Burlingame Rotary Club, Established 1925

Upcoming Speakers
Steve Wright, Rotary District Governor (2024-25)
Jul 24, 2024 12:15 PM
Thoughts about Friends, Projects and Rotary
Thoughts about Friends, Projects and Rotary

Steve Wright has been a member of the Rotary Club of Pacifica since 1987. He has served as president twice, secretary, treasurer and just about every other club position available.  He was the bulletin editor for over 10 years and has served on the club board most of his years as a Rotarian.

At the District level he has served as Area Representative, Assistant Governor, District Registrar for about 7 years, Global Grants Coordinator,  PolioPlus Society Chair, District Community Service Chair and Chaired the District Conference for 3 consecutive years (with Colleen).  He was named the Rotarian of the Year for D5150 in 2018.  He also served as Chief of Staff for DG Gary Chow in 2022-2023.

Steve and Colleen are Major Donors, Charter Members of the Bequest Society, White Hat Society members,  PolioPlus Society members and have hosted 3 different Rotary Youth Exchange kids in their home over the years.

He will be our District Governor for Rotary Year 2024-2025 – and has high hopes for a tremendous year.




Thank you to the generous sponsors of our
12th Annual Burlingame Rotary Golf Tournament!
Burlingame's Got Talent
The 1st Annual Burlingame's Got Talent (BGT) in 2023 was a huge success. Thank you to all the amazing performers, sponsors, and volunteers who made it happen. Rotarians know how to have FUN!
1st Annual Burlingame's Got Talent (BGT) Sponsors (2023)
2023 BGT Performers
Burlingame Rotary's 1st Annual Burlingame's Got Talent (BGT) had a fabulous lineup of talented performers on Sunday night.
The Sound Judgment Quartet - Barbershop Quartet
• Diya Somani - Dance: An Act of Pride
• Sonali Ravindran - Piano: Ecossaise in G Major by Beethoven & Angelfish by Ann Crosby Gaudet
• Sonali & Madhavi Ravindran - Song: What Else Can I Do?
• Maddie Couch - Song: The Story of Us
• Avalon Harbin - Song: Say Something
• Sophie Frolik - Song: When We Were Young
• Time Machines, Seren Mehta, Enzo Rainusso, Dhilan Patel - Band: Clocks by Coldplay
• Garage Goats, Seren Mehta, Enzo Rainusso, Maverick Scofield, Kian Jakka - Band: 21 Guns by Green Day
• Livia Sayegh – Dancenastics
• Eva Chen - Poetry Reading
• Abigail Fitzpatrick - Song: On My Own
• Josie Fontana - Song: It’s Raining Men
• Saanya Narang, Sana Prakash, Mira Somani - Dance: Bollywood Stars
• Arriana Cylthiel Cruz - Song: Don’t Know Why
• Aimee Nascimento - Song: Love is a Struggling Thing
• Lauren Lin - Spoken Word: Sunsets
• Nicole - Song: Your Kiss is on My List
• Emily Beach - Song: More Than a Feeling
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Elm Room
850 Burlingame Ave. 
Burlingame, CA 94010
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 313
Burlingame, CA 94011-0313
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary/Director
The Rotary Foundation
Director 2023-2025
Director 2024-2026
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President Cary Koh spoke in Japan on the 
60th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Tokyo Edogawa 

(transcript below)
September 11, 2023

Good Evening Everyone,

I am honored to share in this celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Tokyo Edogawa. When I was asked to speak on this very special occasion, a few questions immediately came to mind. What about Rotary resonates with me? What supports the relationship between the Rotary Club of Tokyo Edogawa and the Rotary Club of Burlingame? What is meaningful about our Student Exchange Program?

Initially, these questions seemed somewhat independent from each other. The more I thought about them, however, and with Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self,” as a starting point, the more I realized that they shared the common thread of enriching not only our communities but also my own life. Prior to the pandemic, I really enjoyed getting to know the Edogawa Rotarians on our reciprocal visits to each other’s countries. Some memorable moments include the time when Taga-SAN and I, on the drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay to play golf, discovered that we could effectively communicate through our shared language of Mandarin. Or the embarrassing time when I left my passport behind in Yamamoto-SAN’s car when he dropped me off at Narita airport, only for him to have to drive all the way back from his home to the airport again so that  

I could make my flight home to America. Thank you, Yamamoto-SAN! While we may live many miles apart, we are still connected by our shared experiences.

As for our Student Exchange Program, I will never forget when one Burlingame High School student returned home from her trip to Japan and shared her experience with our club. For her presentation, she was asked to choose only one photo from her entire trip and to explain why it was meaningful. What she shared was a photo of her Japanese host family, together at dinner. That was it. Why was this meaningful to her? Because she wished for her own family, with both parents busy from work, to have dinners together more often. Her one week in Japan had given her a new perspective, and she returned to America eager to foster more quality time with her own family.

It is my hope that many more Rotarians, from both Burlingame and Tokyo Edogawa, will continue to enrich communities around the world and to make a positive difference in not only the lives of others but also their own.

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Burlingame, it is my honor and privilege to congratulate the Rotary Club of Tokyo Edogawa on its 60th Anniversary. We wish you many more anniversaries and milestones in the years to come, and look forward to celebrating them with you!

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jerry Kuehn
    July 1
  • Dennis Zell
    July 5
  • Joe La Mariana
    July 7
  • Julius Aires
    July 8
  • James Shypertt
    July 11
  • Emily Beach
    July 27
  • Charles Rosebrook
    July 28
Join Date:
  • Bonnie Bertetta
    July 1, 1991
    33 years
  • Charles Rosebrook
    July 1, 1985
    39 years
  • Jennifer Pence
    July 1, 2007
    17 years
  • John Crosby
    July 1, 1984
    40 years
  • Lage Andersen
    July 1, 1985
    39 years
  • Charlene Drummer
    July 7, 2023
    1 year
  • Alan Drummer
    July 8, 2023
    1 year
  • William Li
    July 10, 2013
    11 years
  • Jerry Kuehn
    July 13, 1994
    30 years
  • Bobba Venkatadri
    July 25, 2020
    4 years
  • Donna Colson
    July 25, 2020
    4 years
Mark at the Mic
Mark at the MicOur very own Burlingame Rotarian, Mark Lucchesi, who retired from Mollie Stones in January 2021, has started a podcast for the Burlingame Historical Society called "Burlingame is a Small Town." You can check out his YouTube podcasts here.
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2023 Memorial Day Parade 

Burlingame Rotarian & Hillsborough Mayor Christine Krolik headed up the Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, 2023. Burlingame Rotarians (Emily Matthews, Marilyn Orr, Fritz Brauner, and Bob Doerr) rode the vintage 1941 Chevy Recology Truck.
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