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Fellow Rotarians, 

We hope you can make it this week to hear from our District Governor, Scott Phillips, who will be attending and providing the program. He will also be attending our Board meeting at 1:00.



Scott M. Phillips                                                           


Scott joined the Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime in 2013 and served as the club’s 30th President in 2016-17. During his year as club President, the club was #1 in the District for per capita giving to The Rotary Foundation annual fund. Scott has served Rotary District 5240 as Communications Director in 2015-16, Assistant Governor in 2017-18, Chief Operating Officer in 2018-19, District Administrator in 2019-20, President of the Rotary District 5240 Charitable Foundation and PRLS Director in 2019-21 and is serving as Rotary District 5240 Governor in 2022-23. He is the District's youngest governor. In addition, Scott has served as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 26 – which covers 16 Districts in the Western United States – in 2019-21.


Scott is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, Major Donor Level 2, member of the Bequest Society, PolioPlus Society and a District 5240 Triple Crown Donor Charter member. In addition, Scott is a PRLS and Master PRLS Graduate.


Scott is the CEO of Synergy Computing, Inc., an IT Managed Service Provider in Santa Barbara, CA and is the author of the book “Hassle-Free Computer Support” and his second book “39 Seconds: How to Protect Your Business Data, Customers, and Your Money From Cyberattacks that Occur Every 39 Seconds” is due out soon. Scott is a Certified HIPAA Security Professional and member of FBI InfraGard.


In his spare time, Scott enjoys traveling with Rotary friends and meeting new ones around the world, photography and amateur (ham) radio.


Scott resides in Santa Barbara, CA where he was born and raised.


Please continue to add your speakers to our calendar at this link:


Upcoming presentations and speaker vacancies:

January 10, 2023

S.M. Inn

Scott Phillips, District Governor / BOD 1pm

January 17, 2023

S.M. Inn

Kate Ferguson/Club Assembly: Rotary Centennial Park projects (JB)

January 24, 2023

S.M. Inn

Rotary Peace Fellow (India) (VS)

January 31, 2023


Alejandra Mahoney: Food Rescue Program Guadalupe/free lunch 

February 7, 2023

S.M. Inn

Peter Keller: Pearls of Africa Children's Fund (JB)

February 14, 2023

S.M. Inn


February 21, 2023


Adopt A Road Project: meet at BV Park CF Cabin

February 28, 2023

S.M. Inn



Thank you!





This Week's
District Governor Scott Phillips
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 Ornithologist:  Luke A. Boyd
Sunshine Report
Ron Nanning is in Santa Maria Post Acute.  He is getting therapy and improving. If you want to see him you need to call and make an appointment. Let's keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Maricopa Update
Last week Homer Higgenbottom was asked to go to the Mayor's office to consult on political matters.  He walked into the office and noticed a young man sitting in the corner wearing ear buds and playing with his cell phone.  He asked the Mayor, "Who is that kid and why is he in your office?"  "That is Skyler and he is my new intern," replied the Mayor. "I haven't figured out what he is supposed to do, so I told him to sit in my office and when I need something done I will tell him."  Homer went over to Skyler, introduced himself to him, then whispered something into Skyler's ear.  "So why did you want to talk to me, Mr. Mayor?" inquired Homer.  The Mayor answered, "Remember a few weeks ago we talked about my conversation with Governor Newsom about the money for the new sewage treatment plant and the 'I love you' ending of our little talk.  You suggested I follow the Four Way Test and tell him the truth.  Well, I did and he refused to give us any money for our sewage treatment plant.  So now I have another idea.  We are going to claim that we are part of Ukraine and we need to defend ourselves from the Russians."  Homer interrupted, "I did notice the Ukrainian flag flying on top of City Hall."  The Mayor continued, "We can tell the U.S. Government that we need some aid in order to defend ourselves.  They will give us some rocket launchers, missiles, tanks, etc.  We can then sell them to Ukraine for a lot of money and build our sewage treatment plant.  Of course then I will take down the Ukrainian flag from City Hall and put up the U.S. flag.  What do you think of my plan?"  Homer said, "Mr. Mayor you are thinking like a politician, not a real leader."  He then looked at Skyler and nodded at him.  Skyler nodded back and began playing patriotic music softly from his cell phone.  "Your plan relies on lies, deceptions, and obfuscations.  You might get what you want, but at what price?  A real leader acts with honesty and integrity."  "Wait a minute," interrupted the Mayor, "Stop the music.  Did you communicate to Skyler that you wanted patriotic music played?"  Homer said, "Yes I did.  This is my patriotic speech and I want patriotic music."  He nods at Skyler again and the music resumes.  "As I was saying," continued Homer, "the people of Maricopa want a leader they can look up to.  They want someone they can respect.  Most people don't respect politicians, but they do respect real leaders. What if John Paul Jones had not said 'I have not yet begun to fight.'  Do you think we would have the kind of Navy we have?  And what if Abraham Lincoln had not said, 'A house divided against itself cannot stand.'  Do you think we would have 50 united states?  And if Franklin Roosevelt had not said, 'We have nothing to fear, but fear itself?'  Do you think we would have stuck it out and been victorious in World War II?  These men were leaders.  They had courage and they followed the Four Way Test."  "Wait a minute, cut the music.  These were big decisions in big situations.  We're talking about a sewage treatment plant, not the survival of our country."  Homer nods again at Skyler and the patriotic music starts again, this time a little louder.  "Being a leader can start anywhere at any time.  Following the Four Way Test is something you do every day.  You have just got to decide which way you are going to do.  Are you going to be a leader or a follower?  Are you going to shape the future or let the future shape you?  Are you going to be a man or a mouse?"  Homer nods and the music stops.  In the silence the Mayor waits a few seconds then says, "Squeak!  Squeak!"  Homer looks down at the floor, clearly disappointed.  "OK I guess you're right again.  I'll follow the Four Way Test and be a leader.  I'll get that sewage treatment plant built in a better way." 
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
January 10:  Scott Phillips, District Governor, Board of Directors Meeting
January 17:  Off Site - Open
January 24:  Rotary Peace Fellow (India)
January 31:  Alexandra Mahoney:  Food Program Guadalupe
February 7:  Peter Keller - Pearls of Africa Children's Fund
February 14:  Open
February 21:  Adopt a Road Cleanup of Buena Vista Park
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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