Posted by Garrett Gruendyke on Mar 20, 2024
Thank you to all Rotarians for your service, kindness, and the patience to put up with your crazy president!
Wow! It's getting hot, hot, hot, at the Rotary! Get ready for a great line-up of speakers, presenters and programs coming to your Santa Barbara Rotary Club. Now is the time to invite friends, loved ones or colleagues to share your love for the Rotary. 
A special shoutout to Jim Armstrong, President Elect, for his efforts to create club engagement for his upcoming year. I highly suggest all members join a committee, the Rotary Board, or the Foundation to gain knowledge and experience from a legend. Thank you again Jim!
Just in case you have not heard, Michael Baker has been honored with CEO of the year! If you see Michael, be sure congratulate him on his very successful 36-year career with United Boys & Girls Clubs. Thank you, Michael, for being an outstanding human-being and Rotarian.      
Attention all Rotary past presidents! Past presidents' program is scheduled for June 7, 2024.  The club would love to hear your memories, experiences, and helpful hints, for what is takes to be a successful club president.  This is always a blast!
Upcoming Programs
March 29, 2024 – Commercial Real Estate in Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Bob Tuler to update the club on the commercial real estate market in Santa Barbara, including the important retail and office sectors. Bob is the founder and principal at Radius Commercial Real Estate in Santa Barbra. In a storied career that spans 45 years in commercial real estate in the Santa Barbara area he has amassed leases and sales totaling over 19 million sq. ft. of space and nearly $2.4 billion in volume, Today Bob’s record stands as having completed the most commercial transactions of any agent in Santa Barbara County, and he is also a multiple recipient of the Pacific Coast Business Times Tri-Counties “Dealmakers of the Year” award for largest lease or sale transactions. Bob graduated with a CPA degree at UCSB but found his true calling working as a commercial real estate broker during his senior year, Bob holds a California real estate broker license. Since 1991 he has been a significant contributor to the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, serving as president and board member while providing comprehensive lease rate data and analysis on South Coast commercial property.
April 05, 2024 – Dr. Seleste Bowers
The Santa Barbara Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Dr. Seleste Bowers, Director of Behavioral Health at CenCal. She has been at CenCal for 2 1/2 years. Prior to coming to Santa Barbara, she served as the Director of Behavioral Health for the US Veterans Initiative in Long Beach. She has a bachelor's degree in child development from San Diego State, a master's degree in clinical/Medical Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a PhD in Health Care Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Bowers will briefly describe the role of CenCal Health in implementing mental health benefits for our most vulnerable community members through Medi-Cal. She will also review the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) and the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI) to ensure whole person care and in particular, access to mental health services. Dr. Bowers will offer a summary of efforts underway and goals of providing seamless transitions for Medi-Cal and CenCal Health Members.
April 19, 2024 – Author Peter Martin
The Santa Barbara Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Peter Martin, who will be talking about how he went from a respected aerospace engineer to best-selling children's book author. Peter has a wonderful heart felt story that you won't want to miss.
May 03, 2024 – Dylan George, PG&E & Diablo Canyon
Dylan George from PG&E will discuss PG&E's application to continue operation of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant in San Luis Obispo County. Dylan is also one of PG&E's lead community representatives in the area, representing the company at numerous events, serving on the board of directors of several business and community organizations, and managing a charitable contributions budget.
May 17, 2024 – Program to be announced.
May 31, 2024 – NO Rotary Meeting
June 07, 2024 – Past Presidents from Santa Barbara Rotary

Rotary Peace Pole Information:
Please reach out if you would like to be on the Peace Pole Committee. For this project we need to locate a couple locations that would be a great spot to plant our peace pole, plan to hold a ceremony and invite the entire club for a photoshoot.  More information about the Peace Pole below. 
Why plant a Peace Pole?
Peace Poles are used by groups all over the world as reminders of peace. At RAGFP, we recognize Peace Poles as monuments to peace action. Plant a Peace Pole peace project to demonstrate your commitment to peace, celebrate your peacebuilding achievements, and inspire others to do the same. 
Why map a Peace Pole?
Planting a Peace Pole creates an inspirational physical monument of our international peace mission. Peace Poles demonstrate the power of collective peace action, community engagement, and our global peacebuilding network. Map your Peace Pole to mark your community’s peacebuilding achievements as well as to inspire others to take part in the global movement for peace. Continue the momentum for peace by adding your Peace Pole to the map today.
Inspiration to Celebrate Your Peace Pole?
  • Invite your community to a Peace Pole unveiling ceremony.
  • Utilize your Peace Pole as a way to engage children as a future peacebuilder.
  • Mark the completion of a wider community project with a Peace Pole.
  • Place a Peace Pole in a meaningful location in your community.
  • Use the Peace Pole as a maker for future peace action. 
Thank you to the Grace Fisher Foundation for holding one amazing off-site event last week. For those of you that left your beautiful paintings on the table, I grabbed them and have attached them to the Hub. We all have amazing artistic creative minds that are ready to shine. Thank you, Stacy, for organizing the off-sight event.
Share your Love for the Rotary,
Garrett Gruendyke