President Todd Talks Up Rotary on AM 1290

Posted on Sep 24, 2018


President Todd was a guest September 24th on the "Community Matters" show on AM1290 with host Ed Giron. He discussed a wide variety of Rotary topics starting with the Spirit of Service Awards luncheon to our signature Montecito Rubber Duck Race and Pints For Polio fun-raiser events, upcoming SBRotariansAgainstHunger project in November, International Service Projects in the Congo and Mexico, SBCC Vocational Scholarships and our Montecito Reads program benefitting local elementary schools.

And of course, radio exposure like this never hurts to attract other service-minded individuals to join us! More info: The show will be re-broadcast this evening at 8pm, and again on Sunday 9/30 if you're interested. Check the station's website for specific times:


To listen to the broadcast, click the link below



#MontecitoRotary #MontecitoPeopleOfAction #RotarySpiritofServiceAwards



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ShelterBox Event Raises Funds for Those Displaced by Disaster or Conflict

Posted on Sep 20, 2018

Rotarians at ShelterBox event

Rotarians attending the ShelterBox event in Summerland


On September 20, about 250 people turned out for ShelterBox USA’s second annual Evening to Experience ShelterBox on the scenic grounds of John McGovern’s Summerland estate. More than $225,000 was raised for this international disaster relief organization, which provides ShelterBoxes, ShelterKits, and other supplies to those displaced by conflict or disaster. ShelterBoxes contain tents for temporary shelter and ShelterKits provide the essential tools for repairing and rebuilding homes.


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State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson comes to Montecito

California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, who proudly represents Senate District 19 which includes all of Santa Barbara County and parts of Ventura County, addressed the Rotary Club of Montecito and shared some of the many topics on her legislative agenda, including details and background of SB 826 which has passed thru Committee and is currently awaiting Governor Brown's signature.  Among Senator Jackson's many legislative initiatives, SB 826 would require (by 2020) all California corporations to have at least one female member of the Board of Directors.  She compared the struggle to the 1980's struggle to admit women into Rotary,  Senator Jackson answered questions from the members and guests present, and posed for a photo with Club President Todd and Rotarian Kerri Murray. 
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Rotary Club of Montecito Gives $12,500 in Scholarships to Santa Barbara City College Students

In partnership with the SBCC Foundation, the Rotary Club of Montecito and its supporting foundation is pleased to announce a contribution to provide ten $1,250 scholarships to high performing Santa Barbara City College students. The Montecito Rotary Club has long prioritized education as a key area of focus by providing financial support to ensure Santa Barbara’s local youth are able to maximize their potential.
“For more than 25 years, the Rotary Club of Montecito has provided scholarships for students in the Vocational and Career Technical Studies at Santa Barbara City College; the total amount of support provided during this time exceeds $100,000,” said Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation Treasurer John Glanville. “This year the club funded ten scholarships for a total of $12,500. These scholarships cover a range of vocational endeavors including a variety of medical studies, automotive and marine diving technologies, cosmetology, journalism, computer systems, and theatre arts. The club membership believes in the mission of SBCC to educate and provide opportunity to students seeking worthwhile careers in a variety of career technical fields.”
“We remain continually grateful to the Rotary Club of Montecito for their long-standing support of SBCC’s Career Technical Education students,” said SBCC Foundation CEO Geoff Green. “CTE puts a spotlight on one of the great strengths of our community’s college and the talented students who pursue these specialized skills. The generosity of the club and its members is remarkable.”
Nominations come from faculty members in SBCC’s more than five dozen Career Technologies Education Programs. Faculty take into consideration students’ leadership qualities, excellence in their discipline, and community-spiritedness. Rotary’s Four-Way Test—Is it the truth? Fair to all? Does it build good will? Beneficial to all? —guides nomination and choice.
Congratulations to the 2018 scholarship recipients:
From the Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation
Buehler Family Scholarship: Yamileth Manzanarez Jimenez, Early Childhood Education Chris Carroll Memorial Scholarship: Patrick Lownes-Santos, Theatre Arts Fenkner Family Scholarship: Lulu Castro, Vocational Nursing Martin and Julia Koobation Scholarship: Ricardo Juan-Maldonado, Culinary Arts Lynda Nahra Scholarship: Tina Hang, Computer Information Systems President’s Leadership Scholarship: Jack Dookie, Automotive Technology
From the Rotary Club of Montecito
Vocational and Career Technical Scholarships: Vincent Gonzales, Addictive Disorders Counseling; Pauline Grillo, Drafting and Interior Design; Sarah Smith, Medical Imaging Sciences; and Katherine Wiseman, Medical Imaging Sciences
About the Rotary Club of Montecito: Concentrating on fellowship through service, Rotary International is the world’s largest service organization with more than 1.2 million members who come together to create positive change. Local chapters, such as the Rotary Club of Montecito focus on leading polio eradication efforts, promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing the local economy. Now more than 110 years old, Rotary International continues to have lasting impact on both local and global communities.
About the SBCC Foundation: The SBCC Foundation has provided Santa Barbara City College with private philanthropic support since 1976, serving as the vehicle through which individuals and organizations may invest in the college and its students. The SBCC Foundation provides more than $4.5 million annually for student success programs, scholarships, book grants, and other critical needs of the college in order to support SBCC students as they prepare for careers, transfer to four-year universities, and pursue lifelong learning goals. In 2016, the Foundation launched the SBCC Promise in order to provide all local high school graduates with the opportunity to attend SBCC full time at no cost. More than 2,000 students have enrolled in the SBCC Promise, which covers all required fees, books, and supplies for up to two years. Visit to learn more.
Photo credit: Rotary Club of Montecito members, SBCC faculty, and student scholarship recipients. Photo courtesy of Nell Campbell Photography.


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Tips for Starting and Growing a Successful Small Business

Posted on Aug 28, 2018
Why do almost all new businesses fail in the first 18 months (80%), according to Bloomberg? 
On August 28th we took advantage of the wealth of practical business experience amongst our members, and enjoyed a panel of Rotarians consisting of :
                 Mark Magid, a contractor
                 Joan Green, a CPA and
                 Robert Mislang, a banker
with Insurance Broker Del Hegland moderating, exploring what it takes to succeed in starting and growing a small business. 
A lively discussion ensued, and some of the topics explored included:
                working with your banker and tax preparer
                avoiding embezzlement
                not incorporating until there is a real need
                being liquid
                being organized, and 
                having a growth plan in place 
Mark discussed his hiring process, which included inputs from the staff with whom the new hire would work re: personality as well as production.   
Rotarians have such a wealth of diverse and helpful business experience, it's great to learn from our own members on occasion! 
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Rotarians Hear About "Gathering the Nooz" in Montecito

Posted on Aug 21, 2018
Bill Macfadyen, Founder and Publisher of Santa Barbara County's freshest news source, Noozhawk, was our guest speaker at The Rotary Club of Montecito luncheon on August 21st.
Continuing our series of featuring prominent local residents and newsmakers, Bill represents both groups well and does it with a vision for the future and a tenacity for excellence in journalism!
As Santa Barbara's only 24/7 professional news site, Noozhawk employs a staff of nine journalists and sales professionals working with an army of local contributors to make journalism engaging, relevant and viable.
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A Toast to the Santa Barbara Wine Industry

Posted on Aug 14, 2018
Our speaker for our August 14th meeting was Sonja Magdevski, the owner/winemaker of Casa Dumetz Wines, a member of the Santa Barbara Vintner's Association Board and a resident of Montecito. 

Sonja started as a garagiste winemaker in 2004 after planting a small vineyard in Malibu and soon her love of the grapevine thwarted her academic career trajectory. She studied political science at the University of Michigan and Journalism for her graduate work at Michigan State University. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to Macedonia in 1998-1999 to study ethnic conflict in her parents’ homeland with the intention of creating a sustainable framework for tolerance and stability in the Balkans. She came to her senses over a glass of Petite Syrah.
With the help of Allan Hancock Community College and numerous mentors in the Santa Barbara Wine Community, today she creates world peace one bottle at a time at her tasting room in Los Alamos, California. She is also the production manager for the SIP Certified Hilliard Bruce Winery in the Sta. Rita Hills, specializing in estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
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Rotarians visit Montecito Adult Friendship Center

Posted on Aug 07, 2018
In lieu of our regular Tuesday luncheon, Montecito Rotarians paid a visit to the Friendship Center of Montecito where we engaged with members, shared lunch together, and learned about their interests and life stories.  It was wa truly memorable experience for so many of our members, and we enjoyed the opportunity to share in their joy!
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RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards presentation

Posted on Jul 17, 2018
Darin Arrasmith, District 5240 Chairperson for RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, gave an inspired presentation to the Rotary Club of Montecito.  Detailing the weekend of leadership development activities for over 200 high school youth, Darin shared his inspirational stories of changing at a time.
Later, Montecito Rotarians heard from the two students our Club sponsored to attend the weekend camp, held in Ojai, and hear first-hand what an importance this weekend played in their lives and how grateful they were to our Club and its members for the financial support to be able to attend RYLA 2018.
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Santa Barbara Chief of Police Visits Montecito Rotary 2018-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Lobster Boil 

We cannot believe the Lobster Boil has come and gone, what a fun event! We had about 120 people attend and this was the first time we did this type of fundraiser. We raised over $8,000 after expenses were deducted and money is still coming in! To be able to do this event in honor of Larry Hammett and give money to the Mumosho Project is a true testament to why we enjoy being Rotarians. Thank you to David and his staff at The Harbor Restaurant for being so accommodating, and making our event come alive. Thank you Pick Up 6 for ending our event on a high note and to everyone who attended, donated and bid on items, we very much appreciate your support. We're counting down the days till we get to do it all over again!
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Rotarians Help Out at the Montecito Beautification Day 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

The Flair Project

We had a great time with Ivo Peshev as he explained his company, The Flair Project, his passion for service and how to make a delicious cosmopolitan. 
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Induction of Ruben Lopez into the Montecito Rotary Club 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
The Art of Jewelry Making with Calla Gold 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Induction of John Lucchetti Into the Montecito Rotary Club 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Jerry Horan Celebrates 31 Years as a Rotarian 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Empower Congo Women

Empower Congo Women, is a project our club has been supporting in the Congo. The positivity of these women is astounding and it's all the more reason for us to continue to support their lives. Click here to read the full story and to donate.
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Montecito Rotary BBQ

Thank you to Conner, Mark, Bernadette and everyone else who helped to make our annual club BBQ a success. Everyone had an amazing time and there was even talk about trying to put this on more than once a year. Thank you all for your efforts.
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2015 Rotary 5240 District Conference is Right Around the Corner

Come and join Rotary for an incredible conference in Bakersfield this October the 2-4 for a weekend of good company, food, music, special shopping discounts, meet new Rotarians and more. Click here for tons of great information on the event-
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Planning the Polio Endgame

A child receiving an oral polio vaccine. (Photo: USAID/Wikimedia Commons)
Read the latest developments on the game plan to end Polio, after scientists discovered a man had been shedding the poliovirus for 28 years. Story here.
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Africa’s last polio case occurred in Somalia on August 11 last year. Nigeria, one of the last three polio-endemic countries, reached one year without a reported case on July 24. The World Health Organization (WHO) may soon remove Nigeria from the list of polio endemic countries. When Africa goes three years without a case of polio, WHO will certify the region as polio-free. 

Five Ways to Show Appreciation for Your Members

August is membership month for Rotary, a month dedicated to clubs celebrating the people who make Rotary a reality. It's a time to focus our attention on members and thank them for everything they do, and to bolster their motivation for the work. It’s important that Membership Month does not simply turn into lip-service, expressed only via a special banner on your ClubRunner site or bulletin, which is easy to do. There are many ways to thank your members in a concrete way which can every month memorable.
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Samantha Bennett Speaks About Unleashing Your Inner Creative Side 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Courthouse Legacy Foundation Presents: 1st Annual Miniature Golf Tournament! Maggie Garey 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rosslyn Ray Earns Third Paul Harris Fellowship! Maggie Garey 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Group 8 Social Maggie Garey 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Marc Fleischman Sworn in as Montecito Rotary President Maggie Garey 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Montecito Rotary Club "2014 Golf Classic"

Posted by Maggie Garey on May 14, 2014


Many Thanks to our Sponsors!!

This year set a number of records for raffle tickets sold (over $4,000), number of foursomes (18), temperature at the first tee (98 degrees F), number of sponsors (8+), number of tee sponsors (more than 18), and low score (58 by Kurt and his “buddies”).  Throw in a great silent and live auction (Mark’s second or third career) with mega buckets of wine and the Club is looking to net over $15,000 for support of our numerous activities in the community and beyond. 

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Santa Barbara City College Annual Vocational Scholarship Award Program

Posted by Maggie Garey on Apr 21, 2014


This year our Club funded four Vocational and Technical Career Scholarships (the funds for these come through our Golf Tournament... thank you Carolyn and Bill!), the Koobation Scholarship (a fully endowed scholarship established by our Club), the Community West Bank Scholarship (thank you Lynda), the Chris Carroll Memorial Scholarship (funded through proceeds from the endowment Chris contributed to our Club Foundation), and the previously mentioned two Scholarships for the Study of Chinese Languages (thank you James and Tatiana), the Josephine Thymian Memorial Scholarship (thank you Carol and Ali), along with the President’s Leadership Scholarship (support by John and Christie Glanville).  We as a Club should be proud of our efforts and support of these talented, capable, and deserving students; we are making a difference in their lives! 

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Rotarian of the Month - Kati Buehler Maggie Garey 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Montecito Rotary Welcomes New Member - Seth Gewirtz Maggie Garey 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Montecito Rotary Welcomes New Member - Connor Rehage Maggie Garey 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Santa Barbara Airbus Makes the District 5240 Gala in Westlake a Breeze to Attend! Maggie Garey 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

Montecito Rotary Honors Public Safety Servants at Awards Luncheon

Posted by Maggie Garey on Mar 24, 2014


From left: Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Maupin, Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Robert Beeson, CHP Officer Jim Mann, Wildland Fire Specialist Jeff Saley, Santa Barbara City Fire Battalion Chief Jim McCoy, Police Detective Ben Ahrens and Carpinteria Firefighter and Paramedic Gabe Aubert (Not pictured: Senior Marine Inspector William DeCamp and Petty Officer Luke Shield)

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Rotarian of the Month - Carolyn Brown Maggie Garey 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
New Member, Bill Dial Maggie Garey 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Visit to Santa Barbara Courthouse for Friday Evening Rendezvous Maggie Garey 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month - Marc Fleischman

Posted by Maggie Garey on Dec 31, 2013


The RCM’s Board is pleased to select Marc Fleischman as our “Rotarian of the Month”. 

Marc’s youngest daughter, Malerie, led him to the RCM in 2009 when she won RCM’s annual Ethics Essay Contest.  Marc soon joined the RCM and now serves as club Secretary, VP, President-Elect as well as spearheading the Ethics Essay Contest.  

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Rotarian of the Month - Rosslyn Ray

Posted by Maggie Garey on Dec 01, 2013


An avid genealogist and amateur chef, Ross is an active member of the RCoM. In her 17 years as a Rotarian, she has wholeheartedly contributed to all five Avenues of Rotary service - Club, Vocational, Community, International and Youth. She has served as a Board Member of the RCoM for 13 years, served as Club President in (2002/03) and, currently, Ross is an Assistant Governor working with the 8 local Rotary Clubs in the Carpinteria to Goleta area. Ross was recognized as Montecito “Rotarian of the Year” last year.   

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Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara!

Posted by Maggie Garey on Sep 26, 2013



Mission Statement: "The Santa Barbara Rotaract is a social group of young men and women, dedicated to making a positive difference in our community."

Board Members: President, Sarah Demchuk; Vice President, Lindsay Terrel; Treasurer, Brian Berry; Secretary, Melissa Castle

Meetings and Location: We will have our meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30PM in the back room of Casablanca Restaurant (located at 330 State Street).


**The first mixer will take place on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 beginning at 6:30PM at Casablanca Restaurant.**


**Santa Barbara Rotaract has a team that is raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Walk that occurs on Saturday, October 5, 2013 beginning at 9:00AM at the Earl Warren Show Grounds (located at 3400 Calle Real)…this is the first event for the new members and they hope to rally support from their neighboring Rotaries. **





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Butterfly Beach Cleanup Maggie Garey 2013-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Good Times Doing Good! Robert Mislang 2013-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Geo Query of the Week Maggie Garey 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Good Times Doing Good!

Posted by Maggie Garey on Aug 09, 2013


On August 9 A large crew of Rotarians from Group 8 made the trip down to Dodger Stadium this last Saturday at the invitation of Wade and Roxanne Nomura of the Carpinteria Rotary Club and JACL.

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Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Murray W. Ray 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Murray W. Ray 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Your Calendars! Murray W. Ray 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0

Montecito Beautification Day!

Posted by Maggie Garey


We had a great turn out of fellow Rotarians and assorted friends and family members for the annual Montecito Beautification Day held this last Saturday November 2 at the Upper Village.  Joining us were Chris DeVries, James Fenkner and sister Beth and niece, Ben Urek, Harlan Green, and John Glanville with Cub Scout James.  After a hearty breakfast and a chance to chat, we headed out to the far points of Montecito in search of the sometimes hard to find "trashamus garbagolio".  With some success we returned to the Upper Village for the Montecito Fire Department BBQ and music on the green.  Definitely a Good Time Doing Good!


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Rotarian of the Month - Philip Palmquist

Posted by Maggie Garey


Phil has been a member of the Rotary Club of Montecito for 21 years, the past five of which he has served as Treasurer. A long time L.A. Dodgers fan, Phil has served on numerous local boards. He served on the Alumni Board and the Parents' Council at his Alma Mater, Westmont, and has been a Director of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, the Children's Museum, as well as Villa Majella.
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