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Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club Celebrates 1,000th Book Donation

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club Celebrates 1,000th Book Donation
SANTA MARIA, Calif.— On January 19, 2023, the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club celebrated the efforts of two Rotarians who established the Club’s book donation program that is still in place twenty years later. Club President Roberto Rodriguez and Orcutt Union School District Supervisor Holly Edds commended Rotarians Betty Miller and Doug Palmer on this project. In 2002, Betty Miller, the Club’s first woman President, established a program to honor each week’s speaker by donating a book in their name to one of the 26 local elementary schools in Santa Maria and Orcutt. Doug Palmer has selected and purchased the books which are hardback Caldecott or Newberry Medal books. After twenty years, the Club donated it’s 1,000th book and determined a celebration was in order.
Literacy, and reading in particular, has a great impact to an individual and for a community at large. Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary recognizes the positive impact of investing in literacy in our community. It was fitting that the celebration was held at a local school site, Joe Nightingale Elementary School.
The meeting ended with a tour of the school library for some Rotarians while others participated in reading books to a second-grade class. It was an enjoyable ending to a celebration of the impact that two special Rotarians and the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary have made in the community.
About Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary
Chartered on April 25, 1984, the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club has historically been committed to active involvement in our community through financial and hands on support for our youth, family, seniors, and those in need. We are continuously seeking opportunities to serve. We support various scholarships and aid for students of all age ranges. Our leadership in the Annual Christmas Parade of Lights, development of Rotary Centennial Park, and our participation in numerous community activities and non-profit events; are prime examples of our on-going commitment to our community.

Photo - Roberto Rodriguez, Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary President; Award recipients Rotarians Doug Palmer and Betty Miller; and Holly Edds, Orcutt Union School District Superintendent

Rotarian Leonard Champion reading to 2nd graders

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