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        Nearly 300 Millbrae and Bay Area residents gathered to celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Zen Peninsula restaurant on Friday, February 10.   The event has been bringing together a diverse group of engaged community members to experience the fun and fellowship of a family style Chinese banquet while generating contributions for Millbrae's elementary schools and Community Youth Center.  From its beginning, ten years ago, the banquet has grown in stature in the community and is now recognized as one of the most popular events in Millbrae.   
       The evening's program began with District 5150 Governor, Jeri Fujimoto, presenting a Paul Harris Fellow certificate to State Assembly Speaker Pro Tem, Kevin Mullin, for his years of "Service above Self" to the Bay Area and State of California.  Assemblyman Mullin then presented Club President Robert Gottschalk with a State Assembly/Senate proclamation honoring The Rotary Foundation's 100th Anniversary.   The rest of the evening was lively, cordial and full of thrills with performances by the Gee Yung International Martial Arts Lions and Wayne Huey, The Red Panda Acrobat.
      Check out the slideshow below that recognizes the many restaurants, businesses, volunteer groups and individuals who helped make the event a success and be sure to view the event photos taken by Dawdy Photography on our website Photo Album.
Eight Millbrae organizations and businesses were presented their 2016 Business Excellence awards at the El Rancho Inn on January 26, 2017 at the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Millbrae's18th Annual  Excellence in Business Awards.    
      Millbrae Square Shopping Center -  Downtown Beautification Award
One Martial Arts, Provident Credit Union & South San Francisco Scavenger Co.  - Community Business Partners Award
Wonderful  -  Restaurant of the Year
Best Western El Rancho Inn  -  Distinction in Tourism Award
Millbrae CERT  -  Millbrae Chamber Excellence Award
Positive Electric  -  Business of the Year

              See photos of all of the award recipients in Photo Albums.
Popular Rotarian Frank Seebode added another pin to his collection last Tuesday when he was recognized by President Robert as a 5 Sapphire Multiple Paul Harris Fellow.  This award symbolizes Frank's contributions of $6,000 and above to The Rotary Foundation.   Congratulations, Frank for your outstanding dedication to TRF and to the Millbrae Rotary Club!
Our August 9 meeting featured District Governor Jeri Fujimoto and a visit by a potential new member sponsored by Rotarian Tom Dawdy. Jeri gave an inspirational talk about how she views the power of our District Clubs' as we work together to improve the lives of people in our local and global communities.  Her talk centered around the ideal of Service and Fellowship and she encouraged us to think creatively to attract new members by tapping their personal passions.  Jeri commended our club as a strong fundraiser and strategic planner, but challenged us to "connect the dots" between our club's service activities the real reason how recipients benefit from our volunteer efforts.  It was one of our best meetings!
Jon Kaufman, a Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club member, presented his talk on one of our District's most successful Water programs, H2OpenDoors.  Since February 2013, Jon has spearheaded 16 SunSpring water filtration system projects in 7 different countries in collaboration with local governments, NGOs and Rotary Clubs.  Our members heard why his trips are wonderful opportunities for District Rotarians and Rotaractors to travel and experience life-changing moments in making a difference in people's lives. Jon encouraged us to join his next trip to Cuba in April 2017.    
Our special luncheon guest today was Daniel Xuereb, who was awarded Millbrae Rotary Club's 2016 Taylor Middle School Scholarship.  Daniel was accompanied by his parents, Joe and Karen Xuereb.   Club members congratulated Daniel for his achievements at Taylor and will be looking forward to hearing good news about his Mills High experiences over the next 4 years.
As the evening's program opened, outgoing President Marilou welcomed everyone and greeted our visiting dignitaries, including DG Leah Lambrecht and her husband Bill, Former Mayors and sitting Council members Wayne Lee and Gina Papan, School Trustees Denis Fama, Don Ravello, Maggie Musa, and Lynne Ferrario, City Manager Marcia Raines, School Superintendent Vahn Prayperset, representatives from Assemblyman Mullin and Senator Hill, former City Treasurer Mary Vella Treseler, and Past Millbrae Mayors Dan Quigg, Doris Morse, Marge Colapietro, Robert G Gottschalk, and Janet Fogarty, among others.
In appreciation for our club's support to the South San Francisco Rotary Club's Mardi Gras fundraiser, Rick Chinn received a $400 check from Ed Bortoli and Mark Barradas at their May 5 luncheon meeting. 

On December 1, Millbrae City Council members, Millbrae's Recreation Superintendent and Millbrae Rotarians dedicated Rotary Park's new Peace Pole and Bench

     Click the link on this page to view an MCTV VIDEO of Mayor Robert Gottschalk's presentation
Over 60 happy guests attended last Friday's gala party at the Green Hills Country Club to enjoy the festive evening.  Many good friends of Millbrae Rotary joined us to enjoy scrumptious appetizers and cocktails while listening to the melodies of the '60s played by Loudin Clear.  

The evening's program, expertly planned by Denis Fama, Janet Fogarty and Deirdri Gladwin, featured remembrances of our passed members, Paul Harris Fellow awards to Kevin Mernick and Christine Co, and a colorful slideshow of Millbrae Rotary's rich history produced by Tom Dawdy and MCTV.   Following the program,  everyone danced to the beat of Jefferson Airplane and the Beatles.   You can view some of the scenes from the evening on the 50th Anniversary Celebration Photo Album on this website.  Judge for yourself who was best-dressed for the '60s!  Thanks to everyone who attended to help us celebrate!