Rotary Club of Santa Maria
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Fellow Rotarians,

Please join us this week, as we’re going to have a special assembly of the club to focus on the redesign of our club flag. We’ve heard interest in the ship image, in portraying vineyards and agriculture, in honoring the past while looking to the future. Among other design elements, it would be good to consider commemorating the club’s 100th year. Please bring all your ideas (as well as any sketches you might have done in idle moments). It should be an interesting time—hope to see you there.

Here are the upcoming presentations through the end of June:


May 23, 2023

S.M. Inn

Club Assembly (redesign of club flag)

May 30, 2023


Tour of new Fine Arts Complex at AHC

June 6, 2023

S.M. Inn

Sofia Ramirez-Gelpi: AHC Community Education / (Wine Raffle Drawing)

June 13, 2023

S.M. Inn

Matt Hart, Betteravia Farms: Ag Technology in vegetable farming (AP)

June 20, 2023


Adopt A Road Project: meet at BV Park CF Cabin

June 27, 2023

Step Down/Dark

Dark-no meeting





This Week's
Club Assembly
Redesign of the Club Flag
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).  All money and wine is due this week!  Those who don't want to purchase two bottles of wine, you will be billed.  If you haven't turned in your ticket money you will also be billed.
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 Fashion Consultant:  Natalie Attired
Paul Harris Corner
"A simple home in which contentment dwells is infinitely preferable to a palace full of luxuries but without peace.
Sunshine Report
Ron and Mary Nanning are at home and are making progress.
Lynda Gantt has been having a hard time recuperating from her surgery. Let's keep all of them in our thoughts and prayers. 
Maricopa Update
Last week Homer Higgenbottom and Januvius Winterbottom met at the local ice cream parlor to discuss change.  Homer began, "I thought I would change things up this week and have an ice cream cone with you instead of a coffee.  I'm buying.  What flavor of ice cream would you like?"  "Thanks for treating me.  How about if I have two scoops of liver and onions?" replied Januvius.  Homer answered, "They don't make liver and onions flavored ice cream."  "OK," said Januvius. Then I'll take two scoops of bacon and eggs ice cream."  Homer was slightly agitated when he replied, "Do you see bacon and eggs on the list of flavors on the wall?  I'm sorry, but they don't make bacon and eggs ice cream."  "All right, then I'll take two scoops of mac and cheese ice cream," said Januvius.  Homer was visibly upset when he responded, "Listen, they don't have liver and onions ice cream.  They don't have bacon and eggs ice cream, and they don't have mac and cheese ice cream.  I'm just going to get you two scoops of rocky road."  "Thank you, but I'm going to make sure that I don't eat it too fast.  I don't want to get brain freeze," responded Januvius.  Homer tersely said, "I don't think there is any chance of that happening."
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 23:  Club Assembly, Redesign of the club flag
May 30: Tour of new Fine Arts Building at AHC
June 6:  Wine Raffle/Drawing
June 13:  Matt Hart, Betteravia Farms
June 17:  Step Down
June 20:  Adopt-A-Road Cleanup of Buena Vista Park
June 27:  Dark/No Meeting
What is the importance of Rotary?
"I've always wanted to carve my own path. Sometimes that's meant taking risks and making yourself open to new experiences."
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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