Santa Barbara North

La Noticiera

Our guest speaker
Other guests
Our newest member, Irene Kelly!
Jan 16, 2019
Peace and Education
Jan 23, 2019
Report on Adams School & presentation of Adams Family Recognition Award
Feb 06, 2019
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
Feb 13, 2019
Super Bee Rescue
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Meeting Responsibilities
January 16
Pledge & Invocation
Bergquist, Michael
Speaker Procurement
Duran, Jacqueline
January 23
Pledge & Invocation
Boneck, Dennis
Speaker Procurement
Duran, Jacqueline
January 30
Special Event - Architectural Foundation SB Tour
February 6
Pledge & Invocation
Carlson, Derek
Speaker Procurement
Jacobs, Thomas
February 13
Pledge & Invocation
Case, Craig
Speaker Procurement
Jacobs, Thomas
February 20
Pledge & Invocation
Dobbs, O.D., Joe W.
Speaker Procurement
Garza, Jr., Blas
February 27
Pledge & Invocation
Garza, Jr., Blas
Speaker Procurement
Garza, Jr., Blas
March 6
Pledge & Invocation
Hardy, Timothy
Speaker Procurement
Young, Steven
March 13
Pledge & Invocation
Holehouse, John
Speaker Procurement
Young, Steven
January 9, 2019 Meeting
Presiding:  President Jacqueline Duran
Reporter: Tori Perez
Pledge and Invocation: John Holehouse
Song Leader and Song: Blas Garza; “California Here I Come”
Visiting Rotarians:  None
Rotary Guests: None                                
Mike Bergquist: On January 24th there will be a semi-annual board meeting. See Mike for more details.
President's Announcements:
Jacqueline welcomed Irene Kelly as a new member of the Santa Barbara North Rotary Club.
Donations (MegaBucks):
-Mike Bergquist spent 8 days in Mexico for Christmas and unfortunately got food poisoning - 1MB
-Tim Hardy had a birthday on January 6th - 1MB
-John Engstrom has been a Rotary member for 55 years - $25
50/50 Raffle:
Jacqueline Duran drew a silver marble, and Robert Graham (guest speaker) won the gift basket!
Robert Graham
Executive Director, Santa Barbara School of Squash
Robert’s passion for the game of squash comes from being a professional squash athlete for 14 years. He currently holds 30th place in the world and 1st in the United States.
The goal of the Santa Barbara School of Squash (SBSOS) is to “provide consistent and reliable academic and athletic support and guidance to the children and families attending schools in Santa Barbara.  By exposing these children, who are committed to self-improvement  to squash and other educational experiences, SBSOS aims to help each child realize his or her academic and personal potential” (
SBSOS currently has 30 students ranging from 5th grade all the way up to seniors in high school. Not only is the SBSOS committed to teaching students the game of squash, but also study habits and social skills. This is achieved by having each student dedicate 4 days a week to come play squash and bring homework, along with their grades on a weekly basis. The program also has their students promise to complete a set amount of hours of community service which allows the children to gain important life skills and build a relationship with their community.
The program has a 100% success rate with students graduating high school and going to college. Students from SBSOS have been accepted into UC Berkeley, Westmont College, University of Southern California, Bates College, and many more. These students have received over one million dollars all together in scholarships and have been among the first in their family to attend college.
Not only has the SBSOS had success with the students going to college, but also in the game of squash. Their two teams have competed locally and nationally against their sister schools of squash. One of their players even won the Urban National Championship at the age of 17 in the U19 division.
Robert and his team have high hopes for their program and hope to expand the number of students from 30 to 60, and hopefully find a permanent facility for the kids to practice.
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