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)

Brittany Avila Wazny, Sr. Director of Development
Jul 15, 2022 12:00 PM
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
Ferry Zandlviet
Jul 29, 2022 12:00 PM
Turning Tragedy Into Happiness
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,
It’s here, the scene in the movie where he saddles up and rides off to an open horizon.
I started my Rotary journey more than five years ago (still a newbie compared to others). I can say with absolute conviction that it changed my life. The people I met through our club (one in particular) have opened my heart to new opportunities and possibilities. I give more of myself because of Rotary. I’m more connected to my community because of Rotary. I live a more enriched life because of Rotary.
Looking back, I’m proud of what we accomplished together these past months. We went from being nomads to hopefully establishing a long-term home for our club. We helped provide a better holiday for local foster youth. We gave back through Meals on Wheels and other community service activities. We had fun by creating a space for fellowship. We raised money for people in need. We welcomed new members. We said goodbye to Rotarians who passed away.
We set a goal to further connect membership to the Foundation grants process and saw the results of that effort at our June 17 meeting (see side story). And work continues towards our goal of once again staging a public fundraiser.
We got there because of you, our members. This year marks the 104th anniversary our founding. Along the way we made it through a pandemic, a great depression, two world wars, a Cold War, another pandemic, and on. Along the way we welcomed thousands of members to our cause. And now we carry on the work for those who follow.
I’m honored to continue the tradition of passing the presidency pin to Club President Michael Baker. My thanks to him and his team for planning a meaningful and memorable step-down. And special thanks to those who served with me on the Board this past year. Our club is indebted to your contributions.
And so the horse is saddled and the sun is setting. Thank you for trusting me with the leadership of our club. It’s been an honor and a privilege.
In service,
Matthew Nehmer
President (2021-2022), Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
Representatives from all seven organizations receiving a RCSB grants this year attended our June 17 meeting to be recognized and speak to how their going to put the dollars to work. The event was the subject of a feature story published in the Santa Barbara News-Press.
2021-2022 RCSB Grant Recipients:
  • Mayan Families
  • Harding School 
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Police Activities League
  • Center for Successful Aging
  • Wilderness Youth Project
  • Storytellers
Recipients were selected through a new Grants Committee process that involved participants from the Club Foundation board and club members. Special thanks to Foundation Chair Jim Armstrong and Grants Chair Connie Green for their leadership on the effort.
Our club’s honored tradition of past-presidents gathering to welcome a new member to the club continued at our step-down celebration on June 17 at First Presbyterian.
All were presented with a special surprise: an upgraded club bell that now features the names of all past presidents going back to 1918. Credit for the idea goes to President-elect Michael Baker who made it happen. Baker, along with all future presidents, will have their names added to the relic in years to come. The enhanced bell will make its meeting debut on July 15.  
Rotarians gathered on June 4 at La Cumbre County Club to remember one of their own, Frank Williams who passed away last fall. Frank joined our club on April 1, 1994, and would later serve as president (2002–2003) and was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Read more.