Speakers/New Members
The PLRC has hosted a rich cohort of prominent speakers for most of its existence. Recent examples include:
* Capt. Kenneth R. Franklin, Director of San Diego's former SpaWar cyber-     security facility, now known as the Naval Information Warfare Systems
   Command; 

* Capt. Tim Quast, Commanding Officer of the USS Mercy, a Navy hospital     ship that has served as an emergency Covid-19 hospital;
* Shawn Dixon, Chief Operating Officer of the San Diego Zoo;
* Matthew Dobbs, public liaison for the San Diego Police Homicide Department; and 
* Nora Vargas, San Diego County Board of Supervisors.   
* Doctor Lindsey Yourman, Chief County Geriatric Officer. She is the first county Geriatric Officer in California and the nation. Click here, for her comprehensive listing of the county's numerous services for elder county residents.  

                                                   
Pictured above is Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, (now former) Counsel General of Mexico for San Diego receiving the Ride the highly coveted Ride the Point hat from the PLRClub−with club President Gus Goldau (Dec. 2021). Pictured right is the lively cohort of club members−in- cluding (former) Membership Chair Donna Wilder (second from the right), while posing with the newly cerificated members Lloyd and Connie Weaver (Aug. 2022). |

For current weekly/monthly speaker information, click here. 
Starting in 2021, the PLRC launched an adjunct speaker program for its Friday club membership meetings. Local entrepreneurs thus share their expertise to benefit club members, while introducing the PLRC to potential members.
The Care Court presentation (pictured right) was delivered by two San Diego Legal Aid Society lawyers. Generally, the club no longer engages zoom speakers. An exception was made for a speaker's Covid diagnosis.   

 In January 2024, Port Commissioner Chairman Rafael Cas-
 tellanos spoke about the Commission's vast responsibilities   for all of the port coastline and facilities that we often enjoy.  
  
 One commissioner is appointed by each of the city councils of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City. Three commissioners are appointed by the San Diego City Council. The Board establishes policies under which the Port's staff—supervised by the President and Chief Executive Officer—conducts its daily operations.                                                                     Photo by Mandy Havlik 
    
MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS 
New Members:
“Rotary Club” means a local club of business and professional men and women. It is a member of the world-wide organization of similar clubs (Rotary International). These clubs are devoted to serving local, regional, or international communities with a view toward promoting world peace. One can become a Rotary member by expressing your interest. If you know someone in one or more of the various clubs in San Diego, ask to be invited to a meeting. Your host will give you an application at the meeting. Alternatively, you can fill out the application contact form, then attend a meeting. You can thereafter click on the New Member page.
 
Costs: You are encouraged to attend a meeting at a club, or clubs, in which you have an interest in joining. PLRC quarterly dues−shared with both the Rotary's District and International Rotary arms− are $165.00. You normally will not be charged for attending your first meeting, depending on each club’s visitor policy. A member's luncheon costs $20.00. Non-Rotary visitors are charged $35 per meal. The meals are buffet style with options to fit most diets.
 
From Red to Blue Badge. You will be issued a red badge, with your name and professional identity, upon joining the Point Loma Rotary Club. After taking several steps, you will then be issued a replacement blue badge− designating you as an Ac tive Member. Pictured here are Gina Varissimo, her daughter & club member Margaret Varissimo−receiving her blue Active Membership badge−with former club President Gus Goldau. 
                                                                              
Rotary Dashboard. Prospective members can visit Rotary's worldwide webpage. It answers questions one might ask before joining. Members who are new or seasoned can learn more about the Rotary experience via the My Rotary Member Dashboard. It is the online venue for Rotary      Photo by Leon Scales
members to access tools and information that will improve their membership
experience. See, e.g., the Member Center on the Dashboard website.