Happy Holidays Rotarians!

As we enter the new calendar year I thought I would reach out and let you know what has been happening around our district and in Rotary.  I am inspired by all of the good work our members and clubs are doing locally and abroad, and proud to be a Rotarian in District 5150. (Are you interested in a District Team Shirt, District Tie, District Scarf, District Safety Green Hat?)

We’ve had two major events: Celebrating Women (in Rotary) at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in SF and our District Foundation event at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in SF (with 6 Area of Focus, End Polio Now, and Rotary charms).  Both were well received and fun!  We have added a Risk Management Learning and Development class and our Potential Rotary Leadership Seminar (PRLS and Master PRLS) is seeing consistent attendance and a real value added seminar for all members.  Youth Service, Interact and Rotaract are on FIRE with new Interact and Rotaract clubs, and Youth Exchange.  RYLA should be BIG this April.  Keep checking our district website as we are constantly upgrading.

For our District Conference 2018 in Sacramento (Star Wars Day – May 4 to 6, Foundation Dinner May 3) one of the events will be highlighting Veterans.  If you are a veteran, or would like to honor a veteran, please send me a picture with the branch and years of service.  A picture of then and now?  If you are a veteran and coming to our district conference and would like to be part of the Honor Guard presenting our flag please let me know – and if you still fit into your uniform (hats and Star Trek / Star Wars costumes don’t count) – even better!

Rotary’s number one priority is still “End Polio Now”.  At this writing, there have been 20 cases of wild polio virus cases for 2017, down from 37 cases in 2016, down from 74 cases in 2015.  Infections are still in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Did you know that 400 million children are immunized against polio every year?  Rotary, Making a Difference.

There have been many natural disasters this year effecting the United States from Hurricane Harvey (Huston, TX and Louisiana), Hurricane Irma (Puerto Rico and Florida), the wild fires in Northern California, and then the Wild Fires in Southern California.  Many of our district Rotarians and clubs have made contributions to those recovery efforts, including supporting ShelterBox, our Rotary Project Partner.  Thank you.

Our RI President Elect Sam Owori of Uganda passed away unexpectedly from surgical complications.  A process was in place and we welcome Barry Rassin from the Bahamas as RI President 2018-2019.  President Nominee is Mark Daniel Malone from Alabama, USA  (2019-2020).

As of Dec 29, 2017, there are 35,600 clubs (7,618 clubs in the USA) and 1,222,190 members (up from 1,202,623 on July 1, 2017) (320,182 members in the USA). Our district has 42 clubs and 1,820 members (up from 1,781 July 1, 2017).  And yes, there are still “Men Only” clubs in the world ….  Female worldwide membership is almost 22%, up slightly and making progress, while USA is at 30% and our district is at 37%! (Great number … but we should be at 50%.)

We are excited to announce the chartering of the new Rotary Club of San Francisco Castro, in January.  This will be one of the first openly LGBTQ (and straight) friendly Rotary clubs in the world.  They will be spearheading the Pride Parade in June. Sign up!  Did you know that our District was in the Pride Parade 2017?

The new Rotary International 2016-2017 Annual Report is available on-line.  The digital version has lots of interesting videos, listing over 30,000 Service projects and 24.3 million volunteer hours, estimated 241,408 Rotaractors, estimated 508,185 Interactors and 8,695 Youth Exchange Students in 2016-2017.

And lastly, I want to thank all of you for the warm reception during my official Governor’s Visit, and all of the Star Trek / Star Wars theme fun … elevating the fun where your Rotary Club has not been before.  May the Rotary Force be with you and have a safe and Happy New Year!

DG Ron
Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown

January 10, 2017

Dear Club Presidents, DLT, and PDG’s:

On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the District 5150 Nominating Committee conducted interviews to nominate the District Governor for the term 2020 – 2021. Pursuant to section 13.020.5 the committee nominated Mary Marie Bates, of the Rotary Club of Foster City, as the best qualified Rotarian who is available to serve as governor.

The 30 Day comment period has passed and no comments or objections were received. Per District Bylaws, I declare that Mary Marie Bates, from the Rotary Club of Foster City is our District Governor Nominee Designate.  Congratulations!

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Ron Gin
District Governor

Rotary 5130 Fire Relief Fund

The LARCA Fire Relief Fund is now accepting donations to start helping the fire victims of the devastating fires in Lake, Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties. Donations can easily be made online or via mail-in check. Fore more information visit www.larca5130.org.

  • The LARCA Fire Relief Fund was founded in 2015 during the Lake County, CA fires. Nearly $1M was raised to support the fire survivors and businesses in those communi-ties over the past 2 years. The fund has been administered with nearly zero adminis-trative overhead.
  • The LARCA Fire Relief Fund was founded in 2015 during the Lake County, CA fires. Nearly $1M was raised to support the fire survivors and businesses in those communi-ties over the past 2 years. The fund has been administered with nearly zero adminis-trative overhead.
  • A committee comprised of Rotarians from each of the 4 counties will administer the direct deployment of these funds.
  • Contributions are tax deductible

DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO: Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA)
c/o 5130 Fire Relief Fund
Clearlake, CA 95422
Or online at www.larca5130.org

NON-PROFIT TAX ID# 46-1149482

Questions?
larca5130@gmail.com

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From Rotary International:
Rotary helps disaster victims

The Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs are helping communities battered by severe weather and earthquakes.

The Rotary Foundation is collecting emergency relief funds to help victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma while local clubs are working in their communities.

“The power of Rotary is in the Foundation’s ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” says Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas.

Two powerful earthquakes hit Mexico, destroying buildings and highways, and killing hundreds of people. Rotarians have set up a fund to help reconstruct schools, housing and medical facilities.

Hurricane Maria is wreaking havoc on the Caribbean and is blamed for nine deaths so far.

In Sierra Leone, torrential rains and a mudslide in August has killed more than 500 people and destroyed nearly 2,000 homes. On the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, an orphanage, where more than 60 children slept, was swept away in the slide. More than 600 people are still missing.

An estimated 40 million people across Bangladesh, India, and Nepal have been affected after massive floods hit the area last month. UNICEF estimates 31 million people in India have lost their homes, and 8 million people in Bangladesh and 1.7 million in Nepal have been affected.

Rotary’s partner, ShelterBox, is providing support to families displaced by the storms.

ShelterBox teams are working with Rotarians to assess the damage and provide emergency supplies and temporary housing in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

In Texas, hundreds of light privacy tents were deployed to evacuation centers for families to use temporarily.

How to contribute

Earthquake victims

Send donations to:
Fondo Unido Rotario de Mexico A.C.
Bank: City Banamex
Branch: 0844
Account: 9668351
Swift Code: BNMXMXMM

Hurricane victims

Two Rotary Foundation donor advised funds have been set up to accept donations for disaster relief and recovery in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:

Hurricane Harvey
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608

Hurricane Irma
Account name: Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund
Account number: 296

You can contribute by check or wire transfer or online with a credit card. You’ll need to provide the DAF account name and number listed above. If you would like a credit card receipt, please check the address box to share your address with Rotary.

Learn how you can contribute.

If you have questions about how you can help, contact relief@rotary.org. To see how clubs are helping, go to Rotary Ideas.

 

 

Rotary 5130 Fire Relief Fund

The LARCA Fire Relief Fund is now accepting donations to start helping the fire victims of the devastating fires in Lake, Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties. Donations can easily be made online or via mail-in check. Fore more information visit www.larca5130.org.

  • The LARCA Fire Relief Fund was founded in 2015 during the Lake County, CA fires. Nearly $1M was raised to support the fire survivors and businesses in those communi-ties over the past 2 years. The fund has been administered with nearly zero adminis-trative overhead.
  • October 2017, massive destruction from numerous fires burning in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties has resulted in the expansion of this fund to cover the 4 counties affected in District 5130.
  • A committee comprised of Rotarians from each of the 4 counties will administer the direct deployment of these funds.
  • Contributions are tax deductible

DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO:
Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA)

c/o 5130 Fire Relief Fund
PO Box 2921
Clearlake, CA 95422
Or online at www.larca5130.org

NON-PROFIT TAX ID# 46-1149482

Questions?
larca5130@gmail.com

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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.

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