Past Presidents

Honoring Our Past Presidents

President Yr. President Yr.
McCurdy, J.E. 1923      Chalmers, James 1971     
Amphlett, H.W. 1925 Wells, Cecil H. 1972
Cambridge, Walter H. 1926 Sharninghouse, George D. 1973
Lane, Raymond 1927 Foster, T. Jack 1974
Castle, Linval H. 1928 Johnson, Edwin 1975
Oliver, P.A. 1929 Nuckles, E. Dawn 1976
Rochex, Albert A. 1930 Mercer, Sam N., Jr 1977
McConville, F.J. 1931 Kenney, William F. 1978
Poss, Martin 1932 DeLuna, Richard M. 1979
Davis, Vern 1933 Dayton, Monte W. 1980
Murphy, Bill 1934 Lopez-Guerra, Oscar E. 1981
Miller, Lin 1935 Kron, Wallace A. 1982
Wilsey, Earl 1936 Osborne, O. Leland 1983
Holmes, Olin M. 1937 Crupi, Frank J. 1984
Raybould, D.A.  1938 Orr, Richard A. 1985
Hitchcock, Mervyn E. 1939 Bormes, Thomas G. 1986
Robinson, J.P 1940 Smith, Glenn P. 1987
Wisnom, Robert F. 1941 Vocker, Thomas H. 1988
Owen, L.G. 1942 Romanski, Richard J. 1989
Soule, W.D. 1943 Haugh, Gerald T. 1990
Hallinan, T.J. 1944 McCullough, Walter J. 1991
Acheson, Joseph H. 1945 Baldanzi, Frank A. 1992
Pope, Philip S. 1946 Eide, Hans 1993
Mawdsley, Dr. Howard L. 1947 LeClair, Anne H. 1994
Ross, Elmer 1948 Hill, William W. 1995
Benninghoven, Dr. Carl 1949 Schwwitzer, Gregory L. 1996
Jack, Walter A. 1950 Norton, John 1997
Koerber, Harold 1951 Croce, Arne 1998
Stoner, A.L. 1952 Evers, Barbara 1999
Tyo, Arthur W. 1953 Leydig, Donald C. 2000
Dreyfuss, Jack 1954 Hanson, Donald E. 2001
Wisner, Al 1955 Ivich, Larry 2002
Stollery, Edward 1956 Armenio, Lynn A. 2003
Ray, Hartzell 1957 Atkinson, Larry 2004
Hession, Dennis 1958 Shoecraft, Don 2005
Hurst, G. Cameron 1959 Taylor, Margaret 2006
Clinton, J. Hart 1960 Avelar, Mark 2007
Stewart, James I. 1961 DeLuna, Shawn 2008
Clinton, J. Hart 1961 Webb, Peter 2009
Van Gundy, Kenneth W. 1962 Asbury, Linda 2010
Kelly, Paul F. 1963 Lopez, Kitty 2011
Madsen, Clark C. 1964 Thompson, Tom 2012
McLachlan, Donald A. 1965    
Elliott, Ernest A. 1966    
Newlon, George P. 1967    
Meyer, Herbert R. 1968    
Randolph, Richard 1969    
Harris, Tom D. 1970    
Club History

San Mateo Rotary's History

It was, perhaps, inevitable that San Mateo would found a Rotary Club in 1924, following the footsteps of its sister club in the north. San Francisco’s was the second Rotary Club in the movement, formed after the earthquake and fire of 1906 as a tool of recovery for that city. It adopted all the guiding principles Paul Harris established when he created the first club in Chicago in 1905 as a way to boost business.

San Mateo was located in the center of the grand estate area favored by San Francisco’s business, banking and financial elite. Though it was not exactly a hub of urbanization in 1924 — only 37,000 people lived in the entire county at the time — San Mateo accounted for nearly a third of the area’s population, was a distinct business hub and counted among its denizens several who were active in the San Francisco group.

Founding era Rotary clubs were “booster” clubs organized to build a network of business for a closed circle of members. A strictly-enforced roster rule limited membership to only one practicing business man from any particular business category. Members solicited one another; the San Francisco club of the early 20’s even made certain members’ wives knew who was in the club so they would patronize only members’ businesses.

World War I changed Rotary clubs, adding an element of community service that prevails to the present era.

The San Mateo Times of Dec. 15, 1923 first mentioned the possibility of a new club forming. The paper announced the club would meet each Thursday for lunch, for the purpose of rendering “unselfish service to the community in which it exists in accordance with the teachings of its motto.”

Eighteen prominent men in the community petitioned Rotary for a charter, which was granted on Jan. 25, 1924.

Oscar Boldemann of San Mateo Park — which continues today as one of the most desirable districts in the city to live — presided over the founding meeting of the club. Boldemann owned Boldemann Chocolat Company at 444 Townsend St. in San Francisco. First club president was attorney J.E. McCurdy, who also served as a very active member of the local Elks Club. Secretary W.L. Glascock, another Elk, was superintendent of the San Mateo Union High School District and San Mateo Junior College. Treasurer P.A. Oliver was President of the Peninsula Building and Loan Association. First Sgt.-at-Arms, still a highly valued position in the club, was Albert A. Rochex of Rochex and Rochex Real Estate.

Rounding out the roster of 16 of the known founding members were Horace W. Amphlett, owner and publisher of the San Mateo Times newspaper; Fred. E Beer, owner of the local Ford automobile dealership; Walter E. Cambridge, Rector of St. Matthew Episcopal Church and President and Resident Manager of Mills Memorial Hospital; Charles J. Ekinhardt, optometrist; Walter T. Kelly, manager of the local PG&E office and president of the Sequoia Union High School District; N.D. Morrison, a physican; G.S. Perkham, manager of the Dairy Delivery Company; Fred. J. Smith, owner of the Frederick Smith Furniture Company; George W. Snieder, owner of George W. Snieder Mortuary; R. J. Wisnom, owner of Wisnom Hardware; John R. Fairbanks, superintendent of Leslie Salt Works and Mervyn A. Hope, manager of California Pacific Title Co.

Though many things have changed, the distinction of San Mateo Rotary membership has always been valued in the community.

In 2007 the club still has representation from Mills-Peninsula Health Services, successor to Mills Hospital, the San Mateo County Times, successor to Amphlett’s San Mateo Times, the community college district, the high school district and even Wisnom Hardware.

Women were first accepted for club membership in 1987, with three joining that year. They were Barbara Evers, representing Borel Private Bank & Trust Co., Lynda Poulton, office manager of Leasemobile/California, and Anne LeClair, at the time executive director of the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce.

LeClair became the club’s first female president in 1994.

Sister Club Exchange with Toyonaka Japan RC

(picture taken after the signing of the sister club agreement)

Top Row (L to R): Hiroshi Yokota, Jeff Lowenstein, Masatsugu Tsuji, John Barrett

Front Row (L to R): Eiko Yokota, Carole Groom (Mayor) , Mark Avelar (SM Club President), Brian McLeran (5150 District Governor), Teruaki Furusawa (Toyonaka Club President), Masamitsuu Sawaki, Taeko Sawaki