Serving Santa Barbara And The World Since 1918.


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)

Jennifer Heiden Stiffler, Channel Islands YMCA
Sep 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Serving Vulnerable Youth on the South Coast.
Dan Aldrich III
Oct 07, 2022 12:00 PM
The History of the University of California
Adrienne Smith, World Record Holder Rower
Oct 21, 2022 12:00 PM
Recent World Record Row by Female Rowing Team from California to Hawaii
Don Jack
Nov 04, 2022 12:00 PM
Hiking in the Los Padres National Forest and on the Channel Islands
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!
My year as President is already a ¼ over.  We continue to see steady growth in our average club meeting attendance.  We brought on 2 new members and are inching ever closer to crossing the 60 member mark again for the first time in a few years.  We are also seeing some of our members that we have not seen for a while.  I told you all at the Step Down Dinner for Matt Nehmer that my only goal this year was member engagement.  Thanks to the efforts of many of you we are making good progress in this area.  However, there are several members that still have not attended a meeting in-person or even via zoom for quite some time.  This Friday is a great meeting to break that streak.  Our very own Margo Byrne, CEO for the Channel Islands YMCA, has put together a program on Youth and Family Services.  If there is one thing we can all agree on it is that these past two plus years COVID 19 has impacted all our lives in one way or another.  As someone that works with children I can say with 100% confidence that it impacted our youth tremendously.  I can also say that Margo and her team did an EXCELLENT job of rising to meet those challenges.   For those of you that have not been back to a meeting in-person yet or attended via zoom please make every effort to attend this meeting.  I am very confident that you will walk away inspired by the work being done by the Channel Islands YMCA to help our local youth and families.
Here is to seeing you Friday.
All my best,
Michael Baker
Club President
Slowly but surely our meeting attendance keeps going up. We had 20 members at our meeting today. We conducted our club assembly where we approved the foundation report and welcomed two new members to the foundation board. Congratulations to Greg Knowles and Aruni Boteju. Special thank you to Dick Salooga and Jim Armstrong for your years of service to the foundation. The Foundation is in great shape due to your service.  
We inducted two new members today, Karen Sophiea and Adrianna Foss.  Outstanding work by our Membership Chairman, Steve Baker. Rumor has it we may have a couple more new members joining in the next few weeks. 
We got to know our past president 2020-2021, Stacey Lydon a little better. Here is a little of what we learned. Ten-year-old Stacey wanted to be a host on any of the morning shows either the Today show or Good Morning America. She is not ashamed to admit she loves Harry Styles music. She prefers a cocktail over a glass of wine. She once dressed up as a Canadian Mountie for Halloween. Oh by the way she was 32 when she dressed up like that. She prefers CAL to USC. Truth be told she had her heart set on going to UAlbany instead of UCLA but she was waitlisted (ok maybe that isn’t exactly how she said it, but that’s how I heard it) Finally between Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt or Matt Nehmer…she takes Matt every time. 
I am looking forward to our next meeting where an old friend of the club, Dan Aldrich III, will give a talk on the history of the UC system.   image0.jpeg
Final note his name is Van Morrison not Van Van Morrison. You really needed to be at the meeting to understand that one. 
See you all on October 7th. 
All my best, 
Michael Baker
Club President
Labor Day weekend.  If you are like me it brings back memories of the last official weekend of Summer, the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon and for all my East Coasters it was the last weekend before we all went back to school.  My sole goal this year is Member Engagement, “getting more of our members to attend meetings more often” So far we have seen a steady increase in our attendance thanks to the great programs put forth by Jim Armstrong.  One area where we can get our members more engaged is a program in conjunction with Partners in Education.  The bottom line on this program is we go into schools and talk to middle-school and high school students about our careers.  This is tailor made for our Vocational Committee under the leadership of Dan Herlinger..  Stay tuned for upcoming dates where you can get involved with this great program.  Many of you have heard my story about how I was introduced to Rotary and it was through a very similar program during my senior year in high school.  I grew up in a small town in Upstate NY and our local Rotary Club hosted a “job Shadow” program for select seniors.  I was chosen for this opportunity and was partnered with the President of our local community bank who was a Rotarian as well.  I spent the morning with him watching what he did and then we were all invited to the Rotary meeting that day to have lunch and share what we learned.  I stood up in front of  the group and said, “I learned I don’t want to be a banker”  True story, sorry Mike Bieza.  But what I took away from that experience has lasted with me my entire career.  I learned from my Rotary experience that day about getting involved in your community the importance of checking in with your clients.  A simple call to see how they are doing.  The seed for my Rotary experience was planted on that day.  It is also why I want us to work with Partners in Education during my year. 
I hope each of you has a great Labor Day weekend with friends and family. 
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