Serving Santa Barbara And The World Since 1918.


Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Meeting

Every 2 weeks on Friday
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Time: 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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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!
Our last meeting of the 2020-21 Rotary year is our first in-person meeting in 15 months! We are looking forward to being back together and enjoying each other's fellowship. Join us this Friday for a lunch meeting at Opal Restaurant. The meeting will include a delicious lunch, followed by a meeting highlighting our accomplishments this year as a club. We will also celebrate our local grant recipients and hear from Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Santa Barbara Police Activities League, SEE International, and Casa Serena. Please register by Wednesday, June 16 at 5:00 pm.
The meeting will be 12:00 - 1:30 pm at Opal Restaurant, 1325 State Street. Please contact Jennifer LeMert with any questions. 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
It was a joy to induct three new members to our club at our last meeting. Andrew Hicks, Greg Knowles, and Judie Lugo from the Police Activities League (corporate membership), all became Rotarians!
We also heard a wonderful presentation from Max Tyler, representing the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. Max shared some of the history of Santa Cruz and the other Channel Islands. Several members expressed an interest in joining a service project with the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, and we hope to plan something with them in the future.
The end of the Rotary year is upon us! We have two events to mark the transition from one year to the next. This Friday, June 18, we will have our last meeting of the year and we are thrilled that it will be in-person at Opal Restaurant! We are following Rotary International and District 5240 guidance to meet in accordance with local and state public health guidelines. We hope you can join us. Register online so we can give an accurate count to the restaurant. We will be looking back over this year of service to our community, and we will celebrate local organizations that recently received grants from our Club’s Foundation. We will hear from Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Santa Barbara Police Activities League, SEE International, and Casa Serena.
On June 25, the last Friday of the year, we will return to one of our great transition traditions with a Step Down party. Bob and Kim Fatch are kindly hosting this event at their home. I’d like to thank the 2021 RCSB Step Down Planning Committee: Michael Baker, Mike Bieza, Jennifer LeMert, and Matt Nehmer. Please see the information below and be sure to register online. Partners, friends, and family members, including kids, are welcome to join us.
Yours in Rotary Service,

You’re invited to the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara 2021 Step Down. Join us for a special in-person event in honor of Stacey Lydon, our 2020-2021 Club President and our club's 103rd year of serving the community. 

Program: Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres beginning at 5:30 p.m., champagne toast and program at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 for RCSB members and guests

RSVP: register here. To help support this special evening while providing flexibility, members who RSVP will be billed for the event in their July invoice

Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Bob and Kim Fatch for hosting the event and the 2021 RCSB Step Down Planning Committee: Michael Baker, Mike Bieza, Jennifer LaMert, and Matt Nehmer

The Santa Barbara Rotary Club Foundation is looking for members of the club who would be willing to serve on its Board of Directors.  There are three openings on the Board for four year terms that begin July 1.
The Club Foundation is the non-profit arm of the club that manages an investment portfolio of $700,000 and makes grants each year to organizations in our community.  The Board meets four to five times a year for about an hour and a half.  The Board also has two major committees: the Investment Committee and the Grants Committee.
In accordance with the Foundation Bylaws, the Nominating Committee is composed of Dean Axelrod, Past-President, Stacey Lydon, President, and Matt Nehmer, President-Elect.
If you would like to be considered for the Foundation Board of Directors, or have any questions about the Foundation Board, contact Jim Armstrong, current Foundation Board Chair.  He can be reached at 805-886-9688 and his email address is  Please also free free to reach out to Dean, Stacey or Matt.