Ryan Spuller (left) and Dave Pitcher discuss the advantages of membership in Pleasanton North Rotary with a visitor at "Make a Difference For Pleasanton," a January 13 program at the public library where community service organizations were invited to promote their programs and recruit volunteers. 
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Pascal Weber, a Rotary International Youth Exchange Student, was awarded top honors Jan. 5 at Pleasanton North Rotary’s club level participation in the District 5170 Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest. In a five-minute presentation, Weber focused on the contest theme of “Rotary Making a Difference” and youth exchange as a life-changing experience.  Weber (second to right) is shown with PNR Youth Services Chair Mark Linsky (left), second place winner Sergio Fleta and third place winner Andy Li (far right). Weber will move on to area level competition, with a possibility of qualifying for finals at the Rotary district conference later this year.
Weber Wins Youth Speech Contest Jim Brice 2018-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Dec 12, 2017
What a great turn out for our PNR Christmas party on Sunday.  Thank you, PNR member Lisa Lewis for hosting at your beautiful home and thank you to our social team for putting it together.  The bell, who rumor has it now has it's own Facebook page even made a brief appearance.  There was also a very fun spin on a White Elephant gift exchange.  
Christmas Party Billy Buckley 2017-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Because you were probably not paying close enough attention to Evan.... or just simply didn't understand a word he said during his presentation... His Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies presentation is available for download.  Find it in the files for download section on the left side of our website.
Evan Shelan Educates PNR on Blockchain... Ripple... XRP.. 2017-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Dec 04, 2017
Rotary International District 5170 has a current Global Scholarship Opportunity.  The deadline to submit you application is February 1, 2018.  A link to the application can be found on the downloads section of our site or https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000004423/en-ca/files/homepage/rotary-global-scholarship-application/Global_Grant_Scholar_Candidate_Application_Template_en--1-.docx
Global_Grant_Scholarship Billy Buckley 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Dec 03, 2017
A few PNR members Attended Christmas in OZ put on by East Bay Children's Theatre. This organization was giving a grant by PNR foundation they serve underserved children.  PNR's Michelle Mikatarian is the costumer for the event.
Christmas in OZ Billy Buckley 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley
PNR crew was out in full force for the Pleasanton Holiday Parade.  We were serving hot chocolate, cider, and popcorn in front of the wine steward.  
Pleasanton Holiday Parade Billy Buckley 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Park Holiday Decorations Jim Brice 2017-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Turkey Burn Slide Show Jim Brice 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Nov 28, 2017
The 2017 Tri-Valley Turkey Burn attracted a record number of runners and walkers wearing bibs describing what they were thankful for on Thanksgiving Day morning (Photo by Jim Brice)
Turkey Burn update
From Jim Brice
Tri-Valley Turkey Burn Grows in Third Year
Runners and walkers in record numbers began Thanksgiving morning on a healthy note at the third-annual Tri-Valley Turkey Burn (TVTB), a 5k/10k fun walk-run, sponsored by Pleasanton North Rotary in Pleasanton’s Ken Mercer Sports Park and along the Arroyo Mocho Trail.
Attendance rose by more than a 60 percent from 2016 to more than 1300 adults and children who participated in the free, family-friendly event, organized by Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR).  Donations from 28 corporate and individual sponsors nearly doubled to $19,000. Contributions to Open Heart Kitchen (OHK) also nearly doubled to more than 1400 cans of food and related items.  OHK serves meals daily to the needy from kitchens in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin.  To Continue reading please click the link below
Turkey Burn Update Billy Buckley 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Nov 21, 2017
PNR Celebrated our President Princess's Birthday at our meeting on 11/17/17.
Princess Bday Billy Buckley 2017-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
PNR is happy to announce our two newest red badgers.  We are so happy to welcome them to our club.
Welcome Lisa Lewis sponsored by Gina Piper
Rhonda Fee sponsored by Michael Cherman
New Members 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Late PNR Rotarian Dave Cherry was honored tonight at  California Waterfowl's Dinner
CA WaterFowl Dave Billy Buckley 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Speech Contest 2017-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Oct 10, 2017
The bell getting some much needed R&R on it’s staycation.
The Bell’s downtime Billy Buckley 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
PNR members picked up new ideas about local and international community service, membership recruitment, youth service, promotion/PR and effective club management at this year's District 5170 Avenues of Services conference in San Jose.  Participating members are shown with Richard King, past president, Rotary International  From left:  Phil Stone, Jim Brice, Richard Flanders, Richard King, Richard Cherman, Tami Hennegan and Michelle Mikatarian. 
PNR Participates in District 5170 Avenues of Services 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Sep 22, 2017
Rotary International has started a Gulf Coast Disaster Relief fund.  To help those affected by the recent natural disasters.  A link to the PDF version of the document can be found here.  Rotary Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Gulf Coast Disaster Billy Buckley 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
PNR Guests Enjoy A Starry Night at Castlewood Country Club 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
Ed had his good luck charm during treatment.
Bell Thief Gina Piper 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Jul 14, 2017
Friday July 14th Meeting was action packed meeting for President Princess first go at the helm.  We had District 5170 Governer Orrin Mahoney visit, two Confessionals and multiple Paul Harris Awards
Bow to the Princess
Jim's Confessional after his Wisconsin trip
Stacey's Confessional after her Greece Trip
Left to Right.  Orrin Mahoney (District Governor),  President "Princess"  Gina Piper, Paul Harris recipients Kevin Greenlee, Ed Golden, and Ryan Spuller
Princess Reign Has Begun Billy Buckley 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Jul 06, 2017
June 30th PNR demoted our outgoing president Slick.  We were allowed to shave his head after we meet his requirement of $3000 dollars to be donated to Alex's lemonade stand for childhood cancer.  President Gina Piper now known as President Princess was crowned and announced her board members.
Slick Making His Donation
PNR Princess Piper and her board.  Board member list is in story content
Demotion and 2017-2018 President&Board Billy Buckley 2017-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Tammi Henigan Rotarian of the Year Billy Buckley 2017-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Jun 08, 2017
Club Meeting update for our upcoming July 14th meeting we will have a visit from our District Governor Orrin Mahoney.  He will also be our speaker at that meeting.

District Governor Visit Billy Buckley 2017-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on May 26, 2017
At our Friday May 26th Meeting.  Member Sean Kyle ditched his red badge and traded it for a shiny new blue badge.
Sean Kyle Blue Badge Billy Buckley 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on May 21, 2017
Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) recognized Foothill High School Students of the Month for April, May and June at its May 19 meeting.  From left:  Kevin Greenlee, PNR Student Exchange Chair, Jacqueline Templeman, Paige Burton, William Hartwig, Jason Krolikowski, Principal of Pleasanton Foothill High School, and Dave Eisenhauer, PNR President
Students of the month April, May and June 2017 Billy Buckley 2017-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on May 16, 2017
This Saturday May 20th 2017 PNR will be doing a cleanup of the Arroyo Mocho between Hopyard and Santa Rita.  We will remove approximately 35 tires that have appeared in the streambed during last winter's storms,  and remove other debris.  We will meet at the Zone 7 parking lot 5997 Parkside Drive next to the Sports Park on Hopyard Rd.  The city of Pleasanton will provide equipment, gloves for us.  Tami Hennegan will be heading this up please contact her for more details.
Upcoming Service Event May 20th 2017 Billy Buckley 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Apr 25, 2017
This post comes with very heavy hearts from our club.  Dave Cherry former president of PNR (2008-2009) of our club passed on Monday.  Dave represented what a model Rotarian and Human being was, and we are all better people for having the chance to have know him, you could not find a more giving and cheerful person we all strive to be like him.  All our PNR member's thoughts and prayers are with the Cherry family.
Dave Cherry Billy Buckley 2017-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

PNR members sailed on the museum ship Potomac to join the 100th annual Opening Day on the Bay, the traditional start of the summer sailing season. From left:  Jim Brice, Rick Barnes (friend of Susan Dupree, Susan Dupree, Carlos Rodriguez, Caroline Rodriguez, and Erin Steele.  Views of the Opening Day below.

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Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Apr 14, 2017
President Slick finally got his ears....when PNR Member Ryan Spuller returned from his Spring Break vacation in Florida. 
Congrats on the ears, Slick!
And thanks Ryan!
Slick Finally Gets His Wings...er...Ears Larry Smalheiser 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Dear Pleasanton North Rotary Club

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down at my computer, stared at my travel journal, and tried to decide which story to share. It’s an interesting process, attempting to decipher my own scribbles, sketches, and anecdotes, sorting through which ones are appropriate to share with the wider audience of Facebook and beyond. So, here's a note I've been meaning to share.
Written on my flight back from my trip to see Clemence and her family in France:
Dear Pleasanton North Rotary,
Thank you.
Thank you for listening to me when I asked you to send me to abroad. 
Thank you for the opportunity to learn Spanish, which I keep up in small conversations with friends here and there and in my binge-watching of Spanish TV on Netflix (highly recommend ‘The Grand Hotel’ for anyone interested in a Spanish take on Downton Abbey). 
Thank you for the opportunity to learn to love foods like octopus salad, grilled squid and fried sardines. 
Thank you for introducing me to Europe, a place that I oftentimes feel more comfortable in than I do at home. 
Thank you for sending me to a place where I got lost (frequently) on public transportation; I now know that I will always manage find my way with a bit of creativity and by having no shame in asking locals for directions. 
Thank you for the opportunity to learn that it’s better to make up a word than be too shy to practice the language, a lesson which I put to use on a daily basis here in Croatia (much to many of my baristas’ amusement). 
Thank you, more than anything, for the family that you have created. Since you began the program in 2012, my family has added countless members. Not just my host families or the students that have come to live at the ‘Purple Door Ranch,’ but also the families of those students that my parents hosted, and the wonderful exchange students of District 5170. Two weeks ago, I sent an out-of-the-blue message to Clem, who stayed with my family a year or so ago, asking if I could come visit her in France on my spare weekend. Without hesitation, she send me an enthusiastic “OUI” and we quickly made plans for my trip. Keep in mind, I’d only spent a few afternoons with Clem because I was at school for most of the time that she spent with my family, and I’d never met her parents or little brother who had graciously invited me into their home. Also, my middle school french was more than a bit rusty, and I’d been warned that her family spoke minimal English (though I soon learned that they all spoke very well and were just shy about it!). So, off I went. And it was wonderful. A weekend full of cheese, wine, mountains, lakes, castles, and french jokes followed. Having spent weeks living alone with 20-something year olds, being with a real family again was refreshing and, simply, wonderful. So I guess what I’ve been wanting to say is: thank you. Thank you, PNR, for the family I now have around the world.
Love from somewhere in the sky above Europe,
Update from PNR's first Exchange Student! 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Apr 12, 2017
Last Wednesday 4/12/17  The Ladies of PNR celebrated their first official ladies night out. 
PNR Ladies Night Billy Buckley 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
The Deadline to submit your 2017 PNR Scholarship Application is May 1st 2017.  A PDF download is available in our Download Files section.
2017 PNR Scholarship Application Billy Buckley 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

At our Friday April 7th Meeting, PNR welcomed our newest member, Erin Steele.   Erin is a home mortgage consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and was sponsored by Gina Piper.  Welcome to the worlds greatest rotary club Erin.

Erin Steele Billy Buckley 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
At our April 7th Meeting We got to hear from 2017 PNR Speech Contest winner Andi Li about a cause that was near to his heart.  To hear more about his cause and the PNR's Speech contest please see the continued story below.
April 7th Meeting Andi Li Billy Buckley 2017-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Mar 31, 2017
PNR celebrated our 30th club charter night March 31st.  The event was a huge success. 
Charter Night Billy Buckley 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Ryan Spuller, is awarded a PNR blue badge by president Slick at the club's April 24th 2017 weekly lunch meeting.  A blue badge signifies that new members have completed a series of tasks that make them familiar with the history, traditions, and obligations associated with Rotary membership. Ryan has distinguished himself with frequent participation in PNR events. 
Ryan Spuller Awarded his PNR Blue Badge Billy Buckley 2017-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Support Operation Dignity Larry Smalheiser 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stacey Blaney on Mar 14, 2017
On Saturday, March 4th a lively group of PNR members came together at Shepherd’s Gate in Livermore with helping hands and hearts to present a $7,000 fund-a-need check and to help with some maintenance work around the facility. Volunteers split into small groups and moved dryers, cleaned dryer vents, power washed sidewalks, installed new key pad based door systems, and fixed blinds and smoke detectors in the residents rooms. 
Shepherd’s Gate is a lovely, well-maintained facility providing Christian-based counseling, work training and a safe home to woman and children. The program builds confidence, and a road to recovery from homelessness, addiction and abuse. It was a rewarding way to start out the weekend. The program exists thanks to generous organizations and individual donors and volunteers. 
Attendees were: Kevin, Lara, André, Stacey, Gina, Phil, Frank, Mike, President Slick, Tammy and Richard.
Shepherd's Gate Service Project a Resounding Success! Stacey Blaney 2017-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
PNR Speaker Joe Christiano on Mentoring Larry Smalheiser 2017-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Mar 14, 2017
PNR's Ryan Spuller won the fantasy football league!
Congratulations Ryan! 
Ryan is on the right here, being awarded his trophy by past-president Fester.
Fantasy Football King Crowned Larry Smalheiser 2017-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Billy Buckley on Mar 10, 2017
What is our PNR bell up to now?  It sure has missed a lot of meetings.
PNR'S ABSENT BELL Billy Buckley 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
School of Imagination Benefit Event - Participate! Larry Smalheiser 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Feb 16, 2017
And now, an update from our inbound student from Italy, the delightful Ms. Beatrice Sanna. Beatrice is from the lovely island of Sardinia, and her time here is making an indelible mark on her. Here is an update directly from Bea: 
"It’s been more than six months since I left home to come to the US. I think that every single one of these months, every single day, taught me something, made me a more mature person, richer, stronger, less selfish, more tolerant. I always say that one of the thing I love the most of these country is its diversity. I came from a country with a rich and various culture, but I arrived to a country with an extremely diverse mixture of people, that made me able to realize how meetings of different cultures make a country rich and beautiful. This also allowed me to realize that the word “normal”, this word that so often generates division when something or someone does not apply to it, has in reality a very relative meaning. Normal is only what applies to the majority of people, and what I have considered normal for my whole life, may be completely different from the “normal” of someone that lives somewhere else, but that doesn’t mean that is wrong. I believe that this is one of best lesson of the exchange, to learn how to understand and appreciate people and situations when they are different from what we are used to.

In these six months I lived a lot of amazing experiences. Especially since the Christmas break, I feel like I’ve finally reached an equilibrium and I’ve adjusted to pretty much everything, forgetting the homesickness and loneliness. When I was still with my first host family, I went skiing to Kirkwood. I had never seen the snow before, except from another single time that I barely remembered, and I had never been on a pair of skis. I was very excited but also scared of trying this new sport, not knowing what to expect. My host dad and my host aunt, which are formidable skiers, taught me the bases and between one fall and another I managed to survive the mountains, also being able to go to a few blu runs! I loved it and since I’ve been with my second host family I went skiing other two times, and now I’m looking forward to the ski trip we’ll have at the end of February with the other exchange students of the district. The next months I’ll have a lot of trips and many other events I’m very excited for, such as my parents’ visit during spring break, graduation, senior ball… but the more I want to live the next adventures my exchange reserves for me, the more I wish I could stop the time not to get to the day when I’ll have to say goodbye to the life I’ve built in this country, to Pleasanton, to the beautiful places I’ve visited, to the amazing people I’ve met. But I know for sure that I’ll always carry in my heart all of this, and I’ll always be grateful in future for the life changing experience I will have lived."
Here are some photos of Bea's adventure so far:
Bea--It's great to have you in our community this year. 
PNR - Exchange Student Update - Beatrice Sanna Larry Smalheiser 2017-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Feb 08, 2017
One of our two inbound exchange students this year is Daniel Costa from the beautiful land of Brazil.
Daniel shares an update on his exchange so far, below.

Look for word from Bea from Italy soon!
"When I decided to go on exchange, I knew that I was going to meet new people and make new friends, but as it wasn't my focus during my exchange year, I didn't expect it to be like it has been. I have to say that the best part of my exchange is the people I met! Here I made best friends who are part of my family now, our connection is so strong that it's like I was supposed to find them one day. Also, everyone around me has been really welcoming and friendly, I'm still amazed by the hospitality. 
One of my dreams is to become a professional actor and in my school here, Foothill High School, I've been learning a lot with choir and drama. And being a part of the school productions has been an incredible experience and full of learning. 
Of course, a great part of the exchange program is the trips we make. I still haven't traveled a lot, because most of my trips are now, in the second semester. However, I always love to go to San Francisco. I can't wait for my choir tour to Disneyland and for my New York trip with other exchange students. 
Going on exchange is an amazing experience! You learn a new language and a new culture. You meet people from all over the world and make awesome friends. And, what I find the most beautiful part of it, you see how you can help the world become one big unit, help other people to see that differences are a good thing!! I can say without hesitation that my exchange year will always be one of the best years in my life, the memories I'm making will always make me happy and hopeful."
PNR - Exchange Student Update - Daniel Costa Larry Smalheiser 2017-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Feb 07, 2017
PNR is very active sponsoring and hosting high school students as part of the outstanding Rotary International Youth Exchange program.
The students are now five months into their exchange, and ups and downs occur, yet in the end it balances out to be an amazing adventure that influences students the rest of their lives. I know from experience. I'm still in touch regularly with friends and families from my own exchange as a high schooler 30 years ago. 
Currently, Antoinette Pouteau from Foothill High School here in Pleasanton is living the dream as a student in Sarreguemines, France. She is learning about the culture and sights of France firsthand and documents her experience  on the following blog, which you should check out: http://patch.com/users/antoinette-pouteau

Antoinette (right) and her Argentinian friend Agustina (left) at the cathedral in Nancy, France. 
Our club is also sponsoring San Jose's Nicole Solomon, who is attending school in Italy and improving her Italian day by day!  Read more about Nicole's time in Italy on her blog here: https://nicolesolomon.blogspot.it/
Nicole and friends made this fun video "grading" American candies from the distinguished Italian palate perspective.

Look for updates soon from our inbound (hosted here in Pleasanton) students Bea from Italy and Daniel from Brazil.
PNR - Rotary Int'l Exchange Student Updates Larry Smalheiser 2017-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Feb 03, 2017
Pleasanton North Rotary's annual Pasta Feed was again a great success.

The event brought together local citizens and students, Rotarians and family members for a enjoyable evening of food fun and community.

Here are a few pictures from the fun evening. Speak with Tina Oellrich to find out about how you can be involved in next year's event.

Annual Pasta Feed Brings Rotarians, Students, Community Together Larry Smalheiser 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 27, 2017
In today’s meeting we had three PNR members receive their Paul Harris pins.

Paul Harris pins represent a concrete, monetary commitment to Rotary International, and our global organization’s goals and activities.
Congratulations Celia Mason, Ryan Spuller and Kevin Greenlee on the recognition and thank you for your commitment!
PNR Members Earn Three New Paul Harris Pins Larry Smalheiser 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 27, 2017
Rotarians are a busy, service-minded bunch. That said, there are some PNR members that stand above and beyond through their efforts.
Each month during his presidency, Slick has awarded a Rotarian of the Month pin to a certain committed PNR member.

Today was a day of “catch up” for Slick, and multiple Rotarians of the Month were recognized. 
Congratulations to the following Rotarians of the Month:
Mark Linsky - Rotarian of the Month, December 2016
Kevin Greenlee - Rotarian of the Month, November 2016
Dave Pitcher - Rotarian of the Month, October 2016
Dominic Pipitone - Rotarian of the Month, September 2016

President Slick and the one and only Dominic Pipitone

President Slick and Dave "Fiscal Responsibility" Pitcher

President Slick and Mark "Youth Services Dynamo" Linsky
Rotarians of the Month Announced Larry Smalheiser 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 20, 2017
On January 13th Pleasanton North Rotary officially welcomed Michelle Mikatarian to our club.
Welcome, Michelle—You’ve just joined the World's Greatest Rotary Club!

PNR Welcomes New Member Michelle Mikatarian Larry Smalheiser 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 20, 2017
Esteemed PNR colleagues:

The Pasta Feed is right around the corner. We are well on our way to finishing everything up for this  great annual event. Please attend, and invite your friends and family, drop it at church, your hairdresser, you name it. It will be an outstanding and old-fashioned family evening of fun.

Come join us!

Pasta Feed & Family Carnival--Join Us! Larry Smalheiser 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 19, 2017
On Saturday, January 14th, Pleasanton North Rotary members and supporters staffed the Rotary booth at the annual "Make a Difference Festival" event, held at the Pleasanton Library. 
Throughout the busy four-hour event there was a constant stream of Pleasanton and Tri-Valley citizens young and old alike, looking to engage with Rotary and make their own unique contribution to community service.   
Our booth at the event had something for everyone:
Pleasanton students learned about scholarships, speech contests, the exchange program, RYLA and of course the Interact Club at their high school.
Working professionals and retirees checked out the work and community support we do locally, regionally and farther afield, as they consider attending and joining our club.
For others with a unique background or affiliation, including the many groups exhibiting at the Festival, we discussed having the organization's leader potentially coming to speak at an upcoming PNR meeting
From beginning to end, the booth was a beehive of activity and interested citizens looking to "put a little bit in" and make a difference. 
Thanks to all who helped in some way, and especially to Mark Linsky, Lara Golden and Nagisa Smalheiser for taking time out of your busy schedules to staff the booth.  
PNR "Makes a Difference" in Pleasanton Larry Smalheiser 2017-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 07, 2017
At this week's Club meeting we held our annual youth speech contest.

There were five outstanding participants who clearly worked very hard to prepare and practice for their presentations. A hearty congratulations to you all. This year's participants and winners were all from Foothill High School here in town. 
Winner Andy Li will advance to the next round and speak at the regional contest to be held at the Tri-Valley Rotary Club meeting on March 16th from 5:30pm at Castlewood Country Club here in Pleasanton. 
Our Club meeting that week may be pulled off the calendar so all members can instead support and attend the speech contest. 
1st Place - Andy Li - $100 prize
2nd Place - Mikayla Tran - $50 prize
3rd Place - Samantha Do - $25 prize
Again congratulations to all participants for your efforts and speeches. We were all very impressed.
Left to Right: PNR president David Eisenhauer, PNR Youth Services lead Mark Linsky, students Justin Huang, Andy Li, Mikayla Tran, Samantha Do, Daniel Costa
Annual PNR Youth Speech Contest Held Larry Smalheiser 2017-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 07, 2017
Today we welcomed two new Rotarians (Red Badgers) to the Club Vineet Sharma and Carlos Rodriguez.

We look forward to learning more about you and to working shoulder to shoulder with you both on upcoming community service projects.
And Welcome to the World's greatest Rotary Club, gentlemen. 
PNR Welcomes Two New Members Larry Smalheiser 2017-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Dec 10, 2016
Earlier this week a hearty group of PNR Rotarians and their kinder visited a Berkeley men’s shelter and cooked a meal for the residents.
Despite the inclement weather and multiple challenges, chicken was fried outside in Ed's turkey fryer (in the chilly rain and wind!) by Ed and PNR’s newest member, Sean Kyle. Shelter patrons and staff greatly enjoyed PNR’s visit.
The menu of the day:
Homemade fried chicken
Homemade fresh coleslaw
Homemade mashed potatoes
Homemade cornbread
Fresh corn

The group that cooked at men's shelter in Berkeley during this most recent visit. Left to right: Andres Hall, Tom Hall, André Wright, Ariana Hall, Ed Golden, André Wright II, Sean Kyle
PNR Community Service at Men’s Shelter Larry Smalheiser 2016-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Dec 10, 2016
At our Dec. 2nd meeting we were pleasantly surprised by the Amador Valley High School Music for Change Club and the wonderful Christmas carol from the ensemble, in three-part harmony.

Thanks Mr. Aubel and the Club--it was fantastic.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 
Amador Valley Glee Club Surprises PNR Larry Smalheiser 2016-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Dec 02, 2016
Today Pleasanton North Rotary officially welcomed Sean Kyle to the club.
Sean comes to PNR via good friend Ed Golden, and has made many new friends from attending meetings and participating in multiple service projects. 
Professionally, Sean is a systems engineer at Dimension Data, a well-regarded global tech firm.  
Welcome, Sean—You’re a fantastic addition to our club!

New PNR Member – Sean Kyle Larry Smalheiser 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Dec 02, 2016
Amador Valley High School graduate Lexi Ewanich spent the last school year abroad in France as one of Pleasanton North Rotary’s exchange students.
Through her slideshow and presentation today as our featured speaker, Lexi shared that she lived with multiple families in Valence and the surrounding areas, and had an outstanding experience overall. The slideshow was fabulous and Lexi is a very poised, confident young speaker.
Lexi is off to college in Boston after the holidays.

From your PNR family here in Pleasanton, we wish you the very best of luck with your next adventure Lexi!

Former Exchange Student Lexi Ewanich Larry Smalheiser 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Second Annual Turkey Burn a Blazing Success! Larry Smalheiser 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Nov 03, 2016
October's high school student of the month is Tamara "T" Wilson.
Among reasons for nominating Tamara, Foothill staff note her strong spirit of giving and leadership in the peer advocate group. Tamara goes out of her way daily to support students in need, is a tutor for special education students and heads up Foothill's buddy program for special education students. 
Congratulations on the award, Tamara, you deserve it!
Above: Tamara Wilson is awarded a Pleasanton North Rotary Student of the Month certificate by PNR member Meera Parikh and Foothill Principal Jason Krolikowski.
October Student of the Month—Tamara Wilson Larry Smalheiser 2016-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 30, 2016
PNR will hold its annual Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest on Friday January 6th at 12:15 p.m., at Handles Gastropub, at 855 Main St., here in town.

This contest is a *great* way for local high school students to hone their speaking skills in a friendly and competitive environment.  Successful students in the past have come from Drama, Debate, English and Speech programs, but there are no restrictions!

If you know a Pleasanton high school student that would be serious about participating, we’d love to have them register and be there!
This year’s theme is “Rotary Serving Humanity.”

1st Place winner is awarded $100, 2nd Place $50, and 3rd Place $25.
For more details about the contest, including registration, contact Speech Contest Chair Mark Linsky, Pleasanton North Rotary Speech Contest Chair, mslinsky@gmail.com, 925-264-9544.
We hope to have many outstanding contestants this year!

Here are the details:
Calling All Pleasanton High School Students: PNR Annual Speech Contest Larry Smalheiser 2016-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 17, 2016
Where there are calamities or natural disasters, Rotary is sure to spring into service and respond. 
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew's devastating blow to the island nation of Haiti, Rotary members, government authorities and multiple agencies, in close collaboration with Rotary's relief partner  ShelterBox Focused their efforts on emergency shelter and the cholera outbreak in the southern region of the island.
Please visit the main Rotary website and read the full article here:
Photo Credit: Alexis Masciarelli
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti Larry Smalheiser 2016-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 11, 2016
In a fun and worthwhile exchange that ended up very nicely for both a veteran suicide prevention campaign and for PNR Foundation coffers, President Slick bragged to members that he'd do push-ups for cash...
Things got a bit awkward when Andre, Dave, Jim and Ed bantered around playfully, then President Slick hit the floor and 22 push-ups later, $420 was raised for the Foundation. And the video will be uploaded to the website 22kills.com, a global campaign to show solidarity and support for the alarming rate of veteran suicide here in the U.S.
Talk about commitment.
Thanks President Slick and fellow Rotarians!
Push-up Challenge at PNR--for a Cause! Larry Smalheiser 2016-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 08, 2016
During District Governor Jeff Orth’s visit, a select number of PNR members were praised for their ongoing “behind the scenes” work on behalf of the club.

District Governor Orth presented the members with certificates noting their entrance to the Order, and a unique pins commemorating the honor.
District Gov. Orth Confers “Order of the Stinking Rose” on PNR Members Larry Smalheiser 2016-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 08, 2016
During District Governor Orth’s visit, a select number of PNR members were honored for their individual commitments to Rotary International Foundation.

In return, the members were honored with special commemorative pins presented by District Governor Orth.
PNR Members Make Commitments to RI Foundation Larry Smalheiser 2016-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 08, 2016
Stacey Blaney, president of Denali Data Systems, was inducted into Pleasanton North Rotary by District 5170 Governor Orth and PNR President David Eisenhauer.

Welcome to the PNR family, Stacey!
PNR Welcomes Stacey Blaney Larry Smalheiser 2016-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 08, 2016
Ed “President Uncle Fester” Golden received his PNR past president badge from current PNR president David “Slick” Eisenhauer and District Governor Jeff Orth. 
Fester Festooned by Slick Larry Smalheiser 2016-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Sep 27, 2016
Again this year, the annual "A Starry Night" gala was a resounding success.

This year’s event was fantastic, and raised funds for local, regional and international causes....More details on the event to come shortly!
Check out the slideshow below (a new window will open).
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


A Starry Night - Oh What a Night! Larry Smalheiser 2016-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Aug 29, 2016
Pleasanton North Rotary president David "Slick" Eisenhauer named long-time PNR member and past president Dave Cherry Rotarian of the Month. 
Cherry is proprietor of Big O Tires here in town, and President Slick noted that Dave and Big O have responded generously to every PNR fundraising event since Slick joined the club in 1991. 
Thanks for everything you do for the Club and for the community, Dave. 
Rotarian of the Month - Dave Cherry Larry Smalheiser 2016-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Dust off your Derby Hats…“A Starry Night" is Coming Soon Larry Smalheiser 2016-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Aug 07, 2016
This past Friday's meeting featured youth galore.

We had Outbound student Antoinette Pouteau join us. She's headed for a year in France very shortly.

We also had parents and prospective future exchange students from Amador join the meeting to learn more about Rotary and Rotary Youth Exchange.

Our two Inbound (i.e. now living in Pleasanton) students Beatrice Sanna from Italy, and Daniel Costa from Brazil join the program to present Rotary flags from their home clubs to Pleasanton North Rotary.

Our guest speaker was Nagisa Smalheiser who just recently returned from an amazing student year abroad in Northern Spain. Smalheiser made a formal presentation to the group, shared of her experiences and insights, and fielded a variety of questions from Rotarians, guests and interested students. 

In the photo below, Beatrice and Daniel present flags from their home clubs to PNR President "Slick" David Eisenhauer, while Youth Exchange Chair Kevin Greenlee couldn't be prouder.

Nagisa Smalheiser presents President "Slick" with a flag from her former host club in Northern Spain...As the Club President in Spain appears to watch over the presentation of the flag personally, from the PowerPoint screen.
PNR Supports Youth in a Major Way Larry Smalheiser 2016-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jul 26, 2016
Former Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Livermore Lorenzo Framba visited PNR this past Friday, to share his perspective on the value and importance of international student exchanges. 
Lorenzo's presentation followed that of PNR’s six RYLA participants this year, making this meeting a vigorous youth-led affair. 
Especially with our own youthful president "Slick" at the wheel.
Fun Visit from Former Italian Exchange Student to Livermore Larry Smalheiser 2016-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jul 26, 2016
As always, Pleasanton North Rotary again sponsored many students for this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)  Camp. 
Following their time at camp participating in team-building activities, significant personal development, and lifelong friend-making, students shared about their experiences this past meeting on Friday, July 22nd. 
Participants pictured in the photo, from left to right: 
Megan Bokhoor, Valentina Im, Kimmy Nguyen, Brianna Mai, Emily Balicanta, Daniel Do, and of course our very own Kevin Greenlee
PNR sends Local Students to Annual Leadership Camp Larry Smalheiser 2016-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Greenlee on Jul 26, 2016
PNR is active again this fall sponsoring and hosting high school students for Rotary Youth Exchange.
This fall, Antoinette Pouteau from Foothill High School will be living in France, polishing her french language skills and living her dream, learning the culture of France and seeing the sights of Europe!
PNR is also sponsoring Nicole Solomon, from San Jose.  She will be attending school in Italy, and is busy learning Italian before she boards her plane for her adventure abroad!  Nicole has been active in 4H, raised pigmy goats, and became her club's Public Relations Officer.  In that capacity she developed her public speaking skills and the confidence to become a Rotary Exchange Student!
PNR will be hosting the following two students in Pleasanton this fall:
Beatrice Sanna, is coming from Italy and will be studying at Amador High School.  Her parents introduced her to the exchange program and she decided to take the opportunity to live abroad not as a tourist, but as a full time student to learn the language and culture of the USA!
Daniel Costa will be arriving from Brazil, and will attend Foothill High School. Daniel is training to become a professional actor, and his dream is to return to the USA after his exchange year, and continue his training here.  Then he hopes to take the skills he learns, return to Brazil, and inspire young students to find their passion and live their dreams! 
PNR - Hotbed of Rotary Int'l Exchange Student Activity Kevin Greenlee 2016-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 27, 2016
PNR's own Herb Ritter has just announced his candidacy for Pleasanton City Council. On Friday, he will introduce his community-oriented platform of improving education, driving economic vitality, and promoting smart engagement with our environment.
“Pleasanton needs engaged, collaborative and decisive leaders who come to the table bringing both experience and creative approaches,” he commented. “Building on my experience, civic leadership, and ‘roll up my sleeves’ attitude over the past decade, I look forward to serving our increasingly diverse Pleasanton population as a trusted voice but more importantly as an active listener both on the City Council and around town.”
“My passion and care run deep for this amazing community,” he said. “It's never been my intention to get into politics, yet by serving on the council I can increase my engagement with decision-makers in the city and make more significant, enduring contributions to public service. I want to do all I can to preserve our small town feel while driving positive change in Pleasanton, making it an even better place to work, live, raise a family, and retire. I’m all for smart planning for a better city for today and tomorrow.”
The community is invited to celebrate Herb Ritter’s candidacy at an official, public kick-off event on June 23rd. Speak with Herb or visit his website if you'd like more details.
PNR's Own Herb Ritter Announces Run for Pleasanton City Council Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 26, 2016
Each year Pleasanton North Rotary awards scholarships to Foothill High School graduating seniors. This year PNR awarded three $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships were  awarded in memory of Chuck Pickens, the first President of Pleasanton North Rotary, Robin Barnett, a former teacher at Foothill High School, and Stephen Parker, a 1978 graduate of Foothill.
This year's three scholarship recipients each are well-rounded, and very engaged youth scholars. Each student has a mix of honors and distinctions, significant athletic and work experience, and commendable community service activities.
This year's three scholarship winners are:
Madison Hobbs – Stephen Parker Scholarship
Snigdha Jayavarapu – Robin Barnett Scholarship
Sophia Brown – Chuck Pickens Scholarship

Congratulations to you three on your accomplishment!
Three $1000 High School Scholarship Award Winners Announced Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 22, 2016
Yesterday, PNR undertook a significant construction project at Sunflower Hill Gardens at Hagemann Ranch in Livermore. 
More than 15 Rotarians, family and friends turned out for the great event, concrete pouring and all. Under the leadership of community service chair Matt Wilson--thank you Matt!--the event, one of many community service projects with Sunflower Hill, was a big success.  The concrete foundation for a big shed was created and concrete was poured, a picnic table was made, squash was planted, weeds were pulled and a great time was had by all. 
Thanks to all who took part in the project. 
Here are a few photos:
Sunflower Hill Community Service Project a Resounding Success Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 22, 2016
In a weekend where PNR members went two for two, community service project wise, about 15 Pleasanton North Rotarians, friends and family made a significant improvement in the cleanliness and health of the Arroyo between the Sports Park and hwy. 680. 
The project, organized by Kevin Greenlee and led by the tireless Lara Golden, had Rotarians, Interact members, family and friends carefully cleaning the Arroyo and scouring the banks for refuse errant tennis balls, you name it. Overall we worked hard to improve quality of life for the ecosystem. We were even graced by a white egret who flew in towards the end of the project to voice its approval. 
Heartfelt thanks to all who participated. 
Here are some photos:
Pleasanton North Rotary and Friends Clean Arroyo Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 20, 2016
Today we had the pleasure of hosting Creatures of Impulse Directors Mark Duncanson and Jeff Zavattero.

The Club enjoyed a fun session on the power and versatility of improvisation, both on stage and in daily life.

What served as the lively topic and target for the Club to address with its newfound improvisation powers?

Let's see how President "Uncle Fester" (L), David Eisenhauer (C) and Dominic Pipitone (R) improvise and work together to field a "challenging" question from the audience:
Stand-Up Improv Bug Hits Pleasanton North Rotary Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary - What Exactly is That? Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 14, 2016
This past Friday our Rotary club received a beautiful gift from our sister city of Tulancingo, Mexico.
Pleasanton North Rotary’s Susan DuPree, serving as club liaison to the recent Tulancingo delegation, presented President Ed “Uncle Fester” Golden with a fabulous ornate tray from Tulancingo.
The members of Pleasanton North Rotary look forward to many more years of a strong and very positive relationship with our sister city.
Muchisimas gracias por el regalo que es símbolo de nuestra fuerte amistad.
Thank you for your kind gift, Tulancingo, that represents our strong friendship.
A Gift from Tulancingo Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 14, 2016
May's high school student of the month is Jasmine Setiyadi.
Among reasons for nominating Jasmine, Foothill staff note a strong impression left on all as a result of Jasmine’s standout performance as a student, as well as her exceptional leadership and passionate, humanistic value-driven approach to school and life.
Congratulations on the award, Jasmine, you deserve it!
Above: Jasmine Setiyadi is awarded a Pleasanton North Rotary Student of the Month certificate by PNR members Lara Golden (left) and President Ed "Uncle Fester" Golden (right).
May Student of the Month—Jasmine Setiyadi Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 07, 2016
Pleasanton North Rotary's very own Jim Brice had the chance to meet with former exchange student Laura Klein on his recent visit to Europe. PNR reunited with Laura in Alzey, Germany on April 30th. 
Pictured below are, from left: mother Alina Klein, Jim Brice, Laura's brother Fabian Klein, Laura's friend Jonas, Laura's father Günter Klein.
Keeping Connections Going--Jim Brice visits Laura Klein and Family in Germany Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 07, 2016
Pleasanton North Rotary is well known for our unflagging emphasis on "sweat equity" as a way to give back to the community. We truly believe in implementing the "Service Above Self" Rotary motto. 
Here are two upcoming service projects that will get you out into the community serving others. I encourage you to sign up with the project lead and take part.  
Saturday, May 21st, 9am - Sunflower Hill Gardens at Hagemann Ranch, Livermore; construction project; Food and beverages will be provided; if you missed the signup sheet at this past Friday's meeting, talk with Matt Wilson for more details. 
Sunday, May 22nd - Arroyo Clean Up, Pleasanton; PNR, leading local high school youth--Interactors and friends--will be cleaning up a quarter mile of the arroyo near the Sports Park; meet at S. Valley Trails Dr & Haleakala Rd. at 10am Sunday to help out!
Saturday, June 4th - Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Pancake Breakfast; join fellow PNR members in helping serve coffee to those who have served their country, at the Veteran's Hall here in town; speak with Ron Sutton for more details. 
Upcoming Community Service Projects--Sign Up Today! Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 07, 2016
This past week, our very own Richard Flanders pulled off an amazing event that brought together service minded individuals from near and far. The District conference was attended by hundreds if not thousands of Rotarians from not only our District but also around the world. I personally met with members from as far afield as India (a past District Governor) and Nigeria (one of them a Yoruba chief).
Richard, the event was a fantastic showcasing of your amazing organizational and planning skills and attendance was more than double what has been seen in past years. Only second to Richard D. King's year, if I heard correctly, and a very impressive achievement by any measure of the word. I've heard attendees comment that it was the best District Conference they've ever been to.
A heartfelt word of thanks to Richard from the World's Greatest Rotary Club, Pleasanton North Rotary. Our hats are off to you. 🎩🎩🎩
Club-Wide Word of Thanks to PNR's Own Richard Flanders Larry Smalheiser 2016-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Apr 18, 2016
Pleasanton North Rotary congratulates the Rotary Club of Livermore, Rotary Club of Livermore Valley and the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore for the dedication of Rotary Bandstand on April 14 in Livermore's Carnegie Park.
Congrats to Livermore on New Bandstand Dedication Larry Smalheiser 2016-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Apr 16, 2016
Each year Pleasanton North Rotary awards three $1,000 scholarships to Foothill High graduating seniors. Apply today--deadline is coming! 

Each year Pleasanton North Rotary awards scholarships to Foothill High School graduating seniors. This year we will be awarding three $1,000 Memorial Scholarships. The Scholarships will be awarded in memory of Chuck Pickens, the first President of Pleasanton North Rotary, Robin Barnett, a former teacher at Foothill High School, and Stephen Parker, a 1978 graduate of Foothill. 

All seniors planning to attend college are encouraged to apply. 
Please complete the following information:
University/College you will be attending:
Scholastic Achievements to date:
High School Activities:
Past Community Service:
Future Plans & Goals:

In addition to the above information, a short resume should be attached.
When reviewing the applications, the Scholarship Committee considers the following:

1st: Service to the Community
2nd: School Involvement (clubs, sports, etc.)
3rd: Scholastic Achievements

mparikh@ponlaw.com BY FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
Any questions may be sent to:
Ms. Meera Parikh
Scholarship Chair
Pleasanton North Rotary

$1000 - Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation 2016 Scholarship Application - Apply today! Larry Smalheiser 2016-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Mar 29, 2016
Don't miss this Friday's meeting.
We'll have Career Coach and Business Consultant Dick Scoppettone as our featured speaker.
The topic of his presentation is “YOU Part Two – Starting Your Next Career”
A bit about our upcoming speaker:
Dick Scoppettone encountered his first major career change in the 60’s as the lead singer for Harpers Bizarre, the pop group whose hit record Feelin’ Groovy topped the charts along with Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco sound.
Today, through his company, Little Biz, he’s not only a speaker, but a career coach and business consultant who helps people start doing what they really want to do.
Hope to see you this Friday everybody. 
Feelin' Groovy with Career Coach Dick Scoppettone Larry Smalheiser 2016-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Mar 25, 2016
March's high school student of the month is Alex Lee.
Alex is really into Art. And the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Foothill has clearly noted his commitment to art with an upcoming event Alex shared about, called "Art Attack." Alex has organized meetings, promotes the event on social media, and in general has become a bit of "a force" for art in the school, quietly honing his craft and setting a high standard for the AP class.

His combination of skill, demeanor and humility all helped lead to Alex being named Student of the Month.

Congratulations Alex!
March Student of the Month--Alex Lee Larry Smalheiser 2016-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
Charter Night 2016 - Fun and Fantastic Company Larry Smalheiser 2016-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Feb 15, 2016

February's high school student of the month is Melanie Valdez.

Foothill Staff noted her positive attitude and tremendous work ethic among a long list of the many other admirable traits that led to Melanie being named Student of the Month.

Congratulations Melanie!

Below: Melanie Valdez is awarded a Pleasanton North Rotary Student of the Month certificate by PNR members Meera Parikh (right) and President Ed Golden (far right), as Foothill Principal Jason Krolikowski proudly shows his support.

February Student of the Month--Melanie Valdez Larry Smalheiser 2016-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Feb 14, 2016
The first of three Habitat For Humanity Community Service Projects in Martinez was a success!

The hearty crew trekked North to work on the buildings you'll see in the pictures below.

Lara Golden, Clémence Parre (exchange student from France!), Elisa Moreau (exchange student from Belgium!), and Mira and Kevin Greenlee were our outstanding builder/representatives on February 6th.

Two more visits to go, and there's room for you to help out!  

Speak with Audrey to confirm your space now--Dates are on the calendar already!
Habitat For Humanity Community Service Project - Success in Progress! Larry Smalheiser 2016-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Feb 01, 2016
PNR held its annual Pasta Feed this past weekend, and as you'll see from the slideshow, great fun, and fund-raising, was had by all. It was a great community event.
Click to play the Pasta Feed slideshow
2016 PNR Pasta Feed a Resounding Success Larry Smalheiser 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 27, 2016
An update on this:  There are just a few openings left, so if you'd like to participate, please speak with Audrey as soon as possible.

Family and friends age 16 and up are welcome to join.
Project Details:
This will be at a project in Martinez (same one as last time) and there will be plenty of work to do.  There will be something for everyone, regardless of skill level.
Location:  Martinez
Dates:  February 6 and March 5 (both Saturdays)
Time:   8:30 am – 4:00 pm (must be at the location on time for group instructions)
Cost: *Free* (bring your own lunch and drinks)
Details with exact location, parking, clothing and other information will be emailed to registrants.
For more info, go to the Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley website: http://www.habitatebsv.org/
With questions or to reserve a spot, please email Audrey (include names of anyone you are bringing) so she can add you to the list and send the final details.
Contact details:
925-621-1001 = work
925-963-9661= cell

Habitat for Humanity Community Service Project - Feb 6 + Mar 5 – Sign up today! Larry Smalheiser 2016-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 11, 2016
Don't miss this year's Pasta Feed and Family Carnival. 

Here are details of the upcoming event. And don't forget, Seniors and Veterans eat FREE. 

Fun for the entire family--Hope to see you there!
Annual Pasta Feed & Family Carnival--Be There Larry Smalheiser 2016-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 09, 2016
As you may know, Pleasanton North Rotary is helping Santa Cruz Rotary and other 5170 Clubs make a remarkable difference in the lives of 160 Mayan families in Sanik Ya and Chitalul, Mayan villages in the highlands near Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

The goal has been to realize a water purification project in Guatemala. 
The process not been without challenges, however. Our fellow Rotarians from the Santa Cruz club informed us at our Oct. 2nd meeting that the project, planned for this month (January 2016), had been delayed due to political uncertainties. 
In the latest--and very encouraging--update, we’ve learned that construction is now underway.
In a fantastic show of multi-Club collaboration, the project will be to install a water system complete with pump, storage tank and SunSpring water purification for the villages.
The pictures below reflect the incredible progress on the 150,000 liter water storage tank near the villages. The Rotary team will be installing the water purification system and working with village leadership on health and hygiene, financial sustainability and water purification training.
Another example of how Rotarians are actively engaged within their communities and those in need, both here at home and farther afield.
Stay tuned for updates on the project as we have them!
Rotary “Water Warriors” Helping Make a Dream Reality Larry Smalheiser 2016-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 02, 2016
The 2016 District Conference will be held April 29-May 1, 2016 beginning with lunch at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in place of our regular weekly Club meeting.

Friday evening through Sunday Morning events will be held at the San Ramon Marriott...It's just up the "road" from us in Pleasanton, so plan on attending!  

Full event details, registration and hotel registration links will be available in early January.  
Saturday night, April 30 will feature an Interact Talent Competition. Interactors are encouraged to go to www.rotarydistrict5170talentcompetition.com for details on how to enter today.  The contest is limited to Interactors in District 5170.  Rotarians, please encourage the talented Interactors in your midst to enter the competition!
During the conference awards will be given for the best club Facebook page, club Newsletter and Club website. To find out how your club can enter, go to this link: http://www.rotarydistrict5170.org/SitePage/ri-and-district-awards/newsletter-and-web-awards-2015-2016
District Conference 2016 Is Coming! Larry Smalheiser 2016-01-02 08:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year - 2016 Larry Smalheiser 2016-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Dec 20, 2015

PNR will hold its annual Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest on Friday January 8th at 12:15 p.m., at Handles Gastropub, at 855 Main St., here in town.

This contest is a *great* way for local high school students to hone their speaking skills in a friendly and competitive environment.  Successful students in the past have come from Drama, Debate, English and Speech programs, but there are no restrictions!

If you know a Pleasanton high school student that would be serious about participating, we’d love to have them register and be there!


This year’s theme is Be a Gift to the World.”

1st Place winner is awarded $100, 2nd Place $50, and 3rd Place $25.


For more details about the contest, including registration, contact Speech Contest Chair Debra Doble at debra@syacpa.com or (925) 426-7744.


We hope to have many outstanding contestants this year!

Here are the details:

Calling All Pleasanton High School Students: PNR Annual Speech Contest Larry Smalheiser 2015-12-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Dec 11, 2015
Outbound (i.e. currently overseas) exchange student Nagisa Smalheiser recently posted a new installment to her monthly column over at Pleasanton Patch.com about her year in Basque Country, Northern Spain.

It's always fun to see and read about how these young ambassadors are getting along in their new homes, with new families and new friends.

It takes a good deal of courage to do what these young people are doing, so hats off to all of you! 🎩

Please take a few minutes to read Nagisa's fourth post over at Patch.com, complete with Nagisa's regular slideshow.

Here's an excerpt
"...This past week, I got to go to San Sebastian again, but this time with my class to watch a TV show being filmed. I thought that we were going to be shown maybe a set and how they film and edit. It turns out we were the audience for a game show they were filming, so we’ll be in the background of three episodes, which air in December!"

Exchange Student Corner - Nagisa Larry Smalheiser 2015-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Dec 04, 2015
On this year's chilly Thanksgiving Day an estimated 500 Tri-Valley residents volunteered and took part in the first annual, and very successful, Turkey Burn, organized by PNR's very own Ron Sutton and Kevin Greenlee. 

Volunteers from the community and the local Interact Clubs turned out to keep things running smoothly. Pun intended! 

Ken Mercer Sports Park and the newly updated Arroyo trail made for a fun course, and the pace of the morning was easy-going and fun, with plenty of families and silly turkey hats.

Pleasanton Patch had a nice write up about the event here, and as a participant, I strongly encourage all to join and make this event another great success next year.

Gobble Gobble!
Community Rallies Around First Annual Turkey Burn Larry Smalheiser 2015-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Dec 04, 2015
You know Black Friday

You know Cyber Monday

You probably also know Giving Tuesday

How about Giving through Rotary...

I encourage you to take 30 seconds, watch the video, and visit the website.
Give the Gift of Rotary Larry Smalheiser 2015-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Nov 17, 2015
PNR joined forces with the two other Rotary clubs in town to decorate Rotary Park. A lot of PNR members showed up for the decorating, which took place Saturday, November 14th from 9am-12pm.

In close cooperation with the City, electricity has been provided for the decorative lights. 

Here's a photo that captures members from the city's Clubs hard at work:
Rotary Club of Pleasanton and Pleasanton North Rotary joined forces Nov. 14 to decorate Rotary Park on Main Street for the holidays.  From left: Lara Golden, Brad Hirst, Don Lewis, Frank Hanna, Scott Raty and Larry Annis.  Photo by Jim Brice From left: Lara Golden, Brad Hirst, Don Lewis, Frank Hanna, Scott Raty and Larry Annis.  

Photo by Jim Brice

Wonderful work everyone -- Thanks for a great turnout and a very visible, lasting message for the town!
Rotary Decorated Rotary Park--And it Looks Great! Larry Smalheiser 2015-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Nov 16, 2015
UPDATE:  The Pub Crawl went well. 
Our Annual “Get to Know Pleasanton Much Better” Pub Crawl took place Friday Nov. 13 starting at Handles GastroPub at 5pm and ending at McKay’s with a few stops in between.  
Here's a photo of the group demonstrating that good times were indeed had. 
Pub Crawl Deemed a Success! Larry Smalheiser 2015-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Get Ready to Burn Calories Thanksgiving Morning! Larry Smalheiser 2015-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Nov 09, 2015
Don't miss this Friday's speaker, Erick Lovdahl, of Alameda County Community Food Bank.
You may not have known the the Food Bank serves 1 in 5 county residents, with its services reaching Pleasanton and every other corner or our county. Operations Director Lovdahl will address how the food bank so effectively fights hunger and the critical importance of community support in achieving its mission of a hunger-free Alameda County.  
Fittingly, this is PNR's last meeting before Thanksgiving...
Hope you can make it to the meeting. Never mind the fact that it will be Friday the 13th. 
See you there!
Alameda County Food Bank Speaker--Be There Larry Smalheiser 2015-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 30, 2015
Our Exchange Student from Belgium, Elisa Moreau, is keeping herself very busy here in Pleasanton! 

Here are some photos of her amazing time in Pleasanton--and many other places, as you'll see in this slideshow.
Great to have you here Elisa!
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Exchange Student Corner - Elisa Larry Smalheiser 2015-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 17, 2015
Pleasanton North Rotary has had strong member growth over the past year. The Club recognized PNR members Tom Hall and Herb Ritter for their significant efforts to bring new community service-minded individuals into the Rotary family.

Through his efforts, Herb has encouraged one new member to join this year (welcome Phil!) and not to be outdone, Past President Jethro has brought a whopping SIX new people to Rotary over the past year.
Hearty thanks to you both from the Club, and let’s all follow these leaders here, in new member growth!
New Member Growth Efforts Recognized Larry Smalheiser 2015-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 16, 2015
Close on the heels of our successful community service project work at the Berkeley Men's Shelter...

...We have an upcoming service project at the Shelter in November, and are looking for participants. 

Is that you?

Space is limited, so talk with Herb, Andre or Matt to get involved!

From our recent service project at the Shelter:
Because this photo is so great I'm including it again!
Community Service Project – Get Signed up to Participate! Larry Smalheiser 2015-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Oct 16, 2015
Pleasanton North Rotary member Susan Dupree informs us that her husband Hollis Bascom passed away after a long illness on Wednesday, Oct. 7.  They had been married for 25 years. Hollis was an inventor, entrepreneur, and strong Rotary supporter as a Paul Harris fellow and financial supporter our PNR Afghanistan Hospital project in 2010.  Susan is a past president of PNR and club member since 1997. 

All PNR members are invited to an invitation-only Celebration of Life for Hollis.  The memorial will be held at 5 pm on November 12 at Castlewood Country Club.
IN MEMORIAM Jim Brice 2015-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 14, 2015
Agape Villages Foster Family Agency invites you to attend their 3rd Annual Dinner and Auction on November 7th, 2015. Agape Villages is a non-profit, foster family agency, serving children throughout Northern California. As you may know, last year PNR Foundation donated $15K to Agape Villages—the cause is extremely worthy.
“From Your Heart to Their Kids”
Celebrate 56 years of healing hearts and building families with Agape Villages at their 3rd Annual Dinner and Auction. The dinner is being held on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at the Marriott Pleasanton located at 11950 Dublin Canyon Road in Pleasanton. The evening begins at 6:30 pm and includes dinner and an auction and features Jim White, the real-life coach who inspired the Disney movie McFarland, USA.
Refresher on Agape Villages
Agape Villages mobilizes community resources to provide quality homes, innovative solutions and the highest of professional services to disadvantaged children and their families to meet their needs, maximize their potential and lead toward a better and brighter future.
Event Tickets
Tickets for the dinner event are $75.00 each. All proceeds from the event will benefit Northern California children. More information about the group or the event can be found online at: http://www.agapevillages.org/events.
Additional Information
Additional information relating to the event, sponsorship opportunities and event participation is available. For details, please refer to the Agape Villages representative below.
Contact Information
Jen Oxe
Agape Villages
3160 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 120
San Ramon, California 94583
(925) 866-3020
jenoxe@agapevillages.org or info@agapevillages.org 
Agape Villages Dinner and Auction—Sign Up Today! Larry Smalheiser 2015-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 11, 2015
Rotary--and Pleasanton North Rotary--is all about Service.

This weekend PNR and also some from the larger PNR circle of family and friends headed to Sunflower Hill in Livermore to work in the expansive Veggie Garden, and to help create a much needed compost bin.

The PNR family showed up, had a very successful time at Sunflower Hill, and looks forward to other community service projects we can take on, both locally and farther afield.

Great spirit and energy shown by all who participated....THANK YOU for taking part.

Check out photos from the day, and be sure to sign up for our next community service project!
PNR Service Project at Sunflower Hill a Success! Larry Smalheiser 2015-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 08, 2015
Some good news--the exchange students we sent overseas are writers!
Lexi Ewanich in France has created and regularly "stocks" her blog with new posts. "Francing Through Life" is here...http://francingthroughlife.tumblr.com... and you should keep tabs on the page regularly for updates.

Nagisa Smalheiser has a column over on Pleasanton Patch, and she has two posts up so far on her "Letters From Abroad" page. Keep an eye on this page for the latest from Basque Country, Spain:
Keeping Up With Our Exchange Students Larry Smalheiser 2015-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 07, 2015

Right now our Rotary Club is hosting two lovely exchange students from abroad, and many of you have met and spoken with Elisa (Belgium) and Clémence (France).

At the same time, two of Pleasanton's own are abroad as exchange students this year, in France (Lexi), and Spain (Nagisa).

Exchange students' time is filled with amazing experiences, and the time does fly by. To give the PNR members a look into these four young ladies' experiences, I've asked each to regularly share highlights, challenges, learnings and more. 

We'll be sharing some of those experiences here in a new column called "Exchange Student Corner." We kick off the new column with a contribution from Lexi, who is in south-eastern France.


NEW - Rotary International Exchange Student Corner Larry Smalheiser 2015-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 07, 2015
For me going on exchange meant doing something different, out of the typical pattern of students. While most of my friends were heading off to college, I was preparing to leave the country for 10 months, for what is considered a “gap” year. 
My desire to do exchange was a combination of wanting to see the world from a different perspective, and also, eventually, to lead into a career, as I plan to study International Business.
I was lucky enough to be sent to my first choice country, France. I am living in Valence, France (Host District 1780). This is in the southeastern part of France, bordering Switzerland and Italy. 
In this past month, I have met so many amazing people, whether they are exchange students, rebounds, kids from my school, family members, or friends, and it has been truly amazing to make these connections. I loved going to Annecy for our district wide orientation weekend to meet and connect with friends from all over the world who are walking the same journey. Being an exchange student truly puts the world in a different perspective. No longer are countries just a spot on the map, but now a connection with someone you have met, and hopes to visit them in the future. It is an amazing feeling to be immersed in a culture different from your own, and practice a foreign language first hand.
Thank you Rotary for the opportunity to go on this exchange, looking forward to what the next 9 months has in store! 
Exchange Student Corner - Lexi Larry Smalheiser 2015-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Oct 07, 2015
Right now our Rotary Club is hosting two lovely exchange students from abroad, and many of you have met and spoken with Elisa (Belgium) and Clémence (France).
At the same time, two of Pleasanton's own are abroad as exchange students this year, in France (Lexi), and Spain (Nagisa).
Exchange students' time is filled with amazing experiences, and the time does fly by. To give the PNR members a look into these four young ladies' experiences, I've asked each to regularly share highlights, challenges, learnings and more. 
We'll be sharing some of those experiences here in a new column called "Exchange Student Corner." We kick off the new column with a contribution from Lexi, who is in south-eastern France.
NEW - Rotary International Exchange Student Corner Larry Smalheiser 2015-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matthew Wilson on Oct 05, 2015
Hello Gang,
As your community project chair I have something finally to share.  We have been invited to participate in constructing a compost bin (see photos below) for Sunflower Hill.  If you are not familiar with their giant vegetable garden you won't understand the urgent need that they have for a compost bin. These folks perform terrific work in our community and we should support them with this project.
We need:
-  Skilled labor (operations include; skil saw, screw gun, post hole digging, measuring, and moving lumber)
-  Support staff (operations include mixing beverages, holding beverages, fetching beverages)
-  Bystanders (operations include standing, kneeling, sitting, smiling, ego stroking, and sarcasm)
Tools required by 'US':
-  Post whole digger
-  Skil saw
-  Screw gun
-  Extension cord
-  Speed square
-  Pencil
*Materials will be provided by Sunflower Hill
Sunflower Hill would like to see our eager faces on Saturday October 10 at 12:00 noon.  The late start is so that we may imbibe with social consumption of said beverages without controversy.
Getting our happy group together on these outings has proven difficult in the past but I am certain this attempt we should expect an enthusiastic turn out.
Can you please volunteer for one of three categories of participation.  As usual this should be a fun, fellowship building activity without controversy.  Come cheer on the workers or help tote and fetch drinks for the others but all are welcome.
Thanks for your support,
Matt Wilson
Sunflower Hill Veggie Garden Compost Bin--Service Project--Join us! Matthew Wilson 2015-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Sep 20, 2015
More than 220 people attended our annual “A Starry Night” benefit gala and fundraiser on September 12, 2015. This year’s colorful theme was “Cuba” and Oh my Lucy did attendees dress to impress!

Another hearty thank you to all who made it out to the event, those who supported behind the scenes, and of course our local sponsors: Greenleaf Capital Partners, Wealth Management Associates, Better Homes and Gardens Tri-Valley Realty, Big-O Tires, and Gina Piper - Real Estate Broker.
Enjoy the photos…And there’s more on our PNR Facebook page, here:
A Starry Night Fundraiser and Gala a Major Success! Larry Smalheiser 2015-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tami Hennegan on Sep 03, 2015
Hey PNR Members,
A Starry Night is a week away!!!  Woo Hoo!!  It is going to be a great evening in Havana!
However there is work to do still to make this a wonderful success!  Please help out and sign up for a shift or two or three!!  We will have our awesome Interact students helping us with a few jobs and "people moving" during the auction, but we need lots of help still setting up, working the check in process, and of course breaking down!  
I will pass around sign up sheets during tomorrows meeting, but if you don't plan to attend tomorrow, please email me and let me know how you can help!! Below are the working shifts:
Friday afternoon (after rotary mtg) 1:30 - 3:30
Saturday Set-up 10:30 until job done
Saturday "during" Event - Not just "attending"
Saturday "after" Event - clean up
Sunday morning final clean up

Looking forward to a fun PNR evening!!!
Thanks guys!! See you tomorrow!!
A Starry Night--Event Volunteers *Needed* Tami Hennegan 2015-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Aug 31, 2015
Over the past week, PNR members and friends participated in an annual community service project in Berkeley. 

The activity, led by past President Jethro and attended by former past President Bevo, had PNR cooking a meal for a Men's Shelter. As you'll see from the photos, not only was the meal a true group effort and labor of love, but the group definitely had fun together creating it. 

Have a look at our latest community service efforts, through some outstanding photos including a selfie that would make Ellen DeGeneres and friends jealous. Nice going Herb!

Hats off to all who participated!

Community Service at Men's Shelter in Berkeley a Hit! Larry Smalheiser 2015-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Aug 25, 2015
KPIX 5 Morning Weather Anchor Roberta Gonzales recently answered some questions viewers never get to ask on-air, and Pleasanton North Rotary came up in her responses.  An excerpt is below:

"Q: Roberta, I heard on the radio you just returned from Antigua. What? Tell me more! Anthony Gutierrez, Milpitas.
A: Yes! And my only regret is that I did not stay longer!
It all began with a charity event I attended for Pleasanton North Rotary in which all proceeds supported children and other local and international Community Service Projects..." 

PNR Members: I encourage you to read the full article at http://cbsloc.al/1U5z00p...and to look for ways you can get even more involved in our regular Service Projects!

Hat tip to PNR member and eagle eye, Kevin Greenlee. 
Shout Out to PNR from Tri-Valley's Own Roberta Gonzales Larry Smalheiser 2015-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Aug 25, 2015
From the looks of it, our Club Bell is apparently enjoying a grand old time in a place more tropical than here.

And our Bell apparently has friends in the Military. Wonder if that means our little friend is on a Tour of Duty of its own, and planning to return when said Tour is over. 

We shall see. For now, enjoy a couple of the latest photos from Private Bell.

Did Someone Say *Service* Above Self? That PNR Bell Sure Moves Around Larry Smalheiser 2015-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Aug 22, 2015
Where in the world is our Club's Bell? 

It seems Mr. Tortoise is absconding with our official meeting opening Bell, and is headed somewhere, very....very....slowly. 

Please bring our Bell back when you can, Mr. Tortoise. 
And Happy Trails, Club Bell. 
Oh My--Our Bell is At It Again! Larry Smalheiser 2015-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Aug 15, 2015
This year, PNR and Tri-Valley Rotary Clubs partnered, shared resources, and sent a record 13 students to RYLA this year.

Thought we’d share a few comments/posts from participating students, who were very open to sharing their feelings after RYLA was over. 

And some photos from the amazing activity:

PNR Helps Send Record 13 Students to RYLA This Year Larry Smalheiser 2015-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jul 31, 2015
Quite curiously, Rotarians start their New Year on July 1st. I found an article from the folks at Club Runner that helps explain why. Read on if you’d like to learn the answer. 
Though it may sound strange to hear that in the middle of summer, July 1st marks the New Fiscal Year for Rotary Clubs around the world. To find out why, we’ll need to delve into the history of the organization.

Did you know that the July 1st New Year has been a Rotary tradition for over a century? When Rotarians had their first convention, way back in 1910, the New Year was set as the day after the convention ended in August. They made the same decision in the lead up to the 1911 and 1912 conventions, which also took place in August. At the 1912 meeting, the Rotary board of directors ordered a financial audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs. The auditors went on to recommend that the Rotary fiscal year end on June 30, in order to give clubs time to prepare their financial statements in advance of the convention. They’d also be able to determine an accurate number of delegates to send, so convention organizers would be able to prepare.

1910 Rotary Clubs of America Convention (Image courtesy of Rotary International)
These were all good reasons, but in an age of wool suits and no air conditioning it didn’t take long for practical considerations to change the date of the conventions again. In 1916 the Rotary decided to hold their future annual conventions in June to avoid the hottest days of the year. However, the July 1 date for the Rotary New Year had already become a tradition, one that continues 102 years later.

May this year under Uncle Fester’s leadership be our strongest yet!

Original article at: http://bit.ly/1IPmVr5
So What’s the Story Behind July 1 Starting the Rotary Year? Larry Smalheiser 2015-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lara Golden on Jul 27, 2015
If you want to contribute to the A Starry Night silent auction but don't know anyone who owns a yacht or a condo in Maui, here's your chance to make a difference!  Each week leading up to the event, we're going to have a theme basket and invite you to bring in a small item to fill it.

Remember, you don't always need to buy something. Many businesses are happy to make a donation of a gift card or small (or sometimes large) item.  Before the event, we will gather all the contributions and make beautiful baskets for the silent auction.

Here is the schedule:

July 31 we will have two themes: Scotch and Cigars, and Gardening.
Scotch and Cigars Ideas: Scotch and cigars, of course. Lighters, cigar cutters, shot glasses, memorabilia
Gardening Ideas: garden tools, seeds and bulbs, books on gardening, gift card for a garden center, etc.
August 7: The Wine Basket
This is an annual tradition. Bring a bottle of wine with a value of $25 or more. The collection will be raffled off; we are also looking for someone to donate a new(ish) wine fridge that can be included in the raffle.
August 14: Barbecue
Ideas: Barbecue cookbooks, funny aprons, BBQ tools, mitts.
August 21: Family Game Night
Ideas: Board games, popcorn, movie snacks, puzzles
August 28: Golf
Ideas: Golf balls, passes to local golf courses, golf books, movies and memorabilia
A Starry Night - Donation Days! Lara Golden 2015-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jul 19, 2015
Do you have a smartphone? Use a computer?

We all do these days.
You can now get updates about upcoming PNR activities on your favorite device. Just subscribe to the calendar.
Click on the link below that corresponds to your device. I can help if you’d like.
PNR Calendar of Events – Now Subscribe! Larry Smalheiser 2015-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jul 13, 2015
This upcoming Saturday, July 18th, the Foothill High Interact Club is participating in Relay for Life, a 24-hr event that joins together more than 3.5 million people around the world every year to join the battle against cancer and support the American Cancer Society. All funds raised go towards cancer research and funding vital patient services.
The American Cancer Society has been part of nearly every major cancer breakthrough over the past 65 years and has funded more than $4 billion in cancer research since 1946. Furthermore, the organization has funded 47 Nobel Prize winning scientists early in their research careers. Their accomplishments are only possible due to the generous donations and work put in by volunteers, which reduces the amount of paid workers needed. Relay for Life is the major fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, and every person who donates is making a difference in the fight against cancer.
This year, the FHS Interactors make up the team “Guardians of Interact,” continuing their superhero theme--they were the “Interact Incredibles” last year.
If you would like to help out their team in the fight against cancer, please visit their team page here to make a donation: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?team_id=1862137&pg=team&fr_id=68233&s_locale=en_US&et=DVO7tMbM8RFs_EJiGbiTUA&s_tafId=1568715
All donations are greatly appreciated and brings them closer to their $1,000 goal! The team thanks you all for your time in reading this article.
Below are pictures from last year’s Relay for Life event
Support Foothill High Interact Club with a Donation Larry Smalheiser 2015-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jul 09, 2015
Man...that bell sure can travel! 
Here are some photos of our well-travelled bell, visiting the Big Apple. 
Wonder where the bell will go to next?
Oh the Places Our Bell Has Seen! Larry Smalheiser 2015-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Herb Ritter on Jul 08, 2015
Happy New Rotary Year!!!
PNR is off and running with our 1st Community Service Work project to be held at Pleasanton Middle School on Saturday, July 18th from 10am - 3pm.  The Relay Event website is http://www.relayforlife.org/pleasantonca
Once again this year the Club will be selling Gourmet Burgers and Sausages to the participants of the event. Cancer Survivors will be getting a package for free, and for all others it will be $5 for the lunch meal.  
I want to thank in advance Matt Wilson (Head Chief), Frank Hanna (BBQ Master), Ron Sutton (Canopy?), President Uncle Fester (Chief Grunt), Licia Morrow (Head Marketing Pro), Debra Doble (Chief Treasurer), Carol Moberg (Past Event Chair) and whoever else can we add to this list.  

Let us know if you can help!
In the true PNR Way there will be a Brainstorm Planning meeting in the bar prior to this week’s Rotary meeting 7/10 starting at 11:45am for all that can help with the event.  We will assign "to-do's" for those that can help.
This should be a low stress event and lots of fun and fellowship.  
We have a BBQ reserved for rent from Pleasanton Rentals, but if anyone has a large one to lend then please let us know. We plan to cook 150 Burgers and 100 Sausages depending on attendees!!!!  Water is free from the event coordinators. 
At this point we are planning to offer a “PNR lunch package” including:
Gourmet BBQ cheeseburgers, chips and a soda for $5 

or a deluxe gourmet sausage, chips and a soda, also for $5.
This will be a great time supporting a GREAT CAUSE.
Sign up and join us!
Herb Ritter & Matt Wilson
co-Chairs Community Service 2015-16
Herb@ritterclan.com - 925-997-5939
Matt@outdoor-republic.com - 408-883-5793
Relay for Life BBQ is Saturday, July 18th--Come Help Out! Herb Ritter 2015-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jul 08, 2015
Before he gives a speech, K.R. Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article.
Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that happen. Rebuilding 23 tsunami-damaged schools for 14,000 children? He merely led the committee. Taking a label-printing business from a small outfit operating in a space the size of a garage to a global powerhouse in the packaging business that has helped change the value-added tea industry in his country? Well, he simply happened to be in the right place at the right time.
“I’m sometimes introduced as a self-made man,” says Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo. “You’ve got to be utterly egocentric to believe you are self-made. Each one of us is made because so many people helped us become who we are.
One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate,” he explains. “The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’”
Read the entire story (From the July issue of The Rotarian magazine and website) here
Original article by Diana Schoberg, Rotary News, July 2015
Meet Rotary’s New President, K.R. Ravindran Larry Smalheiser 2015-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
2015 PNR Demotion - Jethrine Gets a Makeover Jim Brice 2015-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jun 29, 2015
Each year, Pleasanton North Rotary awards three $1000 scholarships to deserving Seniors at Foothill High School. These memorial scholarships celebrate the lives of individuals associated with PNR or Foothill High School.
Recipients were selected for their recent history of community service, school involvement, and academic achievement. This year’s recipients are Ryan Harding, Brian Bronzini and Lauren Liao. Here’s a bit about these deserving students.
Ryan Harding - Chuck Pickens Memorial Scholarship recipient
Ryan has been active in the National Honor Society, Earth Club and Foothill High School Red Cross. She has participated in FHS basketball, water polo, and track and field. She is an AP Scholar with Honors, and has earned the Scholar Athlete Award for 4 years. Ryan devotes time to perform volunteer work for the Trinity Lutheran Vacation Bible School, Alviso Adobe Community Park and the Valley Humane Society. Ryan plans on attending Pepperdine University and majoring in creative writing.
Brian Bronzini - Stephen Parker Memorial Scholarship recipient
Brian has volunteered for the Red Cross, and is very interested in computer science, video and audio production, and American sign language.  Brian will be attending Sonoma State University and majoring in Computer Science and Speech Pathology, and intends to use his production and sign language skills to improve the lives of the hearing impaired. 
Lauren Liao - Robin Barnett Memorial Scholarship recipient
Lauren has been active in Art Club, JV Swim Team and Girl Scouts.  She has received a number of academic honors including the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and AP Scholar with Honors.  Lauren plans on majoring in Probability and Statistics and a minor in human rights at the University of California, San Diego, and also hopes to be a Certified Professional Photographer.
Behind the Scholarships
Chuck Pickens Memorial Scholarship - Chuck Pickens was PNR’s first president in 1987-1988. He died in 2003.
Stephen Parker Memorial Scholarship - The late Stephen Parker was a 1978 graduate of Foothill High and son and brother of Jack and Dave Parker, respectively. Jack and Dave have both served as PNR Club presidents. 
Robin Barnett Memorial Scholarship - Robin Barnett taught social studies and history at Foothill High before her death in 2004. 

This year's Scholarship recipients, with PNR members Richard Flanders and Meera Parikh.
Pleasanton North Rotary Awards $3000 in Student Scholarships Larry Smalheiser 2015-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Golden on Jun 28, 2015
With Friday being July 3rd and a holiday for many, I think club tradition is that we are dark for the day.  However, I think tradition also is that many of us go to the horse races that day. 
I'm planning on being there with the first race going off at 3:15.
President Ed 'Uncle Fester'

From President Fester: July 3rd – Off to the Races! Ed Golden 2015-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jun 27, 2015
Friday evening marked the end of an Era. 
Under outgoing President Tom “Jethro” Hall, Pleasanton North Rotary grew by leaps and bounds—we’re talking 16 new PNR members—and meetings were always lively, informative and fun. 
As one of the leading and most active service organizations in town, PNR has once again proven itself to be both extremely committed to the community as well as committed to having a grand time making it a better place. The same can be said of service projects the club takes on that are regional and even international in scope.
Highlights from the demotion included
-  Jethrine
-  Granny
-  Outstanding turnout – 50-60 PNR Rotarians and friends
-  Fantastic food from Rancho Grande
-  A unique blindfolded taste test…which Jethrine “won”
-  A golden gavel award presented by past president Bevo
-  An excellent slide show of Jethro through the years
-  Comments and stories on Jethro from PNR members
-  A welcome by incoming president Uncle Fester
Incoming Club President, Ed Golden, aka Uncle Fester, gave his first address to the Club. As we all know, Uncle Fester has been a very committed and vocal leader within Rotary here in California, and previously, in Texas, for many years. Look for an upcoming article properly re-introducing Ed to the Club.
Finally, a repeat Thank You to Gina, Shaun…and Kodi…for hosting this year’s Demotion. Did we also mention that Gina Piper is Pleasanton Weekly’s Reader’s Choice for Favorite Real Estate Agent…for the 4th year running. Congrats, Gina!

Pleasanton North Rotary President Gets “Demoted” in Grand Fashion Larry Smalheiser 2015-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jun 26, 2015

This past year’s Interact Club at Foothill has been an shining example of how engaged and committed this community’s youth can be! 
Stand-out events this past school year, as shared by outstanding Interactor and Communications Chair Mikayla Tran, included:
-  March’s Area 3 "All You Need Is Love” Charity Dinner, with performances, raffles, food and merchandise. Proceeds went to the group’s international Home Sweet Home” project.
-  April’s “We are Silent” campaign where Foothill High School Interactors were silent for an entire school day in support of those around the world whose voices are silenced every day.
-  In May, many from the group participated in the Arroyo Mocho Tire Clean Up Project
-  In June, Interactors gathered to celebrate the powerful year with an end of the year Potluck with food, games, and community service-minded friends!
PNR-Supported Interact Club at Foothill Shines! Larry Smalheiser 2015-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 23, 2015
Foothill High School and Pleasanton North Rotary have again collaborated to determine the students of the month for April and May 2015.

Student one is Justin Silliman, who is recognized for his service to the community through the founding in funding of the backyard harvest organization which has donated hundreds and even thousands of food each year since its founding in 2013. Food has been donated to open-heart kitchen the Pleasanton and Livermore as well as the Tri-Valley food pantry. School faculty as well as PPIE Foundation commend Silliman for his community service activities, innovation and leadership by example.

Student two is Evan He, well known at Foothill for his skills as the consummate Linguist. In addition to his two years of Spanish studies, where teachers note his passion and aptitude for foreign language is phenomenal and unique, he has also taken it upon himself to begin studying the French and German languages. Beyond the classroom, Evan took his passion for Spanish outside the classroom and has participated as an exchange student over the past two summers, as well as sharing his passion languages with schoolmates. Foothill’s World Language Team teachers proudly call Evan a “quintessential representative” of the school’s foreign language department.

Congratulations Justin and Evan for being selected Students of the Month!

Continue to follow your passion!

PNR Selects Students of the Month Larry Smalheiser 2015-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 15, 2015
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Tell your friends and neighbors they can experience Cuba without leaving the country--Come attend this year's A Starry Night event on September 12th at 5pm at Barone's, here in Pleasanton....I mean Aquí, en Cuba!

Get all the details, and get your passports ready for an evening of fun that funds community service projects.
Visit the A Starry Night website for more information: http://astarrynight.org

A Starry Night--In Cuba!--is Coming! Larry Smalheiser 2015-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 14, 2015
David Eisenhauer, president of the PNR Foundation, will take a few minutes at PNR May 15 meeting to describe his impressions as a participant in the recent Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance's symposium for nonprofit groups and grantmakers.
The meeting, entitled "It's More Than a Treasure Hunt": Learning How to Partner with Grantmakers", involved two panels. Eisenhauer participated in the Foundation Panel along with James Paxson of Hacienda Helping Hands, Nadine Horners of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Home Campaign, and Giles Miller of the East Bay Community Foundation.  A separate Corporation Panel included representatives from Kaiser Permanent/Diablo Area, Fremont Bank Foundation, AT&T, and the Clorox Foundation.  The panelists were asked to describe their group's grantmaking philosophy, policies, and procedures.
The public session was held May 14 at the Bankhead Theater, Livermore.
Eisenhauer to Discuss Grantmakers Symposium 2015-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on May 09, 2015
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Pleasanton City Council offered a proclamation recognizing May 4-10 as “50 Years of Rotary in Pleasanton Week” in honor of the dedication to community service of PNR and the other two Rotary Clubs here in town.
Councilwoman Kathy Narum read the proclamation, and City Councilpersons and Rotarians alike noted many accomplishments and activities undertaken by the Rotary Clubs, to benefit our community and those farther afield, including close work with Pleasanton’s Sister City of Tulancingo, Mexico.
On Friday May 8th, Pleasanton Rotarians celebrated the 50th anniversary of Rotary here in Pleasanton at a dinner at Castlewood Country Club.
Read the full article on the City Council proclamation and Rotary’s history of community service activities in the Pleasanton Weekly here
Pleasanton Rotary Recognized for Community Service Larry Smalheiser 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Pleasanton Rotary Park Dedicated May 2 Jim Brice 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Keystone 2015: All High Energy 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 26, 2015
PNR members are invited to Kevin Greenlee's house (3243 Harvey Court, Pleasanton) at 6:30 p.m., April 29 to judge applications for PNR three annual memorial scholarship awards. The competition is always keen. The individuals for whom the scholarships are named will never be forgotten.  Help honor them by selecting the graduating Foothill students most deserving of these scholarships. 
Memorial Scholarship Award Judging Planned for April 29 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Apr 12, 2015
Each year Pleasanton North Rotary awards scholarships to Foothill High School graduating seniors, and this year's three $1000 scholarships will go to three active and involved seniors who have left a positive mark on the community. 
Act fast! 
The deadline for submitting your short application by email is this Friday, April 17th.
Look for the scholarship details on the left side of this page, or contact PNR Scholarship Chair Meera Parikh at mparikh@ponlaw.com.
Apply today!
Foothill Seniors--Scholarship Funds Available! Deadline Friday April 17th! Act fast! Larry Smalheiser 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Apr 05, 2015
Rotary District  5170 has taken extraordinary steps ... some may say even extraterrestrial steps ... to assemble a compelling program for this year's District Conference April 17-19 at San Jose's Double Tree Airport Hotel. 
Don't let the 1970s-inspired title - Close Encounters of a Rotary Kind - throw you.  The program features a lot of really out of this world sessions and events that are worthy your time and attention. Here are few examples:
  • April 17 Dinner.  Featuring Civil Rights Pioneer Ruby Bridges
  • April 18 Breakfast - Start the day with lots of laughs with comedian Michael Pritchard
  • April 18 Forums.  They cover learning opportunities for Red Badger training, fund-raising event management, and member recruitment. The afternoon is capped off by a presentation by Dr. Pascal Lee of the SETI Institute and the NASA Ames Research Center on step-by-step guide toward the first manned mission to Mars
  • April 18 Dinner.  The interplanetary theme continues to the dinner show of "Cirque Encounters of the Rotary Kind,"  Cirque du Soleil-inspired acrobatic display of alien and cosmos dancers. 
To encourage you to attend, District 5170 Gov. Ed Jellen and his staff have arranged a $99 two-night special at the Double Tree Hotel. The deadline to take advantange of this deal has been extended to this Wednesday, April 8.  See this link to the District 5170 Clubrunner website for details
You Are Invited to an Extraterrestial District Conference Jim Brice 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Members of the Amador and Foothill High School Interact Clubs pitched in April 2 to restore the "Welcome to Pleasanton" Gateway sign at the northwest corner of Stanley Blvd. and Valley Avenue. The students cleaned and painted the sign before installing a new, laminated steel Rotary Wheel sign carrying the message "3 Clubs. Join Us."  The three clubs are the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North (PNR), Rotary Club of Pleasanton, and Tri-Valley Evening Rotary.They also cleaned and reattached signs from the 4-H Club, Assistance League of Amador Valley, and Lion's Club International to the display.
The Amador and Foothill Interact Clubs are planning similar renovations to "Welcome to Pleasanton" kiosks at the southwest corner of intersection of Hopyard Road and Stoneridge Drive and on south side of Sunol Boulevard near the I-680 underpass. The Rotary Club of Pleasanton is working with the Alameda County Fair Board on a proposed new "Welcome to Pleasanton" design with space for community service club signage from Rotary and other Pleasanton civic organizations.
The sign renewal project is part of this year's the 50 Years of Rotary in Pleasanton Celebration. Kevin Greenlee, PNR's youth services coordinator, supervised the Interact Club volunteers. Bob Silva, a member of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, is working on new site development. 
Below:  Volunteers from the Amador and Foothill High School Interact Clubs show off a newly refurbished "Welcome to Pleasanton" sign at Valley Avenue and Stanley Boulevard. 
Interactors Refurbish Pleasanton Gateway Sign 2015-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Mar 25, 2015
Pleasanton's new Rotary Clock commemorative black granite base was installed at Main Street and Vervais Avenue in Pleasanton March 25 signaling the completion of a milestone step toward the dedication of a Rotary Park next month.  

The traditional street clock is a gift to Pleasanton by its three Rotary clubs - Rotary Club of Pleasanton, Pleasanton North Rotary and Tri-Valley Evening Rotary as part of this year's 50 Years of Pleasanton celebration.  

Below:  A construction crew positioned the clock's black granite based on its foundation.  The clock stand and two-faced Rotary Clock were installed about an hour later.  Park dedication ceremonies are planned starting at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 30.
Clock Installed at Rotary Park Jim Brice 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Mar 21, 2015
The April 1 deadline for discount tickets (prices go up April 2) to the 50 Years of Rotary Gala Dinner-Dance.  Do you need a reason to join us for the fun?  There are the top 10.
  • You can’t miss this historic events as a member, former member or a friend of Rotary
  • Scott Adams is a great keynote speaker.  Promises lot of laughs
  • Excellent food and wine with dinner at Castlewood Country Club (The ballroom is grand!)
  • All my friends will be there
  • No better way to reminisce about my experiences with Rotary
  • The great way to see if I want to join one of Pleasanton’s three Rotary Clubs
  • Pop-legends band Magic Moments will provide musical entertainment
  • A great follow-up to the dedication of Rotary Park on April 30 and the opening of the 50 Years of Rotary Historic Exhibit at the Museum on Main
  • Can rub elbows with local celebrities
  • It will just be a lot of fun!
The black-tie optional event at Castlewood Country Club, Pleasanton, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of original charter award from Rotary International sanctioning the formation of Rotary Club of Pleasanton in June 1965.  Rotary Club of Pleasanton North, chartered in 1988, and Tri-Valley Evening Rotary Club, chartered in 2002, will also be honored for numerous community service projects that have assisted Pleasanton residents and enhanced the city’s civic character and quality of life.
No host bar – 6-7 p.m. Dinner 7-8 p.m. Speakers 8-9 p.m. Live music and dancing 9-11 p.m.
Everyone is invited - Rotarians and General Public! 
Tickets to the dinner and dance are just $75 until April 1.  The price then rises to $85 with sales ending April 17. Tickets can be purchased by credit card, debit card or Pay Pal at the 50 Years of Rotary website or mail checks payable to “Rotary Gala Dinner” to:
Audrey Glafkides
4463 Sandalwood Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588
One event sponsorship ($500) and table sponsorships ($250) are still available.
10 Reasons to Attend Rotary at 50 Gala Dinner Jim Brice 2015-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Mar 07, 2015
Scott Adams, creator of the popular Dilbert comic strip, will be the keynote speaker Friday, May 8, at a gala dinner and dance celebrating 50 years of Rotary Club community service in Pleasanton.
Adams has earned international acclaim for Dilbert, now syndicated to more than 2000 newspapers worldwide and www.Dilbert.com, a website featuring Adams’ comic strips and frequent blogs.  He has also written nine books including the best-selling The Dilbert Principle
A long-time Rotary supporter, Adams will bring his unique perspective to the “50 Years of Rotary in Pleasanton” Gala Dinner and Dance in the grand ballroom of Pleasanton’s Castlewood Country Club.  Pop-legends band Magic Moments will provide musical entertainment.
The black-tie optional event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the charter award from Rotary International sanctioning the formation of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton in June 1965.  The Rotary Club of Pleasanton North, chartered in 1987, and Tri-Valley Evening Rotary Club, chartered in 2002, will also be honored for supporting community service projects that have helped Pleasanton residents and enhanced the city’s civic character.
The gala dinner and dance will follow dedication ceremonies April 30 for a newly named Rotary Park and installation of a traditional street clock at Main St. and Vervais Ave. (just north of downtown Pleasanton’s Main Street Bridge).  Pleasanton’s Rotary clubs are donating the clock to the city.  Historical exhibits of Pleasanton Rotary memorabilia will be displayed May 6 to Aug. 2 at the Pleasanton Museum on Main, Pleasanton Public Library and City Council Building.
All 50-Year of Rotary events are open to the public.  Tickets to the dinner and dance can now be purchased at the celebration website (www.pleasantonrotary50.org). It also covers related events and membership opportunities with Pleasanton’s three Rotary chapters.
Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, will be the keynote speaker at the May 8 dinner-dance celebrating 50 Years of Rotary in Pleasanton. 
Scott Adams to Speak at Rotary Gala Dinner Jim Brice 2015-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Mar 06, 2015

The best looking half of PNR 2015

 Join us.  If you are interested in community service, you will find a kindred spirit in our Rotary group.  We are lawyers, accountants, realtors, financial advisers, bankers, writers, mechanist, dentists, chiropractors, educators, salesmen, engineers, landscape architects, publicists, entrepreneurs, software programmers, educators and homemakers. 
Each of us brings a unique perspective to Pleasanton North Rotary, but we are all united in the wisdom of our Rotary motto "Service Above Self" and our commitment to making Pleasanton and the world a better place.
Take a Look at Pleasanton North Rotary Jim Brice 2015-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Feb 28, 2015
PNR is growing! As we’ve all seen, our Club is undergoing a great influx of new members. And it’s no wonder why—we’re a fun (really fun!) and very committed group of service-minded professionals that love being active in the community.
We also like to cause a bit of a ruckus in the process…
Our newest members (lovingly referred to as “Red Badgers”) since President Jethro began his reign of terror Presidency are these outstanding individuals:

-  Andre Wright

-  Patrick Phelan

-  Matt Davis

-  Tami Hennegan

-  Jerry Hsieh

-  Licia Morrow

-  Joan Laursen
-  Peter Richert
-  Susan Dees
-  Phil Stone
Let’s all help these red badgers get their Rotary “sea legs” and participate in our many service and Rotary activities.
Get to know our newest Rotarians, and let’s show them how, undoubtedly, they made the right choice to join Pleasanton North Rotary.

Let’s all be inspired to reach out, and to bring other service minded individuals we know, to this outstanding group.

Welcome, new Rotary colleagues!
PNR in three words: Growing, Growing, Growing! Larry Smalheiser 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tina Case on Feb 23, 2015
Please come this Friday to the PNR lunch meeting where we'll be taking a new group picture for our Facebook and Foundation Web pages!

See you there! 

AKA Tina Case, Past President, Pleasanton North Rotary
PNR photo this Friday--Be there! Tina Case 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Feb 23, 2015

Achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, a set of subjects often referred to by the acronym STEM for their strategic importance to the ongoing scientific leadership of the U.S. has led Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR)  to select Noah Thomas and Vivek Kaushik as its December 2013 and January 2014 Students of the Month.

Thomas is in the second year of the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences Program at Pleasanton’s Foothill High School.  Over the last year and a half, he has put forth outstanding effort and enthusiasm towards the study of biomedical science and technology. 

Though still a Foothill junior, Vivek has already progress to senior-level calculus classes. His passion for the subjects has found additional expression in his work as a math tutor at local Mathnasium learning centers.  He is also a budding musician with four consecutive Honors awards at piano recital while graduating from the high level of piano ranking available. 

PNR is pleased to recognize its December 2013 and January 2014 Students of the Month.  From left:  Meera Parikh, PNR youth services chair, Noah Thomas, Vivek Kaushik, and Tom Hall, PNR president.

Thomas and Kaushik Honored as Students of the Month Jim Brice 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Feb 13, 2015
Our guest speaker today, Ms. Pattie Vargas, principal of The Vargas Group, delivered a fascinating and engaging talk on the critical ability to be flexible and resilient in life.  
Many Rotarians at the meeting were clearly thinking about their own core values’ influence their own life, and we all learned how the power of our thoughts, words, behaviors and character are inter-related. 

Great meeting! 
Pattie Vargas and the Power of Resilience Larry Smalheiser 2015-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Audrey Glafkides on Feb 09, 2015
Habitat for Humanity Build Day is coming. This is at a new project in Martinez and there will be plenty of work to do.
Here are the details:
Date:  Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time:  8:30 am – 4:00 pm (must be at the location on time for group instructions)
Location:  Martinez-email will be sent to registrants with exact location prior to the 28th.
Cost:   Free (bring your own lunch and drinks)
Questions: Contact Audrey Glafkides or visit the Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley website: http://www.habitatebsv.org.
Space is limited so decide as soon as possible if you’ll be joining. Family and friends (age 16 & over) are welcome. There will be something for everyone to do, regardless of skill level.
Remember: “Many hands make light work.”
Contact Audrey at:
925-621-1001 = work
925-963-9661= cell
Get involved with New Habitat for Humanity Project! Audrey Glafkides 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Feb 03, 2015
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!!!
We have a great meeting coming up on Friday with Parvin Ahmadi the superintendent of PUSD scheduled to speak.  As PNR has been a long time supporter of PUSD and we currently have two members heavily involved in the school district let's make sure to come out and show our support with a lively and respectful crowd!
In other news we have 3 new members that have been approved by the board and the general membership:
  • Peter Richert - Union President of the Pleasanton/Livermore joint fire department
  • Susan Dees - Retiree
  • Phil Stone - Retiree
Peter and Susan will be inducted on Friday and Phil at a later date in February so his sponsor Herb Ritter can attend his induction.  It is very exciting to see our club growing so come out and support the club. 
Finally we have an update on an exciting club project at Valley Humane Society.  Our very own Matt Wilson will describe his grand vision on Friday!
Thanks all!  Jethro
School District Chief Ahmadi to Teach PNR a Lesson Jim Brice 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Smalheiser on Jan 26, 2015
Susan DuPree will be leading another Red Badge meeting:
Date: Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Better Homes and Gardens Tri Valley Realty; 4733 Chabot Road, Suite 100, Pleasanton
All members invited to attend, and this is a required meeting for Red Badgers.  New members (aka Red Badgers) please bring your New Member Packets with you. This meeting will be to go over the Blue Badge Checklist.

Red Badgers: Please RSVP to SFDuPree@gmail.com to that Susan can properly prepare.
Shout out to PNR member Gina Piper who is graciously donating her office for the meeting. 

Thanks Gina!
Red Badger Meeting Coming Up—Be There! Larry Smalheiser 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Hall on Jan 26, 2015
Dear Fellow PNR Rotarians,

What a wonderful week to be a Pleasanton North Rotarian.  
We just got finished with one of our best events of the year - the now 3rd Annual Pasta Feed at the veterans hall.  We had great attendance including some local dignitaries (Mayor Thorne, Councilman Pentin, Councilwoman Narum, etc).  The kids from 4H and Interact did a great job of making the cake walk and the carnival games entertaining, and also they were able to raise some money for their respective clubs. A special shout out to those who slaved away in the kitchen to make it happen!
Coming up this week we have our Red Badgers doing their Vocationals and we are also starting work on the next great project by PNR at the Tri Valley Humane Society.

Would love to see everyone on Friday!

Yours in service,

From President Jethro: PNR Active in the Community--Join Us! Tom Hall 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Jan 11, 2015

More than 29 Pleasanton North Rotary and community members registered for the American Red Cross Blood Donation this past Friday at Handles Gastropub.

In an ironic twist, the number of willing donors outpaced available donation spaces and as a result some donors faced a clot of sorts. In the end more than 22 donors gave blood that will be used to save many precious lives.

What an excellent feeling knowing that we've directly contributed to the medical needs of our and surrounding communities. 

Remember, we can always donate blood at the American Red Cross location near Kaiser Hospital.

Proud Warriors / Donors showing off their "battle scars"

PNR Members and Community Turn Out, Donate to Help Save Lives Lawrence Smalheiser 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jan 01, 2015

Nagisa Smalheiser, a sophomore at Pleasanton’s Amador Valley High School, has won Pleasanton North Rotary Club’s Youth Speech Contest.

Smalheiser’s five-minute speech was judged the best of three presentations Jan. 2 at the Rotary chapter’s weekly meeting at Handles GastroPub, Pleasanton.

The speeches addressed the theme of “Light Up Rotary,” and included references to the principles of the Rotary International Four-Way Test that guide the organization’ community service commitment.  Smalheiser used the Four-Way Test to identify shortcomings in the truth, fairness, goodwill and benefits derived from the mistreatment of animals.  She describe projects she recently organized and implemented to act on her concerns.

“It is important to take the initiative to make a difference,” she said. “Everyone should try to light a candle to light up the world.”

Smalheiser was awarded $100 and qualified to compete in area finals of the Rotary District 5170’s Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech contest in Livermore. Regional and district competitions will follow.

Laura Klein, a Foothill junior and Rotary International exchange student from Germany, and Foothill sophomore Amador sophomore Kimberly Szeto were awarded $50 and $25, respectively, for their second and third place finishes.

Kevin Greenlee, PNR’s youth services coordinator, chaired the local competition. Jim Brice, principal consultant with Tri-Valley Public Relations, Susan Dupree, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Pleasanton, and Lara Golden, global community director with Callidus Cloud, Pleasanton, judged the competition.

BELOW:  Nagisa Smalheiser (left), a sophomore at Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, is the 2015 winner of the Pleasanton North Rotary Club’s Youth Speech Contest. Laura Klein (center), a Foothill High junior and Rotary International exchange student from Germany, and Kimberly Szeto, a Foothill High sophomore, placed second and third, respectively.


Amador Valley High’s Nagisa Smalheiser wins PNR Speech Contest Jim Brice 2015-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Dec 17, 2014

Members of Pleasanton North Rotary had the honor of hosting Cpiyush T. Suraiya, a member of the Rotary Club Bombay Kandivli in Mumbai.  Below, PNR president Tom Hall exchanges club banners with Mr. Suraiya. 


PNR Host Visiting Rotarian from India Jim Brice 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Dec 17, 2014

Pleasanton School Board member Joan Laursen has been inducted into Pleasanton North Rotary. Joan is also a board member for Pleasanton Partnerships in Education. She was sponsored by PNR president Tom Hall. Below: Hall presents Rotary orientation materials and a red badger to Laursen at PNR's Dec. 12 meeting.



Laursen Inducted into PNR Jim Brice 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Dec 11, 2014

Pleasanton North Rotary’s Dec. 12 lunch meeting exemplified the Rotary’s “Service before Self” motto with four opportunities to help individuals and families locally and global community.

Members were invited to donate funds to a local family facing homelessness following the sudden death of the father who died while attending the funeral of a relative in the Midwest. Back in Pleasanton, his wife and children have appeal to an airline company to return his body to the Bay Area.  They face the prospect of destitution though the wife and husband were gainfully employed. A daughter attends Amador High. Several family members have special needs.  The husband had no life insurance. 

Tax-deductible donations were requested through the PNR Foundation to assist the family’s relocation to Texas where relatives are waiting to help. Monetary donations made the Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation should be directed to Dave Pitcher at the next meeting or mailed to his home at 2190 Camino Brazos, Pleasanton, CA 94566.


 PNR member Gina Piper invited Dublin High grad Camille Chabot to appeal for funds to support her fight against advanced stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The 19-year-old Chabot has taken a break from studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for chemotherapy that provide strong prospects for full recovery.  But treatment involves huge costs that Chabot and her friends and family are attempting to address by rallying the Tri-Valley around her.

Supporters can purchase Camille Strong T-shirts.   Donations may be directed to a dedicate Facebook site. (https://www.facebook.com/events/1533439366874454/)  Fundraising events and numerous expression of support have been announced #CamilleStrong on Twitter.

PNR’s Wheelchair Legacy

Don Routh reminded members about PNR’s history of international charitable giving through the Wheelchair Foundation while he championed that cause from 2003 to 2012 as a PNR member. During that time PNR contributed $349,000 for the distribution of more than 6700 wheelchairs in 12 Latin American countries and Armenia.

The chairs were purchased at a deep discount through philanthropist Ken Behring’s Wheelchair Foundation.  Rotary clubs in the host countries facilitated local distribution to impoverished, disabled recipients in ceremonies always attended by Routh, his son (and former PNR member) Josh Routh. Many PNR members joined the trips over the years. Former PNR president Bill Wheeler was a strong supporter.

Routh is now a nearly full-time volunteer for fund-raising efforts through the Pleasanton Unified School District and other area public schools. He has made 120 presentation to student audiences to raise awareness about the international need for wheelchairs, the nature of physical disabilities, and opportunities for charitable giving. 

Since 2012, Routh has raised $101,000 through his school initiative, with the goal of raising $2.50 per year per student. They have distributed another 1100 wheelchairs.  Overall, Don and Josh have distributed chairs in 24 countries including recent trips to Peru, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

Routh thanked PNR for inspiring him to champion his cause.

“PNR is where it all started,” he said.

PNR President Tom Hall and other members have expressed interest in finding new ways for our club to support Routh and the Wheelchair Foundation program.

Below:  Former PNR member Don Routh describes efforts that have led to more than $100,000 since 2012 from area public school students for wheelchairs distributed in Latin America.  Earlier efforts by
Routh through PNR from 2003 to 2012 led to the distribution of more than 6700 chairs.










‘Tis the Season for Giving Jim Brice 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Dec 07, 2014

This past weekend, PNR members showed up en masse to show support for Pleasanton at the Hometown Holiday Parade. 

Attending Rotarians were strategically stationed outside great local business The Wine Steward, and had popcorn, cider and good wishes for parade watchers, making a fun evening out of it.

Enjoy a few photos from the evening, and think about whether you might join your friendly neighborhood Rotary club at the parade next year.

Or better yet, if you’re not yet a member, come join our Friday lunch meetings at Handles from 12:15-1:30pm.  




PNR Brings Cheer to Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Parade! Lawrence Smalheiser 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Dec 05, 2014

PNR has seen a great influx of members over the past few months. And it’s no wonder why—we have an amazing, fun, committed group of service-minded professionals that enjoy being active in the community.

Our newest members since President Jethro began his reign of terror presidency are these amazing individuals:

-  Andre Wright
-  Patrick Phelan
-  Matt Davis
-  Tami Hennegan
-  Jerry Hsieh
-  Licia Morrow
-  Joan Laursen

Let’s make a point to introduce ourselves to these red badgers as they get their Rotary “sea legs” and step up to participate in our many service and Rotary activities. Each of these new members has a unique background, and something we can learn and benefit from as a group. Get to know our newest Rotarians, and let’s show them how, undoubtedly, they made the right choice to join Pleasanton North Rotary.

This is also an opportunity for all PNR members to be inspired to reach out, and to bring other service minded individuals they know, to this outstanding group.

Welcome, new Rotary colleagues!

PNR Welcomes Many New Service-Minded Members Lawrence Smalheiser 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Dec 04, 2014

Agape Village is the recipient of a $15,000 donation from Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation as the fund-a-need charity at its 2015 A Starry Night in the Caribbean fund-raiser. Apage Village recruits and trains foster parents for children in court custody in Alameda and other Bay Area Counties. Its educational programs and emotional support substantially increases the likelihood these children will lead productive and successful adult lives. Ed Golden, organizer of the 2014 PNR event, (right) presents a check to Agape Village staff.  From left:  Bangon Badial, administrator director; Jen Oxe, community engagement director; and Janet Kleyn, president.



PNR Foundation donates $15,000 to Agape Village Jim Brice 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Dec 04, 2014

Pleasanton North Rotary welcomed educator Licia Morrow Dec. 5 as its newest member.  Licia is a tutoring program administrator with Statford Edge Tutoring Program. She is shown with club president Tom Hall. 



Morrow Joins PNR Jim Brice 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Nov 29, 2014

Again this year, the annual Starry Night gala was a resounding success.

This year’s event was sold out more than a week before the party began, and a more than 210 people enjoyed the evening, raising funds for local and international causes.

Surpassing last year’s attendee numbers by more than 40, this year’s event raised more than $46,000. This year’s Fund-a-Need is Agape Villages, and PNR Foundation will donate $15,000 to the extremely worthy charity organization.

A highlight of the evening was a speech by Austin Stoker, with Agape Villages, who was extremely impactful and had many people choking up. The former US Airman, now beginning his professional career, shared his courageous story with attendees, and discussed taking the hand that life dealt him, and making something significant for himself. 

The PNR Foundation is currently reviewing grant applications, and will make additional grant recipient decisions shortly. To be included in the upcoming allocations are local grants, international grants, funds for Rotary International Foundation, and also to funds to grow the PNR Foundation.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s gala, or supporting by donating auction items.


A Starry Night – A Thorough Success Lawrence Smalheiser 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Nov 26, 2014

The inaugural Pleasanton Walk 'N Run proved to be an ideal way to start a Thanksgiving Day morning.

Organized by Mr. Pedometer Ron Sutton, the event attracted 20 enthusiastic early morning participants to Ken Mercer Sports Park. They included Pamela Philbert, assistant governor of Area 4 for Rotary District 5170 and Carol Vander Muelen, president of Tri-Valley Evening Rotary. Participants covered up to 4-1/2 miles along the paved park trail.

Sutton plans to make the Walk 'N Run an annual cooperative event involving Pleasanton North Rotary, Rotary Club of Pleasanton (the Downtown Club), and the Tri-Valley Club.  


Inaugural Thanksgiving Walk 'N Run Racks Up the Miles Jim Brice 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Nov 25, 2014

Volunteers from Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) had an amazing time working with the Tri-Valley Basket Brigade Nov. 22 to distribute essential items for Thanksgiving dinners and a warm holiday season to needy East Bay families.

Carol Moberg led efforts that generated monetary donations, food and clothing from PNR members. She also coordinated volunteer help with Basket Brigade organizers at the event.

PNR donated 16 frozen turkeys, four baskets of donated items as well as nearly $600 in cash to support the charity effort. 

Members who joined Carol at Montessori Valley School in Livermore to fill bags and baskets included Esther Becker, Ed and Lara Golden with their daughter Julia, Audrey Glafkides, Tami Hennegan, and Carol’s daughter, Kayla Moberg. 

More than 75 bags were filled with bottles of drinking water, fruit bars, juice boxes, oranges, toiletries, a blanket, underwear, a beanie, a sweatshirt and socks. Turkeys were delivered in cellophane-wrapped baskets with cans of beans and corn, potatoes, squash, apples, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, rolls, dessert, and a handmade Thanksgiving greeting card.

The PNR group then delivered nine baskets to families in Hayward, San Leandro and Oakland. 

“We saw such gratitude for our work,” Carol said.  “We overheard one woman say, ‘And I didn't think we were going to have Thanksgiving this year.’ It was so amazing to actually be able to meet the families we served.”

Planning has are already begin to increase PNR participation in the Basket Brigade next year.

Below:  Pleasanton North Rotary helped the Tri-Valley Basket Brigand distribute piles of turkeys and other Thanksgiving dinner essentials to needy families Nov. 22. 


Pleasanton North Rotary Assists Thanksgiving Basket Brigade Jim Brice 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Nov 22, 2014

November's high school student of the month is Melissa Widas.

Widas, a freshman at Foothill, joined the Club for our November 21st lunch meeting. PNR heard comments from Jason Westcott, Chair of the Physical Education Department, about Melissa's outgoing personality and outstanding attitude. In class, Melissa gives 100% every day and is a great model for others.  Congratulations Melissa!

Below: Melissa Widas (center) is awarded a certificate by Meera Parikh (left) and David Eisenhauer recognizing her as Pleasanton North Rotary's November Student of the Month.


November Student of the Month--Melissa Widas Lawrence Smalheiser 2014-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Nov 13, 2014

U.S. Memory Champion Chester Santos gave members of Pleasanton North Rotary a quick memory lesson at their November 14 lunch meeting.  Who can ever forget monkey, iron, rope, kite, house, paper, shoe, worm, envelope, pencil, river, rock, tree, cheese, quarter? Or the memory routine that will even allow you to list every item backwards!  

Below:  Memory expert Chester Santos (in the hat)  demonstrated his skills by identifying everyone in the room by name. 


From the Man Who Knows the Name of Everyone in the Room Jim Brice 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Nov 11, 2014

Dr. Jerry Hsieh became Pleasanton North Rotary's newest member in ceremonies at the club's Nov. 7 business meeting. 

The doctor is a chiropractor who will soon establish a practice at Intero Chiropractic at 4847 Hopyard, Suite 1 in Pleasanton. He is interested in assisting fundraising activities and hands on efforts for food and clothing drives and kitchen assistance after Intero Chriopractic opens.

Below:  Dr. Jerry Hsieh (left) receives his Rotary orientation materials from President Jethro at the Nov. 7 Pleasanton North Rotary meeting. 



Pleasanton North Rotary Welcomes Jerry Hsieh Jim Brice 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Nov 09, 2014

Let us join Pleasanton North Rotary member Paul Jensen in celebration of his late wife Jule (Cookie) at 2 pm on December 6 at the Centerpointe Presbyterian Church in Pleasanton. Cookie passed away at home with her family after a short illness October 24.  Cookie was born on March, 7, 1928 in San Francisco to Bernice and Henry GeisenhoferShe and Paul were married for 62 years. She is also survived by three children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Burial was held at the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery October 30. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice, Dublin, or a charity of your choice. 


See this link for more information.  



In Remembrance - Jule V. Jensen Jim Brice 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Nov 05, 2014

Rotary District 5170 President-Elect Susan Valenta (center) and her husband Tom Valenta (left) from the Rotary Club of Gilroy are shown with Ed Golden, president-elect of Pleasanton North Rotary at PNR's October 31 meeting. Susan announced that PNR member Richard Flanders will chair the steering committee for the 2016 District Conference Meeting.  It will be held close enough to Pleasanton to encourage every PNR member to attend. 



District President-Elect Attends PNR Meeting Jim Brice 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation invites Tri-Valley charitable organizations to formally apply for financial assistance to support innovative programs that aid needy local residents.

The Foundation board will review applications for grants supporting small scale, short-term projects of up to several thousand dollars.  Members are particularly interested in projects that combine sweat-equity (from PNR members) with cash or a specific program that needs funding.

Available funds were generated from PNR’s annual “A Starry Night in the Caribbean” dinner, dance and auction (formerly known as “A Starry Night” and “Caberet”).  These annual fund-raising events have raised more than $2 million to support local and international charitable organizations and projects since 1987.

Potential applicants are urged to apply as soon as possible using an application form downloaded from the PNR website (See "Downloads" in the left column of our homepage).  The board will review and award grants at its November 2014, January 2015, and April 2015 meetings.

Applications will be judged on three key questions:

  • Does the project or organization stand for the same ideals as Rotary International?
  • Can your organization help assist PNR to support “A Starry Night in the Caribbean”?
  • Will a grant to a project or organization advance the object of Rotary which is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise”? This ideal is an attitude of being a thoughtful and helpful person in all of one’s endeavors.

Fifty percent of funds gathered by PNR and transferred to PNR Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, are channeled to local charity organizations that apply for funds.  Thirty percent are devoted to the Pleasanton North Rotary’s Endowment Fund to support future scholarships. Ten percent helps finance club-supported international projects, and another ten percent is transferred to the Rotary International Foundation.

Completed grant applications may be faxed to the PNR Foundation at 925-484-4577.  They may be e-mailed to David Eisenhauser, PNR Foundation president, at david.eisenhauer@nmfn.com.  Or they may be mailed to Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation, 4847 Hopyard Rd., Ste. #4202, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

Tri-Valley Charities Invited to Apply for PNR Foundation Grants David Eisenhauer 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Oct 26, 2014

Our October Student of the Month at Foothill High School is Travis Furr.  

As noted by his teacher Mrs. Meghan Anderson, Travis "exemplifies the characteristics you would want to se in your own children: selflessness, integrity, good work ethics, and leadership."

As evidenced by his poise and good nature in the meeting this past Friday, Travis' "growth and maturity both inside and outside the classroom allow him to shine like the star he is bound to be."

Travis and his grandmother Carla were in attendance at last week's meeting.

Congratulations Travis, and keep up the great work!

Below: Jennifer Friesen, vice-principal of Pleasanton Foothill High School (left), Travis Furr (center) and Meera Parikh, PNR Youth Co-Chair (right) at this past Friday's meeting


October Student of the Month--Travis Furr Lawrence Smalheiser 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Oct 26, 2014

Pleasanton North Rotary's exchange student for the year, Laura Klein, hamming it up with Host Dad and PNR Youth Services Chair, Kevin Greenlee, at last Friday's meeting. Notice the traditional drindl dress.

If you weren't able to attend you missed a great meeting!


Spotlight on Our Outstanding Exchange Student Lawrence Smalheiser 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Oct 15, 2014

Good news to share with the membership: We have new Pleasanton North Rotarians in our midst. Hip hip hooray!

Recently we heard from André Wright when he presented a spirited self introduction, that quite interestingly had the theme of, well, spirits....really. Andre's energy, quick wit and downright community-mindedness are wonderful new assets to our Club. Tom, thanks for introducing Andre to Rotary. André is very skilled with a bow and arrow for hunting purposes (Roland's ears just perked up), or when he's leading the children in Archery skills and safety at the local 4H Club.  

At this Friday's lunch meeting we will be welcoming two new Rotarians into our Club, Patrick Phelan and Matt Wilson.

Patrick is a Realtor with Danville-based JSCA Real Estate Group. Patrick likes to be active in the community and was introduced to Rotary by Matt Wilson. 

Now onto Matt, who transfers into our club from the San Ramon Valley Club because...well, because. It's the right choice. Matt is the owner of Outdoor Republic Landscape Design, and in his spare time he collects fax machines. 

No not really. 

A hearty welcome to our newest members!

Welcome three new PNR members-- André Wright, Patrick Phelan and Matt Wilson! Lawrence Smalheiser 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
A Starry in the Caribbean Rings Out with Joy & Success Jim Brice 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Nov 07, 2013
We know how to serve the community, but how well can we serve up strikes and spares? Come find out! We now have 38 people signed up to bowl!!! Dave Cherry needs to give a count to Dublin Bowl so please let him know ASAP if you can come. This will be a very fun afternoon for everyone!!!!

Sunday November 10th
Dublin Bowl on Regional Street
4 – 6pm
$15.00 per person

Sign up with Dave Cherry and be there!

Family Bowling this Weekend! Lawrence Smalheiser 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Oct 28, 2013

With a few strokes of genius, volunteers from Pleasanton North Rotary painted the interior walls and ceilings of Axis Community Health Clinic on the weekend of October 26-27. Members provided free labor on morning and afternoon shifts Saturday and during a morning cleanup session Sunday to give the clinic on Railroad Avenue in Pleasanton fresh new look. Ed Golden coordinated PNR members. 

Photo below:  Lara Golden, Herb Ritter, and Ed Golden finish final cleanup after PNR members played a major role in painting the clinical offices and waiting room of Axis Community Health Clinic, Pleasanton. 



PNR Paints Axis Community Health Clinic Jim Brice 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Sep 29, 2013

Participating in District 5170's Avenues of Service is a great way to tune up for a new year of commitment to Rotary principles and service programs. Mark you calendars now for this gathering open to all district members from 4 pm - 9 pm.

Held at San Jose's Doubletree Hotel - the hot spot for District 5170 gatherings in the South Bay -- afternoon meeting and dinner features seminars, displays, and presentations covering key aspects of successful Rotary clubs and membership through its avenues of service:

  • Club Service - Focusing on fellowship;
  • Vocational Service - Supporting fellow members' professional development  success;
  • Community Service - Projects aiding of neighbhors and neighboring communities in need of our help;
  • International Service - Eradicating polio, bringing clean drinking water to developing countries, assisting economic development and much more.
  • Youth Service - Fostering leadership and community service ideals among young people.

The Avenues of is an important step in the education of Red Badgers in the ways and workings of Rotary. For Blue Badgers, it is a great opportunity to learn new skills and discover new opportunities for community services. 

Look for future announcements about car pools to this event. See poster below



Mark Your Calendar - Avenues of Service - Oct. 17 Jim Brice 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frank Hanna on Sep 08, 2013
Dear Fellow PNR Members,

Guess what is just around the corner!!! How did you know? A Starry Night - and I am sure it is on everyone's calendar. Let's get out and sell tickets. I have the Dublin club covered this week. To whom can you sell a few tickets? Give it some thought and ask, ask, ask. We really need to sell another 100 and I know you can do it. Tom Hall is the ticket chair so get to him for more ideas at thall@glrecap.com.

Many have worked tirelessly on this year's event. Tina is doing a fantastic job as are Dominic, Gina, Carol, Debra, Larry, Herb and Lara in their respective areas. I am sure everyone has done something so thank you for being the best Rotary Club in the world.

Chuck Eggers has really come through with great donation items this past week as has Jim Brice - just to name two.

An item to put on your calendar is the "Ghost Walk" on October 25th. This is in lieu of our regular meeting. Debra Doble is heading this up and will be providing more details. We will have dinner together (likely pizza and beer or wine) at Gay Nineties the doing the Ghost Walk. The Ghost Walk has a limit of 25 so even if you cannot or don't make the Ghost Walk, please come for dinner and a little socializing at Gay Nineties prior to the walk.

We have a PNR Board Meeting this Thursday at Girasole beginning at 5:30. All of you are welcome and encouraged to attend. We want to know your ideas and criticisms.

Thanks for the good attendance of late. Let's keep it up as it is much more fun when all of you are there.


"Bevo" (Mascot of a Longhorn team that cannot even beat BYU!!)
Note from President Bevo: Starry Night, Ghost Walk and Board Meeting, Oh My! Frank Hanna 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Aug 01, 2013
We all know “A Starry Night in the Caribbean” is coming up, and will be at Barone’s in Pleasanton this year.

What we aren’t sure about is whether we can count you and yours to attend, and make the evening a success that benefits our beloved Tri-Valley community.

Check the calendar, tell your friends about the event, and then commit…We’ll see you there!

Reminder on the details of the fun-filled evening are below. Join us!

EVENT: Pleasanton North Rotary’s A Starry Night Annual Gala, Auction and Fundraiser
DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 21, 4:30 - 11pm
PLACE: Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John’s Place (www.baronespleasanton.com)
COST: $100 per person until Sept. 1st.
DRESS: Resort Formal (i.e., Men: From high-end Tommy Bahama to James Bond; Women: Caribbean Elegance)

- No Host Cocktail Reception with Appetizers; Live Steel Drum Music
- Silent Auction
- Buffet Dinner
- Introductions and Dinner Presentations by the famous auctioneer "Big ‘Don’t-call-me-Bevo’ Frank"
- Live Auction and Raffle Drawing
- Music & Dancing will be presided over by KKIQ DJ Mark Davis
- Don’t miss Mike Darby's “nearly world-famous” cigar bar

Get your tickets and tables today at http://www.astarrynight.org/

Contact Tina with any questions at 925-519-0669 or Tina@coenow.com.
A Starry Night is Coming Up…Got Tickets? Lawrence Smalheiser 2013-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Meet your new Board – At your Service Lawrence Smalheiser 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Jul 09, 2013
July's upcoming PNR meetings are sure to be engaging.

We'll have Congressman Eric Swalwell this Friday 12th, new club president Frank "Bevo" Hanna and the Club Assembly on the 19th, and our very own Jeff Hanson will talk about biking across America on the 26th.

Here are the full details. Hope to see you at each meeting:

Jul 12, 2013 - Congressman Eric Swalwell - "Update on California’s 15th District"

Jul 19, 2013 - Frank Hanna - "Club Assembly"

Come hear our new President Bevo’s agenda for the coming year.  Come provide your input, thoughts and ideas, get involved, make a difference, this is your club, make the most of it.

Jul 26, 2013 -  Jeff Hanson - "Bicycling Across CA"

Jeff is on the road again.  This time 420 miles over 7 days across California with the Sierra to Sea Tour.  Starting in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the bike tour traverses the Sacramento and Napa Valleys, passes down the Pacific Coast, crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and concludes at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  Come hear about the treacherous but beautiful ride, the high points and low points as he rides and camps his way across California.

July Speaker Lineup Lawrence Smalheiser 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on May 15, 2013

Let’s face it. Foster care is the pits. Regardless of your home situation, you are separated from your parents, brothers, and sisters and relocated in possibly indifferent home situations where your foster parents are paid to care for you and where you can be shipped off to another home at any time. Ultimately, at age 18, you are handed your bag and directed to the street.

Shawn Farrell, the fine friend of Pleasanton North Rotary’s Gina Piper, reported on an alternative scenario for foster kids at Friday’s PNR meeting. It is called the Children’s Village of Sonoma, a residential program that places these children in healthy group home environments, with foster parents, foster grandparents, and better odds for a successful adult life.

The concept of Children's Village is similar to El Oasis, the orphanage PNR supports in Mexico. It extends care and guidance for 6 kids in four group house (24 children overall).  Siblings can stay together under the guidance of full-time foster parents, with additional backup from professional case managers, educational support, and community involvement, such as team sports.

Farrell noted that the founders of Children Village are planning to build a fifth home on the campus to house six more foster kids. The project will cost $500,000. A recent charity poker tournament for the facility, supported by PNR, raised $38,000 for the cause.

PNR president-elect Frank Hanna hopes our chapter will continue to lend a hand.  After Farrell’s presentation, he noted Children’s Village is precisely the kind of local project he hopes to support during his presidential year.

Farrell Reports on Merits of Children’s Village Jim Brice 2013-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on May 06, 2013

Top Rotary District 5170 officials joined Pleasanton North Rotary officers at PNR’s May 4 Membership Mixer to explain the numerous benefits of Rotary International.

Russ Hobbs, membership director of Rotary District 5170, described his 30-year experience with the organization. He credited Rotary for helping him develop leadership, organizational, a public speaking skills during time spent behind a podium on Rotary’s behalf. These abilities, along with business connections established through Rotary, proved invaluable for his sales work for All State Insurance in Santa Cruz and later in Sunnyvale, CA.

His life was enriched spiritually from the opportunity to play a hands-on role in inoculating African children against polio and in distributing wheelchairs in Mexico, he said. In particular, he remembered the incredible joy expressed by a disabled child as he was lifted from a crude push cart and set into a sleek new wheelchair from the Rotary program.

District 5170 president Joe Hamilton brought Bob Tucknott, past president of Dublin Rotary, Ron Hyde and Richard Flanders, each a past president of PNR, to the podium. Each has provided extraordinary services to district, Hamilton said. Tucknott  -- a frequently visitor to PNR meetings -- was singled out for his exceptional member recruitment abilities. Hyde, a retired Alameda County court judge, has unselfishly volunteered time to oversee background checks for Rotary members enrolled in District 5170’s Youth Protection program. Richard Flanders was responsible for the best attendance ever for the district’s annual Avenue of Services training event in San Jose last year.  All three are superb models that new Rotary member would be wise to emulate, he said.

A slideshow and photo display illustrated examples of PNR’s support for worthy local and international causes. A partial list includes:

  • School of Imagination & Happy Talkers, a preschool in Dublin, CA for children with autism and language learning difficulties.
  • East Bay Stand Down, an intensive 3-day intervention for homeless military veterans.
  • Open Heart Kitchen, a free meal program for the elderly in Pleasanton
  • REACH group homes for disabled adults in Pleasanton and Livermore
  • Habitat for Humanity.
  • Annual PNR memorial scholarships for graduating seniors at Pleasanton Foothill High School
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for high school students to a six-day summer camp providing leadership training
  • Keystone Ball, a prom for disabled adults
  • Sweethearts Valentine Dinner at Pleasanton Garden Retirement Community
  • Amador High School Mock Trial Competition
  • El Oasis Orphanage
  • Latin American Wheelchair Giveaway to needy children and adults.

PNR has been strengthened recently with the addition of Chris Anderson, Darlene Espinoza Ed and Lara Golden, Carol Moberg, and Susan Tremaine. Four more candidates attended the Membership Mixer to potentially increase participation.  

Below: A collage of photos from the 2013 Membership Mixer shows Richard Flanders, Joe Hamilton, and Russ Hobbs speaking.


PNR Membership Candidates Introduced to Principles of Rotary Jim Brice 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Apr 28, 2013


Member Birthdays

Bruce Jones May  5

Tom Hall May 12

Jerry Prettyman May 13

Susan Case May 18

Dave Pitcher May 22


Ed and Lara Golden May 21, 1994

Jerry Prettyman and Hathily Winston May 18, 1990

Susan DuPree and Hollis Bascom May 26, 1990

PNR Membership Anniversaries

Susan DuPree 16 years  May 7, 1997

PNR Birthday & Anniversary Report - May 2013 Jim Brice 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Apr 10, 2013

PNR members are organizing at least 3 foursomes to play in REACH’s Seventh Annual Golf Tournament & Dinner Banquet July 29 at Castlewood Country Club.

Our club is a long-time friend of this non-profit provider of housing facilitating independent living for disabled adults in Pleasanton and Livermore. The cost of admission for this charitable event is $150 for golf, dinner, and live auction. Details are available on the REACH website. 

PNR Forms Foursomes for REACH Golf Tournament Jim Brice 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Apr 09, 2013

We are retransmitting the April 4 Northwinds because possible technical problems affected delivery last week. Please enjoy the newsletter if you are receiving it for the first time today or if this is the second time around. 

All the best to you and Rotary from Jim Brice, PNR communications chair

April 4 Northwinds Revisited Jim Brice 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tina Case on Feb 05, 2013

Pleasanton North Rotary members have a lot to be excited about!  We have 3 new members. Our Valentine’s Sweethearts Dinner is coming up, and our Charter Night reception and dinner is next month.  

We have also started the initial planning phase of our A Starry Night 2013 Fundraiser.  It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 5 pm at Barone's in Downtown Pleasanton.  We are excited for the change in venue and will start planning meetings soon.

Have you donated to the Rotary International Foundation yet this year? There is still time and if you’re close to become a Paul Harris Fellow. There are several ways we can help you across that great mile marker to become a fellow.

EREY -- Every Rotarian Every Year -- is the acronym that International uses to encourage you to give just a little to help with the fight for Polio eradication, water projects, wheelchairs, stoves, and other projects  in third world countries. Give what you can for those that have less!

I am still looking suggestions for another great hands-on project, similar to REACH. Let me know if you have a project that can be considered when the PNR board meets next week.

Thank You,

Hello Kitty

Looking Forward ... Tina Case 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Feb 05, 2013


Member Birthdays

Richard Flanders Feb. 03
Esther Becker Feb. 11
Carol Moberg Feb. 15

Spouse Birthdays

Todd Moberg Feb. 12

Wedding Anniversaries

Herb & Cathy Ritter 19 years Feb. 12, 1994

Ron & Joey Sutton 31 years Feb. 24, 1982

PNR Anniversaries

Dave Cherry 22 years Feb. 08, 1991
Bill Faraghan                                       2 years                         Feb. 04, 2011
Frank Hanna                                      18 years                           Feb. 03, 1995

Jeff Hanson                                          2 years Feb. 25, 2011

Skip Hinsley                                         9 years                          Feb. 20, 2004

Celia Mason                                        13 years                          Feb. 25, 2000

February Birthday & Anniversary Report Jim Brice 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jan 16, 2013

  • Feb. 28  -  3:30 - 6 pm. Open Heart Kitchen, Ridgeview Commons Senior Center, Pleasanton.
  • Feb 28  -  5:30 pm.  Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation Meeting, McNamara's Steak House, Dublin.
  • March 2  - Charter Night. Appetizers refreshment and dinner celebrating PNR's 26th anniversary.
  • March 16  -  Habitat for Humanity Day. Sweat equity galore at Oakland home construction site.
  • March 21-24  - Rotary District 5170 Conference, Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa. Four days of inspired fun, skills development, and entertainment.
Dates to Remember Jim Brice 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Carson on Jan 14, 2013

The Open Heart Kitchen is pleased to have PNR's continuing support for their servings at Ridge View Commons on Case Avenue in Pleasanton on the fourth Thursday night of the month.  

The staff reports increased attendance at their meals on Thursdays. Between 8-to-10 PNR members are needed lend a hand, along with another 10 outside volunteers.  Sign ups will be requested two meetings in advance of the serving, so we can assess what level of support we can provide them.

Look for the sign up sheet at this week's lunch. Mark your calendars to volunteer to prepare or serve dinners at Open Heart Kitch on the fourth Thursdays of the month.

Thanks for your commitment to community service.  We are appreciated 

Richard Carson
Rotary Club of Pleasanton North

Open Heart Kitchen Appreciates PNR Support Richard Carson 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jan 09, 2013

Based on presentation stressing connections between community outreach and personal development, Melissa Muller has won the Pleasanton North Rotary’s annual Youth Speech contest, the first level of competition in Rotary District 5170’s Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest.

Ms. Muller, a junior at Pleasanton Foothill High School, presented her speech with five other Foothill students in competition, Jan. 4, at the Rotary club’s weekly business meeting at the Hilton Hotel at the Club in Pleasanton.  Foothill seniors Sophie Wan and Alex Ku placed second and third, respectively.

The five-minute speeches delved into the theme of “Peace through Service.” Ms. Muller noted how connections between individuals who provide and receive community services encourage understanding between cultures.

“Peace will come when we finally understand one another,” she said.

She also referred to the “4-way test” that guides Rotarian behavior. In things they do and say, Rotarians ask themselves, is it is the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  And will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Ms. Muller is interested in a possible career in biology, bioethics, or public policy.  She was awarded a $100 prize and an opportunity to advance with area-level winners from other Rotary chapters in Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton to Area 4 competition to be held Feb. 5 in Livermore.

The top performers in the Rotary area contests will advance to regional competition before Rotary District 5170 finals in San Jose in March. The overall winner will accumulate cash awards totaling $1550.

From left: Kevin Greenlee, Pleasanton North Rotary youth program coordinator, Melissa Muller, winner of the 2013 PNR Youth speech context; Sophie Wan, second place; Alex Ku, third place; and Tina Case, PNR president. (Photo by Dave Cherry)


Melissa Muller Wins Youth Speech Contest Jim Brice 2013-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jan 02, 2013

Planning for PNR's Spaghetti Dinner & Family Carnival at the Veterans Memorial Building in Pleasanton Jan. 13 moved forward quickly this week with progress on multiple fronts.

Under the direction of Tina Case, the program has been set. It will combine a low-admission, fund-raising dinner benefiting PNR activities with carnival games designed, constructed, and operated for fund-raising by various youth organization in Pleasanton. These are worthy community programs that under current conditions would not qualify for grant support by Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation. 

Two youth organizations agreed to participate Jan. 3, the first day of active recruitment. They are the Rotary Interact Club of Foothill High School and Abbie 4-H Club. Talks with other youth groups are underway. Lara Golden is heading the recruitment effort. Help in identifying and recruiting more youth groups to sponsor carnival game is needed. PNR members are encouraged to come forward with recommendations.

The event itself will be promoted as a pasta dinner with games for the kids and refreshments for the parents giving Pleasanton families an opportunity to support youth programs as they decompress after a full weekend of NFL playoff football. Dinner will be served 4 to 7 pm just as the fourth and final NFL playoff game finishes. It will be a great ways for families to get out of the house for an inexpensive meal, a glass of wine for the adults and games for their kids. 

The cost for admission is $10 per person. Children under 10 will be admitted for freee.

A promotional banner under the Pleasanton Main Street Sign is sponsored by Debra Doble and Sallmann Yang & Alameda Accountants. 

Ron Hyde will do the cooking. Dinner includes a mixed salad with Italian dressing, rigatoni with marinara sauce, toasted garlic bread and fruit punch. To minimize costs, the club is looking for sponsors for each of main ingredients for the meal. Youth groups, such as the Foothill Interactors will sell baked goods for dessert. 

Dominic Pipitone of Complete Business Systems refreshments. Bottled water will cost $1 and wine will be available by the glass ($5) or bottle ($15).  

Skip Hinsley, the owner of Girasole Grill in Pleasanton, has contributed invaluable advice about the menu, serving logistics, and regulations. He also donated some food items and a free dinner for 8 as bonus raffle prize for the event. 

Promotional material will be distributed to newspapers, radio stations, and on-line media on Friday, Jan 4. The public will be urged to buy tickets at the event door. Esther Becker is handling table decorations.

Tickets will be available at the Jan. 4 PNR meeting. Members are urged to sign up at least 10 tickets each to encourage friends, neighbors, and their own family members to attend this affordable dinner event. 

Volunteers are also needed for event setup before the event and for cleanup afterwards. Additional help is needed to capitalize on secondary fund-raising opportunities, such as silent auction items. Much work needs to be done between now and the dinner. Members are urged to contact Tina to lend a hand. 

For more information, monitor the Pleasanton North Rotary website or Facebook page.

Below: Pleasanton North Rotary's banner for the first Spaghetti Dinner & Family Carnival waves below the Pleasanton Main Street Sign.

Spaghetti Dinner Project Gains Momentum Jim Brice 2013-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tina Case on Dec 04, 2012

We were a very busy group this weekend.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the El Oasis trip, Holiday Parade organization, and popcorn and cider sales at the parade.  We are now looking forward to our very own Christmas Party at Girasole on Sunday and our end-of-year Texas Hold'em Tournament is just a couple of weeks away.

What is your favorite Christmas memory?  Mine was the year that Santa brought me a Baby Alive doll. I wanted her so badly that she was all I could think of for months.

And as we know, Santa never let's us down. I played with that doll every day until February 13, the day my Baby Brother Alfie was born. He has had to suffer through being my very own Baby Alive since.

Al is 36 years old and I would still feed, burp and rock him to sleep if he would let me and as most of you know, I believe the only reason the world spins is because he is on it!

Regardless of how you celebrate the holiday season, my wish for you is a plate full of love, happiness ,and good health as well as an abundance of family & friends to share it with.

Holiday Hugs,


What a great way to welcome in December! Tina Case 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Dec 04, 2012

Member Birthdays

Steve Sherman Dec  9

Wedding Anniversaries

Marlene & Bill Rebello            20 years Dec  5, 1992

Ronda & Jan Henstorf              41 years Dec 18, 1971

Jim Brice & Carole Peterson      26 years Dec 19, 1986

John & Kirsten Dwyer      27 years Dec 21, 1985

PNR Membership Anniversaries

Tina Case (Hello Kitty)       7 years Dec 2, 2005

Tom Hall       12 years Dec 12, 2008

Brian Damiani                                   9 years           Nov 02, 2003

Jack Parker                                       22 years         Nov 06, 1990

December Birthday & Anniversary Report Jim Brice 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Nov 11, 2012

PNR will hold its annual Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest on Friday January 4th at 12:15 p.m., at the Pleasanton Hilton. This contest is a great way for local high school students to hone their speaking skills in a friendly and competitive environment.  Successful students in the past have come from Drama, Debate, English and Speech programs, and if you know a Pleasanton high school student that would be serious about participating, we’d love to have them register and be there!


This year’s theme is “Peace Through Service.”


For more details about the contest, including registration, contact Speech Contest Chair Kevin Greenlee at kygreenlee@gmail.com or (925) 381-7315.


We hope to have many outstanding contestants this year!

Calling All Pleasanton High School Students: PNR Annual Speech Contest Lawrence Smalheiser 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Nov 06, 2012

Congratulations are due to Pleasanton North Rotarian Esther Becker for becoming a proud grandmother, for the second time. Esther (Olive Oyl) Becker became a very young looking granny for the second time when Logan Scott Becker entered this world at 4:01 am, Nov. 14. He weighed in at 7 pounds and a 19 inches long. Logan is a native Pleasantonian from his birth at Valley Care Hospital. Zach and Morgan Becker are his proud parents. 

Bryn Esther Burk is grand daughter #1 for Esther. She was born in Las Vegas on Aug. 1, 2011. 


Bibs and Bobs.... Lawrence Smalheiser 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Oct 31, 2012

Photo slideshows on PNR’s Clubrunner website (www.pnr-rotary.orgr) have been revised and expanded.

The shows will let you see how good everyone looked at A Starry Night and how happy we were to prepare and serve Saturday night dinner at East Bay Stand Down.

The El Oasis 2011 show introduces you to many of the 85 children at the orphanage who need our love and support. With the addition of Jerry Pentin’s photos, this is the most comprehensive review yet on the 2011 trip. You can see this four-day trip to Ensenada and the Baja desert was one extraordinary after another. It was even kind of cool when we were shopping in Tijuana to watch Don Routh negotiate the purchase of 85 pairs of children’s shoes.

Don will speak to the club on Friday about the importance of PNR’s relationship with El Oasis and your role in continuing its proud history.  The 2012 trip is planned for Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Participants are asked to contact Southwest Airlines (www.southwest.com) for flights from Oakland to San Diego (Flight #1059 on Nov. 29) and back to Oakland (Flight #3014 on Dec. 2).

Don is available via e-mail (donrouth@comcast.net) to answer your questions.


PNR Website Updates are Picture-Perfect Jim Brice 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Oct 31, 2012

The Oakland A's made a great run, but the SF Giants had an incredible finish. Congrats to all PNR Giants fans. We are the champions. We are the champions. We are the champions ... of the world!


Congrats to the World Champion SF Giants Jim Brice 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tina Case on Oct 23, 2012
This week has been a big one! We are seeing the rewards of our A Starry Night fundraiser this week.  We gave checks to The First Tee of the Tri-Valley and RAGE girls soccer club, and I’ll be delivering a check to School of Imagination tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. and you’re welcome to join me!  We also used the International account to fund painting at El Oasis Orphanage and are now ready for our annual “Christmas” trip to the orphanage on November 29th.  Please see the article below on details of how to join us, and how to sponsor a Santa bag for one of the children.                       

Who can you invite to our Club meeting this Friday?  Try a neighbor, a coworker, a friend...Hey, consider inviting the guy in line with you at Starbucks. We need new members and that can’t happen without us all inviting guests to experience the club!  

Now Kitty’s throwing down the gauntlet….Yes, I realize it’s actually a Hello Kitty oven mitt.

I am challenging each of you to bring one new person to a meeting this month. Let me know how I can help you bring a member to our Club.

This Friday we have the honor of being presented with a Proclamation for our 25 years of Service by a representative of Assemblymember Joan Buchanan’s office this week, in addition to our great speaker, Dr. Kevin Walthers, President of Las Positas College.

Lastly, I need help on Saturday the 27th at the Making a Difference for Pleasanton Festival from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to show the public what a fun, involved club we are, and we can also gain insight on a possible hands-on project. I would like one person to help me set up and entertain visitors for the first half, and then two people to entertain during the second half and with clean up.


Making it Happen! Tina Case 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Oct 08, 2012

What’s the main reason many of us join and stay very active with Rotary? It’s the Service aspect to the organization. What an incredible vehicle we have here. And we’re in more than 200 countries and territories.

District 5170’s Avenues of Service event is coming. On Thursday October 25, from 5-9pm in San Jose, more than 24 Pleasanton North Rotarians have confirmed they will be attending. Let’s reach for 30.

This is an important event to attend, especially for Red Badgers. We’ll get useful training, information and ideas to help us with all five Avenues of Service. There will be sessions on Clubrunner, social media and much more.

Yes, the $40 registration includes dinner and parking and a great speech by legendary Rotarian and Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman…The great camaraderie and learning are gratis!

You can register online by clicking here or by signing up with event chair Richard Flanders at Friday’s meeting.

Calling All Rotarians: Avenues of Service Event is Coming – Sign up and We’ll See You There! Lawrence Smalheiser 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tina Case on Oct 02, 2012
You Only Live Once, so it is always best to make the most of everything.

I’m sure there have been times in your life when you made that decision to take a huge leap of faith. Maybe into a new career or maybe out of an old one. Maybe it was marriage or divorce.

It's that moment when you are scared to death and excited for the possibilities all at the same time, and although for me I don’t feel that Rotary has given me huge YOLO moments, I've definitely seen lots of little YOLO'S in my years of Rotary. Sometimes just being in Rotary, paying the dues and putting in the actual time are hard decisions, but the many little payoffs all add up.

The gratitude of a child, a veteran or the elderly, the pleasure of having a tired body at the end of the day, and the fellowship of getting to know other Rotarians—these all have huge pay-offs.  

This year’s Starry Night has come and gone and we did well. The hard work and energy are well worth it, when are helping out the various parts of our community that need it. If you would like to learn more about where the money will go, please join us at any Foundation meeting. They’re on the third Thursday of the month.  

Here's to living your YOLO Moment!!


Ever have a "YOLO" Moment? Tina Case 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Oct 02, 2012
This Friday, October 5th, our speaker will be fellow Rotarian Rose Padilla-Johnson, who will share about an organization she co-directs, the Faces of Hope, Guatemala Cleft Palate Surgery Project.

Faces of Hope was established in 2005 to provide cleft lip and cleft palate corrective surgeries for children in Guatemala. This annual program has improved the lives of hundreds of children since its inception.

A cleft lip is an opening in the upper lip between a newborn's mouth and nose. A cleft palate causes the roof of a newborn's mouth not to join completely. Millions of children around the world suffer from this common birth defect. Corrective surgery for clefts is vital not only because of the social stigma that comes with a facial deformity but also because children with clefts are subject to malnutrition because they often have difficulty in eating and swallowing properly. Accessing the simple, inexpensive surgery is often the only barrier a child and their family faces to living a normal, healthy life.

We’re looking forward to hearing more from Rose about Faces of Hope.
Come Learn about “Faces of Hope” Project This Friday Lawrence Smalheiser 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
A Starry Night Set Stage for Charitable Giving Jim Brice 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Effort at Stand Down Shows Meaning of Service Before Self Jim Brice 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Aug 29, 2012
Shona McCarthy, PNR's exchange student in Spain, exchanges banners with the president of the Rotary Club in Marbella, Spain.  

Hola España! ¡Aquí estoy! Jim Brice 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Aug 26, 2012
Did you know the following:
      ⅓ of young people say they lack adult role models
      ¼ of public school students drop out before they finish high school
      6.5 million young people reached since 1997  

With one in four students dropping out of public high schools, the need for quality youth programs is critical. Our featured speaker this Friday will be Executive Director at
The First Tee of the Tri-Valley, which is an impressive set of programs that use golf to provide life skills education and expose Tri-Valley young people to strong core values.  

First Tee reaches young people ages 5-18 through golf instruction and life skills lessons administered at chapters, military installations, and to students in elementary schools.  The organization provides quality youth golf programs that include adult mentors and safe places for young people. The program prepares students for success in high school, college and life, and can be part of the solution to the many challenges facing today’s youth.  

First Tee will be one of the programs our upcoming
A Starry Night donations will help fund. Come hear more about the organization and how they are positively impacting the lives of children in the Tri-Valley.  We may also hear about the organization’s 8th annual First Tee Tri-Valley Pro Am which took place on Monday August 27th.

Come Learn How The First Tee Helps the Youth of the Tri-Valley Lawrence Smalheiser 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Aug 14, 2012

PNR members supported plans that would lead their club to place a greater emphasis on addressing the needs of Pleasanton youth and individuals in distress and projects during a special assembly its Aug. 10 meeting.

Prez Tina Case opened the floor offering members a chance to sound off about the club’s status and future direction.

Steve Sherman recommended looking for a small fund-raiser in the spring to add to the revenue collected to A Starry Night in the fall. Rich Carson emphasized the need for more sweat equity projects. Ronda Henstorf backed the concept of a new signature project aim at the local needs of Pleasanton.

Audry Gladfkides suggested involvement with Sentinels of Freedom for returning veterans. Ron Hyde stressed the need to again become involved with Operation SAM to pack gift boxes for active U.S. military personnel overseas.

An arroyo cleanup project was proposed along with remodeling projects to accommodate the physical challenged of selected disable Pleasanton residents.

Mike Darby reminded members of several past projects that led to huge improvements in the lives of distressed Pleasanton residents. These have included fund-raiser to help defray the costs of organ transplantation, the modification of a van for a handicapped person and other projects along that line.


PNR Assembly Meeting Defines Goals and Priorities Jim Brice 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Aug 01, 2012

 The time has come for all PNR members to participate in the planning effort for A Starry Night, our fund-raising event of the year. Mark your calendars for this dinner/auction benefit, Sept. 29, at Casa Real.

 Efforts now focus on recruiting sponsorships and auction items. It is time to examine your networks of business and social connections to recruit A Starry Night VIP sponsorships.

 SPONSORSHIPS:  All following categories feature a table seating for 10 and premium wines and service at your dinner table at ASN:

  • $5000.  Includes stage sponsorship, pre-event, pre-event advertising on the ASN website and a full-page, color ad in the event program;
  • $3000.  Includes bar sponsorship, pre-event advertising on website, half-page color ad in event program.
  • $2000. Includes pre-event advertising on website, half-page color ad in event program. (Accommodations for half tables may be arranged).

DONATIONS:   The big push is on now to recruit items for ASN’s live and silent auctions. We are looking for products and services as valuable as a new car or as much fun as country drive as a passenger in a vintage roadster.

This is an opportunity to use your imagination to identify and recruit auction items essential to ASN’s financial success. Donor forms are available on the ASN website. Contact Dominic Pipitone or Brian Damiani for details.

Make A Starry Night Your Personal Priority Jim Brice 2012-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary ... the Original Social Network Jim Brice 2012-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on Jul 09, 2012
Your company's brand is its identity. It symbolizes your service, your success, and your reputation. PNR will welcome Alana M. Montano as its featured speaker on Friday, July 13.  She will speak to the group on "Protecting Your Brand."

Ms Montano is a California licensed private investigator and director of investigations for Montano and Associates International - a full service investigation firm.  Her most recent, notable achievement was co-developing a Brand Protection program. It focuses on anti-diversion, intellectual property protection, and an anti-counterfeiting task force. This program has been implemented, under Mrs. Montano’s direction, for use at one of the world's largest consumer-products corporations.

Ms. Montano was chosen as a subject matter expert (SME) to rewrite the California Private Investigator Examination (implemented February, 2009). She is a member of Certified Fraud Examiners, California Association of Licensed Investigators, and the Select Committee, State of California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

Ms. Montano (shown below) lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter. 


Protecting your Brand - Learn From an Expert Lawrence Smalheiser 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jun 19, 2012

Foothill High School High Rotary Interact Club has completed a successful year of fund-raising and membership growth.

Outgoing president Alex Ku and secretary Jeffrey Chen addressed Pleasanton North Rotary members at their weekly meeting, Jun 15, to describe the highlights.

The club reached its goal of attracting more than 50 active members. In combination, they provided 1024 hours of volunteer community service during the school year, Alex said.

The members collected more than 100 cans of food during a holiday charity drive and successfully meet its financial goals for donations to programs relieving hunger in Africa. Charity events included Caroling for a Cause, gift wrapping at Barnes & Noble story, and dinner promotions at Sweet Tomatoes, and Panda Express.

Alex and Jeffrey credited the annual Rotary Leadership Conference and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program for the training and inspiration to help their club reach its goals.

A Great Year for Foothill High Interact Club Jim Brice 2012-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jun 05, 2012
Gina Piper, last week's raffle winner, will have a chance to pick the black marble and more than 1200 smackeros in the PNR's weekly raffle. A second drawing will be held, so you too could be the big winner.
Gina's Turn to Try for Big Bucks in PNR Jackpot Jim Brice 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronda Henstorf on May 22, 2012

This week we have a very fun program. Dr. Joel Parrot is coming from the Oakland Zoo. The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit organization, managed by the East Bay Zoological Society. Founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, the zoo has been located in its current Knowland Park location since 1936. If you haven’t been to this wonderful zoo and want to know what’s going on, come Friday to see. There might even be animals guests if the Hilton approves!

Again, don’t forget the District Conference is fast approaching. The dates are June 1-3. This is a wonderful time to share Rotary with the entire family. A short trip to Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe holds a weekend of fun—tennis, golf and biking. Plus you will hear great inspirational speakers; Daniel Bursch Astronaut, Jonny Moseley Gold Medal Olympic winner, Carrie Davis passionate sportswoman overcoming obstacles, and entertainment by Lacy J. Dalton. It is not too late to register. All the details are covered in the current District 5170 Clubrunner. You can also contact me. 

Remember the debt we owe our veterans and active members of the Armed Forces on this Memorial Day weekend. Ronda (aka Jane Doe).

More than a “Pretty Bird” from the Oakland Zoo Ronda Henstorf 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Smalheiser on May 22, 2012

Coming up in Friday’s meeting, you can look forward to learning what the Oakland Zoo is doing for animals, and in the community. Our speaker will be Dr. Joel Parrott, the Zoo’s Executive Director, and a member of Oakland 3 Rotary Club.

You all know the Oakland Zoo at Knowland Park….but when was the last time you visited the amazing facility?  Come hear history, stories and an update on what the Zoo does, directly from its Executive Director.

Here’s a bit more about our guest speaker on Friday. Don’t miss it!

Born in the wild Adirondack region of New York State, Dr. Parrott spent his high school years in Miami, Florida before moving to Colorado where he earned bachelor of science and doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degrees at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

After an internship at the Denver Zoo, Dr. Parrott moved to northern Calfornia and a private practice specializing in exotic animals in Castro Valley. He was appointed executive director of the Oakland Zoo in 1984.

An avid conservationist and naturalist, Dr. Parrott views the role of zoos as instrumental to environmental education.


On Friday! Wild Times and Tales of Rare Animals Lawrence Smalheiser 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tina Case on May 16, 2012

PNR members who frequently engage in youth activities on behalf of the club must go through the Rotary Youth Protecton process.

 One of the Rotary requirements to be in the club and especially to be president is to do the youth protection classes, this includes a 1 hour class (which I think almost everyone has already done), a 3 hour class and the livescan fingerprinting.

I am not certified and we all know its more fun together... so I am inviting any of you to join me at my house with your Laptops and we will knock out the 3 hour class together.  I have wireless internet and I promise we'll have fun!  Jerry is working on getting our livescans and more will follow.....

When: Wednesday, May 30th @ 5:30pm

Where: 436 Virginia Drive, Livermore, CA 94550 

Bring: Your Laptop & a cocktail to share

I'll have snacks.... Maybe Chef Mitchy will fix burgers.....  

Youth Protection & Grown-Up Cocktails Tina Case 2012-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronda Henstorf on Apr 03, 2012

Last Saturday was the District Assembly. I have attended before but this year’s content seemed to reach me at a deeper level, particularly the section on visioning. It could be because we tend to create the wheel every year and I want to stop that process. Visioning involves taking all our dreams and goals for PNR and structuring a 3-5 year plan to accomplish them. Nothing really changes on how we do things. The only difference is we all know the why for our actions.

I am very excited of the prospect of our club doing visioning. This will allow the continuity of our best practices, consistency of our message, and the consensus of the club will surely mean success for PNR. You will be hearing more about this process in the near future. I hope you will join in and be part of the visioning process. We need everyone to make PNR work.

See you at Friday’s meeting to watch how the Mock Trail Team works. Coaches Steve Sherman and Jerry Prettyman will be there to guide us through the case being presented to the court. These kids are so good it’s scary!

All the best to you and your families on Passover & Easter, Jane Doe

Forming a Vision of a Successful Future Ronda Henstorf 2012-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Apr 03, 2012

PNR members who attended the 2012 District 5170 Assembly March 31 learned those fines for promoting your business may not be a good idea after all.

Appealing more to the self-interest needed to start a successful business may help. Rotary International now has 1.2 million members worldwide, the same number it had 10 years ago. District 5170 has set a goal of expanding its membership by 5000 in the next 5 years.

Keynote speaker Brad Howard emphasized Rotary’s role in forging business relationships as a key to that growth. Howard, a member of Oakland Sunrise said Rotary clubs should serve as a mechanism for professional developments to attract new members. He sees Rotary clubs assuring success for themselves by helping foster their member’s success. Howard argued that more emphasis on older Rotarians helping younger members would aid recruitment.

“You can be a humanitarian and keep your day job,” he said.

The district deserves praise for the high quality of the educational sessions at this year’s assembly. Seventeen sessions covered topics from planning tools for president-elects to “club vision” to help chapter set and secure goals.

PNR participants included president Jane Doe, president elect-Tina Case, Jim Brice, Rich Carson, Richard Flanders, Dave Parker, and Jerry Prettyman.

Tina attended the President Elect Seminar to learn some great new tactics for encouraging members to invite new members including the classifications that are missing from the club. Her second stop was Future Vision foundation grants program where she learned about new options for using our club’s DDF funds.

Jerry attended “Your Rotary Foundation” and “Future Vision” sessions where he picked up on some key financial figures he’d like to pass along.

District-wide TRF contributions so far this year total $579,999. This amount is below the $633,442 amount contributed by this time last Rotary year, which totaled $737,159. So far, 24 clubs have achieved 100% of Club TRF goals. Two clubs have achieved 100% of members contributing at least $1 to The Rotary Foundation, with 27 clubs achieving an average of 61% of members contributing an average of $151.58. Pleasanton North Rotary has contributed 52% of its $11,000 goal, with 43.6% of club members contributing with an average of $104.59.

Jim attended a “Fundamentals of ClubRunner” session. Lessons learned there will lead to improved use of the site for new member orientation and activities. A session on “PR and Public Imaging” will lead to better media relations planning.


District Assembly Stresses Need for Membership Growth Jim Brice 2012-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Mar 21, 2012

Janel Lee, a freshman at Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, has won the Area 4 Youth Speech Contest.

Ms. Lee’s five-minute speech was judged the best of three five-minute presentations at Pleasanton North Rotary’s weekly meeting at the Hilton Hotel at the Club, Pleasanton.

The speeches addressed the theme of “Reach within to embrace humanity,” and included at least one mandatory reference to the principles of the Rotary Four-Way Test that guides the organization’s commitment to community service and fellowship.

It was a repeat performance for Janel. She won the chapter-level competition, sponsored by PNR, during its Jan. 6 lunch meeting. 

In her speech, Janel considered how the personal pleasure playing the violin spread across audience creating a special experience for elderly residents who heard her perform at local specialty nursing facility. She was awarded a $200 and qualified for finals of the Rotary District 5170’s Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech contest at HP Pavilion, San Jose, March 23.  

Kevin Greenlee, PNR’s youth services coordinator, chaired the local competition. Janel Brehe Johnson, a speech instructor at Las Positas College, Bryan Gillette, a Human Resources vice-president at TopCon, a global positioning device company in Livermore, Amy Moellering, a freelance write, and Jim Ott, chief financial officer of iGATE, Livermore, judged the contest.


Amador Valley High Student Wins Area 4 Speech Contest Jim Brice 2012-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronda Henstorf on Mar 13, 2012

We had a great time last Friday night celebrating Pleasanton North Rotary’s 25th Anniversary. 50 of us met at the School of Imagination for appetizers in the PNR Hall. What a great experience to be in the school that we love so much and have worked hard to support. Courtesy of Jerry Pentin we were able to watch a video of previous PNR occasions where some of our “older” members looked much younger.  But, don’t worry. Dave Cherry still had his mullet! I know we have extra copies of this priceless video so if you are looking for some fun viewing, ask for a copy.

After appetizers, we dispersed to four homes. This is especially nice because you can really get to know each other, chat, laugh, and reinforce the meaning of Rotary. We now have special 25th Anniversary pins to remember this milestone. Please get one when checking in next time.

Speaking of checking in, don’t miss this Friday’s Area 4 Speech Contest. It appears the other clubs are going to be quite thin on attendance. We don’t want to let these students down. They have worked hard on their speeches and a full room should be present during this competition. Please make every effort to attend.  Jane Doe.


25th Anniversary Charter Night – An Evening to Remember Ronda Henstorf 2012-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Mar 13, 2012


PNR president-elect Tina Case hosted a Charter Night dinner at her home. Her mother phoned while everyone was seated for the meal. Oddly, she was adamant about standing a broom in the middle of the kitchen floor.

“I guess the stars were perfectly aligned,” Tina explained in an E-mail message. The broom stood for more than 9 minutes (see photo).

The Case group spent the rest of the evening joking around the dining room table. At one point – mostly likely after several glasses of wine – the conversation turned to a question about what useful services can be purchased for $39.95. A Google search ensued leading to an Internet-based tour of possible massage services in Dublin.

It is not clear if anyone downloaded coupons.


Making Charter Night Memories – the Sorceress’s Broom Jim Brice 2012-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronda Henstorf on Feb 28, 2012

It was my honor last Friday to present to Open Heart Kitchen’s executive director, Linda McKeever, a check from PNR for $1,000.

We are helping to prepare and serve meals at the Ridge View Senior Center in Pleasanton every fourth Tuesday each month through June. Volunteers from PNR and the Foothill High School Interact Club got the ball rolling Feb. 28.


What you may not realize is that Open Heart Kitchen feeds more than 200,000 needy people yearly. A growing population in Pleasanton is children.

This is an organization that needs people to help on the ground floor in addition to funds. Please check out additional ways you can help them. Only a few PNR members can help on Tuesdays,  so look for other ways you can get involved. YOU ARE NEEDED.  Have a great week! Jane Doe.


PNR begins monthly volunteer effort at Open Heart Kitchen Ronda Henstorf 2012-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jan 30, 2012

Tina Case, Jerry Pentin, and Don Routh will describe in a featured presentation at our Feb. 3 meeting how your charitable work has made life sweeter for the children of El Oasis.


Tina, Jerry, and Don, each played a role Dec. 8-11 during PNR’s annual holiday expedition to El Oasis, about 70 miles east of Ensenada, Mexico.


Tina and her young companion, Briyana Oellrich, gave warm, colorful, hand-sewn scarves to each of the 60 children. Jerry documented many phases of the trip with photos and video. Don demonstrated masterful negotiating skills in Tijuana while bartering for a 60 pairs of shoes.


The children also embraced Mucho Bill Wheeler and Josh Routh for their sustained commitment to the orphanage.


But as you will learn Friday, every PNR member was a star in this show. Your donations paid for food, construction material, clothes, soccer balls, and Christmas gifts. You can be assured that a child said a pray of thanks for you at El Oasis.


Next at PNR! Celebrating Your Contribution to El Oasis Jim Brice 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronda Henstorf on Jan 26, 2012

Since becoming President I have taken to reading the The Rotarian front to back. I don’t know why I hadn’t done it before because our international magazine is award-winner and though- provoking. What is also amazing about the magazine is that it frequently talks about what clubs are doing in California, specially North California i.e. Cupertina and San Francisco. 


Regardless of what club is mentioned, the activities of other clubs can provide ideas for our club.  A district in Florida packed 1.3 million lunches for children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year to eat over summer vacation. A club in Oregon developed window stops for families to use to prevent children from falling out of upper floor windows.  A club in Minnesota is working with students to raise money for H2O for Life, a program working for clean water in developing countries.


All these programs are inspiring to me. They remind me of what a great organization Rotary is. We are a part of this and we too do inspiring things with REACH, School of Imagination and the El Oasis orphanage. We need to continue doing great things.  We need to continue working in our community, finding who needs our help and stepping up when needed. This involves all of us.


Step up, sign up and volunteer.

 Prez Ronda


Rotary Year 2011-2012 Ronda Henstorf 2012-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jan 15, 2012
Pleasanton North Rotary will again sponsor the annual Sweethearts Dinner at the Pleasanton Gardens Senior Center Friday, Feb. 10. 

Ron Hyde has volunteered to serve as chef and team leader, but Rich Carson notes that volunteer help from PNR members will still be needed for transporting food and supplies to the center, decorating the hall, serving, and cleaning up.  

Kevin Greenlee has already sent word to the PNR-sponsored InterAct Group. Its members were quite helpful, especially with serving and cleanup, in past years. 

Rich will report back to the club after working out details for the event with the center's new director, Ron Dirk.

PNR Sponsors Annual Sweethearts Dinner, Feb. 10 Jim Brice 2012-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jan 08, 2012

Janel Lee, a freshman at Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, has won Pleasanton North Rotary Club’s Youth Speech Contest.


Ms. Lee’s five-minute speech was judged the best of three five-minute presentations Jan. 6 at the Rotary chapter’s weekly meeting at the Hilton Hotel at the Club, Pleasanton.


The speeches addressed the theme of “Reach within to embrace humanity,” and included at least one mandatory reference to the principles of the Rotary Four-Way Test that guides the organization’s commitment to community service and fellowship.


Ms. Lee considered how the personal pleasure playing the violin spread across audience creating a special experience for elderly residents who heard her perform at local specialty nursing facility.


Ms. Lee was awarded a $100 and qualified to compete in area finals of the Rotary District 5170’s Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech contest in Livermore. Regional and district competitions will follow.


Amador sophomores Sally Kim and Samuel Lyou were awarded $50 and $25, respectively, for their second and third place finishes.


All three contestants are members of Amador High’s Mock Trial Team, Steve Sherman noted.


Kevin Greenlee, PNR’s youth services coordinator, chaired the local competition. Susan Dupree, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Dublin, Jim Ott, chief financial officer of iGATE, Livermore, and Teresa Parham, teen librarian at the Pleasanton Public Library judged the competition.


Greenlee informed the audience that local chapters of District 5170 annual sponsor the contest with three goals in mind. The first objective is to increase student awareness about the value of public speaking. The second aims at increasing public knowledge about Rotary’s objectives and principles. The third objective awards student participation with monetary prizes.

Amador High’s Janel Lee wins Rotary Speech Contest Jim Brice 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brice on Jan 08, 2012

Janel Lee, a freshman at Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, has won Pleasanton North Rotary Club’s Youth Speech Contest.


Ms. Lee’s five-minute speech was judged the best of three five-minute presentations Jan. 6 at the Rotary chapter’s weekly meeting at the Hilton Hotel at the Club, Pleasanton.


The speeches addressed the theme of “Reach within to embrace humanity,” and included at least one mandatory reference to the principles of the Rotary Four-Way Test that guides the organization’s commitment to community service and fellowship.


Ms. Lee considered how the personal pleasure playing the violin spread across audience creating a special experience for elderly residents who heard her perform at local specialty nursing facility.


Ms. Lee was awarded a $100 and qualified to compete in area finals of the Rotary District 5170’s Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech contest in Livermore. Regional and district competitions will follow.


Amador sophomores Sally Kim and Samuel Lyou were awarded $50 and $25, respectively, for their second and third place finishes.


All three contestants are members of Amador High’s Mock Trial Team, Steve Sherman noted.


Kevin Greenlee, PNR’s youth services coordinator, chaired the local competition. Susan Dupree, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Dublin, Jim Ott, chief financial officer of iGATE, Livermore, and Teresa Parham, teen librarian at the Pleasanton Public Library judged the competition.


Greenlee informed the audience that local chapters of District 5170 annual sponsor the contest with three goals in mind. The first objective is to increase student awareness about the value of public speaking. The second aims at increasing public knowledge about Rotary’s objectives and principles. The third objective awards student participation with monetary prizes.

Amador High’s Janel Lee wins Rotary Speech Contest Jim Brice 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronda Henstorf on Jan 03, 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!  I am rearing to go on some new projects and I hope you are also. Here’s a short list of what to look forward to:


Working with Open Heart Kitchen

Valentine’s Dinner at Pleasanton Gardens

Charter Night Celebrating our 25th Anniversary as a Rotary Club

Developing programs with at-risk children and seniors.


This is also the year to get on Facebook. Gina will be returning from India in February and we want everyone ready to be trained on using Facebook and understand the advantages it presents as a marketing tool for PNR fundraising.


2012 is going to be a very exciting year but only with your participation. So listen up at meetings to see how you can get involved.

Jump Starting 2012 with New Projects Ronda Henstorf 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronda Henstorf on Oct 04, 2011

Member Birthdays
Patrick Wong - December 2
Steve Sherman - December 9

Marlene & Bill Rebello - December 15, 19 years
Ronda & Jan Henstorf - December 18, 40 years
Jim Brice & Carole Peterson - December 19, 25 years
John & Kirsten Dwyer - December 21, 26 years

Club Anniversities
Tina Case - December 2, 6 years
Tom Hall - December 12, 3 years

Special Dates in December Ronda Henstorf 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Brice on May 02, 2011

Brad Howard will deliver the latest news on Rotary Foundation’s effort to snuff out polio once and for all.


Brad is a past president and charter member from the Rotary Club of Oakland-Sunrise, and 2002-03 district governor from Rotary District 5170. A key part of Brad’s Rotary engagement has been in support and use of the Rotary Foundation. 


As a past District Rotary Foundation chair, and the current Zone 26 Polio Challenge coordinator, Brad has been highly involved in Rotary polio eradication campaign.  He has participated in 13 national polio eradication campaigns and has taken over 700 people to participate in these events.  Brad will share the story of Rotary’s engagement of the eradication of this disease. He will provide an update on where we are today and how much longer it will take to talk about polio in the past.



Inspirational Message for June 3 Meeting: End Polio Now! James Brice 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alice Jones
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