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The Channel City Club was founded in Santa Barbara, California, to provide the community with a local venue for leading experts on state, national, and international issues. Our distinguished speakers are professionals in their chosen fields and are not paid by the Channel City Club.

Louis Lancaster began the Channel City Club in 1946. The Channel City Women's Forum was launched by his wife, Winifred, in 1966. In 1988, both groups merged to provide interesting, informative and entertaining speakers from all walks of life. At last count, thousands of luminaries from near and far touched life here.

The CCC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization and endeavor to have all sides of controversial topics presented. Our Q&A period after each presentation is for the purpose of information rather than debate and we take no official stance on any subject. You may attend as many programs as you like or that your schedule permits. We have no set meeting schedule as we attempt to accommodate the speakers’ schedules on any week day.

Many of our events are held at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. We also offer special events and excursions for our members who choose to sign up for our additional opportunities.

Non profit 501 c 3 organization.

Mission Statement
The Channel City Club, Santa Barbara's Window on the World, provides the membership with a local, non-partisan venue for speakers with expertise on state, national and international topics in an effort to encourage intellectual engagement and prepare future generations of leaders to positively impact an increasingly global World.

Non profit 501 c 3 organization.


The American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C..  ACFR sponsors rigorous and informed foreign relations discussions–out of the beltway–across the U.S. It is comprised of a national confederation of Member Committees with over 1,200 members across America from Tampa Bay to Santa Barbara.  The Washington D.C. team connects government agencies, officials, distinguished foreign service members, leading think tanks, consultancies, businesses, and associations with our unique network of Member Committees across the country.

Membership in the Committee on Foreign Relations includes:

  • Speaker “off the record” Receptions

  • ​Other Special Events as scheduled

  • Young Leaders Initiative: Annual conference for young scholars in the areas of foreign relations, policy and international interests; sponsored through the Member Committees & featuring leading experts and dignitaries including networking and ongoing membership

  • Eligible to attend ACFR’s Annual Foreign Relations Conference


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