Staff Report


The Solvang Rotary Club inducted five new members on June 18 with the help of District 5240 Governor Sandi Schwartz.

“As you embark on your Rotary journey, you will surely discover the true meaning of our principal motto: Service Above Self,” Schwartz told inductees Scott Martin, Bonnie Jacobsen, Yoli De Young, David Gassaway and Carol Anders.

The new members were given several framed certificates, badges, Rotary International pins and a coin depicting a wave with the words, “Be The Inspiration,” which is this year’s Rotary International theme.

Martin is a returning member, having served previously in the club for 12 years in the capacity as president and club foundation president and as assistant district governor twice.

Jacobsen is a retired K-6 teacher and was a student teacher supervisor at San Jose State University during her career. She volunteers at the Solvang Library and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

De Young is a small-business owner and is known in the Santa Ynez Valley as the “Pie Lady.” She has raised substantial funds for the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church with her pie and baked-goods sales.

Anders is also a returning member, having served previously in the club for two years, working as a planner of the Hollywood Revisited Rotary fundraising event. She is a retired nurse, a volunteer of the SYV Cottage Hospital Auxiliary, and a member of the French Maids, who sell catered events raising funds for charity.

Gassaway is the new city manager of Solvang and a former community development director for the city of Indian Wells near Palm Springs.

The Rotary Club of Solvang meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at the Alisal Ranch Grill. For more information, go to