by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Jamie Allen

Giving Back

Susan Callahan has always been active in her community. So when she relocated from La Jolla to Rancho Santa Fe about 15 years ago, she was eager to contribute to her new neighborhood. “I heard about the great work that the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club was doing both locally and internationally and decided to attend a meeting,” recalled Susan. “I was immediately impressed by the sense of camaraderie among the members – I was hooked!”


Fast-forward to present day and Susan is the new president of the RSF Rotary Club. “Although this position is a major commitment, I feel that it is also a way to say thank you to this special club from whom I have gained so much from…and love so dearly!” exclaimed Susan, whose responsibilities include running the weekly meetings and monthly board meetings, leading the board of directors, sustaining and increasing membership, and implementing successful volunteer efforts – locally and internationally.

With so many wonderful memories of her involvement with RSF Rotary Club, Susan looks forward to the year ahead. “I have really enjoyed Rotary’s annual trips to Mexico, where we spend the whole day handing out food and blankets to hundreds of impoverished villagers waiting in long, long lines,” she recalled. “Rotary’s Rotarians at Work Day each April is always a lot of fun and develops great camaraderie as Rotarians around the world all work on a selected project in their individual community on the same day.”

Name: Susan Callahan
Community: Rancho Santa Fe
Profession: Former Director of Communications, International Relief Teams
Hobbies: Community and international affairs, traveling, reading, boating, family and friends
Favorite Places in Rancho Santa Fe: RSF Golf Club, Bistro, Mille Fleurs, Inn at RSF

This year, Susan is especially excited about the Taste of Rancho Santa Fe – RSF Rotary’s major annual fundraiser held on Oct. 9 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. “It’s a popular wine and food event which raises thousands of dollars in support of the work of worthy nonprofits that address the needs of women, children, seniors, and military families,” explained Susan. “This event is fast becoming a favorite way to while away a Sunday afternoon in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe – and all for a great cause!”

Aside from her time spent with RSF Rotary Club, Susan and her husband Eamon love traveling. “But my commitment as president of the RSF Rotary for the next year will somewhat affect the scope of our adventures for a while,” she noted. It’s a small sacrifice for Susan, however. “Joining the RSF Rotary Club has not only allowed me to find a way to be of service, but also has provided an opportunity for me to get to know and work with many of Rancho Santa Fe’s civic leaders as well as dynamic members of the local legal, banking, nonprofit, and real estate professions,” she shared. “Working together to try to make a difference for others is truly bonding. We join with Rotarians around the world who are helping to empower youth, improve health, promote peace, and advance our communities in all corners of the globe.”

Group: Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club