Introduction
 
 
  All blue-colored terms provide links to the related narratives.  
                           About Us editorial content © PLRC.
 
 
Introduction
The PLRC was founded on April 17,
1950. It was incorporated in 1952. Click here for its day-to-day Club Bylaws (as of 2016). 
 
PLRC members have met at multiple Point Loma venues. They now meet at the San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC), 1011 Anchorage Lane, San Diego, CA 92116. MapThe club meets on Fridays at 12:00 noon until 1:30 PM. Our postal address is PLRC, P.O. Box 6454, San Diego, CA 92166 (USA). 
 
PLRC members have visited or hosted Rotary members from 56 other US clubs−from Hawaii to Florida−and from 35 countries and overseas territories. Click here for an alphabetical listing of those 125 locations. The flags from most of those Rotary venues appear in the adjacent photo by Gus Goldau and Peter Phillips. Pictured below are Ukraine’s
Georgiy Molchanov and PLRC club president Debra Gookin exchanging club flags.  
 
As the PLRC approaches its 2025 Diamond Anniversary, we herein strive to
spotlight the extraordinary work undertaken by the PLRC’s active members,
board members, event organizers, and presidents. The PLRC especially re- cognizes the resolute leadership of its past presidents and District Govern- or. Click here for the listing.  


They have not led followers. They have inspired leaders. This integrated, evolving club history illustrates its dedication to Rotary's Four-Way Test. Our club's About Us webpage thus proceeds via the PLRC’s prominent e-
vents, with a sprinkling of significant non-fundraising programs portraying  the PLRC's social acumen.

                                                                                                        Photo by Margaret Varissimo
 
What is "Rotary?"
There are many characteristics of a Rotary club, as well as the activities of a million Rotarians. In 1976, Rotary's International Board of Directors initiated the quest to state a concise definition of the fundamental aspects Rotary. Rotary’s Public Relation Committee then decided to craft a one-sentence definition. After numerous drafts, the committee presented the following definition. It appears in var- ious Rotary publications: 

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons, united 
  worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical 
  standards, and help build good-will and peace in the world.


Those 31 words are worth remembering when someone asks you "What is Rotary?" This account is paraphrased from 50 Things Every Rotarian Should Know About Rotary
, by Steve Garret, former District 5450 Gov- ernor. Click here, for the remaining 49 descriptions! 

Rotarians can always attend a meeting, almost anywhere in the world. To locate a club, click here.  


Service Above Self
The motto of Rotary International, "Service Above Self," reflects its commit- ment to community service and selflessness. More than a mere slogan, it serves as a core principle that motivates Rotary members globally to put others' needs before their own. This dedication to putting service first pro- propels the organization's volun- teer initiatives, encourages teamwork, and nurtures a spirit of servant leader ship ship. By embracing "Service Above Self," Rotarians create significant positive change in their communities and the wider world, exemplifying the conviction that genuine satisfaction is found in helping others.

Inspired by a discussion between Ben Collins, president of the Rotary Club of Minneapolis, and Seattle Rotarian J.E. Pinkham during the 1911 Rotary convention in Portland, Oregon. Collins shared his club's principle of "Service, Not Self", which was enthusiastically received. In 1989, the Council on Legislation made "Service Above Self" the principal motto because it best represents the organization's philosophy of selfless volunteer service.


Rotary Endowment Fund & Rotary Foundation
The PLRC's Endowment Fund was incorporated in 1983. For its charitable Endowment Bylaws, click here (then click Open file). The latest available Endowment fund amount, as of June 2023, is thus  $400,000! Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International, was founded in 1917. Dona- tions from all club's fund local and international projects.