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Posted on October 21 at 9:20 a.m.
As the former director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (beginning way back in 1972 up to 1994), I can attest to the fact that Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is part of the DNA of the city; it is the only institution of its kind educating us about the native plants of the region and the Channel Islands. Because donations for this nonprofit, as with most such agencies, do not meet all of the needs of the organization, it must seek ways to attract audiences. Status quo means stagnation -- visits are infinitely postponable, the willingness to provide charitable financial support low on the personal priority list.
A true welcome to the new director would be to great him with a willingness to ask how we can help as well as listen to his and the staff's plans for revitalization. Consider measurable growth in membership -- in numbers and in dollars. The opportunity is there. Take it and Santa Barbara will be a better place.
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