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Rotary Club of Santa Paula
Santa Paula

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Flight 126
824 E. Santa Maria Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
United States of America
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We just finished an incredible year with Immediate Past President, John Procter.
We start a new year with President Jason Cole! Here's a short bio of Jason. CAC is the California Avocado Commission.
Producer, Santa Paula
5 years as a CAC Board Member
2 years as a CAC Board Alternate
Secretary, Treasurer CAC Executive Board

Jason earned an Agricultural Science degree with a minor in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly SLO and serves as a certified crop advisor. He assists the industry and his community through a variety of volunteer positions including serving on the Ventura County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and as a Santa Paula Rotarian. Jason also is an alumnus of the California Ag Leadership Program (Class 42) and has served on their Alumni Council, including holding the Chairman position.

Jason and his wife Lindsey are the proud parents of 2 young sons. His favorite past times are bird hunting, fishing and scuba diving. Jason is the oldest son of Past President Guy Cole and has been supporting our club since he was a child.

We are excited to celebrate our club's Centennial Year!

Congratulations to John Procter for a very successful and fun year! Congratulations to Al Guilin, Gale Mason award winner, Bob Russell, Rotarian of the Year and much appreciation to Peggy Kelly for all of our great PR! The Past Presidents have Saved Rotary. The gavel has been transferred to Jason Cole. We are ready for our next adventure and superior community service.
The Rotary Club of Santa Paula is proud to be an active club in District 5240. Our District covers 3 California counties!
Today Jenny Arana discovered the toy chest at VCMC Cancer Care Clinic for Children was empty. She called in the Rotary troops who love to serve their community. Carlos, Stephanie and Jenny went to pick up 6 boxes of  toys for children ages 24 months to 10 years old. These children are treated for cancer and have infusions, transfusions, treatments and testing. After all of their painful and scary medical treatments are done, they get to pick a toy from the toy chest for their bravery. Thank you to all the Rotarians who donated the toys and the three Rotarians who were able to immediately jump into action and make a difference for children with cancer in our community. It is our honor to serve!
As of July 1, 2022, we have begun a new Rotary year. Welcome to President John Procter! Our President Elect is Jason Cole.
If you have received your Rotary magazine, you will see our first woman Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones. You may also read about Jennifer on our club website, www.santapaularotary.org. Our District 5240 District Governor is Scott Phillips from the Goleta Noontime club. You will meet Scott in November, we believe. We have invited him to the pumpkin patch.
Thank you President Marilyn for a fabulous year! We truly appreciated your leadership, commitment to Rotary and friendship. Now, you can have lunch with us!
John's bio and photograph are below. Our first meeting is on July 11, 2022. We hope to see you there and welcome John!
John was born and raised in Santa Paula where he has family roots
going back to the 1880s. John graduated Santa Paula High School
Class of 1970 and Stanford University Class of 1974 (B.A.
John has been a member of the Santa Paula Rotary club since 2009.
He served on the Santa Paula City Council from 2000-2008 & 2014-
2018 (Mayor in 2003 & 2015). He was on several boards throughout
the County including the Ventura County Transportation Commission,
Ventura Council of Governments, Economic Development
Collaborative of Ventura County, Ventura County Regional Energy
Alliance and the Southern California Association of Governments, to
name a few.
John has been involved in the American Cancer Society with the
Santa Paula Relay For Life, and once served as the Chair of the ACS
Silicon Coastal Region which extended from Ventura County to the
Bay Area.
In his spare time, John enjoys playing electric bass and performing at
local venues with his Classic Rock & Blues band, “Johnny and the
Love Handles”.
Thank you President Marilyn Appleby for another very successful and fun Rotary year! We appreciate your leadership, commitment and friendship. Congratulations to John Marquez, Rotarian of the Year and Stephanie Becerra, Gale Mason award recipient! Much deserved by the both of you. A sincere thank you to Scott Dunbar as he was welcomed into the Paul Harris Society for his generous support of the Rotary Foundation. Your care provides Rotary support and makes a difference throughout the world. The gavel has been passed to John Procter.
Renaissance High School and Vista Real Charter School Seniors may inquire in their school office. Santa Paula High School Seniors have instructions on the flyer below. Apply Today!! The deadline is April 8, 2022 at 4:00 pm. No late entries will be accepted.

Meet Marilyn Appleby, our 2021-2022 Santa Paula Rotary President!

It is an honor to be your Club President for the Rotary Year 2021-2022. I truly admire the experience and talent each member brings to the Rotary Club of Santa Paula. 

This past year has been difficult with Covid, but our Club remained unified, serving our community well. As we gather back together and reconnect, we have the opportunity to move ahead in the new year even stronger.  

I look forward to serving with you in a new year of:

  •           Service, Fellowship and Fun!

Here’s to a great new Rotary year!


We are so proud of our 2021 Cardinal Juniors. These students were nominated by the high school department heads. They were reminded to apply for scholarships in March 2022. 
Congratulations!! Kenya Valdez, Ryan Gomez, Luis Magana, Valerie Bautista, Emmanuel Medina, Diego Murillo, Jamie Rodriguez, Anahi Chavez, Emiliano Molina, Erika Gutierrez, Chloe Hernandez and Ana Duran.
The Rotary Club of Santa Paula is very proud to announce we will award $35,000 in scholarships for 2021! The application package is available on the link below. Applicants must be graduating seniors from the class of 2021 from Santa Paula High School or Renaissance High School located in Santa Paula, CA.
Today is Veteran's Day 2020. It has been a year like no other which has given us an even deeper appreciation for our Veterans. Thank you for your strength, courage, sacrifices,  experiences you have shared, and those you still carry silently. You have made a difference. You have given us the gift of freedom. Thank you for serving our country. God Bless America
The Rotary Club of Santa Paula was proud to make a donation to the Spirit of Santa Paula! Service Above Self and supporting our community is our mission.
Our Rotary club made a donation in the name of former Rotarian and Community friend, Randy Axell. Randy was a treasured friend and will be missed by all. We are so grateful for his commitment to Santa Paula Art Museum and the Santa Paula community. In addition, we made a donation to the Santa Paula Art Museum who has matching funds available. The museum is open! Stop by for a beautiful visit and holiday shopping.

Capture the beauty of Santa Paula, the purpose of Santa Paula Beautiful Photo Contest is to showcase the breathtaking variety of scenic beauty, landmarks, buildings, nature that abounds in our community.

  1. This contest is open for online submissions only via email at RotaryContest@santapaularotary.com
  2. Photos must be submitted before October 12, 2020 at 11:59 pm. PST.  Any submissions after this deadline will not be included in the contest.  
  3. Photos submitted must be at least 640 pixels on the shorter side, and no more than 2000 pixels on the longer side. Images should be no larger than 2MB. Photos must be in JPEG format.
  4. You may submit one photo for this contest. 
  5. You are required to provide a unique title & description for each image submitted.
  6. All entries must showcase the beauty of Santa Paula and immediate adjacent areas.
  7. There must be no border(s), logo(s), copyright marks, identifying marks, or any other visible references and/or marks on the images. 
  8. Basic editing, including color enhancement, the use of filters, and cropping of the Photo(s) is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the photos. 
  9. A panel of professional photographers from Santa Paula will judge all entries and select three winning photos. The winners will be announced October 14, 2020.
  10. There will be three prizes: first prize; a 20x24 printed photo of the winning image, mounted, laminated and framed with a canvas texture on it (value $250.00).  Second prize a 16x20 printed photo of the winning image, mounted, framed and laminated with a canvas texture on it (value $200.00).  Third prize: an1 1x14 printed photo of the winning image mounted, laminated and framed with a canvas texture on it (value $150.00)
  11. Printed winner’s photos will be available for pick up only at Melgar Photo Studio. 951 E. Main St. Santa Paula, two weeks after winners are announced.
  12. Contact information to be included with your submission.

(Name and phone number)

By participating in this contest, you are allowing the Rotary Club of Santa Paula to publish the photograph on, including but not limited to, the Rotary Club of Santa Paula web sites, and other electronic and print promotional materials and in print media.

Immediate family members of Santa Paula Rotary Club members and members will not be allowed to participate.

Rotary members provide modular housing to Ukraine

Affordable and easy to install, the prefabricated houses offer shelter – and a sense of hope

Rotary projects around the globe September 2023

Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in Belize, the United States, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom.

A solar energy divide

Rotary and Habitat for Humanity team up to bring rooftop solar to low-income homeowners in America

Classrooms wired for success

The Rotary clubs of Panamá Norte and Westchester (Los Angeles), put together a global grant that sought to remedy the digital divide in Panama. The project provided each school with 30 laptops for students, an interactive whiteboard, and other technology, and also provided training for local teachers.

Shape-shifting Singapore

Rotary editor Wen Huang visits the home of the 2024 Rotary International Convention for a third time and finds that the flourishing Asian city-state has reinvented itself — again

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Chris L. Bartelson
    September 2
  • Carol McMullin
    September 17
Join Date:
  • Elenore Vaughn
    September 12, 2022
    1 year
  • John Procter
    September 14, 2009
    14 years
  • Elias Valdes
    September 19, 1988
    35 years
  • W. John Kulwiec
    September 22, 2000
    23 years