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A Message From Our District Governor

Governor Sue’s Monthly Message – September 2019

Ahoy Rotarians as we begin the third month of our Rotary 2019-2020 voyage! 

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month! . . . as students return to school, we are reminded that the opportunity to learn is fundamental and the key to economic development, peace, and health here at home and worldwide.

District 5150 Rotarians are clearly taking action to do their part to promote education and literacy as they use some of their shares of the total $127,190 of District Designated Funds (DDF) returned to our District from The Rotary Foundation for local community and small global projects during 2019-2020.

For example, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park focuses on literacy by giving books to 400 students in East Palo, a community without a public library. The SF Greater Mission Club supports the Mission Science Mobile Solar Car project teaching students about solar power and renewable energy while the San Rafael Harbor Club is using its DDF to fund a scholarship for a college bound Interact student. Much needed support for teachers is the focus for the Sausalito Club through mini-grants for classroom school supplies and for the Tiburon-Belvedere Club in its purchasing audio equipment for teachers to use with students in the Canal Area of San Rafael to improve listening and language skills. Plus 12 of our D5150 clubs are using DDF to buy dictionaries for 3rd graders to improve vocabularies and spelling. . . and globally, the Woodside-Portola Valley Club is supporting student literacy by donating and delivering books to a library in Morocco.

Some of this $127,190 funding is possible because of our District’s Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Campaign now in full swing. By now you should have your blue tickets from your Club Foundation Chair or Club President. Each blue ticket is worth $20.00. I ask you to each participate in the EREY Campaign through your own donations or from family and friends. So, get out your blue tickets, fill in all the information, and return them soon to your Club Foundation Chair.

Then go to rotary5150.org and sign up for our November 16, 2019 Foundation Event – Captains’ Dinner – with dinner, dancing and more – to find out if your blue tickets are drawn to receive cash prizes totaling $6,300 or a grand prize of $2,000.

Finally, plan now to attend two upcoming Learning & Leadership Development Sessions on October 19, 2019 – a combined day of learning about three essential elements of Rotary: Public Image and Branding, Membership, and The Rotary Foundation, and on November 2, 2019 a session on International Service focusing on global grants. Sign up at rotary5150.org for all these sessions.

In closing, let’s keep in mind the words of the famous children’s author, Dr. Seuss:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Thank you, D5150 Rotary Clubs, for all you do to make Dr. Seuss’s quote a reality for so many!

Sue Rokaw
Rotary Club of SF Fisherman’s Wharf
District Governor 2019-2020
Rotary District 5150

Rotarian of the Month – September 2019

Barbara Schmidt is from the Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley. She has been a Rotarian since the club’s formation which dates back to the first year that women were allowed in Rotary. Prior to that [...]

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