President's Message
Inge-Lise Pedersen
member photo

Our club has been doing so many great things for all the Ave. of Service.  Our motto is 
We’re the Little Club that can and does.  I always say if it’s not broke leave it alone.

So that leaves me with a question.  Where do I want our Club to go in the next year?

  • I would like to see each Ave of Service do just 1 extra thing this year
  • Work more with our youth
  • Start a Strategic Plan
  • Peruse A Peace Keeping Club
  • Doing fun things with the other clubs in the Valley
  • Continue doing wonderful projects.


I can’t do this alone, so I’m asking for your help, suggestions or whatever else comes to mind.


I’m proud to be the President of YOUR CLUB and I will do my best to make you proud of me.


AND I also plan to have some fun and a few surprises along the way.

See Andy's photo album of Inge-Lise's first meeting.


President Inge-Lise and drive Gabi wave to the crowd at the parade in Solvang.


A big Well Done to Past President Ron for the successful send off for his successor.  Another big Well Done to now Past President John for a very successful Rotary year.  The event was well documented by Andy's camera.  Be sure to see his photo album of the party.


Bob Dullea has written a short history of the club.  It should be required reading for all new (less than 15 years) members of the club.  Find it any time on website on the About Us menu or click here to see it now.

Club Foundation Meeting

If you paid your $20 to be a member of the foundation (if you haven't paid for 2017-18 yet, you can pay at the door), come to the Foundation board meeting next Monday to see who will succeed Brendan as the foundation President. A big Well Done to Brendan for heading up the foundation for several years (Is it true that the foundation presidency is a stepping stone to the club presidency?).  The meeting starts at 5:30 in the Small Hall (VFW Room) at the Veterans Bldg in Solvang.  The Small Hall is the one closest to Mission Drive.

Bulletin Contributors Needed

Have you missed seeing The Olive Branch the last few weeks? Your editor has not had the time to do it recently and is somewhat burned out from the weekly grind.  If we can share the load with a different person composing it each week, no one needs to feel over-burdened.  Contact Dean if you would like to help.  A training session will be held some evening in the near future where you will learn the wonders and joys of ClubRunner.


Annual dues of $150 are now payable.  Bring a check to the next meeting or mail it to PO BOx 903, Los Olivos CA 93441.  You can also just pay half now and half in January if you prefer.

June 22 Meeting

Contributed by Bob Dullea
This is the last general meeting of our Rotary year 2016-2017 chaired by currentPresident John Mathews. John thanked the following: Snacks by Chris Bashforth, Pledge by Dave Brown, Invocation by Dave Lawrence, & Greeter Kate Koslosky.Dave Lawrence told us, a joke, actually the true story about Mr & Mrs Gorsky.
Ron Walsh announced that the Demotion Party is scheduled and planned for this Sunday, June 25. We have big plans to demote President John in an exciting manner with many awards being presented. Everyone is invited to the Davidge’s
ranch at 4:00pm to enjoy great food and entertainment.
Brendan Doherty announced that at 6:30 after the First Meeting on our Rotary year 2017-2018 Thursday July 6, 2017 we will also hold the annual meeting of the Los Olivos Rotary Club Foundation. An election of two new directors will be held. We have five hold-over directors so the total of seven directors will get together at a later meeting to elect a President, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer.
President John made a special announcement of the award of a Paul Harris fellow to Jim Pugh who accepted the award in person.
OUR SPEAKER for the evening was our fellow member Jim Lohnas. Jim is the chair of our Los Olivos Jazz & Olive festival. Our thirteenth annual festival washeld Saturday June 3 rd , 2017. It must be noted that Jim had the original idea behind our very successful festival and has chaired the event since the beginning.Jim recapped the idea behind this effort.
WHY do we do it ? Service above self isthe answer. We raise the money to give scholarships to worthy  students, andgive to other worthwhile non-profit organizations locally and around the world.
HOW do we do it? By creating a plan of action and asking a group of “SuperStars” ( all of us Rotarians) to follow the plan and improve on it each year. Jim called on our Chief Financial Officer, Gabi Robbins, to comment on the
“results” of our efforts in dollars from the event. The final checks and bills arealmost in but she does feel confident in reporting the final numbers.
Jim thanked a number of” Super Stars” including Jim Pugh and Rich Nagler forentertainment; Brendan Doherty and Joe Sanguinet for Physical Site Planning;Gabi Robbins for Ticket Sales: Peter Robbins for Promotion; Jim Lohnas for
O’Chefs; Dave Bemis for Vintners; Steve Berg for Programs; Alice Berg for Merchandise; Steve Berg for Sponsors; Dave Lawerence for Silent Auction; Toni Coble & Inge Lise Petersen for Event Day Coordinators; Bob Dullea for Vinters
signs; Puck Lohnas and Sarah Larkin for Decorations; Gabi Robbins for Financial
Director; Ulises Castaneda and Sarah Larkin for Water, Soda and Ice; John Mathews for Front Gate; Bob Dullea for Security; and All Club Members who worked on many, many projects on Friday and then Saturday morning during set-
up and then at closing.
HOW do we make it better:
Keep the Silent Auction in the Grange
Keep the Traffic Station Canopy in the rear
Keep the Rental Trucks
Keep the Sandwiches for members again.
Enlarge the waiting area even more
Continue to look at new ideas like possibly making the hours of operation 2:00pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday
Evaluate raising the pricr
Next year possibly going to Saturday June 9 th Sell tickets for the following year at next year’s event
Look into inviting Pro-Chefs
Streamline the Silent Auction check-out even
Re-evaluate No Dog policy
Look into placing canopies outside of
the event for those waiting in line
Make sure wash stands are outside for
use at the restrooms or contract with restrooms with wash facility inside.
Upcoming Events
Youth Empowered....a new non-profit
Jul 13, 2017
5:02 PM – 6:39 PM
Los Olivos Rotary Club Foundation
Jul 17, 2017
5:27 PM – 7:00 PM
Buttonwood Winery
Jul 20, 2017
5:02 PM – 6:39 PM
3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann
Jul 27, 2017
5:01 PM – 6:59 PM
World War II AirForce Fighter Pilot
Aug 03, 2017
5:01 PM – 6:39 PM
Los Olivos Rotary Club Board of Directors meeting
Aug 08, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Current mission of Vandenberg Air Force Base
Aug 10, 2017
5:06 PM – 6:39 PM
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Aug 17, 2017
5:02 PM – 6:39 PM
Visiting Nurses & Hospice
Aug 24, 2017
5:06 PM – 6:40 PM
Genetic Counselor; Cancer Center of SantaBarbara
Sep 07, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


Next Meeting:
Thursday, 07/13/2017
Dave Bemis
Bob Dullea
Dave Lawrence
Steve Berg
Following Meeting:
Thursday, 07/20/2017
Sheila Benedict
Denise Holmes
Puck Lohnas
Peter Robbins


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