ROTARY CLUB OF SANTA BARBARA

Serving Santa Barbara And The World Since 1918.

CLUB MEETINGS

Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Meeting

First and third Friday of each month.
First Presbyterian Church
21 E Constance Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

View our Calendar to see upcoming meeting dates.
Time: 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

UPCOMING SPEAKERS
Kelly Ann Gordon
Jan 06, 2023 12:00 PM
Kelly Ann Gordon, new Chief of Police in Santa Barbara
Robert Benham
Jan 20, 2023
A Special Presentation for MLK Day
Peter Moore, Owner Santa Barbara Sky
Feb 03, 2023 12:00 PM
New Professional Soccer Team in Santa Barbara
Karri Burns, CEO SB County Humane Society
Feb 17, 2023 12:00 PM
Domestic Pet Situation in SB County
Marshall Howen, President and Founder Sunrise 805
Mar 03, 2023 12:00 PM
Unraveling Options for Electric Power
UPCOMING EVENTS

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SANTA BARBARA

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!
RECENT ROTARY NEWS
Wow! Outstanding turnout this week. Many of you that came must have thought I was still on vacation (lol).  Great program on water issues in our area. Really, really well done. Great job by our program chair Jim Armstrong. 
 
 
We also gave out gifts to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for the foster kids they help. Our club also raised 1,700 dollars through an impromptu ask by yours truly.  Wow, what a generous club we have. Those that missed the meeting have already received an email from me asking for your support of our normal foster care effort this holiday season.  Margo Byrne is doing a great job of heading this up and I’ve set a goal of $3,000 to give her for this effort. Please join me and consider giving to this very worthwhile cause. 
 
We leaned a little bit about our club member Dean Axelrod. He’s a heck of a cook. Does not really have a lot of favorites and when he was younger he wanted to be on the radio. Thank you Dean for your time at the meeting. It really was nice to learn more about you. 
 
This was our last meeting before the end of the year. That also means you guys are halfway done with me. I’ve staved off 3 impeachment attempts that I am aware of.  I had 1 goal during my year and that was to get our members back attending our meetings in person and engaged. We have a long way to go but at least we are moving in the right direction thanks to all of you! 
 
I wish all of you the best of this holiday season. I will of course watch my Holliday movies and cry when Bill, in The Polar Express says “Christmas just doesn’t work out for me” gets me every time because my fellow Rotarians I was Billy. 
 
Do me a favor and go make a difference for a Billy this holiday season. 
 
Michael Baker
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
It was so nice to see all our tables filled today.  We had 31 attendees today. I personally loved seeing several members I have not seen in a long time. Great to see you Marlee and Michael.
 
 
Now I have a very special appeal to our entire membership.  It is that time of year when we need to select a President nominee for the 2024-2025 Rotary year.  That’s July 1,  2024-June 30, 2025.  We need someone that wants to lead the club after Garrett’s inevitable great year next year.  Our club has NEVER repeated a presidency and we want to keep that streak alive and well.  I am asking all of you that have never been President before to seriously consider it.  I can say this has been an absolute honor for me to be the club President this year.  If you would like to be considered or want to learn more about it call me on my cell anytime 805.710.5040.
 
Remember this, we are the original club in our district. All another clubs in our district have a direct lineage to our club.  
 
I assure you all I am going to do everything within my power in my remaining months as the club President to keep building our attendance and getting our members re-engaged after the long darkness of Covid. Today was a great reminder that we are going in the right direction but we still have much work to do.
 
Very, very special thank you to Steve Baker for doing such an incredible job as our membership chair.  Steve is PERFECT in that role.
 
I hope all of you and your loved ones have an outstanding Thanksgiving.  Just know this. When I sit at my table and give thanks for all I have a big part of that is our club. I love our time together and am thankful for you all.
 
A little Michael Baker humor here. My favorite Thanksgiving card.
 

All my best, 
Michael Baker
Club President
On the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month….I remember very clearly being in 3rd grade and learning what that meant for the first time. Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day).  I have always had a tradition on Veterans Day where I contact my friends and family members that are veterans and thank them for their service.  I know we have members of our Club that are Veterans too and I want to especially thank you all for your dedication and sacrifice.   Placing one’s life on hold and literally laying your life on the line for your country, if that isn’t dedication to what America stands for then I don’t know what is.   Do me a favor.  In honor of all that have served and that are currently serving reach out to your friends and loved ones that have and or are currently serving and thank them for their service.  I promise you that you will feel great doing this and they will very much appreciate it.
 
 
God Bless America!
 
All my best,
Michael Baker
Rotary President
2022-2023