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Blas Leading the Sing!  
Dr. Young leading the invocation and pledge.
May 30, 2018
5th Wednesday - No Meeting
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Meeting Responsibilities
June 6
Pledge Invocation Scribe
Duran, Jacqueline
June 13
June 20
June 27
May 23, 2018
Meeting led by Santa Barbara North Rotary President Ken Oplinger
Pledge, Invocation, & Scribe: Steve Young
Song Leader & Song: “America” led by Blas Garza
Visiting Rotarians:
-Dennis Johns (Santa Barbara Sunrise)
Rotary Guests:
Quote of the Day:
"We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can to is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our Attitudes."                   
                                                         -Charles R. Swindoll

1.      The club will be dark on May 30 and July 4th.

2.      Dennis Wade announced that a I Modanari Square was set up for the Adam's school kids.

3.      Don George announced that John Reed is at home about to die from his ALS but that he is still alert is accepting guests.

4.      There is a Group 8 mixer at the Karpeles Museum on June 7 between 5 and 7 o'clock. You can bring wine.

5.      Dennis Johns announced that his club is promoting a fundraising activity called the Dolphin Dive raffle. They have partnered with the Solstice Celebration. $20 will allow you to adopt a numbered dolphin and $5 of the $20 dollars will be returned to your Rotary club is a donation. For those who participate, your will also be three cash prizes to $10,000 in the raffle.


1.      Mike Bergquist - 1 MB and $100 to the foundation in honor of his one-month trip to Ireland with his two sons

2.      Mark Gallo - 2 MB: one the world's first grandchild and the other because his business is doing very well (And if anyone knows of someone interested in retail, he needs someone to work in the store. Anyone who refers someone for the job will get a gift card of $50.)

3.     John O'Neill - 1 MB in honor of the good work the Unity Shoppe is doing for the community disaster

4.      Steve Young - 2 MB: one because of a cruise he is taking to the Baltic next month for three weeks and the second because of an Obie award his son received for directing a play in New York last year

5.      Bruce Micheel - 1 MB and $70 to the foundation in honor of his trips to Cuba and Cancun and his 70th birthday

July 5th Meeting was a Business Meeting
Program Information:
Terry Straehley introduced our speaker, Mike Eliason, Public Information Officer for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Mike described how the Santa Barbara Fire Department public information officer's job is to essentially be the first responders' spokesperson. He describes what is happening, documents with pictures that he takes what is occurring at the moment, what is being done, and lastly what is the plan in proceeding forward. He presented pictures that he took of the Thomas Fire and of the rescue activities following the mud flow. The Thomas fire was unusual in that started in December, was the largest fire in California history by acreage and required more resources (8500 firefighters) and equipment than any other fire in California's history. There were 104,000 people evacuated and 1,000 structures damaged or destroyed. Every search and rescue team in California was utilized and there were 130 hoist rescues by helicopter immediately after the mud flow because trucks and rescue vehicles could not reach areas affected.
(See some of Mike's photos in the album of meeting pictures by clicking the "More Photos" button below!)
50/50 Drawing:
Dennis Wade did not draw a winning marble, and Dr. Steve Young won the fruit basket.
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