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.  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 our Membership Chair, Mr. Pete Rogers at
Club Presentations/Information


It’s hard to choose the coolest thing Rotarians do, but for this observer’s money it’s GOT to be the 4-Way Test Speech Contest.


This Rotary District 5340 program is designed to promote information about, and awareness of, the 4-Way Test among high school students, teachers, and administrators. The District’s 64 Rotary clubs ask high school speech, English, and history teachers to nominate 3-5 students to speak at a club meeting. These students are expected to speak for 5-7 minutes on any subject, analyzing how their issue is impacted by the 4-Way Test, asking:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Every November 11 at 11am, the Rotary Club of Carlsbad hosts the Veteran's Day Military Review at the Army Navy Academy.  This event salutes our veterans with a military review, speeches and a special flyover.  The event this year had reduced participation due to COVID restrictions.  You can watch the recorded ceremony at  Our club president, Ava Payne, gave this speech at the event:
Good morning. I am Ava Payne, and as president of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, I am honored, and humbled, to preside over a club that over the years has counted as members dozens of veterans, those brave, selfless individuals who served our country – and who we are celebrating here today.
Like many of you, the horrors of war – and the commitment to defend our nation, our freedom, our liberty, regardless of the cost and personal sacrifice – are foreign to me. What I know of war, and the military, comes from the movies, the history books, and TV news coverage. Through Rotary, I have had the opportunity to meet some very distinguished veterans, and on this day I felt my most appropriate contribution to this ceremony would be to tell you about a few of them. 
Some of our Rotary club members visited the facilities for Shelter to Soldier.  This organization brings combat veterans together with trained, rescue dogs to help both recover and move forward.  Please visit their website on how you can help with this inspiring organization.

Meet the Future of Carlsbad

The Carlsbad Rotary Club recently held its Four-Way-Test Speech Contest, designed to encourage high school students to prepare and give speeches that apply the Four-Way Test to everyday activities and issues.

Nov 21, 2019
Encinitas Rotarian and Community Resource Center CEO John Van Cleef gave an important and inspiring presentation on CRC, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Headquartered in Encinitas, the organization has opened a center and a thrift store in Carlsbad Village. CRC focuses on domestic violence, feeding the hungry and homeless, and getting people into safe homes and future success through its two central efforts: “Human Need-Professional Interaction-Personal Transformation”; and “Healthy Food-Stable Housing-Safe Homes.” The goal is always healing, recovery, and a path to self-sufficiency.
Club Member Spotlights
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.
Why I joined Rotary - Jim Pinto

Jim Pinto joined Rotary 10 years ago today. He was 73, looking to build new friendships and regular relationships, and hoping to expand his knowledge through the generally interesting and informative topics discussed each week.

He’s gotten all that…and MUCH more.

First he was persuaded to write the weekly notes about each week’s meeting. “It was a great seven years, because it guaranteed me a chance to meet everyone in the club and see what made them tick,” he smiles.

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 - 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 - 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.”


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
United States of America
Upcoming Speakers
Dec 09, 2021 6:30 PM
Bill Walsh
Dec 16, 2021 6:30 PM
Club Christmas Party
Dec 23, 2021 6:30 PM
New Years
Dec 30, 2021 6:30 PM
David Diaz
Jan 06, 2022 6:30 PM
Voter's Choice Act
Jan 27, 2022 6:30 PM

 A Short Video About Our Club!

Membership Brochure
Upcoming Events


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

Watch video on this program:  

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