Santa Barbara North
 

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November 15, 2017

Blas Leading the Sing!  
Gil leading the invocation and pledge..
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Guest World Dance for Humanity
 
Speakers
Nov 22, 2017
Nov 29, 2017
Parks and Recreations Director - Cabrillo Bath House remodel
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Meeting Responsibilities
November 29th
 
Pledge Invocation Scribe
Garza, Jr., Blas
 
December 6th
 
Pledge Invocation Scribe
George, Donald
 
December 13th
 
Pledge Invocation Scribe
Gosselin OFMF, Father Larry
 
January 3rd
 
Pledge Invocation Scribe
Hardy, Timothy
 
ROTARY NEWSLETTER INFORMATION:                   DATE:  November 15, 2017
 
Reporter:  Gil Garcia
 
Pledge & Invocation:  Gil Garcia
 
Photographer:  Tim Bigelow
 
Song Leader & Song:  Blas Garza, “Over the River and Through the Woods” (dedicated to Thanksgiving Day)
 
Non-Rotarian Guest:
Name                                                              Guest of:
 
Genevieve                                                     Guest Speaker, Janet Reineck            
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 
Donna Eyman needs your help distribution poinsettias, Saturday November 25, Sunday November 26, Monday November 27.  Please contact her for more details.  Remember this is our yearly fundraiser!
 
 
Donations (Mega Bucks):
 
 
 
Donna Eyman                              Needs to leave meeting early!                                          1MB
Donna Eyman                              For Perk Darlington winning last weeks raffle        2MB
 
Jim Lisi                             Rotary Club member - 19th Anniversary                     1MB
 
Joe Lanza                         3-week trip to Australia                                                      1MB
 
John Holehouse           Trip to Charleston & played golf                                     1MB
 
Ken Oplinger                 Celebrating birthday – November 19th                        1 MB
World Dance for Humanity
PROGRAM
 
Janet Reineck gave an inspiring presentation on the activities of World Dance for Humanity (WD4H).  In 2010, Janet set out to combine her love for dance and humanitarian aid work and started World Dance – a class that offers women a chance to connect with other cultures through music and movement, while helping people in need. 
 
In December of 2011, World Dance partnered with Goats for Life, a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit that had been working since 2007 to help Rwandans stay alive in the aftermath of the Genocide through gifts of goats and cows. In the spring of 2013, GFL’s Founder Betsy Kain retired and World Dance for Humanity took on her legacy and commitment to serve these communities. Since then, WD4H has become deeply involved with the communities, helping them survive, sustain, and build new lives.
They currently work with 8,400 people in 25 rural communities, providing donations of livestock (goats, cows, and chickens), student stipends, training (in agriculture, leadership, and business) and support to help each community create a sustainable business enterprise. The projects are envisioned, planned, and managed by the co-op members themselves, with the support of WD4H and our Rwanda Team. The cooperatives have full responsibilities for their projects — they own their transformation. In this way, they are lifting themselves out of poverty.
Thanks to the generous support of our dancers and donors, in 2016 they were able to send $123,986 in aid to Rwanda, giving the people they work with the means to improve their lives. We have seen tremendous changes, as the communities begin to believe in the future and work for a sustainable livelihood.
The group is also active in the Santa Barbara community, providing a team of volunteer tutors for the Westside Boys & Girls Club, reaching out to wheelchair-bound seniors and disabled adults, and providing an array of activities where women can come together to get “in shape and inspired.”
 
 
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