Santa Barbara North

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February 7, 2018

Blas Leading the Sing!  
Ken leads us in the invocation and pledge..
Feb 28, 2018
Life in Antarctica and Polar Bears
Mar 07, 2018
A Career of Service
Mar 14, 2018
Body Wisdom for Life
Mar 21, 2018
Super Bee Rescue
Mar 28, 2018
Geology of Debris Flow
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February 28th
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Muzinich, Peter
March 7th
Pledge Invocation Scribe
Najera, Roberto
March 14th
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Porter, Jordan
March 21st
Pledge Invocation Scribe
Shulman, Barry
February 21, 2018 Meeting
Led by Santa Barbara North Rotary President Ken Oplinger
Pledge & Invocation: Ken Oplinger                                                                         
Reporter: Michael Conte
Song Leader & Song: Blas Garza – “Oh, My Darlin’ Clementine”
Visiting Rotarians:
-Wayne Baumier (President of Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks, TX and Chair of District 5890)
-Graham Sharp (Rotary Club of Houston, TX and 2017-18 National Chair of the Rotary Lombardi Award)
Both gentlemen are here working with Disaster Aid USA (a Rotary Club Project) to help the recovery and cleanup efforts in Montecito. Disaster Aid began in a Rotary club in Maryland, and has now spread across the USA as well as internationally. One of the goals of their visit is to build awareness at the local level, which is why they are going around to visit local Rotary clubs. Additionally, both have been—quite literally—getting their hands dirty shoveling debris. Thank you both for traveling so far to be here with us and to help our community in need!!! If anyone is interested in becoming an ambassador for Disaster Aid (to speak in their community about what the organization does), please contact Graham and let him know (email:
Rotary Guests:
-Mary Garza (the wife of our own Blas Garza)
-The Open World exchange program is bringing 5 civic leaders from Ukraine to our area around the second week of May and we will need volunteers to house each member of the visiting Ukrainian delegation. If you are interested in housing one (or more) delegates, please contact Tim Bigelow and he will get you more details.
-Report on Kenya water project from Joe Lanza: The solar pump and distribution insulation are being installed, and hopefully by next week the water will be and running!
-Safari trip in November (ten days, which includes visits to both water project sites), please contact Joe Lanza if you are interested in going on the trip.
-Report on the Rotary Networking Group from Donna Eyman: The meeting last week had about 8 attendees, with discussion centered on the theme of how the recent natural disasters were impacting their businesses and their business outlook for 2018. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:45am at University Club of Santa Barbara. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend and, if you decide to join the group, the fee is only $200 for the entire year.
-Father Larry Gosselin: This Saturday, February 24th, from 9am-noon the Old Mission Santa Barbara and Cottage Health are holding an event called “Listening For The Good”, a panel presentation/discussion on healing after the fire and mudslides which will be held in the Junipero Serra Hall of the Mission. It is free to attend, but you must sign up with Cottage Health (register online:
-Don George: This Sunday, February 25th, from 2-6pm Trinity Episcopal Church will be holding a healing event (prayer/memorial) and fundraiser for Casa De Maria, which suffered a large amount of structural damage to their buildings.
-Craig Case gave a megabuck in honor of Archie McLaren, who passed away Tuesday night. Archie was the host of Wine Country for its first two seasons, founder of the Central Coast Wine Classic, and credited with helping the development of the local wine industry. (Obituary in the Santa Barbara Independent:
-Donna Eyman gave a megabuck for taking a second plate of spaghetti
-Derek Carlson gave a megabuck for his recent trip to Mammoth last week, where there was just enough snow to enjoy some ski-time!
-Patricia Juin gave a megabuck for her birthday
-Blas Garza gave a megabuck for his grandchildren who have been visiting from up north. While down here, they have been going on college visits to: CSU Northridge, UC Irvine, Cal Tech, UCSB and Cal Poly (Blas, did I leave any out?).
George Poulakos: Rotary Club of Ventura 
Program Information:
Jacqueline Duran introduced our speaker, George Poulakos (Rotary Club of Ventura), who has worked in advertising for 20 years and his own marketing consulting business for the past 12 years. He has been a Rotarian in Florida, New Mexico, and most recently Ventura, where he is the current international committee chair. He has also been involved in volunteer projects in South Africa, Zambia, and refugee camps in Greece. His presentation focused on a global grant he and the Ventura Rotary Club are spearheading, in Kazungula, Zambia.
The community in Kazungula has a lack of job opportunities and is quite poor, which means that many families are not able to afford to send their daughters to school. Young girls commonly turn to sex work to make money, and they are also at high risk for sexual abuse. The grant will help fund the projects of the Lushomo Trust/”Grace Centre”, whose goal is to develop skills training for local girls which will help them make the money they need in order to pay school fees. This program will offer training opportunities in three main areas: tailoring (which will allow them to create school uniforms for themselves and for schools), computer training, and catering/restaurant management (with the goal of creating a restaurant to aid in generating revenue to further support the program).
George described how the global grant will specifically be for the catering and restaurant aspect of the program (to buy restaurant equipment and hire staff to manage the restaurant and catering service as well as to train the girls). The goal is for the restaurant to be up and running and to be sustainable in 3 years. Rotary members had a great Q&A with Mr. Poulakos and we all learned quite a bit about this important and wonderful project. Thank you George!
50/50 Drawing:
Patricia Juin drew a white marble, and Tim Hardy won the fruit basket.
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