President’s Letter – March 15, 2018

President’s Letter – March 15, 2018

We had a nice gathering last Friday back at Fess Parker’s in Rodney’s.   Our Sargent-at-Arms was again Michael Baker.  Invocation was given by Don Jack and we always thank him for his thoughtful words.  The Pledge of Allegiance sounded great.  Kathleen Blake gave us another break with a familiar tune, “America the Beautiful.”

We had a visiting Rotarian and mini-program with Lynda Nahra, a member of the Montecito club and working with Partners in Education.  Kirk Green visited from Seattle IV.  Bruce McRory, of Counsel, was the guest of Mike Bieza, realtor Joe McCorkell accompanied JoAnn Mermis and Matt Nehmer introduced Financial Aid Advisor Sarah Maloney.   The microphone went around for some announcements touching on International Service, District Training Assembly and Rotoract.

Bob Fatch introduced our speaker, Tracy Macuga County of Santa Barbara Public Defender.  She has more than 25 years of experience in criminal defense law, having served in the Office of the Public Defender in Riverside and San Diego counties as well as in private practice.  Ms. Macuga spoke concisely on what the job entails and the inherent difficulties of seeking justice in our criminal systems.  A lively Q&A session ensued.

This Friday, March 16, we hear from one of our own, Paul Jaconette. Paul’s talk is entitled, “The Local Health Insurance Plan for Santa Barbara and San Luis Opispo Counties.”  How do low-income residents of Santa Barbara and SLO counties receive Health insurance through Medi-Cal?  CenCal Health is the local non-profit health plan that administers the Medi-Cal Insurance benefit. Paul will speak on how the history of the health plan, the effects of the Affordable Care Act and the future of the plan.

Paul Jaconette, MPH, joined CenCal Health in August 2011. Prior to CenCal Health, he was the Chief Administrative Officer of Sansum Clinic, the largest nonprofit, multi-specialty medical group between Los Angeles and San Francisco and was employed there for 18 years. Prior to Sansum, he was an Assistant Administrator at Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Clara Medical Center, the largest hospital in the Kaiser Northern California region.

Don’t miss this meeting!

Michael Gardner
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara President


One Comment

  1. Hello, I’m a member of the Berkeley club and have a place in Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico. I was told that your club put up the new clinic and also have a literacy program at the school in Boca. I’d be interested in talking to someone in your club about these projects as I will spending time there and would like to get involved. I started a literacy project at the race track here in Berkeley which is where I work . I’ve been teaching ESL for ten years and would like to see how your project is getting along. My number is 510.290.6792 thank you and look forward to your reply.

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