“You know what they call the fellow who finishes last in his medical school graduating class? They call him ‘Doctor.’” – Abe Lemons
 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
While I don’t have the official count, it’s safe to say that there have been around 100 presidents of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. Looking back at my year I’m at peace saying that I’m likely somewhere in the middle of the pack; perhaps tucked between the fellow who wielded the gavel in 1938 and another who served during the Coolidge administration.
 
Regardless, the finish line approaches. I can see it and am ready to hand the baton to PE Baker.
 
But first the final strides of 2021-2022 are before us. Looking back, we gathered for our last site visit of the year earlier this month, a grand day at the SB Zoo capped with a talk and curated tour by the venue’s executive director, Rich Block. We strolled through the new Australian outback featuring emus, wallabies, and kangaroos, among other exhibits.
 
Looking ahead, our last regular meeting of the year goes down on June 15 at First Presbyterian with a special program featuring the recipients of our 2022 grants cycle. Hope to see you there or on Zoom. And then it’s on to our annual step-down event that I hear will involve trivia and other festivities.
 
I’ll be back with one last Hub where I’ll offer my final reflections of the year. Until then, thank you for all that you do for Rotary and our community.
 
In service,
 
Matt
 
Matthew Nehmer
President (2021-2022), Rotary Club of Santa Barbara