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801 South Broadway
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Santa Maria, CA  93454-6668
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Rotary Club of Santa Maria South club members with Mission Hope Medical Director, Robert A. Dichman M. D. (3rd from left)
 
Tuesday, August 2nd found Rotary Santa Maria South members and guest treated to an overview and tour of Mission Hope Cancer Center, the state-of-the-art facility designed to offer Central Coast cancer patients the latest treatments, advanced technology, sophisticated imaging, coordinated care and support services, as well as clinical trials and physicians from the nation's top medical schools. A one-of-a-kind center serving as a nexus for testing, diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiation, and after treatment support, Mission Hope is comparable only to the centralized cancer services found at sites such as UCLA, or Stanford. Mission Hope is a UCLA affiliated cancer center featuring 30 currently active clinical trails/ study drugs, and is the first non-academic center to boast the Varian Truebeam linear accelerator, a $2.5 million piece of equipment enabling high precision radiation, which is less damaging to patients. In addition to cutting edge equipment, Mission Hope has now recruited two new physicians, Christopher Lutman, M. D., a gynecological oncologist, and Cheryl Decker, M. D., FACEP, cancer risk and survivorship.   
 
 

 
L to R: Jeff Shaffer and Chuck Flacks, C3H, with Rotary Santa Maria South club president Georgia Shore
 
C3H Shares Its Vision with Rotary Club Members
 
On Monday, July 18th, Chuck Flacks, Executive Director, and Jeff Shaffer, Community Coordinator of the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness  (C3H) presented an informative talk on countywide coordination of services to individuals in our area who are without housing. C3H is a program of the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County, which serves as fiscal agent for the organization. C3H is funded primarily by Santa Barbara County, countywide cities, Cottage and Marian hospitals, with other funding sought from nonprofits and the private sector. The main purpose of the organization is to (1) house the homeless and (2) minimize the impacts of homelessness on our communities. C3H is not a direct service provider, but rather coordinates the services and programs for others on behalf of Santa Barbara County homeless individuals.
 
Their purpose is to identify the homeless residents of the county by name, know their needs and their desires, and find them the appropriate services. C3H performs a survey of homeless individuals every two years, which may offer club members an opportunity to provide voluntary outreach and interview support. While the latest survey identified 1500 homeless in the county, it is estimated that the true number is three or four times greater. C3H is working to have Care & Referral Centers where caseworkers would be able to work with the chronically homeless to reduce “harm” and assist with information and referral. The organization is planning the first of these centers to be in Santa Maria.
 

 
What a proud moment for our club president Georgia Shore! Not only did she conduct her first meeting as president of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria South, but she had the honor and privilege of adding her daughter, Leigh Collier, as our newest club member. Dr. Hurdle helped with the induction ceremony by giving a brief history of our Rotary group, and Dick Best gave Leigh the formal Rotary club membership documents. Congratulations to our newest member!
 

 
Rotary Club of Santa Maria South President Georgia Shore and president elect Joe Gruba at President Shore's first official meeting of her tenure.
 

 

Rotary SM South club member Chet Prezkop being recognized by District Governor Wade Nomura (2011-2012) for fifty years of perfect attendance in Rotary!  
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Chet Prezkop, long time Rotarian from Santa Maria South, who passed away this week on June 28. We encourage all club members and friends to honor Chet's amazing Rotary spirit by attending his upcoming memorial service to be held Saturday, July 9th at 11:00 am at Dudley Hoffman Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be sent to Santa Maria South Rotary Foundation, P. O. Box 89, Santa Maria, CA 93456.
 
Chet Prezkop /Music
 
With fellow club member Ken Parker (l) and son Glen Prezkop (r). Chet in 2011 at the microphone with his famous pitch pipe, leading club members in song. 
 
Chet was known for his extraordinary love for and commitment to Rotary, as well as an unmatched attendance record. He was also known for his serious commitment to keeping our club a "singing club", leading the opening song every week by starting us off with his pitch pipe. Even when he began to use a walker, Chet attended our Winter Wonderland event to show his support, cheering from the sidelines decked out in his Santa hat. In 2011, just after Chet had moved to Merrill Gardens, we invited him back to a Rotary club meeting where he got quite a surprise. Not only did he enjoy leading the club in song once again, but District Governor Wade Nomura, who was visiting that evening, surprised Chet with a Rotary "Transformer" pin honoring him for 50 YEARS of perfect attendance in Rotary!!! Rest in Peace Chet.
 

 

The step down audience celebrates the many accomplishments of out going President Peter Garcia.
 
The Rotary Club of Santa Maria South feted outgoing President Peter Garcia with the "Top 10" highlights of his life plus his Rotary year set to pop music from the 1970's to 2015. With Peter's Rotary sponsor Alain Hurdle applauding his accomplishments and calling him the "club troubadour", Diane Balay highlighting his prodigious musical talents, and humor. Phil Sinco pointed out his "calm" and unflappable demeanor, and Bob Ogden complimented his thoughtful, nostalgic side; Peter was duly honored by all. While Rotary Santa Maria South supported a number of causes and organizations during the year, highlights of 2015-2016 included; start up funding for The Teal Journey Ovarian Cancer Foundation, a "Walk for Mental Wellness" that included support for the Growing Grounds subsidized employment program, water filtration systems for use in La Paz, Mexico, a "Pedal for Polio" fundraiser, a Santa Claus party for youth from the Boy's and Girl's Club, a veterans recognition night, sponsorships for high school students to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp, plus scholarships for students attending college and vocational school.   
 
 
Rotary Santa Maria South 2015-2016 President Peter Garcia and club secretary Dick Best presenting President elect-nominee Joe Gruba with a club Paul Harris award for board support, grant support, and international service. Joe raised several thousand dollars for water filtration efforts in La Paz, Mexico.
 
Incoming President Georgia Shore presents outgoing president Peter Leandro Garcia with a presidential plaque featuring his gavel and term of service. 
 
 

 

 
What a wonderful meeting we had on the 20th of June for president Garcia's last official meeting! It was a night of singing requests that were turned in prior to the performance, or were simply asked for that night. President Garcia played every request from memory. From the Beatles to Brahms, from Jazz to Joplin (Scott or Janis), Peter played them all. We all had a chance to sing along and to give a final salute to our out-going president.
 

 
Pictured above are: Club President Peter Garcia, club Interact liaison Nicolette Reeves, RYLA attendee and Interactor Keona Pablo and OAHS Interact Advisor Alyson Chavez
 
On Monday, June 14th, Rotary Santa Maria South was treated to a RYLA presentation by Keona Pablo, Interactor from the Orcutt Academy High School Interact Club who attended the 2016 "Rotary Youth Leadership Awards" camp in Ojai. OAHS Interact advisor Alyson Chavez was also in attendance. Nicolette Reeves, club Interact liaison and RYLA scholarship coordinator was also present. Each year, Rotary Santa Maria South supports local students with scholarships to attend the RYLA conference.
 

 
Rotarians Hard at Work ...
 
The Best Man for the Job ...
 
Vicki and Fran Slaving in the Kitchen ...
 
Bob Stirring Things Up ...
 
There was lots of work done by some excellent Rotarians.  Thanks (alphabetically) to David Bixby (minus a dog with 4 names), Vicki Conner (chair of the event), Peter Garcia, Joe Gruba (and his new knee), Fran Hutchinson, Paul Moe, and Bob Peters.  We got to do extra because the lady doing the first feeding was supposed to have 20 kids helping her, none of whom showed up.  Our menu was chili dogs (David did not get to repeat his star performance from a few months ago because the in-house supervisor insisted on heating the dogs in the oven, so they wouldn't split [which they did, any way], but he regaled us with stories of cases past, present and future), cole slaw, strawberries (brought by the lady from the first group -- packaged by Naturipe, out of Salinas, huge, bright red inside and out, juicy and sweet), cheesecake (also from the first feeding) and sodas.  Ask Bob Peters about the can of extra-light soda he discovered; it will be on display at next Monday's meeting for those who might want a taste treat.  If you weren't there, you missed a good time.
 

 
In the last week of August 2015, Rotary Santa Maria South International chairman Joe Gruba, club president Peter Garcia and past president David Bixby traveled to La Paz, Mexico.  There, they met with Rotario de la Paz club members to discuss our current joint project,  the support of the La Paz village schools,  La Escuela Diana Laura and La Escuela Guadalupe.  In addition, the three purchased and delivered school supplies and textbooks for school children attending these schools. 
 
 

 
On November 9, Rotary Santa Maria South honored club member and guest veterans in attendance with a complimentary bottle of wine. Veterans introduced themselves and described their service history. The evening's program was about the Veteran Success Center at Allan Hancock College, presented by Dean of Student Services Rob Parisi.

 
Club member Joe Gruba, chairman of the International Committee, showed club members the water filtration system being recommended for use in La Paz villages. Rotary Santa Maria South Board will be discussing a possible donation for sending some of the filtration systems to La Paz. Systems are available at $50 each and can transform hundreds of gallons of water into drinking water.
 
 

 
On Monday, October 19th, District 5240 Governor Jim Bell joined members of Rotary Santa Maria South for both a Board meeting and a club meeting, sharing resources from Rotary International with Board Members, inspiring stories from Rotary with club members.
 
Board members shared information about recent the recent trip to La Paz for a needs assessment and follow-up, as well as current fundraisers and community service activities.
 
Encouraging members to stay committed to Rotary whatever their level of engagement and contribution, spoke about not only the importance of the thousands of projects Rotary directs, but the thousands upon thousands of “acts of kindness” generated by those projects around the world. Each Rotarian plays a role in bringing that to pass, according to Bell. Promising a free dinner to each charter member if his speech was too long or too boring, Bell was happy to hear that the charter members wanted to buy HIS dinner after his presentation.
 
Charter Members Joe Gallas and Alain Hurdle time Jim Bell's Presentation
 
Rotary Santa Maria South past president Bob Ogden announced a Paul Harris recognition for President Peter Garcia, in gratitude for his mother’s returning health after a cancer diagnosis. DG Bell congratulated the two of them and explained the Paul Harris recognition program for the guests in the audience. Governor Jim was also delighted with the country music provided by Peter and Bob in his honor and enthusiastically joined in the singing of the weekly club song.
 
District Governor Jim Bell, President Peter Garcia, and Bob Ogden
 
Bob Ogden, Peter Garcia and Jim Bell Jammin'
 

 
Joyce Ellen Lippman, Executive Director of Central Coast Senior Citizens/Area Agency on Aging, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, was the presenter Monday, October 5th, for Rotary Santa Maria South. As she explained to club members, the organization’s mission is to help keep seniors safely and happily at home. Providing periodic senior needs assessments for the two counties, the Area Agency on Aging is able to prioritize needs and help fund programs and services to address the most pressing needs. Priorities from most recent senior survey showed that “understanding Medicare” was the most often cited need, with food and nutrition being number two on the list, indicating that economic factors are now impacting seniors’ abilities to provide adequate and healthy food for themselves. Transportation was also identified as an ongoing need. Lippman also expressed hope that recent legislation requiring both home care agencies and workers to register might help professionalize the industry, although, because it will also increase home care costs, it is likely to engender a larger underground home care industry, as well. Lippman encouraged those with seniors in facilities or in home care to make periodic, unannounced visits, and evaluate first-hand how the providers are doing. Protection of seniors is an increasingly difficult task as thousands of baby boomers each year now retire and enter the “Golden Years”!
 
Chris and Joe Gallas join President Peter at the piano and other club members in a weekly singalong.
 

 
Rotary Speaker Dr. Cherylynn Glaser, Clinic Manager of Aegis Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Santa Maria gave a presentation, followed by a spirited question and answer session.  Here, Cherylynn answers questions of club members Joe and Chris Gallas:
 
 

 
Four intrepid Rotarians, Dick Best, Vickie Conner, Paul Moe and Bob Peters, boarded the SOS mobile food wagon and drove out to the project apartments on W Alvin Street to serve the needy. 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Santa Maria South cooked up some delicious chicken verde in the SOS truck to serve to residents of a nearby apartment complex. Our guests enjoyed the tasty meal!
 

 
 
 
The last week of August will find Rotary Santa Maria South International chairman Joe Gruba, club president Peter Garcia and past president David Bixby (pictured above left to right) in La Paz, Mexico, reviewing past joint club projects and meeting with the Rotario de la Paz club members about future joint projects. In addition, the three will be purchasing and delivering school supplies and textbooks for village school children.
 
On Monday, August 24th, the club held an internal club fundraiser to raise funds for the school supplies.
The fundraiser, a replay of the seventies game show “The Match Game”, featured club members in period costume, contestants, “celebrity” players and crazy, “fill-in-the-blank” questions:
 
 
 
“Celebrity Panel” members (pictured above left to right) at the game table included club members Pat Haley and Bob Peters, as well as PCPA celebrity Kitty Balay.
 
 
Contestants included club members Phil Sinco and Fran Hutchinson (pictured above far left and second right), Karen Gruba (second from left) and game show champion and club president-elect Steve Wagner (far right).
 
The “Match Game” fundraiser garnered well over the funds needed for the school supplies and a good time was had by all!
 

 
Central Coast Rescue Mission (CCRM) Director Larry Cooney was the featured speaker at the club’s August 10th meeting. In addition to describing CCRM history and residential rehab program for 18 men recovering from drug or alcohol abuse, Cooney shared plans for the organization’s new “hot breakfast” program, which will include the CCRM mobile van traversing Broadway in the a.m. to distribute hot breakfasts and coffee to addicts and homeless individuals on the streets of Santa Maria. CCRM Residential program participants Kevin McGowan (left of Cooney in photo) and Dmitri Milyaskiy shared their touching stories of their descents into abuse, their current activities in the program, and their hopes for a bright future. It was an inspiring and interesting program night at Rotary Santa Maria South!
 
CCRM - Kevin McGowan (L), Dir. Larry Cooney (C), Dmitri Milyaskiy (R)
 
 

 
Rotary Club member Victoria Conner presented an overview of the Economic Alliance of Northern Santa Barbara County.
 
Rotary Santa Maria South club members sing at the end of every meeting. Here (from left) Fran Hutchinson, Joe Gruba, David Bixby and Georgia Shore lead the club in "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" accompanied by Club president Peter Garcia on piano (not shown).
 
 

 
Peter Gilli, Planning Division Manager, City of Santa Maria, shared information about the Proposed Revisions to the Downtown Specific Plan.  He invited club members to participate in the July 23rd  Downtown Plan input-gathering meeting in Shepard Hall at the City Library.
 

 
 
On July 6th, new Rotary Santa Maria South president Peter Garcia shared priorities and suggestions for the year amid a rousing, music-filled evening of enthusiasm, laughter, and camaraderie. Starting off the evening with the club singing “God Bless America” in honor of the recent Independence Day, Peter also introduced a musical motto for the year. His choice? Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes. (Two verses were sung by club members!)
 
Bob Ogden, Ken Parker singing - Peter and Nicolette at computer
 
On a more serious note (no pun intended), Peter shared information on meeting costs and logistics, community service opportunities, monthly activities, fundraisers, and key dates to calendar.
 
 
One highlight of his talk was the announcement, made with Joe Gruba, that the Foundation had approved the Rotary Santa Maria South travel grant for two club members to travel to La Paz in August on a fact finding and service mission to determine previous project status, future needs, and to deliver school supplies to rural village schools. Including other club members planning to go, Peter is guessing that there will be four or five club members participating in the visit this year.
 
 
Peter finished his remarks by introducing his 2015-2016 board members to the Club:
David Bixby, Immediate Past President
Stephen Wagner, President-Elect and Membership Director
Richard Best, Secretary
Paul Moe, Treasurer
Joe Gruba, International Service Director
Susan Ziemba, Vocational Service Director
Nicolette Reeves, Youth Service Director
Victoria Conner, Community Service Director
 
Other leaders announced included Phil Sinco, who will lead the Foundation and handle programs; Bill Thompson, taking charge of public relations; and webmaster Bob Peters, who also coordinates Central Coast Rescue Mission community service opportunities.
 
 

 
 
 
 
A small but mighty contingent of Rotarians served meals for the homeless on June 29.
Pictured above are:  Dr. Peter Garcia, Bob Peters, Joe Gruba.
 

 
Santa Maria Rotary South’s first meeting of 2015 was highlighted by a talk from Noelle Tolentino, daughter of club members Ken and Diane Parker, who gave the club an overview of the history of wine grape growing and winemaking in the Santa Maria and northern Santa Barbara County area. Club members were delighted to enjoy a wine-tasting with the presentation, courtesy of Riverbench winery, which provided tastings of its Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.
 
Club president David Bixby and event co-organizer Jane Kokkinakis gave details on the club’s upcoming “Community Walk” benefiting “Growing Grounds”, a program supporting employment and recovery for local residents with mental health issues.  Zoran Sajovic gave an overview of the fundraiser he is working on and members were encouraged to participate in both to help the club support local causes.
 

 

New President David Bixby was installed at a raucous sendoff event for 2013 - 14 President Ken Parker.
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Santa Maria South Rotarians supported the Central Coast Rescue Mission meal for homeless individuals on Monday, June 30, at the Foursquare Church in Santa Maria by serving meals and helping with setup and clean up.  Thanks to our club members who volunteered:  David Bixby, Peter Garcia, Fran Hutchinson and granddaughter Alyssa, Bob Peters and Georgia Shore - A great way to end the 2013-2014 Rotary year!
 
 

 

Rudy Gutierrez, City of Santa Maria, will be speaking on the exciting Special Olympics event coming to Santa Maria.  The Monday, July 21 meeting begins at 6 PM in the Kent Room at the Santa Maria Inn.

 

 

 

Interact faculty advisor Phil Norton is requesting two Rotarians to serve as judges for the Interact club-sponsored Orcutt Academy High School Speech Contest May 19th. Contact Vicki Conner if you are interested. She did it last year and claims it was great fun to see what the students included in their speeches. Please consider volunteering, as we want to support our Interactor projects!

 

 

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Caption: Rotary SM South club president Ken Parker, Talent Show Winner of First Place Coast Hills $1000 prize Isaiah Guerrero and Bob McIntyre, representing Coast Hills Federal Credit Union

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Isaiah Guerrera, First Place (r), Melody McCormack 1st Runner-Up (l) and Emily Rich (c) 2nd Runner-Up

Area teens took most of the top honors in Saturday’s "Santa Maria Has Talent!" competition, directed by Rotarians Georgia Shore and Diane Balay.

Fourteen-year-old Santa Maria pianist Isaiah Guerrero walked off with an armload of trophies when he won first place for his performance of his original composition Sonata in G minor as well as the “Outstanding Teen Instrumentalist” award.  Guerrero was presented the first place $1,000 Coast Hills Talent Award by Dr. Bob McIntire, representing Coast Hills and Santa Maria Rotary South club president Dr. Ken Parker. Rotary Santa Maria South and Coast Hills Federal Credit Union have co-sponsored the talent event for five years.

Twelve-year-old Lompoc dancer Emily Rich won double awards as 2nd runner up with her authentic Flamenco and also took the “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” award.   Adult Santa Maria singer Melody McCormick also was a double award winner when she was selected 1st runner up and winner of the “Outstanding Achievement  in Singing by an Adult”.

Santa Maria teen sisters, Kristina and Isabella Melsheimer, won “Oustanding Achievement in Singing by Teens” and took home the coveted people’s choice award as “Santa Maria’s Favorite”, as well.  The Favorite award was presented in honor of Jeff Kuster, who stage managed the event for the past four years.

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Caption: Sisters Isabella & Kristina Melsheimer took home "Santa Maria's Favorite" honors

Santa Maria soprano Bridget Lee, 11 years old, won “Outstanding Achievement in Singing by a Child”.

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Caption: Bridget Lee won the "Outstanding Achievement in Singing by a Child" award

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Caption: Roxanne Ventriglia and Ryan Miller served as hosts for the event, also performing the opening act

Co-hosts for Santa Maria Has Talent! were business owner/community leader and performer Roxanne Ventriglia, and Ryan Miller, executive editor of the Sun and New Times, who also took home a runner-up trophy from the 2012 talent show with his foot-stomping, entertaining performance of "Trouble" from The Music Man.

 

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Caption: Saturday night judges: (l to r) Peter Garcia, Cynthia Valenzuela, Joe Payne, Amy Curti and Judge Jed Beebe

The talent winners were selected by a panel of judges out of more than 100 contestants of all ages over a three-night period, May 8, 9 and 10. Rotarian and judge Peter Garcia, local psychiatrist, has a degree in Music Education and studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Santa Maria attorney Cynthia Valenzuela is a part-time dance instructor for Allan Hancock College, and for eight years directed the Nutcracker Ballet. Joe Payne is a professional music teacher and the Arts editor of the Santa Maria Sun. Trained in piano and voice, Amy Curti teaches music for the Artist-in-Residence program at Joe Nightingale Elementary and leads Glee Clubs at St. Joseph's High School and the Orcutt Arts Academy. Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Jed Beebe, president of the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society, plays violin for the Philharmonic and the Lompoc Pops orchestra and plays viola, cello, piano and organ, sings tenor and directs a church choir, as well. Attorney Matthew Guerrero of the San Luis Obispo firm of Maguire & Ashbaugh, not pictured, served as a judge Thursday and Friday evenings. He serves on numerous local boards and is an avid supporter of the arts in both Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo County.

Santa Maria Has Talent is sponsored by Santa Maria Rotary South.  Proceeds support charitable causes in the Santa Maria area and provide partial support of two elementary schools in La Paz Mexico.

 

 

At the May 5th clu b meeting, President Ken Parker announced that the club's collaborative international project to provide a computer lab for the village school in the mountains above La Paz has reached a major milestone. The "Computer Salon" as they call it, is now open, featuring a 21 computer stations...one for the instructor and 20 for students (with capability of serving two students at each computer). The computer lab project is a joint effort led by Rotary Santa Maria South, with partners being The Rotary Club of Santa Maria and the Nipomo Rotary in cooperation with Club Rotario de la Paz. Rotary International provided additional funds for the project.

In addition to the computer stations, a projector, large screen and internet capability were installed.

As Ken says, "It's amazing what a small group of international Rotarians can accomplish when they work together as a team!"

 

 

A dozen Rotary Santa Maria South club members turned out March 21st at the Madonna Inn to celebrate the club's first female member (Anne Green, inducted in 1988 as the first woman Rotarian in Santa Maria), as well as all the other women pioneering the "women in Rotary" wave. The District dinner benefited the Rotary Foundation, and also celebrated Rotary's quarter century of polio eradication worldwide. Dinner speakers were representatives of the Rotary Foundation's current and previous programs, e.g. Group Study Exchange, Rotary Exchange Student, Ambassadorial Scholarships. Keynote for the evening was Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, first female Rotary president, second woman inducted into Rotary. Dr. Whitlock described the eleven year process of legal efforts to allow women in Rotary, an effort culminating in a Supreme Court decision that also opened the way for women in all service clubs. Dr. Whitlock's club is in Duarte, California, and had only fifteen members when it challenged Rotary International.

Rotary Santa Maria South's Anne Green was also the club's first female president. Her sponsor into Rotary was Dr. Robert (Bob) McIntire, retired Air Force colonel and Cal Poly professor.

Anne, who now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, flew in for the "Women in Rotary" dinner and celebrated her role as the Santa Maria South club's first female member with club president Ken Parker and wife Diane, other longtime friends, and newer club members.

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Rotary Santa Maria South members collected and donated several "tubs of love" for the Central Coast Rescue Mission warm clothing drive. The club also helped distribute several bins of warm winter clothing to two organizations for the homeless. Clothing in the bins were collected by Orcutt Academy high schoolers. The warm winter clothing drive for homeless individuals at Orcutt Academy High School was organized by the OAHS Interact Club's Community Service Committee.
 

 

 Superintendent/President Kevin Walthers, PhD, Allan Hancock College was the club's speaker January 13th, sharing progress on bond-funded facility improvements, approach for utilizing the College's recent large gift, and his overall philosophy on better serving students.

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Rotary Santa Maria South's Club President Ken Parker and President-Elect Nominee Peter Garcia presented an overview of the Club's Rotary District grant project in La Paz at the January 27, 2014 meeting. Rotary South has been partnering with the Rotario de la Paz Club for ten years now, providing a shade structure, classroom paint and supplies, sports equipment and sewing machines and fabric for village single moms. Last year, the Club spearheaded a joint La Paz project to build a 20-station computer lab and provide software and other school support. Rotary Club partners in the grant effort include the Santa Maria Rotary Club, Nipomo Rotary, Rotary Club of Redondo Beach, and the Rotario de la Paz Club. In October, Ken and Peter travelled to La Paz to monitor grant progress. Computer stations had been installed, but needed still to be bolted to the ground and the fiber connection had been lost due to an "errant tractor" incident, but all was being ameliorated and the project was moving forward.

As part of the program, Peter recognized the Orcutt Academy High School (OAHS) Interact Club which provided $500 for school supplies to the school, supplemented with $250 from Rotary Santa Maria South. Students had raised the money from Orcutt Academy High students donating for school supplies for the La Paz village students. Ken and Peter had received two Rotary club banners from the Roario de la Paz club and presented one of the club banners to OAHS Interactors Christian Fernandez and Jordan Bashline. OAHS instructor and Interact Club Advisor Phil Norton attended the Club meeting with the Interactors.

 

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With Club President-Elect David Bixby presiding for Ken Parker who was out of town, Rotary Santa Maria South club members were presented a program January 6th by Matt Murphy, president of Presqu'ile Winery. Matt described how the winery evolved from the purchase of 72 acres of county land on Clark Road, east of Hwy 101, to the opening of the tasting room in June 2013. The winery is named after the Murphy family compound in the Mississippi Delta, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  "Presqu'ile" means "nearly an island" in French. While Matt believes that Santa Maria is "the best place on the West Coast, or possibly in the new world" for pinot noir, the winery also produces sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and syrah wines. The family's 2013 production was 5000 cases, with lots of room for growth, as the potential volume could be around 18,000 cases one day. Matt, who is a board member of the Santa Barbara Vintners Association, spends much time on the road promoting the Santa Maria Valley AVA and Santa Barbara County wines. As he says, he isn't trying to put Santa Maria on the wine map, because it's already there, he's just trying to make the dot a little bigger!

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Speakers
Aug 29, 2016
DARK
Community Service Opportunity was CANCELLED
Sep 05, 2016
DARK
Labor Day
Sep 12, 2016
Nick Frankle
Annual District Governor's Visit
Sep 19, 2016
Cristina Martins Sinco
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Sep 26, 2016
DARK
Fourth Monday
Oct 03, 2016
Judy Monte
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Oct 10, 2016
Dana Valverde
Plaza Comunitaria
Oct 17, 2016
Oct 24, 2016
DARK
Fourth Monday
Oct 31, 2016
DARK
Happy Halloween
Nov 07, 2016
TBA
The Rotary International Foundation
Nov 14, 2016
Nov 21, 2016
Herb Cantu (Solid Waste Supervisor)
"Once upon a mattress..."
Nov 28, 2016
DARK
Fourth Monday
Dec 05, 2016
Santa Claus
Annual Kids' Christmas Party
Dec 19, 2016
DARK
Dark because of Club Christmas Party on 12/18
Dec 26, 2016
DARK
Fourth Monday
Jan 02, 2017
TBD
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