Incoming Morro Bay Rotary President Jeff Jones takes over from 2019-20 President Melissa Davis.
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The Rotary Club of Morro Bay welcomed new 2020-21 President Jeff Jones to lead the club through the year of “Rotary Opens Opportunities.” Jeff is well known in Morro Bay where he served as fire chief from 1991-2004 following 12 years as Morro Bay Fire Captain.

Rotary members have been attending virtual meetings for the past 4 months and Zoom in weekly to hear guest speakers. Pacific Wildlife’s Kelly Vanderheuvel recently presented updates and shared stories about several birds including Denali, a red-tailed hawk. Sandi Twist of The Paddleboard Company took members virtually to the Embarcadero for a paddleboarding demo and Rotary International Foundation Trustee, Brenda Cressey zoomed in to speak from her home in Maine.

The Club recently awarded five $2000 scholarships to graduating Morro Bay High School seniors. Congratulations to recipients Justin Cisneros, Gerard Daulman, Joseph Ruddell, Madelynn Schultz, and Faye Vavra.

Jeff’s theme this year is “Help Us Help Others!” and in that spirit the club is proud to be a Circle of Excellence member of the Chamber of Commerce.

“After years of local businesses supporting Rotary fundraisers, the board felt it was time to do fund-giving back to the community with projects like the free hand sanitizer distribution to local businesses and hours of volunteer time to support the Morro Bay CARES program of calling and delivering prescription medications to isolated citizens,” said Club publicity chair Jude Long. “Watch for what’s next as Morro Bay Rotarians continue their 70-year-old tradition of cooperation and support of Morro Bay.”