Service above self

Welcome to Freedom Rotary!

Freedom Rotary Club is one of more than 35,000 clubs worldwide totaling 1.2 million members. Each club has basically the same structure, but the activities of each club are representative of the interests of its members.

Rotary is made up of three parts: local Clubs, Rotary International, and the Rotary Foundation. Together, we work to make lasting change in our communities and around the world. We represent a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. We meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

In Freedom Rotary Club you’ll find a bunch of Rotary friends who give service to our local and global community, support youth, learn about new ideas, help each other and have a lot of FUN! We’re celebrating 43 years as a Rotary Club this year – it’s the perfect time to join us!

Our meetings are on Tuesdays –

  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month we meet for 12:15pm lunch at the Agricultural History Project located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, we meet at 5:15pm for snacks and some great wine at El Vaquero Winery located at 2906 Freedom Blvd in Corralitos
  • 5th Tuesdays you’ll find us giving service somewhere in the community or visiting a local business to learn more about them

This year I’m very pleased to be volunteering with a wonderful group of community leaders, some of whom are also leaders of Freedom Rotary. Our 2021/2022 officers are:

  • Secretary: Brian Lockwood, General Manager, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency
  • Treasurer: Trina Coffman-Gomez, owner, Integrity Lending
  • International/Foundation: Gloria Garing, retired, Cabrillo College
  • Membership: Steve Bennett, Director of Operations, Advertising, and Community Partnerships, Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Publicity: Sandy Petznick, retired, Salud Para La Genta
  • Secretary of Food: Doug Feinsod
  • Bulletin: Ron Sandidge, retired, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
  • Community Grants: Dan Carrillo, Owner, Pajaro Valley Printing
  • Scholarships: Patsy Gasca, Disaster Program Manager, Red Cross

We’re always ready to add a new friend in Rotary, so join us for a meeting or let us know you’re interested.

Hope to see you soon!

Jeannie Kegebein
2021/2022 President

Benjamin Frederick Post
October 20, 1946 – January 30, 2021

We knew Ben as a steadfast Rotarian who had the best attendance record in our club. He participated in club events and activities with gusto. He loved the outdoors and relished our annual campout at Yosemite National Park where he and we proudly showed off this American treasure to Rotary Youth Exchange students, both inbound and outbound.

We will, as his partner Pam requests, carry on. We will dearly miss Ben. Please grab your family members and give them a hug. Count every moment with friends.

What would it take to change the world?

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self