Kati Buehler

Kati Buehler

Kati Buehler, a long-time Santa Barbara resident and retired senior administrator for Westmont College, will become the new president of the Rotary Club of Montecito starting July 1.

Buehler has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in higher education, governmental affairs, and financial planning. She recently retired as senior director of the gift planning office at Westmont College, where she spent more than a decade helping alumni, parents and friends of the college find creative ways to support the institution through their wills and trusts.
A member of the Rotary Club of Montecito since 2010, Buehler has served in various capacities. She is most proud of her role heading a 20-year partnership between the club and Santa Barbara City College. Through this commitment, club members raise funds to provide annual scholarships to qualified students pursuing vocational and career technical degrees at the college.

Since 1997, the club has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships through the program, including 10 this spring.

Buehler holds an undergraduate degree in Latin American studies from Mount Holyoke College, in Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in government from CSU Sacramento.

Before joining Westmont in 2007, she worked as a government affairs director for 15 years, representing California’s agricultural industry at the state Capitol, and earlier as an investment advisor and certified planner for Dean Witter Reynolds.
Founded in 1953, the Rotary Club of Montecito supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programs. The club regularly participates in volunteer activities in Montecito, the surrounding community, and in countries around the world.

Rotary is a network of more than 35,000 clubs in almost every country. The organization has 1.2 million members. Rotarians take action in five key areas: providing access to clean water and sanitation, supporting education, preventing and treating disease, supporting mothers and children and growing local economies.

The Rotary Club of Montecito meets at noon Tuesdays, currently via Zoom due to the pandemic. For information on membership or to join a meeting, contact Buehler at buehlerkatirotary@gmail.com. For general information about the club, visit MontecitoRotary.org.