Local, national and global notables, business and community leaders along with a variety of interesting professionals being of service, creating interesting technologies and products as well as individuals with a great story to tell are hosted at our lunch meetings.

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    The following special guests will be appearing at our regularly scheduled weekly meetings at La Valencia Hotel:

    Following the updates from government and health officials, I have decided to postpone our regularly scheduled meetings in accordance with the CDC guidelines released yesterday.

    Per the CDC, and with an abundance of caution, we will postpone our Tuesday lunch meetings until May 12, 2020.


    I encourage you to monitor updates from official sources, like those from www.cdc.gov

    Like you, we will be monitoring all developments very closely. I am in contact with the hotel management and will pass along pertinent updates regarding meetings.

    Please stay healthy and please let me know if you or those you know need any assistance from our club.

    I am hopeful and prayerful for a quick end to this threat.

    Yours in Service,


    President, Rotary Club of La Jolla


    Past Guest Speakers

    July 2016

    July 5th- President’s Time- Ken King

    July 12th- Gene Cubbison

    July 19th- Congressman Scott Peters

    July 26th – Gloria Baker

    August 2016

    August 2nd- Jay Hill 

    August 9th- Denise Gitsham 

    August 16th- Dr. Edith Eger

    August 23rd – District Governor

    August 30th – Marilyn Hannes

    September 2016

    September 6th – Dr. Arnold Packer 

    September 13th – Club Assembly!

    September 20th – Reesey Shaw

    September 27th – Andy Friedenberg

    October 2016

    October 4th- Bob Hickey

    October 11th – Jonathan Wilson 

    October 18th- Chris Cramer 

    October 25th – Hugh Davies 

    November 2016

    November 1st – Dr. Pamila Brar

    November 15th – Dr. Kelly Parsons

    November 22nd – Dr Engstrand

    November 29th – Aimeclaire Roche

    December 2016

    December 6th – DARK

    December 13th – Dr. Peter Farrell

    December 20th – Dr. Martha Dennis

    December 27th – DARK

    January 2017

    January 3rd – DARK

    January 10th- Jim Alcorn

    January 17th – Debra Turner

    January 24th – The Challenged Athletes Foundation

    January 31st – Dr. Molly McClain

    Click Here to go to the Guest Speaker Archive

    February 2017

    February 7th- Dan McAllister

    February 14th- James Nieh

    February 21st – Joshua Kyallo 

    February 28th- La Jolla Music Society

    March 2017

    March 7th – Mike Stone

    March 14th- 4-Way Speech Contest

    March 21st – Philip G. Roeder

    March 28th – Mara Elliott

    April 2017

    April 4th- DARK

    April 7th- 70th Anniversary Dinner Celebration

    April 11th- RYLA Student Visit

    April 18th- Dr Steven Snyder 

    April 25th- Shari Brasher

    May 2017

    May 2nd- Dr. Derrick Cartwright

    May 9th- Deb Plotkin

    May 16th – Ralph Rubio

    May 23rd- Dr Gary Weitzman

    May 30th – Lou Scanlon

    June 2017

    June 6th- DARK

    June 9th- (Friday)  Joint RCLJ luncheon meeting with La Jolla Kiwanis at La Jolla Presbyterian Church

    June 13th-The Rotary Club of Tijuana

    June 20th- Presidents Time

    June 27th -DARK FOR LUNCH – Demotion Party for Ken at 5:30pm!

    July 2017

    July 4th- DARK

    July 11th – Mark Aldrich – San Diego Air and Space Museum

    July 18th- Lihini Aluwihare  – Scripps Institute of Oceanography

    July 25th- Earl Edwards – UCSD Athletics

    August 2017

    August 1st – Judge Jeffrey Barton – San Diego Superior Court

    August 8th – Sue Ball / Tim Golba – La Jolla YMCA

    August 15th – Logan Jenkins – Union Tribune

    August 22nd – Kathlyn Mead

    August 29th – Scott Carr – District Governor

    September 2017

    September 5th – Andy Crowder – Scripps – Chief Information Officer

    September 12th – Dr. Dilip Jeste- Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care 

    September 19th- Nathan Fletcher – Candidate – County Supervisor – Addressing Homeless Issue

    September 26th – Dr. John Reynolds – Salk Institute -“Evolutionary Gifts: Using Tools Borrowed from Bacteria and Algae to Understand Our Brain.”

    October 2017

    October 3rd – Jim Stuart – Pirch

    October 10th- John Caruthers

    October 17th – Henri Magala – Director of UC San Diego International House

    October 24th – Justin Judith McConnell – Administrative Presiding Justice

    October 31st – Dan McAllister

    November 2017

    November 7th- Sally Carrillo – Assistant Port Director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    November 14th – Dr. Sise- Surgeon, Scripps Health

    November 21st – Nico Marcolongo, Challenged Athletes

    November 28th – Pastor William Harmon – Retired Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church

    December 2017

    December 5th, 2017 – HOLIDAY PARY- DARK

    December 12th – Colonel Jason G. Woodworth

    December 19th- Jason Callahan -Illumina, Cyber Security

     January 2018

    January 2nd, 2018- DARK

    January 9th, 2018 – Ernest Droneburg – Assessor/Recorder/Clerk- County of San Diego

    January 16th – District Attorney Summer Stephan

    January 23rd – Dr Marc Milstein 

    January 30th – Phyllis Pfeiffer

    February 2018

    February 6th – Peter Seidler – Managing Partner San Diego Padres

    February 13th – Verna Tabor – Center for Community Solutions – Workplace Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault

    February 20th – Jasmin Harris -Innocence Project

    February 27th – 4 Way Speech Contest

    March 2018

    March 6th – Dr Mike McQuary

    March 13th – Ron Lee 

    March 20th – Dennis DuBard – Leads the Communications & Public Relations Team at General Dynamics NASSCO

    March 27th –  Bill Toone – Executive Director & Founder- ECOLIFE

    April 2018

    April 3rd – Scott Lewis

    April 10th – Francisco Javier Urtasun

    April 17th – Mark Hughes

    April 24th- RYLA

    May 2018

    May 1st – Marty Cooper

    May 8th – Lynda Forsha

    May 15th – Brian Keating

    May 22nd – Jan Zverina

    May 29th- Ms. Jones Wright 

    June 2018

    June 5th- Diane Graber

    June 12th- Nancy Carol 

    June 19th- Dennis Probst 

    June 26th- DARK

    July 2018

    July 10, 2018: Gerald McFadden, CEO, Volunteers of America Southwest: “Changing Lives from Vulnerable to Vibrant.”
    July 17, 2018: Ron McDonald, Arlington National Cemetery: An historical look at the most famous cemetery in the USA
    July 24, 2018: Alex Montoya, A-MO. “Overcoming Obstacles.”
    July 31, 2018: Chuck Day, President, Ronald McDonald House of San Diego.

    August 2018

    August 7, 2018: Mel Gallegos, District Governor
    August 14, 2018:
    August 21, 2018: Kalani with Cammies and Canines
    August 28, 2018: Chief of Police Nisleit, Sara Napoli, CEO San Diego Police Foundation

     September 2018

    September 12th, 2018: Deb Plotkin, U-Touch

    September 18: Dr. Kristine Tran, Liberia medical mission.

    September 25: Chief of Police Nisleit and CEO of the San Diego Police Foundation, Sara Napol

    October 2018

    October 2nd: Michelle Forbes, Senior Living: A Changing Industry

    October 9th: Paul Greenwood, attorney and former San Diego County Deputy District Attorney on Elder Abuse

    October 16th: Professor Sam Popkin

    October 23rd: Salvation Army and Mr. Ernest Rady

    October 30th: Mr. Jack McGrory

    November 2018

    November 6th: Dr. Joanna Davies, SD Biomedical Research

    November 13th: CAPT Charlie MacVane, USN (Ret)

    November 20th: Lisa Record, Veterans Village of San Diego

    November 27th: Dr. Janice Kurth, Rotary Foundation

    December 2018

    December 4th: DARK for Evening Holiday Party

    December 11th: Mr. Scott Pirrello, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego DA

    December 18th: Mr. Issac Sanchez, CAL Fire

    December 25th: DARK

    January 2019

    January 1st, 2019: DARK

    January 8th: Mr. Rob Sudman 

    January 15: La Jolla Music Society and the Conrad

    January 22: Claire LeBeau, STAR/PAL.

    January 29th Edie Littlefield Sundby, “Mission Walker”

    February 2019

    February 5th: Mr. Gary Chiles from All Heart CPR

    February 12th: Mr. Oscar Tel, Tuskegee Airmen

    February 19th: Tim Chelling, Mt. Soledad Memorial

    February 26th: Mr. Heath Fox, La Jolla Historical Society 

    March 2019

    March 5th: Summer Stephan, San Diego District Attorney

    March 12th: Chris Wiley, East County Transitional Living Center

    March 19th: Dr. Tom Buchholz, MD Scripps/MD Anderson Cancer Center

    March 26th: Jodi Rudick, Executive Director, La Jolla Village Merchant’s Association

    April 2019

    April 9th : Matt Moreland, Meteorologist In Charge, US National Weather Service, San Diego

    April 16th : RYLA Presentation with Craig Schniepp and high school attendees

    April 23rd: Susan Treadgold

    April 30th: Jamie Duitz Quient, Free to Thrive and Inspired Innovation

    May 2019

    May 7th: Aviva Paley, Kitchens for Good

    May 14th: Shari Storm, Rotary Inspiration

    May 21st: Jeff Edmon, San Diego Youth Symphony

    May 28th: Rotary and Riford Scholarship Luncheon

    June 2019

    June 11th: Kevin Barber, Wheels of Change

    June 18th: Ted DeDee, CEO of the La Jolla Music Society

    June 25th: DARK- Demotion Party for President Kevin that evening

    July 2019

    July 2nd: Club Meeting: Survey Results and the Year Ahead

    July 9th: Tim Rice, from SDSU Athletics

    July 16th: Walter Lam, with Alliance for Africa.

    July 23rd: Nathan Brunetta, Just in Time for Foster Youth

    July 30th: Dr. Wolfram Forster, Author Farewell, Berlin: My World War II Story of Surviving Hitler’s Germany and Embracing Life in America

    August 2019

    August 6th – Jenna Zobrowsky- Mindful Living

    August 13th – Lindsey Forrester Archer / The Borgen Project

    August 20th – District Governor – Marta Knight

    August 27th – Eric Lovett- Urban Street Angels

    September 2019

    September 3rd – Devin Hughes – Motivational Speaker

    September 10th – Spencer Hutchins – Concert Health

    September 17th- Gen Kelsang Lhadron – Kadampa Meditation Center

    September 24th – Navid Alipour / Analytics Ventures

    October 2019

    October 1st- Chuck Dick / History of RCLJ

    October 8th – Jonathan Schwartz / Partner in Aging

    October 15th- Linda K Olson / Author

    October 22nd- Christian Hulburt / National Conflict Resolution Center

    October 29th- Roberto Garcia / US Census

    November 2019

    November 5th – Eric Baggett / 2019 Year End Tax Planning

    November 12th – Cher Durst and Mike Henry / US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement

    November 19th – Tom Karlo/ KPBS

    November 26th – Penny Shurtleff Day; Thanksgiving

    December 2019

    December 3rd- Lawrence Alexander/ The Decline of Bourgeois Values

    December 10th- Gregory Harris- “(David Goodell’s Son) 12 Months Around the World with a Family of Four”

    December 17th- Holiday Party

    December 24th- DARK

    December 31st DARK

    January 2020

    January 7th – Cal Mann, Peace Corps work

    January 14th- Lorie Zapf, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County

    January 21st- DARK

    January 28th – Dianne Crawford, District 5340 Membership

    February 2020

    February 4th- Laura Garrod, International Relations

    February 11th- Roger Bingam, The Science Network

    February 18th- Stephanie Weaver, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

    February 25th- Mardi Gras “Mardi Bras”