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Nov 08, 2018
Kate Ferguson
Nov 15, 2018
Status of paleontological projects on Santa Rosa Island
Nov 22, 2018
Nov 29, 2018
Hotel options, then Milke with Parade of Lights
Dec 06, 2018
Dec 13, 2018
Dec 20, 2018
Country Club
Dec 27, 2018
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Nov 01, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Annual Christmas Parade of Lights
Downtown Santa Maria
Dec 01, 2018
MEETING DATE:  October 4, 2018
Mike Buhring, Club President
FLAG SALUTE:  Kathy Simas
INVOCATION:  Ed Carcarey

GUESTS OF ROTARIANS:  Jon Wesner, Jason Franzia, Dave Fluty, and Julie Walker
Everyone who attended the Korean Rotary celebration with the Righetti. Ballet Folklorico Dance Group, enjoyed the evening.

Bakersfield District Conference: October 5th through 6th

CASA at the Club:  Saturday, December 6th. 4:00 @ SM Country Club

Dimensions in Dance: Allan Hancock College

Boys and Girls Club, Back a Youth Night: Thursday, Oct 11 @ 5:30 pm – Rail Road Facility B&G Club

Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Waiter Night: October 18 @ SM Country Club

Parade of Lights:  December 1.  We already have many entries signed up.  Bring your business cards for the Tabloid, which is published before the parade.

United Way AirFest:  is this weekend, they are  in need of volunteers  - Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00, and Sunday 10:00 to 4:00

Operation Surf: October 12 @ Ted and Beth Ortega’s house

Veterans’ Stand Down: October 20

Noontime Rotary’s Sips and Sombreros: November 3.  Our club has purchased a table for eight. Let Carol Bradfield know if you would like to attend.

Meeting Makeups
Members are encouraged to visit other Rotary Clubs when out of town or unable to attend one of our meetings.  Make Rotary part of your vacation and get your Club Banner from Secretary Ken Bradley to trade with your destination Rotary Club.
Rotarian of the Month
Our Rotarian of the month is Dan Blough:

We appreciate all his service, along with his wife Peggy.  Dan Bragged that he is driving a new Ford 150 Pick-up Truck, and said he would need another one soon.  He also bragged on a firend’s 80thbirthday and helping him celebrate on a 120 ft. fishing boat.  While as Rotarian of the month, his brag is free, Dan still wanted to donate $50 to the Veterans.  


Mark Bachman bragged on his sons’ birthdays and celebrating at the Hitching Post - $17.

Kathy Simas has been gone for a while.  She was on a trip to Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle, celebrating her anniversary - $40.

Lee Carroll bragged on Frank and Scottie Ortiz for hosting the Korean delegation dinner, it was a really good time.   He also bragged on his daughter’s great observation skills. She’s the one that noticed Dan’s new truck.  

Debbie Blow bragged on her Birthday that will be on Monday, and thanked those Rotarians who attend the OCAF Chalk Festival - $61.

Shannon Seifert emailed her $100 brag thanking all the Rotarians who supported the Y Golf Tournament. 



The following Rotarians were fined $30 each for not wearing their badge:

Abel Maldonado
Kate Ferguson
Lee Carroll


David Fluty provided our inspirational program for the day.  Mr. Fluty has lived in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego.  He recently retired from Sea World in San Diego, after working there for a little over 15 years.  He shared some of his work for Sea World, including some of the amazing people he met in his role in Human Resources.  In this work he had responsibility for planning celebrations, and fun things.  However, he also had to do the down side of human resources, which included a lot of counseling and coaching.  

The inspirational part of Mr. Fluty’s presentation however, was his story before he worked for Sea World. At one point he was close to homelessness. He had given up on alcohol and drugs and not consumed alcohol or an elicit drug since 1980.  He followed a good path for a number of years.  In the early 90s  a psychologist said he suffered from depression.  He had several good opportunities, but when he didn’t know what to do, or got stressed, he shut down.  He came to a crossroads and he wanted to take the easier, softer way. He didn’t drink, what he did was make a short term life decision that almost made a life ending decision - he went into a bank, and with a fake gun, asked them for money, this occurred more that once.  He was eventually sent to prison, but used this experience to make a difference in his life.  His inspirational story followed the lines of the Rotary Four Way Test.

50/50 Drawing
Mike Cardona & Abel Maldonado
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