1. I joined for the charity, the work, the donations, and the camaraderie

    I’ve been a Rotary Club member since 2003 or 2004, mainly for the charity, the work, the donations, and the camaraderie. I’ve gotten them all, and I’ve also gotten some business networking, but that wasn’t the reason I joined, it was more of a side-effect.”…Read More

    Ken Waltzer
  2. I stay because of the amazing people and amazing work we do

    “I joined the Santa Monica Rotary Club because I was asked to, so I take that as a good lesson to always ask people to join. But I stay because of the amazing people, the amazing work we do, the friendships, and the camaraderie.”…Read More

    Suzan Allbritton
  3. I did not want to reinvent the wheel

    “I joined the Rotary Club because I wanted to do some good. I did not want to reinvent the wheel. I do not have to have my own non-profit, I just wanted to be an Indian and help somebody else that has already figured this out. This Rotary group is just so much fun, I really enjoy being with them, and we do so much good — it’s been great!”…Read More

    David Rosenfeld
  4. The rotary fits my lifestyle very well

    “I’ve been a Rotary for 40-plus years, and the reason I am in the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and love Rotary is that it fits my lifestyle very well. I am a person who likes to help people who need help, and I have been doing this for many, many, many years. I think Rotary is a mountain. For example, in our community service committee, we’re helping people all around the world who are less f…Read More

    Nat Trives
  5. It really has been a life-changing experience for me

    “I joined the Rotary over 35 years ago in order to be with like-minded business people who love giving back to the community. It also gave me an opportunity to network with people who have the same great standard for moral ethics and business, and it really has been a life-changing experience for me.”…Read More

    Bill Chillingworth
  6. I like Rotary Club’s social action programs, and that I get to know nice people

    “I tried Rotary because Matt Williams and I conversed at a sushi bar, and I liked the Rotary Club’s social action programs that he talked about. I also liked that he said it was a social club, and that I would get to know nice people.”…Read More

    Greg Abrams
  7. We have common values and I like to serve

    “I joined the Rotary Club of Santa Monica to end polio. And also because of friendship; above all, friendship. Rotary has become my social life.” “The Rotary is my social life, and it’s a people that have common values with me. I also joined the Rotary because I like to serve.”…Read More

    Lisa Alexander and Len Lanzi
  8. I love the people and the purpose

    “I actually joined the Rotary Club of Santa Monica for business, but what ended up happening is that I fell in love with it. Even though I do get business from it, even if I didn't, I would absolutely keep going. I love the people and the purpose that it gives me, and the opportunity of service”…Read More

    Andrea Gressinger