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 2022
Happy New Year Everyone!
 
To kick off this New Year, I had the opportunity to represent our Rotary District 5150 at the 133rd annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.  For millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is a tradition on New Year’s Day.  And for over 40 years, Rotary International has been represented in this parade with a float that is sponsored by many Rotary districts.
 
While the Rose parade is a lifetime opportunity and showcases our organization throughout the world, our clubs also have this opportunity to spread the word of Rotary and bring awareness of what Rotary does in our own communities. Maybe you have a new community service project or event that you would like to showcase? Or has your club . . .     Continue Reading

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District 5150 Blog
Happy New Year Everyone!
 
To kick off this New Year, I had the opportunity to represent our Rotary District 5150 at the 133rd annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.  For millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is a tradition on New Year’s Day.  And for over 40 years, Rotary International has been represented in this parade with a float that is sponsored by many Rotary districts.
 
 
Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month for January 2022, Kay Auciello from the Rotary Club for Fisherman’s Wharf.
 
Kay Auciello joined the Rotary Club of Fisherman's Wharf in 2012 and has given of her time, talent, and treasure ever since.

Kay consistently volunteers for the club's quarterly service projects, which have included Saturday workdays with the Golden Gate Recreation Area, litter pickups in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood and downtown San Francisco as well as helping serve community Thanksgiving dinners at Tel Hi Neighborhood Center. Her great passions are delivering dictionaries annually to 3rd graders at three San Francisco elementary schools and judging applicants/awarding college scholarships sponsored by our club. She recently volunteered as a judge for Galileo High School's "Spirit Yell" competition, describing it as "incredible and so much fun!"
Its with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman.
 
He had a long career in university administration, though he is best known for his Rotary work. It has been said that Cliff has spoken to more Rotary Clubs than anyone in the world. Over the past fifty years, he has served in almost every Rotary assignment, from Berkeley Rotary Club president to worldwide President of Rotary International in 1992-93. He has traveled the world on humanitarian projects and has been honored by the heads of state in many nations.
 
Cliff lived in the Bay Area -- most recently a member of the Rotary Club of Moraga -- and maintained many friendships and Rotary project connections with District 5150 Rotarians. We will miss our friend, Cliff.
Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month for December 2021, Agnes Siteyia from the Rotary Club for Global Action.

Agnes is a member of the Maasai tribe in the Mara region of Kenya and is a charter member of the Rotary Club for Global Action (RCGA). Due to COVID-19, many Rotary clubs had to forego their international projects over the last two years. An educator by profession, Agnes alerted RCGA to the obstacles to getting children back into school both in her native Kenya, as well as throughout the world and it was her efforts that really shaped RCGA’s international service work to provide immediate assistance to schools and school children.
 

Rotary International District 5150 looks forward to welcoming everyone back to in-person events, and doing so in a way that’s safe for guests and event personnel in accordance with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of California, and the public health departments of Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

For the 2021-2022 Rotary year, District -sponsored in-person indoor events will offer a virtual option (e.g. hybrid format) and include the following protocols:

Happy December Everyone!
 
This month, as we celebrate the many holidays of the winter season, we are reminded of the gifts, the friends, and the family that we have in our lives.  We are also reminded of the many reasons why we have dedicated our lives to a life of service and our clubs’ commitments to helping our communities and our world. 
 
Congratulations to Rotary District 5150 Rotarian of the Month for November 2021, Bruce Goines from the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise!
 
Bruce joined Rotary in March 2017. In the short time Bruce has been involved in Rotary, he has participated in numerous projects and has provided hundreds of volunteer hours. For the last two years, Bruce has served as the Novato Sunrise’s Community Service Chair and has been responsible for coordinating and participating in a significant number of projects.  Some of those projects include:  
 
Happy November, everyone!
 
This month we celebrate our Rotary Foundation.  As Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors, we have the opportunity to change the world.  Not only as we support our communities through service projects and initiatives, but also through our dedication to The Rotary Foundation.
 
For over 100 years, our Foundation has provided funding for life changing projects and taken the Rotary mission of service to lofty heights. Our projects and grants have set us apart from other organizations through our model of sustainability and plans for future generations. 
 
It is because of your dedication, that the good work of our Foundation will continue to support our world many years after we have gone.  Every gift you make assures the ability of Rotary International and our Foundation to elevate humankind and make profound differences in the lives of others.
 

How You Can Help: Disaster Relief Efforts

Many of you have asked how you can help survivors of the devastating fires in Northern California, the earthquake in Haiti, and Hurricane Ida along the Gulf Coast. Click an option below to learn how you and your club can provide financial assistance to support Rotary -driven relief efforts.
ShelterBox and Rotary officially became project partners in disaster relief in 2012. This partnership is instrumental to Rotary's disaster response strategy. One of the most important elements of the relationship is the opportunity for Rotary members to serve countries affected by disasters. Members can also take action by connecting their own communities with disaster-affected communities worldwide. By working together, we're able to combine resources to support areas immediately after a disaster and make a start on long-term recovery.
 
Rotary members can help ShelterBox with its emergency disaster relief efforts by:
  • Raising awareness and funds to help ShelterBox support communities and families in their recovery
  • Volunteering with ShelterBox to educate others about disaster response and advocate for survivors as they start their recovery
  • Becoming your club's ShelterBox coordinator to keep up-to-date with developments during an emergency
  • As your partner, ShelterBox can help attract new members and inspire your community through raising awareness of the impact of our partnership around the world.
 To host a fundraising event or to request a presentation for your club, contact a local ShelterBox Ambassador: Jim Carriere, Mitone Griffiths, or Larry Harrison.
Serve to Change Lives
Adapted from "RI President-elect announces 2021-22 presidential theme" by Ryan Hyland. 
 

2021-2022 Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

 

Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to incoming district governors on 1 February during the Rotary International Assembly. The assembly, a yearly training event for district governors-elect, was originally set to take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, but was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehta spoke about how participating in service projects through Rotary changed him as a person and made him empathize more with the needs of others. Soon after joining his club, he helped carry out projects that benefited rural communities in India.

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Protecting The Environment

Three treesRotary 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.