This year Roberto Martinez is president of the Rotary Club of Camarillo. Roberto grew up in San Bernardino and got his BA in Developmental Psychology and an MPA from CSU San Bernardino. He had an internship with the USDA and began working with non-profits in 2001. He began his career with the Boys & Girls Clubs in 2003 and came to Camarillo in 2011 as Director of Youth Services and became the Executive Director in 2015. Since then, the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo has doubled attendance and raised almost $3M to enlarge the building.
What Roberto likes most about the Boys & Girls Club is the educational impact it has on youth. “I feel that education and confidence can really change the trajectory of our kids’ lives.” Roberto recently secured a significant Rotary grant to provide conflict resolution training at the Boys & Girls Club.
Roberto joined Rotary in 2015. What he enjoy most about Rotary is that he is always learning from other Club members and from the great variety of speakers at weekly meetings. “It gives me an opportunity to learn more about my community, get involved in local projects and also contribute to international projects.” Roberto’s goals for the upcoming year are:
– to deepen the local impact of Rotary as a Peace Builders Club
– to increase opportunities for Rotary members to interact and learn from each other
– to continue working through Rotary to create a better world, through our actions here locally in the area of education, as well as humanitarian projects overseas.
In addition to Rotary, Roberto serves on other non-profit organizations Boards in the community, including the University Prep Charter School and the Center for Non-Profit Leadership. Roberto and his wife Vicki recently attended the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. They have a 12-year old daughter, Jasmina, who enjoys attending the Boys & Girls Club daily.
Rotary is a service organization of business and professional leaders who volunteer locally and internationally to alleviate hunger, improve health, provide education, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self”. Camarillo has two Rotary clubs that meet Wednesday noon and Tuesday morning. For information, see www.camarillorotary.org