Forty-five years ago a group of Carpinteria men led by School Superintendent Dr. William Carty banded together to form a club whose motto was “service above self.” Now three separate clubs and nearly 100 local men and women subscribe to that Rotary Club message. At an event held on July 29, the clubs celebrated the 45th anniversary of Rotary in Carpinteria.
Barry Enticknap now leads the original Rotary Club of Carpinteria, a group now commonly called the Noon Rotary. That chapter meets every Thursday for lunch at the Lions Community Building to discuss club business, share a meal and listen to a presentation by a guest speaker. The Noon club relies on its annual Carpinteria Talent Showcase to do its fundraising heavy lifting. Performed each winter, the talent show puts dozens of local acts on stage and funnels proceeds into music programs in the local elementary schools and Carpinteria Middle School.
The Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning splintered from the Noon group over a decade ago. Jerry Estrada, who got involved about five years ago, recently started his one-year term as president of the Morning club. He looks forward to sparking even greater interest in Rotary within the community. His club’s biggest fundraiser is the Carpinteria Calendar, a publication that highlights local photographers’ works. Since the calendar project’s launch about a decade ago, Morning Rotary has raised over $100,000 which has been distributed among local organizations in need of support. Other feathers in the Morning Rotary cap…
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