President’s Letter – September 15, 2015

President’s Letter – September 15, 2015

The Santa Barbara History for today is that in 1602 Sebastian Vizcaino was searching for safe harbors for trade ship from Spain.  On December 4, 1602 he gave the name Santa Barbara to an island and the channel.  Later in his voyage he went on to name San Diego, San Pedro, Point Conception, Monterey, and the islands of Santa Catalina, San Nicholas and San Clemente.  I was told that there is a street named after him on the Riviera.  I’ll go see! (read more…)

Assistant Governor David Velarde introduced out District Governor Jim Bell from Bakersfield.  DG Jim was very engaging as he reminded us how important each one of us is in the advancement of our Rotary goals and that each member is a the important diviner of his or her choices in life.  He quoted Goethe “I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.  It is my personal approach that creates the climate.  It is my daily mood that makes the weather.  I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.  In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized.  If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.  If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)

Kathleen Blake
Club President
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara


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