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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. You might remember he was previously scheduled to speak with us in March but had to reschedule. We hope to see you there!


Upcoming presentations are below; please note we have an opening for a speaker on June 6, so if you have someone in mind, you can add them at this link:


May 9, 2023

S.M. Inn

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

May 16, 2023

S.M. Inn

Patrick Sheehy: History of Strawberry Growing in the Valley (VS)

May 23, 2023

S.M. Inn

Club Assembly (redesign of club flag)

May 30, 2023


Tour of new Fine Arts Building at AHC

June 6, 2023

S.M. Inn

open / (Wine Raffle Drawing)





This Week's
Dean Axelrod
Director of Partnerships and Philanthropy at Direct Relief International
We are meeting in the Kent Room at the Historic Santa Maria Inn this week at 12:10 PM.
Wine Raffle
Our Rotary Club is having its wine raffle on June 6th.  All members are asked to bring in two bottles of wine of some value (no Two Buck Chuck or Ripple).  Please bring in your wine by May 16th.  James Stoddard is collecting the wine.  If you don't bring in your wine on time you may end up at the bottom of the Santa Maria River. You will also be asked to sell or purchase $100 of tickets, 5 tickets of $20 each.
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 Self Image Consultant:  Lois Steem
Paul Harris Corner
"We are in no further need of politicians;  we need some statesmen now."
Sunshine Report
I spoke with Mary Nanning today.  She had total knee replacement surgery last Wednesday.  She is recovering at home and is feeling pretty good, all things considered.  Ron is making slow progress, but is fine. 
Maricopa Update
Last week Homer Higgenbottom and Januvius Winterbottom met at the local coffee shop to discuss trying to put a positive spin on the "rapid unscheduled disassembly" of an automobile. Januvius began, "My wife drove to the grocery store the other day to pick up a few things.  She came home an hour and a half later exhausted.  I asked, 'You look beat.  Why are you walking and what happened to your car?"  She said, "Well, I learned a lot of things in my trip to the market.  You know that sharp bend in the road right after you leave the market?  I replied, "Do you mean the one where people are always ending up in the ditch?"  She answered,  "Yes, that one.  I learned that you can't text while you are trying to negotiate that bend.  I learned that if you don't have your insurance card you can't call the insurance company to send a tow truck to collect your car that has experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly.  I also learned that it is difficult to carry two bags of groceries over a mile to our home when you are wearing pumps instead of walking shoes."  I asked her, "Are you trying to put a SpaceX spin on the fact that you totaled your car while you were texting?"  She replied, "I thought you might be angry with me if I just came out and told you I wrecked the car, so I was trying to be positive."  I said to her, "Let's call the insurance company and the tow truck and then I will take you to lunch."
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
May 2:  Dean Axelrod, Direct Relief International
May 9:  Kerri Burns, Santa Barbara Humane Society/ Board of Directors Meeting
May 16:  Patrick Sheehy, History of Strawberry Growing in the Valley
May 23:  Club Assembly, Redesign of the club flag
May 30: Tour of new Fine Arts Building at AHC
June 6:  Wine Raffle/Drawing
What is the importance of Rotary?
"Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come for miles to watch you burn."
Jennifer Jones
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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