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)

RCSB Annual Meeting
Jul 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Club town hall, goals, and budget for 2021-2022
Old Spanish Days Celebration
Aug 06, 2021 12:00 PM
SB Old Spanish Days Gathering at De La Guerra Plaza
Judge Brian Hill
Aug 20, 2021 12:30 PM
Constitution Law


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!
My Fellow Rotarians,
“If today is not your day,
then be happy
for this day shall never return.
And if today is your day,
then be happy now
for this day shall never return.”
Kamand Kojouri
Last Friday’s gathering of the RCSB was a happy day for me (my first wearing the club president pin). My thanks to all who attended in person and remotely—with special tips of the cap to Don Jack and Stacey Lydon for helping check in members; to Laurie Small for leading the Pledge; to Michael Baker for sharing an inspirational invocation; to Dean Axelrod and Jim Stretchberry for bringing guests; to Dean again for taking on our esteemed past-president in a spirited game of “Are you Smarter than Stacey Lydon?”; and to Margo Byrne for securing and introducing our speaker, Women’s Economic Ventures CEO Kathy Odell.
Thanks to feedback from membership, we started a new tradition: We donated a book to a local Santa Barbara elementary school in honor of our program speaker, something we’re going to do for every speaker this year.
So how did we do? Feedback is appreciated. I’ll start: While our trial venue (Eleven14) had potential (our own space!), it was hard to hear the speaker. I spoke to the board that night and we’re going to invest in a microphone system. We’re also working on improving the hybrid experience. Bear with us, it’s going to be better.
Looking to Next Week
Onward, we gather again next Friday (July 30) for our Annual Meeting. We want to hear from you, our members, on club business, plus present our Board agenda for the year and share bylaw updates for the Foundation (exciting!). I promise a compelling dialogue; plus, more fun times in store during President’s Time. Watch for an email from Foundation Board Chair Jim Armstrong with more updates. We’ll have more details about the meeting in the days ahead.
In the meantime, whether today is your day or not, be happy. We live in a wonderful part of the world with great friends and a meaningful Rotary mission to bring us together.
In service,
Matt Nehmer
President, Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
My Fellow Rotarians,
“I think you’ll find it’s the exact same measurements as our gym back in Hickory.” 
The quote comes from “Hoosiers”—the classic underdog tale (based on a true story) of a tiny rural school that won the 1952 Indiana state basketball championship. In the scene Coach Norman Dale (played by the always dependable Gene Hackman) asks his team to measure the dimensions where they will play the final game. While they stand in an arena multiple times the size of their tiny gym back in Hickory, Coach Dale’s point is that the field of play is the same.
It’s a lesson for all of us, especially was we continue our quest to find the next home field for RCSB gatherings. Our tour continues this Friday, July 16, at Eleven14 Crafthouse & Brewery. There we will welcome special guest Kathy Odell, CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures. Click here to RSVP.
And bring guests. Our transition policy of charging only for meetings attended continues through September.
We’re also continuing to experiment with hybrid meetings (in person and remote). Click here on Friday at 12:30p to watch on Zoom.
Onward, our dance card is filling up with exciting new Rotary programs and experiences—including a July 23 Happy Hour at Longboard’s Grill, a talk by Judge Brian Hill, a mayoral debate, and site visits to Fiesta and the renovated Cabrillo Pavilion at East Beach. Visit our website for the latest.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday. As Coach Dale reminds us, the spirit of Rotary carries on regardless of where we meet or how members engage in our mission.
In service,
Matt Nehmer
President, Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
Dear Fellow Rotarians, 
Here we are again: It was 103 years ago that our club gavel was first passed from one president to the next. I’m honored to have received the mantle from Past-President Stacey Lydon at her Step-Down last month. Please join me in again acknowledging her extraordinary year of leadership. We are in a better place as a club because of her many contributions. 
I asked a stranger to take this photo of me while visiting Cape Town, South Africa, in 2018. I’m next to a Rotary wheel prominently displayed in the heart of the city harbor. Upon discovery, I had one of those “ah ha” moments that Rotary was bigger, more far reaching than I had imagined upon joining our club the previous year. 
And now I’m here as your president for 2021-2022 and pleased to introduce our Board for the year: 
Club President: Matt Nehmer
Past President & Secretary: Stacey Lydon
President-Elect & Club Services: Michael Baker
Director & Membership Chair: Steve Baker
Director & Youth Chair: Margo Byrne
Director & Vocational Chair: Dan Herlinger 
Director & Treasurer: Marshall Howen
Director & International Chair: Don Jack
Director & Community Service Chair: Jennifer LeMert
As we prepare to set our sails for a new year, I know that there’s a question on many of your minds: Where are we meeting? It’s on my mind too. Our working plan is to go “on tour” and rotate around different venues until we find a permanent home. It’s my No. 1 goal for the year and an area of focus for the board. Stay turned for updates. 
Until then, we kick off the new year on July 16, followed by our first happy hour on July 23, and annual meeting on July 30. I hope to see all of you there. After more than a year of Covid, the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara is back: Back in person and back directly serving our community. I look forward to continuing our club’s 100+ journey with all of you. 
In service,
Matt Nehmer
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
This Rotary year is ending, and I am filled with gratitude to all of you for being a part of this wonderful group. We celebrated the year with our first in-person meeting on Friday, June 18 with lunch at Opal, where we heard from three of our Foundation’s grant recipients. It was inspiring to hear about the impact our donations will make in the community at Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, SEE International, and Santa Barbara Police Activities League, represented by our new member Judie Lugo!
Last Friday we gathered again for the Step Down party at the Fatch home. It was delightful to see so many of you in person, and to meet some of our newest members for the first time. Many, many thanks to Kim and Bob for hosting us, and to the event planning committee, including Michael Baker, Mike Bieza, Jennifer LeMert, and Matt Nehmer. The food and drinks were great, and the fellowship was even better! You can find photos from the party on our Instagram page.
It was heartwarming to have Tom Brashears and John Rasmussen join us in person. Tom (Club President 1978-79) inducted me into the group of Past Presidents, and it was an honor. Thank you all for your acknowledgment of our club’s accomplishments this year. Thank you also for your kind gesture to my daughter, Samara, for her participation and patience this year (only five years until she can join Interact!). We appreciate your very generous gift of the opportunity to spend time together on Catalina Island, and are looking forward to it.
This year was unlike any other and forced us to be flexible, creative, and thoughtful. We had to adjust how we would meet and find new ways to interact and connect with each other through screens and masks. We had to be creative to discover safe ways to contribute to our community. We had to be generous with each other and ourselves as we navigated uncertain conditions, new demands at home, technological challenges, and our own health and wellness needs. It has been an honor to serve this club as your President; I have learned from your kind feedback and I hope I have grown as a servant leader. Thank you for this incredibly enriching experience.
I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Friday, July 16 when you will be in the very capable hands of President Matt Nehmer!
Yours in Rotary Service,