The Rotary Club of Goleta evening club welcomed Dave Baskett, president TTE, as a guest speaker, who informed the club about the proposed BE 200 fire suppressant aircraft.

Imagine a new fleet of jet aircraft stationed in Santa Maria that could be dispatched in minutes to suppress wildfires to protect people, homes and wildlife.

As summer approaches and the danger of fire increases, we all would like to see Baskett and the BE 200 aircraft ready to protect us with modern firefighting planes.

The Goleta Rotary evening club invites the public to attend their weekly 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night meetings at the Elephant Bar Restaurant for their dinner meeting, with guest speakers. The next meeting will be May 24.

Rotary is committed to serving our community and keeping informed. For more information, email President Harold Schaff at

— Lynn Cederquist is the publicity chairwoman for the Rotary Club of Goleta.