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New member profile: Kimberly Coley

June 17, 2013

Kim_CWhy did you decide to join Rotary?
For friendship and fellowship. I wanted to become a part of a group of professional leaders who advocate for community and international service.

What are one or two things you hope to do as a Rotarian?
I hope to contribute to effect change in our local community through hands-on service projects, and further develop my leadership skills through networking with other professionals.

Name three of your accomplishments that not everyone knows.
1)  Moving to California, not knowing a soul, has definitely been one of my biggest accomplishments. I’ve been able to grow my own network of personal and professional contacts, all while becoming a part of this beautiful community.

2)  The Summer Fun FREE Drop-In Program. In my previous position with the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Activities section, I had the privilege of developing the Summer Fun drop-in program for underserved youth.  This program, to date, is one of my greatest joys!  I was able to grow the program from a half-day service to full day, incorporating a variety of community partners who come in and provide programming for over 700 elementary aged students each summer. Summer Fun, in addition to providing supervision from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, M-F ALL 8 weeks of the summer, also incorporates a FREE snack and lunch program, feeding any neighborhood child under the age of 18.

3)  Increasing revenue by 71% for the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast in the first year of my employment with the Council.  In addition, I’ve skillfully created over 250 new donor files in the past year and a half.

What/where did you study?
After two years of undergraduate work at Auburn University, I transferred to the University of Tennessee where I graduated with a degree in Human Ecology.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Building relationships with donors and community professionals is what I enjoy most about my job.  Although, I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE event planning!

What should we know about your family?
My life, growing up, was simple… and southern. My parents taught my brother and I to work hard and give back. To say, “yes ma’am/no sir,” always write thank you notes and to value family over all else. My family represents a place where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter, summer starts in April, macaroni and cheese is a vegetable, front porches are wide and words are long, pecan pie is a staple, y’all is the only proper noun, chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy, everything is “darling” and someone’s heart is always being blessed 😉

Cats or dogs?
Dogs!  My 5 year-old Maltipoo, Bella, is the love of my life!

Best book you have read this year?
“Half the Sky,” a book about turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide.

Magazines you subscribe to?
O- The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple and Women’s Health

What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

What’s one topic you’d like to see covered in a Rotary meeting program/presentation?
I would love to see presentations by a variety of nonprofit executives, outlining areas of need within their organizations.  This would allow our club to hear where there are gaps within the community and how we can be of better service.

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