President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori, died last night

Dear fellow Rotarians,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share the sad news that the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori, died last night as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery.

In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.

Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world. We will provide more details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.

From the perspective of Rotary leadership, we will share information on the impact and the path forward as a result of Sam’s passing. In addition, we are establishing a memorial fund in Sam’s honor and will provide further details soon.

With enormous sadness,

Rotary International President, 2017-18

July 2017: Happy New Rotary Year!

As we begin a new Rotary year, Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s theme is “Rotary, Making a Difference”

Liz Mark and DG Ron, RI President Ian and PDG Juliet

How will you and your club Make a Difference?

President Ian is also looking at the over-arching goals of Rotary and thinking long term. He wants us to “Preserve the Planet” by planting a tree by World Earth Day, April 22, 2018. If every Rotarian would plant a tree, we would add over a million trees to our planet every year. (Planting a tree is included in our District Club Awards.) (SF#2 is coordinating a tree planting in SF on Aug 26! Volunteer opportunities?)

See all of the International Convention Videos at:

Polio eradication is still our top priority. As of this writing, there are only 6 cases year to date. At the International Convention, Bill Gates Jr announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will continue the 2:1 match, and has INCREASED the match to $50 million (from $35 million).

We are People of Action is our new marketing campaign. Check and the Brand Center for updated collateral material.

There was a preview of a new virtual reality polio video. The official launch will be on World Polio Day, October 24, 2017. Download the app at

I’ve asked the Presidents “to BOLDLY go where their club has not gone before.” This might be changing the format of your meetings, adding a social, working with another club on a project, inviting Rotaractors and Interactors on a project, trying a new service project, traveling together, recording your meetings or posting a weekly newsletter and starting an e-component, change from chicken to a veggie burger …. It’s Trying Something NEW. “We’ve always done it that way” might not be relevant to your new members.

This is the first time our district has ever been in the San Francisco Pride Parade! Our group was over 50 strong representing 7 Rotary Clubs. We are trying something new and We are People of Action!

We have a robust calendar of events, and Learning and Development. Our Calendar of Events will be on our district website (with registration links) and will be updated frequently…

July preview:

Date/Time Event Location
July 15, 2017
10:00am – Noon
It’s Show Time – Let’s Make a Video?
(workshop: bring your laptops, photos, music!)
Bay Model, Sausalito
July 22, 2017 Zone Foundation Training Sacramento
July 29, 2017 Introduction to PRLS / Workshop SF Recology
Aug 5, 2017 Joint Sessions with breakouts
Membership, Community Service, PR/PI, Social Media
Bay Model

SAVE THE DATES for our major events for the year, register now by visiting the District Calendar

Celebrating Women
Women in Rotary 30th Anniversary, Special Recognitions and Awards
(open to the Rotarians/spouses/partners and friends that support them!)

August 27, 2017
10:30 Check In, 11:15 Brunch, 12:15 Program
Julia Morgan Ballroom, 15th Floor (Merchants Exchange Building)
465 California Street, San Francisco

SF Giants / Cardinals – Star Trek Day (our 100 tickets are SOLD OUT!)
Sept 1, 2017, 7:15pm
AT&T Park

Annual District Foundation Event
Saturday October 21, 2017
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, San Francisco
5:30pm – 9:30pm
Costumes optional!

Pre-District Conference Foundation Dinner
May 3, 2018
Lion’s Gate and McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento 

Annual District Conference
Friday – Sunday
May 4 – May 6, 2018
Lion’s Gate and McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento
Pet friendly, Star Trek / Star Wars costumes encouraged

With the internet, smart phones, and access to information every business and communication has changed. Rotary and our clubs need to be relevant and add value to your lives … and to BOLDLY go where we have not gone before – so try something new.

May the Rotary Force be with you.

Ron Gin
District Governor 2017/2018
Rotary Club of SF Chinatown


Upcoming Events

Star Trek Night at AT&T Park – 30 Year Anniversary of The Next Generation
Learn More

Save The Date!!

District Foundation Event At Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, San Francisco
October 21, 2017
5:30 – 9:30pm

 More Information Coming Soon!

District 5150 in 2016-2017 Breaking Records in Contributions To The Rotary Foundation

Time for all of us in District 5150 to celebrate our philanthropic spirit to make a difference to improve this world by contributing to The Rotary Foundation (“TRF”) in the 2016-2017 year! District 5150’s giving this year was at a record high.

Learn More

District Info

Rotary Club Directory
When and Where Clubs Meet
Rotaract Directory
Interact Directory
District Leadership Team Contacts

Rotary Links

Rotary International
RI Zones 25 & 26
Rotary Club Central

Rotarian of The Month


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Ian Riseley Rotary International President 2017/2018

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