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Santa Maria Urban Ministry Donation Drive

Greeter for the day was Karen Anderson

Chris Potter lead the group for the Pledge of Allegiance

Doug Bent gave an inspiration on a story about a professor who asked the students to write their thoughts on a black dot in the center of a paper. Everyone wrote their own interpretation of what the dot signifies but forgot to focus on the white paper itself.  The moral of the story is “Take your eyes away from the black dots in your lives and see the whole page of opportunity. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!”
Doug Bent was also featured for the weekly member spotlight
Mike Norcia gave a heads up for the upcoming Great Race which is tentatively scheduled sometime in late May or early June as the county is moving into less restrictions.
Jamie Hekkelman gave an update on the bike drive that she and Patti Vanderburg were involved with. She reported that they received some interesting types of bikes including the oldest from the 1950’s which was from Jamie’s grandmother. John Pencer donated the most interesting bike while Andrew Howard gave the smallest bike. Donated bikes went to Good Karma Bikes, a nonprofit Bike Shop open to the public.
Maddie announced that the First Thursday would be at Flights Restaurant in Los Gatos from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Barbara Fishman announced a new volunteer and service opportunity for the club. She presented the Santa Maria Urban Ministry in San Jose who accepts donations for the those in need. She will send out an e-mail for more details and information regarding this. You can also view more information on our club website by clicking here
Marty Fishman reminded the group that if’s time for the annual “Roast & Toast”. If the pandemic continues to subside, everything should go well as planned. More details to follow. 

Some club announcements...

Patti Vanderburg introduced the speaker for the day.

Adjunct professor of English, Comparative Literature and Creative Writing, at San Jose City College, Jan was born in Pullman, Washington, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of African Americans of San Francisco, African Americans of Monterey County, and African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County, all published by Arcadia Publishing company, Images of America Series.   
Her presentation focused on the Black Pioneers and the historical account of the leaders of Bay Area African American communities from the 1780’s to the present. 
Next week’s program will be a very interesting one. 
Some final thoughts..