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Founded in 1964, the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines is a small but effective club located north of San Diego near the campus of the University of California San Diego.  A major hallmark of this club is the relaxed fellowship enjoyed by all the members, both at Wednesday lunch meetings and a number of evening social events shared with spouses and friends.

Perhaps unique among Rotary Clubs, this club has within it a Wine Club that offers a variety of wines for members to sample with their lunch each week. Several members have travelled to France and been awarded the prestigious designation as Chevaliers du Vin in Burgandy. 

Like all Rotary Clubs, Torrey Pines is part of the worldwide fellowship of Rotary International, with over 1.2 million members in hundreds of countries and territories around the globe.  The signature service project of RI since the 1980s and continuing today is the eradication of polio throughout the world. This dread disease has continued to cripple and kill children in many countries, even decades after North America was declared polio-free.  Innoculating millions of children in developing countries has been a major undertaking in recent years.  We are now very close to our goal of a polio-free world but must continue to pursue this disease in the few remaining countries where it exists.  Rotary has played a leadership role in this effort for over 20 years, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, the US Center for Disease Control, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others. 

Torrey Pines Rotary is also active in other service projects, both locally and internationally.  Hosting Ambassadorial Scholars from other countries who come to UCSD for graduate study, collecting and distributing toys for needy families, assisting the City Park staff at their nursery operation, building homes and a medical clinic for destitute residents of Tijuana are a few examples.

Visitors are always welcome at our Wednesday lunch meetings at the Rock Bottom Restaurant in La Jolla, just one block west of the I-5 freeway.  Join us for a glass of wine and a tasty lunch.  We gather shortly before noon, start the meeting and lunch at 12:10 and are done by 1:30.  Most meetings feature a speaker who presents a program of local or international interest.


Meeting Highlights

Extraordinary Programs - A few of the outstanding speakers who have shared their time and talents with us: Ian Campbell formerly of the San Diego Opera, FBI Special Agent William Gore, NBC's former news anchor Marty Levine, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, renowned author and expert on cosmology Dr. Robert Piccioni, Ben Conarroe of the Victim-Offender Mediation Program, Iraq native and US citizen Dr. Farouk Al-Nasser, San Diego Baseball Historian Bill "Santa" Swank, USAF Colonel (retired) Steve Pisanos, Professional Rodeo Cowboy Ray Snyder, Pan Am Captain Tommy Carroll, Mike H. Davis CIV SPAWAR, and so many more! See the Calendar Page to check the list of upcoming guest speakers. While there you can also click on the link to find information on old programs on the archive page.

The Wine Club - they say "In Vino Veritas", In wine there is truth... here is where it all comes together when assigned members bring a variety of wines each week to share and discuss.


100% Paul Harris Fellows

The Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club has always ranked among the top clubs in the District in per-capita giving to The Rotary Foundation; we ranked first in the District twice, with a highest giving of $374 per member in a Rotary Year, and ranked in the top 1% in the world.
The Club has 5 charter members of the Paul Harris Society of District 5340, recognizing Rotarians who give one Paul Harris Fellowship per year, and has had 5 Major Donors, recognizing people with 10 Paul Harris Fellowships or more.
Twice the Club achieved the 100% Paul Harris Fellows recognition, as ALL of the Club members had been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. This distinguished achievement gives the Club the honor of being listed on the "100 Percent Paul Harris Fellow Clubs" plaque in the main hall of Rotary's headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. See the picture of the plaque on the right.