ROTARY CLUB OF SANTA BARBARA

Serving Santa Barbara And The World Since 1918.

CLUB MEETINGS

Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Meeting

First and third Friday of each month.


Brass Bear Uptown
3302 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

View our Calendar to see upcoming meeting dates.
Time: 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SANTA BARBARA

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara was chartered by Rotary International on January 1, 1918 and has been serving those in need in Santa Barbara, our region, and the world since.

Our Club Members are dedicated to community service projects, both at home and abroad, including supporting foster youth in Santa Barbara County, working with Mayan families in Guatemala, and more.

Rotary Club of Santa Barbara members are a diverse group of local leaders in business, non-profits, education, government, and more.

Are you interested in making Santa Barbara, and the world a better place. Join our next meeting and talk with members about how to get involved!
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
Karri Burns, CEO SB County Humane Society
Feb 17, 2023 12:00 PM
Domestic Pet Situation in SB County
Marshall Howen, President and Founder Sunrise 805
Mar 03, 2023 12:00 PM
Unraveling Options for Electric Power
Ex-Presidents of the Santa Barbara Rotary Club
Mar 17, 2023 12:00 PM
Exciting Moments from Santa Barbara Rotary
Chuck Flacks, Goleta Homeless Coordinator
Mar 31, 2023 12:00 PM
Addressing Homelessness on the South Coast
Steven Zipperstein, Attorn and Middle East Expert
Apr 07, 2023 12:00 PM
The Middle East Conflict -- It's History and Legal Issues
UPCOMING EVENTS
RECENT ROTARY NEWS
Join us at the new Brass Bear Uptown, across the street from the Municipal Golf Course and the former location of Stella's.
 
Brass Bear Uptown
3302 McCaw Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
You missed a good one!  We had a very nice program this past week at the Owner of the new Santa Barbara Professional Soccer Team “The Santa Barbara Sky” was our speaker.  Peter Moore gave us an inside look at what to expect with the new team coming to town starting play in the Spring of 2024.  I can tell you as well they are really looking to make an impact in the community. 
 
We learned a little about one of our members, Lindsey Leonard.  Lindsey is the Executive Director of the Alzheimers Association Central Coast Chapter. She grew up in Santa Cruz and also had a long-term stint working for the United Boys & Girls Clubs having been the Club Director of our Westside Club. 
 
We tried a new venue this week and we are going to make it a permanent home for us for at least the remainder of my term as President of the Club.  Great feedback on the food, the venue.  Parking was an issue but was due to construction that will be cleared up by our next meeting.  I am 100% confident you will ALL love this new venue. 
 
Those of you that were able to attend also learned that I am NOT adopted and my birthday is July 30th NOT July 31st (you really need to be there to get these inside jokes)
 
All my best,
 
Michael Baker
President 2022-2023
Since 2014 members of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara have been traveling annually to Guatemala to do volunteer work. Because of COVID we weren't able to schedule trips in 2021 and 2022. We're eagerly looking forward to what will be our eighth visit to Guatemala this year for international service.
 
Our partner organization in Guatemala since 2014, Mayan Families, recently changed its name to Natun in order to reflect their focus on strengthening the indigenous Mayan community.
 
A short video which explains the work of Natun can be clicked below or found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt_5a8OnmaQ
 
 
 
This year we will be flying from LAX to Guatemala City on Friday, March 24th and returning to California on Sunday, April 2nd. We are currently working with Natun to determine the volunteer work to be performed this year. In previous years the work performed has included installation of high-efficiency wood burning stoves, set-up of water filters, supporting nutrition programs and some construction work. Work assignments are made based on the skills and interests of participants.
 
It is estimated that the costs for each participant will total about $1,950:
~ $800 round-trip airfare LAX to GUA arranged by particpants
~ $850 lodging and meal package for our stay in Panajachel
~ $300 for other miscellaneous costs
 
On the night of arrival in Guatemala and on the night prior to returning to California we'll be staying in the Barcelo hotel, a modern comfortable hotel which is a short distance from the Guatemala City Airport. In Panajachel we'll be staying in comfortable lodging that we've used before.
 
Participants don't need to have any knowledge of Spanish. There will also be time for sightseeing. Typically we stop in the historic town of Antigua during our return to Guatemala City.
 
We will be spending most of our time in the small tourist town of Panajachel which is on the shores of Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America. Panajachel is at an elevation of about 5,200 feet which gives it a comfortable year-round climate.
 
We hope that you'll be able to join us this year.
 
To get more information or to indicate a desire to participate you can contact Bill Dutton billdutton5@msn.com or Don Jack donaldjack@verizon.net
We are pleased to announce our Club's Board of Directors for the Rotary Year 2023-2024. It's going to be another great year!
 
President 2023-2024: Garrett Gruendyke
President Elect Nominee: Jim Armstrong
Immediate Past President: Michael Baker
Youth and RYLA: Margo Byrne
Vocational: Dan Herlinger
International: Don Jack  
Membership: Steve Baker
Club Services: Jennifer LeMert
Web Master: Chris Clemens
Awards Chair: David Irwin
Treasurer: Matt Nehmer