Published: August 28, 2020
Club Meetings
Sep 01, 2020 12:00 PM
Revitalizing Downtown Santa Barbara
Revitalizing Downtown Santa Barbara

Hear Jason Harris discuss plans to work with and advocate for Santa Barbara businesses, commercial property owners and community organizations to strengthen the City’s economy, support the business community, and attract investment to the City.

Jason brings extensive economic development experience and most recently served as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Santa Monica, CA.

Sep 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Organic, plant-based nutrition
Sep 29, 2020
"Writing a Play at Lunch...and other ways to stay creative and engaged during a pandemic"
Oct 06, 2020
Las Cumbres Observatory (Santa Barbara) and its significant role in time-domain astronomy
Oct 24, 2020 4:00 PM
Looking Up: The Personal Story of Jane Boyle Needham as told by her son Craig
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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
Sep 01, 2020 12:00 PM
 
Club Meeting
Zoom video conference
Sep 15, 2020 12:00 PM
 
Club Board Meeting
Zoom Video Conference
Sep 22, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
 
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Service Projects
 
 
We have two volunteer service opportunities on Tuesday, September 8th
 
We'll be working at the Salvation Army packing food for delivery to local families in need.  Some tasks require heavy lifting, but there are less strenuous jobs that can be performed sitting down.
 
Each session is 3 hours long.  Click on your preferred option for details and to sign up.
To learn more about services provided by the Salvation Army, visit their website.
 
This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail — with small teams instead of a large in-person gathering. 
 
The Santa Barbara Rotaract Club has organized a team and is inviting all local Rotarians to join.
 
Let's show our support for the SB Rotaractors!  Click here to join the team or donate to the cause.
 
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.
 
The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade is looking for vounteers 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
Tony Morris
August 5
 
Jennifer Goddard-Combs
August 6
 
Join Date
Tom Fisher
August 8, 1997
23 years
 
James Fenkner
August 24, 2010
10 years
 
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President's Message
Dear friends,
 

Guess who our three new Club members are from these clues: he sang with his college glee club in Kabul, Afghanistan; he recently started learning to play the drums; he serves on the Hospice of Santa Barbara Foundation Board. Find out who’s who at next Tuesday’s Club meeting when we formally induct Jason Blakemore, Bruce McRoy, and Peter Buehler. All three are joining under Rotary’s new Family Membership plan with their (member) spouses, Anita, Cathy, and Kati.

On the Rotary International (RI) front, Rotary hit another milestone on the road to global polio eradication.  RI President Holger Knaack announced this week that the African region has just been certified wild polio virus-free. This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region and has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike & bus; a huge disease surveillance network; and innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict & insecurity. Read more about this remarkable achievement on the RI website.
 

See you next Tuesday,

Thought for the Week

“There is hope in dreams, imagination,
and in the courage of those who wish
to make those dreams a reality.”
 
 

- Jonas Salk, American virologist & medical
  researcher who developed one of the first
  successful polio vaccines.

 
Peter Buehler is joining President Kati as part of the new Buehler family membership. Read the interview below to learn more about Peter.  
 
 
Welcome Peter Buehler!
 
Please share with our Club members a little bit about your life: where you were born and grew up, how you and Kati met, and what both of you enjoy doing together.
 
I was born in New York, in a small town 50 miles north of the city. I attended a large public high school in the area, then a small men’s college in Massachusetts. In my sophomore year I met Kati, a student at a nearby women’s college. We married in August of 1975—45 years ago, amazingly. We’ve recently taken up bike riding again and are loving the freedom and fun it affords.
 
Tell us about your work - what you do, how long you've been doing it, and what you find interesting and satisfying about it.
 
I retired in 2018 after 40 years of pastoral ministry, most recently at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara (2002-2018). Weekly worship planning and preaching required deep dives into the Bible: how it spoke to our world, the congregation, and my own life. Helping a large organization look to the future was always a fine challenge, and being a part of congregation members’ lives, during joyous times and difficult times, was a blessing for which I will always be grateful.
 
Tell us something about yourself that you think we would find interesting and may not know about you.
 
I earned a doctoral degree at age 60, proving I’m truly a late bloomer. I enjoy gardening, baking (my scones aren’t dry--ask Todd), making my grandchildren laugh, and trying to figure out the cartoons in the New Yorker.  
 
Want to know Peter better?  Invite him to join you at a social, a service project or for a cup of coffee (ask him to bring the scones!). His contact information is easily accessible in the ClubRunner mobile app.
 
The "Surfers Unite" Rotarian Fellowship is sponsoring a Zoom event on Thursday, September 3rd, with acclaimed surfer and Montecito resident Shaun Thomson
 
Shaun is an amazing speaker, so all members are encouraged to attend. Details are in the image below.  Preregistration is required. 
Click here to sign up.
 
 
 
Rotary International

Your parents told you to be nice to people. Guess what? They were right. Here’s why.

 

Binish Desai began working on an eco-friendly brick made out of recycling and waste, when he was 11. The former Rotary Youth Exchange student, inventor, and entrepreneur credits Rotary with giving him the support to pursue his dreams. Now he’s giving back through a new Rotary club.

 

Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monumental achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians

 
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