Rotary Club of Freedom

March 3, 2015 Club Meeting eBulletin


March 3, 2015 

Meeting called to order by President Vince at 12:30 PM


Pledge: Jessica Gutierrez, student at Cesar Chavez Middle School


Thought of Day: Lynne Grossi shared this one" The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary ." - Vince Lombardi                                                                                                                          


Guests: Will Zord and Kelly Kines, friends of Phil Buckwalter. Cesar Chavez Middle School students Jessica Gutierrez, Aaron Colores, Alan Mojica, and their assistant principal Jason Rooney


Visiting Rotarians: Constantine Gerriger – Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club


New Member Induction: Manny Escarcega  of Bay Federal Credit Union, sponsored by Patsy.

Announcements & Correspondence:


-          Jeannie announced the SCCFHF's 12th Annual Crab Feed will be Saturday, March 7th at the Fairgrounds.


-          Brian announced PV Water’s Water Solutions Rate Workshop at Heritage Hall, this Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 PM


-          John S. reminded everyone of the importance of Casino Night.


-          Yessenia asked and Ben spoke about the upcoming Yosemite trip which is April 30 - May 3.


-          Vince and Dave spoke briefly about a spring project to repair picnic tables and benches at the fairgrounds.


 Detective, conducted by Heather


-          Manny was fined $5 being a new member.


-          Brian was fined $5 for taking notes – paid by Heather.


-          Yesenia was fined $5 for a trestle.


-          Dave was given an “attaboy” for donating use of a flatbed truck.


-          Ron I was given a deferred fine for a City Council Vote.


-          Phil was given an “attaboy” for being here today.


-          Ben was fined $5 for Yosemite


-          Aloke was fined $5 for the Star Spangled Banner


Raffle, conducted by Patsy


-          Aloke, Wilfred, Heather, Lynnne, Jeanie, Patrick won Red Cross tote bags, pocket first aid kits, shirts and hats.


Guest Speaker:  Patrick Mulhearn, current president of Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, is speaking to us today about the Arts Council.  The Arts Council is behind the annual Open Studios event.  They work to “promote, connect and invest in the arts in order to stimulate creativity and vibrancy in Santa Cruz County.”  A current problems is that many governments and communities are divesting themselves from funding for the arts.   California, at 23 cents per capita in terms of funding, ranks 44th in the country.  For comparison, Minnesota funds the arts at over $6.20 per capita.  However, Santa Cruz County ranks 4th in the country as an arts destination.  UCSC, the Museum of Art History, the Pajaro Valley Arts Council, the Tannery, and organizations such as KUSP radio all help to make Santa Cruz the arts center that it is.  Funding for the Arts Council comes largely from non-profits such as the Packard Foundation.  The purpose of the Arts Council is to, among other things, help artists improve their business practices, and help promote art education.  They work with over 10,000 students each year through the SPECTRA program (Special Teaching Resources for the Arts).  Arts Council programs are currently supporting over 300 artists.  The Arts Council is working to “Keep Santa Cruz Artful.”


Adjournment: 1:25 PM