President’s Letter – November 8, 2017

President’s Letter – November 8, 2017

Dear Fellow Rotarians:

Our November 3 meeting had a nice pace. We were back at the Doubletree where we were accommodated despite the ongoing renovation. It will be nice to have a refreshed meeting place.

After call-to-order and recognition of our Sargent-at-Arms, Todd McGinley, invocation by Bob Fatch and the Pledge of Allegiance, we proceeded with a full agenda, again. Visiting Rotarians included Wade Nomura, District 5240 Guru, Andy Caldwell, our presenter and Kirk Greene of Seattle IV, occupying that little tiny space where two circles overlap. Guests included Jeanne Goodall, bride of George, Jim Hitson, guest of John Petote (Jim is keenly interested in Rotary) and Tom Widroe from Buellton, a guest of our speaker, Andy Caldwell. Rotarian of Ventura RC and Kirk Greene of Seattle IV

Fines were still fairly limited; Jim Carberry took one for retirement, Dan Aldrich for work-related travel. A short side was assessed for Julien Hradecky for wearing shorts. In a series of in-and-outs that I couldn’t follow, various sports wagers resulted in $500 being raised for the Foster Kids Holiday Giving Program. Announcements included a reminder about Salvation Army Bell Ringing, the dark dates for meetings during the Holler Daze and an update on Vocational Service by Dean Axelrod. The ever-dapper R. Dibley provided an explanation of the lapel poppy he was wearing, reminding us all of the long history of human strife. There was a sidebar to his comments proffered from Canada that I missed as I was checked-out for a moment in a Moonage Daydream. Tell me where that came from for a bottle of wine.

Our program was the every-so-often visit by Andy Caldwell, Executive Director of the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB.) Andy’s newspaper column, radio talk show and other media keep the populace informed on a number of pertinent issues, with Andy’s own twist. As usual, Andy had insights to share, this time detailing the ins and outs of unsustainable pension programs in Santa Barbara and beyond. The Q&A period rounded-out our meeting.

Our program this week will be John Gherini with a presentation about Santa Cruz Island. A little research says this should be an interesting program. Mr. Gherini has just completed his second book about the largest of the Channel Islands, which includes many never-before published images. And, he has a family connection to this mysterious place…don’t miss! See you this Friday!

Michael Gardner
President, 2017-18


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