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Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Meeting

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

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Time: 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Paul Jaconette
Aug 19, 2022 12:00 PM
The Future of Healthcare in Santa Barbara County
No meeting due to Labor Day Holiday
Sep 02, 2022 12:00 PM
Michael Baker
Sep 16, 2022
Club Assembly
Dan Aldrich III
Oct 07, 2022 12:00 PM
The History of the University of California
Robert Benham
Jan 20, 2023
Martin Luther King Day


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!
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara and RCSB Foundation boards seek nominations from members interested in serving as a board director and fiduciary. The Foundation Board nomination process is currently underway with the Club Board slate to be assembled later this year for 2023-2024. Interested learning more or serving? Contact a club officer or email

Viva La Fiesta fellow Rotarians,
The month of August is Membership month. Steve Baker has done a great job in heading this effort for us the past several years.
My only goal this year is to get our existing members to come more often.  Membership engagement if you will. Bottom line is our club is stronger when we ALL participate.  I challenge each of you to make at least one in-person meeting over the next 2 months.  I promise you that you will always walk away inspired.
Our speaker this next meeting will be our very own Paul Jaconette. Paul will be talking about the status of the healthcare industry.
Immediate past president Matt Nehmer will be pinch hitting for me this week.  I have a board/ staff strategic planning retreat on the 19th.
I am sorry I’ll miss you all but I know you are in good hands with Matt.
All my best,
Michael Baker
Club President
Wow! What a meeting. The program was outstanding as our speaker Ferry Zandvliet recounted surviving the worst terrorist  attack in Europe’s history.  He had many of us Rotarians on the edge of their seats.  His message of forgiveness and friendship was very powerful.
His story of friendship and forgiveness reminded me of one of my hero’s in life and that was a 14 year old boy named Ryan White.  You may recall the name. Ryan was a hemophiliac that contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. He endured so much hatred and nobody would be his friend because they thought he could give them AIDS. The community made up stories about this young boy of how he was “spitting on food” in the grocery stores to try to infect people. All complete lies. Why his story reminded me of our speaker today is how they both turned this horrible act against them into love and forgiveness.  Ryan never, ever got angry with the kids and adults that made his life horrible. Instead he educated them about his disease.  Our speaker today gave us all a lesson in forgiveness and friendship too. 
We had 15 members attend today and 5 guests. Our zoom capabilities did not work today.  Even with that hiccup our numbers are going up. 
Looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on August 19th when our very own Paul Jaconette will be our speaker. He will talk about the state of healthcare in the USA. 
Michael Baker
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
Club President
Fellow Rotarians, this week I'm pinching myself as I'm sitting in the Kingdom of Bhutan where I'm preparing for a few weeks of work with the local tourism agency to set up and plan an ultramarathon running race along the iconic Snowman Trail in October. This race will be a 5 day stage race between 22 international athletes and 8 of the best Bhutanese trail runners along 138 miles in the Himalayas reaching as high as 17,946 feet above sea level. Next week I'll be joining our International Race Director, the local race directors, and representatives of multiple professional expedition guiding companies to trek the entire route and and create a GPS map for our athletes. 
Snowman Race Bhutan:

Nestled in the Himalaya between India and China, Bhutan has long been a place far removed from the rest of the world. The country didn't have television or internet until 1999 and to even visit the place tourists must pay more than $200 per day, making it well outside my normal travel budget. This and the fact that I'm exactly 12 hours ahead of where I left from the United States makes me feel like I'm just about as far away from home as I could possibly be. But, take a look at the bumper sticker in the photograph below:
No mater where I am in the world it's always comforting to see the familiar Rotary Wheel and know there are people here I could connect with immediately. The Rotary Club of Bhutan actually met last evening in a place not far from my hotel, but as we're focused on the trek ahead I wasn't able to break away and join them. Hopefully after this trek or when I come back for the race in October I'll be able to do a makeup at what I think might be one of the most unique Rotary Clubs in the world!
Chris Clemens
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara