Published: February 26, 2021
Club Meetings
Mar 02, 2021 12:00 PM
2021 Economic Forecast
2021 Economic Forecast

Peter Rupert is the Director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, Professor of Economics in the UCSB Economics Department, and Associate Director of the UCSB Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance, with Nobel Laureate Finn Kydland.

Before joining UCSB in 2010, he served as Senior Research Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland for 13 years.

Dr. Rupert frequently consults with central banks and is an invited speaker at economic conferences around the world. He's is an avid cyclist, and volunteers as the chief economist for the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Mar 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Pending speaker confirmation
Mar 30, 2021
No meeting for the 5th Tuesday in March
Apr 06, 2021 12:00 PM
Vines & Vision: the Winemakers of SB County
Apr 20, 2021 12:00 PM
South Coast Economic Outlook
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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
Mar 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Club Meeting
Zoom video conference
Mar 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Zoom Video Conference
Mar 23, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Club Meeting
Zoom video conference
Apr 06, 2021 12:00 PM
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Monday, March 22nd, we'll be meeting for another beach cleanup followed by a socially distanced happy hour.  We'll be working from 4 PM to sunset, so join us as your schedule permits.  Anita will send an email with additional details as the date approaches.
Beach cleanups are a great way to introduce people to Rotary, so consider inviting a friend to join you in this very satisfying service activity.
Camp Whittier Workday
Saturday, April 10th all the Group 8 Rotary clubs, from Carpinteria to Goleta, are invited to participate in a joint day of service. We'll be working at Camp Whittier, a year-round camp and retreat center nestled among the hills of the Los Padres National Forest just north of Santa Barbara.
Camp Whittier is operated by the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara and hosts a variety of events including a science camp, an outdoor experience camp, teambuilding and leadership programs, and even a teen film camp!
Working side by side with Rotarians from all the local clubs you'll get an even better sense of the scope of Rotary's impact in our community. We'll provide details as plans are finalized, but mark the date on your calendar now to ensure our Montecito Club is well represented.
Birthdays &
RI Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Lora Fisher
February 21
Join Date
Harlan Green
February 1, 1991
30 years
Karen Hickman
February 1, 1997
24 years
Gary Hopkins
February 4, 2020
1 year
Jennifer Goddard-Combs
February 16, 1996
25 years
Elizabeth Westwick
February 20, 2018
3 years
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President's Message
Dear friends,

We inducted Eryn Shugart as a new member at our February 16th meeting and look forward to getting to know her better over the coming weeks, starting with an interview in this issue's Member Spotlight.

But Eryn might not have heard about Rotary had she not been invited by her sponsor, Tom Fisher. As Eryn attended meetings and learned about the club, she grew to appreciate our commitment to community service and, as the next step, told Tom she wanted to join.

Our Rotary club literally grows by invitation. Why not take a moment now to invite a guest to next Tuesday’s program? Peter Rupert, the Director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, will focus on our local economy, present and future. If this subject interests you, might it interest a co-worker or friend?

A benefit to our advertising upcoming speakers in this newsletter and on the club website weeks in advance is the outreach it encourages. Have a look! Your next guest may become our next member.

See you Tuesday,

Latest Update from Amani
There's no way a brief newsletter article could do justice to the incredible accomplishment that is the Congo Peace School. Fortunately, Amani Matabaro, our fellow Rotarian and the visionary leader behind the Congo Peace School, has provided us with a detailed update with lots of pictures.
Click here to access Amani's update, and as you read it remember that funds provided by our Club helped make this dream a reality for hundreds of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Welcome, Eryn Shugart!
Please tell the Club a bit about your life: where you were born, how you met your spouse, and what you enjoy doing when you're not working.
I was born in Los Angeles, my family moved to Santa Barbara when I was a baby. My grandfather built a lot of the tract homes in Goleta, and my mother lived in Santa Barbara for just her senior year of high school. She returned here with my father to raise her family (my brother is a year older than me).
I grew up in Santa Barbara in the home that I now live in, which I bought from my mother about 15 years ago. It was one of the many tract homes that my grandfather built, so I have the distinction of being able to say that I live in the house that I grew up in, built by my grandfather!
I moved to Los Angeles for college and graduate school (as did my mother), earned a Ph.D. in psychology, then returned to Santa Barbara to raise my family. I have two children who are now young adults: my daughter Megan recently graduated from UC Santa Cruz and is pursuing a career in firefighting, and my son is a history teacher at Anacapa School.
My husband and I are still pretty much newlyweds, having married in 2017 after meeting each other at the gym. I love to hike, run, mountaineer, and travel with my husband and family when I am not at work.
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 have worked in non-profit senior administration in Santa Barbara for 17 years now, after beginning my career working for both adult protective services and the county public guardian as an elder abuse investigator/probate conservator.
I have worked for several local non-profits including Friendship Center, Jodi House, and Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, and feel like I have found my home working as a Major Gifts officer for Santa Barbara Education Foundation. We raise much needed funds for the Santa Barbara School District, of which I was a graduate and my daughter also attended. I love feeling like my work is helping to make students at SB Unified do better in their lives, which hopefully will result in an improved Santa Barbara community as these students graduate, attend college or trade school, and begin their careers.
Please share a couple of other things about yourself that you think we would find interesting and may not know about you.
I've climbed Mt. Hood, Boundary Peak in Banff, and a variety of 14,000 peaks throughout California and Colorado with my daughter. I've run over a dozen marathons and more recently, 25 and 50 kilometer trail races. Both my children love the nation's National Parks, and we visit them as often as we can.
With my children grown, I am committed to serving my community to the best of my ability in an unpaid capacity in addition to my regular work, and am grateful to now be a member of the Rotary Club of Montecito.
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