The Friendly Richmond Rotary Club

We are a diverse group of people from business, the nonprofit sector, and government who share a common goal: to create lasting change within our world and ourselves. To learn more or visit one of our weekly meetings, please contact our president, Josh Surowitz.


It’s what you do, not what you say, that counts. And we do a lot.


Who we are and how to get in touch: find out in our Members Directory.


We have recently returned to in person meetings on Fridays at noon at Richmond Country Club, 1 Markovic Lane, Richmond, CA.

100 Years of Richmond Rotary

Jan Brown put together a presentation with highlights of our contributions over the years: CLICK HERE to read about the Richmond Rotary history in PDF format.

Major Centennial Year Donors and Supporters

The Rotary Club of Richmond gratefully acknowledges these supporters of our Miraflores Centennial Year Project 2020. CLICK HERE to read about the Miraflores Project

Ninomiya-Koda Family
District 5160 Rotary Foundation
Richmond Rotary Club 100 (see below)
Chevron USA
Mechanics Bank
Hide Oshima and James Oshima
E M Downer Foundation
C. Overaa & Company
Republic Services
PowerPlant Park
Special thanks to Groundwork Richmond

Club 100 Richmond Rotary Members

Ric Ambrose
Carey Ash
Alan Baer
Santa Baer
Alan Blavins
Rich Brandes
Byron and Jan Brown
Cheryl and David Brown
Erle Brown
Tom Butt
Sid Chauvin
Herb Cole
Bob Connolly
Hank and Doreen Covell
Bob Dabney and Cheryl Maier
Nick Despota
Darlene Drapkin
Simon Ellis
Brian Fay
Gerald Fay
Jerry Feagley
Jim Findley
Oscar Garcia
Josh and Elaina Genser
Ethan Heinrich
Mark Howe
Shana Bagley Howe
Pam Jones
Bill Koziol
Liliane Koziol
Don and Shelly Lau
Jon Lawlis
James Lee
Mac Lingo
Norm Lundberg
Henry Moe
Gonzalo Ochoa
Cecilia Orozco
Darlene Quenville
Nakele Rechenauer
Carol Robinson
Mey Saechao
Tamara Shiloh
Fran Smith
Stacey Street
Josh Surowitz
Pierre Thompson
Connie Tritt
Mike Winter

Our Service Projects & Events


May 15, 2021
Richmond Rotary partners with SOS Richmond to clean up the greenway and provide shower services to unhoused residents


May 8, 2021
Richmond Rotary work day at Richmond Museum rototilling, power washing, landscape trimming, planting and irrigation fix


April 21, 2021
Richmond Rotary partners with Vitalant to sponsor a blood drive at Salesian College Preparatory


For many years, Richmond Rotary has supported RotaCare Richmond and in these times, the number of people in need of the health clinic is growing. Speaking to the need in the video below is our very special friend, Rita Moreno. Select the image to watch the video on YouTube.

Rita Moreno speaks about Richmond RotaCare


Each year, we raise $100 for each teacher at Peres Elementary School to pay for supplies and everything they need to teach their students virtually. Our efforts impacted 27 teachers this year. Rotarian Erle Brown’s late wife, Phyllis Peres Brown, was the granddaughter of the man who donated the land to house Peres school. After she passed away, Phyllis left Rotary a matching gift of $10,000 to be used to enhance teaching and learning at Peres.

Here is link to an article about our work in the Richmond Standard

YouTube video about Peres Elementary School


On September 9, 2020, Richmond Rotary’s Community Services Team sponsored a Blood Drive with Vitalant at Richmond Parkway YMCA (formerly known as the Hilltop YMCA). We collected 37 units of blood that can assist at least 111 people. Another drive is tentatively scheduled for February 2021.

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For a complete list of this year’s service projects and financial support recipients, please see our Projects page.