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.”


Having spent almost 40 years in senior level positions in the cable TV and digital media industries, Dan brings a huge amount of experience in sales and marketing to help our club. Layered atop that is his syndicated radio show Dan Sweeney’s One Hit Wonders, which currently reaches 60 radio stations coast to coast in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany and New Zealand. 


And did you know that Dan recently won the Intercollegiate Broadcast Society award for “Best Community Radio Program”?


“Just one conversation about all of the great work Carlsbad Rotary was doing for Carlsbad, North San Diego County, and for people throughout the world, and I knew this needed to be my new home.” says Dan. After all, anyone feeling strongly that they have something to contribute towards making the world a better place belongs in Rotary. Or, as Dan puts it, “Carlsbad is ‘America’s City’, and I want to make it a better place. Carlsbad Rotary is the perfect vehicle to make that happen!”