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Welcome to Rotary

Rotary Club of South Pasadena 


Mission Statement:

   "The Rotary Club of South Pasadena provides an opportunity for community & international service, while building friendships & developing leaders."


Get Educated

Get great information and educational tools from our upcoming speakers 


Upcoming Club Meeting Programs       

Via Zoom:

- May 4: District 5280 PDG Eli Gauna (McMartin Preschool scandal)

- May 11: Mara Leong-Maguinez  - Ronald McDonald House (Pasadena) [ ]

- May 18: Brady Connell (Playa Vista Sunrise Rotary Club IPP, Rotary District 5280 Assistant

Governor Executive Producer “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” – District 5280’s

involvement with Habitat for Humanity last 3 years

- May 25: Jackie Broxton – Biddy Mason Foundation [ ]

- June  1: DARK (Memorial Day)

- June   8: Joe Dungan "Jest Practices: The Pros and Cons of Comedy in the Workplace"

- June 15: Peter Lattey (Rotary Club of DTLA) Sailing across the Pacific from Papua New Guinea in 1975"

- June 22: Lee Stacy (Burbank Sunrise RC and + very recent winner of  the Rotary "Ian Jones Humanitarian Award") Pistachio farming


Interested in speaking to our club?

Email our  Program Chair

Making News

  • Incoming Rotary Club President Kathy Selders began her year of leadership on July 1, and she has promised a year of activation, community visibility and club service projects to reinforce Rotary's new theme for 2021-2022 - Serve to Change Lives. 

  • Sara Munshin named 2020-2021 "Rotarian of the Year" for exceptional service as Club Secretary.

  • Outgoing Rotary President Rod Gregson was "demoted" on June 29th in his first and only in-person club meeting as President. This "Zoomed Out" affair was a celebration of our health and good friendships.

  • In June 2021, the club recognized high school students for their achievements with scholarships. Read more here.

  • On April 1st, 2021, the club handed out grants of $1,500 each to 6 different local, very worthwhile charities: Union Station Homeless Services; Door of Hope; East Meets West Parent Education Association: The Giving Space; Hathaway-Sycamores; Ronald McDonald House (Pasadena)

  • In March, the club gave a grant to Rise Against Hunger for $1,008. 

2019-20 GOLD Patch - District Award Winner for "Uniting People"

2019-20 GOLD Patch - District Award Winner for "Taking Action"


Distinction Patch for 31 Citations of Action

2019-20 Rotary International Citation with PLATINUM RI's President's Distinction - this is the HIGHEST award a Club can achieve! Only 100 Clubs of 35,000 worldwide receive this honor.

2019-20 - Special recognition to Kathy Selders for exceptional volunteerism, to David Morales for Foundation leadership and 100% Paul Harris for the Club, and to Marchelle Sellers for her 4th Rotarian of the Year Award for exceptional activism.  

2019-20 Marks 50 Years of Club Membership for Past District Governor Conrad VonBibra! Congratulations and thank you Conrad for lifelong service to The South Pasadena Rotary Club.

The Four Way Test

Of the things we think, say and do:


1 Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to ALL concerned?


Does this resonate with you? Are you

ready to connect and volunteer with people

who share your same values? Learn more

about joining Rotary!


A HUGE thank you to all the donors who gave to

our South Pasadena Restaurant campaign.

A total of $14,000 was awarded!

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Rotary International


As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.  Rotary will cultivate a diverse. equitable and inclusive culture in which people from under-represented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders. 

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2021-2022 SCHEDULE

coming soon!



Grant presentation to Cayman, of Rise Against Hunger

Events & Announcements

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These screenings have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Rotary regrets and apologizes for any inconveniences.
Helping Hands

Meal and hygiene product delivery to the unhoused in South Pasadena

July 4, 2021

The Rotary Club joined South Pasadena Tenants Union and CareFirst to serve 25 meals to the unhoused in South Pasadena. Volunteers gathered in the Arroyo giving food and toiletries to our unhoused neighbors. It was a wonderful gathering. Everyone was very appreciative!


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Senior Center Bags of Love & Fun

February 14, 2021

This year Valentine's day at the South Pasadena Senior Center was a little different, but the drive-thru love was coming by the bagful! South Pasadena Rotary Club partnered with the Senior Center to provide fun goodies for all the seniors in our community. We look forward to hosting our more formal lunch in 2022, but in the meantime, this bag of fun was a real "treat" for everyone. 


Dinner Cruise on Mission

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Rotary Club of South Pasadena and the South Pasadena Rotary Foundation  presented Dinner Cruise On Mission on September 30th. This family friendly restaurant supportive dinner night provided special menu items  from South Pasadena favorites, Mike & Anne's, Tomato Pie and Gus's BBQ. Supporters ordered food and cocktails from one or all 3 restaurants. Over $3700 was raised to support local restaurants!


South Pasadena Emergency Restaurant Grants

The Rotary Club of South Pasadena and the South Pasadena Rotary Foundation launched an emergency grant program through GoFundMe to assist local South Pasadena independent restaurants needing COVID related relief. Our Club, along with community members and local groups (including WISPPA) raised a total of $14,000 and awarded grants to fourteen restaurants in three grant cycles. We were able to give equal funds to every eligible applicant. Many thanks for supporting this vital campaign! 


Ninth Annual Taste of South Pasadena - TO BE ANNOUNCED

South Pasadena is known for our incredible variety of gourmet eateries. Last year we had a record-breaking 35 restaurants 

confirmed, each serving up a delicious signature dish for you!

Our craft winery VIP event is sponsored and hosted by The Garagiste Festivals. A record-breaking 14 wineries participated last year. They will seriously impress your taste buds. More info here

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February 14, 2020

For the upteenth year in a row, the Rotary Club of South Pasadena served up a delicious Valentine's Day lunch to the our friends at the Senior Center. Around 80 seniors were treated to a wonderful meal and entertainment. 

Rotarians were joined by spouses, friends and their kids for this annual Rotary favorite volunteer event.


February 8, 2020

The Rotary Club of South Pasadena hosted a hunger relief project packing 10,000 bags of food that went to undernourished children in The Philippines. 

We needed a lot of help and help came! San Marino Rotary Club, local Boy Scouts, children and spouses of South Pasadena Rotarians and our neighbors all pitched in. Thank you to our Priority One Credit Union for hosting our group.