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Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
San Diego Christian College
200 Riverview Pkwy
Building A Upstairs
Santee, CA 92071
United States of America
(619) 993-7805
(619) 596-7189
Covid 19 Notice: "We are currently conducting noon online zoom meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays until future notice". You are welcome to join us!
Chuck Pretto
Apr 15, 2021 12:00 PM
2022-23 District 5340 Governor
National Day of Prayer 2021
May 06, 2021 11:00 AM
Mayor's Prayer Lunch
Marisa Reichardt
May 06, 2021 12:00 PM
Young Adult Author
District Attorney Summer Stephan
May 20, 2021 12:00 PM
Fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Doug Wilson
    April 1
  • Sandy Pugliese
    April 29
  • Stephanie Chapel Yoo
    April 7
April 2021
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Home Page Stories

Rotarian of the Year - Bill Pommering

Bill is always focused on what is best for our club and willing to put in the time to make it happen.


  • He shows up early to meetings to help with check in and make guests feel welcome

  • Is a regular volunteer at club events

  • Always ensures there is change available at meetings

  • Completes and distributes our yearly renewal forms

  • Sends in all Rotary International and District dues/PolioPlus contributions/Paul Harris points

  • Organizes and collects funds for many of our club events

  • Collects and distributes funds for our fundraisers (including grants, local events and special projects)

  • Prepares, updates and presents monthly treasurer reports at meetings

  • Calls to check on members who he has not seen in a while

  • Investigates questions with banks, bylaws, former Rotarians, the city, and any other entity that we need him to contact

  • Is a financial supporter of all club fundraisers and events

  • PowerPoint maker extraordinaire

  • Funny collection drive name originator

  • Regular interviewer for Gordon Zucker, RYLA and Scholar programs, as well as presenter of awards

  • Zoom meeting screen sharing host extraordinaire.

But even more importantly, Bill is a true gentleman, a kind-hearted, caring person, willing to help anyone who asks – he always says yes, is a member of the Santee community that constantly gives back through public service and donation of his time to local charities and organizations, is a lover of cars, big band and formerly Arnold Palmers, a snappy dresser and a wonderful friend to Rotary.


The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Scholars Program began in 1995 to address the growing number of high school dropouts.  High school graduation is considered essential for long term success and independence.  The Scholars Program identifies students who need additional support and encouragement to graduate high school.  Club members, along with our coordinator Angie, provide mentoring to the students to help them graduate on time with their class.  Scholars are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA, do community service, remain free of criminal activity and stay drug/alcohol free. As long as the requirements are met, students are awarded a scholarship of up to $4,000 to cover tuition, books and fees at an accredited college or training program. This program is offered at our three local high schools: El Capitan, Santana and West Hills.  Each year, three new students are chosen (one from each campus).   Since its inception, the program has assisted over 155 students and has an 83% graduation rate with 63% of those graduating going on to attend college or post-secondary education. 

District 5340 Buddy's Backpack  Santee Lakeside Rotary
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club donated  $1,750 worth of backpacks and schools supplies as part of a community driven back-to-school backpack effort. 
As strong supporters of their local schools and students, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club decided to seek a District grant to help with this community project.  The Club contributed  $1,000 of club funds which was matched with $750 District dollars. This event was also supported through various community fundraising efforts. 
The backpack event started in 2015 and is named after the founder and community activist, Buddy Rabaya who died from complications from a hemorrhagic stroke this past year.  Buddy had always been very supportive of Rotary events and volunteered at many of them.  He was a tremendous community partner. 
Now known as Buddy's Backpacks, this program helps families having a tough time paying for school supplies.  The backpacks were distributed at two school location with COVID safety measures practiced.  Families drove to the school site parking lots and remained in their cars as volunteers provided age-appropriate backpacks for the kids and placed them safely into their vehicles.  The child (children) had to be present in the car.  
Santee Rotarians joined in and helped with the distribution of the backpacks and supplies.  It is estimated that over 800 students were recipients at this annual event.  
Rotarian and superintendent of the Santee School District, Kristin Baranski thanked the volunteers and community supporters for doing this for the children of Santee.  

Source:  Article from Rotary District 5340 and Sandy Pugliese. 
Are you interested in making a difference in your community?  Check out all of the great projects that Santee-Lakeside Rotary has already accomplished this Rotary last year! 
  • Raised money for our Scholars program by putting on a Concert at the Lakes, graduated 3 scholars and got 3 new ones.
  • In addition to money raised privately, we received a district grant for $4,000 and put in solar at Rancho Santa Marta, saving the school $10,000 per year that they can use towards educating the children.  The total project was over $60,000!
  • Participated with SMOAC elves program by handwriting holiday cards for seniors in our local mobile home parks.
  • Sent 9 local high school students to RYLA, a Rotary leadership program for students.
  • Assembled 1,000 boxes for Santee Santas which was used for food and toys for local families.
  • Joined with Rotary club of Ensenada to provide food, blankets and clothing to over 300 families. 
  • Served as greeters for the Rotary International Assembly.
  • Awarded 8 new Paul Harris fellows, equating to saving 64 lives!
  • Come join us to see what you can add!


Members of our club visited the Canine Companions for Independence Training Center in Oceanside.  Canine Companions for Independence has been providing assistance dogs free of charge since 1975.  After touring the facility and seeing demonstrations of assistance dogs at work, club members presented the organization with $1,200 to help train an assistance dog for a disabled service member.



Club Executives & Directors
Past President
International Service
Foundation (Treasurer)
Membership Chair
Peace Chair
Social Media - Webmaster
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Chair
Concert at the Lakes Chair
Member at Large
Project Chair
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District 5340 Calendar of Events
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