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Millbrae Elementary School District Superintendent Vahn Phayprasert and Chief Business Official Rick Champion met with members of the Rotary Club of Millbrae to present an overview about the district, discussing the state of our schools and the ways in which they are funded.
How to help North Bay Fire Victims
Our hearts are filled with sadness at the loss of life and widespread damage caused by the fires in the North Bay. One Rotarian's grandson was killed, and many Rotarians are displaced.
CASH DONATIONS, GIFT CARDS, and GAS CARDS NEEDED Organizations, including North Bay Rotary Clubs, are not set up for distribution... and all used clothes must be cleaned before it can be given out.  They still have clothes from the Lakeport fire a couple of years ago! As you can imagine many people left their homes with the clothes on their backs. One of the Rotarians ran out of the house with her purse - only to discover she grabbed the wrong purse - no money - no ID.  She also had two different shoes on as she got dressed in the dark. They need cash/gift cards for basic toiletries, some clothes, and etc.   If you send a store gift card - make sure there is a store that is located in the effected areas.
PLEASE: NO CLOTHES OR PHYSICAL GOODS at this time. There are no hands-on volunteer opportunities planned at this time.  I am sure that after the fires are out ... there will be plenty of hands-on opportunities that we will coordinate with them. 
​Rotary International Website info (under News Tab & Features):​
​District 5130 has direct link to their 501(c)(3) for fire victims (reactivated from previous fires in Lake County) and mailing address:
Every dollar donated goes directly to aid fire victims.
If you would like to drop off a check, gift or gas cards at our District Foundation event on Saturday Oct 21 we will mail it to D5130, unless you specifically want it to go to 5160, 5180 or 5190.
FUTURE PLANS: The District Governors will be working with The Rotary Foundation​ to establish a California Fire Donor Advised Fund on Monday - to accept donations from around the world. (although the CA Fires is only one of many disasters in the last few weeks)  This will probably take a few days. ​One of the things that D5130 is considering is to also give out small $2,500 grants to local businesses ​after the dust settles - as small businesses are the lifeblood of the communities. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the fires, including the firefighters and first responders.  May everyone be safe ....
The Rotary Club of Millbrae and Rotary Club of San Bruno co-sponsored the annual Capuchino-Mills High School Football luncheon on November 1, celebrating the 2017 football season and honoring the Senior football players and spirit squads. Keynote speaker Tom Rathman (former 49er player) captivated everyone with his stories of growing up and working hard, and sharing his career highlights.
The Millbrae Rotary Kids Carnival is always great fun. Millbrae Rotary members team with Interact Club members from Mills and Taylor Middle School to treat the little kids to games, a clown magician, petting zoo from the 4-H Club, costume contest, and hot dogs and cotton candy. Friends and neighbors with their little ones came out and enjoy the day together at Rotary Park. Approximately 125 children attended, and fun was had by all! Thanks especially to chair Tom Dawdy along with Deirdri and Walt Gladwin for all the prep work and organization.
Youth Advisors Alan Kirth (Interact Club at Mills High School), and Deirdri Gladwin and Janet McAuley (Interact Club at Taylor Middle School meet with their teams early in the morning to go over last minute plans.
Emcee Alan Kirth kept the party going.
Boswick the Clown entertained the crowd with his balloon animals, magic, juggling, and other clowny shenanigans.
Fun booths with games and activities were staffed by the Interact Clubs of Mills High and Taylor Middle Schools.
Millbrae Rotary members cooked and served hot dogs and cotton candy.
San Bruno 4-H members brought their animals for petting and learning.
Millbrae firefighters visited with the kids and brought a fire truck to climb in.
Volunteers in Policing provided fingerprinting for kids.
Spooky characters were in attendance, and WILL come and haunt YOU if you miss the 2018 Kids Carnival!
Principal Chris Bischof spoke to the Rotary Club of Millbrae members about the successes enjoyed by Eastside College Preparatory School, which began in East Palo Alto in 1996 with just 8 students. The school works to meet students' academic, financial, and social/emotional challenges, and in addition to an outstanding academic program, also offers alumni support through college and a career pathways program.
Millbrae Rotarians assisted at the 2017 Coastal Cleanup Day. Every year, on the third Saturday of September, community members join together at coastal sites throughout San Mateo County to take part in California’s largest volunteer event, Coastal Cleanup Day. This event is Millbrae's 32nd Annual event.
Children's book author Kathy Wall visited the Rotary Club of Millbrae to share her thoughts about the process and challenges of having a book published and distributed. Hall is the author of Maggie the Magnolia, and has two books coming soon (Oscar the Oak and Scriffy Scruffy Doodle All Day). Wall's big message? "Don't give up! Follow your dreams!"
Many Millbrae Rotarians volunteered to assist at the 2017 Millbrae Art and Wine Festival, selling glassware and drink tokens. Thanks to Janet McAuley for using her "Captain" skills to organize the volunteers!
The Rotary Club of Millbrae had the pleasure of hearing from Nicole Fernandez of EDAPT on August 29, 2017. Nicole serves as the training and outreach specialist for the Elder and Dependent Adult Protection Team (EDAPT) of San Mateo County, California. EDAPT is a collaboration between San Mateo County's Aging and Adult Services division, District Attorney's Office, County Counsel's Office, and local law enforcement tasked with preventing and prosecuting elder and dependent adult abuse.
Nicole reported that the most predominant type of elder abuse in the county is financial. Her main message was to contact the police or EDAPT if any type of elder abuse is ever suspected, and she emphasized that calls and caller identities are always kept confidential. 
Several members of the Rotary Club of Millbrae joined in the District 5150 Foundation event "Celebrating Women Doing Good in the World". The following notable women were honored:
  • Keynote Speaker Jennifer Barr, a digital marketing professional who works with high tech and healthcare companies who volunteers as a main organizer of 12 TEDx events
  • Dr. Leslee Stradford, an artist and educator who has established an Artist-In-Residence program in England
  • Susana Reyes, a Director at LA Dept of Water and Power, who currently serves as the Vice President of the Sierra Club
  • Gabriela Topete Eng Goon, a college student who has served as an interpreter in her native Mazatlan and in various other roles in Rotary, and who founded the Rotaract Club at the College of San Mateo
  • Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman Rotary member, who is an educator and proud Rotarian who has been recognized as the NAACP Woman of the Year and the 2013 Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association
Keynote Speaker Jennifer Barr
Keynote Speaker Jennifer Barr
Dr. Leslee Stradford
Speaker Susana Reyes
Gabriela Topete Eng Goon
Dr. Sylvia Whitlock
First Female Rotarian in the Nation!
Millbrae Rotarians Joe Teresi, Carrie Chinn & Rick Chinn
Millbrae Rotarian Janet Fogarty
Millbrae Rotary President Deirdri Gladwin
Millbrae Rotary Past President Robert Gottschalk
The Rotary Club of Millbrae has lost one of it's most treasured members, Vytautas Sliupas, on August 23, 2017. Vytas has been honored as a District 5150 Rotarian of the Month, and an 8 time Paul Harris Fellow. Vytas and his wife of over 60 years, Vonda, began an organization to help farmers in his native Lithuania called Auksuciai Foundation. Vytas was a generous visionary, and will be sorely missed. Donations in his memory may be made to the Auksuciai Foundation 2907 Frontera Way, Burlingame, CA 94010.
Rotary District 5150 District Governor Ron Gin visited the Rotary Club of Millbrae. He heard from Millbrae's Committee Chairs about upcoming plans for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. Gin's "theme" for the year is Star Trek/Star Wars, and club members enjoyed his "search" for Spock, and for other people who will help him to accomplish the work of Rotary District 5150. Luckily, he was successful in finding Spock, who congratulated Ron on his efforts to bring peace to the galaxy, and fight to end polio.

Each year, an amazing number of volunteers help the Rotary Club of Millbrae carry out it's many projects and events. It is with gratitude that a few of the most outstanding volunteers were honored on July 11, 2017 by Millbrae Rotary's Volunteer Chair, Tom Dawdy.
Matthew Gladwin
Randy Kramer
Elliott (Bart) Bartholomew
Harry Herpe (Nob Hill Pizza & Popcorn
Erin Fellers (MCTV)
Ray Gier
Not Pictured: Ken Crosetti, Sue Garrison
The Rotary Club of Millbrae's 2017-2018 Officers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs were installed on June 29, 2017. Mills High School Interact Club Officers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs were also installed.
Rotary Club of Millbrae 2017-2018 Officers: 
PresidentDeirdri Gladwin
President ElectJanet McAuley
TreasurerWalter Gladwin
SecretaryJanet Fogarty
2017-2018 Directors 
Club ServiceRobert Gottschalk
Community ServiceTom Dawdy
WCS/International ServiceRick Chinn & Joe Teresi
Vocational ServiceStephen Cheung
Youth ServiceAlan Kirth
Past PresidentRobert Gottschalk
2017-2018 Committee Chairs 
Foundation ChairMarilou Edwards & Shirley Kwok
Sunshine CommitteeMarciana O'Halloran
Program ChairJanet McAuley
Mills Interact ChairAlan Kirth
Taylor Interact ChairsDeirdri Gladwin & Janet McAuley
Public RelationsJanet Fogarty & Shari Teresi
WebsiteShari Teresi
Paul Harris Awards were given to Rotary Club of Millbrae members for their significant financial commitment to The Rotary Foundation, which builds goodwill and understanding in the World:
Paul Harris Awards 
Major Donor RecognitionJeffrey Gressard, DDS
New Paul Harris Fellow RecognitionCandy Tsang
Multiple Paul Harris Fellow RecognitionVytautas Sliupus, Walter Gladwin, Johnson Tu, Robert Gottschalk, Janet Fogarty, Janet McAuley, and Marilou Edwards
Deirdri Gladwin is installed as President
Robert Gottschalk receives his Past President Pin
Mills High School Interact Club Officers are honored
MHS Interact 2017-2018 Officers are installed
Paul Harris Fellow Major Donor Jeffrey Gressard, DDS
New Paul Harris Fellow Candy Tsang
Outgoing Rotary Officers, Board, and Chairs are honored
2017-2018 Officers, Board, and Chairs are installed
Rotarians of the Year Rick and Carrie Chinn are recognized
Chris Ategeka
Members who attended the May 30th meeting were delighted to hear Mr. Chris Ategeka speak on his most recent entrepreneurial ventures.

Chris Ategeka was born in a small village in western Uganda along with his siblings and extended family. At a young age, he witnessed both his parents die from HIV/AIDS, and his brother who died in the arms of his extended family in an effort to carry him to the nearest healthcare facility. Despite these tragedies, Chris connected with an organization in Uganda, called Y.E.S. Uganda, where he was able to receive support, opportunity, and an education. Chris showed reverence for education, and a sponsoring family from California took notice and gave Chris funding to attend private school and invited him to live with them. Chris attended UC Berkeley, where he received his Bachelors and Masters in mechanical engineering. Using the knowledge he gained, in combination with his childhood experience of growing up in poverty in Uganda, he created Health Access Corps, a non-profit organization with a vision to create a world where every human being has access to healthcare. Health Access Corps (formerly Rides for Lives) started off providing appropriate technologies for healthcare access to the world’s most vulnerable populations in East Africa through their signature products The Mobile Hospital and The Village Ambulance. After serving hundreds of thousands of patients in the field, it was apparent that the biggest problem is neither getting someone to the hospital, nor bringing a mobile hospital to them in the village, but the lack of access to a doctor in medical facilities. Creating a scalable and sustainable solution to solve this problem utilizing local talent is the mission of Health Access Corps. Ategeka is also the Founder at The Life Center, the world's first center of it's kind, with a focus on creating solutions for the negative unintended consequences of Technology. He brings his experience, capital, and global relationships to support visionary entrepreneurs. He supports startups with creative market based, scalable solutions addressing negative unintended consequences of technology. He partners with entrepreneurs who deeply care about people, planet, and sustainability.

Ategeka's work has been profiled in YAHOO, San Francisco Chronicle, Fast CompanyTEDNPRForbes, and the United Nations. Ategeka has received many honors and awards for his work, most recently was named a 2016 100 Most Influential Young African (Africa Youth Awards), 2016 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum as well as 2014 Forbes '30 Under 30' Social Entrepreneurs who are changing the world. He is an active proponent for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education, entrepreneurship and innovation.  
At the May 2, 2017 Millbrae School District Board meeting, our Rotary Club presented a "check" for $5,000 to Millbrae's five elementary schools that will provide $1,000 to each school as they wish.  The principals expressed their gratitude, sharing with us that at the end of each school year, funding for school programs is scarce and much needed. Students from Taylor Middle School, Spring Valley, Meadows, Lomita Park and Green Hills were also presented with Rotary Student of the Year certificates and given special commendations by their Principal or teacher in front of everyone attending.  Our club wishes to thank all  those who attended this year's Millbrae Community Lunar New Year Banquet for making this donation possible!
At our May Day meeting, Mr. Gem Munro, Executive Director of the Amarok Society, gave an insightful talk on how his non-profit organization from Canada promotes world peace by acting locally in the slums of Bangladesh.  They accomplish this through fighting ignorance by reaching and teaching mothers to teach their children literacy. We heard and saw of examples of how mothers are given the education and training to go from almost totally illiterate to being teachers of children in less than 6 months.  Amarok is also active in Pakistan and Nigeria, where they work to sustain moderate Muslim beliefs and counter terrorism in the three countries.  Amarok partners with the Rotary Club of Dhaka, Bangladesh, to work towards promoting literacy, education and peace.
On Tuesday, March 21, our Rotary Club welcomed Kirsten Andrews-Schwind, Communications and Outreach Manager for Peninsula Clean Energy, to enlighten us on San Mateo County's renewable energy provider.  Kirsten presented an excellent talk on the cost savings and environmental stewardship benefits Millbrae's residents can receive by selecting renewable power from PCE.  See the video below about why renewable energy is good for you and go to for more information. 
        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 You Tube video below that recalls scenes from this year's banquet and recognizes the many restaurants, businesses, volunteer groups and individuals who helped make the event a success.  Be sure to view the event photos taken by Dawdy Photography on our website Photo Album and let us know if you'd like personal copies of the photos by e-mailing us at 
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.