Join the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara each Friday for presentations from local and international leaders in business, humanitarian service, nonprofits, government, and more. For the schedule of upcoming speakers click here, and be sure to arrive early and share lunch with our presenter and Club Members! (click here for the calendar)

PLEASE NOTE! In October of 2019 we’ll be meeting at Mulligans Cafe & Bar, 3500 McCaw Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA. See you there!

October 18, 2019
Kerri Burns
Santa Barbara Humane Society

The Santa Barbara Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare of animals and strives to provide a safe haven for homeless dogs and cats while we actively seek forever homes for them. The Society serves the community with a shelter, animal adoption services, a spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, humane education center, boarding kennels, and professional inspection and emergency response services.

Kerry Burns joined the SBHS as its Executive Director in February 2018.

Previously, Kerri served as Interim Executive Director for the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. Prior to joining Tree House, she served as President of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, and earlier was Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson. She previously managed Animal Emergency Services Programs for the American Humane Association, assisting animals through some of the nation’s greatest animal disasters. Well regarded for advancing private-nonprofit partnerships, Kerri also managed charitable giving for PetSmart Charities®. Additionally, Kerri was recognized with the American Humane Association’s Dennis White Award for her educational outreach on a variety of animal welfare topics.

October 25, 2019
Gene Urban
The Neuroscience of Magic with Gene Urban

Performing magic and mentalism at corporate events is at the core of Gene Urban’s work, taking him to 20+ countries including China, Thailand, Bermuda, Ireland, Italy, England, Canada, Mexico and more. With over 13,000 corporate shows under his belt, you can be assured Gene Urban has the skills, social grace and experience to guarantee a successful event.

November 1, 2019
Stan Roden and John D. Kelly
Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Its respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, CCL works towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.

November 8, 2019
Rhett Mauck and Denise Sanders
Search Dog Foundation

Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula, California. We offer professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments.

And we ensure lifetime care for every dog in our program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again.

There are currently 78 SDF-trained Canine Disaster Search Teams located in Baja California, California, Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Thanks to mutual aid agreements between counties, cities and states, these precious, life-saving resources can be deployed regionally and nationally to make sure that when disaster strikes, no one is left behind.

November 15, 2019
Melissa Moreno
SBCC School of Extended Learning

Melissa Moreno, JD, assumed the role of vice president of SBCC’s School of Extended Learning in February 2019.

Moreno has been with Santa Barbara City College for more than 10 years, beginning in 2008 when she started full-time at the college, founding the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

She continued as director of the center until July 2014, when she assumed the role of dean of educational programs over business division programs, high school dual enrollment programs, the district’s noncredit programs, and the Cosmetology Academy.

Since June 2017, she has been the interim vice president of the School of Extended Learning, which includes all of the district’s noncredit programs, fee-based programs, contract education, several off-campus programs, and the Cosmetology Academy.

November 22, 2019
Offsite Event – Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant
525 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The City’s Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant uses state-of-the-art technology and design practices to reduce electrical demand and environmental impacts, while providing a critical water supply for the City.

The plant produces three million gallons of drinking water per day. This is equivalent to 3,125 acre-feet of water annually or about 30 percent of the City’s demand. The desalination plant is an important part of the City’s water supply portfolio which also includes surface water from Cachuma and Gibraltar reservoirs, groundwater, State water, purchased water, recycled water, and conservation.

The capital costs to reactivate the facility were $72 million financed over 20 years with a low 1.6 percent interest rate loan, which equates to $4.2 million per year in debt service. In 2018, the City was awarded a $10 million dollar grant from the Department of Water Resources, which significantly reduced the overall cost of the project. The grant came from Proposition 1, a Water Bond passed by voters in 2014 to provide funding for water quality, supply, and infrastructure improvements. Annual operating costs are estimated to be about $4.1 million at full production and about $1.5 million in non-operation or standby mode. The plant could be put in standby mode during certain periods to reduce operating costs.

In 2015, City Council awarded IDE Americas, Inc. a design/build/operate contract to re-commission the desalination plant. Construction was finished in summer 2017 and the desalination plant began distributing water to City customers. The plant design includes a screened ocean intake structure equipped with openings of one millimeter, diluted and diffused brine discharge, and high-efficiency pumps and motors to reduce the plant’s overall electrical power demands.

November 29, 2019
No Meeting – Thanksgiving Holiday

December 6, 2019
Town Hall With Club Members
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Business Meeting