Our Rancho Santa Fe Rotary club...Chartered in February of 1959, our Rancho Santa Fe Rotarians have been serving this community and beyond for over 50 years. As of July of 2016, we have close to 80 members.

How do I join Rotary?

An important distinction between Rotary and other organizations is that membership is by invitation. Accepting a luncheon invitation from a Rancho Santa Fe Rotarian is the first step, so come join us for lunch!!  For more information on joining, email our Membership Chair Robin Chappelow at archappelow@gmail.com

Our projects include:

*Provide grants to many local charities such as an abused children's home (Casa de Amparo), Kids Korps which develops programs for giving by local youth, alcohol recovery programs, safe graduation nights, International Relief Teams, Family Literacy Fund, San Pasqual Academy for foster children, Women's Resource Center and many more organizations.

*Established a Rotaract Club for the "Lost Boys of Sudan" and assisted them with scholarships and education funds.

*Providing funds and members for Water for Sudan to drill water wells in So. Sudan. 130 wells now serve over 200,000 people.

*High school students sent to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp

*Three Rotary Scholarships are provided to the children of farm workers in Colima, Mexico along with individual sponsorships for younger children.

*Support of local youth activity groups and other community needs as requested

*We coordinate with the Rosarito Beach Rotary Club in a joint project of purchasing groceries and blankets which are distributed to the needy chosen by a local church in January of each year.

*Support of the Rotary Foundation through Paul Harris fellowships and sustaining memberships

How do we pay for these projects?

For starters, we have fundraisers during the year, including the Fall Festival in Rancho Santa Fe. We also get help from local merchants which allow us to provide an annual banquet dinner for our local Public Services.  We charge $ 18.50 for lunch (raffle tickets are in addition), all of which goes to cover the expenses for lunch. Rotarians that miss lunch and don't make up at other local Rotary clubs forfeit their luncheon fee which then goes into the club treasury. Rotarians can make up a missed meeting at more than 55 locations in San Diego County or in 121 countries worldwide. Meetings that are made up will be credited to your account so you don't pay twice for meals.

There is also a one-time initiation fee of $ 200.00 which is waived for existing Rotarians joining our club from other locations.

Then there are dues and "recognitions"...fines.  Our annual dues are $1300, which are paid quarterly. This amount includes $100 for the Rotary Foundation.  A guide of $ 100 per month is reasonably accurate.

What is this fining? Well, it's just a great way to recognize our fellow Rotarians on their birthdays, anniversaries, when they've done something noteworthy, or maybe just for fun!

What do we do at these meetings?

Our meetings begin with lunch and fellowship, followed by the flag salute, invocation, and maybe a song. Then we introduce visiting Rotarians and guests, make a few announcements, talk about Rotary, and maybe "recognize" a few members. This is followed by our "program", which is presented by a speaker on a topic of interest to our community and our members. Meetings end with our raffle drawing for money which is sometimes donated back to the club. Our goals are fun, fellowship, and service through Rotary.

What's expected of our members?

A vital part of Rotary is fellowship, with regular attendance being essential to a strong and active Rotary club.
This is not a lunch club! If you're just looking for some place to eat, this is not the place for you. The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary club is a service club in which all its members actively participate.