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!
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.
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
At our last meeting, we welcomed Linda Cole from African Women Rising to talk about work in Uganda to help women recover from war. We also met Staci Hendricks from Peabody Charter School, who received our final Teacher Recognition Award of the year. It was a heartwarming and inspiring meeting.
This Friday we can look forward to officially inducting new members to our club! Please join us on Zoom to celebrate Andrew Hicks, Greg Knowles, and Judie Lugo from the Police Activities League (corporate membership), as they become Rotarians!
This week our speaker is Max Tyler from the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. Max will tell us about the work of the Foundation, which includes efforts to collect, maintain, and catalogue items of interest to Santa Cruz Island and other Channel Islands. It should be a very interesting presentation!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Greetings from Chicago! I'm grateful to be on my first trip outside of California in over a year and a half. As someone who used to travel frequently for work and for fun, the extended period at home in beautiful Santa Barbara has been a big change for me. While I'm grateful for the extra time at home with my daughter, I am now thrilled to be back in a big city, enjoying new sights. And one of the best sights so far was finding this plaque marking the location of the first Rotary Club meeting in 1905. I am proud to be part of an institution that has stood for service to others for over a century.
I'm looking forward to seeing you on Zoom this Friday, May 21. We will have a full meeting with our final presentation of our Teacher Appreciation Award. We will also welcome Linda Cole from African Women Rising. She will talk about the impact of war on women in Africa. African Women Rising works in Uganda to empower women after conflict by providing technical skills and support for success via education, agriculture, and microfinance training. I'm sure it will be an interesting and enlightening presentation.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Stacey Pres
Bob Hansen is on hospice but is doing well. He is living in a facility owned by Katerina Zamyatina. If you would like to have a short visit (30 minutes or less) with Bob please be in touch with Katerina. I'm sure he'd love to see you.