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Jan 31, 2019
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MEETING DATE: January 24, 2019
Club President:  Michael Buhring
FLAG SALUTE: Wendy Foxen
INVOCATION: Glenn Morris

GUESTS OF ROTARIANS:  Colonel Michael Hatton, our Guest Speaker.

Board Of Directors Elections:
Each year we are supposed to hold elections to elect the presidential line-up.  Anyone who is interested in being on the Board, please let Kerin  Walthers, our incoming president, know.  We will have elections next week.  The ballot will be emailed to everyone.  Each position is up for nomination.  Currently the following members are interested in these positions; President Elect: Ryan Swack,  followed by James Thomas, and then Roberto Rodriquez.

Rotating Dinners:
Kate Ferguson is urging everyone to sign up for Rotating Dinners (if you already haven't). Please help her by responding to her recent e-mail so that she can schedule accordingly. It's a lot of fun, and you don't have to cook if that's not your thing.  You can arrange for a Rotating Dinner at a restaurant with 
everyone paying their own way.  As an example Kate mentioned that you could have a Rotating Dinner at Taco Bell...whoops make that Del Taco.

Super Bowl Pool:
A Football Pool for the Super Bowl Game was announced; $20 per square.  In addition to the winners receiving money, $1,000 will go towards efforts to stop Human Trafficking. 

Girl Scout Cookies:
Next week our program will be provided by the Girls Scouts.  They will have lots of Girl Scout Cookies available for sale.  Bring your wallets, and your sweet tooth.

Santa Maria Boys & Girls Club:
There will be a donor appreciation luncheon held at the Boys and Girls Club on January 30, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. at their Club House on Railroad.  Contact the club to RSVP to the event.
Leading With Love Conference: This is a Touchstone sponsored women's symposium that will be held on Saturday March 9th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel.
Shred Fest:
Hosted by Shred 2 You and Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is our - first annual City Wide Shred Day: Feb 9th from 9am to 2 pm. Take your documents down to be shredded at 550 W Betteravia in Santa Maria.  The cost for shredding is $5.00 a box.
Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation (OCAF) Annual Gala:
OCAF will holding it's annual Gala on February 23 at the Santa Maria Country Club.  The event starts at 5:30.  Local celebrity from the Voice, Pryor Baird, will be performing at the Gala.  Tickets are $150 per seat.  Get your tickets early, this event will most likely sell out.
Rotary Meeting on February 14th
Our 2nd meeting in February will be our Rotary version of the Newly Wed Game.  Mark Jackson will be our Emcee.  Invite your spouse; it should be a lot of fun.


Mike Gibson (Rotarian of the Month):
Mike bragged on Randy Wise for his attire and said that retirement is Awesome!
Mark Clarke bragged on being a grandfather again; a new grandson son Calvin, @ 9 lbs 8 oz - $50.

Laurie Tamura bragged on celebrating her husband’s 65th birthday as well as their wedding anniversary.  They went to Pebble Beach where she birdied the 7th hole - $50. 

Randy Wise gave a big shout out to the LA Rams; $25 on the stellar officiating.

David LeRoy bragged on taking 20 members from his team to a Lakers/Warriors game. Tonight he is driving to SD to watch his nephew graduate from boot camp. $100

Jerry Schmidt bragged on his son who is in Illinois playing soccer for college.  When he flew back after Xmas break he arrived to several feet of snow on his car, he decided he wanted to get back to CA.  Transferring credits between schools is challenging.  Jerry thanked Allan Hancock College for making this happen - $50.

Martin Testa bragged on taking the RV to the San Jose Elks Park, they spent the evening with their son and grandkids, They traveled the 880 and had a great time - $50.



President Mike posed a series of questions.  Even if you got the answer correct, you were still fined.  The following $30 fines were assessed:

What would you do?

Lee Carroll

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?
James Thomas
Wayne Miller
Tony Spinelli
Mark Clarke
Shannon Seifert

Mike Cardona was fined $30 for the  size of fish he caught in Tampa. They exceeded the target they were trying to meet over the  two day fishing excursion; they probably caught about 200 fish.

Tim  Seifert also bragged, or was that fined $30 for all the fish they caught; lots of fish, red fish, blue fish, one fish, two fish......




Jason Francia
This week the club had the pleasure of hearing new member Jason Francia's craft talk.  The first thing Jason shared with us is that he I doesn’t prepare for things ahead of time.  He was a BIG baby, born at 11 lbs 13 oz, so he was an only child.  He was raised by a single mom and his aunt and uncle.  

In 1985 they moved to Santa Maria from from LA.  They moved every nine months, so from 3rd through 6th grade he attend five different elementary schools.  He graduated from high school in 1988, and immediately left Santa Maria.  He went to UTI technical school for 9 months, then attended Santa Barbara City College and UCSB at the same time - 47 units in one year. That was too much.   He slowly found his way back to Lompoc to save money.  Then went to Hancock and became involved with his church.  He worked with Pete and Beverly Taylor who ran a mentoring program. This is when he became passionate about helping people and serving the community.  

He was a pastor at Santa Maria Four Square Church, and then at another church.  He met his wife at a Bible Study.  They are having a baby boy who is due in April.  He is working for his father in-law in real estate, and is also doing some things in marketing.

Colonel Mike Hatton
Our presenter for today, Colonel Mike Hatton was introduce by Jason Francia.   They met through cycling.  Mike has been in the Air Force for over 18 years. He worked as a JAG, which stands for Judge Advocate General.   JAG is the oldest and largest law firm in the country.  JAGs are the uniformed attorneys for the service and are both enlisted and civilian service members.

Colonel Hatton went to Law School at the  University of Denver; he was raised in Ohio.  During his third year of law school he applied for a JAG commission contingent upon passing the bar.  

The military has over 250 lawyers; they are there to advise commanders, and to keep them in the center lane.  Two primary jobs are enforcing military law, and operations law. Think of an Air Force base as a small city. They have all the same issues; criminal issues, prosecutors, environmental issues, contracts, and making sure legalities are followed.  They do pro bono work for airmen, i.e. drafting wills, power of attorney, and divorce. 

As an officer, Mike has moved every two to three years.  He has represented airmen who were accused of doing something wrong.  A bulk of his time has been spent on sexual assault cases.  He has dealt with commanders issuing unlawful orders where his primary job is problem solving.  What is the problem, where do you want to go and how can we get you there?

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