Published: July 16, 2020
Club Meetings
Jul 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Learn about the Amazon Alexa site in downtown SB
Learn about the Amazon Alexa site in downtown SB

Kevin Davis, Sr. Manager and Amazon Santa Barbara Operational Site Lead, walks us through the history of Graphiq pre-acquisition, the origins of voice-forward intelligent assistants, and their application in business

Aug 04, 2020 12:00 PM
Be among the first to welcome our District 5240 Governor for 2020-21
Aug 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Innovation SB Tech Co
Sep 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Organic, plant-based nutrition
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We meet the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 12:00 PM.
Upcoming Events
ReStore Clean-Out Day (Habitat for Humanity)
Jul 17, 2020
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Club Board Meeting - July
Zoom Video Conference
Jul 28, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Club Board Meeting - DG visit
Zoom Video Conference
Aug 04, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kim's Backyard Social (Virtual)
Kim's house (and yours!)
Aug 27, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Service Projects

Thanks to Anita for arranging our next club service project.  We'll spend about 1 hour bagging dog & cat food for C.A.R.E.4 PAWS.

There are two opportunities for service, but space is limited so you need to register in advance. To register, click on your preferred date below:

If you'd like to bring an item to donate in addition to/in lieu of volunteering your time, please see their Amazon wishlist.

To learn more about all the incredible services they provide for the furry friends in our community visit the C.A.R.E.4 PAWS website.

There are ongoing opportunities to volunteer at our local food bank, with shifts available for driving/delivery, sorting and packing in both the south and north county. Visit the Volunteer Hub to sign up.
Let's get together to help clean up our beaches while enjoying one another's company (from a safe distance, of course) smiley

We will be meeting at one of the beaches along Cabrillo Blvd. (specific location TBD according to lot openings) at 5:00 PM on Tuesday August 11th. 

Trash pickup will be followed by social time. Click here to see all the details and sign up.

Birthdays &
RI Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kerri Murray
July 6
David Solomon
July 14
Karen Hickman
July 15
Matt Kowallis
July 22
Larry Minasian
July 24
Join Date
Cathy Cash
July 1, 2014
6 years
David Solomon
July 1, 2014
6 years
Jerry Horan
July 1, 1984
36 years
Jim Bechtel
July 1, 1994
26 years
Paul Kremser
July 1, 2002
18 years
Bernadette Bagley
July 29, 2014
6 years
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President's Message
Dear Friends,
More people are interested in Rotary than we think. I reached out to a reporter with the Santa Barbara News-Press this week to ask if he would like to write about our upcoming Club meeting with Kevin Davis of Amazon SB, and he expressed interest. We had a brief phone interview during which I spoke about Rotary as a world-wide service and friendship organization and discussed some of the speakers and service activities our Club is focused on this year. A news story is scheduled to appear in the Social section of the paper this Friday (July 17th). 
Our enthusiasm about Rotary is well worth sharing. And who knows, it may be just what a prospective member needs to hear. Can you fit a message about our Club into your regular conversation with a colleague or friend? “How is your week going, Kati? Thanks for asking, Sarah. My Rotary club had a really interesting speaker this Tuesday who told us about the new Amazon Alexa office on lower State Street.” Talking up Rotary is something we can all do to help accomplish a key goal this year – Growing our Club.
Let’s learn about Amazon SB this coming Tuesday, July 21, and share what we learned with our friends. Invite a friend to our July 21 meeting! Just forward this newsletter with the Zoom link (and let Bernadette know to whom you’ve sent it).
See you Tuesday,

A Thought for the Week
"My mission in life is not merely to survive,
but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and
some style."
  -  Maya Angelou
Club News

Check Out the Mask-querade

Liz, our social savant, has designed a fun-filled event we can enjoy while maintaining appropriate social distance. 

She'll be supplying details at our July 21st meeting, but reserve the date and time now (Thursday, July 30th, 5:30-7 PM).  It's a party you won't want to miss!

Click here to register.

Kati Kicks Off the New Year
The first meeting of Rotary year 2020-21 was a Club Assembly skillfully led by President Kati.  Kati's husband Peter attended as a special guest and is rumored to be interested in joining the club.
After a flag salute by Del and Larry's announcements of birthdays and Rotary anniversaries (36 years for Jerry Horan!), Kati introduced her board and shared her three goals for the coming year:
  1. Hosting not-to-be missed meetings, socials and volunteer opportunities
  2. Getting the word out abount all Rotary does in our community and around the world
  3. Growing the club though individual, family and corporate membershups
She also shared a video message to the club by Rotary International President Holger Knaak. (If you'd like to know more about Holger's fresh vision for Rotary see this article on the RI website.)
Liz provided a preview of coming socials, and Anita shared news about scheduled service projects.  Susan outlined changes to the Community Grants program, most notably the switch to a single grant cycle per year with the potential to award larger grants.  Tom Fisher summarized his recent visit to the Cabrillo Pavilion and discussed options for venues once we resume face-to-face meetings.
Kurt explained his role as Treasurer and shared our club budget for the coming year.  Members will vote to approve the budget at out next meeting on July 21st.
Kati announced the new newsletter (designed by Jessica and Bernadette) which will be sent out regularly in advance of  meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
Montecito Rotary Awards $12,500 in SBCC Scholarships
Continuing more than 25 years of support for Santa Barbara City College, our club foundation awarded ten students with vocational scholarships totaling $12,500.
SBCC Foundation CEO Geoff Green expressed gratitude for our club's ongoing comitment and noted the economic significance of these scholarships stating, “the vast majority of these exemplary students move directly into our local workforce after completing their education.” 
Read the NoozHawk article to see Geoff's complete comments.
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