Club Information
Welcome to Poway-Scripps Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 11:30 AM
Kaminski's BBQ
12735 Poway Road
Poway, CA 92064
United States of America
Guests are welcome. Lunch is $25.
Club Directors
Past President
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Youth Service
Upcoming Programs
The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps meets Wednesdays at 11:45 at Kaminski's BBQ, 12735 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064. The last Wednesday of the month is dark for an evening social. Guests are welcome; lunch cost is $25.
9/6 Parade Meeting
9/13 Mark Berry, a retired pediatric orthopedic and spine surgeon and member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar tells us about a postgraduate medical "training the trainers” program he founded for surgeons in developing countries.
9/20 Our member Don Barrett tells us how to make wine!
9/27 Dark
10/4 Club Assembly
10/11 Bill Lawrence from the San Diego History Center is our speaker.
10/18 Maria Espinosa from Interfaith Community Service joins us.
10/25 Dark
11/1 Walter Hughes from WASH 
11/15 Laura Upson from PUSD YIT is our speaker.
11/22 Dark for the holiday
11/29 No meeting
12/6 Brian Jones from the California Senate tells us about the state of the state.
Home Page Stories
After a load of projects under our belts, it's time to socialize. Join us at Harland Brewing in Scripps Ranch for some mingling and brew drinking.
Today we are resting on our laurels and remembering the successful project we had last month at the Poway library for Feeding San Diego. Members Jeri and Karen got the job done!!
We are so excited by the strong turnout at our latest blood drive in conjunction with the San Diego Blood Bank. We were at a new location, the old Vons in Scripps Ranch and everyone was bowled over by 22 donors rolling up their sleeves to donate blood. Thanks to members Don, Jeri and Karen for handling this community service project. As for the second photo, well that deserves an explanation. Member Karen never met a stranger, and she went hog wild for this fellow who parked his Harley near the bloodmobile. She sidled up to him, asked to sit on his bike with him, yada, yada, yada, you can guess the rest and we hope to see this photo as her 2023 Christmas card. We promise you, if you join the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps, you too can have this kind of fun.
You are looking at a lot of experience reading to children here. Members Jeri and Karen spent some time at the Poway Library reading to children as part of the library's summer reading program. Be honest, don't you sort of want to read the big book with the blue pony?
We know you are wondering what's new with the upcoming Poway Rotary Parade. You will recall that it will be held Sept. 9 and it is pet friendly. How friendly, you ask? Well, Kahoots has added some special things by donating gift baskets to add fun to the Pet Parade. Folks can register on and the Pet Parade award categories are:
Most Unique Pet [Pet Parade] - Poway 4-H
Best Float + Pet [Pet Parade] - Bailey
Best Dressed Pet [Pet Parade] - Buddy
Please note that our Blood Drive is at a new location, and will be held at the "Old" Von's in Scripps Ranch. See the flyer below for details. Hope to see you there. 
It's always a treat to hear a newly minted district governor's Rotary Story. Today, we heard from 2023-2024 District Governor Don Fipps. Don's Rotary journey started with being awarded a scholarship from Rotary at his high school graduation. Several states and clubs later he is sharing his passion project which is raising assistance dogs for Canine Companions. Don's Rotary theme for the year is "Create Hope in the World", which is the theme of the upcoming Poway Rotary Parade!
We are darn proud of all our sponsors and appreciate the support given to the upcoming Poway Rotary Parade. There's still time to sponsor if you are a business and want to get your name out there as well as be part of a community tradition. The parade is Sept. 9!!
We have some Poway Rotary Parade news to share with you. Of course, by now you know that this year's parade theme is "Creating Hope in the World". Keeping that theme in mind, we have selected Bob Lutticken as this year's grand marshal. Bob has spent 21 years teaching at Abraxas Continuation High School where he teaches biology, agriculture, and preaches aquaponics and runs the Abraxas Garden. So glad he has time to be a parade grand marshal, right? When Bob was attending Sierra High School in San Mateo he played baseball and then turned pro and played seven years with the San Diego Padres. Bob's goals include growing the Abraxas agriculture program and teaching as many students as he can the importance of growing food. 
Did you know that it was the end of the Rotary year last month? That's when we bid adieu to our outgoing president and welcome the incoming one. We do this at our demotion dinner where we celebrated President Sumedh and hope for the best with newly minted President Dan. It's pretty serious business being the president of a Rotary club and you have to take an oath! During the dinner Sumedh pinned our busiest member, Karen and recognized her for all her good work. Thanks to the lovely folks at Yanni's for putting up with us once again!
When you have your photo taken with the incoming district governor (Don Fipps), you are glad you got cleaned up for dinner! It was a wonderful Rotary evening and fun to see District Gov. Pretto beamed in to give a speech. Will we see you at next year's District Governor dinner?
Did you see us this morning collecting money for Red Shoe Day? We worked the street corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Community Road and raked in more than $800 for the Ronald MacDonald House. Here's a fun fact about the day: Our corner was the ONLY one to have rain!
What a busy weekend! We planted and we partied. Club members celebrated Rotarians at Work Day by helping in the Abraxas school garden. Then we cleaned up and helped the Rotarians from the Rancho Bernardo club with their annual Vines & Vittles fundraiser.
Our club participated in the Celebration of Champions relay race for kids going through cancer treatments. We were asked to run with three kids over the course of the 3 hour event. Arah and Dan's family ran with a 5 year old going through brain cancer treatments. His name is Yair and was a delightful kid. Then we ran with Max a high school senior with luekemia, Third child Lupita, is struggling with cancer, all three ran fast and made Dan look weak and slow. Rady's Children's Hospital is great and we love supporting them.
Congratulations to our member, Teha, who became a Paul Harris fellow. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
Nope, not the doll kind. Yesterday, member Don unveiled our new, inflatable Rotary wheel. You may see it at events and it will be in the parade. It looks beautiful, inflates quickly and is so bright, it's hard to miss. 
One of our newest members, Aaron, had a big Rotary day yesterday as he was inducted into the club. President Sumedh and Past President Dave presided over the ceremony (lacking the pagentry of a coronation) and now, he's on his way to being president elect!! That's a little club humor there. 
Some of us took a break from all the do gooding we've been doing and went bowling. It was the gals vs the guys and that's all we're going to say about that. We will tell you that we had so much fun. And, that we are pretty good bowlers. Not league worthy, yet.
Our childhood dream came true, and we got a pony! Well, sort of. We are actually sponsoring this horse, named Pokey, and he belongs to Ride Above Disability. That big check you see is to help cover his costs for a year. Pokey has an important job to do by helping teach recreational riding to children and adults of all ages with special needs.
Look at us! Not wearing a stitch of green for St. Patrick's Day, but we were on the green. A few members spent the day hosting a hole for the Poway Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. What was so special about this hole? Could it be the Jamison's we were pouring? We suspect it was us!!
First of all, can we just be amazed by this photograph? A group of people, all looking in the same direction with their eyes open! We know we are known as the 'fun' club but it's safe to assume we are also the 'most photogenic' club!! So, we gathered to show off the haul from our latest project. We purchased cleaning supplies for the PUSD Youth in Transition program. Later this month, we'll be helping to make 'grab and go' bags for those in need.
What a fun Saturday we had when some of us visited the folks and horses at Ride Above Disability in Poway. It was a such a joyous day that it is hard to share it all. First, we had fun doing something together. We loved meeting the dedicated volunteers and the horses. It meant so much to see kids enjoying the magic of riding a horse and it warmed our hearts to see parent watch their youngsters having the time of their lives.
We sponsored a Cuddles & Snuggles Baby Shower to benefit Gently Hugged. The lovely event was hosted by Ridgeview Health Center. Thanks to the generous individuals in the community and attendees who donated 178 sleepers, 80 onesies, and 23 blankets, along with 99 hats, socks, pants and other essential items to help clothe local newborns in need.
We are having a baby shower to benefit Gently Hugged, a nonprofit that provides families in need of baby essentials as they leave the hospital with their newborn. You can come to the shower or drop off your donation to Marshall Middle School. Gently Hugged is asking for sleepers in sizes 0-12 mos. This is our first ever baby shower and we thank the folks at Gently Hugged and Ridgeview Health Center for their gracious help and support. If you are coming, please RSVP to the phone number listed on the flyer. We want to make sure we have enough food and beverages for all.
We were so lucky to be able to help bring Christmas magic to a family this year. Their letter was sent to a busy Santa who reached out to our club for assistance. Our Rotary elves reported to Santa's workshop and were able to have everything ready for him to deliver. 
Summer is Here
We were able to reap the benefits of what we sowed when we attended the June 9 sponsorship picnic for the Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park concert series.  We were proud to continue our sponsorship to this fun and family friendly community event. We were treated to a delicious Mexican dinner & great music, and best of all, swallowship.
That's just our way of having an adult beverage and enjoying each other's company.  
Air n Space social
Club social at the Balboa Park Air n Space museum. Great time!
Becky's Gifts
The club collected toys for Christmas for Beck's Gifts. Here they are!
Kumeyaay cleanup
The Poway Scripps Rotary club did cleanup at Kumeyaay on Saturday (5/19). Service above hedge clippers.
Scripps Ranch cleanup
Poway-Scripps Rotary was on it for Scripps Ranch cleanup day Saturday (4/14), helping residents get the junk out of their home, yard, car and into big dumpsters. Mission accomplished!
Another new member
The club welcomes another new member. She is Denise Pocholski. She was inducted by Assistant Area Governor Don Glover and Co-President Karen Herreros. 
Ronald McDonald dinner
It's one of our favorite regular service projects....serving dinner to parents of children receiving care a Rady, across the street. Here's the crew on January 9.
Veterans Stand Down
Our club participated in the Veterans Stand Down held at the Escondido City Hall on Saturday (01/06), supplying many needed items. Service above self!
Happy New Year!
Type your Rotary rabbit in the Rose Bowl parade 2018. We won the princess trophy. Way cool!!
Poway Xmas Choir
Nancy Gray's Poway Community Choir gave us carols at our December 20, Wednesday meeting. What a great time!
Xmas party 2017
Poway Rotary Xmas party 2017. Good time!
newest member
The club welcomes newest member Jacob Hale. He is Sulpizio Family Branch Manager of the Poway Boys and Girls Club. Here he is with Co-President Alan Noblitt.
Spouse swap bowling
One of our favorite meetups is "Spouse Swap Bowling" at Poway Bowl. No, it means you can't bowl with your own spouse. Mingling!
2017 Poway Days Parade winning floats
Congratulations to this year's parade winners! Best band is the Rancho Bernardo Marching Band. Winning for their community service The Poway Elks. And best theme presentation Midland Elementary. Thanks to everyone who came out and participated.
New Year
It's a new Rotary Year! Meet our 2017-18 co-Presidents Karen Herreros and Alan Noblitt. Ready to serve above self.
Demotion Dinner
President Pauline Getz demoted after 2 consecutive terms. Time to start a new Rotary year. Yada yada yada!Type your content here...
Scripps meet n greet
Poway Scripps Rotary at the Scripps Ranch meet and greet on Saturday (5/20). Karen and Kristin spread the word.Type your content here...
Rotarians at Work 2017
In the words of karate master Mr. Miyagi..."pain de fence". Our club elected to put stain on the fence around the train garage in Old Poway Park for Rotarians at Work Day. I'm sure the stain will come off our hands soon.Type your content here...
Yard cleanup
Club members helped a military wife, whose husband is deployed, by clearing weeds from her back yard. The kids are members of the Poway Boys & Girls club as is Poway-Scripps Rotary member and B&G Director Jamilah Barnes.
B&G Little Jumps
Poway-Scripps Rotary members made pigs in blankets and snacks for the kids at the Poway Boys and Girls Club "Little Jumps Big Changes" annual event.
Pearl Harbor Event
On Saturday afternoon (2/25) Poway Scripps Rotary held a Hawaiian-themed event at the Mainstream in Poway to honor the return of local veterans Stu Hedley, Adam Romero and Ray Chavez, who travelled in early December to attend the 75th commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii. Two other vets were unable to make it. The event included Hawaiian music, refreshments, a photo booth, raffle items and entertainment. Over 50 attended and nearly $1900 was raised for future community projects. See more photos on our Facebook page.
Cordiano Winery Social
Not just business. We have fun too! Here we are at Cordiano Winery in the hills of North County's highlands on Saturday (01/28). Join us. You can have fun too.
Rotary in Rose Parade
Congratulations to the Rotary Rose Float Committee in winning this year's Rose Parade Princess' Trophy for the float themed "Doing Good in the World"!! Happy 100 years of Rotary!
Shelter to Soldier
Thanks to everyone who donated doggie beds and supplies this year during our Shelter to Soldier drive.
Rotary Christmas party
If you like being "goofy" at Christmas, you may be a budding Rotarian. Here's President Pauline Getz, Olga Singer and their pet turkey!
Ronald McD House
Another fun outing as the club served dinner to parents staying at Ronald McDonald House (11/14) with a boy or girl being cared for across the street at Rady Childrens' Hospital. As several of us have enjoyed RMcD's hospitality over the years, we enjoy giving back.
Kumeyaay Cleanup
Members of Poway-Scripps Rotary pulled weeds and did cleanup at the Kumeyaay Interpretive Center on Saturday (10/29). We even had members of the Poway Boys and Girls Club helping out.
Elks Trophy
The Poway Elks received their Service Award trophy for their float in the 52nd Poway Days Parade this week from Poway-Scripps Rotary President Pauline Getz. Pictured left of Pauline is Exalted Leader Norm Kaufman and right is Leading Knight Larry Fink. Tradition is the Leading Knight provides the float for the Exalted Leader to ride in during the parade. Presented morning of the parade, the float was a complete surprise to Norm. Way to go Larry! Scroll down to see the float.
Maranatha Christian gets trophy
Poway Days Parade Best Band...Maranatha Christian Academy...gets their trophy from Poway Scripps Rotary President Pauline Getz. Accepting is band and music teacher Mike Holquin, with the MCS Worship Team on hand.
2016 Poway Parade Winners
Congratulations to our 2016 Poway Parade winners! Best band was Maranatha Christian Schools. Best representation of the theme ", lead, succeed" was Midland Elementary. Best Rotary service award went to the Poway Elks. More photos of the day on our Poway Parade Facebook page.
2016 Parade
The 52nd Poway Days Parade is history! It was a great morning, street was lined with spectators, close to 90 floats of marching bands, cheer leaders, City officials, rodeo queens, local businesses and more. Thanks to all the volunteers. See more pictures on our parade Facebook page.
Pearl Flight
The 52nd Poway Days Parade is Saturday, September 10. Our honorary Grand Marshall is 104-years-young Ray Chavez, the oldest living survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack. Here he is with our President Pauline Getz at the RB Spirit of the 4th Fair. Pauline has established a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Poway Rotary Foundation so we can send Ray and other Pearl Harbor survivors to Hawaii in December, marking the 75th anniversary of the attack. Go to
Red Shoe Day
We were glad to help collect money for Ronald McDonald House at our corner in Scripps Ranch during Red Shoe Day, June 23. Pictured is club member Jose Zendejas.
Scripps Ranch Fair
Past President Bill Stoudenmire and new club member Jamilah Barnes man the Rotary booth at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair on Sunday, May 15. A good time was had by all.
2016 Poway Days Parade
Plans are well underway for the 52nd Poway Days Parade, Saturday, September 10, on the usual route east on Poway Rd. to the library. This years theme is Literacy, READ, LEAD, SUCCEED. Check out the Poway Parade Facebook page and sign up to participate at
Rotarians at Work Day 2016
Rotarians at Work Day 2016 at Kumeyaay in Poway. We had a blast! More photos on our Facebook.
PUSD Award
Our Community Service Chair, Ben Polis, accepts an award from the Poway Unified School District for all the support we provide Valley Elementary School. Our projects include back packs, school supplies for students and teachers, donations to their running club and more. Service Above Self!
Ronald McDonald House
Members of the Club and family served chicken, rice and string beans to parents in residence at Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday (8/4) while their children are being cared for at Rady Children's Hospital across the street. Several of us have been in their place and appreciate the stress they're under.
Cellar 3 Social
Thanks to Cellar 3 and Green Flash Brewery in the Poway Business Park for their hospitality during our club social on Thursday (4/21). We get together often for fun and "swallowship". San Diego has become a craft beer leader. Check out Cellar 3's informative tour and tasting.
Another new member!
Welcome another new club member. She's Jamilah Barnes, Branch Director of the Sulpizio Boys and Girls Club in Poway.
Newest member
Check out our newest member! It's Don Barrett with his wife Judy. President Pauline Getz installs the red badge.
Food and Fun at Ronald McDonald House
Great food and great fun as our team served dinner at the San Diego Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday evening March 1 to parents with children being cared for a Rady Childrens hospital across the street.
Little Jumps on Leap Day!
Fundraising and fitness month at the Poway Boys and Girls Club concluded with their annual "Little Jumps Big Changes" event. Fitting that it fell on Leap Day! Our club was on board to provide healthy snacks for the kids and a donation to the Boys and Girls Club. Accepting our check is the clubs brand new Director, Jamilah Barnes, with our President Pauline Getz (left) and our Alan Noblitt with snacks on the right.
Governors visit/Valentine love
Rotary District 5340's Governor Janice Kurth gave a compelling and inspirational talk on why you should become a Rotarian at the annual Governor's visit to our club. The Pacific Coast Harmony Singers spread the Valentines Love. We have fun every Wednesday at noon at the Mainstream in Poway. Guests are welcome. Buffet lunch is $20.
Gulls night out
It's GULLS night out! Melanie and Pauline pose for a selfie at the Rotary evening event.
Spouse Swap Bowling
One of our favorite socials...spouse swap bowling. You can arrive with your spouse but you can't bowl together!
2015 Poway Days Parade
The 51st Poway Days Parade is history. Over 80 parade entries and Poway Road lined with parade watchers. We couldn't have asked for a better day! Thanks to all sponsors, volunteers and participants. Thanks to the City of Poway for all of its support. Thanks to Rotary District Governor Dr. Janice Kurth for coming out to be a judge. For more photographs of the parade log on to our "Poway Parade" Facebook page.
Valley Running Club
The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps made its annual contribution to Valley Elementary School's running club, the Tiger Trackers, which promotes health and fitness among the students in all grades. Presenting the check in Tiger Tracker form is our club's Community Service chair Ben Polis handing off to new Valley Principal Ricardo Cecena as PTA President Denise Anger looks on.
Rotarians at Work makeup
Poway-Scripps Rotarians cleaned trails and trimmed brush at the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center in Poway on Saturday morning (6/6). It was a makeup because we were rained out for Rotarians at Work Day April 25. The service project doubled as a club social because we all have such a good time together. See more photos from Kumeyaay on our Facebook page.
Honduras Micro loans
President Bill accepts a hand carved box from club member Win Cox that was given to our club by the Rotary Club of Real de Minas in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The box was a gift of appreciation from the Honduran club for partnering with them on a global grant to fund business micro loans for impoverished women in Honduras.
2015 Scripps Ranch Fair
Club members manned a booth all day Sunday (5/17) at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair in Community Park, looking for new members. Check us out Wednesdays at noon at the Mainstream. 
Cheese tasting
Cheese tasting at Venissimo in Del Mar on Sunday (4/12). We sampled 12 cheeses and enjoyed their wine. We learned more about the making of cheese than anyone should ever have to know. It was a good time.
Boys, Girls and Smoothies
Members of Poway-Scripps Rotary served smoothies to the Poway Boys & Girls club kids on Friday (2/27) during the club's "Little Jumps and Big Changes" month wind-up event. We presented a check for $500 to Branch Manager Katie Khasim in support of her club. Katie is also a Rotary Club member. More photos are on our Facebook page.
Humane animal admirer
Our club is delighted to be an Animal Admirer with the San Diego Humane Society which means we get to help promote adoptable dogs and cats that are having a difficult time finding their Furever home. Help us find a family for Simba, a male, 7-year old Boxer mix. He's friendly, likes other dogs, knows basic commands, walks well on a leash, and likes his tummy scratched. His foster family says he is a gentle giant with a sweet demeanor and mellow nature. Simba needs a family who will provide maintenance medication for his hyperthyroidism condition. His adoption fee is $25 and you can learn more by calling the Escondido campus at 760-888-2275.
Cordiano Winery social
Members got together for a club social at Cordiano Winery in Escondido on Sunday (01/25) to enjoy the views, sundown, friendship and swallowship. See more photos on our Facebook page.
Poway Days Parade
The 54th Poway Days Parade is a wrap. Street was lined. A good morning of fun again this year.