President’s Letter – October 9, 2019

President’s Letter – October 9, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I am proud of our Rotary Club of Santa Barbara for its history of supporting vulnerable children and young adults in our community. We have helped improve the lives and create opportunity for local youth through our philanthropy and volunteer hours. We have coached high school kids in job interview skills, paid for kids to go to summer camp, supported mental health initiatives, given college scholarships to young adults who leave the foster system and go on to college. We have done and will do so much more.

One of Direct Relief’s donors once told me that it is hard to give money away if you want to do it well. I think he was right. It takes thoughtfulness, research, follow up, and an understanding of the impact you want to make. That is why, as I announced at last Friday, I am making 10-minutes or so of President’s time available from time to time for us to learn about charities we care about. Let me know if you want to brief us about your favorite charity or invite as your guest the director or other spokesperson from the charity to tell us what their organization does and why it is important. If our club has given the charity grant money in the past, we’d love to hear how they put the money to use.

This week we are going to learn about the science behind the power of intensive ensemble music training to close the achievement gap for children in low-income families. Dr. Martin has an amazing personal story, and the results from the program she developed based on social science, public health, and brain research are impressive. If you plan to attend but haven’t RSVP’d yet, please do so today.

We order food and have seating based on the number of people who say they are coming. If you don’t accept or decline, we don’t know whether to include you in the headcount. That’s why it is just as important to tell us if you are not going to attend. Scrambling to bring out more food or set more places gets in the way of what 72 percent of club members said in their survey responses was something they like most about weekly meetings—fellowship or socializing with friends!

I look forward to seeing you Friday!

Warmest regards,


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