The Rotary Club of Goleta welcomed Ron Aschwanden as a new member of Rotary International.

Aschwanden is the vice president of agricultural lending with Community West Bank in Goleta. He has a vast background in agriculture business and banking.

He started his banking career in 1974 after graduating from CSU-Fresno with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management. In 1982, he received his master’s degree in agriculture at CSUF.

He has held several agricultural and commercial lending and management positions for the past 37 years with Bank of America, Pacific State Bank, Rabobank and Farmers and Merchants Bank. Most of his banking career was spent in the Central San Joaquin Valley and Mother Lode Area of Calaveras County.

Aschwanden was raised on a dairy near Lodi, and most recently has lived in Vallecito near Angels Camp, where he and his family have resided for the past 25 years.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the 39 District Agriculture Association, the EDC Economic Profile Committee and various agriculture-related associations. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

Aschwanden can be reached at

The Rotary Club of Goleta welcomes interested men and women who would like to know more about Rotary International and become involved in our community. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the Elephant Bar Restaurant, 521 Firestone Road in Goleta. Enjoy fellowship and interesting meetings.

For more information, email club president Paul Clayton at or membership chair Frances Gilliland at

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