Rotary Club of Santa Maria
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President's Message


Fellow Rotarians, 

Please join us OFFSITE this week as we visit Bonifresh at 123 Russell Ave. in Santa Maria. Alain offers the following directions once you’re there: The building is nondescript (yellow cinderblock walls), neighboring La Joya Plaza in the North-East. Parking in front of the building or in the back through gate of the yard, on Russell. Enter through door at front of the building.


At our meeting last week, I shared the news that our Rotary Board has approved a full transition to Autobooks billing and payments. I will speak more about this in upcoming meetings, but this move provides significant savings for our club and makes it easy for members to pay their monthly bills online with either their checking account or a credit card.


Many thanks to those who have added their speakers to the club calendar. Please continue to speak with your contacts about sharing their knowledge and interests with us as a club presenter, and add their names and program topics directly into our calendar at the following link:

This Week's
Bonifresh Value-Added Vegetable
123 Russell Ave.
We are not meeting in the Kent Room at the Historic Santa Maria Inn this week.  
Recent Inductions
Andrew Hackleman Takes The Plunge
A few weeks ago when we picked up trash at Buena Vista Park Andrew Hackleman won the prize for the most unique piece of trash.  He found a plunger.  Like Eric Clapton, Andrew is "Unplugged."
Cynthia Schur
Services for Past President Cynthia Schur will be held at 10:00 AM on September 2nd at St. Luis De Monfort Church
The Rotary Club of Santa Maria 2021-22
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Past President: Virginia Perry Souza
President: Bob Curry
President Elect:  James Stoddard
Secretary: John Henning
Treasurer: Heather Weare
Co-Treasurer:  Ryan Sedley
Club Service/Membership: Jessa Brooks
Community Service:  Marga Cooley
International Service:  Laura Mohajer
Vocational Service: Erin Krier, Tom Allen
Foundation: Tom Martinez
Youth Service: Erinn Dougherty
Sergeant at Arms: Tom Ross
Club Compassion Coordinator:  Ophelia Paine 
Maricopa Update
Last week Homer Higgenbottom and Januvius Winterbottom were in the local coffee shop discussing health and masculinity.  Homer said, "I didn't see your truck outside.  I thought you might not be here.  And now you look like you lost your best friend.  Are you OK?"  Januvius answered, "I'm not sure if I'm OK.  I'm concerned about my masculinity and I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon?" "What is going on?" asked Homer. "A couple weeks ago my wife told me the toilet was leaking.  I tried for over half an hour to get it to stop.  Finally she called her sister's husband and he stopped it in five minutes.  Then last week my wife told me that the switch to the living room light was not working.  Don't tell anyone this, but I couldn't even find the circuit breaker so that I could change the switch.  I had to call an electrician.  That's when my wife said that she wasn't even sure I was really a man.  She made this appointment for me to see the doctor today and she took away my truck keys.  According to her you can't drive a truck if you ain't a real man.  I had to drive her Prius to meet you here.  How embarrassing is that?"  responded Januvius.  Homer piped up, "We still have a couple of hours before you go see the doctor.  Come over to my place and help me work on my truck.  That will raise your testosterone levels and help you feel like a man."  "Great idea, Homer.  I'll meet you at your place, but I'm taking the back roads.  I don't want anyone see me driving my wife's car." said Januvius.  Homer added, "If you get lost, don't ask for directions.  Just call me on your cell phone and I'll pick you up."
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
Willow Restaurant
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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To visit District 5240's website select the link:
District Governor Scott Phillips
Assistant District Governor Judy Henbury
August 16: Off Site - Bonifresh:  Value-added Vegetable Packing
August 23:  Judge Kay Kuns:  Treatment Courts, People to People
August 30:  Off Site - Melfred Borzall Tour
September 6:  Antonio Garcia, Superintendent - SMJUHSD
September 13:  Open
September 20, 2022 - Ashley Guggia, Assistant Principal - SJHS
September 27: Off Site -  U Pick Blueberry Farm
October 4:  Open
October 11:  Chuen Ng, City of Santa Maria Community Development Director
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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