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Welcome to Rotary District 5150

Rotary District 5150 stretches across Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties of the San Francisco Bay area. Our Rotary club members are people of action and inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities, both locally and globally. Rotary International forms a global network of business, professional, and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.

District Governor Message - February 2024
Hello, everyone! February is widely known for Valentine's Day, a time to celebrate those we care about. In Rotary, let's reflect on our love for Rotary and ensure our clubs stay vibrant. Show love and kindness to all club members this month and beyond.
 
February is also a time to highlight Rotary's commitment to peace and conflict resolution. Given recent global events, our dedication to achieving peace, goodwill, and understanding is crucial.
 
In our district, we support projects promoting peace globally. Here’s just three examples . . .
 
 
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Congratulations to Betsy Koefoed of the Rotary Club of San Carlos for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for March 2024! Betsy is as dedicated a Rotarian as one can ever find.
 
Following her retirement in 2009, she joined her Club in the community where she lives. Betsy was the 2013-2014 President of the Rotary Club of San Carlos and has remained very involved in various leadership positions throughout the years, serving as Club Secretary, Chair of the Endowment Committee, Youth Leadership Chair, and Club Treasurer, just to name a few.
 

In recent years, the global community has witnessed a growing awareness of mental health issues affecting teenagers, prompting the creation of World Teen Mental Health Day. This annual observance, marked on March 2nd, serves as a crucial reminder of the unique challenges young people face in navigating the complexities of adolescence. It was created to shed light on the prevalence of mental health struggles among teens, aiming to reduce stigma, promote open conversations, and encourage a more supportive environment for their well-being.

Do you know of a local “peace builder” in your community? Help us connect them with Rotary’s Peace Fellows program – which is currently seeking applicants through May 15, 2024.
 
Rotary International's Peace Fellows program is a prestigious initiative aimed at cultivating global leaders in the field of peace and conflict resolution. Established in 2002, the program selects a diverse group of talented individuals from around the world to participate in a fully-funded master's degree or professional certificate program in peace studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers hosted by leading universities. The fellows undergo intensive academic training, gain practical experience through fieldwork, and engage in collaborative research to develop the skills necessary for promoting peace and addressing complex global issues. Emphasizing the Rotary values of service, fellowship, and ethical leadership, the Peace Fellows program is committed to fostering a network of professionals dedicated to making a positive impact in conflict-affected areas and contributing to sustainable peace worldwide.
Congratulations to Erika Rosales-Shelfo of the Rotary Club of San Rafael Evening for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for February 2024!
 
Leadership: Since joining her Club in November 2018, she has gone above and beyond as a leader.
  • After just one year of membership, Erika earned her Club's Rotarian of the Year Award in 2019-2020.
  • Erika is a current Board Member, the President-Elect, and the Club Service Projects Chair.
  • She donates consistently to Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) and The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
  • As her Club's budget got leaner with the pandemic, Erika creatively solicited the support of colleagues to help underwrite food costs and collaborate so that her Club would not have to cut programs or raise membership dues. This allowed the Rotary Club of San Rafael Evening to continue fulfilling its commitment to consistently provide, make, and pack lunches for the St. Vincent de Paul Society to distribute those in need. Today, her Club is able to continue making and packing even more lunches. 
  • When needed, Erika did not hesitate to help organize her Club's Holiday Party.
  • Her Club's team in the Rotaplast Bocce Ball Tournament was short staffed, and Erika recruited one of her co-workers to help out.
As you know Rotary International President Gordon McInally has inspired us to think about Creating Hope in the World, and we can do so by ensuring we are practicing caring for ourselves and others this Rotary year.  Each month we will take a moment to share a mental health moment to inspire you on how you can practice caring for yourself and others.  In addition, District 5150 has taken a pledge to focus on mental health and has a group of committed Rotarians working towards making a difference in the arena of mental health here in our own district.  If you are interested in being a part of the discussion and solution our next district wide meeting will be March 4, 2024 Link here. If you need additional information, please contact Jenny Bates.
Happy New Year, Rotary Family!
 
It’s a new year, and with that, the chance to chart a path toward new opportunities in life (and Rotary).
 
January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month.  Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. Embracing diverse vocational backgrounds contributes to the richness of ideas, skills, and perspectives that fuel innovation and collective success. This is a great time to leverage vocational service in your club projects and activities.
Congratulations to Dora Dye of the Rotary Club of San Francisco for being selected as Rotary District 5150’s Rotarian of the Month for January 2024! Dora has been a Rotarian since December 2016.
 
Dora has consistently demonstrated a commitment to Rotary that goes above and beyond expectations. Her efforts are most evident in the pivotal role she plays in managing day-to-day operations of the Rotary Club of San Francisco. As the club Executive Secretary, Dora has proven to be the backbone of the club, ensuring seamless functioning and efficient coordination of various activities.
 
As you know Rotary International President Gordon McAnally has inspired us to think about Creating Hope in the World, and we can do so by ensuring we are practicing caring for ourselves and others this Rotary year.  Each month we will take a moment to share a mental health moment to inspire you on how you can practice caring for yourself and others.  In addition, District 5150 has taken a pledge to focus on mental health and has a group of committed Rotarians working towards making a difference in the arena of mental health here in our own district.  If you are interested in being a part of the discussion and solution our next district wide meeting will be January 8, at 6pm. Our speaker is Christine Garcia.  She is CEO of Side by Side which works with young people who are impacted by adversity on their unique journeys to heal from trauma, restore resilience, and embrace their own potential. She will tell us more about Side by Side and lead us through a discussion on ways we as Rotarians can engage youth on mental health issues.  If you need additional information, please contact Jenny Bates.
Protecting The Environment
Rotary shares an interest in protecting our common legacy: the environment.
More than $18 million in funding from The Rotary Foundation has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment gives Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
 

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