Welcome to Pasadena Rotary

The Pasadena Rotary Club of Pasadena has amazing, dedicated members contributing to the well-being and growth of the community, region, and world.  Explore our Club here, and feel free to visit us during our weekly meetings!

Dr. Calum R.I. Chisholm CEO & President SAFCell, Inc. Caltech Startup (or How to Survive 10 years to Product)
SAFCell is a Caltech startup developing a unique intermediate temperature fuel cell technology for portable and stationary power applications. Using the history of SAFCell as an example, CEO Calum Chisholm will speak about the challenges of commercializing a materials based, alternate energy company where a decade long product development plan is par for the course.    Calum founded SAFCell, Inc. in November, 2009 to develop and commercialize solid acid fuel cells (SAFCs). SAFCell develops scalable SAFC stacks for applications requiring tens of watts to tens of kilowatts. Based on technology developed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and operating at mid-range temperatures around 250°C, SAFCell stacks tolerate impurities that pose obstacles for other fuel cell technologies, while still using durable and inexpensive metal and polymer components. This combination results in rugged stacks that operate easily on commercially available fuels, greatly reducing overall fuel cell system complexity and cost. SAFCell is partnering with targeted system integrators to enter first portable, and then stationary power markets. SAFCell has earned, raised, and been awarded a total of $12 million dollars since 2010.     Working with many exceptional collaborators, Dr. Chisholm has published 21 scientific papers and holds 22 issued patents.    Invocation: Helen Baatz Guest Introductions: Jack Bonholtzer Song Leader: Gary Kearney Accompanist: Ross Jutsum 


Meeting Information

All are welcome to attend our meeting.
We meet each Wednesday at 12:00PM at:

The University Club
175 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, California  

Tel: (626) 793-5157

Connect with Us!

Rotary Club of Pasadena
556 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite 101 #379
Pasadena CA 91105

Phone: 626-440-0908
Fax: 626-440-9806

Email: office@pasadenarotary.com

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The Scoot Zone for May 27th

By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief


The Scoot Zone: May 20th

By Justene Adamec, cub reporter


Frankly Speaking: May 20th



The Scoot Zone: May 13th

By Scott Carlson, cub reporter


Frankly Speaking May 13th



Frankly Speaking

At the Board meeting last week, President-Elect Kathy Meagher asked me if I still wanted her to emcee the next lunch. I told her absolutely; it would be good practice. She didn't ask me any further questions. On the following Monday, I saw Kathy at a fundraising committee meeting. I waited, but again she asked me no questions.


Co-chair Colleen, thanking all the members of her committee and her co-chairs Debi and Catherine, summed up the presentations as saying, "We can take pride that these groups are making Pasadena a better place."

How to Make a Reservation for Taste of Rotary May 21st

The Taste of Rotary Event at the Pasadena Museum of California Art on May 21, 2015 is Open to the Public.

To reserve your spot at this wonderful event, you will need to do one of the following:

Pay by check

Help Pasadena Rotary Help Others

Thursday, May 21, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$65 per person
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
A Roof Top Evening With
Art, Live Jazz, Wine, Delectable Foods & Friendship

(Jazz Musicians from The Pasadena Conservatory of Music & NOOZ)
“Taste of Rotary”, Wine Pull,
Art Sale by local artists and Live Auction

Frankly Speaking

We are about six weeks away from our "Help Pasadena Rotary Help Others" fundraiser at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. I trust you have all marked your calendars for Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.