Say "Yes" to Noontime Rotary!
           THE ROTATOR
 President Virginia Perry Souza
President's Message
Hello Noon Rotarians,
Top item:  Remember to bring two bottles of GOOD wine Tuesday to the offsite meeting!  Have you thought about the Wine Experience?  Let’s see some wine.  You can also bring checks and tickets to Bob. 
Last week we were visited by 5 of St. Joseph’s Interact Club members.  What a great group of young adults!  Though the meeting was short we got a glimpse of some of that youthful energy, humor and personality!  What is the capital of Ghana??  Thanks to Erinn for making the effort to have them join us.  And thanks again to advisor Jules Tuggle for the very impressive organization of the 1st Annual International Food Faire and video.  (I think there was a junior Tuggle in the group as well….a swimmer!)
Vicki Conner from Econ Alliance presented the meeting program.  Her very valuable organization produces forums on important topics relative to the local economy.   If you are in business and not a sponsor, why not??  Individuals are also welcome as sponsors.
This Tuesday I  am hoping members will dress warmly as our speaker CEO Rich Block will be speaking OUTSIDE at the Natural History Museum.  Rich is CEO of a large business in Santa Barbara with hundreds of employees and hundreds of incarcerated individuals.  No…..not a prison this time.  I am talking about Santa Barbara Zoo.  Rich came to Santa Barbara to take the reins about 25 years ago.  He has taken the organization from a sleepy little “Child’s Estate” to prominence in the national Zoo space.  Mr. Block  is ALWAYS an entertaining and interesting speaker so please consider inviting your spouse or another guest.  Great pizza will be available for a small donation to the Museum for those who like to eat lunch at Noon.  I hear the Museum is running another “Million Penny Fundraiser”, so you see, your donation can be very minimal if you have some spare change😊
See you at the Museum (across from the Library parking lot).  NO ZOOM.
This Week's Meeting
Off Site at the Natural History Museum
Rich Block
Santa Barbara Zoo
We are Not meeting at The Historic Santa Maria Inn

                                         St. Joseph Rodeo Queen Candidate
The Rotary Club of Santa Maria 2021-22
Board of Directors
Assistant District Governor: Cynthia Schur
Board of Directors
Past President: Fred Donati:
President: Virginia Souza
President Elect:  Bob Curry
President Elect Nominee:  James Stoddard
Secretary: John Henning
Treasurer: Heather Weare
Club Service/Membership: Jessa Brooks
Community Service:  Blanche Fugate
International Service:  Laura Mohajer
Vocational Service: Erin Krier, Tom Allen
Foundation: Tom Martinez
Youth Service: Erinn Dougherty
Sergeant at Arms: Tom Ross
Club Response Analyst:  Luke Warm
Peacemaker Club
The Rotary Club of Santa Maria Noon Interact Club held the 1st Annual International Food Faire May 3rd.  There were 12 countries represented.  Noon Rotary Youth Director Erinn Dougherty brought the group in.  Club Advisor, Honorary Rotarian Jules Tuggle, is a teacher at St. Joseph High School where the club is located.  Jules put this 1 minute video together for our benefit. The Food Faire activity was designed to introduce the entire 450 student body to other cultures.  It was a peace building activity.  $1000 was raised to send to a "sister high school" in Africa.  A handful of the Interact Club members were brought in a van by Sports Coach Tom along with school Principal Erinn from the school to the Noon Club meeting May 10th. After lunch and their presentation, our Club Sergeant at Arms Tom Ross was fining members for not knowing the answer to various trivia questions.  Tom also asked the foreign exchange students a stumper question....after which the student from Ghana said loudly  "I have a question for YOU"
to the delight of the group.  "What is the capital of Ghana?"  Now there was a stumper question!
Fun was had by bringing in these delightful young Rotarians. BTW the answer is: Accra!
above is the you tube link for the video of the Food Faire
Maricopa Update
With all the talk in the past couple weeks about abortion, investigative reporter and part time dog walker Scoop De Poop found out that the Mayor and the City Council are very concerned with this issue.  They believe that a sizeable number of Maricopans have been aborted, but are still alive and living in their fair city. To find out how widespread this might be they brought in a consulting company to do a survey of the citizens of Maricopa.  They devised the following questions to find the answer.
     1.  Do you have a pulse?
     2.  Is "Night of the Living Dead" your favorite movie?
     3.  Did you vote for Gavin Newsom for Governor in the last gubernatorial election?
If you answered "yes" to one of the questions you have a 50% chance of having been aborted.  If you answered "yes" to two of the questions you have a 75% of having been aborted.  If you answered "yes" to all three questions you are guaranteed to have been aborted and you need to proceed immediately to Planned Parenthood for final disposition of your abortion.
Upcoming Events
May 17: Off site at the Natural History Museum, Rich Block "Santa Barbara Zoo"
May 24:  Sheryl Flores, Peoples Self Help Housing at Hi Way Drive Inn
May 31:  Food Systems Off Site, Wine Raffle Drawing
June 7:  Yvonne Biely Presiding
June 14:  Ken Dally Presiding
June 18:  President Virginia's Step Down
June 21:  No Meeting
                        AND......REMEMBER, EXCITING Program Speakers:
                                  1)  Help keep member attendance UP,
                                  2)  Attract  and engage NEW MEMBERS,
                                  3)  Make the difference between...
6:00 PM Santa Maria South
The Historic Santa Maria Inn
12:00 PM San Luis Obispo
Madonna Inn
7:00 AM SLO Daybreak
Hotel San Luis Obispo on Palm Street
Cambria Sunrise Centennial
Cambria Cafe
7:15 AM Solvang Breakfast
Alisal Ranch Grill
Ian McPhee's
12:10 PM The Rotary Club of Santa Maria
The Historic Santa Maria Inn
Pismo Beach/5 Cities
Ventana Grill at Shorecliff Lodge
Morro Bay
The Morro Bay Golf Course
7:00 AM Grover Beach
Mission Inn, Pismo
Butterfly Grill-Monarch Dunes
Paso Robles Sunrise
Paso Robles Golf Course
12:00 PM Atascadero
Spring Hill Suites
San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Madonna Inn
12:10 PM Santa Ynez Valley
Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
6:00 PM Lompoc Rotary Club
Lompoc Embassy Suites
7:00 AM Santa Maria Breakfast
The Historic Santa Maria Inn
8:00AM  Rotary Club of Cuyocos
Luna Cafe
12:00 PM Paso Robles
Paso Robles Inn Ballroom
Arroyo Grande
Mason Bar and Kitchen
Marriott Buellton
6:45 AM Vandenberg Village
Village Country Club
7:00 AM Los Osos
La Palapa Restaurant, 1346 2nd Street
12:00 PM Cambria
San Simeon Bar & Grill, San Simeon
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District Governor Dana Moldovan           
                  Assistant District Governor Cynthia Schur    
Upcoming Programs
May 17: Off Site at the Natural History Museum, Rich Block "Santa Barbara Zoo"
May 24:  Sheryl Flores, Peoples Self Help Housing at Hi Way Drive Inn
May 31:  Off Site, May Food Systems, Wine Raffle Drawing
June 7:  Yvonne Biely Presiding
June 14:  Ken Dally Presiding
June 18:  President Virginia's Step Down
June 21:  No Meeting
The Rotary Club of Santa Maria Elevator Speech
We are a leadership organization comprised of local business, civic, and professional leaders.
We are a nonpolitical nonsectarian service club.
We meet regularly to get to know each other, form friendships, and get things done in our community.
In 2020 we had a virtual fundraiser and raised over $53,000  which we gave to five local charities:
     Orcutt Trails
     Casa of Hope
     ECHO/Band of Brothers
We support the Interact Club at St. Joseph's High School and we donate scholarships to Allan Hancock College.
We clean up Buena Vista Park and with three other Rotary clubs we coordinate the Rotary Christmas Parade.
Come and learn more about our club's humanitarian service and high ethical standards and help us build good will in our community.
of the things we think, say, or do:
1.  Is it the truth?
2.  Is it fair to all concerned?
3.  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
First The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
Second High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as on opportunity to serve society;
Third The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
Fourth The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The following code of conduct has been adopted for the use of Rotarians:
As a Rotarian, I will
1.  Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life
2.  Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect
3.  Use my professional skills through Rotary to:  mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people's quality of life in my community and in the world
4.  Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians
5.  Help maintain a  harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities, report any suspected harassment, and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment.
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