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Sep 19, 2019
Operation Surf
Sep 26, 2019
Oil in the SB Channel
Oct 03, 2019
The Aspire Police and Fire Academy
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
George Allan Hancock (American Businessman)
Oct 24, 2019
Los Prietos
Oct 31, 2019
Nov 07, 2019
Past Speakers
Sep 12, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Operation Surf for Veterans
Oct 03, 2019
Rotary District 5240 Conference
Chumash Casino
Oct 11, 2019 – Oct 12, 2019
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2019
Annual Christmas Parade of Lights
Dec 07, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Annual Barn Party Luau & Auction
May 09, 2020
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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MEETING DATE:  August 29, 2019

MEETING CALLED TO ORDER:  President Kevin Walthers
INVOCATION:  Shannon Seifert
VISITING ROTARIANS:  Steve Lombardi, from the SLO Wednesday Club

GUESTS OF ROTARIANS:  Jim and Chris Kunkel, and Brian McConckie
Welcome New Red Badge Member:
Angelica Gumabon
Angelica grew up in Guam. She is very service minded and helped out at the Day in the Park, before even becoming a member.   We know the mindset that she has will be an asset to our club.
Thank you Back Porch Flowers for your support of our Rotary Club!
The Rotary Executive Board Meeting was held on Wednesday night.
They discussed Day in the Park and other major future donation ideas:
-Hancock Promise
-Rotary Centennial park
A Review of budget items; approved donations, and approved contributions was presented.
Tiny House Gala: Saturday, September 7, 5:00 pm Cocktails, 6:00 pm Dinner - Santa Maria Country Club
Discovery Museum "Farm to Table" Dinner: Sunday September 8, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This year the event will be held at the Lemos Barn.  The event is currently sold out.
S.O.S. Golf Tournament: Sunday September 8, SMCC starting at Noon (Raffle tickets are also be available for golfers and non golfers). See Kate Ferguson to sign up or for more details.
Concert For Hope: Tickets are only $35. See Rich Watson for ticket info.
YMCA Golf Tournament:  Friday, Saturday 27, Santa Maria Country Club
Make a Splash for CASA: Sunday September 15, Chumash Casino Resort
AHC Winery 5th Anniversary Celebration:
Saturday September 21, 2019 @ Presquile Winery,  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (see President Kevin for more details)
Operation Surf: Thursday October 3, 2019 at Ted & Beth Ortega's residence
Central Coast Airfest:  October 12 & 13. Santa Maria Public Airport. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. See Chris Hastert for ticket information.
District Conference: October 12. Chumash Casino
25th Anniversary Santa Maria Christmas Parade:  Mike Gibson announced that as part of the celebration we will have a history booklet of the parade.  Rotary took over the parade in 1995, he needs pictures of the parade in past years.
Monthly Rotarians of the Decade: Jim Small and Tony Spinelli:
Jim bragged on his retirement and a recent fishing trip.  Tony was not in attendance, so missed a free brag.
Martin Testa bragged on being selected as the best NSBC Caterer by the Sun times, and celebrating his 45thwedding anniversary - $100.
Mark Clarke bragged  that during August he was in Idaho with other Rotarians for four days, and then traveled to Montana, Glacier Park, and Banff.   The Canadian Rockies are spectacular.  They also celebrated their 46thwedding anniversary - $46.
Andy Caldwell bragged on being selected as the best Community Watchdog by the SM Sun.  He also bragged on Kate Ferguson for helping his daughter get a job - $100.
Jim Peterson bragged that he will turn 65 on Sunday.  He also played golf last week in a Chumash tournament, it was a great day - $100.   His brag is to go to the compassion fund in memory of Chris Miller’s brother.
Pat McDermott bragged that today is his 62ndbirthday.   His kids asked him what he had learned in 62 years.  He learned if you work hard and play hard, you turn out like him - $62.
Marc Schneider for his first brag declared that today is his 27thwedding anniversary - $27.
Craig Bernard bragged that today is his daughter’s 44th birthday.  She has an interview for employment today and he hopes she gets the job – $44.
Tim Seifert made a $50 donation to the  compassion fund, and  Kevin Walthers matched it.
There were no fines today!!
Central Coast Airfest
Our program was presented by Chris Kunkle who is from the Santa Ynez Valley.   He started  flying at 15, and at 16 he soloed.  He provided information about the upcoming Central Coast Airfest, which he said will be quite a show!  October 12-13
Santa Maria has a long history of aviation.  It started in 1928, when cadets were trained for the military.  The first students graduated in 1929.  The airport was moved to it’s current location in the 40s.   The airport was originally a bomber base. The Santa Maria Airport’s legacy revolved around the P38.  James Kunkle, Chris’s grandfather, flew a P-38 during World War II in Normandy, France. He received several awards including the Distinguished Service Cross, and a Purple Heart.  At 95, he still flies and will be at the Airfest, telling great stories.
The Airfest is coming back for a 2ndyear!  Why do we have air shows?  They are a nice event for the community and a way of giving back.  Last year it is estimated that over 1,328 people visited Santa Maria due to the Airfest with an estimated $208,496 spent in the community. 
The International Council of Air Shows awarded the Central Coast Airfest the Pinnacle Award after only their first year.  The show was nominated by the Canadian Snow Birds who performed in last year’s Fest.   They attend about 300 air shows in their term, and nominated the Central Coast Air Show for the award.  This year the show will feature the USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team.  About 50 to 60 aircraft are confirmed.  Sponsorships are available and needed; they are already ahead of where they were last year.
Chris was presented a Paul Harris Fellow.

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