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President's Message


Fellow Rotarians, 


A big thank you to Yvonne Biely for standing in for me and directing last week’s meeting!


We hope you can join us this Tuesday at the Santa Maria Inn to hear about Allan Hancock College’s educational opportunities for our jail and prison populations, as well as the college’s programs serving recently-incarcerated students. Our speaker is Academic Dean Rick Rantz, who has worked on these projects for many years, and he will share details about the impact of these programs on our community.


We continue to have upcoming speaker vacancies, so please reach out to your colleagues, friends, and contacts about presenting a program for our club. You can continue to add your speakers to our calendar at this link:


Upcoming presentations and speaker vacancies:

February 21, 2023


Adopt A Road Project: meet at BV Park CF Cabin

February 28, 2023

S.M. Inn


March 7, 2023

S.M. Inn

Dr. Bob Priola: Director of Research, Wacker Investments

March 14, 2023

S.M. Inn

open / BOD 1pm (tentative)

March 21, 2023

S.M. Inn


March 28, 2023


Santa Maria Valley YMCA Tour (RB)



Thank you!





This Week's
Rick Rantz
Allan Hancock College’s Educational Opportunities for our Jail and Prison Populations
We are meeting in the Kent Room at the Historic Santa Maria Inn this week at 12:10 PM. 
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 Dessert Chef:  Tyra Meesu
Paul Harris Corner
"If a more general spirit of tolerance proves to be the only permanent result of its efforts, Rotary will not have existed in vain."
Sunshine Report
We understand that Ron Nanning is still in Santa Maria Post Acute.  Let's continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Happy Birthday Abe!
Maricopa Update
Last week the Mayor of Maricopa invited Homer Higgenbottom to his office to discuss the new sewage treatment plant.  "Do you remember how we discussed my scheme to get a new sewage treatment plant?  And then you did the Four Way Test thing to me, so I gave up my scheme?" asked the Mayor.  "Yes I do," said Homer, "and I was correct in doing so."  The Mayor then offered, "I searched high and low for another way to get a new sewage treatment plant that we could afford.  And I found one.  So instead of paying $5 to $10 million I got one for $5,000.00 from IKEA.  The thing is that we have to put it together ourselves.  It has 1,792,312 parts.  They say one person can assemble it in six months, but I'll bet if you and Januvius work together on it you two can finish it in three months.  What do you say?"  Homer thought for a few seconds, "I'll agree to do it if Januvius agrees to do it."  The Mayor squirmed as he said, "That's why I already spoke with Januvius and he said he would do it if you would.  So we have a deal.  Thanks so much," and  Homer walked out of the office.  The Mayor quickly got on his phone, "Hey Januvius, I've got a job for you and Homer to do.  The new sewage treatment plant is coming in this week and I need you and Homer to put it together.  I figure it will take the two of you about three months to put it together.  Homer said he would do it if you would, so what do you say?"  Januvius replied, "Well, if Homer said he would do it I will do it."  The Mayor thanked Januvius, "I really appreciate your help on this project.  You and Homer are the greatest."  The Mayor then broke out into a cold sweat.  He said to himself, "This Four Way Test thing is going to kill me.  If Homer or Januvius find out about what I did, I will go straight to Hell."  He called his wife and left this message on her voice mail, "Honey, it's me.  Will you go on Amazon and order me some fireproof underwear?  I get the feeling I'm going to need them soon.  I'll explain later.  Love you."
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
Chablis Boat on the Embarcadero
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
To visit our website select the link:  http://www.rotaryclubof
To visit District 5240's website select the link:
District Governor Scott Phillips
Assistant District Governor Judy Henbury
February 14:  Rick Rantz: Allan Hancock College’s Educational Opportunities for our Jail and Prison Populations/ Board of Directors Meeting
February 21:  Adopt a Road Cleanup of Buena Vista Park
February 28:  Open
March 7:  Dr. Bob Priola: Wacker Investments, Director of Research
March 14:  Open/ Board of Directors Meeting
March 21:  Open
March 28:  Santa Maria Valley YMCA Tour
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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