Serving Santa Barbara And The World Since 1918.


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)


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!
Show your LOVE for the Rotary!
Rotary Cares Duffel Bag project – All members should buy one (1) bag.
First off, thank you Jennifer LeMert & Lindsey Leonard for making the wonderful connection with The Youth Fosters Program and providing the club an introduction to partner with Gustave Prado, Department Business Specialist for Adult and Children Services. In addition, a special thanks to all the Rotary members that showed up at Chicago Title to help pack 100 bags for the Youth Fosters Program. A special thanks to Jennifer LeMert, Steve Peterson, Dan Hellinger, Bob Fatch, Lindsey and Destiny, Stacy & Samara, Rosemary Rice, Steve Baker, Bruce McDonald, and Jim Armstrong (scroll down to see photos of Rotarians in Action). Thank you to all members if I happen to miss a name. Please reach out to your company, organization, or family, speak about our cause and how The Santa Barbara Rotary Club is making a difference for the youth of Santa Barbara and along the Central Coast.  Get loud, get active and donate today!
Hot, hot, hot – Upcoming speaker Friday 09/15/2023 at the Brass Bear, The Santa Barbara Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Lee Abbott, Executive Director, and Producer of the film "Disaster at Devil's Jaw".  Based on the largest peacetime naval disaster, this gripping documentary explores the fatal night of September 8, 1923, when seven speeding destroyers of the U.S. Navy crashed into the ragged California coastline, having ignored all signs of their impending doom. Reconstructing the human factors that led to this monumental shipwreck and the life-saving lessons that can be drawn from it. Don't miss out, register today!
RCSB meeting planned for 09/29/2023 at the Brass Bear. This will be our program for the last Friday in September. Marta joined Lancaster Sunrise Rotary in 2005 serving two terms as Club president, receiving co-President of the year for District 5260 during her first term. She has served five years as Assistant District Governor, was a multi-year District Trainor and Group Study Exchange (GSE) member, staff member and Director.  In 2015 Marta moved to Ventura County and joined the Oxnard Rotary Club, in District 5240. Prior to being chosen as District Governor Designate in 2021, she served the District as the PRLS (Practical Rotary Leadership Seminars) Director for two years and as District Trainer for three years.  Marta is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, Major Donor and achieved PRLS and Master PRLS Graduate in 2006.
Marta is Co-Founder and CEO of Smart Coast California and has had a long and successful career in housing and community development in California and Nevada. She accepted this position in February 2023, following eight years as the Government Affairs Director for Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS®.  
IMPACT REPORTING - I will start mentioning impact reporting and spending time reviewing what it means. Rotary wants to start keeping track of all the effort, sweat and tears that go into every service project. Take a note on how much time was involved, members that helped and final accomplishments. All this information will then go into one database to show the value of volunteering and the impact being made. 
Thank you for your service, effort, and support with the Santa Barbara Rotary Club.
President 2023-2024
Garrett R. Gruendyke 
Kathleen Blake, Suzy Herlinger, Steve Peterson and Rich Wilkie making oral hygiene bags at Direct Relief, July 24, 2023.
Share your LOVE for the Rotary! 
Please take a moment to say a blessing for everyone in Lahaina Hawaii. This devastating wildfire rushed through the historic town of Lahaina, leaving nothing in its path.  I would encourage our members to reach out to our fellow Rotary club of Lahaina to see if we can offer support from our club.
I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Old Spanish Days celebration in Santa Barbara. If any of our fellow Rotarians have any pictures of themselves with family or friends "dropping it like it's hot" please send them to Chris Clemens or Connie Green.
Please get loud about our efforts to support the Youth Foster's program of Santa Barbara. Often kids are removed from abusive homes in the middle of the night with nothing but what they're wearing at that moment, maybe some pajamas and that's it. Our club is leading the Rotary Cares Duffel Bag Project, lending a helping hand by donating 100 overnight/travel bags for these kids to call their very own. The cost of each bag is $107.00.  If you would like to get involved and donate a bag, please email Jennifer LeMert at  Thank you to Jennifer LeMert and all members that are actively working on this beautiful project.
Upcoming events, Fundraiser for Ukraine, "Eyes of War – Eyes of Hope" 100 Portraits of Ukrainian Refugees by Rich Wilkie, Santa Barbara Artist and Alex Gorelik, San Juan Bautista Artist. The event will start for viewing August 15th thru 18th from 10am to 4pm. Our fellow Rotarian Rich Wilke has asked for volunteers to help set up the reception Friday August 18th, 4pm to 8pm. The event will be located at 631 Garden Street – Community Arts Workshop. Please reach out to Rich Wilke at for more event information. All profits from the event will be donated to the people of Ukraine through local non-profits.  
Back to School Joint Service Project, Sunrise Rotary and Kiwanis are holding a collaboration service project to clothe 100 children from Cleveland School. The event will be held on Saturday August 12, 2023, from 7:30am to 11:00am at 1137 State Street (Old Navy), Santa Barbara. Kiwanis and Rotarian volunteers will work together to help children and their parents shop for a pair of shoes, clothes, and a jacket at Old Navy. All children will also receive a new backpack full of school supplies and enjoy a meal courtesy of McDonalds. To participate, and last-minute information please reach out to Diana Washburn at   
Upcoming speaker August 18, The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara is pleased to welcome Past District Governor Wade Nomura to address our club regarding Rotary International's efforts to bring fresh water to Haiti. Wade is a well-known international speaker and workshop leader who has experience as a global humanitarian, community leader, successful businessman and champion athlete. Wade has presented to over 200,000 people across 15 countries, illuminating on how to maximize success, create impactful projects, and enhance team performance, through presentations ranging from conference keynotes to hands on workshops. To learn more about Wade Nomura and his international Rotarian impact, register for the event and come prepared to be amazed! 
Be sure to check out the Rotary International Website and projects around the globe.  A couple interesting highlights…
United States - At Folsom State Prison in California, small groups of inmates have shifted gears through a project of the nearby Rotary Club of Cameron Park. Since 2007 the club in the Sacramento area has collected used bicycles and delivered them to Folsom, where inmates repair them. Rotarians deliver as many as 500 of the refashioned rides each year to school children from low-income households and to organizations serving homeless people, veterans, refugees, and families displaced by wildfires. “The bike refurbishing program not only provides valuable skills and opportunities for our inmates, but it also allows them to give back to our community in a meaningful way,” notes Tracy Johnson, Folsom’s acting warden. “Although it’s a step toward rehabilitation, it’s a big leap toward creating positive change.” The club spends about $1,200 a year on the project. “I look at this as a win-win program,” says Don Fuller, the club’s immediate past president. “We’re picking up bikes that people don’t want. The inmates get a sense of satisfaction.” (Information credited to Rotary International)
Uruguay - The Rotary Club of Fray Bentos scooped up 320 servings of paella during a cook-off that has raised thousands of dollars for activities since 2016. Under the guidance of chef Eduardo Casales of La Tomasa restaurant, 23 of the club’s members peeled and cut vegetables to fill giant pans with the rice dish in April during this year’s event, which raised about $2,800. The secret ingredient? “The high quality of the inputs used added to the flavor that maintains this traditional paella,” along with the charitable deeds enabled by the proceeds, says Alfredo Batista Fernández, a past club president. The club, which maintains a bank of wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and canes loaned at no charge to people in need, has devoted the proceeds from the food sales to related causes, including the construction of 16 wheelchair-accessible ramps throughout the city of Fray Bentos, as well as at schools. (Information credited to Rotary International)
Indonesia - The Rotary Club of Jakarta Metropolitan has offered free health checkups since 2015 for older people, mothers and their children, and others. For its eighth medical fair in February, the club expanded its screenings to include homeless people. X-rays detected signs of tuberculosis, bronchitis, or pneumonia in 97 of the 223 people screened. The club followed up to help them overcome barriers to treatment. “Our solution is to involve the civil registry service office to help with the homeless peoples’ identification so that they can apply for government insurance and later go to a hospital,” says club member Inne Ongkodjojo. “From this incident, we see the need to provide for public health screening, especially for TB, which has a fast and widespread transmission,” says Arry Basuseno, the club’s immediate past president. (Information credited to Rotary International)
The theme this year is engagement and share your love for the Rotary. I highly encourage our members to get active and learn something new about the Rotary.  Small steps forward to support the Santa Barbara Rotary Board, The Santa Barbara Rotary Foundation, a committee or be a part of a service project will build confidence and camaraderie within our club. Thank you to everyone, members and all that support the Santa Barbara Rotary Club.
Club President
Garrett Gruendyke