Tag archives: Maria McCall

Costa Rican Escapades
By Richard Mineards   |   February 20, 2024

Maria McCall, founder of Montecito Bank & Trust’s MClub, chose the perfect time to leave town and fly to Costa Rica to see the natural wonders. During the torrential downpours in our Eden by the Beach the tony troupe went whitewater rafting, zip lining and hiking through a private primary forest reserve in the canton […]

MClub Off to Tokyo
By Richard Mineards   |   March 21, 2023

The cultural treasures of Japan also beckon for members of Montecito Bank & Trust’s MClub, a concierge travel club for premier customers. Thirty members gathered at the University Club for a talk with Hiroko Benko, bubbly owner of the Condor Express whale-watching vessel, whose relative is the country’s 13th Grand Tea Master, and club director […]

Hippocrates and Modern Medicine
By Lynda Millner   |   April 26, 2022

The Rape of Hippocrates is a book written by Dr. Roger Dunham, a local retired physician. Montecito Bank & Trust sponsored his appearance at their Lunch and Learn event in April, at the Santa Barbara Club. Maria McCall is the director of that active group of goers and doers. As we sat outside in the […]

Paying it Forward
By Richard Mineards   |   December 7, 2021

It was a very in-tents occasion when Montecito Bank & Trust erected a giant marquee in the rotunda at the Hilton for its 17th annual Community Dividends lunch when $1 million was given to 179 worthy organizations from the local community. The late Mike Towbes, founder of the bank, always described the event as his […]

On a Mission
By Lynda Millner   |   November 9, 2021

Janet Dowling Sands is “On a Mission” with her new book of the same name. The Lunch & Learn gang led by Maria McCall from the Montecito Bank & Trust met at the Santa Barbara Club to do just that — Lunch & Learn. Janet has developed a unique perspective to the story of the […]

The Sistine Chapel
By Lynda Millner   |   September 5, 2019

Part two of Lynda’s journey to Orange County with MClub.  Right now, there is even more to see at the Christ Cathedral campus –Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel exhibit. This traveling exhibition is on display at the Christ Cathedral Cultural Center. When I was in Rome in the 1960s the ceiling was 47 feet above my head […]

Gaviota Coast Conservancy
By Lynda Millner   |   July 11, 2019

Right in our own backyard sits one of the most beautiful and threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world, the Gaviota Coast. “We should never take this 72-mile long stretch of coast for granted,” said Gaviota Coast Conservancy (GCC) board member Phil McKenna. We were gathered at the Santa Barbara Club for another Lunch & Learn […]

Pompeii
By Lynda Millner   |   January 10, 2019

Montecito Bank & Trust’s MClub, directed by Maria McCall, was traveling on one of their day trips to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for the Pompeii exhibition to experience over 150 original, 2,000-year-old Pompeiian artifacts. Since I lived in “Napoli” for three years and visited nearby Pompeii several times, this was a must for my […]

You Can Go Back
By Lynda Millner   |   November 29, 2018

Who says you can’t go back? I did and had a fabulous time reminiscing the old and enjoying the new with my husband, Don. That was in Coronado, California, where I was a new bride “a thousand years ago.”  My then-husband Cork was a Navy carrier pilot who was stationed at North Island in Coronado. […]

MClub Lunch and Learn
By Lynda Millner   |   June 7, 2018

Montecito Bank & Trust sponsors the MClub, which offers various travel trips. Today we met at the Santa Barbara Club, courtesy of president/CEO George Leis, who is a member and he welcomed everyone. Maria McCall is in charge of MClub and instigates some special outings and programs. This day, it was with Ken Richardson, who […]

Splendid Slippers
By Lynda Millner   |   April 12, 2018

It was time for another MClub meeting called “Lunch & Learn” at the Santa Barbara Club, this time with guest speaker Beverley Jackson telling us about “Splendid Slippers – The Chinese Practice of Foot Binding.” The MClub is a travel club that is part of the Montecito Bank and Trust run by Maria McCall. We […]