Speaker Date Topic
Alisse Harris Apr 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Direct Relief's Disaster Support Update

Alisse Harris is the Public Affairs person for Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara based International Disaster Support organization.  Their goal is to provide support anytime, anywhere and to anyone in need.  

Alisse is a Rotarian and previously joined us in 2020 having managed the campaign to raise $40,000 to build Direct Relief’s new facility in Santa Barbara that we learned would have the refrigeration capability and space to be a support agency for the Moderna Vaccine. We’ll get an update on Covid Relief efforts from Alisse, but we will also hear about Direct Relief’s support for women’s health issues worldwide, with a particular emphasis on protecting women through the critical periods of pregnancy and childbirth. The Peacebuilding Chair for Solvang Rotary Club, Alisse grew up in Santa Ynez Valley and received her degree in Law & Society from UCSB. She spent several years as an account executive for the San Francisco Chronicle and became active in the World Affairs Council. When she and her husband moved back to Santa Barbara she physically spend 9 years re-constructing their fixer-upper home. And she was just fun to have visit our group. Please, welcome her back

Kevin Drabinski May 04, 2021 12:00 PM
Hwy 1 Repair Project and Reopening

Kevin has been the Public Information Officer for Caltrans District 5 since July 2020 and on assignment during the Rat Creek Slide/Reconstruction project to reopen Highway 1. A resident of San Luis Obispo since 1987, he has served key communications and leadership roles at nonprofits, including his most recent high position at the SLO Food Bank. Before that he served six years in the district office of the state assembly member. He loves to bodysurf and is always on the hunt for the next great Mexican restaurant. Besides Caltrans updates we might discover a new best Mexican restaurants in SLO. Lolo’s, I’m sure, will top Kevin’s go-to list. 



Larry Burke May 11, 2021 12:00 PM
Central Coast Classic T-Birds

In lieu of another year without the Morro Bay Classic Car Show, it happened that Jeff, Tim and Judy met Larry Burke at Ken Casida’s Memorial service. We had the chance to rekindle an introduction with Larry for a program that our own member Tom Hay wanted to introduce to us. Larry Burke’s version: “Hank & Richard of SLO RAMS had taken photos of my model vehicle collection with plans to present at a RAMS meeting last year & then Tom (Hay) had arranged me to do the same for M.B. Rotary. However, due to C-19 both were canceled. Subsequently Richard and Hank made it possible for me to do the show on Zoom for RAMS.  I now will be doing likewise Zoom gig for M.B. Rotary May 11 with the gracious assistance of Hank and with Tom introducing me."

.Join us for our MB Classic Car Show fix - when it should be happening as we meet up with Larry, Hank and his Classic Cars along with Larry’s “all-about” narrative.


Chief Steve Knuckles, MBFD May 18, 2021 6:00 PM
Who is this Amazing Guy?

“Getting to Know you Better” Social - Presenter Steve Knuckles...We all think we know Steve Knuckles as our Morro Bay Fire Chief  and the work he has done for incident support for many of California’s fires during his tenure. He has also been the lead of many Morro Bay Covid-19 Emergency Operations Center in 2020/21. Recently, Steve announced his retirement. Did Covid drain him dry or does he have exciting plans for himself and his family? He’s agreed to share some things we probably don’t know about Steve Knuckles and family on May 18. Better be there! 


Joe Mueller, Utilities Mgr/Scott Collins, City Mgr May 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Morro Bay’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Project - A Status Report
May 25 - Noon -  Joe Mueller & Scott Collins - Morro Bay’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Project - A Status Report
Now that Morro Bay is moving forward with the Wastewater Treatment Plant, it is time to hear an update from the men we have charged to build our future water treatment supply. 
Joe has been with the City of Morro Bay for 4 years, serving as the Utilities Division Manager overseeing the water and wastewater services.  He has 30 years of experience in professional engineering firms and local municipalities having held various positions in the industry ranging from Operator, Laboratory Director, Operations Startup Specialist, Contract Operations Project Manager, Construction Project Management, Operations Group Manager, and Utilities Division Manager.
And we always welcome one of our own, Scott Collins, City Manager, to share his insights and answer questions that may arise during Joes presentation.
Joe Muller and Scott Collins, City of Morro Bay May 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Morro Bay Wastewater Reclamation Project

Joe and Scott will be discussing the status of the Morro Bay Wastewater Reclamation Project.  Joe has served Morro Bay for the past four years overseeing the water and wastewater services. He has 30 years of experience with professional engineering firms and local municipalities: Operator, Laboratory Director, Operations Start-up Specialist, Contract Operations, Project Manager, Construction Project Management, Operations Group Manager and Utilities Division Manager. Scott Collins is M.B. City Manager & a MB Rotarian.