District 5240 has no shortage of outstanding Rotarians whose service to humanity can serve as an inspiration to all of us.

This Rotary year, we plan on recognizing and sharing their inspirational journey.

Each of the 12 Groups in the District has been assigned one month in the Rotary 2019-20 year for the Assistant Governor and Presidents to select one Rotarian of Action in their Group.

For the month of December the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Mike Gibson. 

In recognition of “doing good in the world”, Mike will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.

Mike Gibson, Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary

Member of Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary 1989 – present:

President 1996 – 97

Helped found Christmas Parade of Lights in 1995 to present

Continues to coordinate Parade of Lights each year including:

Applications for parade entries, Advertising Parade order, Parade jobs – coordinating, Parade committee agenda

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Barn Party fundraiser – helps BBQ and coordinating food purchase

Head of scholarship committee since 2002

Volunteers for numerous Rotary events such as Day in the Park, Special Olympics

dinner, clip board man etc.


Outside committee involvements:

• When he first moved to Santa Maria he was involved in Santa Maria United Way and the

Museum of Flight

• Elected to Orcutt School Board and served 8 years.

• Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria and Guadalupe Kids Night Out and Judge for Youth

of the Year


o Major Gifts chairperson for several years

o Served numerous years on Board in various positions

o Now on Board Governance Committee

• OCAF (Orcutt Childrens Art Foundation) Founder and held board positions for a number

of years.

• Hancock College Foundation Board of Directors 2002 – 2011

o Served as Treasurer for 6 years

o Investment committee

o Worked on fundraising and helped pass the Measure I bond in 2006 which raised

$180 million to build new buildings and help renovate older buildings

• CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) present position:

o Board of Directors

o Finance Committee

o North County Community Relations Committee

o Helps each year organize “Ladies Get Loud” VIP waiters night dinner fundraiser


o Citizen of the Year Santa Maria Elks

o YMCA Citizen of the Year

o Citizen of the Years Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

o 2013 Santa Maria Valley Philanthropy