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Jan 21, 2021
Teaching children about ocean pollution, habitat and wildlife loss, and impacts of climate change
Jan 28, 2021
State of the City
Feb 04, 2021
Orcutt pet hospital
Feb 11, 2021
California's Uncertain Energy Future (according to Andy) LOL!!
Feb 18, 2021
AmarokSociety - teaching illiterate mothers to become neighborhood teachers
Feb 25, 2021
Automating our Scholarship Application process
Mar 04, 2021
Attracting Millenials to Rotary
Mar 11, 2021
Past Speakers
Jan 14, 2021
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MEETING DATE:  December 10, 2020

FLAG SALUTE: Self Pledge of Allegiance

Santa Maria Elks "Christmas in the Country": A "drive thru" holiday extravaganza has been prepared for all to see at the Unocal Event Center. The fun will continue every evening (Wednesday-Sunday) until the end of December. Car load tickets are available online from Elks Rec. Mike Gibson still has a few dates open for our major sponsor event pass. If you're interested, contact him ASAP.
CALM Collection: Each year, Shannon Elliott works with CALM (Child Abuse Listening Meditation) therapists to identify those clients who could really use some help with gifts from the community as they are not well off financially. This year, because of Covid, CALM is pivoting to provide gift cards (such as to Target or Wall Mart or others) instead of physical gifts. The hope is to reduce the risk of spread for everyone involved. Time is of the essence. Please give Shannon a call at 801-915-6887 if you have any questions and/or would like to participate. Strictly optional. It’s very nice knowing that your gift really does go to some needy families.
Lets Have Some Fun: On our December 17, 2020 Zoom meeting, Kate wants us all to wear our ugly Christmas sweaters. In addition to that, if you have an old Secret Santa gift laying around, here is your chance to exchange it for someone else's old Secret Santa giftcheeky. If you want to participate you need to hurry and contact her immediately.
AHC Food Share: You can be a part of this program by volunteering to help on January 6th and/or 7th. Contact Dr. Kevin Walthers to sign up.
Probation Department: Mike Gibson announced that $2,000 was raised by our club to purchase pizza passes for 180 needy families. The probation officers will be delivering the Straw Hat Pizza passes beginning December 17. Thank you to everyone that donated and to Mike Gibson for organizing everything. This will be our 14th year of supporting the Probation Department.
Ed Murray: Frank Ortiz announced that $2,100 was raised by our club as a contribution to CASA in care of Ed Murray's name. Again, many thanks go out to our generous members for honoring a great humanitarian.
Pat Mcdermott: bragged $100 on his brand new custom Jeep with all the "bells and whistles". Good for you Pat, you've always had an "eye for a buy"wink
Shannon Seifert: bragged $100 on Kevin Walthers and the Community Leaders Training that was recently completed at AHC. She was particularly excited about the free hat swag that she acquired. After this nice brag amount, I don't think that the word "free" applies anymore :)
David Leroy: gave the club a final report on Toyota's recent Pinktober fundraising total. The final count was $11,500. Way to go David and congrats to your team!
Wayne Miller: was very thankful to the meal train that was provided to he and his family after his unfortunate hunting accident (see the program). He was extremely grateful and bragged $100 to the compassion fund.
There were no fines today.
Wayne Miller
Today our very own Past President Wayne Miller related a personal bear hunting story that he experienced in October 2020. Meeting up with other family members in (I believe) Montana, Wayne began a new hunting trip that he had successfully  completed on many previous occasions. This time things took a turn for the worse as they tried to sneak up on their prey and he lost his footing and  toppled down from the mountain side. This misstep resulted in severe leg breakage that needed four hours, a helicopter and a complete "search and rescue" team to get him safely down and to a hospital. The pain alone was excruciating (he passed out on numerous occasions), but the resulting financial toll it took was even more so. Needless to say, he is glad to be home and he is now slowly on the path to recovery.
Jerry Schmidt also had his own hunting escapade that he related. Don't get me wrong, it was bad as well, but nothing compared to Wayne's fiasco (luckily he had Mark Jackson's Friendly Fiasco insurance company at his side during these trying times).
Glad your back in one piece Wayne (you too Jerry)smiley

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