President Hannah's January Message.
It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through the Rotary year. In reflecting on what our club has accomplished in the last six months, I continue to be amazed at what can be accomplished when people who care about creating a better community and better world come together to contribute time, talent, and treasure. In RY 2021-22, we’ve already:
  • Raised more than $7,500 through our first ever online auction, which will help us do more to support our local and international partners
  • Inducted 5 new members and hosted a fireside chat
  • Transitioned to hybrid meetings and improved the online experience
  • Revamped our monthly newsletter and updated our website and online donation portal
  • Completed a Global Grant which allowed 62 local, at-risk youth to attend the Global Peacetime Adventures Camp and learn how to manage anger and build their self esteem
  • Delivered new musical instruments to children at the Ciudad Sandino Music School in Nicaragua
  • Provided a new portable eye refractor for the Nueva Vida Clinic in Nicaragua to help clinic staff serve more patients
  • Presented Santa Barbara Channelkeeper with a $3,500 grant for their Youth Environmental Science Education Program so students from Harding Elementary can learn about marine science and pollution prevention
  • Spent a day sprucing up Camp Whittier by working on fencing, landscaping retaining walls, and adding jute netting
  • Had the opportunity to meet former RI President Mark Maloney and his wife, Gay
  • Selected four local high school students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards leadership experience in April 
  • Worked with the Rotary Club of Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua to identify 27 families who will receive aquaponics systems to raise fish and grow herbs and vegetables 
  • Elected our 2023-24 President Elect Nominee (PEN), Bruce Belfiore
  • Volunteered for the Food Bank, Salvation Army, CARE4Paws, the Fund for Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Public Library, She Is Beautiful, and other organizations
  • Passed Sunny (our plush baton for good deeds in the community) to 13 members who have swept stairs, shoveled the Butterfly Beach ramp, picked up trash, and helped with numerous volunteer activities
  • Continued our monthly hikes and socials and had special visits to the Allosphere at UCSB, the renovated Cabrillo Pavilion, and the SB Museum of Art
For any club to do all of the above in one year would be notable and we have accomplished this and more in the first half of the Rotary year. In 2022 we will continue to add members, enjoy great speakers, hold our second Dolphin Dive fundraiser, craft District Grants, and serve our community in a variety of ways. Looking forward to all that is to come!