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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.