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 2023
Dear District 5150 Rotarians,
 
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month. It is very special in the Rotary calendar because it includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated as the World Understanding and Peace Day.
 
As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.
 
By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, you take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.
 
 
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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.

District 5150 Blog
Congratulations to Jim Spilman of the Rotary Club of Novato for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for February 2023!
 
Jim Spilman embodies Service Above Self. He is an action-oriented Rotarian who has had a big impact on our community through his tireless efforts as Chair of the Community Services Committee and through many other avenues of service during his 30 years as a Rotarian. 
 
Jim is all about helping others whether they are in the community, in our Club, in other Rotary clubs, or in the District. He has an exceptional focus on developing and overseeing projects to which he gives his tireless attention. Jim is selfless, humble, appreciative, and gracious about sharing accolades with those who work on a variety of projects. He always says “yes” when asked for his guidance on everything from his vast experience that includes running our Rotary Club as Past President and participating on many Boards and committees through the years.
 
Dear District 5150 Rotarians,
 
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month. It is very special in the Rotary calendar because it includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated as the World Understanding and Peace Day.
 
As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.
 
By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, you take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.
 
 
 
Rotarians promote peace by being:
 
PRACTITIONERS:  Our work fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, improving the health of mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies, and improving our environment builds the optimal conditions for peaceful societies.
 
EDUCATORS:  Our Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,300 Peace Fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education, and international organizations.
 
MEDIATORS:  Our members have negotiated humanitarian ceasefires in areas of conflict to allow polio vaccinators to reach children who are at risk.
 
ADVOCATES:  Our members have an integral role as respected, impartial participants during peace processes and in post-conflict reconstruction. We focus on creating communities and convening groups that are connected, inclusive, and resilient.
 
Basically, the service YOU provide in your communities creates an environment where peace can happen. Thank you for being the change!
 
 
Yours in Rotary, 
Gary Chow
Governor, 2022-2023
Rotary International
District 5150
Feb 21, 2023

Join us in Half Moon Bay for in-person fellowship and a business networking opportunity. Let's connect! Bring business cards and your 30-second introduction.

REGISTER HERE. Registration is required. Important: When you register, please indicate your profession in the Comment Box.

Space is limited. $15 cash on site covers snacks. No host bar.

QUESTIONS: Contact Yuhui Chen or Cristina Aquino.

Rotary Means Business Flyer

Apr 15, 2023
All 2023-2024 Club Presidents and District 5150 Rotarians are invited to attend an in-person workshop about District Grants and the District Grant application process on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 9 AM to 12 noon at Rotary Terrace in South San Francisco. The workshop will also be available via Zoom, but in-person attendance is recommended and will be more fun!

The deadline to apply for a 2023-2024 District Grant is June 1, 2023. Now is the time to start thinking about how you will utilize your Club's 2023-2024 District Designated Funds (DDF). DDF is allocated to your Club as a result of your members’ charitable giving to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund. Your Club has DDF — so spend, spend, spend!  
 
Feb 11, 2023
  • Do you know how many DDF $ your club has to spend for local and international service projects in 2023-2024?
  • Do you know what DDF is?
  • Do you know how to spend it? (Hint…submit a District or Global Grant application)
  • Do you want your club to be eligible to spend its DDF $ in 2023-2024?
YES, YOU DO! You want your club to be eligible to spend its DDF!!
 
One of the requirements for a club to be eligible to spend its DDF is for the Club President-Elect and one other Club member (ideally the President-Elect Nominee) to attend Grants Management Training.

Grants Management Training is scheduled for:
 
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023 – 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. – Rotary Terrace, 312 Miller Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080. 
  • Saturday, March 11, 2023 – 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Terrace, 312 Miller Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080. 
The Club President-Elect needs to sign up for one session.
 
The Club’s other member needs to sign up for one session.
 
Additional club members are encouraged to attend, but not required.
 
Sign up here:
February 11, 2023: register here. 
March 11, 2023: register here. 
 
Remember: It is mandatory for the Club President-Elect and one other Club member to attend one (1) session of Grants Management Training for your club to be eligible to spend its DDF in 2023-2024.

Got it? GOT IT!

Questions? Contact Grants Subcommittee Chair Cyndy Simms or call (909) 544-9966
Congratulations to Liz Mark of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for January 2023!
 
Liz Mark has been a member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown for 10+ years. In that period of time, she has held several positions in Rotary: Club President in 2018-2019, District 5150 Assistant Governor in San Francisco County from 2019 to 2021, and Club Secretary since 2021. Liz continues to be one of the driving forces of her Club's community service projects in and around San Francisco, and she will be Co-Club-President in 2023-2024. Liz is also part of District 5150’s RYLA youth leadership camp as one of the on-staff nurses and continues to support other committees of our District.  
 
ROTARY DISTRICT 5150 (the Counties of San Francisco, Marin, & San Mateo) is tasked each year with finding qualified applicants for Rotary Peace Center Fellowships. Will you and your club join the effort to find the persons we need?
 
Rotary Peace Fellowships are designed for non-Rotarians who already have some experience in peace building and/or conflict resolution. For example: former Peace Corps volunteers, social workers, doctors and nurses, police and military veterans, teachers, etc. Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,500 fellows who now work in over 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, education and research institutions, peacekeeping and law enforcement agencies, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.
The number of emails that crowd our inboxes is sometimes overwhelming. And the inevitable result is that many people ignore most of them, running the risk of missing important information. The Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere decided to do something about it by collecting all the Rotary announcements and putting them in a weekly email, giving members a chance to stay informed by reading just one message from Rotary on the same day each week.
Imagine Rotary
A Message from RI President Jennifer Jones
 
As we look ahead to all the ways we can Imagine Rotary in the upcoming year, perhaps our most important task will be to build the most welcoming experience possible for every Rotary member. In her recent video message, RI President Jennifer Jones challenges us to engage with our members to ensure they’re getting what they want from their Rotary experience and reminds us that clubs who are welcoming and engaging will thrive. Watch the video and encourage your clubs to share it with their members so they can discuss how to ensure that the comfort and care of their members is a priority.