevalence of certain biases and research on strategies that can help reduce their impact.
Please remember we are getting closer to our Fiesta party on Friday August 3rd (sign up here).  Please let us know you are coming so we can order enough food and Cadillac Margaritas for all.
Mike Bieza
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara – Club President
 

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