Early Bird Savings - District 5150 Conference & Celebration 2017 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of San Francisco is the second oldest Rotary chapter in the world, having been founded in November of 1908. However, it wasn’t until earlier this year that the international service organization launched a chapter in the Castro/Noe Valley. 

“We were looking at the city, and we were trying to think of other areas that we could support,” said Danielle Lallement, charter president of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening. “We looked at the Castro and Noe Valley and thought, ‘Why is this not supported?’ We started doing a lot of work in the area, asking people if they thought it would be a benefit here. That’s why we started to get the club off the ground.”

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Rotary International Gains Traction With New Castro/Noe Valley Club 2016-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, April 16th, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the coastal area of Ecuador in Rotary District 4400, which is a “Sister District” of District 5150. A state of emergency has been declared. While Rotary International is not a “first responder” organization, if you would like to send contributions, our District recommends any one of the following three options:
Ecuador Earthquake - Rotary District 4400 needs our help! 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Keynote speakers for the San Francisco Peace Conference have been announced, and include:
  • Entrepreneur & author Joan Barnes
  • Humorist & peace advocate Michael Pritchard
  • United Nations Deputy Director Ramu Damodaran
Rotary Foundation Trustee Tom Thorfinnson will speak Friday night at The Rotary Foundation dinner.
For a copy of the News Release, click here


Peace Conference speakers announced! 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0

November 14, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Herbst Theater, War Memorial & Performing Arts Center
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California

Join music lovers from throughout the Bay Area at the newly renovated Herbst Theater in the War Memorial Veterans Building for the Rotary World Peace Concert.  

The concert features Northern California singer and songwriter Brett Dennen and 2010 American Idol first runner up Crystal Bowersox performing favorite songs as we celebrate peace through music.


Rotary International has introduced a new “member benefits” program that gives members access to discounts on a variety of products and services including hotel rooms, car rentals, restaurants, and entertainment. Marie Borders, from the Rotary Club of Ignacio, will serve as District 5150 Global Rewards Program Chair. To learn more, click here.
New Global Rewards Program 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Ian Risleley selected as 2017-2018 Rotary president 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary World Peace Concert tickets on sale! 2015-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary expands to nineclubs in China 
Rotary announced that In the past 12 months, it has grown the number of Rotary clubs from two to nine, as well as adding two Rotaract clubs and four Interact clubs.
Rotary Expands To Nine Clubs in China 2015-07-10 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Leah Lambrecht has designated the 2015-2016 year as one in which Rotary District 5150 will focus on the theme of “peace” – peace in our hearts, peace in our local communities, and peace worldwide.

Activities will include “peace projects” implemented by Rotary clubs throughout the District; a Rotary World Peace Concert on November 14, 2015; a San Francisco Peace Conference on April 30-May 1, 2016; and efforts to establish District 5150 as a Rotary Peace Builder District.

Learn more...

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From June 6 through 9, 2015, more than 14,500 Rotarians converged in São Paulo, Brazil to attend the 106th Rotary International Convention in one of the largest and most diverse cities of the world.

Like the city itself, the São Paulo convention brought together people from around the world who were eager to celebrate and share their backgrounds and be inspired by the work taking place to improve the quality of life worldwide.
Rotarians converge in São Paulo 2015-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
On April 25, 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8M hit Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people, injuring more than 23,000, and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless with entire villages flattened.

Since that day, Rotarians worldwide have reacted quickly, raising thousands of dollars designated for recovery efforts and supporting partner organizations like ShelterBox.
Aid continues to pour into Nepal 2015-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Ronald Gin


All classes are located at:
SF Recology Center
900 7th Street 
San Francisco, CA
Map (get directions)

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Class Schedule:

Programs Workshop
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Membership Training Seminar / PR and Public Image
8 a.m. to 12 noon
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Contact: Helen helen.abe@ml.com
Rotary Foundation, Grants, WCS Training
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 15th 2015
Contact: John Bottari johnbdg1112@gmail.com

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Posted by Marc McLeran

The Rotary project, H2OpenDoors, has sent a SunSpring solar-powered water purification system to Banepa, Nepal on May 18 to be immediately installed at Scheer Memorial Hospital, 45 miles west of the earthquake's epicenter. The hospital continues to be a major triage center for victims, and operates with minimal electricity and limited access to safe drinking water. For many days following the quake, procedures were performed outside while the buildings were examined for structural integrity and aftershocks rolled on.

"The most critical need, according to the Harvard medical team that was dispatched with our rapid response partners, is safe water," says Jon Kaufman, director of the Rotary project. Additional permanent installations will follow in August as the recovery phase begins. H2OpenDoors and it’s Rotary partners in both 5150 and 5170 districts, will be working with the clubs in Nepal to provide multiple systems that include tanks and distribution. As with previous disasters in Haiti and the Philippines, safe drinking water becomes harder to come by after the initial rescue stage winds down and emergency supplies become scarce. This makes the population vulnerable to cholera outbreaks most often afflicting the very young and the very old. The best way to prevent the spread of disease and to maintain optimal health is to increase the access to pure, safe drinking water.

Fundraising continues as the H2OpenDoors-Nepal expedition prepares to leave in August. If you would like to assist in this effort, donations can be made at www.H2OpenDoors.org. All contributions are acknowledged by the Rotary Foundation of Peninsula Sunrise, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. If you would like to start a grant, contact Jon Kaufman for any questions at jon@H2OpenDoors.org.

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Posted by Marc McLeran

2016 for a different kind of District Conference



Join us in 2016 for a different kind of District Conference at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco on April 30 & May 1, 2016

The Rotary District 5150 SAN FRANCISCO PEACE CONFERENCE! Two days of exceptional keynotes, inspiring breakouts, along with a House of Friendship open to the public. Register by June 30, 2015, and you'll save $50 on the final conference fee of $325.

Registration link is available a SFPeaceCon.com.


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Posted by Marc McLeran

Overnight, the strongest earthquake to strike Nepal in over 80 years left massive destruction between the major cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. The latest reports indicate up to 1100 dead with extensive damage to homes and buildings.

ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Nicola Hinds from Ireland will lead the initial assessment and is returning to Nepal on behalf of ShelterBox for the third time in the past year, most recently providing aid in the northern sections of the country following heavy flooding and landslides last August. She and her team will be onsite late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

ShelterBox has aid pre-positioned in Nepal and is already speaking with other aid organizations and local Rotary contacts to determine where help is most needed. Once arrangements have been made on the ground, aid distribution will be swift.

If you have questions on the ShelterBox response to this or any other disaster, contact Jim Carriere from the Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor at james.carriere@gmail.com. To learn more or to support the ShelterBox mission, simply go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on “donate now.”

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