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Fellow Rotarians, 

We are meeting offsite this week, as we travel to Guadalupe to hear from Alejandra Mahoney about the food rescue program. The presentation will include a lunch prepared by their kitchen, so it should be an interesting and informative meeting. We hope you can join us.


The address is the Guadalupe Senior Center, 4545 10th St, across from the water tower.


We’ve also got several 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 7, 2023

S.M. Inn

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

February 14, 2023

S.M. Inn

open BOD 1pm

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


March 14, 2023

S.M. Inn

open / BOD 1pm


Thank you!





This Week's
Alexandra Mahoney
Guadalupe Senior Center, 4545 10th Street
Food Rescue Program in Guadalupe
We are not 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 Wardrobe Assistant:  Joaquin Closet
Human Trafficking Event Last Saturday
Paul Harris Corner
"There are no great fundamental differences between men and between nations.  None are entirely good; none entirely bad.  The great mischief maker is misunderstanding."
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.
Maricopa Update
Last week Homer Higgenbottom and Januvius Winterbottom met at the local coffee shop to discuss classified documents and making money.  Januvius started the conversation, "Did you see they have a new shop in the mall?  It's called "All Things Classified."  "No I didn't know about the new shop," replied Homer.  "And what do they sell in this new shop?"  "Januvius said, "With new batches of top secret classified documents being found every day by lawyers, the owner of this shop has sent out teams of detectives all around the country to see if they could find some themselves.  His teams have found top secret classified documents going all the way back to the founding of our country.  Now people from all over the world are going to his shop to buy these documents."  Homer inquired, "Are you sure that all these documents are legitimate?  What kind of secrets are being sold?"  Januvius answered, "Personally I bought George Washington's list of spies along with all their phone numbers."  Homer piped up, "I don't think that is authentic.  The phone wasn't even invented when George Washington was President."  "How about this one?  I bought the positions of all the Confederate airplanes that Abraham Lincoln had."  Homer burst his bubble again, "I'm sorry to tell you that the Confederates didn't have any airplanes."  "OK.  Do you think my list of Hitler's military leaders and their email addresses is real?"  Homer said, "I'm afraid not.  I think this shop is selling bogus documents. He's not following the Four Way Test."
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 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
February 28:  Open
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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