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 - January 2023
Happy New Year, Rotarians!
January’s theme is Vocational Service. This service is based upon the second Object of Rotary:
“To encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society”.
As a Rotarian, you can put these ideals into action by:
• Talking about your profession in your club and taking time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
• Using your skills and expertise to serve a community.
• Practicing your profession with integrity and inspiring others to behave
ethically through your words and actions.
• Helping young people achieve their career goals.
• Guiding and encouraging others in their professional development.munity or projects internationally.
Featured Events
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 Jeff Lowenstein of the Rotary Club of San Mateo for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for December 2022!
Jeff Lowenstein has been an active member of the Rotary Club of San Mateo for 19 years. For all of those years, he has continuously served above and beyond self. One of his Club members perfectly summed up Jeff’s contributions: “He is the living example of a perfect Rotarian.” Before joining the Rotary Club of San Mateo, Jeff was a member of the Rotary Club of Cupertino for 7 years where he was also an exemplary Rotarian.
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.
The United Nations Association of Santa Barbara and Tri-Counties Chapter has awarded the 2022 Peace Prize to ShelterBox USA in acknowledgment of its humanitarian work conducted in the world’s most extreme conflict and disaster zones. The award, presented annually, honors an organization that advances the causes of peace, human rights, and humanitarian aid globally.
ShelterBox accepted the honor with profound gratitude and great humility on October 24, which is United Nations Day. In an October 29 letter to ShelterBox supporters, the organization's President Kerry Murray wrote, "It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations of a world with peace and stability."
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.