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Fellow Rotarians, 

Our speaker this week is Dean Axelrod, Director of Partnerships and Philanthropy at Direct Relief, and he’ll be discussing his recent work with that organization, which is currently working to provide relief to earthquake victims in Turkey. We hope you can make it!


We have upcoming speaker vacancies in May and June, 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 speakers:

March 28, 2023


Santa Maria Valley YMCA Tour (RB)

April 4, 2023

S.M. Inn

Karen Ortiz, Development Dir., Alzheimer's Assoc. California Central Coast (PM)

April 11, 2023

S.M. Inn

Scott Phillips, District Governor / BOD 1pm

April 18, 2023


Adopt A Road Project: meet at BV Park CF Cabin

April 25, 2023

S.M. Inn

Nick Frankle : Rotary Foundation Program

May 2, 2023

S.M. Inn


May 9, 2023

S.M. Inn

Santa Barbara Humane (CEO Kerri Burns and pup Kali) / BOD 1pm






This Week's
Dean Axelrod
Direct Relief International
Director of Partnerships and Philanthropy
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 Accounts Receivable Coordinator:  Vishnu Payup
Paul Harris Corner
"There can be no better introduction to the life of a community than one that comes through the local Rotary club."
Virginia in Oakland
Last week Virginia Perry Souza visited the Rotary Club of Oakland.  At the Rotator we found out that President Bob was in fact trying to trade Virginia to the Rotary Club of Oakland for two draft choices and a player to be named later.  The deal fell through when they discovered that Virginia has ablutophobia  (fear of bathing).
Sunshine Report
We understand that Ron Nanning is still in Santa Maria Post Acute.  According to Mary, he has good days and bad days, but generally he is making progress.  She hopes to take him home this month. 
Maricopa Update
Last week Homer Higgenbottom and Januvius Winterbottom met at the local coffee shop to discuss International Women's Day.  Januvius asked, "Did you know that International Women's Day was the other day?"  Homer replied, "Of course I did.  Judging from the large bruise on your head I would guess that it didn't go well for you."  "Well," started Januvius, "I thought I would do something nice for my wife, so I bought her a new ironing board."  "Just a wild guess, but I bet that was not what she was looking for," offered Homer.  "You've got that right," said Januvius, "She hit me over the head with it."  Homer inquired, "What have I told you about following the Four Way Test?  Can't you get it through your head?"  "I know I messed up, but then, to make things worse, she told me she wanted to take flying lessons," responded Januvius.  Homer replied, "What's wrong with that?  We both know that she's a better driver than you."  Januvius said, "She may have had less accidents and tickets than me, but I'm not sure she's a better driver than me.  And besides, she's just not mechanically minded.  Why she doesn't know the difference between a whatchamacallit and a thingamabob!"  "I have no idea what you are saying," said Homer.  Januvius' face lit up, "That reminds me.  Will you go to Home Depot with me?  I'm doing a project that requires a lag bolt, and I don't know the difference between a lag bolt, a carriage bolt and a hex bolt.  Maybe you could help me." Homer said, "I guess some of us are more mechanically minded than others."
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
March 14:  Dean Axelrod, Direct Relief International/ Board of Directors Meeting
March 21:  Open
March 28:  Santa Maria Valley YMCA Tour
April 4:  Karen Ortiz, Development Director Alzheimer's Association California Central Coast
April 11:  Scott Phillips, District Governor / BOD 1PM
April 18:  Adopt A Road Cleanup of Buena Vista Park
April 25:  Nick Frankle, Rotary Foundation Program
May 2:  Open
May 9:  Santa Barbara Humane,  CEO Kerri Burns
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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