We hope you have enjoyed visiting our club! We invite you to continue attending our meetings so we can get to know each other. Extend your hand and say “Hi.” Do you like our club? Is there energy in the room? Do you like our view? After three visits and a sponsorship, you qualify to apply for membership.


What is Rotary and what is the Rotary Four Way Test?

We’re a leadership organization of local business, professional and civic leaders. We meet weekly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through that we’re able to get much needed service projects done in our community and in our world. We are an ethical and honest organization as defined by our “Four Way Test”:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

What are the requirements for joining?

After three visits to our club, you qualify to apply for membership. You will need a sponsor who is a club member (usually the person who invited you). If you are new to the area or don’t know a club member, please let us know and we will find you a sponsor.

Am I required to come to the meeting every Wednesday morning?

You are not required to attend weekly, but the more active you are with the club, the more you will get out of it. Make the most of your membership. Join a committee. Lead a service project. Organize a social event.  Our motto is “Service Above Self.”

The meeting starts at 7 a.m. with visiting and networking with new and old friends. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at 7:10 a.m. The formal meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends promptly at 8:30 a.m. Each week we do our best to offer interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining speakers from our community and beyond.

How do I make up a meeting if I am not able to come?

You can visit other Rotary clubs in the area, other states or countries within two weeks. Ask for a make-up slip, and turn it in to our club for attendance credit. Make-ups can also be done online and at District or other Rotary events.

I want to join the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club. Now what do I do?

The member proposal form is located in your Prospective Member Packet, or you can find it on our website by going to www.sdrotary.org, click on “membership”, then click on “New Member Proposal Form” located on the left side of the page. Print it, fill it out, and bring it to the meeting on Wednesday morning. If you prefer, you can scan it and email it to one of our Membership Chairs (continued on the back of this sheet)

Sharon Bay (sharon@sandiegofamily.com), Brian Matter (brian@myccmi.com) or Judy Bambace (jmbambace@aol.com).  Your proposal will be reviewed and you will be notified when you have been accepted as a Red Badge Member. This process can take up to two to four weeks. We hope you will continue attending our meetings during this process to build friendships!

What committees could I join?

We have a wide variety of great committees and hands-on projects to choose from.  Check out as many committees as you like and join at least one. Become active with as many hands-on projects as you can.  Our committees are:

  • Community Service
  • Youth Service
  • International Service
  • Club Service
  • Vocational Service
  • Membership
  • Military - Holes for Heroes (golf tournament fundraiser)
  • Social Mentoring
  • Pathways to Peace
  • Public Relations
  • Technology and Communications
  • Social Media
  • Four-Way Test Speech Contest

How much does it cost to be a member? 

Initial Club Membership Fee $100
Dues $40 per quarter
Breakfast $20 per week (49 weeks, whether you come or not)
Annual Fundraising Contribution to our Club’s Foundation $200 to $400 (per year) depending on the giving level you choose.
Invoices Sent quarterly. Payment can be made by check/auto-pay/credit card.



  • Rotary International Foundation contribution starting at $10.00 per month. 
  • Contribute to Club sponsorships and fundraisers if you are moved to do so.

Upon joining the Club, your quarterly invoice will be pro-rated based on your date of membership.

Total mandatory cost is $1,340 - $1,540 per year (not including initial membership fee).  That’s about $112 -  $130 per month

What is the District 5340 Youth Volunteer Application? Why do I need to apply for it?

It is a special background check needed every two years because Rotary members do a significant amount of work with young people in the community. Many Youth Service programs have become hallmarks of Rotary, including Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA, Rotaract, Interact, the 4-Way Test Speech Contest, reading to students, and mentoring. Each of these programs enhances our communities by helping kids and young adults grow and prosper in a nurturing environment.

How does the SDDBRC’s Mentor Program Work?

You can refer to the Mentoring Program details attached to our Club website. The purpose of the Mentoring program is to expedite passage from Red Badge to Blue Badge, and to engage our new Red Badge members in most every area of Rotary membership. As Red Badge members complete requirements to become a Blue Badge member, and with concurrence from their mentors, they will report progress and completion to Frank DeFrancesco, who will record this on an Excel spreadsheet.

You can access the directory of the members and their contact information on our Club’s website after you have joined. www.sdrotary.org