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 Chair
Foundation (TRF)
Public Relations
Upcoming Programs
The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps meets Wednesdays at 11:30 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.
11/16 Abby Shrestha from Interfaith Shelter Network is today's presenter.
11/23 Dark due to Thanksgiving
11/30 Dark
12/7 Matthew Iske from Your Truth Foundation is our presenter.
12/14 Come join us and hear what Kathy Jung from the Poway Library has to say.
Home Page Stories
It's hard to believe that not everyone has the means to enjoy a Thanksgiving holiday. This year, we worked with Solutions for Change (whose mission it is to solve family homelessness, one family, one community at a time) by providing all the fixings for a dinner. We made gift boxes filled with potatoes, dressing, vegetables, gravy and gift cards for a turkey. Thanksgiving is extra special when you can be thankful for the gift of sharing. Just sayin!
We have been collecting food for a food drive. Rotary District 5340 has been challenged by the Lions Club of San Diego and Imperial Counties to collect food items for local food banks in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The challenge will continue through November. DG Chuck Pretto would like clubs to gather donated food item, weigh it and let the district know the total weight amount and then proceed to drop it off at a collection site. At the end of the month, we will compare the amount of food we donate versus what the Lion's come up with for a friendly competition. Thanks to our member Pauline for loading up the food in her somewhat newish SUV. She and member Karen reported that we have so far collected 264 pounds of food!! 
We conducted lots of club business yesterday. 
Dave Parker earned a Paul Harris badge for giving and was awarded that by President Sumedh. We also inducted new member Aaron. Handling the presentation were Past President Dave, Assistant District Governor Mike and our current president, Sumedh.
On October 2, members declared it fall and hosted our booth at the Poway Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival. It was a day of music, fun and games. We loved seeing all our visitors and hope you liked the bubbles and lollipops.
Patriotism is a year-round celebration, and we are selling American flags. Flags made in the USA and are $35. They may be purchased by contacting Dan at (858) 240-6853. You can pay with Venmo, Credit Card, Cash or write a check to “Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps”. Once ordered, your flag will be delivered to you by a Rotarian.
What do we do when the club doesn't have any projects? We help others! Over the weekend, some of our members worked the Poway Rodeo and helped with volunteer check in. Yee Haw!
What a turnout of Rotarians last night in Poway to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Villa de Vida. We threw a big bash for residents and staff. We would like to send a big shout out to Chick-fil-A for helping us provide the food. And to Costco, because where else do you go when you need extra big cakes?? We had a wonderful time helping welcome these joyful residents to the neighborhood. They are all so delighted to be in their new apartments and engaging in the community.
On Sunday, members were winding down from our big demotion dinner celebration from the night before. However, a few of us were still up for a party so we headed to Hoyt Park in Scripps Ranch for the second concert of the Symphony in the Park series. We would like to point out that we were congratulated for the careful and considerate placement of our pop up tent. We do apologize for the pile of empties but please note that we did recycle them. We appreciate the discreet members who brought their own trash bag instead of adding to the pile. Past President Karen found a new friend and dance partner.
Can you imagine spending your birthday with 400 of your nearest and dearest friends? If you are Immediate Past President Karen, that's exactly what you do when your big day falls on the date of the District Governor's Dinner. We sent our best-looking members to celebrate. It just so happens at this event that the incoming presidents are welcomed to their reign, so it was a nice to see our incoming club president, Sumedh celebrated. He was accompanied by Kristin and the birthday girl! 
Susy T. loves being a member. She quickly completed her steps to earning her red badge and President Dave had the pleasure of inducting her as a new member at Wednesday's meeting. That was the same day that the Poway Chamber of Commerce gave us a plaque of appreciation to celebrate the club's membership. 
It might look like we are having nothing but a good time, and we are. It seems we've had a week of hijinks rather than projects. Don't worry, next week we will be back to doing good deeds. Just wanted to share with you that we had a grand time at the first (in what seems like forever) summer concert hosted by the Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park.  We love helping to sponsor the concerts and were bowled over by the strong attendance. 
What do Rotarians do for fun? They get together with other Rotarians and watch a baseball game. It was a fun night watching the Padres beat the Mets and that makes us think that we provided the good luck the Pads needed! Do you need some good luck? Come spend time with us.
President Dave (at right) had the honor of inducting our newest member, Reggie Bickford. Reggie lives in Scripps Ranch and is a loan officer for Mortgage One, Inc. Did you know that a lot of our members reside in Scripps Ranch? 
We hope to see you on June 2 for Red Shoe Day. Watch for your favorite Rotarians at their usual corner at Community Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. We'll b there from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Donations support the Ronald McDonald House.
We have had a great time getting to know Mike Golz so we were thrilled when he wanted to join our club. Yesterday, we (well actually president David Parker) inducted him. We can't wait to sign him up for committees, volunteer him to work on projects and show him just how much we value his contributions. Is it our imagination, or does he look a wee bit overwhelmed? Good thing he is a past Rotarian and knows the drill, we won't be able to put anything over him. 
On Wednesday, we held a blood drive with the San Diego Blood Bank. It was a hot day but a good cause and worth standing outside most of the day assisting. Now you might be wondering what do we do after that. Well, we throw a Hawaiian themed social the next night and recuperate with mai tais! Why wouldn't you want to be a Rotarian in our club??
We are sad to report that last week's blood drive wasn't a sell out. But, we are thrilled to recognize those who rolled up a sleeve and donated. The kind update from the San Diego Blood Bank made us realize just how good a job we did: Five people donated blood for the very first time at the drive; and, we collected 16 units for the Hospitals. This will touch the lives of 48 people from just one day. How does it feel to help 48 people in need?
Big news that makes us super excited and happy. But, where to start? First off, we are holding the 56th Poway parade on Sept. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. Even bigger than that is we are thrilled to tell you we have the title sponsor to the Palomar Health Presents the Poway Rotary Parade. Thank you so much Palomar Health, your kind and generous donation makes it possible to begin planning this big and expensive event.  For more parade information, visit the website:
You've probably seen this photo before. It's President Dave donating blood, which he did back in September. The club has coordinated its second blood drive with the San Diego Blood Bank for Feb. 24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Vons parking lot at 10675 Scripps Poway Parkway in Scripps Ranch. You must make an appointment online at or call 619-400-8251. The pint of blood you donate can save up to three lives. So, roll up your sleeve and let's save some lives. See you at the Blood Drive Feb. 24!
Well Christmas looks different this year doesn't it? But, some things are still the same because there are so many people struggling during uncertain times. It was our great holiday pleasure to adopt a family this season. Yes, we wear masks now and we don't hug instead opting for putting physical distance between us. What will never change is making magic happen for children and their families and that is just what we did. Santa still delivered gifts and friends brought cheer. We wish you a joyous Christmas with a dose of strength, hope and a quick vaccine!
This morning we were up and at 'em at dark o'clock to participate in a virtual walk for World Polio Day. Rotarians in our district are encouraged to walk together this week in support of ending polio. Who is brave enough to walk at 6:30 a.m. when it is 57 degrees outside? Well just a handful of us and one early rising dog. President Dave walked at Big Bear Lake and literally phoned in his walk to Past President Karen, Kristin, Don (joined with his granddog, Red), and Melanie who met at Miramar Lake.
In September we were already thinking of Halloween when we channeled vampires and asked our members and the public to give us their blood. Well, not really. We did ask for volunteers to join us at our first ever blood drive held in conjunction with the San Diego Blood Bank. Wow, did our generous friends, members and the public respond. We filled all the available spots. 
Some of our members have all the luck. In September, they made a trip to the fire department and gave a $1,000 donation to the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. Pictured are Capt. Rob Hackett, Jason Hascall, Wendy Robinson, Executive Director SD Fire Rescue Foundation, Immediate past president Karen, Erik Olson, and Kevin Terrones. The donation will be used for PPE as required for first responders on the front lines, and will purchase items like cots, sleeping pads, meals and masks.
Did you hear that our cub is selling flags this November? Not those with our name on it (that's actually a banner) but American flags. They are 3' x 5' and what a way to show your patriotism during these mind bending times. Made in America these Flags are $25 and may be purchased by contacting Dan at (858) 240-6853 xt 104. You can pay with Venmo, Credit Card, Cash or write a check to “Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps”. Once ordered, your flag can be delivered to you by a Rotarian or you may pick up at our distribution center.
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.