District Governor Mary Bates Monthly Message - February 2021
 
Greetings District 5150 Rotarians!
Welcome to the month of February, the month in which we traditionally recognize those special people in our lives (February 14), and our United States Presidents, past, present, and future (this year on February 15).  
 
Presidents’ Day was officially established in the late 1870’s (Unofficially for most of the 1800’s honoring George Washington). This day became popularly known as it moved to a federal holiday in 1971, the first to celebrate individual Americans. In 1983, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed in to law, was the second. February is also recognized as Black History Month.
 
This year, let’s celebrate our current Rotary Club Presidents on this day too!  We are blessed by their leadership and resilience as they guide us through these most challenging times. 
 
This month is also Rotary International Peace and Conflict Resolution Month.  May we continue to strive for PEACE in all that we do, as we serve our community here and abroad. 

With gratitude,
Mary Marie Bates
Rotary Club of Foster City
District 5150 Governor 
Rotary International 

Rotary's Involvement with COVID-19 Vaccination
Published in the Rotary News January 2021
 
Posted by RI President Holger Knaack and TRF Chair Ravi Ravindran

In these difficult days, we are so heartened to receive such uplifting reports on the unrelenting efforts of our Rotary members who have responded in their communities against the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Today, the single question we hear time and again as we traverse the virtual world is, “Are we getting involved with COVID vaccination?” Considering the success and expertise we have gained in our polio eradication effort, this question is both natural and timely.
 
The answer is yes. We will have an important role in the months ahead......
 
This does not mean we will deviate in any way from our avowed commitment to eradicating polio, which remains our highest priority and will continue to be our only corporate program. Polio vaccinations and surveillance activities must continue unabated, as must our effort to raise $50 million per year for this effort.
 
But as we know, there is a pandemic sweeping the world. The Board of RI and the Trustees of our Foundation met in joint session and have agreed that we have a role to play.
 
We ask you, then, to encourage your clubs to:
  • Utilize Rotary’s knowledge of vaccine safety and efficacy based on our polio eradication experience to conduct vaccination education and communication outreach in your communities. This will need to be tailored to local contexts to address unique cultural and regional needs. Your leadership will be critical in crafting appropriate messages and strategies.
  • Engage, where appropriate, with our current polio eradication partners WHO and UNICEF at the country level to offer Rotary’s support to COVID-19 response activities, including vaccination efforts.
  • Partner at the local level with governments, corporations, and foundations to support Rotary activities at the country level.
  • Through hundreds of global grants and projects, Rotary members have demonstrated what we can accomplish to raise awareness, deliver critical personal protection equipment, and provide support for frontline health workers. As you learn of work being done in your area, please encourage clubs to add to the more than 3,000 projects already registered on Rotary Showcase (please log in to My Rotary first, and navigate to Rotary Showcase). We would like to know about them.
We have one final call to action:
Help us combat the powerful, growing force of vaccine resistance and misinformation. Our advocacy in our communities will be critical — we need to spread the message about the power of vaccines to save lives.
 
Working together, we have done so much to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, to care for our communities, and to prepare Rotarians for the work ahead.
We do this for ourselves and for future generations. We do this as part of our obligation to support our world as it faces the most significant challenge of this generation.
 
Thank you.
Holger Knaack, President, Rotary International

 

SAVE THE DATE!

The District Assembly is for all Rotarians who want to learn new ideas and best practices – especially incoming club leaders who are looking to strengthen their skill set(s).  At this online event, you can help celebrate our incoming club presidents, learn more about the different programs of Rotary, explore ways to become more involved at club and/or district level, and meet members from other Rotary clubs.

EVENT LOCATION:
Virtual (via Zoom)

EVENT SCHEDULE:
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM – Learning and Leadership Sessions
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Assembly Celebration

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Club Presidents and Presidents Elect to work on transition planning for the coming Rotary year.
  • Incoming and prospective club board members to learn what Rotary has to offer beyond the club level.
  • Newer members to attend specialized “Rotary 101” sessions for orientation purposes.
  • Any Rotarian or Rotaractor who wants to know more about our great organization!
 

 

Rotary Chosen Family
 

Welcome to The Rotary District 5150 Website

 

Rotary District 5150 finds its home in three of the San Francisco bay area counties, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo.  We are people of action serving our communities!  Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.

 
Made up of over 35,000 Rotary clubs around the world, Rotary International forms a global network of business, professional, and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world – and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.

 

 
Rotarian of the Month & District Governor's Monthly Message
Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month - February 2021, Charley Vogt from the Rotary Club of Ignacio.

While so many wonderful Rotarians deserve high praise during a challenging year, Charley Vogt from the Rotary Club of Ignacio stands out due to who he is as a person, his leadership, and his participation in his club’s initiatives and activities. 

 
Greetings District 5150 Rotarians!
Welcome to the month of February, the month in which we traditionally recognize those special people in our lives (February 14), and our United States Presidents, past, present, and future (this year on February 15).  
 
Presidents’ Day was officially established in the late 1870’s (Unofficially for most of the 1800’s honoring George Washington). This day became popularly known as it moved to a federal holiday in 1971, the first to celebrate individual Americans. In 1983, Martin Luther King, JR. Day was signed into law, was the second.
 
This year, let’s celebrate our current Rotary Club Presidents on this day too!  We are blessed by their leadership and resilience as they guide us through these most challenging times. 
 
This month is also Rotary International Peace and Conflict Resolution Month.  May we continue to strive for PEACE in all that we do, as we serve our community here and abroad. 

With gratitude,
Mary Marie Bates
Rotary Club of Foster City
District 5150 Governor 
Rotary International 

 
Happy New Year!
As we closed the door on 2020 and welcome in 2021, our District 5150 Rotarians, friends and family kicked off this new year with a world-wide club-driven service project to Cleanup Our World! This service project was quite unique due to the selfless efforts of our District global club membership.  Please enjoy this short video in celebration of them. 
 
May this year bring you all more hope with the new vaccine inoculations, and revitalize us as we continue to shift our service for the betterment of our community, here and throughout our world!

With gratitude,
Mary Marie Bates
Rotary Club of Foster City
District 5150 Governor 
Rotary International 
Congratulations to Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month - January 2021, Anna Yang from the Rotary Club of San Francisco West.
 
Anna Yang joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco West in March or 2017. A few weeks later when Anna attended her first District Assembly she knew she had joined the right organization. She saw the fun, the fellowship and the wide scope of service projects that brought Rotary’s 4-Way Test to life.
 
Congratulations to Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month - December 2020, Jon Kaufman from the Rotary Club of Peninsula Starlight.
 
Jon has been a member of Rotary for nine years. He is one of the most generous individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is the founder of H2OpenDoors, author of “Long Walk on a Dry Road: The Education of a Water Warrior,” and a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Peninsula Starlight.
Rotary International President 2020-2021 - Holger Knaack