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 - July 2024
Welcome to our new Rotary Year – and it is always exciting as we have new leadership that comes with fresh energy, new ideas, great passion and the eternal optimism that defines Rotarians. Our world can be better because we are Rotarians, and we’ll make it better.
 
But we always start from a place that we arrived at because of the incredible work of those who served before us, from Past District Governors and our Past Presidents to our Past Committee Chairs – everyone who hit the ground running last year and have now passed the baton forward. . .
 
Featured Events
District 5150 Blog
Rotary International District 5150 recently hosted an unforgettable evening at "Sailing with our Stars," celebrating the spirit of generosity and commitment to service. The event, held at The Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito, welcomed nearly 100 attendees, including major donors, club presidents, foundation chairs, and devoted advocates of The Rotary Foundation. 

We were honored to have Past Rotary International President and Chair of The Rotary Foundation, Barry Rassin, as our keynote speaker. Barry’s inspiring words and heartfelt gratitude set the tone for the evening. Joining him Zones 26/27 Director-Elect, Wyn Spiller who also extended her thanks to our generous donors, as well as Tabitha Sparks, Major Gift Officer for Rotary International.
 
In a powerful demonstration of unity and dedication to service, the San Rafael Evening and Marin Evening Rotary Clubs have merged to form the new San Rafael Marin Evening Rotary Club. With nearly 50 years of combined Rotary experience, the newly formed club is poised to continue and expand its impactful work in Marin communities and beyond.

The former Marin Evening Rotary Club was originally chartered in 1985 and was the first Rotary Club in Marin to hold regular membership meetings at night. San Rafael Evening Rotary Club chartered in 2014 was known as the young professionals’ club, often attracting graduates from Dominican University of California. Over the past six months, the two clubs determined that joining forces would foster greater collaboration and a higher-level support that would benefit the local community.
 
Congratulations to Marilyn DeCastro Becklehimer of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Sunset for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for July 2024! 
 
In Rotary, Marilyn was a driving force to charter the Rotary Club of San Francisco Sunset. The effort to launch this club took five years, and Marilyn went on to serve multiple leadership roles including two times as Club President.
 
Marilyn creates joy and laughter anytime she is around people and excels at getting all of us to maximize our three T’s: Time, Talent, and Treasure. Her keen eye for fashion and fundraising for the community locally and internationally has materialized in her Club fashion shows which keep getting bigger and better every year. She has even inspired other Rotary clubs to participate in a fashion show.
 
Rotary District 5150: A Year of Mental Health Focus and Success
As we conclude another Rotary year, it's time to reflect on our journey and celebrate the impactful work accomplished in Rotary District 5150. This year, inspired by the visionary leadership of Rotary International President Gordon McInally, we focused on a critical and often overlooked area: mental health.
 
Embracing President McInally's Vision
President McInally emphasized the importance of mental health, encouraging us to break down stigmas, raise awareness, and provide support to those in need. His dedication to this cause resonated deeply within our district, and we are proud to have embraced his vision wholeheartedly. By prioritizing mental health, we have taken significant steps toward creating a more understanding and supportive community.
Congratulations to all of our honorees for the 2023-24 Club Excellence Awards program. These honors serve as a guide for Rotary Clubs to strive for excellence as they create new and better ways of providing service both locally and globally. Awards are given in 8 categories, which measure different functions of each club, from outward service to our communities, administration and management, raising Rotary's visibility, engaging with future leaders, and ensuring our members have a fulfilling experience.  In addition, a "Best Club" award is available to clubs that earn points across multiple categories, demonstrating a vibrant and successful club. 
 
This year, 29 clubs earned recognition. Awards were presented at the 2024 Better Together District Conference in Reno, Nevada.
Our Annual District Conference, held from May 17 to 19, 2024, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, was an extraordinary event! This Multi-District Conference brought together Districts 5150, 5180, and 5190 – more than 550 people! – under the extravaganza theme "Better Together". And indeed, we were better together!
 
A Grand Kickoff
After 18 months of meticulous planning by Mary Liu (San Francisco), our district conference chair, and the dedicated co-chairs from districts 5180 and 5190—Janice Gage, Tina Spencer, and Steve Snyder—the "Better Together" multi-district conference was finally here! Excitement was palpable as we gathered to witness the fruition of their hard work.
The conference kickoff on Friday, May 17, began with the prestigious Major Donor Reception, honoring those who donated $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation. We were graced by the presence of Rotary International President (RIP) Gordon McInally and his wife Heather, elevating the evening's grandeur.
Congratulations to Johwell Saint-Cilien of the Rotary Club for Global Action for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for June 2024! Johwell is a founding member of the Rotary Club for Global Action. Raised in Paris, France, by his Haitian mother, he pursued his dream of filmmaking by moving to New York City. He arrived just days before 9/11 and was lucky to survive as he ran out of Tower One after the planes hit. Such a traumatic experience gave him a perspective on life and living that few of us have. He has gone on to connect and build community in ways beyond his imagination, including a documentary on his friend turned Congressional Representative Jamaal Bowman. In the years following, his focus on community activism included partnering with a successful creative arts youth program known as "Kids Helping Kids: A Hip Hop Experience" as well as a curriculum for NegusWorld Youth which consists of connecting students with their peers in different parts of the country or the world.
 
In 2014, he co-founded the Negus WorldWide Party, a global event that raises funds and awareness to support groups benefiting children. With Johwell’s leadership, the Negus WorldWide Party partnered with the Rotary Club for Global Action to raise over $18,000 to support the education of girls in Liberia with the Gbowee Peace Foundation. Though we were in the middle of the COVID pandemic, his strong network and infectious enthusiasm brought a global community together, including Rotary senior leaders (then incoming RI President Jennifer Jones), rock stars (Pete Townsend of The Who), luminaries (Gloria Steinem), Nobel Laureates, actors, and activists (US Congressman Jamaal Bowman) over Zoom to make a difference.
 
Greetings, Rotarians and Friends:
 
Wow! June already? It’s true – time stops for no one. But, as it marches on, so does Rotary.
 
Reflecting on the past 11 months, I am filled with pride for the tremendous effort our more than 1,600 members contributed to impact lives in communities near and far. We've seen countless service projects, millions of dollars invested in global grants, a growing interest in vocational service and personal-professional development, reinvigorated Interact clubs, and growing Rotaract membership. New records in giving to The Rotary Foundation and enhanced public image efforts are just some highlights. The impact of these achievements will be felt well into the future.
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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