Donative Programs

This is the PLRC’s largest fundraiser. During its 2013-2022 run, RTP’s total proceeds have been $242,000. The PLRC donates the RTP funds to UCSD's Moores Cancer Center.  
The purpose of the event is to connect our community by providing the Family-friendly (6- mile), Enthusiast (25-mile), and Metric Century (62-mile) bicycle rides. Each of them highlight the natural beauty, historical sites, recreational opportunities, and healthy lifestyles available in the Point Loma area. The associated Healthy Lifestyle Expo is a showcase for local business and non-profits. It is open to the public and usually attracts hundreds of spectators. 
PLRC Rotarian Rich Stakelum has valiantly shepherded this annual event from the outset. His army of 250 volunteers were enlisted from the Point Loma Association, Peninsula Lyons Club, San Diego County Bicycle Coa- lition, Rotaract Club, Point Loma Nazarene University, Grossmont Coll- ege, UCSD Moores Cancer Center, and the San Diego Gulls. For sponsor-ship opportunities, click here.   
Richard and Gale Krause are pictured here, when an earlier RTP donation was presented to the Moores Cancer Center. Gale's hus band Jim Krause was a 35-year PLRC Rotarian−who died of pancreatic cancer in 2012.  Photo by Leon Scales: Krause family---Gale Krause (center), Richard Stakelum & Tim McCully, past President.
Many of the 2021 RTP’s 762 riders−ages 5-94−ride begins and ends at Liberty Station. The event is advertised in local, state, national, and inter- national venues. Many of the 2021 RTP’s 762 riders−ages 5-94−came from outside the local community, including out-of-state and international riders. The 2021 cohort came from Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, Big Bear, Tahoe, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Utah, Italy, Germany, and Mexico. VIP riders included local, state, and federal community leaders and media personalities. 
Photo by Sarah Hervey
The most inspiring “snapshot” of this annual event is the 2019 video, narrated by Gale Krause. Her son Andrew and Steve Ford (Jim’s riding buddy) are pictured above left, during the 2021 RTP. Andrew is riding Jim’s bike. Every year, either Andrew or Gale's her son Mark rides Jim’s bike. The 2022 RTP date is Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. For more information on Ride the Point, visit
Background. For over 30 years, Rotary and its partners have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Rotary’s PolioPlus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. As a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Rotary members have contributed more than $2.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from polio. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
When Rotary and its partners formed the GPEI in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. Today, they have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent. Nearly 19.4 million people are walking, who would otherwise be paralyzed.  Over 1.5 million people are alive, who otherwise would have died. Further detail is available in Rotary's World Polio Day 2021 video.   
Liberty Station Stroll.

World Polio Day is October 23 of each year.On that day, in 2019-2021, the PLRC's Liberty Station Stroll has fundraised to assist in the quest to totally eradicate this paralyzing dis- ease. Due to club member generosity, annual Polio Plus giving averages $3,000 which in turn immunizes 5,000 child- ren against this terrible disease. 
In addition, all Polio Plus donations are matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That multiplier effect yields a significant value added to all Polio Plus giving.   
Prior PLRC Polio Programs. [TBA]
Paul Harris Award. Paul Harris, and several others, held the first Rotary Club meeting in 1907 in Chicago. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition was established in 1957. It acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. One becomes a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member upon donating $100, or more, per year to the Annual Fund. One becomes a Society Member upon donating $1,000, or more, each year to the Annual Fund, or Polio Plus, or approved Foundation grants.   
The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation. Rotary districts often honor new members of the Paul Harris Society by presenting them with a certificate and chevron at a district or club event. For the various donation levels in the Paul Harris wheelhouse, click here. A number of our members have contributed multiple times−including a Platinum Foundation Circle recipient, who has thus donated 12 times.       
Paul Harris Society gifts have helped provide:

• Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa
• Water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India
• A scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies • Peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda
• Treated mosquito nets and medical
services that prevent malaria in Mali.                                    
The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the 1 million mark in 2006. Notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows.  They include U.S. President Jimmy Carter; Russian President Boris Yeltsin; U.S. astronaut James Lovell; UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar; and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.
The notable Paul Harris Fellow, Rob Cenko, is pictured here when receiving his latest Paul Harris recognition. Photo by Frank White                                        
District Rotary Grant. June 2022 District Governor Gensler e-mail:

"GREAT NEWS! District 5340 will receive a $25,000 DISASTER RESPONSE GRANT from The Rotary Foundation to support Ukrainian refugees right here in our own District! CONGRATULATIONS to James Morrison, District Rotary Foundation Treasurer and member of Point Loma Club and his team for getting approval of their Disaster Response Grant for Ukrainian refugees in our local area in RECORD time!!
For those who attended the Houston Convention, they were made aware of the top priority the status of Ukrainian refugees is. Rotary
International certainly demonstrates this by the speedy attention and approval of our Refugee Grant. Since the conflict began, our District has been receiving Ukrainian refugees. Many families have mothers with small children, while the fathers remain in Ukraine. They are in need of food for host families, housing, clothing, transportation and more. We are in need of volunteers as well."