President’s Letter – July 23, 2018

President’s Letter – July 23, 2018

Ahhh the lazy days of summer are here and the thermometer is rising.  What better reason to have lunch with a bunch of friends in an air-conditioned hotel.  This last Friday while it may be hot outside was very cool inside at our Rotary luncheon.  I want to thank Robert Dibley for greeting members as they arrived, Todd McGinley for leading us in the invocation, Jim Armstrong for volunteering to lead us in the Flag Salute and Michael Baker for adding his usual colorful flair while honoring his duty as Sergeant at Arms.  Davis Darnall selected Sweet Home Alabama for our song, which matched our speaker’s presentation having to do with prejudices that we have developed over our lifetimes.  No gong this time Davis so well done.
It was nice to see that Dean Axelrod made it back from his family’s European vacation without developing an accent and I hope all of your vacations are thrilling and /or relaxing.  Our turnout was a little light and I imagine many of us are on our summer vacations but if you are not please make an effort to attend because you absolutely missed the best part of your week.  Fellowship and education along with a bit of fun are a great way to start the weekend!
Steve Baker was able to answer four questions having to do with people or things that are 100 years old and he took home a Lincoln Log set that I am sure he played with all weekend.  There were more than a few other contestants that flamed out proving that history is not as easy as to recall as one might think.
I am still laughing thinking of Bob Fatch playing the moderator in our third installment of the Fireside Chat.  Steve Brooks was our interviewee and we learned a little more about another one of our fellow Rotarians.  Steve is a certified gemologist and proved his credibility by valuing Bob’s wedding ring at $8.00.  He is also from Oklahoma, played sports growing up and has been in the Jewelry business most of his life.  As I watch these Fireside Chat’s I am learning that I am in the wrong business because Steve Brooks has no plans on retiring since he loves his job, which was the same thing Steve Millard said the week before (I am looking forward to retiring from my job).  Thank you Steve for being our third participant at the Fireside as we continue learning a lot more about each other and laugh along the way.
The presentation was provided by Carmel Saad via Westmont College on the topic of Hidden Prejudices.  She helped us understand that society can subliminally mold our personal belief system.  By her showing us a few examples, I now see how this can occur.  Toleration and understanding are traits exemplified by Rotarians, and if we can use the four-way test to assist in our decision making maybe we can make fairer judgements about other people and events we encounter.
In two weeks, we will enjoy our Fiesta party at Pacific Premier Bank on State and Figueroa.  Please take a moment to complete the registration so we can order enough food and Cadillac Margaritas for all.  There is no additional charge for regular members (you will be billed for your normal lunch as usual) but if you bring a guest, the event will cost $32 per person.  I hope you do bring guests and we are soliciting the other rotary clubs from group 8 along with a few bank clients mixed in.   Should be a roaring good time for all!
Mike Bieza
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara President
 

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