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Our new president, Jacqueline Duran!
Blas Leading the Sing!  
Mike B. leading the invocation and pledge.
Our guests!
Meeting Responsibilities
July 18
Bigelow, Timothy
July 25
Boneck, Dennis
August 1
Carlson, Derek
August 8
Case, Craig
August 15
Conte, Michael
August 22
Correa de Garcia, Marti
August 29
Special Event - Lotusland
September 5
Dobbs, O.D., Joe W.
September 12
Eyman, Donna
September 19
Gallo, Mark
September 26
Garza, Jr., Blas
September 28
No Meeting - Social at University Club 4:30-6:30p
July 11, 2018 Meeting
Welcome:  Jacqueline Duran, Club President
Pledge, Invocation & Scribe: Mike Bergquist
Song leader: Blas Garza
Song: ‘Good Old Summertime’
Visiting Rotarians: None
Rotary Guests:
Gina Benesh - Director of Development @ SB Museum of Art and guest of Terry Straehley
Shayne Khan - Guest of Jacqueline Duran
  • President Jackie handed out baked goods to members with recent perfect attendance.
  • Mike Bergquist: RCSBNCF Membership meeting next Wednesday – Board Election + Foundation Updates.
  • 7/26/18 RCSBNCF Board semi-annual meeting–5pm.
  • Tom Jacobs: Discussed meeting with Mark Gallo regarding STEAM program at La Cumbre Junior High.
  • Blas Garza: Grandson with scholarship to New Manhattan School of Jazz to play at wine tasting event @ Spanish Garden Inn -Friday at 4pm.
  • Bruce Michael: Daughter Whitney’s camp has 50+ kids, and she’s expecting  very soon.
  • Perk Darlington: 1 MB for Jack Schlothauer’s move to Vista Del Monte
  • Joe Dobbs: $54 to RCSBNCF for today’s anniversary of 54 years in the Club!!
  • Dennis Waid: 1 MB for his Alaskan cruise
Club Installation:   Marti Garcia installed Jackie as President for 2018-2019
Raffle Winners: Dennis Waid (no orange marble) and Megan Rheinschild (Berry Man Basket)
Megan Rheinschild
Victim Witness Program Manager
Office of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney
Tim Bigelow introduced today’s program--Megan Rheinschild with the office of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney.  Megan is the Manager of the Office’s Victim Witness Program.  Her presentation today focused on human trafficking in SB County, where for years the problem was not taken seriously and there was a lack of enforcement.
Megan started with the District Attorney in 1994 working with victims of domestic violence and has worked extensively  with the FBI re: its victim assistance programs. SB County is a very active area for sex trafficking. While the primary centers for trafficking are the Bay Area and LA, the Central Coast has been active, partially since there are fewer resources attacking the issue and the area is affluent and ripe with tourists. Pimps (mostly of color, independent and “employing” 2-4 girls each) prey on runaways, minors and victims of abuse and advertise via the internet, using local motels for operations.  Some work the area for 2-3 days (many from Kern County and the Central Valley) and then move on to LA or points south.
Trafficking is on the radar of local faith-based communities, but it took a huge effort to get local law enforcement to look at the issue and needs of the victims.  After a hard sell and a federal grant beginning in 2013, the SB County Sheriff’s department came on board 100%.  The foster care system, mental health services and juvenile justice system needed an eye opener. About 70-80% of the girls who are targeted already have been abused, may be drug-dependent and/or are psychologically-challenged.  Due to easy recruitment and emotional hijacking some girls fall in love with their pimp and do not want to testify against them. Area massage parlors can be a problem and if they are managed by a criminal network, the girls will not talk to law enforcement at all.
Megan wants to align her department with County Juvenile Justice, Mental Wellness and Child Welfare. She also wants to get to those being trafficked early and offer help, schooling and financial support.  She has worked with the Junior League of SB, which saw the local need, raised the funds and opened 6 beds in a safe house recently, after fighting to secure the proper licensing.
In 2017, 13 pimps were targeted, with 12 arrested and prosecuted. So far in 2018, 8 out of 10 targeted pimps have been prosecuted, and 5 johns have been arrested and charged.
Megan believes SB has a real heart to help the victims. The County needs all interested parties to stay focused on the real problem we have locally and she hopes to continue receiving the federal grant funding they now have through 2019. Foster Care and CASA can support and help stop/arrest the trafficking while offering critical support to the victims (yes, most, but not all, of whom are girls or young women).
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