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Club "Rotary Minute" Contributors 
Club "Rotary Minute" Contributors 
2021 Local High School Scholarship Recipients

19 local High School students awarded
Scholarships totaling $27,000

The Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast recently completed its scholarship selection process and will be making awards ranging in size from $500 to $2,000 to 19 local students.  All local high schools, including St. Joseph High School, Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria High School, Valley Christian Academy, Righetti High School and Orcutt Academy High School were invited to have their seniors apply.  "While the number of applications was down this year due to the impact of Covid closing live attendance, the quality of applicants we received this year was quite strong," noted Mike Gibson a member of the scholarship committee.  "With 41 applications to consider, the need is still great and it was difficult making the selections. While we were happy to give out 19 scholarships, we only wish we had more dollars to award."

The categories of scholarships include $1,000 Vocational Scholarships, $500 Hancock Bound Student Scholarships (renewable in year two at Hancock), $2,000 Breakfast Rotary Support Awards, and $2,000 Memorial Scholarships given in memory of deceased members of the Club based solely on outstanding community service.   Additionally, the Club established an endowment at Cal Poly to award $1,000 annually to a Cal Poly Architecture student in memory of Jared and Davie Hurley.  Numerous members of the community contributed to this fund in memory of the Hurleys.  

Ryan Swack, President of the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary, added that “we continue to believe in making scholarships available for graduating seniors and fully believe in, and want to support, our students and their future.”  The Club also provided funding for the Sandy Carty Breakfast Rotary Nursing Scholarship at Hancock College through an endowment established there as well.  Congratulations to our recipients!

Vocational Scholarships - $1,000 each

  • Viveca Baray – Santa Maria High School

  • Juan Ruiz – Santa Maria High School

Hancock College Bound Student Scholarships- $500 each renewable

  • Giselle Alberto Angon – Pioneer Valley High School

  • Melani Amarasekara – Orcutt Academy High School

  • Alyna Barriga – Pioneer Valley High School

  • Isabel Cruz – Santa Maria High School

  • Fiona McGinnis – Orcutt Academy High School

  • Elsa Rowe – Orcutt Academy High School

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Memorial Scholarships - $2,000 each

  • Deanna Blanco  – Santa Maria High School

  • Ashley Mason  – Orcutt Academy High School

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Support Awards- $2,000 each 

  • Angelina Cangelosi – Orcutt Academy High School

  • Seth Cannaday – Orcutt Academy High School

  • Alyssa Carrier – Orcutt Academy High School

  • Jimena Diaz-Santos – Pioneer Valley High School

  • Aaliyah Gomez – Ernest Righetti High School

  • Camila Gomez – Orcutt Academy High School

  • Esther Kim – Ernest Righetti High School

  • Erica Mendez Ramos – Santa Maria High School

  • Hannah Rivera – St. Joseph High School

Meet Our Club President For 2021 - 2022
Starting July 1, 2021, James Thomas will be our 2021 - 2022 Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast President
Christmas in the Country
Thanks to the Elks, P.L.A.Y., all of the sponsors (including Breakfast Rotary), and the many groups that erected nearly 100 displays to make this event one to remember!
Club Receives Presidential Citation

Congratulations to the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club and 2019-2020 President  Kevin Walthers for achieving a Rotary International Platinum Citation from RI President Mark Maloney.  This is the highest level of annual recognition given to a Club and Club President  for Rotary service.

The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support the strategic priorities of Rotary International by completing certain specific strategic activities during the Rotary year pertaining to how the Club works to UNITE PEOPLE in the Club, throughout the community and the World.  The recognition is also based on how the Club TAKES ACTION through service projects and financial support for Community and Worldwide efforts.

The Club was further recognized for the ability to connect leaders, families, professions, and community in a productive manner.

2020 Christmas Parade of Lights Cancelled
July 30 Remembered (thoughts from Mr. Ed Brown)
July 30 commemorates the tragic loss and sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945, shortly after the end of WWII. The late Mr. Ed Brown of Santa Maria was one of the few survivors. Ed spoke to the local Rotary Clubs about his experiences and ultimate survival. The attached link will take many of you back to the 60-minute YouTube program provided by Ed and son Jay for the District 5240 Group 12 Rotary Clubs at the Radisson Hotel in June of 2003. Hope you take the time to view the program.
Meet Our Club President for 2020 - 2021
Ryan Swack will be our President for 2020 - 2021
2020 District 5240 Club & Individual Awards
Congratulations to Mike Gibson and our entire club for the hard work that earned these awards.
District 5240 Virtual Awards 2020
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Then Click on "Watch This Video on YouTube"
Then Click on Play and enjoy
Club Awards $27,000.00 in Scholarships
Are You Missing The Barn Party?
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     June continued to be another strange month what with the Virus and the Government. June is also the end of the Rotary year and the beginning of a brand new Rotary year. A new President, a new District Governor and some new Club Officers. The Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast continues to do what is always does. We support our community, students, (with scholarships) other non-profit organizations and the world wide fight to end Polio once and for all, to name just a few. We also enjoy great friendships and have fun while we are doing what we do.
     As has become the custom, we continue to have our meetings on ZOOM. We like the ZOOM meetings so much that several members login early to banter back and forth with good friends and catch up on the goings on of other members, the things we did when we met in person at The Santa Maria Inn. I truly miss those in person meetings and those Thursday morning breakfasts.
Here is a little humor that might get a few chuckles.
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The end of March and certainly April have been really unusual due to the COVID-19 Virus.
Many events have been cancelled but fortunately many events have been rescheduled.
Our meetings have been ZOOM meetings and our President has been doing his best to keep us entertained.
Below you will see examples of this.
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As March marches on, The Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club continues with it's projects, support for the Community and having good times with good friends.
Toward mid March we were all confronted with COVID 19 and bare shelves at the markets.
Especially the toilet paper shelves and hand sanitizer products. So here was a way to get some.
When you are sequestered in your home, below is a map to help you plan a trip for the weekend.
Some of these images are self explanatory but all are things that The Breakfast Rotary Club supports or is involved in, one way or another.
The Baseball team is an old time "Ancient" baseball team. Ask PDG Frank Ortiz for more information.
The folks seated at the table is from one of our meetings where several members are playing The Newly Wed Game.
           Happy New Year!
Frank Ortiz presented Rich Watson and Tim
Staffel their most current Paul Harris Award.
Santa Maria's very own Brian McConkey.
James Thomas presents a check for $1,000.00
from Mechanics Bank to be used for Scholarships.
Past District Governor Sandy Schwartz announced
that our Breakfast Rotary Club was awarded a
Rotary Citation for our community service work.
Santa Maria Breakfast Rotarian's Dave Wright (left)
and Mike Gibson (center) were both honored at a
City Council meeting for their service to the community.
Also shown are Tom Martinez (second from left)
(Noon Rotarian) Mayor Alice Patino (noon Rotarian)
and Dr. Michael Moats (Breakfast Rotarian).
Triple Crown Winners, (Left to right) Ted Ortega,
Frank Ortiz and Mike Gibson.
At the end of January, it's all about the Super Bowl.
Frank Ortiz is getting ready for Spring Training
in Arizona.
Members are encouraged to visit other Rotary Clubs when out of town or unable to attend one of our meetings.  Make Rotary part of your vacation and get your Club Banner from Secretary Ken Bradley to trade with your destination Rotary Club.
The Club's Past Presidents were recognized at the Annual Step Down celebration held at the Hitching Post in Casmalia on Sunday.  Past President Kristine Mollenkopf (and Jeff) came down from Lincoln CA to join us!
At it's May 31 meeting; the Club distributed scholarships to students around the Santa Maria Valley.  There were over 100 guests (students, families, school administrators) at our 7:00AM meeting to be part of this big event!
President Laurie was honored with a RI Presidential Citation and the Club was awarded with a 'Gold Club of Distinction' at the District Recognition Event held in Thousand Oaks.
Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary will be having our annual Barn Party Luau and Action at the Santa Maria Fairpark Barn.  We hope to see you there to help us support the great projects and scholarships awarded in our community and internationally through Rotary.
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Visit the Rotary eClub One World site for your makeup: http://www.oneworldrotary.org/
Leave no girl behind

In his address to the RI Convention in June 2021, Shekhar Mehta urged Rotary members to put improving girls’ futures at the forefront of their work.

Rotary Projects Around the Globe December 2021

Rotary Projects Around the GlobeDecember

Community Spirit


2021 Local High School Scholarship Program
The Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast is once again providing scholarships in 2021 to graduating high school seniors from high schools in the Santa Maria Valley.  To apply, please submit an electronic application using this link:  https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarship/rotaryclubscholarship (CLOSED)
Within the application, you will be asked to get two letters of recommendation and provide your high school transcript, (instructions for doing this are in the application).  18 Scholarships will be awarded totaling $27,000.
A full description of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast's scholarship program can be found here:  2021 Scholarship Program (Details)

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Peter Kang
Dec 09, 2021
St Nicholas
Amy Curti and the kids
Dec 16, 2021
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Dec 23, 2021
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Dec 30, 2021
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Jan 13, 2022
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Jan 20, 2022
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Jan 27, 2022
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Mar 31, 2022
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Lee Carroll
Dec 02, 2021
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