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Rotary Seeks Chili Cook-Off Contestants for a chance to win $500

templeton chili cookoffTempleton, CA- The Rotary Club of Templeton is holding the 1st inaugural Templeton Chili Cook-off on Saturday, November 1st on Main Street, as part of the Founders Day Street Fair. Applications are now being accepted for home chili cooks who want to compete for prize money with their home style red chili, chili verde and/or homemade salsa. This competition is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS) and winners will have a chance to qualify for future ICS competitions nationwide and a first prize of $500 cash!

Applications and contest details can be found at www.templetonrotary.org/stories/chili-cookoff

Proceeds from the event will support Rotary projects in our community and around the world.

Tasting Tickets are $10 and available online at www.templetonrotary.org or at the Templeton Chamber of Commerce, 321 S. Main Street.

The Founders Day Street Fair is free and will feature live music by The Jammies, the “Something Ridiculous” Juggling act, craft and food vendors, community performances, beer and wine, antique engines and tractors, a Halloween costume parade and contest and much more. The festival occurs on Main Street between 3rd and 5th streets from 1pm-4pm on Saturday November 1st.   For more information on the Founders Day Street Fair, contact the Templeton Chamber of Commerce at (805) 434-1789 or info@templetonchamber.com

From left to right, Past President Ralph Kleemyer, Director of Club Service Jill Haney, Past President Cindy Belmonte, Kelley Gilliland, Former Member Steve Caswell, President Elect Sally Tomniczak, and Past President Mark Dickinson

New Membership Highlight – Rotary Club of Simi Sunset

The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset is off to an unprecedented start for membership this Rotary year with their addition of eight new club members. There’s currently two under proposal, and several additional prospective members looking to join. This membership drive aligns with the current president, Rick Grossman’s, vision of expanding the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset to a medium size club for the first time since the clubs inception in 2002.

The momentum in recruitment has started this Rotary year with active members reaching out to past members and business associates. Five of the new members are returning past members with three of them serving as past presidents of the Simi Sunset Club.

From left to right, former member Rob Keegan and Kelley Gilliland

From left to right, former member Rob Keegan and Kelley Gilliland

Two of the highlighted new members are Rob Keegan and Dr. Andrew Mahler.  Rob Keegan is a returning Simi Sunset member who left the club several years ago to take advantage of a business opportunity in San Luis Obispo.   Rob’s reasoning for returning to Rotary; “For the personal fulfillment and the opportunity to help others.” he said.  His Rotary service has hit the ground running when he stepped up to serve the recently vacant position of Director of Community Service.

 

From left to right, Michael Mutal, Andrew Mutal, current President Rick Grossman, Dr. Adam Mahler, Dr. Harvey Mahler, and Kelley Gilliland.

From left to right, Michael Mutal, Andrew Mutal, current President Rick Grossman, Dr. Adam Mahler, Dr. Harvey Mahler, and Kelley Gilliland.

Dr. Andrew Mahler is a new to Simi Sunset, but not new to the Rotary world.  He was exposed to Rotary at a young age when his father, Dr. Harvey Mahler of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, introduced him to Rotary.  Andrew even used the opportunity to take advantage of the Youth Exchange Program when he was younger and went to live in Japan for a month. Once he graduated for dentistry school, Andrew knew that he was ready to start giving back to the community.

From left to right, Past President Ralph Kleemyer, Director of Club Service Jill Haney, Past President Cindy Belmonte, Kelley Gilliland, Former Member Steve Caswell, President Elect Sally Tomniczak, and Past President Mark Dickinson

From left to right, Past President Ralph Kleemyer, Director of Club Service Jill Haney, Past President Cindy Belmonte, Kelley Gilliland, Former Member Steve Caswell, President Elect Sally Tomniczak, and Past President Mark Dickinson

 

From left to right, Past President Mark Dickinson, Jeanette Hernandez, President Elect Sally Tomniczak, and new member Koen Vemoesen.

From left to right, Past President Mark Dickinson, Jeanette Hernandez, President Elect Sally Tomniczak, and new member Koen Vemoesen.

Check out http://www.simisunsetrotary.org/ for update or do a make-up meeting to stay up to date with this ignited club.

Santa Maria Noontime Rotary Hangs Ten

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The Rotary Club of Santa Maria partnered with Ampsurf by providing and serving lunch to all of the participants and volunteers at Ampsurf’s Operation Restoration VIII on Saturday September 6th as part of a Community Service project. Members of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Noontime donated all the food, prepared and served more than 100 lunches after the morning surfing session last Saturday. Randy Miller, Executive Director of Ampsurf said, “Ampsurf wouldn’t have such a great event without (their) help and support. The Motto of Rotary International is “Service Above Self”, so an integral part of being a Rotarian is having a heart of service. The Rotarians participating that day agreed that “it was more fun that work”, and they would “gladly do it again!”

Ampsurf is a local 501(c)3 organization formed to Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate (PIER™) all people with disabilities and their families through the healing power of the ocean, adaptive surfing and other outdoor activities. This marks their 8th year of Operation Restoration, and eleventh year AmpSurf has been putting these events together. One in five Americans struggle with a life-long disability and nearly two million men and women have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are coming home looking for ways to feel whole again and to fit back in to normal life. Whether they are an amputee, visually impaired, suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), have quadriplegia, or suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whether they served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf war, Iraq or Afghanistan. Whether they are a child with autism, or a young woman who has lost a limb to cancer, AmpSurf™ offers a unique program to bring the healing power of the ocean and adaptive surfing together for an experience that is both mentally and physically rehabilitating. For more than 10 years, AmpSurf™ has been providing Learn to Surf clinics to serve those who need them. They have served hundreds of disabled veteran American heroes as well as disabled adults and children who probably never would have had this experience if it hadn’t been for their program.

The Rotary Club of Santa Maria thanks Ampsurf for their service to our veteran’s and others with disabilities. They are proud to serve alongside them at their Operation Restoration event.

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Shannon Sweeney rides the wave in with the help of Ampsurf volunteers

Shannon Sweeney rides the wave in with the help of Ampsurf volunteers

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EPiC Challenge – District 5240 Event – 10/3/14 & 10/5/14

EPiC Banner copyFrom a global epidemic in the 80’s, today 3 countries remain where polio is endemic. Rotary’s work is never more important. We are this close! Join us to finish the job of the most important global public health humanitarian effort. Join ROTARY, Polio Plus®, WHO, UNICEF, CDC and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to completely eradicate polio, the crippling and killing disease that affects young children.

2 EVENTS IN 2 CALIFORNIA CYCLING CITIES!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3RD, 2014 EPiC 200K Team/Individual Challenge Ride (PASO ROBLES TO MONTEREY, CA

Aid stations, SAG Support. 200K, 100K, 50K, 30K options. Ride with a team or ride to meet teams. Available Pre-ride Pasta Dinner. Start through the vineyards of Paso Robles, a host city of the world class Tour of California. Scenic Jolon-San Luis Road and breath-taking East Carmel Valley Road, relive Stage 5 of the 2011 Tour of California. Finish Line Dinner! (200K Team/Individual Challenge Ride route subject to change)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2014EPiC Family Poker Bike/Run/Walk (FISHERMAN’S WHARF, MONTEREY, CA)

Bring friends and the whole family. Everyone’s invited to join this active lifestyle gathering. Choose your healthy Sunday activity. Run or Walk 5K or 10K, or Bike 10M or 20M. Non-competitive Poker Format. Extra cards available. Event T-Shirts. Finisher medals for kids. Fun healthy activity for all ages!

Proceeds of End Polio Cycling Challenge will benefit Rotary’s Polio Plus® for its work to eradicate polio globally.

Please visit www.epic-challenge.org for more information and to REGISTER TODAY! You may also stay updated on the event by “JOINING” the EPiC Challenge Facebook Event.

Any questions, please email or call Rotarian Edwin Velarde – edwinvelarde@att.net or 805-300-0222.

Marc Fleischman Sworn in as Montecito Rotary President

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Santa Barbara lawyer Marc Fleischman is the 2014-2015 president of the Rotary Club of Montecito, a chapter of the world-wide service organization Rotary International.

Mr. Fleischman—the founder and principal in the Law Offices of Marc E. Fleischman, a law practice limited to corporate, commercial, real estate and international matters—was sworn in as president in July and will serve through June 2015. He served as last year’s Vice President.

In addition to his service as a Rotarian, Mr. Fleischman works as an adjunct professor of business and law in the undergraduate and MBA programs at SBB College in Santa Barbara and an adjunct professor at Brooks Institute in Ventura. He has also taught remedies at Southern California Institute of Law.

Mr. Fleischman graduated from the Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York, in 1980. He began his professional career at the law firm Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, and moved to the firm’s Los Angeles office in 1989.

In 1991, he became general counsel and corporate secretary to the international minerals company World Minerals Inc. While there, he rose to Executive Vice President and remained the chief legal officer.

For more information about the club, visit www.montecitorotary.org.

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Loretta Butts to “Light Up” Rotary as District Governor for 73 Rotary Clubs in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties

Originally posted on: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb11991891.htm

Atascadero, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2014 – Loretta Butts, Charter President of the Rotary Club of Templeton and current member of the Rotary Club of Atascadero, was installed as governor of Rotary International’s District 5240 during a special ceremony at Oxnard Marriott Courtyard, in the afternoon of Saturday, June 28th. Hundreds of Rotarians from throughout the district, which encompasses clubs in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties, attended.

In her first moments as governor, Butts acknowledged the honor that had been bestowed on her as the District Governor of such a dynamic and successful Rotary district and encouraged everyone to exemplify Rotary International’s theme for the 2014-2015 year — “Light up Rotary” with acts of service above self that help illuminate their communities and the world.

The afternoon included presentations of awards from outgoing district governor Jack McClenahan to members of clubs throughout the district.

As a District Governor, Butts will utilize the first six months to spend time at each of the 73 clubs in the district which means that she and husband, John, will spend half a year “on the road”. The second half of the year will focus on supporting the Rotarians in the District with their service projects and fundraising goals.

Butts was selected to serve the district nearly three years ago by a committee of District 5240 Past District Governors. She explained that governors are selected so far in advance because successful candidates must attend multiple training sessions and Rotary International meetings.

She has been a resident of the Central Coast for 25 years since her move in 1989 from the San Francisco Bay area to Atascadero. In that time she has served as the Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Commission on the Status of Women, on the Board of Directors of Life Span Services and Chair of the program advisory committee for the EOC Adult Day Care program in Templeton, CA. After serving a term on the board of the North County Women’s Shelter, she was one of the founding members of the Friends of the North County Women’s Shelter committee.

Through her work with Rotary International, she has traveled to Nigeria to assist in Rotary’s goal of eradicating polio while identifying the need for other Rotary sponsored programs and services during her visit. She has also traveled to Uganda representing District 5240 Rotarians responsible for a significant grant to provide furnishings and supplies for a medical clinic and living facilities for staff in a remote village outside of Lira.

Since joining Rotary in 1994, Butts has had the honor of being selected Rotarian of the Year while also being a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotary Foundation Benefactor and a member of the Paul Harris Society. Her husband, John, is also a Paul Harris Fellow as are other members of her family.

As a seventh generation Californian, Butts has deep roots in the land of the District. She has 3 grown children and 10 grandchildren. When not doing Rotary, she enjoys her family, reading, music, gardening, fly fishing, golf and Giants baseball.

About Rotary and District 5240
District 5240 is made up to 73 Rotary clubs in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties with over 3,500 members. For more information, visit GetRotary.org.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.