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The Rotary Club of Carlsbad is a leadership organization made up of local business professionals and civic leaders.  We meet regularly, to get to know each other, form friendships and through that we are able to get things done in the Carlsbad, North San Diego County and the International communityThe Club, chartered in October 1939, has over 60 members.
We are proud of the philanthropic work that we do locally in Carlsbad, and we are fortunate to very active members involved in international projects in Mexico, South America and South Africa.
In 2018, our club received the Best Club in the District Award (mid-sized category)!  We also received the Silver Distinction Citation for 2019 and a Rotary Citation in 2022. Come join us and find out why.
If you have any questions about Rotary and/or club membership, we are delighted to meet with you in-person.  Better yet, we would be honored to have you as our guest at one of our dinner meetings.  Please contact Ms. Malena Bennett at
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Club Presentations/Information

This past week, Margherita (Pippi) Nasi, a former Carlsbad Rotary Youth Exchange Student traveled from Italy to visit the Rotary Club of Carlsbad who hosted her during her Junior year in high school. After a week of visiting her host families and the friends she had made, Margherita sent this note back to the Club.

The Rotary Club of Carlsbad made notable donations this month to the several North San Diego County groups who have seen increased demand along with additional challenges resulting from the pandemic.
Rotarians at Work Day 2022: Painting a House for Adults with Special Needs
What happens when 25 Carlsbad Rotary members show up at a 2-story residence in Southeast Carlsbad on a beautiful Saturday morning as part of Rotarians at Work Day?  A home owned by TERI and occupied by several special needs adults gets a fresh, new coat of paint!

HERE Now, a North San Diego County program designed to combat teen suicide, was honored Feb. 24 with the eighth annual Peacemaker Award from the Rotary Club of Carlsbad.


In preparation for the Christmas gift distribution for children in Camp Pendleton, our volunteers received 150 letters from families describing what they would like Santa to bring their children. In the days before the event volunteers reviewed the requests and packed each gift bag with toys and gift cards. Invitation appointments were scheduled for over 800 people. Funds, toys, and refreshments were provided by our partners, the Judith Campbell Education & Community Foundation, Rotary District 5280 and its Rotary Clubs, the residents of La Costa Glen, and others.

The Rotary Club of Carlsbad was honored to partner with North County Lifeline to help serve Thanksgiving meals to families in need this holiday season. Our club members assembled meal kits for families to take home an enjoy with their loved ones on Thanksgiving. Thank you North County Lifeline for your great work in our community!
What a beautiful night with the spokesperson for Voices for Children. Training people to be Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for these kids to help them in every aspect of life. Leading out the program was Dave Tweedy and Jeff Schafer in telling their experience in Smiles of Tecate with Doctor Jeffrey Moses in their experience with transforming these young people's lives.
Club Member Spotlights

We caught up with Gale Tweedy, one of our newest members, to learn what motivated her to join Rotary International. A state licensed Holistic Health Practitioner/Massage Therapist who has spent her entire life in the Oceanside/Carlsbad corridor, Gale’s bubbly personality and can-do attitude would gladly be welcomed anyplace.  

Why I joined Rotary - Brian Crumbaker

Meet Brian Crumbaker: principal of an independent insurance brokerage, Carlsbad Rotarian, and one heck of a nice guy.

Having lived on both coasts, Brian’s spent decades in the insurance and precious metals industries, coming at the business world from a wide variety of directions. Walking through our doors almost two years ago with both an MBA AND a law degree, Brian joined us looking to extend a career that’s helped a lot of people. Originally from Carlsbad, he, his wife Lorrie, and children Kyle, Matthew and Allison are longtime members of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Carlsbad.


Like most of us, Brian originally joined Rotary because he was looking for an opportunity to have an impact in the local community and to work with others with a similar set of values. “I was a Rotary Youth Leadership Award winner as a high school student and had a lot of respect for the organization,” he says. Becoming a part of our international service group thus became a natural step and the perfect way for him to give back within…and beyond…Carlsbad’s borders.


Why I joined Rotary - Dawn Van Siclen

"Be the change you want to see in the world." This Gandhi quote still echoes through me, and was the impetus for my involvement with Rotary.

13 years ago at a Carlsbad Village mixer, I overheard two men discussing people/communities around the world they were helping.  I was curious, introduced myself, and soon was invited to my first Rotary meeting....and my life has never been the same.

My sponsor missed the initial meeting, but I introduced myself to several people, ate lunch, and settled in for the speaker.  When the PowerPoint began, it showed visions of abused African mothers and children.  Hundreds of children were sent from their homes to live in train stations to survive gang violence. These firsthand accounts shook me to the bone. I contributed to the speaker’s organization, but needed to find out more about Rotary and its effect on the world.

Why I joined Rotary - Dan Sweeney


Like so many southern Californians, Dan Sweeney said “Adios” to the cold weather of Chicago and Cincinnati, choosing in 2002 to make Carlsbad his permanent home.  And BOY are we glad he did!


Having shepherded three kids through the Carlsbad school system, Dan has had innumerable opportunities over the years to get integrated into the fabric of our community. That’s why he’s worked so hard since 2013 actively supporting Carlsbad Fill-a-Belly, which operates with the simple belief that we can all make a difference in our community, one meal at a time.


At the urging of Carlsbad Rotarian Ray Pearson, Dan joined our intrepid troupe this past January. “I saw Rotary as the perfect opportunity to leverage my contacts, resources and sales and marketing experience. My goal at every turn is to always support the larger community’s philanthropic demands to help those around me most in need.”


Why I joined Rotary - Ray Pearson

Ray Pearson’s not one of those guys who just last week discovered Rotary’s global impact. “I started my Rotary journey in high school. The Rotary Club met at the YMCA I worked at, with many of the Rotarians serving on the board of the Y or otherwise involved in improving the community,” he recalls, adding “And I wanted to be like them.”

So Ray sought out his school’s Rotary-sponsored Interact club, got hooked…and has never looked back. Since Rotary membership allows him to work side-by-side participating on a daily basis in finding ways to make the world a better place, he’s surrounded by likeminded people all dedicated to giving back to the world around them.

“There’s a satisfaction that comes from positively impacting the local community while helping those most in need,” Ray says. His love of being an active force for good in the world around him is what led him to a career in the cable industry, where he’s spent the past 40 years helping spread the word about everything from children’s programming to fashion accessories.

Why I joined Rotary - Rick Borg
When it comes to Polio, Rickard “Rick” Borg and his family have been dedicated to the disease’s eradication for 100 years.
As Partner at Carlsbad’s Borg Norris, attorney, mediator & trial lawyer Rick Borg is known as a Lawyer’s Lawyer. We turn to him for help on business issues, as well as discussions about real estate and estate matters.
But it wasn’t business that originally drew Rick to join Rotary, so much as an interest in improving both his immediate community and the world at-large.
Rotary Club of Carlsbad

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
2725 Palomar Airport Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Are you looking to support our active-duty marines at Camp Pendleton? So are we!  Join the Rotary Club of Carlsbad - we can make a greater impact together.  There is a Matching Grant in place to provide a boost!  Any contribution towards this project is tax deductible when you give through PCSF.  Note " SOI Project" when giving. If you have questions - for more details.


The Carlsbad Rotary Club request the donation of used but useable furniture, appliances, kitchenware, electronics, bedding, linens, etc. to young Marine Corps and Navy families at Camp Pendleton.  Your donations will help these families establish and/or upgrade their homes. Your donations will be given directly to those families in need, or warehoused until families are identified as having a need.  Items donated will not be sold and those families receiving item(s) are obligated to return the item(s) given when no longer needed so others can use them.  Mrs. Linda Sundrum, Pendleton Community Service Fund, Camp Pendleton will schedule a pickup date, convenient to you.  Personnel will be provided to move all items.  If you’d like to donate household goods, food or make a cash donation, please go to or email

The Pendleton Community Service Fund is a 501c (3) California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation for charitable and public purposes.  Your donations are tax deductible

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Linda Sundram providing warehouse guidance to the 152 people who lined up starting at 6.30 am on July 26,2019