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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 - April 2024

Happy April, everyone: Fun fact: April 11 is National Pet Day. You may be asking yourself... who cares?  Well... while animals cannot officially join Rotary (although they can join the Polio Plus Society Kennel Club), pets can teach us some important lessons about human engagement -- key factors to incorporate in our quest to CONNECT among our members, clubs and communities.

This month's video dives deeper into this concept. Fuzzy friends aside, there are two other important themes Rotary highlights during the month of April: Maternal and Child Health and Environmental Service. . .  
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Congratulations to Ken Lai of the Rotary Club of San Francisco West for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for April 2024! Ken has been an exceptional and dedicated Rotarian since 2003 and provides 21 years of experience and a strong commitment to integrity, service, leadership, and fellowship.
In Rotary, Ken has held numerous leadership positions, including Club President two times, Foundation Chair, Treasurer, and Membership Chair. His dedication to his Club is unwavering, and he is always generous with his time, energy, and resources.
Calling all clubs: It is time to show your support in Mental Health Matters.
Despite its paramount importance, mental health often remains shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding. Many individuals hesitate to seek help due to fear of judgment or lack of access to resources. This is where our role as Rotarians becomes pivotal. By raising awareness, fostering understanding, and providing support, we can break down barriers and create inclusive communities where everyone feels valued and supported.
This month, the Mental Health Rotarian Action Group of District 5150 is challenging each and every Rotarian and Rotary Club to make a difference by supporting mental health initiatives.  We invite all Rotarians to join us in commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month this May. Share your ideas, events, and initiatives with us and we will feature them in our May newsletter entry. Together, let's make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental health challenges.
Happy March, everyone:

Spring is almost here and we’re starting to see signs of it. Consider this: Just as blooming flowers capture our attention and signal the arrival of a new season, a positive Rotary Club public image can serve as a beacon, drawing the community’s gaze toward the impactful work Rotary club members undertake. Active participation in public image efforts is crucial for Rotary Clubs as it enhances the credibility and visibility of clubs, influences membership attraction and retention efforts, and can help garner support for The Rotary Foundation.
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.
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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