The Role Rotary Serves in the Community and Beyond

About The Rotary Club Of Terra Linda

The Rotary Club of Terra Linda (RCTL), founded in 1964, meets on the first and third Tuesdays at 12:15pm for lunch and fellowship. Members conduct Rotary business in a lively manner; current projects, programs and fundraising opportunities are discussed. We have very interesting guest speakers at every meeting. Our speakers come from a variety of areas and interests, and are always insightful and informative. In addition to our regular Tuesday meetings, we hold social activities throughout the year for current, past and prospective Rotarians and their families. Having fun is an essential part of Rotary!


Our members enjoy volunteering in the community, and appreciate having a ready-made platform to ‘give back’. Embracing the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”, RCTL engages in numerous humanitarian and community service projects. Below are our current areas of focus:

  • Actively fighting human trafficking locally.
  • Provide college scholarships to local high school students, and help primary school students learn through donations of beautiful dictionaries to all Marin County 3rd graders.
  • Sponsor Interact Service Clubs at Terra Linda High and St. Isabella’s Elementary schools providing students a chance to perform community service, locally and internationally.
  • Contribute time, talent and money to international charitable organizations that support people in need, such as disaster relief efforts, missions to surgically repair cleft lips and palates, and the improvement of lives by supporting teachers, clean water systems, and educational initiatives. All funds raised for these efforts are kept in our non-profit foundation, a (501(c)(3), called the RCTL Foundation, making all donations tax deductible.

Our projects and fundraising efforts are organized on our own time; this is where the real work and fun of Rotary occurs. We build strong friendships and also support each other in business which, in turn, benefits our community, Rotary Clubs and our members. We collaborate with other District 5150 Clubs for larger projects and organizations such as Shelter Box, Rotaplast International, Konojel (in Guatemala), and H2Open Doors. Many clubs, including RCTL, focus efforts on managing climate change. The power of this well-established platform for change, can conquer real obstacles through collaboration and cooperation as Rotary has done with polio worldwide. Rotary membership is more than just being in your club or district, you’ll find new friends and associates all over the world!


RCTL membership includes community, government, professional and business leaders and leaders-to-be. Rotary is for anyone who has the strong desire to find a platform where one can make a difference in their community. Members create strong links to our community and are dedicated to improving the lives of its residents. When the club was formed in 1964, the Marin County Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was newly constructed in Terra Linda. It became an iconic building in Marin County. Consequently, the RCTL founders chose the Marin County Civic Center as the logo for the Club branding (flag, pin and collateral). Historically, our membership rolls have included many Civic Center employees and county government leaders. We strive for diversity in our membership and continue to seek a realistic representation of our greater community.


RCTL welcomes those who not only wish to participate in humanitarian service, but also wish to expand their professional networking, develop new friendships, and develop their leadership capacity and skills. Many of our members further their career by joining the local Rotary Means Business networking group, or taking a leadership training program called Potential Rotary Leaders Seminar (PRLS), a 6-day training course on basic leadership principles, team building, leading a meeting, member engagement, communications and public speaking. You will learn skills that are useful in Rotary but are also transferrable to success in business and community leadership. Another great professional learning opportunity is PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar. Young professionals leverage Rotary to advance their careers while leveraging their personal success to advance the state of humankind.


Rotarians are held to the standards expressed in the Four-Way Test (of the things we think, say or do):

1. Is it the Truth?

2. Is it Fair to All Concerned?

3. Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?

4. Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?


These principles, combined with the collective mission of serving our local and global communities, make the Rotary an attractive and effective platform for making this a better world. If you wish to contribute, build your career, and make lifetime friends, Rotary is available to you!


To begin making a difference, please contact a friend in Rotary, or visit to inquire about membership today