Santa Barbara North

La Noticiera

Blas Leading the Sing!  
Joe Lanza leading the invocation and pledge.
Guest Tori Perez
Nov 07, 2018
Little known facts about climate change
Nov 14, 2018
USC School of Engineering - projects in Kenya & India
Nov 28, 2018
Peace and Education
Dec 05, 2018
Santa Barbara Airport - expansion of airport services and business growth along Hollister Avenue
Dec 19, 2018
Goleta Sanitary District - latetest on water reclamation efforts and innovations
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Meeting Responsibilities
October 31
No meeting - Special Event: Chili Cookoff on Sat, 10/27
November 7
Gallo, Mark
Speaker Procurement
Engstrom, John
November 14
Micheel, Bruce
Speaker Procurement
Engstrom, John
November 21
No Meeting - in observance of Thanksgiving
November 28
Oplinger, Ken
Speaker Procurement
Bigelow, Timothy
November 30
Special Event - Evening Social at University Club 4:30-6:30p
December 5
Porter, Jordan
Speaker Procurement
George, Donald
December 12
Special Event - Holiday Party
December 19
Young, Steven
Speaker Procurement
George, Donald
December 26
No Meeting - in observance of the Holidays
January 2
No Meeting - in observance of New Year's holiday
January 9
Holehouse, John
Speaker Procurement
Oplinger, Ken
October 24, 2018 Meeting
Presiding:  President Jacqueline Duran
Reporter:  Joe Lanza
Pledge and Invocation:  Joe Lanza
Song Leader and Song:  Blas Garza;  “Over the Graveyard”
Visiting Rotarians:                  
Rotary Guests:
Tori Perez (guest of Jacqueline Duran)
            Westmont freshman majoring in kinesiology; former RYLA attendee in
            Sacramento; potential intern for our club
Jaqueline Duran: Chili Cook Off at SB Women’s Club on Saturday, 10/27, 11 am to 2 pm
Donations (MegaBucks):
Joe Dobbs - 1MB for his birthday Saturday
Roberto Najera - 1MB for escaping from Puerta Vallarta just before the hurricane hit
Steve Young - 1MB for his wedding anniversary
50/50 Drawing:
Patricia drew a silver marble for Roberto, and Blas won the gift basket (which he kindly donated to the 4 Kids 2 Kids program!).
Kris H.
President/CEO, 4 Kids 2 Kids
Cathy Calabro introduced our speaker, Kris H., the President and CEO of 4 Kids 2 Kids. This is an organization that helps teen girls who are victims of human trafficking.  Kris has worked with at-risk youth for over 20 years.  It was her adopted son who inspired Kris to establish her nonprofit and provide homes for as many sexually exploited young women as she can.  Kris met him when he was 15 after being abused by his parents.  Her first home was established in Casitas Springs in 2016 and has 6 beds.  She recently opened a second home with 6 more beds in Santa Barbara with the help of the SB Junior League.  These are the only homes in the tri-county area that are licensed as STRTP.  In addition to providing a safe place to live, Kris and her team provide therapy to these victims to help restore their self-worth and deal with their additions.  A local female sheriff’s officer also makes regular visits and teaches yoga.  So far 6 girls have successfully moved into foster homes and 3 more have successfully moved into transition housing, which requires that they are either employed or going to school.
One of Kris’ success stories, Crystal, spoke next.  She told her story of being a runaway from Miami at age 13 and falling victim to a trafficker.  She was not able to break the cycle of drugs and prostitution until she ran to Santa Barbara to get her life back and found Kris.  She is grateful to Kris and 4 Kids 2 Kids for giving her the ability to gain full control of her life.  She is now sober, going to Ventura College and living on her own.  Her goal in life is to continue the work that Kris is doing.  She spoke from firsthand experience when she said that all these kids want is love.
During question and answer time, Kris spoke of how she works with the school districts to provide a 6 to 9 month education program that is tailored to the individual needs of each student.
There are many young women in the area that could really use the services of 4 Kids 2 Kids, but the program needs more resources to be able to provide that assistance. Please see the flyer included in this bulletin for more details on how to help.
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