Published: December 10, 2020
Club Meetings
Dec 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Westmont Holiday Music Program
Westmont Holiday Music Program

Westmont Music Dept. Chair Michael Shasberger and student performer Julianne Jimenez, a senior harp performance major, share special holiday music and give us a personal glimpse into life on a local residential college campus during this COVID-19 season.

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We meet the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 12:00 PM.
 
 
Zoom meetings open at 11:45 for those who'd like to socialize before the program begins.
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Zoom video conference
Dec 15, 2020 12:00 PM
 
Club Meeting
Zoom video conference
Jan 05, 2021 12:00 PM
 
Club Meeting
Zoom video conference
Jan 19, 2021 12:00 PM
 
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Service & Social
 
Gingerbread House Photo Contest
 
Our Social Committee dreamt up an imaginative way to celebrate the holidays while maintaining appropriate social distance ... a photo contest!
 
Exercise your creativity and culinary skills by baking a gingerbread house of any size and style. Send a photo of your masterpiece to Liz Westwick at elizabeth.westwick@icloud.com 
for consideration by the panel of judges. 
 
Photos must be received by Monday, Dec 21st. 
 
We'll announce the winning house and award a prize at our first meeting of 2021.  All entries welcome, including those with unintended consequences like the example below. :)
 
Happy holidays!!
 
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There are ongoing opportunities to volunteer at our local food bank, with shifts available for driving/delivery, sorting and packing.
 
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The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade is looking for volunteers to assist in multiple activities designed to help our community through the COVID-19 crisis. 
 
Visit their volunteer hub for more information on how you can help.
Birthdays &
RI Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Del Hegland
December 12
 
Kimberly Stone
December 25
 
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President's Message
Dear friends,
 
Despite the tightening COVID restrictions and warnings against gatherings and parties, I’m still so happy that we’re together as a Rotary Club. We may be virtual right now, but we’re real. Our friendship and shared commitments are real. When I think of you—and see your faces on my computer screen—I’m grateful for who we are, what we’re about, and all that we’ve accomplished in the last 6 months.  
 
So I look forward to joining you in a very special end-of-year club meeting. On December 15th we’ll enjoy a holiday musical program from Westmont College by Prof. Michael Shasberger, Music Department chair, and his student Julianne Jimenez ‘21, a harp performance major. Julianne will also share personal reflections on what it’s like to be a college student and musician during this unusual season of our lives. 
 
With gratitude for you and the part you play in the Rotary Club of Montecito.
 

See you Tuesday,

 
We're closing out the second quarter of our Rotary year 2020-21. Let’s take a moment to reflect on second quarter highlights and the strategic goals they support.
 
Vibrant Meetings & Events
 
Our programs continue to feature excellent speakers and a diverse range of topics.  As a result, meeting attendance has remained stable with an average of 22 members and multiple guests signing on for each Zoom session.
 
And despite the challenges of a global pandemic, our acts of service continue without interruption.  Thanks to those who packaged
pet food at CARE 4 Paws, distributed groceries from the Salvation Army pantry, and provided holiday cheer & much needed supplies to senior residents at the Golden Inn and Village in Santa Ynez. Your volunteer efforts are especially impactful during these difficult times. 
 
In addition to volunteer labor, members gave generously to the Polio Plus campaign making the Rotary Club of Montecito #1 in contributions among the District 5240 Group 8 clubs.  
 
And finally, our Club Foundation gave back to the community with $13,000 in grants to local nonprofits.  Impressive!
 
Getting the Word Out
 
The Santa Barbara News Press, Montecito Journal, Noozhawk, EdHat, SB Independent and VOICE Magazine continue to provide positive press for the work we're doing in the community. Recent notices highlighted our Polio Plus Campaign, the World Polio Day Celebration, & the 2020 Community Grants Celebration. 
 
Anita Blakemore supplements traditional media with regular updates to the Club's social media accounts (Instagram & Facebook), and this bimonthly newsletter provides another vehicle for sharing club activities with friends and potential new members.
 
Speaking of members, several reported positive feedback about the club from people they know in the community.  It's great to know awareness is building. Let's keep spreading the word.
 
Growing the Club
 
We inducted our fourth new member this quarter under the Corporate Membership program.  Welcome to Sam Tabbara from
U.S. Bank! 
 
We hope to announce additional corporate members in the near future pending approval by their employers.
 
As membership grows, so does the Club's financial health.  Thanks to our Treasurer, Kurt Koenig, for being an excellent steward of Club finances.
 
And congratulations to all for a highly productive second quarter.  Can't wait to see what we accomplish in Q3!
 
$52.40 Annual Fund Challenge!
 
District 5240 is challenging all Rotary Clubs in the district to raise $52.40 per member to support the Rotary International Annual Fund. 
 
Your gift to the Annual Fund helps Rotary take action today to create positive change in communities at home and around the world. Contributions are transformed into grants that help strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease.
 
All monies donated to the RI Annual Fund earn you Paul Harris points, and the Club is offering matching points for every dollar donated up to $500.  So if you give $100 to the Annual Fund, you'll receive 100 Paul Harris points from RI and an additional 100 points from the Club.
 
Please step up to the challenge and donate today at:
 
 
Note:  You must sign in to the Rotary International website to ensure proper credit for the donation.  Don't know how to sign in?  Contact Bernadette for assistance.
 
Rotary International

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