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Weekly Programs
Feb 22, 2018
AERA Energy's new oil project in Cat Canyon
Mar 01, 2018
Mar 01, 2018
Santa Barbara County Bicycle Coalition
Mar 08, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
Regional Occupational Program
Mar 22, 2018
Jazz Musician
Mar 29, 2018
Guatamala Trip
May 10, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Barn Party & Auction
Santa Maria Fairpark
May 12, 2018
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 27, 2018
MEETING DATE:  February 15, 2018
Call to Order:  Acting/Past President Mike Gibson
Flag Salute:   Rich Watson
Invocation:    Jim Bray
VISITING ROTARIANS: Alex and Joy from Roteract
  • Mike Buhring gave an update on this year’s Barn Party, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 12.  Posters are available.  The theme for the party will be the “three pillars of Rotary.  Mike also recently attended the PETS training, and now has a better appreciation for our club’s traditions.
  • The annual Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation will be Saturday, February 24, starting at 5:30 pm @ the Santa Maria Country Club
  • Supervisor Lavagnino’s annual comedy night will be February 16 at the Radisson
  • Beard a-Reno, is on!  We will have our own table on May 19th
  • We will have a Board meeting following next week’s meeting on Feb 22.
  • Current member, Valerie Moya is going to join the evening club, we will miss her, but we are glad she will continue with Rotary work.
  • Mark Jackson leaves with a group from our club for Guatemala tomorrow.   The group includes, Mark, Terry Dworaczyk and the Buchanans.  They will be adding 3 rooms to a school school site, as well as furnishing and equipping the site. 
  • Dan Blough announced that he is setting up a camping trip May 18 & 19 at the Flags in Buellton.  There are reserved spots for camping and cottages.  If reservations are made within the next ten days, they will hold them, otherwise they are gone.  Call Dan for information; reservations need to be made under Breakfast Rotary.
  • Kate Ferguson is setting up rotating dinners.  The website will be open through this weekend.  Remember the dinner doesn’t have to be at your house
  • March 7th will be the Santa Maria Chamber’s annual joint luncheon at the Air Force base.  If you would like to attend please register by February 21. 
Martin Testa bragged $50 on his trip in the RV with Debbie to Napa, to celebrate Ragan’s 5th birthday. They toured Napa and Sonoma wineries.
Kerin Massey bragged $25 on Shannon Seifert for the YMCA event; Major Gifts.  It was a great event with a lot of people coming together.  There was a powerful testimonial by a young man who talked about the great work the Y has done. Mike, Teri, and Tim matched Kerin’s bragg.
Shannon Seifert bragged $25 on Mike’s PowerPoint.  She also bragged $50 on the Major Gifts event that raised $250,000 in a short amount of time.  She thanked everyone who attended.
Ken Bradley bragged $50 on David Leroy with Toyota. His wife’s car was clanking, and David helped get it fixed.
Mark Jackson bragged $50 to go to the Humane Society.  In October of 2000, they were allowed to adopt two dogs from the Humane Society, and unfortunately on Tuesday they had to put Lana, one of the dogs, down.  He bragged another $50 on St. Joe’s.  In 2011 his daughter painted a mural that was used for the Father/Daughter dance.  Recently the mural was used again for the last time. 
Dale Johnson bragged $25 on being cancer free!!
Terry Dworaczyk bragged $50 on his wife’s Birthday, which is today.  He is trying to convince his wife that the trip to Guatemala is a birthday gift.
Randy Wise bragged $36 on celebrating his wedding anniversary yesterday.  They will celebrate in a few days.  It is difficult to celebrate your anniversary on Valentine’s Day. 
Debbie Blow bragged $25 on the school district settling with the Teacher’s Association.
Lee Carroll bragged $10 on Tim for getting the meeting going, and for getting a new truck
in November?  He claims he already bragged about the truck, then he began bak tracking and after a certain amount of time he declared “just fine me”.  He was assessed a $5 fine.
Glen Morris was fined $20 for not mentioning the Chamber luncheon event on March 7th.
Kathy Simas was fined $10 for walking in late.
Jimmie Ventriglia and Kate Ferguson were both looking at an RV that was parked at Orcutt Road.  Jimmie V finally bought it out from under Kate.  $50 fine to Jimmie.
Terry Dworaczyk had been talking about the Dow Jones declining, but he said the market would go up 28 points.  It went down .07, so Terry was given a credit for $7???
Jerry Walsh is leaving to go to Hawaii.  He will be playing 6 or 7 rounds of golf. He was fined $25, as was Jim Peterson and Ted Ortega, who will also be in Hawaii.
Gary Nemetz was fined $20 because he is moving into a house that another Rotarian was interested in buying. Gary said the new house is smaller, and they are going from a 6 car garage to a 2 car garage – that’s going to be tough.
Our program today was provided by musician, Ellen Pankratz. She attended OJH and Righetti, earned a Bachelors degree at UC Davis, and now has a studio in her home with 35 students.  Her mother is a teacher in the Orcutt School District.  She has always loved to play the piano; her grandmother helped her learn to love to play.  What she does is not a career, but a passion that she passes on to her students.
She played several pieces for us, including A Spoon Full of Sugar, Waltz in Ab by Brahms, a Hymn - For the Beauty of the Earth, and her favorite song, the Raindrop Prelude by Chopin. 
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