TV Spotlight On 100 Years Of Rotary

TV Spotlight On 100 Years Of Rotary

On a recent December TV taping, that will be shown in February in Santa Barbara (Cox Cable), Past District Governor Wade Normura interviewed our Club’s Past Presidents George Goodall and Bill Dutton about the club’s recent celebration of our 100th Anniversary and it’s history.

Some of the highlights included that the club officially being chartered on January 1, 1918 but the process really began in 1914 with Founder James Briscoe. Mr. Briscoe had been a Rotary member in Oakland, moved to Santa Barbara and missed the fellowship and projects his club was involved in. He wrote to Rotary headquarters in Chicago to start a club here but was advised that it would not be a good idea with only a population of 13,000 people. He persisted and started the club with 35 members, meeting at the Arlington Hotel. Since 1918 over 5,000 meetings have been held and over 2,000 different members have joined the club.

The club’s first major project was for crippled children where the club held an annual Christmas Party for the children along with presents and Santa. In fact, in 1925 Paul Harris visited the club to thank the club for this outstanding project. 1919 saw the club’s involvement with starting the Boy Scout, Mission Council (now Los Padres Council), with a $4,000 donation.
The 30-minute taping also included the good work of the club during the 1925 Earthquake and other outstanding projects to help the community from the depression, wars, to present day. Many Past Presidents of the club were discussed and some became District Governors including: George MacLellan (1935-36) Joe Sears (1945-46), Floyd Bohnett (1952-53), Reuben Irvin (1958-59), and Norm Anderson (1993-74).

George has an excellent memory recalling the historical events and personal stories of club members and projects. Watch for this Rotary TV spot to be live in February!


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