District Governor Message - August 2022
Greetings Rotarians,
August is Rotary Membership Month. Members are the lifeblood of our organization. With your enthusiastic participation, we can provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace though our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

To this end, it is incumbent upon all of us to nurture our members, so that they feel included and engaged. Last year, Rotary International conducted its annual survey of our membership regarding their perception of our organization. Over 70,000 responded, which resulted in some compelling findings. As you might have guessed, the reasons why they stay in Rotary is because of:

Friendship and fellowship
Learning new things from guest speakers
Interesting discussion topics
Opportunities to get involved in the local community
Making a positive impact in their communities, both local and globally
 
On the other hand, the reasons why members leave included . . .
 
Featured Events

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.


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
Greetings Rotarians,
 
August is Rotary Membership Month. Members are the lifeblood of our organization. With your enthusiastic participation, we can provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace though our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. 
 
To this end, it is incumbent upon all of us to nurture our members, so that they feel included and engaged.
Are you a wiz at creating a beautiful flyer? Are you in charge of your club’s website and/or newsletter? Do you enjoy creative writing? Or would you like to advance your skills in any of the above? We are looking for a dedicated group of Rotarians who have a passion for and/or curiosity in public image/public relations. What is public image and public relations?
 
A group of Rotarians will be seeing Italy the old-fashioned way in September—on foot, on a 340-mile trek along the Via Francisco from Firenze (Florence) to Assisi to Rome, following the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. Rotarians from the Rotary Club for Global Action and the E-Club of District 5190 in northeastern California and northern Nevada will join members of the Rotary Club of Firenze Sud and the Rotary Club of Firenze Valdisieve for the journey. When they reach Rome, other Rotarians, including Past District Governor Giovambattista Mollicone and Rotary International Director Alberto Cecchini, will greet them to celebrate their accomplishment.
When Rotary International made the environment a seventh area of focus in June 2020, it opened the door to opportunities for Rotarians to make an impact in the world in new and meaningful ways. This September, Zones 26 and 27, which are comprised of 30 districts in the western United States and British Columbia, including District 5150, invite Rotarians to take action and learn more about specific areas of the environment in three People of Action summits. All take place on Saturday, September 10, and are virtual, while two have in-person options as well, giving Rotarians throughout the west a choice of ways to gain new knowledge that they can use to direct their efforts to improve the environment in effective ways.
 
Congratulations to Vicki Martinez of the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for August 2022!
 
Since Vicki joined Rotary in August 2018, she has participated in numerous projects and has served numerous volunteer hours.
 
Vicki has been International Chair of (RCNS) for the past two years and has volunteered to serve for a third year in FY 22/23. RCNS President Erik Brown said, "Vicki has shown excellent leadership as the International Committee decided where and how our Club’s money and our DDF should be spent."
 
Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month for July 2022, Michael Petricca, from the Rotary Club of San Francisco!
 
Since joining the Rotary in 2017, Michael has served on the club’s board and contributed hundreds of volunteer hours towards our club services and District 5150 events.
 
“When you hear the Rotary saying, People of Action, Michael Petricca comes to mind,” said Immediate Past Club President, Mary Liu. “He is a person of action, and he gets things done!”
 
We're very excited to introduce our 2022-2023 District Governor, Gary Chow from the Rotary Club of South San Francisco.
 
As a retired public health/patient educator with the American Cancer Society and Kaiser Permanente, Gary has had a distinguished career in public health and community service.  On a local level, he has served on the Boards of The American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, US Selective Service, California Public Health Association and was appointed to be a Napa Public Access Cable TV Commissioner.  On a National level, he has served on advisory committees with the American Public Health Association, Lung Cancer Alliance, National Cancer Institute and the United Ostomy Association of America.
 
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.
 
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.