service above self since 1916

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Serving since 1916


Service above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Hs. Lordships Restaurant
199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, CA
Berkeley, CA  94710
United States
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Feb 04, 2015
Tom Bates, Mayor, City of Berkeley
What's the Latest in Berleley?-An Update
Feb 11, 2015
Cliff Dochterman, Past President, RI and BRC
My Years as a Rotarian-How Blessed We Are in our Service Above Self.
Feb 18, 2015
Dr. Hilary Hoynes, UCB Prof.of Econ./Public Policy
Poverty Inequality, and the Social Safety Net
Feb 25, 2015
Jeffrey Buell, LCSW
Elder Abuse

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Website Upgrade

After months of talking and planning we have upgraded our public website to make it easier for readers to find what they are looking for.
The new tool also makes it easier for Berkeley Rotary club members to post content to the website. There will be instructions and training for how to do that coming up soon. We're looking for helpers so let Kathleen know if you're interested.
If you have questions or suggestions of what to add to the website next email them to Peter Christy
Big thanks to the folks who helped make this happen. Kathleen, Mac, John O'Dea, Larry Goldenberg, John Ferguson, Fred, Grier and others who contributed to our meetings.

Our club is not meeting until January.  We have to recover from our service-filled Fall.


The club  joined in packing 100 turkey baskets for disadvantaged families in Berkeley on Wednesday, morning Nov. 26.The work was done in the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce, and the turkies were delivered to the families by the city police.  This was an effort to renew the popular annual event of Berkeley Boosters, the city's PAL program until its demise two years ago.


Our club is offering 4 hours of training in conflict resolution and mediation for all club members on Dec. 3rd, following the regular Wednesday lunch meeting.   It's free, but sign up with Maxim Schrogin at a club meeting.  It will empower club members to be more useful in future conflict situations whether in your neighborhood or other settings.  The training has been arranged by the club's Peace Committee.


Our club went dark on Nov. 5, and instead heaed Friday, Nov. 7, to the Richmond club at noon to hear Brad Howard speak.  Howard is the incoming Zone Director and RI Board member, and one of the finer Rotary speakers among Rotary's younger leaders.  He gave a fine talk on the importance of the Rotary Foundation.


The annual District Conference in Reno of Rotary District 5160 was probably the club's most significant opportunity yet to show off all it does to the rest of Rotary, and to help other clubs and shape how the District does things.  Our members and our Rotaracters were leading and/or participating in six breakout sessions, speaking at plenary sessions to the whole conference, and mounting multiple tables about our club projects in the House of Friendship.   If you missed  this Conference you missed one of the best.   To learn more about all this, the hands-on service project at the conference, and the social event highlights, hit the News story title


Cal Rotaract sponsored its second annual public 5k run on Oct. 19 to raise public awareness and money for Rotary's Polio Plus campaign to eradicate Polio. This event drew hundreds last year and proved much more effective than past events to raise polio awareness among the faculty, staff and students am comps.  Many Rotarians contributed to Cal Rotaract's fundraiser, and/or came to walk/run themselves.


Our club, assisted by our two Rotaract and our Interact club, did the final day of the building and grounds cleanup of the Options Recovery Center, ABerkeley's principal program for serving those with addiction problems.   More than sixty turned out to work. - painting, scraping, raking, putlling weeds and more skilled tasks. Soumil Amin of the club has taken the lead in planning and financing this project.   He and his firm's staff have already repainted much of the Center. 


Rotarians and others gave Ted-talks to Cal Rotaracters and other UCB students on ideas and technologies transforming their vocations on Oct. 23 from 6-9 pm.  Many club members as well art Rotaracters attended.  Among the six speakers were Berkeley Rotary's Jonathan DeYoe, Bob Sorenson, and Fred Collignon.


Berkeley Rotary participated again in the Berkeley Sunday Streets fair on Oct. 12, when Shattuck Avenue is closed off to traffic and 50,000 Berkeley residents and visitors get to see the wealth of entertainment venues and retail stories in town.   The club's  booth demonstrated how one makes WAPIs, water purification indicators to be sent to the Third World, and provided information about Rotary, Polio Plus, and the club's many activities.  Many additional roles were performed by Rotarians in traffic management and other forms of public assistance.  We were assisted in both the booth and the traffic management by East Bay Rotaract.


The Parks District has a large number of huge piles of tree limbs, poison ivy vines, and other fallings to mulch after the second work day was completed on 9/27 of the Peace Grove cleanup effort.   The second day drew about 35-40 Rotaracters and Interacters and 15 Rotarians, a bit less than the 70 on 9/20.   There were probably still a few trees left that needed lower level pruning, but a very few.   Thanks to all who came out either of the days to work, and to the Parks District for working with us to make the Grove a more attractive place to visit for the many hikers and sight-seers.  All three of our youth clubs came (as well as other Rotaract clubs like Los Medairos), to work with us.  Cal Rotaract in between the two days reported the event as one of the favorite hands-on service projects they have done - and they do a new one each week!





Rotary is a group of community, business, and professional leaders of all ages - busy people generally, even those who have "retired" - who come together to:

       o get to know each other better;;

       o stay up to date on what's happening in the community and the world;

       o work together to make things happen to improve the community where we live and communities abroad,

       o have fun while we're doing all this.

Being situated in a cosmopolitan town with a population that travels all over the world and is highly diverse in ethnicity and culture, Berkeley Rotary is also highly active in doing international service projects, working jointly with Rotary clubs in other countries.  But our impact upon our local community remains significant every year.

We're only a club of 130 Rotarian members, 320 Rotaracters and 40 Interacters. As a club approaching its 100th birthday in 2016-17, we constantly work at reinventing ourselves so we can  serve our community and members better..   It works; we were named the best club in our District, which covers much of northern California,  a year back.  See more about our service work below in the areas of education, public health,.youth program and building future leaders, water and sanitation,  vocational and economic development, and working for peace.




Intense summer program gives Israeli and Palestinian teens new perspectives
Students from Israel and Palestine sat together at a local art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, one day last summer, drawing portraits of one another and learning how to live in peace. Kelly Mellos, an organizer of the project from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, says that drawing someone who is sitting so close helps break down social barriers between the young people. "They see how many similarities there are between them," she says. "And they begin to understand we are all just people. There is a respect and trust that builds." The students were participating in a program run by...
Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
Man in iron lung discovers Rotary
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed. "I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me." Alexander contracted polio during a major U.S. outbreak of the disease in the late 1950s when he was six years old...
Alumni recognized for expanding mental health services and supporting Rotary’s work
Dr. Geetha Jayaram has dedicated her life to helping people in her native India and the United States overcome the torment of severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses. Jayaram is a psychiatrist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her work expanding access to mental health services is much needed. Depression affects at least 350 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. "In India, there is no mental...

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