October Bulletin
President's Message
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Hello Los Olivos Rotary Club Members!
I hope this finds you well and “acclimated” to the new year – 2021. Your Olive Branch editorial staff took a hiatus from publishing a January 2021 edition so now I’m delighted to share our February 2021 issue with you.

As you know in the December Olive Branch I listed the things we as a club had been doing for our community – and in the midst of a pandemic we really did some wonderful things while remaining safe and healthy through it all. I’m super proud of our members who pitched in with our 2020 service projects and, for that, I thank you so very much.
Rotary District Update
The Club Presidents in our District 5240 have been given a directive that until the end of this Rotary year (June 30) all clubs will conduct their meetings virtually. That means our club will continue to meet on ZOOM until that time. It is wonderful to know that meeting virtually has not deterred our club members from gathering on screen each week to “see” each other, catch up on Rotary club news and enjoy our programs. Suffice it to say, my President year 2020-2021 will go down in club history as the “Year of ZOOM” where we met virtually for the entire 12 months!
Member Satisfaction Survey
You will be receiving a Member Satisfaction Questionnaire via Survey Monkey in the next few days and I hope you will take a few minutes (it is not long) to answer the questions. There will be instructions on the questionnaire as to how to complete and return.
Financial Update
At this time it seems fitting to give you a six-month update on our club financial standing. Currently we are down in our Annual Dues and club weekly dues income and we are facing RI and District dues to pay.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this Rotary year we normally pay a club meeting fee of $8 per week when we attend a meeting. This $8 fee each week or $24 per month ($8 x 3 meetings/mo) is what allows our club to pay its District and RI annual dues – and the dues total $4,608. These are mandatory dues for our club.
In addition, we have pledged $4,000 to pay to the RI Foundation Annual Fund and that must be paid by May. So you can see that our club meeting fees are very important. If you have not been sending in a check each month for $24 or a check covering several months of club meeting fees I encourage you to do so as soon possible. Send to: Los Olivos Rotary, P.O. Box 903, Los Olivos, CA 93441 Or you can now pay online through PayPal. Just click HERE. Thanks!
2021 Fundraiser
A small band of energetic members have been meeting to figure out a manageable wine oriented virtual fundraiser to hold on the usual Jazz & Olive date – the first Saturday in June . Many ideas have been considered but the most viable plan is being drafted now by John Mathews and his team. Stay tuned….
Let’s Have some Fun!
I have been thinking that since our club members are a competitive bunch we’ll have some fun contests and brain teasers at a few of our club meetings. The “contests” will be announced prior to the meeting so you won’t be caught unaware. I hear there could be prizes…
Trick or Treat and Beyond
It was fun to work alongside the Youth Empowered Leadership Team of kids as we stuffed 75 treat bags for the children of families who partake in the Bethania food distribution each Tuesday. Dunn School students also stuffed 75 treat bags and Alice reported that they had a great time and are looking forward to next month’s bag stuffing. Both groups did a fantastic job and they truly enjoyed working on this worthwhile project. The bags for both boys and girls this past week had a Halloween theme. The bags were filled with fun little toys like colored pens, stickers, “fake” teeth, bubbles and, of course, Halloween candy. We heard that the Halloween treat bags were a bit hit and now we’re getting excited to plan what holiday themed goodies will go into the December treat bags.
District Conference, Nov. 6-8, 2020
I want to put in a plug for the 2020 District Conference coming up November 6-8.
District 5240 has worked hard to create a virtual conference that will be packed with inspirational speakers, informative presentations, fun activities and time to meet your fellow District members in other clubs. The District does a very good job with its virtual meetings and I highly encourage you to register for the Conference. And…it’s free for you to attend! The Club will pay for your registration ($25) so when you sign up for
the District Conference just let Judy know and she will reimburse you the registration fee. Here is the link to register for the 2020 District 5240 Conference. Remember, you’re good at ZOOM now so jump on in and join some great people of action!
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Los Olivos
Los Olivos Rotary
The Little Club That Can and Does
Thursdays at 5:15 PM
Santa Ynez Valley Community Center
2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue
Los Olivos, CA 93441
United States of America
During the pandemic we are conducting Zoom meetings. Please email our Club President for details.
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