Serving Santa Barbara And The World Since 1918.


Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Meeting

First and third Friday of each month.
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Time: 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Rich Block, CEO of the Santa Barbara Zoo
Jun 03, 2022 12:00 PM
A day at the Zoo!
Grant Recipients
Jun 17, 2022 12:00 PM
Learn how our club foundation grants are making an impact in the community
Paul Jaconette
Aug 05, 2022 12:00 PM
The Future of Healthcare in Santa Barbara County


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!
Fellow Rotarians,
Our quest to find a long-term home for the club is hopefully moving to a final stage. My thanks to all who completed our survey and to our Venue Task Force members who convened earlier this month to discuss the results. With a majority of the first-place votes in the survey and seven out of eight Task Force members naming it their top choice, First Pres on Constance Avenue emerged as the clear front runner. Responding to the results, the Club Board moved to start a formal negotiation with First Pres for a long-term contract, a process that continues to work through the venue’s governance channels.
In the meantime, we will be back at the location for our May 20 meeting featuring Mark Sylvester discussing TEDx programs in Santa Barbara. President-Elect Michael Baker will serve as the MC for the occasion as I am on the road this week in Chicago. Click here for the Zoom link
Special thanks to Bob Fatch for filling in for me on May 3 as we welcomed two distinguished public servants. Up first was Van Do-Reynoso, director of Santa Barbara Co. Department of Public Health, who received an Honorary Paul Harris Award from our club for her above-and-beyond leadership throughout the Covid pandemic. She was followed by our speaker, SB Mayor Randy Rowse, who discussed the state of the city and answered member questions.
I hope to be back at the podium on June 3 after my adventures with Covid that knocked me out since late April. We’ll be on the road again for a site visit to the SB Zoo on June 3, followed by a return to First Pres on June 17, the last official club meeting of the 2021-2022 year. We will update the club with more information on our venue project once all details are finalized. Until then, thank you for your continued service to the community.
In service,
Matthew Nehmer
President (2021-2022), Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
Want to help your fellow Rotarians to put on a great meeting? Be sure to pre-register so we can get an accurate count for the planners. You can do so three ways: 1. Click the registration button on the meeting invitation you receive on Monday (preferred); 2. Register online at our website; 3. If all else fails, email me ( that you intend to attend. Our goal every week is to have a count of attendees by Thursday afternoon. Thanks all for your cooperation.
Rotarians made their mark (literally) by participating in a paint day at the United Boys & Girls Clubs downtown campus on May 11. The event brought club members back to the B&GC mission for the first time since we gathered with Group 8 last year to clean up Camp Whittier. Special thanks to Service Chair Jennifer LeMert for organizing.
My first sports day event with our club was 2017 when we attended a chilly but victorious Gaucho baseball game. Five years later we return to Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Saturday, May 21, at 3:30p for a UCSB matchup against UC Riverside.
The Gauchos are 37-12, first place in the Big West. All are invited to cheer them on amongst fellow Rotarians. Click here to register.