Serving Santa Barbara And The World Since 1918.


Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Meeting

First and third Friday of each month.
View our Calendar to see upcoming meeting dates.
Time: 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Sara Dearman, Government & Public Affairs Advisor
Sep 17, 2021 12:00 PM
Decommissioning Deep Water Oil Platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel
Santa Barbara Mayoral Candidates
Oct 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Mayoral Candidates Forum
Jill Zachary, Santa Barbara Parks & Rec. Director
Oct 15, 2021 12:00 PM
Behind the Scenes at the Newly Restored Historic Cabrillo Arts Center
Prof. Julie Ann Brown
Oct 29, 2021 12:00 PM
The Ghosts 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!

Can you believe it’s been 21 years since the West Wing debuted? As part of our Rotary in the movies and TV side bar series, here’s a scene featuring SB local Rob Lowe (as Sam Seaborn) talking about Rotary (and the Elks).

Watch Here

Fellow Rotarians,
It was over a year ago, under the leadership of President Stacey Lydon, that our club adopted a new model for member engagement. Instead meeting every Friday, we moved to the first and third Friday every month with service and fun events woven between. After navigating a year of Covid disruptions, the model is taking hold. We enjoyed two social events last week—pub trivia at Institution Ale and happy hour at Shoreline Café—with our next service event set for Sept. 18 at 9a (Coastal Clean-up Day at Hendry’s Beach).  
Our meeting returns this Friday (9/3) with special guest Dr. Inés Casillas, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Director of the Chicano Studies Institute (CSI) at UCSB. Dr. Casillas’ research focuses on immigrant engagement with U.S. Spanish-language and bilingual media, the representation of accented Spanish and English languages within popular culture, as well as the integration of Ethnic Studies within K-12 schools.
As added entertainment, Game Time returns this Friday. Come by 12:30p and play two rounds of Pub Trivia with special prizes to the top team!
Join us on Friday:
In person: Come see your fellow Rotarians and meet Dr. Casillas at Brass Bear Brewing & Bistro (outside venue) in the Funk Zone (28 Anacapa St, Unit E) this Friday, Sept. 3, from noon to 1:30p. Cost is $30, includes lunch.
Remote on Zoom: Program starts at 12:30p and will be recorded.
Until then thank you for all that you do for our club and the community.
In service,
Matthew Nehmer
President (2021-2022), Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
Fellow Rotarians,
Our thanks to all who joined us for our last meeting (9/3), whether in person at Brass Bear in the Funk Zone or online. For those who missed it we called an audible. We learned that morning that our speaker, Dr. Inés Casillas, had to reschedule leaving us with 40 minutes of content to fill. We needed a new program, and fast. So, we did what felt natural (for me at least).
We played pub trivia.
We played four rounds of action-packed Q&A spanning such topics as Santa Barbara history, general knowledge, flags of the world, and the arts. Congratulations to the power team of Robert Dibley, Dick Sologga, Dan Herlinger, Dean Axelrod, and Steve Milam for taking the win. They earned free drinks at our next happy hour!
Other meeting highlights include Mike Bieza delivering the Pledge of Allegiance, Milam offering an invocation, and a moment of inspiration from Connie Green. We raised $165 in fines and welcomed back Richard Auhll to the RCSB table.
We are back on Sept. 17 for our next meeting with special guest Sara Dearman who will present on the process of decommissioning the deep-water oil platforms in the Santa Barbara channel.
Until then thank you for all that you do for our club and the community.
In service,
Matthew Nehmer
President (2021-2022), Rotary Club of Santa Barbara