President’s Letter – October 31, 2017

President’s Letter – October 31, 2017

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Our October 27 meeting was jammed-up and jelly tight.  That’s a Southernism.   After call-to-order, some confusion over the Sargeant-at-Arms with the final outcome being Paul Musgrove, invocation by Gretchen Falvo, and the Pledge of Allegiance, we proceeded with a full agenda at Viva! In La Arcada Square.  Visiting Rotarians included Kirk Greene of Seattle IV and Chris Figuerida, an Honorary Rotarian from Ventura passing through very quickly as continues to bicycle back and forth across the country raising awareness and funds for a variety of youth-oriented causes. Today’s visiting Rotarians were Chris Figureida, Honorary Rotarian of Ventura RC and Kirk Greene of Seattle IV. Fines were few; in fact, there was only one levied, and no one remembers the who or what, it didn’t gain much traction, so y’all better do better this week.
Announcements included a presentation introduced by Bill Dutton providing details about a major breakthrough in the ongoing International Services project in Guatamala.  Bill’s guests, Lisa Kelley and Marc Osborne, explained the importance of reliable, non-carbon-based lighting and demonstrated a solar lighting kit that is being promoted along with the other components of this International Services project.  Our members were clearly impressed; we had 22 Rotarians pledge to provide one kit each ($55.00) for these ongoing efforts.
Our program was “Adelante Charter School: World Class Education.”  Adelante Charter School is the only public, Spanish-English two-way immersion (TWI) elementary in Santa Barbara, which offers the opportunity for children of all backgrounds to become bilingual, biliterate, and multi-cultural.  Executive Director David Bautista, originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is the Executive Director of Adelante Charter School in Santa Barbara.  He gave an absolutely fascinating presentation on the benefits of a bilingual approach to education and, really, life.  Not surprisingly, statistics support the many advantages of being raised in an environment where a child thinks and speaks in two or more languages.  The Q&A period rounded-out our meeting.
This Friday’s speaker will be the return of Andy Caldwell, Executive Director of the Coalition of Labor Agriculture and Business (COLAB.)  Mr. Caldwell’s opinion columns can frequently be found in the Santa Barbara News Press, other local publications and on public media.  He will give a presentation on “City and County Updates.”  The Q&A session is always a highlight of Mr. Caldwell’s visits.  We are back at the Doubletree and you won’t want to miss out!
Rotarily,
Michael Gardner
President, 2017-18
 

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