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