The Rotary Club of Berkeley
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              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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Mar 11, 2015
Augustine Gill, CEO, RotaCare Bay Area (RBA)
RotaCare, the Large and Small of it.
Mar 11, 2015
Pate Thomson,MD,Medical Co-Director-Rotacare Rchmd
The State of RotaCare Richmond for the Next Two Years
Mar 18, 2015
Simon Mont, Student, Berkeley Law
Restorative Justice: New Possibilities for American Responses to Crime & Conflict
Mar 25, 2015
Joanne Dickerson-Harper
St.Vincent DePaul/St. Columbia Church Food/Clothing Bank
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
May 20, 2015
Matt Lappe, Exec. Dir., Alliance for Climate Educ.
ACE: Building the Next Generation of Climate Leader

Home Page News

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!




This is the theme for the year


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.




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...
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...

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Board Member 2014-2016

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