Why Join Rotary

Why Join Rotary?

Because you share our values and want to make a difference in our local Redwood Coast communities.

A Gualala Rotary message from Steve Chell, Memberships:

We are a friendly group of women and men who are dedicated to the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self.” Our club’s vision is “Helping to change people’s lives.”

Gualala Rotarians are part of a worldwide organization of 1.2 million individuals dedicated to improving our local communities and supporting global humanitarian efforts such as ending polio and providing disaster relief. Wherever you go in the world, you are likely to find a Rotary club. And, when you walk into any one of the 32,000 clubs, you are welcomed and treated like a friend.


An original goal of Rotary was to allow club members to meet periodically and enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances. As members of the oldest service club in the world, Rotarians represent a cross-section of their community’s business owners, executives, manager, political leaders, and professionals – all people who make decisions and have a desire to influence policy and community directions.


Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service and to give back to the community, both locally and internationally. Service programs address concerns such as health care, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and the environment.


Rotary was founded on fellowship, a cornerstone that continues to attract members today. Rotarians enjoy camaraderie with like-minded persons; club projects provide opportunities to develop enduring friendships. Club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost every city of the world. Family members are welcome to get involved in our social and service activities.


Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest exchange and educational programs. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and mentoring for young leaders.


Rotary is an organization of successful people. Team-building, fundraising, public speaking, planning, organization, and communication are just some of the leadership skills that club members can exercise and enhance. Being a Rotary leader provides further experience in motivating, inspiring, and guiding others.


Encouraging high ethical standards and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days. In their business and personal lives, Rotarians abide by The Four-Way Test:

Of the things we think, say, or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

… about the Gualala Rotary Club

Our club was formed in 1987. Currently, a priority for our club is to increase membership. If you believe in the values of Rotary and wish to actively contribute to club programs that benefit the Gualala Area community, we invite you to join Gualala Rotary

Our club’s focus is education. Gualala Rotary’s Scholarship Program has provided more than $210,000 in scholarships to more than 50 qualified Point Arena High School graduating seniors for further education and training. For students in grades 6-12, Gualala Rotary recognizes the top achievers with an annual Student Awards Luncheon and a cash award of $50. Parents also attend, with school administrators handing out the awards. Each year more than 30 local students receive this recognition.

Another popular program we sponsor is the Redwood Coast Employee of the Month. Each Rotarian has the opportunity to nominate an outstanding employee who works between Stewart’s Point and Irish Beach. The selected employee is celebrated with a $100 cash award and honored at our monthly evening meeting.

Gualala Rotary provides service support for Project Santa and for Art in the Redwoods.


We gather at noon on Fridays at St. Orres restaurant for a luncheon meeting. We have an evening meeting usually the third Thursday of the month, also at St. Orres. Meeting dates and times sometimes change, so check gualalarotary.org for the current schedule.


We have no attendance requirements. However, we seek active members who attend as often as they are able and are willing to get involved in club activities, including our fund-raising events such as OktoberFest.


Annual dues are $200.


Gualala Rotary is part of District 5130, which includes Rotary clubs in citiesalong the California coast from Sonoma County to the Oregon border.

How to Join

Come join us!  If you are interested or would like more information about our club, please contact:

Ron Miles President ronamiles@aol.com 707-884-1101
Jim DeWilder President-elect jdewilder@earthlink.net 707-367-2544
Steve Chell Membership seachells@mcn.org 707-884-9757
Michael Combs Treasurer mcombs@pacific.net 707-884-3741