Rotary Club of South San Francisco


Welcome to the South San Francisco Rotary Club. Our club has a long and rich history, and welcomes new members. We invite you to browse our website and learn more about our club and its service to the community.

Founded in 1951, the club has worked hard to support its city and residents.

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.

Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Effecting change within the community
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Gaining and understanding -- and having an impact on -- international humanitarian issues
  • Developing relationships with community and business leaders


Currently, our club meets at the Basque Cultural Center Restaurant each Thursday for lunch at 12:15 PM. The Basque Cultural Center is located at 599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080, 650-583-8091. Click "Map" above for location and directions.


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District Conference - Gary and Don

Saturday, May 3, 2014
From Monterey District Conference, Gary Chow and Don Bowcutt, with halos intact, after winning the Public Image Award for SSF Rotary.

Photo by John Henry Fullen.


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Club News - 5th Week of August, 2013


District Foundation event: All members are encouraged to register for Foundation Family Fun Day, October 20th, 2013.


Next Meeting: August 29th. Making Stress Work for You, Dr. Michael H. Smith from Get the Word Out Communic.

Wheel Writes

The SSF Rotary Club publishes and prints a weekly newsletter, called "Wheel Writes." Wheel Writes summarizes the program of the week before, as well as introduces that week's speaker. It's also filled with upcoming program information, member-business advertisements, member roster, and much more.

Please click on a link below to view a sample Wheel Writes.

February, 2009

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December, 2009

January, 2010

July, 2010

September, 2010

April 13, 2011

April 21, 2011
November 8, 2012



Ian Risely Arrow International President
Ron Gin Arrow District Governor
Mike Massoni Arrow President
Matteo Rizzo Arrow President Elect
Gene Mullin Arrow Vice President
John Henry Fullen Arrow Treasurer
Bruce Breitler Arrow Secretary
Don Bowcutt Arrow Executive Secretary
Michele Evans Arrow Ex Officio

Mark Barradas
Houston Lawrence
Arlene Ericson
Gary Chow
Mario Gonzalez
Ed Bortoli



Joshua Aguirre Arrow Mental Health
Dianna Ariani * Arrow School Coordinator
Mark A. Barradas, D.D.S. #* Arrow Dentistry
Ed Bortoli #* Arrow Waste Management
Don Bowcutt ###* Arrow Printing Services
Bruce E. Breitler #* Arrow Education Admin/Real Estate
Antony Brettkelly Arrow Affordable Housing
Pete Carcione ##* Arrow Wholesale Produce
Gary Chow, MPH #* Arrow American Cancer Society
Carolyn Colbert Arrow Freight Services
Dick Darling * Arrow Retired/Engineering
Rolando Delgadillo # Arrow Retired/Building Maintenance
Renan Dominguez #* Arrow Retired/Structural Engineering
Angela Encarnacion Arrow Senior Health Care
Arlene Ericson Arrow Financial Advisor
Michele Evans #* Arrow Events Planner
John Henry Fullen #* Arrow Long Term Health Insurance
Mark C. Gillelen #* Arrow Financial Advisor
Mario Gonzalez * Arrow Community Service
Henry Hoge #* Arrow Retired/Electrical Engineer
Henry Karnilowicz * Arrow General Contractor
Joe Kashani #* Arrow CPA – Tax
Houston Lawrence #* Arrow Loan Broker
Michael J. Massoni * Arrow Retired/Law Enforcement
Shawnterra Moore Arrow Superintendent Education
Jesse Moreno * Arrow Amway Sales
Gene Mullin * Arrow Assemblyman, 19th AD - Retired
Dr. Stanley Piett * Arrow Psychologist
Matteo Rizzo #* Arrow Retired/Educational Administration
Gary Ryan * Arrow Construction
Werner Sadlowski * Arrow Resident Guest
Gerald Stratford #* Arrow Honorary Member
Brent Marquez-Valenti Arrow Education
Bernie Vidales #* Arrow Educational Administration
Philip White * ArrowFire Safety
Bruce Wright #* Arrow Certified Public Accountant



In Memoriam:


Leroy G. Folmer #* ArrowHonorary Member
S. William Meehan #* ArrowHonorary Member
Dennis Rosaia #* ArrowRetired/Retail Liquor

#Denotes - Past President
*Denotes – Paul Harris Fellow

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Mailing Address:

RotaryRotary Club of SSF
P.O. Box 563
SSF 94083

Meeting Place:

Basque Cultural CenterBasque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Ave.
SSF 94080
Ph: 650- 583-8091


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433 Alida Way
SSF 94080
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Joining Rotary


Becoming a Rotarian

An important distinction between Rotary and other organizations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. Rotary clubs invite individuals to join and become members.

Membership is vital to a Rotary club's operations and community service activities. A primary goal of the club is to continually expand the club with committed members who have the interest and ability to get involved in service and humanitarian projects. Prospective members must:

  • hold — or be retired from — a professional, proprietary, executive, or managerial position;
  • have the capacity to meet the club's weekly attendance or community project participation requirements;
  • live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area.

The membership process

Often a person being considered for membership is invited by a member/sponsor to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. The sponsor may then submit the name of the candidate to the club's membership committee.

An individual who is interested in membership but doesn't know any Rotarians can contact our club directly.

Classifications: professional representation

Rotary uses a classification system to establish and maintain a vibrant cross-section or representation of the community's business, vocational, and professional interests among members and to develop a pool of resources and expertise to successfully implement service projects. This system is based on the founders' paradigm of choosing cross-representation of each business, profession, and institution within a community.

A classification describes either the principal business or the professional service of the organization that the Rotarian works for or the Rotarian's own activity within the organization. Some examples of classifications include: high schools, universities, eye surgery, banking, pharmaceutical retailing, petroleum-distribution, and insurance agency.


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