Werkeneh guest speaker
Werkeneh guest speaker

Cos and Pi Grantee
Cos and Pi Grantee

SMASH grant award
SMASH grant award

Werkeneh guest speaker
Werkeneh guest speaker

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) [ http://www.rmhcsc.org ]

- 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 [ http://www.thebiddymasonfoundation.org ]

- 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

  • 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. 

  • Incoming Rotary Club President Rod Gregson began his year of leadership July 1, 2020. Rod was a previous member and President of the Burbank Sunrise Rotary Club several years ago. We look forward to Rod's guidance and expertise.

  • Outgoing Rotary Club President Reda Beebe was "demoted" on July 7, 2020 receiving the most citations and awards our Club has seen in years! We are thrilled at the accomplishments of our Club, especially in times of COVID and we are so grateful to Reda for her leadership.

  • June, 2020 Rotary Club finished Save Our Restaurants GoFundMe Campaign by raising $14,000 for local restaurants and awards emergency grants to 14 restaurants. Read more here.

  • May 2020, South Pasadena Rotary awarded  $5,000 in scholarships for SPHS and Wilson High School graduating seniors.  Congratulations to our winners:

       *SPHS Art ($1,000) - Jasmine Summers​

       *SPHS Foster/Community Service - ($2,000) -

         Rosalind Chou

       *Wilson High School (two @ $1,000) -

         Nancy Lopez and Michelle Pan

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. 

Get Inspired & Connected

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12:20 - 1:30pm

Via Zoom

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Stay safe and healthy



Grant presentation to Cayman, of Rise Against Huinger

Events & Announcements - Yes, we do tend to lean toward food!

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.