The Rotary Club of Berkeley
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              Service Above Self Since 1916

Berkeley Rotary is the 4th or 5th oldest Rotary club in the world. Splitting off from the venerable #3 Oakland Club in 1916, we are getting ready for big things in our Centennial Year.

Most people have heard of Rotary but may not really know what we do. Many may be aware of Rotary's leadership role in almost completely eradicating Polio from the world, but other than that, what Rotary is about may be unclear.

Rotary has over 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries each of which have their own special traditions, but, all of them focus on living a life based on Service above Self and a personal commitment to follow the Four Way Test in our dealings with people.

In Berkeley, these objectives have resulted in many great projects over the years. Currently we have numerous ongoing projects that we've been supporting over the past several years:
  • Scholarships and coordination with Rotaractor and Interactor programs in Berkeley and the East Bay
  • RotaCare free medical clinic in Richmond, California
  • Handing out dictionaries to every third grader in Berkeley every year
  • Building a school in Mexico
  • Installing water filtration centers in Peru
  • Establishing a Peace Grove in the hills and recognizing and awarding benevolent behaviors
  • Creation and support of Berkeley Art Center
  • New Orleans recovery work
  • and coming soon, the development of a Centennial Project to be announced soon.
If you are interested in getting involved with Berkeley Rotary in any capacity, come join us for lunch any Wednesday at 12:15 at Hs Lordships in Berkeley. Just sign in as a guest and we will find you a host to help welcome you to our club. We are always looking for more people to join us in the fellowship of service.


Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president, says the club has been...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...


Apr 01, 2015
Gil Ferrey, Moderator
Three Veterans Perspectives on our Roles in the Iraq/Afghanistan Conflicts
Apr 08, 2015
Tina Etcheverry, Scholarship Chair/Moderator
Berkeley Rotary Educational Programs: Gateway To The Future
Apr 15, 2015
Mike Meehan, Police Chief, City of Berkeley
Serving the Berkeley community-An Update
Apr 22, 2015
Polly Armstrong, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce in the 21st Century
May 20, 2015
Matt Lappe, Exec. Dir., Alliance for Climate Educ.
ACE: Building the Next Generation of Climate Leader
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