District Governor Mary Bates Monthly Message - May 2021

Rotary Chosen Family Reunion

2021 Virtual District Conference

When:  May 15, 2021 10 AM –11:30 AM and 6 PM – 8 PM



1) Complete online registration: District 5150 Rotarians or Guests

2) You will receive an invoice from District 5150's PayPal account for $28 per person to cover the cost associated with our Family Reunion. Please follow the instructions on the invoice to make your payment. 

3) If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Dora Dye.


10:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Our Chosen Family Get-Together

Be inspired by our special keynote speaker PDG Deepa Biswas, Founder of Pace Universal School, Piyali Junction, India. Share cherished Rotary Chosen Family Memories, and much more.

6 PM to 8 PM – Our Chosen Family Celebration & Party

Enjoy more family time as we celebrate our Rotary Club Excellence Awardees. Witness the traditional Governors’ “Passing of the Pick”! 


Participate in the worldwide Rotary Clean Up Service Project coordinated by the Rotary Club for Global Action.


Rotary Chosen Family Members, including Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, & Guests

Register Now


Rotary's Involvement with COVID-19 Vaccination

Published in the Rotary News January 2021
Posted by RI President Holger Knaack and TRF Chair Ravi Ravindran

In these difficult days, we are so heartened to receive such uplifting reports on the unrelenting efforts of our Rotary members who have responded in their communities against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the single question we hear time and again as we traverse the virtual world is, “Are we getting involved with COVID vaccination?” Considering the success and expertise we have gained in our polio eradication effort, this question is both natural and timely.
The answer is yes. We will have an important role in the months ahead......
This does not mean we will deviate in any way from our avowed commitment to eradicating polio, which remains our highest priority and will continue to be our only corporate program. Polio vaccinations and surveillance activities must continue unabated, as must our effort to raise $50 million per year for this effort.
But as we know, there is a pandemic sweeping the world. The Board of RI and the Trustees of our Foundation met in joint session and have agreed that we have a role to play.
We ask you, then, to encourage your clubs to:
  • Utilize Rotary’s knowledge of vaccine safety and efficacy based on our polio eradication experience to conduct vaccination education and communication outreach in your communities. This will need to be tailored to local contexts to address unique cultural and regional needs. Your leadership will be critical in crafting appropriate messages and strategies.
  • Engage, where appropriate, with our current polio eradication partners WHO and UNICEF at the country level to offer Rotary’s support to COVID-19 response activities, including vaccination efforts.
  • Partner at the local level with governments, corporations, and foundations to support Rotary activities at the country level.
  • Through hundreds of global grants and projects, Rotary members have demonstrated what we can accomplish to raise awareness, deliver critical personal protection equipment, and provide support for frontline health workers. As you learn of work being done in your area, please encourage clubs to add to the more than 3,000 projects already registered on Rotary Showcase (please log in to My Rotary first, and navigate to Rotary Showcase). We would like to know about them.
We have one final call to action:
Help us combat the powerful, growing force of vaccine resistance and misinformation. Our advocacy in our communities will be critical — we need to spread the message about the power of vaccines to save lives.
Working together, we have done so much to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, to care for our communities, and to prepare Rotarians for the work ahead.
We do this for ourselves and for future generations. We do this as part of our obligation to support our world as it faces the most significant challenge of this generation.
Thank you.
Holger Knaack, President, Rotary International

Rotary Chosen Family

Welcome to The Rotary District 5150 Website


Rotary District 5150 finds its home in three of the San Francisco bay area counties, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo.  We are people of action serving our communities!  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.


Rotarian of the Month & District Governor's Monthly Message

Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month - April 2021,  Herb Dang from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Bayview.

Herb’s rotary story - before Herb was a Rotarian he was asked by a friend at the Bayview police station to help out on a project.  This project turned out to be one of the early Bayview rotary thanksgiving turkey giveaways. Herb was asked to help picking up and delivering turkeys for Thanksgiving.  Herb, while passing out the turkeys met an old classmate of his from elementary school. The class mate grew up in the projects had moved out, married, and had two beautiful kids.  Herb’s friend had ended up back in the projects thru a series of unfortunate events.  Herb was able to help someone he knew, who needed help, through Herb’s first rotary project, before he was a member.  As a result, Herb joined rotary.  

Since then, Herb has served as Secretary, President, and participated in mask / food / clothing giveaways, Ben Robinson Scholarship awards, tree plantings, clean ups (both as a rotary member and a SF city employee). In this last year, Herb passed out masks to the day laborers in Bayview from our club. Herb has been a go to member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Bayview to get things done.  Herb is a tenacious Rotarian.  He never gives up, and never stops trying. 

Herb was born at Franklin Hospital in SF (where Davies hospital is now).  He grew up in the southeast of the city and went to Catholic school in the Excelsior, Corpus Christi elementary school.  Herb attended High School at Lick Wilmerding and was a street artist on Telegraph Avenue for 9 years.  He then attended and graduated from UC Berkeley.  Herb has two children, Frank and Amelia.  Herb was a 40 year employee of the City of San Francisco WasteWater Enterprise, which was based in Bayview, and is now retired. He has been a member of the arts community in Bayview/HuntersPoint for 20 years working out of “Public Glass” a glass studio in Bayview.  

Many of the Rotarians who visited our club during one of Herb’s terms as president received a cup Herb made. Herb participated in “Art in Storefronts” in the Bayview Neighborhood. Herb participated with Public Glass in the pre-covid times with the “Fire Pit Project” that brought Arts in to the Neighborhood at “All Good Pizza” once a month with glass blowing demos. Herb worked with Art 94124 and the youth in the Bayview to to produce a mural “Welcome to Bayview”. Again a hearty congratulations Herb on an honor that does not come easily. Keep up the good work, The Rotary Club of San Francisco Bayview is very proud of your great accomplishment!

Once again, congratulations to Herb Dang from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Bayview as our "Rotarian of the Month" in April 2021

As Spring 2021 is upon us, May you celebrate this month by becoming an active part of an Earth Day Project, developing a project to serve maternal and child health, and by registering to attend our Virtual District Conference “Rotary Chosen Family REUNION” in May 15, 2021! 
Thank you for all that you do in the name of Rotary and our world-wide community.
ROTARY Chosen Family,
Mary Marie Bates
District 5150 Governor 2020-2021 
Rotary Club of Foster City 
Rotary International

Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month - March 2021,  Victor Wong from the Rotary Club of Millbrae.

Victor Wong has been a Rotarian since September 2019.  One of our newer Rotarians, as District 5150 Rotarian of the Month for March 2021.  Victor, along with his wife Kathleen – a “Family Member Rotarian” under our Club rules, has fully embraced the Rotary spirit of community service and giving of himself, especially with his generous response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Victor and Kathleen are the owners of Bay Watch Restaurant in Burlingame. 
The following is a summary of their impactful community service activities since joining our Club last September:
  • As a thank you to essential workers for their service during the pandemic, Victor and Kathleen prepared and delivered hundreds of free meals to employees at the following organizations:
    • Peninsula Medical Center
    • City of Millbrae Public Works Department
    • United States Post Office
    • San Francisco Water Department
    • AMR ambulance service
    • South San Francisco Scavengers
  • For the past several months, Victor and Kathleen have participated in the County of San Mateo’s Great Plates Delivered food assistance program, which provides meals to homebound seniors:
    • Three meals a day
    • Six days a week
    • Serving 25 seniors in Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, & Foster City
  • Victor and Kathleen graciously pitched in to help with our Club’s community service project to assemble plastic face shields (PPE) for distribution to local hospitals and senior care facilities.
  • Victor and Kathleen and their two children participated in the Club’s community service project to pick up trash around town during California Coastal Clean-Up Month.
  • Victor and Kathleen supported our Club’s participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of North Peninsula by contributing 20% of sales revenue from their Bay Watch Restaurant customers who identified themselves as Relay supporters on September 26th.
  • Victor and Kathleen have been key members of our Club’s Lunar New Year Banquet Planning Committee, helping us to secure our meal provider and facilitating the recorded entertainment elements of our Zoom program for the event.
  • Victor and Kathleen have stepped forward to volunteer to serve as our Club’s International Service Chairs for this Rotary year and have taken an active role in learning about the position as well as opportunities for our Club to support international service projects around the world.

Once again, congratulations to Victor Wong from the Rotary Club of Millbrae as our "Rotarian of the Month" in March 2021!  

Rotary International President 2020-2021 - Holger Knaack