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Welcome to Rotary Club of Morro Bay!
Morro Bay

Help Us Help Others

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Zoom Meeting
Online
Morro Bay, CA 93442
United States of America
We're meeting virtually on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Log into ClubRunner to be able to follow the link to join us! On the third Tuesday each month please join us at 6:00 P.M. for our Club Social
President's Message
 
Tickets are available now for the Morro Bay Rotary Drive-Thru
BBQ Fundraiser on Wednesday May 26th.  Click on link above.
 
Enjoy Full Size Premium TRI-TIP Roast along with Ranch-
Style beans, Garden Salad with Ranch, Sourdough Garlic
Bread loaf and salsa. This is a complete meal that will serve
a family.

Pick-up is from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 26 at
Carla’s Country Kitchen at 213 Beach St. Morro Bay
All proceeds go to the club’s "Help Us Help Others"
Campaign.

Recent support has gone to local life support programs like
the SLO Food Bank, Got Your Back (food for children in
need), Salvation Army, SLO Big Brothers / Big Sisters and SLO Noor.
Tickets are $50 and are available through May 24th.
 
Perfect weather and an energetic crew made for a great Rotary Drive-through BBQ.  Tri-tips were grilled, the bread toasted and everyone who purchased the 80 or so  meals drove off with a smile and a wave!
 
 
The BBQ Crew was headed by Pete Zotovich who did an outstanding job coordinating the event.  Dan Costley handled the event's logistics, making sure that we had plenty of meat and bread on hand.  Peter Starling was our operations guy, keeping the BBQ filled with perfectly cooked tri-tips and bread.  We couldn't have pulled this off without the help of many of our Club's members, including: Mike Pond, Bob Salamacha, Doug Riddell, Mary Lazier, John Solu, Nancy Ford and Jeff Jones.  Thanks to the Morro Bay Police Volunteers who provided traffic control and check-in for the event.  Also,  big thanks to Jude Long for coordination of our marketing and promotions and to Tim Olivas for setting up the GivSum account.
 
Our community supporters included: Carla Wixom who provided her restaurant, Carla's Country Kitchen, which was a great facility for a drive-through BBQ.  Dean Sullivan owner of Estero Bay News donated large ad space in two editions, Tom Hay, owner of Hay Printing, donated printing support, and John Spencer (Spencer's Market) provided wonderful tri-tip and Brian's Bread at great prices.
 
 
Ken Casida 
July 27, 1943 – February 7, 2021
 
I am sorry to announce that our long-time member and friend Ken Casida passed away today after a brief illness.  
 
Ken first joined Rotary as a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Visalia.  He served as Club President (1992-93) and was a seven-time Paul Harris Fellow.  We were fortunate when Ken and Elsie moved to Morro Bay; soon becoming Morro Bay Rotary Club members in April 2013.  He was a generous Rotarian, giving his time to serve on our Board of Directors and club projects.
 
Ken was born in Coffeyville, Kansas and came to California in 1964 with the USS Navy. After the Navy, he decided to become a mortician and graduated from mortuary school in 1967 in Los Angeles.  He worked for Forest Lawn-Cypress for 5 1/2 years moving to Visalia Ca, in 1973, where he worked for Hadley Funeral Chapel until 2000.  He then owned and operated a gravestone business for 10 years.  
 
Ken’s first wife died in 2008 and in 2010 he married Elsie Hurst.
 
Please keep Ken, his wife Elsie and their family in your thoughts and prayers.  Elsie is currently in Visalia, surrounded by her family.
 
 
 
Member picture
 
Dale Reddell 
October 14, 1939 – February 2, 2021
 
I am sorry to announce that our long-time member Dale Reddell passed away after battling cancer.  
 
Dale joined the Morro Bay Rotary Club in January 1986.  He was a generous Rotarian, including annually sponsoring $250 towards trophies for our Central Coast Classic Golf Tournament.  
 
Dale was elected Mayor of the City of Morro Bay in November 1986 and was committed to community service and involvement.  
 
In addition to being a Rotarian, Dale was a long-time Morro Bay Police Department Community Volunteer (MBPV) serving from the first Volunteer Academy in 1996 until he retired in 2017.   During his tenure he was instrumental in fundraising for the City’s Police Department’s K-9 purchase and served as the treasurer for the MBPV organization. 
 
Dale was a prominent Morro Bay contractor and realtor, partnering with his brother Dan at Bayshore Reality.
 
Please keep Dale, his wife Billie, sons Randy and Rusty, his two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren in your thoughts and prayers.  
 
 
Club of Morro Bay
 
 
Happy New Year!
 
As we come to the end of 2020, I can't say how much I'm looking forward to this New Year.  Hopefully 2021 will bring us a year that sees not only a reduction of COVID-19, but also a reduction in the anxiety that's been so prevalent during this past year.  I believe that someday in the future we will once again enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of in-person Rotary meeting and not just meeting on Zoom.  I'm looking forward to getting together to participate on Community Projects and once again being visible in our communities. 
 
That said, we need to have patience and continue to persevere in this current era of COVID-19; we can't just wish the future to be here today.  We need to continue to make a difference in our communities, even if it's only by having a virtual presence.  Remember, the money that we continue to raise and donate to the lifeline support programs that we are committed to support is not virtual and it does make a big difference!
 
I hope that you continue to help us help others as we work to support the life support programs like providing food for needy children, supporting the Food Bank of SLO, donating to help victims of the California wildfires, supporting Salvation Army, providing hand sanitizer to help our businesses stay open in our community and transporting fish to help feed folks in need.  Remember, we do make a difference.  
 
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Morro Bay I hope that you have a safe and happy New Year.  Please continue to practice social distancing and aseptic practices until this pandemic is controlled; continue to stay strong and stay safe.
 
Jeff Jones
President 2020-21
 
 
 
I’m looking forward to serving as the Morro Bay Rotary President and working with our members and our community during the upcoming year.  One thing for sure, this Rotary year promises to be very different from the past!  At present, our Club continues to meet virtually due to COVID-19 and are still adjusting to deal with the challenges that have resulted from this world-wide virus.  
 
My hope is to focus our meeting so that they are relevant and fun.  Meetings are at noon on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.  We hold virtual socials at 6 PM on the 3rd and 5th Tuesdays.   One of my goals is to keep our virtual Club meetings to an hour or less.  
 
Come join the fun – I encourage you to “come” to a meeting or join us for a social.  With everyone’s participation we will see that, “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.
 
Unfortunately, our major fundraisers during the spring of 2020 were cancelled and so were the ones previously scheduled for this fall.  We recently adopted a Club slogan, “Help Us Help Others”.   Please send me an email if you would like to make a contribution to our very worthwhile cause.
 
I hope you can join us as we look forward to a fun, productive, and rewarding year in Rotary.  By working together, we can really make a difference in our community as we reach out with our efforts to Help Us Help Others.  
 
Hope to see you at a meeting!  If you’d like to attend, follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81332607919
 
If you have trouble, please send me an email and I make sure you receive a Zoom invitation. 
 
Thank you!                                         
 
Jeff Jones
President, 2020-21
805-471-3310
 
 
 
RCMB Community Projects
Members understood the value and need for hand sanitizing to protect both employees and customers of Morro Bay’s essential businesses. To date they have delivered more than 250 bottles to businesses throughout Morro Bay.  In addition, members have committed individually to support local restaurants during especially during the Club's Zoom Socials on "Take-Out-Tuesdays"

Past-President Dan Costley accepted the call from Rotarian MB Fire Chief Steve Knuckles to coordinate Rotarian volunteers for the City of Morro Bay's CARES program.  Rotarians assisted by delivering prescriptions and making daily welfare check phone calls to the homebound.

Several members have also participated in a Club-sponsored blood drive

 
  
 
Speakers
Chief Steve Knuckles, MBFD
May 18, 2021 6:00 PM
Who is this Amazing Guy?
Joe Mueller, Utilities Mgr/Scott Collins, City Mgr
May 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Morro Bay’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Project - A Status Report
Joe Muller and Scott Collins, City of Morro Bay
May 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Morro Bay Wastewater Reclamation Project