THE ROTATOR

Fellow Rotarians,

Last week we had a good turnout to hear Andy Caldwell give us his opinions on government at all different levels.  This week we have Salud Carbajal as our program and hope we have another good turnout.   These programs are very important to everyone in the Santa Maria Valley, so lt's invite our friends and business associates.

I understand that the Valentine's Dinner at Trattoria Uliveto was a very good time for everyone.  Besides the great food of Alphonso Curti we had entertainment and lots of wine.  Many thanks to Scott Dunn for putting that together.

Please remember your hygiene items for the Green Bucket this week.

Thank you,  Cynthia

 This Week's Program

       Salud Carbajal  

U.S. Representative




Last Week’s Meeting
Wilma Butfit
Classification:  Airline Seat Tester
President Cynthia called the meeting to order at 12:10 PM.  Lynda Gantt delivered the Invocation and Carlie Engel led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Laura Segura introduced Michael Hunstad from the Grover Beach Club.  President Cynthia introduced Molly Schiff and Alex Magana from the Rotaract Club.
There were a few visitors to the meeting.  President Cynthia introduced her son Sam.  Scott Dunn introduced Andy Caldwell, our speaker.  James (Jaime) Stoddard introduced Mark Steller from Old Town Market.  John Henning introduced his wife Sharon.


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Scott Dunn introduced Andy Caldwell our speaker.  He believes that we are living in a “Post Truth Society.”  By that he means that there is no truth.  What we feel something is, is what it is.  Personally I feel like I’m George Clooney, and therefore I am George Clooney, at least everyone tells me that.  The first tenant of the Four Way Test is “Is it the truth.”  This goes against the beliefs of the Post Truth Society.  Sooner or later the Post Truth Society will have to deal with the Four Way Test.  People sometimes confuse freedom of opportunity and freedom of outcomes, but they will never be the same.  Younger people seem to not know the roots of liberty and the responsibilities of freedom.  There is no such thing as free anything, everything has a price.  Once the government gives something away it is very difficult to take it away.  In our country there are 7 million jobs that pay $50,000 or more that are going unfilled because the companies cannot find candidates who have the appropriate skill sets.  Seventy percent of Californians want to leave the state.  Just think if they all did leave the state, that would solve the housing crisis for those who stayed.  Ever since California adopted an apportionment of State Senators based on population the Democrats in the Bay area and Los Angeles have controlled the State legislature.

We then had a check presentation to the Rotaract Club.  We presented them with a check for $3650 for their handling of the silent auction.  Molly Schiff and Alex Magana accepted the check.

Fine Master Ken Dally was AWOL, so we all got to keep all of our hard earned money.  But doesn't that beg the question, "Where was he if he wasn't at Rotary?"  Inquiring minds want to know.

Secretary Heather Weare read the list of candidates for next year's Board:
               President – Fred Donati
               President Elect – Virginia Perry Souza
               Immediate Past President – Cynthia Schur
               Secretary – Alli Borja
               Treasurer – Heather Weare
               International Service – Bob Curry
               Club Service – Jim Talbott
               Vocational Service – Yvonne Biely
               Community Service – John Henning
               Youth Service – Danielle Martinez
               Co-director – Cynthia Schur
               Co-director – James Stoddard
               Rotary Foundation – Tom Martinez
               Bulletin Editor – Jim Talbott
               Sheriff – Ken Dally
               Sergeant at Arms – Carlie Engel
               Weekly Speakers – Scott Dunn
               Weekly Speakers – Bob Frias
               Pyramid Builder - Ron Nanning (I just tossed that one in there to see if you were paying attention)
President Cynthia reminded us that we need to get the charitable giving applications in by the end of the month.
The Valentine’s Dinner was this past Saturday.
The Mardi Gras party is at Fred Donati’s on February 22nd, whether Fred knows it or not.
Tom Allen had the Exemption Badge.  He is a 1961 graduate of Santa Maria High School, along with Fred Donati  and Alice Patino.  He talked about a lot of things, but he said that he has always not been afraid of asking what he didn’t know.  He liked to pretend he was a fighter pilot in the B29’s at Hancock College.   He always worked when he was going through college or law school and that made him appreciate his education. Yvonne Biely has the Exemption Badge next week.
President Cynthia welcomed back Past President Laura Mohajer after a long absence.
There was $3.1 million in the 50/50 raffle.  Jaime Stoddard was the winner, but he lost his lucky rabbit’s foot when it was time to select the white marble.
President Cynthia adjourned the meeting at 1:10 PM.
March Madness Is Coming





The Green Bucket Returns
Every year on February 2nd Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his lair, looks for his shadow, and predicts whether western Pennsylvania will have an early spring or six more weeks of winter.  Every year on February 14th men buy flowers and chocolates for their spouses or girlfriends, in hopes that the spouses or girlfriends will let them lie on the couch all weekend and watch sports on TV.  Every year on February 1st the Green Bucket reappears from the dark recesses of my garage and makes its way to the check in table at our club until the end of March, in hopes that Rotarians will fill it each week with soaps, shampoos, lotions, mouth washes, toothbrushes, and other hygiene items that they have appropriated from hotels.  In April we have a stuffing party in the Santa Maria where we stuff these hygiene items into Ziploc bags, which we give to the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter or to Catholic Charities.
I will bet that some of the newer members of our club do not know how this ritual started.  Long ago and far away, well, not really all that long ago and not so far away, there was a troll named Travis living under a bridge in the garden spot of Maricopa.  He was doing his troll thing, scaring any passersby and shaking them down for anything he could get for the privilege of letting them cross his bridge.  It was a pretty good life, but a solitary life.  Trolls live alone because they have no sense of hygiene.  Consequently they can’t even stand to be in the company of other trolls. At times he did wonder what it would be like to have a companion.  One day a Rotarian was walking on his bridge and as he had done hundreds of times before he tried to scare the Rotarian and take his packages as part of his Travis Troll Toll.  The Rotarian was not scared in the least by the trolls ugly countenance, and was in fact sympathetic to the Travis, who asked, “Why are you not scared of me?  What is wrong with you?”  The Rotarian replied, “Why, my dear friend, I am a Rotarian, you know a “good deed doer.  I am going to help you.”  The Travis answered, “I don’t need your help.  I’m perfectly happy the way I am.   Now I’m going to take your packages and you can cross my bridge.”  The Rotarian was not going to be intimidated, “You think you don’t need my help.  Well, how come you skin is green and your breath smells like buffalo flatulence?  Think about it, you need my help.”  Travis was stunned and didn’t know what to do, “OK how are you going to help me?”  The Rotarian answered, “Just come with me.”  He took the Travis back to his hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Maricopa, and using many bottles of the complementary hygiene items he got the Travis looking and smelling decidedly untroll-like, maybe even pleasant.  Travis looked in the mirror and then smelled his breath.  Tears of joy rolled down his formerly green cheeks.  “I don’t look so bad anymore, and I think I smell pretty good,” said Travis.  The Rotarian added, “I think you could say that you look ruggedly handsome, and some female troll would be happy to spend time with you. As a matter of fact, Travis, I would like you to meet someone I helped right before I met you.”  At that he opened the door to the hallway and there stood Tiana the Troll.  It was love at first sight and smell. Travis announced, “I am forever in your debt, Mr. Rotarian.  You have changed my life forever, and now I am going to help you change the lives of trolls and other persons lacking in hygiene items.  I will help you collect hygiene items from all the hotels in Maricopa so we can give them to persons needing them.  When we finish in Maricopa we will move on to Santa Maria.  We can collect these items in a green bucket.  It has to be green as a reminder to myself of the former color of my skin and what a difference hygiene has made in my life.”   Rotary changes lives.  And that is how the Green Bucket came to Santa Maria.
                        UPCOMING EVENTS & GUEST SPEAKERS
February 18th...Congressman Salud Carbajal
February 22 ... Mardi Gras Party at Fred Donati's
February 25th...Art Fisher, Carpinteria Solar Project
March 5th...Jon Wooten, Allen Hancock College Foundation
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