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 Monthly Message - November 2021
Happy November, everyone!
This month we celebrate our Rotary Foundation.  As Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors, we have the opportunity to change the world.  Not only as we support our communities through service projects and initiatives, but also through our dedication to The Rotary Foundation.
For over 100 years, our Foundation has provided funding for life changing projects and taken the Rotary mission of service to lofty heights. Our projects and grants have set us apart from other organizations through our model of sustainability and plans for future generations. 
It is because of . . .
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Its with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman.
He had a long career in university administration, though he is best known for his Rotary work. It has been said that Cliff has spoken to more Rotary Clubs than anyone in the world. Over the past fifty years, he has served in almost every Rotary assignment, from Berkeley Rotary Club president to worldwide President of Rotary International in 1992-93. He has traveled the world on humanitarian projects and has been honored by the heads of state in many nations.
Cliff lived in the Bay Area -- most recently a member of the Rotary Club of Moraga -- and maintained many friendships and Rotary project connections with District 5150 Rotarians. We will miss our friend, Cliff.
Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month for November 2021, Bruce Goines from the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise!
Bruce joined Rotary in March 2017. In the short time Bruce has been involved in Rotary, he has participated in numerous projects and has provided hundreds of volunteer hours. For the last two years, Bruce has served as the Novato Sunrise’s Community Service Chair and has been responsible for coordinating and participating in a significant number of projects.  Some of those projects include:  

Rotary International District 5150 looks forward to welcoming everyone back to in-person events, and doing so in a way that’s safe for guests and event personnel in accordance with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of California, and the public health departments of Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

For the 2021-2022 Rotary year, District -sponsored in-person indoor events will offer a virtual option (e.g. hybrid format) and include the following protocols:

Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month for October 2021, Bob Hermann from the Rotary Club of San Francisco!
Since joining the San Francisco club less than 4 years ago, he has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours towards service projects. Bob is the first to raise his hand when a call for volunteers is needed whether it be with a community service project, international project, club services project, or as the welcome registration person at his club's live in-person meetings.

It’s that time of year again, when you’re asked to do your part as a Rotarian and give to Every Rotarian Every Year, The Rotary Foundation’s annual campaign. And when you make that commitment, you win in more ways than one. First, you get the great feeling that comes with knowing you’re helping to make life better for people all around the world. Then you have an opportunity to gain recognition for yourself, your club and your district, and, as a bonus, a chance to win prizes.
Happy October, everyone!
I hope you are all safe and healthy as we move into holiday season!  Eeek! 
This month, our Rotary District highlights our dedication to End Polio.  Currently, there are only 2 cases of Wild Polio Virus for this calendar year, and we are on a path to making history.
Our Rotary members in our District have been supporting the eradication of this horrible disease through many fundraising and volunteer efforts.  We sat down with Past District Governor, Russ Ketron, who is a strong supporter and champion of eradicating this disease and is also a polio survivor.  As our world has been hit with another pandemic, we wanted to hear his thoughts on why Rotary needs to continue our fight on ending Polio.  Check out our monthly video message for his interview.
When you are blessed to live and work in a beautiful beachside community such as Half Moon Bay, keeping our coastal system becomes a personal passion.  Participating in the California Coastal Cleanup has become an annual tradition for the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay. And that tradition continues in September as several members of the Half Moon Bay club and other Rotary Clubs assembled to keep local beaches in tip-top shape. 
This month, The Rotary Club of Novato celebrated a beautiful milestone: an official ribbon cutting for the newly minted Bill & Adele Jonas Center. 
After more than two years of design and construction work, a new 15,600-square-foot conference center is complete at College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus in Novato.

The $14.5 million project, is the result of a partnership between the college and the Rotary Club of Novato. The club contributed about $5 million toward the cost of the center to fulfill a 13-year-old bequest from the Jonas family.

In exchange, the club will have a reserved space for its weekly Friday lunch meetings and several days of reserved event space annually.

David Wain Coon, the college president, said the complex is “a much-needed space for gathering and educating the community.” [Continue reading in the Marin Independent Journal]

How You Can Help: Disaster Relief Efforts

Many of you have asked how you can help survivors of the devastating fires in Northern California, the earthquake in Haiti, and Hurricane Ida along the Gulf Coast. Click an option below to learn how you and your club can provide financial assistance to support Rotary -driven relief efforts.
ShelterBox and Rotary officially became project partners in disaster relief in 2012. This partnership is instrumental to Rotary's disaster response strategy. One of the most important elements of the relationship is the opportunity for Rotary members to serve countries affected by disasters. Members can also take action by connecting their own communities with disaster-affected communities worldwide. By working together, we're able to combine resources to support areas immediately after a disaster and make a start on long-term recovery.
Rotary members can help ShelterBox with its emergency disaster relief efforts by:
  • Raising awareness and funds to help ShelterBox support communities and families in their recovery
  • Volunteering with ShelterBox to educate others about disaster response and advocate for survivors as they start their recovery
  • Becoming your club's ShelterBox coordinator to keep up-to-date with developments during an emergency
  • As your partner, ShelterBox can help attract new members and inspire your community through raising awareness of the impact of our partnership around the world.
 To host a fundraising event or to request a presentation for your club, contact a local ShelterBox Ambassador: Jim Carriere, Mitone Griffiths, or Larry Harrison.
Serve to Change Lives
Adapted from "RI President-elect announces 2021-22 presidential theme" by Ryan Hyland. 

2021-2022 Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.


Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to incoming district governors on 1 February during the Rotary International Assembly. The assembly, a yearly training event for district governors-elect, was originally set to take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, but was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehta spoke about how participating in service projects through Rotary changed him as a person and made him empathize more with the needs of others. Soon after joining his club, he helped carry out projects that benefited rural communities in India.

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Protecting The Environment

Three treesRotary 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.