Welcome to the 2020-2021 Rotary New Year!
Welcome to the New Rotary Year!  This year, I am excited to serve as your District Governor for Rotary International District 5150.  I look forward to supporting you, your club, and our communities.  
Our new Rotary International theme for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year is ‘Serve to Change Lives’, and we have a new Area of Focus this year of ‘Protecting the Environment’.  We will highlight both new initiatives this year in our communications and on our website.

Welcome to The Rotary District 5150 Website

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.

Made up of over 35,000 Rotary clubs around the world, Rotary International forms a global network of business, professional, and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world – and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.

Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month – August 2020, Barbara Rycerski from the Rotary Club of Sausalito.

Barbara truly captures the Rotarian spirit in all ways.  She is a true Rotarian, through in and throughout. She endlessly volunteers for each and every event we do, and follows through to the end. She truly epitomizes “Service above Self”. She is more than deserving of Rotarian of the Month.


Ahoy Rotarians!

February is Rotary Peace & Conflict Prevention and Resolution Month. The next time you look at a map of the world, consider how Rotarians are taking action in so many countries every hour of every day to foster peace. As Rotarians we know that this year’s theme of “Rotary Connects the World” is key to achieving peace. We know that peace can best be achieved when people are given opportunities to connect and interact with each other one-on-one with a conscious desire to work together toward common goals with lasting positive impact.

Ahoy Rotarians!

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. Polio eradication remains Rotary’s number one health initiative, but Rotarians also unite to stop the spread of life-threatening malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes, focus on health education, and bring people routine hearing, vision, and dental care. Rotarians also take action to set up clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access; and Rotarians build infrastructure allowing doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Congratulations to our Rotarian of the Month for March 2020 – Dick Bennett from the Rotary Club of San Mateo!

Dick Bennett is the quintessential embodiment of “Service Above Self.”  When the San Mateo Rotary Club sponsors a service project or hosts an event, Dick is always there, rolling up his sleeves and good-humoredly encouraging his fellow Rotarians to join in the work, the fun, and the fellowship.

Brigette Waterbury is the epitome of a Rotarian’s Rotarian. She has helped Harbor Rotary develop into the wonderful, welcoming, active, and productive club that it is today. As a founding member, she helped bring this new club into existence. Ever since that day, her gentle guidance and strong leadership has helped the club to thrive and weather more than a few stormy squalls.

Congratulations to our Rotarian of the Month for January 2020 – Roger Kaufman from the Rotary Club of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

Roger Kaufman has been in retail business in the San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf area since 1974. Starting his business in a trailer selling SF souvenirs, he moved into newly built store seven years later and added a Snack bar.

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The 2018-2019 Rotary year has come to a close. What a year it has been! Thank you for your service to communities both locally and globally.  Our club presidents were truly inspirational in their efforts to lead our clubs and achieve new heights in the areas of service, foundation giving and membership.  Our Assistant Governors and District Leadership Team were also instrumental in guiding clubs in route to reach those goals.


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This month we celebrate Rotary Youth Services. Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education, and learn the value of service. Whether you support Rotaract clubs, Interact clubs, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Youth Exchange or New Generations Service Exchange, you are providing opportunities for the growth and development of our future leaders.


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This month, we focus on Maternal and Children’s Health. Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger. The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.

In addition, April is Rotarian Magazine month. This month’s issue includes a special feature about District 5150’s own Heidi Kuhn.

Barbara Schmidt is from the Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley. She has been a Rotarian since the club’s formation which dates back to the first year that women were allowed in Rotary. Prior to that she participated as both a “Rotary Anne” and an “Inner Wheel” member (in the days before women were allowed to be Rotary members). Inner Wheel was formed by the “Rotary Annes” (women whose husbands were active Rotarians). Because “Rotary Annes” wanted their own club, they formed their own 501(c)(3) and called it “Inner Wheel” based on the Rotary wheel symbol.

Jeanne Friedel is from the Rotary Club of Terra Linda.  She has been a Rotarian for 8 years.  She absolutely represents the model of an engaged member.  She is the first to volunteer and support Rotarians, projects, and the community.  Jeanne seems to have boundless energy and somehow makes her productive time efficient and abundant.  She is volunteer extraordinaire to help with projects, fundraisers, multi-club projects, district projects, learning & leadership trainer & organizer.

Congratulations to Ron Walton from the Rotary Club of SF Bayview as our ROTARIAN of the MONTH” for July 2019!

Ron has been a tireless member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Bayview since 2003, serving as club president twice and as Recology’s representative to the community.  Ron has been a chief at countless community and Rotary events in San Francisco such as Bayview Bayou or community Health fairs.  Ron has worked tirelessly to support his family, his church, his community and the world through Rotary.  Ron has been a Paul Harris Fellow since 2004.


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Greetings Rotarians! Please enjoy my monthly message for January.

January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month.  Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. This is a great time to leverage vocational service in your club projects and activities.


Rotary International’s focus this month is The Rotary Foundation.  Our Every Rotarian Every Year fundraising campaign is almost over, and our winners will be announced in a few days.  At the end of September, our District ranked 39th in the world for overall giving $203,991. Our District ranked 9th in the world for per capita giving to the Annual Fund.  Thank you, fellow Rotarians, for your wonderful and ongoing generosity in supporting our Rotary Foundation’s great work!

April 2019 Rotarian of the Month:
Gityjoon Hebel of the San Francisco Greater Mission Rotary Club

Gityjoon Hebel has been a member of the San Francisco Greater Mission Rotary Club for nearly 25 years having joined at the invitation of her husband, Mike.  By profession Gityjoon is involved in all aspects of property management. She was previously the owner of a highly successful store on San Francisco’s Union Street bearing her name – Gityjoons, which carried arts and antiques from 50 countries with a focus on objects relating to the world’s enduring spiritual traditions.

Jeff and his wife, Phyllis, have been residents of Foster City since 1974. Jeff’s volunteer activities over almost four decades are numerous and varied. He has been involved in Foster City sports as a baseball, soccer and basketball coach since his children, Chris and Robin, were very young. His interests encompass Rotary, The Foster City Village, tending to the Foster City roses, coordinating the Second Harvest Food Bank twice monthly distributions, driving for seniors and providing handy-man services to senior citizens.


Greetings and Happy September. Please enjoy my monthly message for September.

Rotary International’s focus this month is Basic Education and Literacy and I’m so proud of the many clubs in our District who support learning initiatives both locally and globally.

Speaking of ongoing education, don’t miss our Learning and Leadership Development Seminar taking place this month:

  • September 15: Public Image – Social Media and Video (Register now, registration closes Sept. 10)

Register for this and future seminars at Rotary5150.org

Finally, congratulations to our District Rotarian of the Month for August, Tim Gibboney with the Rotary Club of Menlo Park.

Thank you for all that you do for your community and around the world through your Rotary Service.

Jayne Hulbert
District Governor
Rotary District 5150


February 2019 Rotarian of the Month:
Steve Bogel of the Rotary Club of Sausalito

Steve Bogel has been a passionate Rotarian since 1976. For many years, when he was a few years younger, Steve spent days doing the heavy lifting to prepare for the Sausalito Art Festival parking doing such things as arranging the heavy signs.  Several times he has worked hard with others moving thousands of pounds of signs along with other Club supplies and equipment from one storage place to another as needed.  He also helps remove and store the heavy signs, providing his truck and box trailer for transporting them.

January 2019 Rotarian of the Month:
Patrice Perillo of the Rotary Club of San Francisco West

Patrice Perillo has been a life-long helper in both her personal and professional life. Her volunteer work started in high school when she tutored underprivileged children. Over the years she’s been a Girl Scout leader, volunteer on several non-profit boards and a founding member of the first women’s chamber of commerce in the Philadelphia area. Patrice joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco West in May 2014 and served as club president in 2017-18. Before her term as club president Patrice assumed the responsibility of counselor for a Rotary Exchange Student from Brazil and was a committee member for Rotary Means Business and Rotary Connect. Last year, under Patrice’s leadership and effective teamwork, San Francisco West initiated its first international project to solve the arsenic poisoning crisis in Bangladesh. With great enthusiasm and dedication, Patrice and her speaking committee have been making the rounds speaking to clubs in District 5150 to gain funding and support for this life-changing endeavor.

December 2018 Rotarian of the Month:
Elizabeth Evans of the Rotary Club of Redwood City

Elizabeth Evans joined the Rotary Club of Redwood City in July of 2018.  She has lived in Redwood City for three years and decided she wanted to give back to her community. Elizabeth is the Chief of Operations at the San Mateo Superior Court.  She has a B.A. in English Literature and a Master’s in Public Administration.  Even before joining the club, she participated during breakout sessions with the Community Services committee, providing input and showing strong support for a few projects.