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Weekly Programs
Upcoming Speakers
Nov 07, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Nov 21, 2019
The Rotary Foundation - Why We Give
Nov 28, 2019
Dec 05, 2019
District Governor's Visit
Dec 12, 2019
St Joe HS Phantom of the Opera cast
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 26, 2019
Past Speakers
Oct 31, 2019
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Upcoming Events
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:  October 31, 2019

MEETING CALLED TO ORDER: President Kevin Walthers
FLAG SALUTE: Rich Watson
INVOCATION:  Lee Carroll
Trunk or Treat tonight at Toyota of Santa Maria
Sips & Sombreros: Saturday November 2, 2019 - Santa Maria Fairpark
CASA of Hope BBQ: Saturday, November 9th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Lions Club of Orcutt, tickets are $12.00 each. See Kate Ferguson for tickets
Region 12 Dinner: Wednesday, December 4 at Uliveto's starting at 6:00 pm
PCPA "The Little Mermaid": Friday December 6, 2019. 7:00 PM. Betty Miller has all the info. See her for price and details.
2019 Christmas Parade of Lights: Mark your calendars for Saturday December 7 starting at 5:20 PM.
All members will be needed to make this 25th anniversary parade a very special event. Mike Gibson has all the details.
Rotary Christmas Party: Saturday December 21, at Testa's Bistro. 
This Week's Monthly Rotarian of the Decade
Leonard Champion
Leonard claims he's huging his wife?  He bragged on the firefighters from his crew helping with the Kincaid Fire
Andy Caldwell, bragged on a successful COLAB dinner.  There featured entertainer, Billy Gardell, from Mike and Molly, was one of the best stand-up comedians he has seen - $100.
Frank Ortiz, bragged on Andy and the  COLAB dinner on Saturday night; he always takes good care of the Rotarians - $50.
Jerry Schmidt, also bragged on the COLAB dinner.  Scottie Ortiz gave him a great tip, get two Jerry got three! - $50 
Kevin Walthers was fined $30 because he had the parade listed as Sunday, instead of Saturday.
Jean-luc Garon was fined $30, because he was listed as Jean Luv in an email.
Gary Nemetz was fined $30 for not wearing manly footwear, but he still had a fan club around him.  
Craft Talk – Peter Kang

As he was working on his dissertation in theology – he became a Chaplin at the Louisiana state Penitentiary. It is a maximum-security prison with a fully operational farm.   Most of the inmates are serving life sentences; in Louisiana that means life without chance of parole, or suspension.  They are in the facility for life.  They are required to work if they are able.  
Peter taught classes in the Bible college at the Penitentiary.  He also coordinated outside ministries and brought people in to speak.  He led funerals, and weddings, and they had a hospice program at the facilities.  As a Chaplin, Peter, provided counseling and spiritual support for those who were dying and also the hospice providers who were inmates as well.
In ministry you often find yourself doing things you don’t expect.  After being ordained he coordinated a ministry, and worked at a church.  He worked in Louisiana during the floods in 2016, checking on people and giving out hot meals.  Many people did not have the means to properly clean out the property that was flooded.  He began to organize teams of volunteers to help people clean out their home.  They partnered with local law enforcement and government groups.  
Two years ago his wife started working on her PhD in Santa Barbara, so he moved to California and accepted position at St. Peters Episcopal church.  His work here is different, but also very similar; caring for strong and week, rich and poor.  He teaches and administers the sacraments, and helps with food distribution, as well as a Mommy and me reading group. 

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Exchange Students:

An Official History by

Mark Jackson

The Rotary Exchange Student is a great program for students between the ages of 15 and 19. Students can serve as exchange students in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.   They do a great job, getting students prepared on both outbound and incoming side.  
This year almost 7,000 students from more than 71 countries will enrich their lives.  They will see the world the way it is best seen- from the inside out, through Rotary’s Youth Exchange.    SMBR has hosted 14 students, almost one every other year.  The majority of students have been from Brazil, but we have also hosted students from Sweden, Germany, Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, Denmark, Austria, France, and Taiwan.  Mark shared a little bit about each of the students that our club has hosted over the years.


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