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Induction of John O’Neill as the newest member 
La Cumbre 4-Way Test Essay Awards
4/30 is the deadline for Rotary Foundation grant applications 
Apr 25, 2018
Taxes and the tax situation with loss regarding the debris flow
May 02, 2018
Stamina to Succeed: Investing and Incorporating Exercise into your daily life
May 09, 2018
Building Strength & Maintaining Mobility
May 16, 2018
Ukrainian Delegation
May 23, 2018
Images of the Thomas Fire and Mudflow
May 30, 2018
5th Wednesday - Offsite Meeting
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Meeting Responsibilities
April 25th TBD
Pledge Invocation Scribe
May 2nd - Patricia Juin
Plege Invocation Scribe
Date: 4/18/18 - meeting led by Santa Barbara North Rotary President Ken Oplinger
Pledge & Invocation: Ken Oplinger                                                                          Reporter: Michael Conte
Song Leader & Song: “School Days, School Days” led by Blas Garza
Rotary Guests:
-La Cumbre Principal Jo Ann Caines introduced the 3 student winners of the essay contest (names below) and their families, as well as their teacher, Ms. Katie Pelle
-Mary, wife of Blas Garza
-Alice Sykes, wife of Joe Lanza
-Mike Bergquist: 4/30 is the deadline for Rotary Foundation grant applications to be considered for the upcoming cycle
-Blas Garza: RYLA camp is tomorrow and goes through the weekend (Tim B. and Nobeel will be driving 4 student participants)
-Ken Oplinger: Mark Gallo has come through on short notice by supplying us with tickets for our 50/50 raffle today.
-Ken Oplinger presided over the induction of John O’Neill as the newest member of the Santa Barbara North Chapter of Rotary International. Congratulations and welcome John!
-Don George: 1 MB for his wife, who is celebrating her 85th birthday
-Dennis Boneck: 1 MB to celebrate his upcoming birthday
-John O’Neill: 1 MB for becoming an official member of our club
-Blas Garza: 1 MB for his grandson, who has been granted admission, with a scholarship, to the Berkeley School of Music (in addition to a previous admission offer from the Manhattan School of Music)
-Bruce Micheel: 1 MB for a flurry of traveling anticipated in May
-Joe Lanza: 1 MB to celebrate the recent birth of Preston Stephen Rehage, son to Conner Rehage
-Donna Eyman: 1 MB for recent meeting absences while she has been attending to her dogs’ health
-Jacqueline Duran: 1 MB for Rotary anniversary
La Cumbre 4-Way Test Essay Awards
Blas Garza and Perk Darlington presented the 4-Way Test essay winners from La Cumbre Junior High. The 3rd place winner was Atticus Samora, who was awarded $25. For 2nd place, a $75 award was presented to Malayah Terrell. In 1st place was Isabella Bowman-Andreatta, who received a certificate for $150 (and who also read her winning essay aloud to the group). Congratulations to all the essay contest winners!
July 5th Meeting was a Business Meeting
Program Information:
Tim Bigelow from CASA presented to the group today about adoption and foster care and the work that CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) does in the community. CASA was founded in 1977 by a judge in Seattle, Washington, who saw a need to put a volunteer with a foster-care child to make sure that these children had someone to advocate for their needs and to prevent them from becoming lost in the court system.
CASA has 13 employees, and about 300 volunteers throughout the county. Each volunteer completes 30 hours of training per person and go through rigorous background checks. They become officers of the court, taking notes during meetings with each child (which are presented to the judge presiding over the child’s court case) and learning specifically how to work with children in tough home situations. In Santa Barbara County today, there are about 500 foster care children. About 85% of cases come from homes with significant substance abuse problems. One CASA volunteer is paired with each child. Each CASA volunteer meets with their child for at least 1 hour/week. Volunteers make sure children are getting all the therapy, medical care, and help with school that they need. These volunteers also do activities with the children, making sure they get birthday and holiday celebrations, for instance. On average a court case lasts about 2 years, and in about half of the cases, the child is reunited with their biological parents (after the parents have received help and treatment for the issues they were facing). In 25% of cases, the child is adopted by a new family (which may be a relative), and the remaining 25% age out of the system (although CASA can work with young people until 21 years of age).
Research has shown the importance of a child having at least one stable, positive adult role-model in their lives. A child that has a CASA will be less likely to end up homeless, to abuse drugs, to join a gang, to go to jail, and they will be more likely to stay in school and get an education. There are about 40 children on the wait list right now (babies to teenagers), and CASA is looking for volunteers! There are two programs currently offered (in addition to volunteering) to support CASA: “Sponsor a CASA Youth” ($2,500 is enough to sponsor one child to have CASA support for a whole year) and “Circle of Hope” (a $20 per month donation to help support the work of CASA). If you are interested, please see Tim Bigelow for more information.
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