Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.  The Rotary Club of Pacific Grove was established in 1948 and our members continue their dedication to local, national, and international service.  We support many national and international service projects helping to spread goodwill and better friendship throughout the world.

The annual Auto Rally each August and the Beer Garden at the annual Good Old Days each April are major fundraisers for our Club, helping us to support  local youth and charitable programs, such as:

  • The donation of dictionaries to each 3rd grader in Pacific Grove elementary schools
  • Annual scholarships to three PGHS seniors
  • Sponsorship of the PG High School Mock Trial team
  • Smiles for Life; a program developed by PG Rotary to provide orthodontic and dental care for youth in need in our community
  • Sponsorship of the INTERACT Club at Pacific Grove High School
  • “Job Shadow Day,” where PGHS students spend a half day with Rotarians at their various businesses, followed by lunch at the Rotary meeting
  • Sponsorship of two PGHS juniors to Camp Royal, a Rotary sponsored week long leadership camp
  • Sponsorship of Boy Scout Troop 90
  • $25,000 donation to the Pacific Grove Library Renewal Project
  • Sponsorship of the annual PG High School track meet; held continuously since 1968

In addition, past efforts have supported the refurbishing of the PG Middle School Auditorium into the Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center, and the remodeling of the “Little House in Jewell Park” which was originally built by our club in 1952 and given to the city.  The club also participates in the I-HELP program which provides dinners for homeless men and women, the annual Good Old Days parade, the Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas, and RotaCare, a free weekly medical clinic. In addition, past efforts have supported the refurbishing of the PG Middle School Auditorium into the Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center, and the remodeling of the “Little House in Jewell Park” which was originally built by our club in 1952 and given to the city.  The club also participates in the I-HELP program which provides dinners for homeless men and women, the annual Good Old Days parade, the Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas, and RotaCare, a free weekly medical clinic.

Our club supports Rotary International projects, most notably the “Eradication of Polio” campaign.  Rotary’s goal is to eradicate the disease completely, and we are well on our way to making polio a thing of the past. For donations in support of Club projects in the community please visit the Legacy Fund page under the Grants tab of this website. Also please support our club when you shop on Amazon smile. Use the tax ID number on the Grants page when you sign up.

We invite and encourage you to explore the many facets of the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove highlighted on this website.  Normally, we meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Inn at Spanish Bay from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm. Check the Calendar page to confirm meetings and for programs. For the moment, we are meeting via Zoom. Each week, our club is treated to a new keynote speaker which helps us learn more about the community and the world as a whole.  The weekly meetings are also an opportunity for members to network and get to know each other.

If you are interested in learning more about our club or visiting as a guest, please contact us.

Arleen Hardenstein

President, 2022-2023

Rotary Club of Pacific Grove Charitable Fund Inc
A 501(c)(3) Organization Tax ID: 20-3469532