President’s Letter – October 2, 2019

President’s Letter – October 2, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

So far 26 of us have responded to the club survey—thank you for an excellent response rate! This is a case of more is better, though. The Board and I will be drawing conclusions about the club as a whole based on the responses, and I’ve seen how the analysis changes as more people complete their surveys. I would hate for us to draw the wrong conclusions about what is important to you and what will make our club even better simply because not enough people responded. There is still time to respond, but we will close the survey after this weekend.

I will share the results of the survey with the club, but one thing that stands out right now is the reasons you are giving for why you are a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara (question #3). Overwhelmingly, 68 percent of respondents (18 club members) said that they joined to help make their community a better place. That is inspiring.

October is Community and Economic Development month in the Rotary world. Let’s get a conversation going about what the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara can do to make our community a better place. Where are the jobs that need to be done that we do and that government, business, and other nonprofits are not able or interested in doing? What does “better” look like? What can we realistically accomplish in three, six, nine and 12 months time?

These are not rhetorical questions. Jennifer LeMert is the club’s director who is leading community service. If you have ideas, please share them with her. She has a lot of great ideas that she will be sharing with us this month, but you don’t have to wait! Do you want to form a committee or working group? Do it! Do you want to informally get some of us and others outside of our club together to solve a problem? Do it! And tell us about it!
The more we can identify and respond to needs in the community and tell our story, the more relevant our club will be. It feels good to be a part of something meaningful. That keeps existing members coming back, and it will attract new members.

If you are ready to start the conversation this Friday, let’s do it. Dan Fontaine from Wilderness Youth Project will be my guest on Friday to provide a 10 minute briefing on how our club’s grant to his organization is helping them make the community better. I hope you will be there to hear how your foundation’s money was spent. 

I’ll see you Friday at Mulligan’s—lunch will be a Mexican buffet!

Warmest regards,


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