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Governor Laura’s March message
Hello Rotarians District 5160, did I hear someone say it is March already? March 1st is the time of year we welcome our Presidents-elect to PETS (President elect Training Seminar), spring time is a new beginning.
But there is still so much more to do. It is time for a goal check. What did we want to accomplish this Rotary year for ourselves, for our Clubs, for the District, for RI? There is still time to check off your Rotary To Do list.
And because the clock is moving so fast, it’s a good time to stop and reflect on what it is we have done and what we do for this world.
As Rotarians we have so many opportunities to make a difference, don’t we?
At your Rotary meeting this week, take an assessment of all the things that you and the members of your Club do to make this world a better place. The list is long, longer than you even know.
Here are a few new things we can add to the list of what we have done so far this Rotary Year:
· On Rotary’s Anniversary day, D5160 rallied and we raised $35,000 for The Rotary Foundation for a year to date total of $343,000 to the Annual Fund (the fund that comes back as grant dollars in 3 years). Help us reach our June 30 Goal of $500,000 to the Annual Fund.
· New Rotaract Club at Chico State in formation, sponsored by Durham Rotary
· Raised in excess of $47,000 for Kenya Smiles, that means more education and more dental kits and backpacks for the kids
· The #3 Rotacare clinic opens: Concord, Pittsburg and now Richmond, sponsored by the BARSHEEP clubs.
· Member growth leads the Zone. Over 230 new members join clubs in D5160 so far this year.
· Camp Royal gets a face lift and once again sells out
· Camp Venture too
· Four Way Test Speech contests going on all over the District
· Incoming Youth Exchange Students, a stellar class of 11 and all are still here!
· Outgoing Youth Exchange Team sending reports of their wonderful experience
· Interactors gathered 4 times this year for training and planning
· $110,000 for 14 District Grants
· Nine Global Grants making an International difference
· Rotary PR grant for $12,000, helped fund several car wraps
· Youth Protection is a priority and the system is now in place
· Record number of Rotarians surveyed and interested in serving on a District committee
· Paul Harris Society in the limelight with more events and now more members
· Sizzling Summer Seminars with record attendance
· A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the District Conference—and it was!
· District 5160 Peace Forum at the District Conference
· Rotary International hosts 3 Peace Forums
· And there is more coming…..
And we don’t do what we do for an award, but recognition for what we do is important. Look for the Excellence in Service awards form on the district website, www.rotary5160.org and join us on July 13th, at the Woodland Community Center, you are invited to attend the Awards and Installation dinner. Details coming soon.
On June 30, let’s step back and say, ahhhh, look what we accomplished this year. And then we begin again.
Thank you all.
District Governor, 2012-13
Rotary International, District 5160
Rotary Club of San Ramon Valley
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March 15 Deadline for RI Official Directory Entries
The Rotary Official Directory lists all the DGs, Presidents and Secretaries in the world. All the Presidents Elect and about half the Secretaries Elect are identified. If a Secretary-Elect does not appear at MY CLUB in DaCdb, we need the information. Send to HelpDesk@Rotary5160.org and we can do the update.
Congratulations Leadership Academy Class of 2013!
District Governor Laura proudly introduces the 5th Rotary District 5160 Leadership Academy, the 2013 graduating class: Aaron Gobler, Albany; Dany Gregory, San Ramon Valley; Melanie Prole, Danville Sycamore; Sally Jo Armstong, Burney; Pamela Jones, Richmond; Larry Goldenberg, Berkeley; Troy Feddersen, Lafayette;
Walt Schafer, Chico; Bob Turcios, Pleasant Hill; Grier Graff, Berkeley; Larry Champion, Red Bluff; Alan Baer, Richmond; Arne Gustafson, Orland; Dean Fender, Paradise; Julia Larson, Woodland Sunrise
Rotary Annual Report Now Available
Those of you with a detailed interest in RI operations will find the
2011-12 Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Annual Report here
In 2012, The Rotary Foundation also earned top marks from several independent charity evaluators, including the American Institute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator and the Wise Giving Alliance.
Rotary General Secretary John Hewko encourages you to review our annual report carefully, and to share it with others who may be interested in joining, partnering with, or donating to Rotary.
Interested in Seeing What Incoming Governors Learn?
This link will take you to transcripts of all the presentations from the International Assembly in San Diego in January.
Of special interest to all district leaders: Strengthening Rotary’s Brand on page 36.
President – Elect Training (PETS) This Weekend
All of the incoming Presidents are at President Elect Training this weekend. PETS covers virtually every aspect of running a club and can be properly described as sipping water from a firehose. Be sure to ask your PE for a report next week..
After PETS, it’s YOUR Turn:
First District Summit (Assembly) at Butte College March 23
Come on Down!
District Summit Central Saturday, March 23, 2013 Butte College Durham
District Summit North Saturday, April 20, 2013 Shasta College Redding
District Summit South Saturday, May 4, 2013 Solano College Vacaville
Kenya Smiles Vocational Training Team
Coming to a Club Near YOU
Wednesday, April 10, Noon – Rotary Club of Berkeley
Wednesday, April 10, 5:30 pm – Rotary Club of Solano Sunset
Friday, April 12, Noon – Rotary Club of Concord
Friday, April 12, 6:00 pm – Rotary Clubs of Red Bluff & Corning
Tuesday, April 16, Noon – Rotary Club of Chico
Thursday, April 18, Noon – Rotary Club of Antioch
Happy 108th Rotary International Birthday!
Rotarians around the world celebrated Rotary’s 108th anniversary, 23 February, with a variety of events ranging from global swimming marathons to the illumination of landmark buildings with the End Polio Now message. See a slideshow of images from this year’s celebration above. Send us photos of your own celebration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotarians at Work Day is April 27th!
Need a club project? Governor Laura Day and Delta Force ADG Fred Ehler have a wonderful Rotarians at Word Day suggestion for us! Check out this great 5160 sponsored project idea here!
Camp Venture Nearly Sold Out ~ Seeking Counselors
- Only two student spots left, first come first served, act fast! Contact Tina Akins at email@example.com .
- We are looking for new Camp Counselors. The prerequisites are….business experience, able to commit to the 5 1/2 days at Camp, interested in helping young people learn about entrepreneurship, must like having fun and can sleep in dorms! Contact Beri Kasper at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Information packages are on the way to the clubs, deadline for return is April 16.
- Camp Venture 2010 Alumnus Tyler Davis, sponsored by Vacaville, will be joining us this year to help the students with their plans!
Camp Royal – Registrations in Progress
Clubs are in the process of selecting their campers. Thirteen students of 145 have begun the registration process. Marcy Kiser and Samantha Blattler at Odyssey Teams in Chico are coordinating the student registrations.
Youth Exchange Receives Silver Certificate of Achievement
- Mike Bury, Memory Woodard, and Amy Carpernter attended the North American Youth Exchange Network Conference and report being re-energized by the many new ideas acquired for building and sustaining the district’s program.
- The Silver Certificate recognizes commitment to excellence and dedication to continuous improvement
Mike Bury’s report is here.
This Month’s Featured District Grant – Richmond Rotary
Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle
Richmond, CA (February 15, 2013)… East Bay Center for the Performing Arts has commissioned a dramatic script of Richmond Tales – a magical novel about everyday challenges, unlikely friendships and the coming of age questions that every adolescent asks about why the world is the way it is. In this case the growing up takes place in Richmond’s Iron Triangle neighborhood. Both the book and the play touch on the broad historical forces and waves of immigration that have shaped the neighborhoods and trajectory of greater Richmond as well as the imagination of two children who envision a future for themselves by traveling back in time – and forwards….
Production Partnership with Richmond Rotary: In 2011 Richmond Rotary and East Bay Center forged a partnership to stage “Richmond Tales” with the full production values of East Bay Center and its newly rebuilt facility. Local Rotary members have engaged State and International Rotary clubs and are busy organizing local and regional Rotary members as project volunteers, working with families of youth participants though out the production period with everything from transportation and set building to audience development and financial underwriting.
Show times are 7pm, May 16 to May 26, 2013.
Who is going with me? Governor Laura
Rotary at River Cats for Polio Plus April 21
It’s Baseball Season and that means the Sacramento River Cats host Rotary Clubs and it’s all about Polio Plus. Details Soon.
Nominating Committee Selections
For Area 4, the BARSHEEP and FAB 5, Jose Avelar of Orinda Rotary will serve the 2014/2015 years
For Area 2, the Crazy 8s and Flying Squirrels, John Martin of Woodland Sunrise will serve the 2014/2015 years.
For Area 3, The Delta Force and the Solano Tenacious Ten, the following names are up for vote for the 2014 year only. Let us hear from you:
Gordon Gravelle of Antioch Rotary
Bruce Ghiselli of Brentwood Rotary
Jon Unger of Fairfield Suisun
Calling all Clubs: It’s Global Grant Scholarship Time
Your club can make the difference in the career of a future leader dedicated to Service-Above-Self by sponsoring a student for a Global Grant Scholarship. This June District 5160 will select an outstanding individual to receive a $30,000 scholarship for post-baccalaureate studies overseas, during the academic year 2014-2015. The District 5160 Global Grant Scholarship Committee’s website provides information on how your club can recruit and sponsor a candidate for this great scholarship. http://www.rotary5160.org/district-information/scholarships/
Applications by club-sponsored candidates are due to the District Scholarship committee May 10th.
Rotarian in the Spotlight
Is this what it means when folks say, “It’s a dog’s life”? How about a dog’s life in Paradise? Well, this month’s RITS, Pam Gray, can certainly tell us a lot about what goes on with those large puppies she and Brian raise. Slobber-filled details and pics here!
Congratulations to everyone who contributed to our Fireworks in February dinner. It was a terrific evening of food, fun, fellowship and most importantly… fund-raising. Don’t miss the video Bob Jehn has prepared Great job Bob!!!
Burney-isms of the month: ”If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.”
“I used to be indecisive . . . now, I’m not so sure”!
Casino Night on April 20 at the Weed Sons Of Italy Lodge. The event will start at 7 p.m. Included will be a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps as well as Bingo. Food will be served as well as a Silent auction.
Visit our club at: http://www.weedrotary.org/
Please join us at our Wild Game Feed on March 16!
Visit us at: http://www.andersonrotaryclub.org/
Please check out our Hayfork RC web site at: http://www.hayforkrotary.org/
Red Bluff Sunrise
Valentine’s Day Guests and Rotarians were greeted by Tiger the Cupid, who presented all the ladies with flowers and gentlemen with warm hand-shake. Yet he found time to shoot his magic arrow on Dr. Tony Borschneck and his friend Dottie (pictured left), and many others. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Concerned about how you might be remembered, or not, after you “shuffle off this mortal coil”? Check out your option for Memorialization here!
Visit our club at: http://www.reddingrotary.org/
Redding Riverview Sunset
Get ready for our RRS Non-Salmon Salmon BBQ on April 13th!
Check out our web site at: http://www.riverviewsunsetrotary.com/
Weaverville – Classic Film Fest Runs Until April
- Our Chinese New Year’s Celebration and Fundraiser will be held March 9th, 2013!
- Weaverville Rotary celebrates its 75th Anniversary on April 20th 2013 at the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center. All Rotarians are invited to the wine/cheese reception and program that evening. More info and flyer coming.
Visit our web site at: http://weaverville.rotary5160.org/
North Valley Flying Squirrels BACK TO TOP
Read about Chico’s Walt Shafer in this article about sustainable grant projects in Tanzania. While the article focuses on sustainability, Walt would want us to add that this has been, and continues to be, a wonderful opportunity for clubs to partner up and have pride of ownership in a large scale international project.
Also, if you want to see how Chico Rotary can party it up for Rotary’s latest birthday, just click here!
Visit Chico at: http://www.chicorotary.com/
Please check out our web site at: http://www.rotarychicosunrise.org
You just missed our Feb 23 Wine, Food and Art Festival at Rolling Hills Casino. See you there next year!
Visit them: http://www.corningrotary.org/rotary/Home.html
Durham Rotary is sponsoring 5160′s newest Rotaract Club at Chico State University! WTG, DRC!
Willows 4th Annual Carnitas Feed April 13
Margaritas and Beer, Entertainment, Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction. St Monica’s $15/person includes Carnitas, Tortillas, Rice and Beans
Visit Willows at: http://willows.rotary5160.org/
Save your your “Good Luck Legs” to use at our Capay Valley Poker Run on April 6th!
VIsit Capay Valley at: http://www.capayvalleyrotary.com/
Davis Rotary’s BIG NIGHT benefiting child abuse prevention was a huge success that raised over $35,000! Happy details here!
Don’t forget to join us at our DRC BBQ on May 18!
Please check out our web site at: http://rotaryclubofdavis.com/
Our club is embarking on an international project in conjunction with students from Elementary and Junior High students called Chapters Change Children. Details here! Press coverage about what the students at Willet Elementary have done for the kids in Kenya here!
Visit Davis Sunset at: http://davis-sunset.rotary5160.org/
Please check out our web site at: http://www.woodlandrotary.org/
Woodland Luna Vista
Have you check out President Vinny’s new magnetics on his Riv, yet? Check this out!
Please check out our web site at: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=4973
- Be sure to join us for our Casino Nite on March 30th!
- The Benicia Rotary Club learns about the Sea Scouts! Details here!
Please check out our web site at: http://www.beniciarotary.org/
- As you read this, George Paz and the other PEs are sipping water from the Rotary firehose President Elect Training. He will see this poster in the hospitality suite.
- Cordelia’s Spring Extravaganza is March 16th! A fun-filled evening featuring food, wine and microbrew tastings offered by local establishments plus music, raffles and a huge silent auction. Win a large, fully stocked wine refrigerator and more! Please join us!
- Recently our speaker was Vacaville Christian School’s new Athletic Director Michael Merriweather. You might recognize Michael from his NFL days. From 1982-1994, Michael’s skill as a starting linebacker earned him many accolades, including being named to three consecutive Pro Bowls as well as being named All-Pro three times. In 1984, while playing for the Steelers, Michael set a record for sacks in a season. In fact, he was widely hailed as the Steelers single-season sack leader for over 25 years. Three years later, he would be named Steelers MVP. He went on to make history playing for the Vikings before closing his professional NFL career with the Jets and Packers.
Visit our web site at: http://www.cordeliarotary.org/
Come visit us at our new digs – KROC Center, 586 Widgeon Way, Suisun City
Tuesdays at Noon as always
Visit our web site at: http://www.fairfieldsuisunrotary.com/
Fairfield Suisun Twilight
Happy Charter Anniversary, Y’all!
Come join us at our new meeting place: P.S. The gavel is still “on the loose”!
The Poppy House, 15 Poppy House Road, Fridays at 7am
Here is the latest zany newsletter from the RIO Rotarians!
Our web site is here: http://riovistarotary.org/
Solano Sunset – STILL Our newest club
Don’t miss Vacaville Rotary’s Turtle Tidal Wave set for May 4th. Details to follow!
Visit our web site at: http://www.vacavillerotary.org/
Please check out our web site at: http://www .vallejorotary.org/
Antioch Celebrates 65 Years this Month
Antioch Rotary Club annual Golf Tournament, Friday, May 17, 2013. Lone Tree Golf Course.
Please check out our web site at: http://www.antiochrotaryclub.org/
Please join us at our 4th Annual Poker Tournament on March 1st!
Use your poker winnings to join us at our Annual Golf Tourney set for May 13th!
Delta Antioch has a sister city in Japan Details here!
Please check out our web site at: http://www.rotaryclubofthedelta.org/
Check out the great article in the CC Times celebrating the two-year anniversary of the RotaCare Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul in Pittsburg. Click here for article.
Visit our website at: http://www.pittsburgrotary.org/ Se Habla Espanol
I-80 BARSHEEP BACK TO TOP
The grand opening of RotaCare Richmond at Brighter Beginnings was a spectacular event! Check out all the details here! Also check out the latest update from the clinic with pics and lots of details!
Lots of GREAT speakers, planning for local projects, and work on increasing membership. See photos on our club’s FACEBOOK page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/165280050203247/ and also our web site at: http://www.albanycarotary.org/
Why is Berkeley Rotary “in the dog house” and selling hot dogs? Check out the incredible details here!
- Check out the Berkeley Rotary Mexico Project here!
Visit our web site at: www.berkeleyrotary.org
El Cerrito Interact has been “on the fence”!
Details and pics here!
Visit our web site at: http://www.elcerritorotary.org/
El Sobrante Rotary meets at La Revolucion with great food and tequila bar!
Please check out our web site at: http://elsobrante.rotary5160.org/
Check out our explosive newsletter, the Powder Keg.
Please check out our web site at: http://pinolerotary.org/
The Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle play is coming! Check out the exciting production details and schedules here!
Richmond Rotary celebrated the grand opening of the RotaCare Richmond Free Medical Clinic at Brighter Beginnings on Thursday, February 21, 2013. There are nine District 5160 Rotary Clubs sponsoring the Clinic. Read the official press release here!
Please check out our web site at: http://richmondcarotary.org
The Rotary Club of San Pablo
cordially invites you to attend
A Night in Tuscany
Join us for a dinner and an exciting live auction on Friday, April 26 at Maple Hall in San Pablo
Benefiting local community service organizations
$60 per person
To RSVP, contact Doug Millar at (510) 233-7700
Please check out our web site at: http://sanpablorotary.clubwebsource.com/index.cfm?display=photoa
Please check out our web site at: http://www.rotarylafayette.org/
Lamorinda Sunrise has New Meeting Location
Come visit us at our new meeting location, Celia’s Mexican Restaurant (Killer Mole’ Enchiladas and “El Loco” rum drinks) 3666 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA, 94549
Meeting time is still Fridays at 7am
Please check out our web site at: http://www.lamorindasunrise.org/
Don’t forget the Moraga Night at the Races Event 3/16/2013!
On Valentine’s Day, Cliff Dochterman described the “Joys of Getting Older” and explains why life is a lot like a mug of hot chocolate here!
Please check out our web site at: http://www.moragarotary.org
Orinda – March 13 Fair Warning
Rotarians visiting Orinda on March 13 are forewarned to wear green, else bring your pot o’gold. The meeting will honor St Patrick’s Day with Irish songs to be sung by the opera singers
President Jack Bontemps reports that the Reno train trip was a huge success, with kudos to David Pierce for organizing it, as well as others who helped with the arrangements. He also thanked Art Roth for organizing the Intercity Meeting at Rossmoor and bringing in the Devil’s Mountain Singers.
Worried about the recession? How about the recession of Democratic Capital? details here!
Rossmoor RC has a Blood Donation Awards Program directed toward youth! Check out the whole story here!
Visit our web site at: http://rossmoor.rotary5160.org/
Clayton Valley – Concord Sunrise
- Clayton Valley Concord Sunrise is partnering with California Re-entry Institute to open their 2nd Chance Boutique in Concord to collect and sell items of new and gently used clothing, formal wear, shoes, accessories, and jewelry. CRI assists men in their successful transition from incarceration to society and helps create other businesses to employ ex-offenders. The program will also help employ at risk youth.Donated items can be brought to our Thursday morning meetings at Oakhurst Country Club or contact CRI at 925-549-1416.. More here!
- Visit our web site at: http://www.claytonvalleyrotary.org/
Please check out our web site at: http://www.concordcarotary.org/
Elephant Zombie Lemons will not Deter the Picker Squadron, details here!
District 5160 PR Co-Chair Edi Birsan <email@example.com>wrote: The key in listing the information on the Picker Squadron, and I suspect now for ALL media outreach on projects and recruitment, is to include a home phone number of someone who people can immediately call. People who READ newspapers are more likely to pick up a phone to talk to you than to sit down and write an email, though I provide both in the ‘press releases’. Learn more of Edi’s “Easy Does It” PR Tips here!
Please check out our web site at: http://cdrotary.org/
Do you know this “gang of four”? Learn more details here!
Need a dog for a diabetic? Check out this DVRC program details here!
Please check out our web site at: http://www.diabloviewrotary.com/
Please check out our web site at: http://martinez.rotary5160.org/
The Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill is sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day Bash set for March 16th! This year’s event will be an Irish themed cocktail party with an all-you-can-eat food court so guests can mingle, eat, and drink at their leisure. All the glorious details here!
Please check out our web site at: http://walnut-creek.rotary5160.org
Walnut Creek Sunrise
Upcoming Walnut Creek Sunise Rotary sponsored events are here.
Please check out our web site at: http://www.wcsunriserotary.org/
- Alamo honored and presented checks from the 30th Annual Alamo Music and Wine Festival to the music teachers from six local schools to assist in the music education programs. Checks in the amount of $1,500 each were presented. More Here!
- Alamo is a strong supporter of RotaCare Pittsburg and RotaCare Richmond! Check out the details here!
- Alamo Rotary will support The Sentinels of Freedom Send Off Project. Details here!
Please check out our web site at: http://alamorotary.org/
Our Danville Rotary Crab Feed is set for March 16th! It is always a sell-out, so see any member for advance tickets! Check out our flier here!
Our Danville Open Golf Tournament is set for June 3rd! Better start tuning-up your swing now!
“All of those who hate speeding, raise your right foot!”
Please check out our web site at: http://danvillerotary.org/
Danville Sycamore Valley RC will hold their Blackhawk Film, Food, and Wine Festival on May 9th! Don’t miss out on this fabulous affair; contact any member for info.
Please check out our website at: http://dsvrotary.com/
Camp Kesem is a summer camp for kids whose parents have cancer. Want to know more? Want to donate supplies?
Visit our web site at: http://dougherty-valley.rotary5160.org/
San Ramon Valley is Hot, Hot, Hot!
SRV Rotary PE Tom Eager is “on fire” with another great membership recruitment idea! Check out how your club can take advantage of Chamber of Commerce events in your area! Details here!
(Except when they are COLD, COLD, COLD)
Check out our latest “Wind Report” with lots of club pics here!
Anyone can send news to News@Rotary.org
- Rat out your President!
- Brag about a great club project
- Tell us a good Rotary joke or riddle.
- Send us a funny Rotary cartoon
- What about your Rotary related International Travel?
- Embarass a Rotary friend with a goofy Rotary related photo
- Point out special stories in your club bulletins
Bragging about you is what we do! Shovel IT our way so we can spread IT around! Now, there’s an image!
Thanks in advance, Bill Randall, editor