All About Millbrae Rotary! Shari Teresi 2022-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

Denis Fama - Kachina Doll Collection

Rotarian Denis Fama presented his Hopi Kachina Doll collection today and discussed the poverty and water shortages that the Hopi people suffer each day. The first picture is a “tableta” worn by Kachina dancers during ceremonies.

   

Denis Fama - Kachina Doll Collection Shari L Teresi 2021-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotarians' Travelogue

2020 was a strange year, and one of the things we missed most was our ability to travel. Rotarians shared travel pictures and virtually shared stories from some of their favorite trips. 
 
                    
Millbrae Rotarians' Travelogue Shari L Teresi 2021-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Sponsors Santa at the Gazebo

Millbrae Rotary has partnered with Mills High School Interact and the City of Millbrae to sponsor "Santa at the Gazebo", a socially distanced visit with Santa, as well as a mug and cocoa giveaway to the children of Millbrae. Thanks so much to the Mills High Interact Club as well as Rotarians Debbie Van Wart (and hubby Dave), Kristine Baltasar, Paul Harrell, and Joe Teresi for coordinating a fun and socially distanced holiday celebration for Millbrae's children in partnership with the City of Millbrae.
 
  
Millbrae Rotary Sponsors Santa at the Gazebo Shari L Teresi 2020-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Republic Urban - Michael Van Every and Melissa Durkin Shari L Teresi 2020-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Holiday Social

Rotarians’ Holiday fun included games and secret Santa gifts opened on screen, all with our favorite libation at hand.

Rotarians also donated toys to the Central County Fire Department Toys for Tots drive as they have for many years. 

 

Millbrae Rotary Holiday Social Shari L Teresi 2020-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Emperor Norton 

"Emperor Norton" of  Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine Tours provides interactive walking tours in San Francisco, regaling his participants with tales of his exploits in San Francisco in the late 1800's. Due to the pandemic, he is now limited to virtual explorations, and presented to the Rotarians of Millbrae and San Bruno in a joint meeting with his thrilling tales. 
 
    
 
 
Emperor Norton Shari L Teresi 2020-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

2020 Millbrae Holiday Tree Lighting

Millbrae Rotary is partnering with the City of Millbrae and the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce to produce a virtual celebration this year. 
 
2020 Millbrae Holiday Tree Lighting Shari L Teresi 2020-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Len Materman, CEO, San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District

Speaker: Len Materman, CEO, San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District

San Mateo County has formed a district to develop strategies for inevitable future sea level rise on a regional basis. It is necessary to prepare for sea level rise, which is inevitable even with mitigation efforts. The issue must be addressed regionally, rather than city by city, and San Mateo County is a leader in this area. Mr. Materman shared information about the efforts of this newly-created agency to address the impacts of sea level rise on our local communities. 


 

Len Materman, CEO, San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District Shari L Teresi 2020-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Sally Seebode, Chemistry Teacher from San Mateo High School

Sally Seebode, a chemistry teacher from San Mateo High School, provided an interactive chemistry lesson to Millbrae Rotarians to simulate the distance learning experience of our students. Sally's students are fortunate that she has creatively managed to keep lessons engaging. 
 
  
 
  
 
 
 
Sally Seebode, Chemistry Teacher from San Mateo High School Shari L Teresi 2020-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Global Scholar Alison Cox

Rotary Clubs in District 5150 partner together to provide a scholarship each year through Rotary's Global Scholar program. “Global Scholarships” are available through global grants for graduate students planning careers in fields that support efforts in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus: to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. Students study abroad in degree programs ranging from one to four years. Former Global Scholar Alison Cox spoke to Millbrae and San Bruno Rotarians in their joint meeting about her experiences and plans. A native of South San Francisco, Alison is attending a two-year Master's program at the University of London SOAS in Migration and Diaspora Studies with Intensive Language. 
 
Rotary Global Scholar Alison Cox Shari L Teresi 2020-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Joint Meeting with MHS Interact Club

    
Mills High School Interact members met in a joint meeting with Millbrae Rotarians. The two groups discussed projects that they have partnered on, including the Pumpkin distribution and carving contest for Millbrae's children and Relay for Life of North Peninsula. Interact members are also currently involved in a project to send cards to Seniors in the community. 
 
Joint Meeting with MHS Interact Club Shari L Teresi 2020-11-03 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians of the Month - Kristine Baltasar and Tom Dawdy

Kristine Baltasar and the Interact Club of Mills High School worked with City Recreation staff to assemble and sell Pumpkin Carving Kits to Millbrae families. Kristine negotiated with Trader Joe’s to acquire 48 free pumpkins and 96 low-cost pumpkins for the project. They sold 144 Pumpkin Carving Kits (pumpkins, carving kits, and decorating crafts) online in just two days! Kristine, Debbie Van Wart, and Interact Club volunteers distributed the 144 Pumpkin Carving Kits to Millbrae families over two days. Kristine Baltasar and the Interact Club of Mills High School worked with City Recreation staff to create a Pumpkin Carving Contest for Millbrae youth. Kristine and Karen Bettucchi coordinated the purchase of gift cards as prizes and the Interactors created sample pumpkin decorating designs.

Tom Dawdy worked with Boswick the Clown to create a special Halloween video for Millbrae families. Tom assembled a bunch of photos from past Rotary Kids’ Carnivals for the video. The video was broadcast on MCTV and at the City of Millbrae’s Halloween Drive-In Movie.

Rotarians of the Month - Kristine Baltasar and Tom Dawdy Shari L Teresi 2020-11-03 08:00:00Z 0
Youth Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners Shari L Teresi 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Sponsors Halloween Fun for Millbrae

  
Millbrae Rotary teamed up with the City of Millbrae to provide some Halloween fun for Millbrae's children. Rotary purchased pumpkins and carving kits as well as other fun Halloween activities that were provided to children at a nominal cost, and sponsored a pumpkin carving contest. Rotary worked with MCTV to film a fun Halloween video greeting from Boswick the Clown
 
 
Rotarians and Interact Club members from Mills High School distributed the pumpkins and carving/activity kits. 
      
 
 
Millbrae Rotary Sponsors Halloween Fun for Millbrae Shari L Teresi 2020-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day Road Rally

Rotarians from all over Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties participated in a Road Rally to raise funds for the PolioPlus Fund. Rotary International has partnered with various entities including the Gates Foundation focused on the effort to eradicate polio from the world. The Road Rally featured visual clues for various locations around each county. Participants had to figure out where those locations were and go there and take a selfie. 
 
  
  
World Polio Day Road Rally Shari L Teresi 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Citizens Environmental Council

Members of the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) addressed Millbrae Rotarians with information about the challenges our climate is facing. The group embodies the concept of thinking globally and acting locally, and shared many tips for how we can all do our part to address environmental concerns, including switching to Electronic Vehicles (EV), eating less meat (especially beef), using clean energy options in our homes (installing residential solar, battery storage, and taking part in renewable energy programs), and transitioning from natural gas appliances to all-electric. The CEC studies issues that come before local government and advocates for policies that address climate change, clean energy building codes, electric vehicles and EV charging stations, and other actions that ensure a more sustainable future. 
 
   
Citizens Environmental Council Shari L Teresi 2020-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Sister Cities Commission Chair Robert Gottschalk

Rotarian Robert Gottschalk, who currently serves as Chair of the City of Millbrae Sister Cities Commission, shared information about Millbrae’s Sister/Friendship Cities around the world and personal stories about his travel to many of the cities, spreading friendship and mutual understanding. Rotarians were treated to a virtual trip around the globe. 
 
    
 
Millbrae Sister Cities Commission Chair Robert Gottschalk Shari L Teresi 2020-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

KPIX Meteorologist Roberta Gonzales

Former KPIX meteorologist gave an inspiring presentation to members from the Rotary Clubs of Millbrae and San Bruno at their joint meeting about getting started in the business. Gonzales has been busy since leaving television news behind in 2017, having started her own Pleasanton-based production company, Roberta Gonzales Productions. Gonzales has also written a children's book called "Marina the Fish with Teal Lips". She says she was inspired by her Iron Man training, specifically swimming in Hawaii, where she was often following a specific colorful fish with teal lips. She found herself wondering why the fish was always alone, and she relates the story to her own childhood growing up Hispanic in Barstow, California. "I was able to play with the other kids at school but I wasn't allowed into their homes because of my ethnicity," she explains. In the story, Marina gets somehow from Hawaii to San Jose where she meets Sharky, the mascot of the San Jose Sharks hockey team.
 
   
 
KPIX Meteorologist Roberta Gonzales Shari L Teresi 2020-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Supports Relay for Life of North Peninsula

Relay for Life of North Peninsula, a community fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, by Rotary Club of Millbrae, Rotary Club of San Bruno, and Interact Club of Mills High School! Of the nearly $50,000 raised for this wonderful cause, over 55% was raised by local Rotarians/Interactors. Rotarians and Interactors also led the Event Leadership Team and orchestrated many of the event activities - car parade, opening ceremony, Luminaria ceremony, cancer survivor video, etc. Working together, we truly make a difference!! In addition, Millbrae Rotarians Victor and Kathleen Wong, owners of Bay Watch Burlingame Restaurant donated 20% of the proceeds on September 26 to Relay for Life. 
 
Millbrae Rotary Supports Relay for Life of North Peninsula Shari L Teresi 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

California Coastal Cleanup 2020

Millbrae Rotarians and their families cleaned up hundreds of pounds of trash during the month of September in various locations around Millbrae and the bay. 
 
 
California Coastal Cleanup 2020 Shari L Teresi 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visits Millbrae Rotary

District Governor Mary Bates attended our club's meeting to meet with members and share her vision for the current Rotary year. Her theme this year is Rotary: Chosen Family. 
 
District Governor Visits Millbrae Rotary Shari L Teresi 2020-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

SMUHSD Superintendent Kevin Skelly and MHS and CHS Principals

San Mateo Union High School District Superintendent Kevin Skelly, along with the principals of Mills High School (Pamela Duszynski) and Capuchino High School Jesse Boise addressed Rotarians from Millbrae and San Bruno in a joint meeting. They spoke of the challenges facing the educators and students in  providing distance learning during the pandemic, and the changing needs of the schools. Both Rotary Clubs have a long history of supporting the two high schools. 
 
   
SMUHSD Superintendent Kevin Skelly and MHS and CHS Principals Shari L Teresi 2020-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

August Rotarian of the Month Candy Tsang

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been looking for ways to help our friends, family, and community. Some of us have used our creative skills, combined with perseverance, to make a difference. One of our members, Candy Tsang, has a special talent with needle and thread. Rotarian Candy Tsang has spent countless hours over the past several months sewing for the benefit of others. She collected a variety of colorful fabrics and turned them into over 300 protective face masks. She also made a colorful collection of hats and Hawaiian dresses. After giving away many masks to friends, she started selling them to raise money for PolioPlus.

August Rotarian of the Month Candy Tsang Shari L Teresi 2020-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Master Gardener Cynthia Nations

Master Gardener Cynthia Nations addressed Millbrae Rotarians to speak about small changes that can be made in your garden that can have a positive effect on the environment. The UC Master Gardener Program designed the California Garden Web to serve as a portal to organize and extend the University of California's vast collection of research-based information about gardening to the public. Information about water conservation and alternatives to chemicals and pesticides were discussed. 
 
Master Gardener Cynthia Nations Shari L Teresi 2020-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awardees

Four outstanding people were honored as Paul Harris Fellows for their outstanding service to our community. 
 
Michael Brogdon has graciously served the Rotary Clubs of Millbrae and San Bruno, and countless other community groups for over six years as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Terrace Cafe. He accommodated our clubs with storage for meeting supplies, meals for our regular meetings as well as special banquets for events, and provided AV equipment when needed. Rather than treating us as customers, our relationship with Michael was as a partner. By providing space and meals for countless community groups in Millbrae and the surrounding area, Michael has enabled these groups to serve the community. We are grateful for our long partnership. Today our Club said a big thank you to Michael Brogdon, for his years of being the host to all of the most important events in Millbrae, as well as hosting our Club meetings for years. Michael always reflected that community spirit that makes Millbrae unique. El Rancho Inn owner John Wilms joined us in presenting Michael with a Paul Harris Award, and a basket with Rotary glasses and two very nice bottles of wine with our thanks.
 
 
Rotarians Victor and Kathleen Wong have embraced the concept of "Service Above Self". Owners of the Baywatch - Burlingame restaurant, Victor and Kathleen have stepped up in a most extraordinary way to help during this pandemic to bring food and good feeling to seniors by delivering meals via the Great Plates Program. They also delivered food to first responders and essential workers, including Peninsula Medical Center, City of Millbrae Public Works, United States Post Office workers in Millbrae, San Francisco Water Department, AMR ambulance service, and South San Francisco Scavengers. With thanks and pride for all they have done to serve the community, our club awarded Paul Harris Fellow Awards to Victor and Kathleen Wong.
 
 
Long time friend to our club, Ray Gier, is a long time volunteer. He is always present to help with any event including our yearly Fall Kids Carnival and Spring Festivals where hundreds of Millbrae's children are served, and helps with photography at our other events such as our annual Lunar New Year Banquet and our Millbrae Rotary Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament, as well as countless other events and service projects. It is with great pleasure that our club has honored Ray Gier with a Paul Harris Fellow award. 
Paul Harris Awardees Shari L Teresi 2020-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Day

Today was The Rotary Foundation Day for our Club. Past District Governor Jayne Hulbert, the District 5150 Foundation Chair, explained how our donations work for good in the world through Global Grants and in our own community, with 50% of the funds we donate coming back to us for local projects. We were honored to have District Governor Mary Bates, as well as Past District Governors Jeri Fujimoto and Riki Intner in attendance.

Paul Harris Awards were presented to Rotarians Kristine Baltasar and Shari Teresi, Paul Harris +1 Award to Joe Teresi, Paul Harris +2 Award to Marilou Edwards, Paul Harris +3 to Janet McAuley, and Paul Harris +8 to Janet Fogarty in recognition of their ongoing generosity to The Rotary Foundation. 

Shirley Kwok was presented with her 6th level White Hat Concha, in recognition of Shirley's commitment to sharing her treasure to help make our world a better place. 

PDG Jeri Fujimoto honored Janet and William Fogarty as Major Donors and White Hat Society Members, noting that their contribution was from Janet's earnings helping Jeri's mother with her real estate needs as her attorney, as a way of honoring Jeri's mother. 

Rotary Foundation Day Shari L Teresi 2020-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

Amy Linehan, San Mateo County Transportation Authority

Amy updated Millbrae Rotarians with an informative presentation on the latest transportation projects and activities in our area, including the Highway 101 Express Lanes Project and the Caltrain Electrification Project. 
Amy Linehan, San Mateo County Transportation Authority Shari L Teresi 2020-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

County Supervisor Dave Pine 

San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine spoke to a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Millbrae and San Bruno about the work the County has done to bring relief to people and small businesses that have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Supervisor Pine, who chairs the Caltrain Joint Powers Board, also explained the regional efforts to fund Caltrain with a 1/8th cent sales tax on the November ballot, in order to support this regional transportation system now and to build toward a future ridership of up to 180,000 once the line is fully electrified, thereby taking all those cars off Highway 101. President Joe Teresi also thanked Supervisor Pine for the County’s support for Millbrae’s efforts to rebuild the Millbrae Community Center with a loan to bridge the funding gap. 

County Supervisor Dave Pine Shari L Teresi 2020-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

Financial Advisor Mark Taylor 

Rotarian Mark Taylor gave a presentation on financial literacy for today's investor based on his experience as a financial advisor, including basic information about financial products and practices in order to become an informed investor. 
Financial Advisor Mark Taylor Shari L Teresi 2020-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Education Foundation President Joy Henry

 

Millbrae Education Foundation President Joy Henry addressed the Millbrae Rotary Club about the challenges faced by the students and Millbrae School District during the pandemic, and some of the specific issues as they are coping with distance learning.

Donations can be made at https://www.millbraekids.org/ Funds raised this year go towards the 2021-2022 school year. MEF dollars will continue funding programs they have sustained for the last few years: Social Emotional Learning, Technology, our Elementary Music Program, and Legarza (or its equivalent to get kids moving and working together).

Millbrae Education Foundation President Joy Henry Shari L Teresi 2020-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

John Wilms of El Rancho Hotel addresses Joint Meeting with San Bruno Rotary

   

Speaker John Wilms, longtime owner of the El Rancho Hotel, spoke to a joint meeting of the Rotary Club of Millbrae and The Rotary Club of San Bruno, with guests from the Millbrae Historical Society. It was fun to see the video and photos from the old days! There's lots of history, including scenes from movies and commercials that were filmed there, including "The Right Stuff". Notable guests included William Randolph Hearst, the Bing Crosby family, Robert Young, then VP Richard Nixon and others.

El Rancho Video/Wilms family home movies:

https://youtu.be/W4fIRTDholE

Commercial filmed at the El Rancho:

https://youtu.be/J6VwTBHvlrM

Photo Slideshow:

https://youtu.be/Misnfv0sMLU

@sanbrunorotary

John Wilms of El Rancho Hotel addresses Joint Meeting with San Bruno Rotary Shari L Teresi 2020-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

Outgoing President Shari Teresi Debunking

     
Outgoing President Shari was celebrated in a "Debunking" ceremony. The 2019-2020 Rotary year presented many obstacles, but the Millbrae Rotary Club was up to the challenge. In person luncheon meetings became Zoom gatherings, and the club pivoted many of the planned projects to package and distribute face coverings, assemble and distribute plastic face shields, and donations were made to fund the Mills High School Rapid Release Fund and the Millbrae Education Foundation Pandemic Rapid Relief Fund, as well as funding meals for essential workers including Peninsula Hospital, Millbrae Post Office, Millbrae City staff, and many other groups. 
Outgoing President Shari Teresi Debunking Shari L Teresi 2020-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
City Manager Tom Williams Addresses Millbrae Rotary Shari L Teresi 2020-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

MESD Superintendent Vahn Phayprasert Honored

Millbrae Rotary has had a long partnership with the Millbrae Elementary School District, and Rotary has been able to provide assistance in a variety of forms over the years. The Club has enjoyed an especially close working relationship with Vahn over his tenure as Superintendent, and the School District became the Club's first Corporate member. We wish Vahn well in his future endeavors, and honor him for his dedication to Millbrae's children with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award. 
 
MESD Superintendent Vahn Phayprasert Honored Shari L Teresi 2020-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotarian Robert Gottschalk Honored as District 5150 Rotarian of the Month

Congratulations to our District 5150 Rotarian of the Month for June 2020 – Robert Gottschalk from the Rotary Club of Millbrae.

A Rotarian since 2001 and past club President, Robert exemplifies “Service Above Self”. He has   joined in countess club local community service projects and events such as the Millbrae Community Youth Center restoration, Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, and Halloween Carnival and Easter Egg Hunt with local children. His international club service has led him to Lithuania for a project addressing sustainable farming practices. Robert’s dedication to his club’s fundraising success is seen each year at the Lunar New Year Banquet where he dons a full ceremonial Emperor’s costume and warmly greets all. Both Robert’s Rotary life and his civic involvement with the City of Millbrae and beyond demonstrate why he is a “Person of Action” and an inspiration to us all!

Robert Gottschalk is a leader who is able to find ways to facilitate changes and make a difference, and he does not hesitate to get involved when he sees that he can contribute, and has served as Mayor of Millbrae three times and a Millbrae City Council member for 14 years. Robert is a past president of the Rotary Club of Millbrae, having been an engaged member since 2001.

It is easy to see the depth and breadth of some of Robert’s other interests and involvement in serving the Millbrae (and greater) community by the list of other organizations with which he has also held leadership positions:

  • International friendship: (Millbrae’s Sister Cities Commission, founded Friendship City relationships with Kai Ping, China and Hanyu, Japan, organized and traveled with middle school students on an exchange trip to Japan for ten students in 2017, and with an eighteen-person delegation to Millbrae’s Sister City Mosta, Malta in April of this year.)
  • Literacy and education – (life member of the Friends of Millbrae Library, San Mateo County Library Joint Powers Authority). One of Robert’s accomplishments was to chair the committee that raised $10.6 million for a badly needed new library building, plus $250,000 for furniture and computers.
  • Traffic concerns (Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance, San Mateo County Transportation Authority Citizens’ Advisory Committee)
  • Housing (Housing Endowment and Regional Trust Board member)
  • Business (San Mateo County China Trade Association, Chamber of Commerce Board member),
  • Emergency services and access to health care (San Mateo County Emergency Services Joint Powers Board, San Mateo County Emergency Medical Services Joint Powers Authority)
  • Quality of life for our community’s citizens (Millbrae Community Preservation Commission, Historical Society, and the Senior Advisory Committee).

Over the course of Robert’s life, he has given generously of himself to become involved and make a difference in his community. He has shown a sustained commitment to serving others over many years.

Millbrae Rotarian Robert Gottschalk Honored as District 5150 Rotarian of the Month Shari L Teresi 2020-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Guatemalan Women's Microcredit Project

Millbrae Rotary is proud to support the Guatemalan Women's Microcredit Project. Namaste Direct is the implementing organization for this grant, with over a decade of experience equipping women in Guatemala with mentorship, financial education and microloans to grow their small businesses and exponentially increase their profits. When women in Namaste's program earn more money, they invest in their families' health, education and they strengthen their communities. Speakers Desiree Lyons of Namaste Direct and Brian Sullivan of Rotary Club of San Mateo spoke to Millbrae Rotarians to give an update on the project. 
 
Guatemalan Women's Microcredit Project Shari L Teresi 2020-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotarian Robert Gottschalk Named District Rotarian of the Month

Robert Gottschalk was named District 5150 Rotarian of the Month. A Rotarian since 2001 and past club President, Robert exemplifies "Service Above Self". He has joined in countless local community service projects and events such as the Millbrae Community Youth Center restoration, Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, Millbrae Halloween Kids Carnival and Spring Festival Egg Hunt. His international club service has led him to Lithuania for a project addressing sustainable farming practices. Robert's dedication to his club's fundraising success is seen each year at the Lunar New Year Banquet where he dons a full ceremonial Emperor's costume and warmly greets guests. Both Robert's Rotary life and his civic involvement with the City of Millbrae and beyond demonstrate why he is a "Person of Action". 
Millbrae Rotarian Robert Gottschalk Named District Rotarian of the Month Shari L Teresi 2020-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Receives Grant from Peninsula Health Care District

Peninsula Health Care District generously awarded Millbrae Rotary a $10,000 grant, which enabled the club to partner with Something Labs to manufacture and distribute 2,000 impermeable gowns to local medical centers. Personal protective equipment continues to be scarce for health care providers, putting the lives of health care workers at needless risk. 
 
Millbrae Rotary Receives Grant from Peninsula Health Care District Shari L Teresi 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotarians Distribute 700 Pounds of See's Candies

Millbrae Rotarians distributed over 700 pounds of cheer to the community, thanks to a generous donation from See's Candies. Due to the pandemic, See's stores had to be closed, and even though the expiration date for the candy was months away, their high quality standards do not allow them to sell candy that isn't freshly made. Knowing that Rotary Clubs have deep connections within their communities, See's donated the candy to local Rotary Clubs to distribute. Millbrae Rotary distributed the candy to essential workers (Health Care Workers, the SSF Scavenger employees, US Post Office workers, residents and staff in senior care facilities in Millbrae, Millbrae City workers, a residential facility for people with mental illness, and individuals who have cared for the community throughout the pandemic. It was really fun to see how much people love candy, and lift some spirits. 
 
Millbrae Rotarians Distribute 700 Pounds of See's Candies Shari L Teresi 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Supports Alliance for Smiles

Millbrae Rotary is proud to support Alliance for Smiles, an organization founded by members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco. These members had been involved with other cleft lip and palate organizations and collectively they wanted to create two types of programs: to send medical teams to sites to perform corrective surgery, and to create treatment centers where the protocol of cleft treatment in the United States could be replicated. San Francisco Rotarian Susan Dean reported on the project, including stories of recent (pre-pandemic) trips to South America. 
 
Millbrae Rotary Supports Alliance for Smiles Shari L Teresi 2020-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Members Karen Bettucchi and Debbie Van Wart Shari L Teresi 2020-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

PPE for Health Care Workers Assembled by Millbrae Rotary and MHS Interact

Millbrae Rotarians assembled and distributed 135 PAPR masks and 465 plastic face shields for health care workers. This personal protective equipment has been in short supply for these front line workers caring for their patients. 
 
Additionally, plastic face shields were distributed to Senior care residential facilities in Millbrae. 
Face Shields were provided to Central County Fire. 
 
 
 
PPE for Health Care Workers Assembled by Millbrae Rotary and MHS Interact Shari L Teresi 2020-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Millbrae Rotarians Distribute 4,000 Face Coverings to Community Shari Teresi 2020-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Supports Essential Workers

Millbrae Rotary donated $2,500 for meals for essential workers, prepared and delivered by Bay Watch Restaurant, owned by Rotarians Victor and Kathleen Wong. Meals were delivered to Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Millbrae Post Office, Millbrae City Staff, and the SFPUC. 
 
Millbrae Rotary Supports Essential Workers Shari L Teresi 2020-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Makes Substantial Donations to Help Families in Need

Millbrae Rotary has donated substantial contributions to the Mills High Rapid Relief Fund and the Millbrae Education Foundation Pandemic Rapid Relief Effort to help families in need. These funds support families in our community who may be without reliable income, facing illness, extreme household needs, or experiencing upheavals to home life which prevent them from feeling safe and secure. 
 
Millbrae Rotary Makes Substantial Donations to Help Families in Need Shari Teresi 2020-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Sponsors Virtual Egg Hunt

Millbrae Rotary has partnered with the City of Millbrae to sponsor a virtual egg hunt. Mills High Interact members designed templates for children to decorate and hide in their home or yard. 
Millbrae Rotary Sponsors Virtual Egg Hunt Shari L Teresi 2020-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Millbrae Rotarians Make Calls to Seniors Shari L Teresi 2020-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Catherine Wanjoya from Kenya Shari L Teresi 2020-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visit

District Governor Sue Rokaw visited Millbrae Rotary, assisting Board members in visioning for the future, and presented information about District projects and activities for members. 
District Governor Visit Shari L Teresi 2020-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary 13th Annual Lunar New Year Banquet

Millbrae Rotary held the 13th Annual Millbrae Community Lunar New Year Banquet, benefitting Millbrae's public schools and youth programs. Over 300 people attended this event, which included a traditional ten course banquet meal, lion dancers, door prizes, and more!
Millbrae Rotary 13th Annual Lunar New Year Banquet Shari L Teresi 2020-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary at the Movers and Shakers Dinner

Millbrae's most important groups gather yearly to present gifts to Millbrae's Elementary Schools and Mills High School. Millbrae Rotary presented generous checks to the Millbrae Elementary School District, the Mills High School Annual Fund, and the Mills Athletic Department. 
 
Millbrae Rotary at the Movers and Shakers Dinner Shari L Teresi 2020-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Disc Golf Demonstration Day

Millbrae Rotary hosted a demonstration day for the proposed Disc Golf course. Approximately 75 golfers joined in the fun. 
 
Disc Golf Demonstration Day Shari L Teresi 2020-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Distribution

Millbrae Rotarians label and distribute dictionaries to the third graders in Millbrae's schools for the fifteenth straight year. These colorfully illustrated dictionaries are wonderful research tools for the students, and in some cases are the only book the child personally owns. 
Dictionary Distribution Shari L Teresi 2020-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
Millbrae Rotary Annual Holiday Celebration and Toy Drive Shari L Teresi 2019-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotarians Participate in Project Read

Cheered on by their fellow Rotarians, the Millbrae Rotary Trivia Team of Jeff Gressard, Robert Gottschalk, and Joe Teresi participated in the Project Read Trivia Tournament benefitting the libraries in South San Francisco. 
Millbrae Rotarians Participate in Project Read Shari L Teresi 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Football Luncheon in Partnership with San Bruno Rotary

The Football Luncheon is a fun tradition in which the Rotary Clubs of Millbrae and San Bruno partner to honor senior football players, cheerleaders, and band members from Mills and Capuchino High Schools prior to their infamous game against each other, the "Battle of the Strip". The principals from each school make a friendly wager where the principal of the team that lost the game must wear a jersey of the victor for a day. Proceeds from the event benefit the athletic programs at the two schools. 
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Millbrae Rotary Kids Carnival

For more than twenty years, Millbrae Rotary and Mills High and Taylor Middle School Interact Clubs have partnered to host the Kids Carnival for Millbrae's children. Boswick the Clown makes a fun appearance, and over 300 children participate in games, facepainting, and a hot dog lunch. 
 
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1st Annual Millbrae Rotary Mayor's Cup

Millbrae Rotary partnered with the City of Millbrae to host the first annual Millbrae Rotary Mayor's Cup golf tournament to benefit the Millbrae Community Center restoration project and Millbrae Rotary youth programs. 
 
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Millbrae Rotarians Volunteer at Relay for Life of the North Peninsula Shari L Teresi 2019-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotarians Participate in Coastal Clean-Up Day

Millbrae Rotarians participated in the California Coastal Cleanup Day. Community members volunteered to clean our community, beaches and the Bay by picking up trash along our park ways, streams/creeks, and the coast.
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Millbrae Rotarians Honored

Major Donors Rick & Carrie Chinn were thanked for their generosity, and Rotarian Robert Gottschalk recieved his Paul Harris +6 level in recognition for their continued generous donations to The Rotary Foundation. 
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Rotarians Serve at the Millbrae Art & Wine Festival Shari L Teresi 2019-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awards

Millbrae Rotarians Jeff Gressard and Johnson Tu were honored with Paul Harris awards in recognition of their continued generosity to The Rotary Foundation. 
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Rotarian of the Month Walter Gladwin Shari L Teresi 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

Ribbon Cutting at Rotary Park

Millbrae Rotary Club members were joined by City Council members and City of Millbrae staff to celebrate the installation of new tables and benches at Millbrae's Rotary Park.
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Rotary Club of Millbrae Takes Part in Millbrae History Walk Shari L Teresi 2019-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
Celebrating Outgoing President Janet McAuley Shari L Teresi 2019-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Millbrae Rotary Visits with City Public Works Dept Shari Teresi 2019-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Capuchino - Mills Football Luncheon

Celebrate another great season and honor the Senior football players and cheerleaders of Capuchino and Mills High Schools. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 1 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Basque Cultural Center at 599 Railroad Avenue in South San Francisco. Cost is $30 per person ($35 after October 25), and proceeds benefit the athletic programs of both schools. The event is jointly sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Millbrae and San Bruno. Sponsor a table for 10 for $300 or any number of student athletes for $30 each. 
Capuchino - Mills Football Luncheon Shari Teresi 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Kids Carnival

Sunday, Oct 28 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Rotary Park: South Ashton Ave and Millbrae Ave
All kids 10 and under are invited to a free Halloween carnival, including games, entertainment, costume contest, hot dogs and cotton candy. Information: 650-588-5400
 
Club potluck picnic immediately following the event. 
 
Millbrae Rotary Kids Carnival Shari Teresi 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day - October 24

Millbrae Rotarians commemorated World Polio Day together, with a reminder that we are "this close" to eradicating this horrible disease forever.

October 24, World Polio Day, is an opportunity for the global polio eradication community to renew its promise to every child at-risk from this preventable, paralyzing disease and to realize a polio-free world for future generations.

Rotary clubs world-wide have been instrumental, with the Gates Foundation, in eradicating polio. In 2007, the Gates Foundation gave The Rotary Foundation a challenge grant for polio eradication. Rotarians have raised $228.7 million toward the challenge.

End Polio Now for more info and videos.

World Polio Day - October 24 Shari Teresi 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Deirdri Gladwin - 2018 Millbrae Woman of the Year

 
 
 
The 2018 Millbrae Woman of the Year is Millbrae Rotarian Deirdri Gladwin. Deirdri has been President of Millbrae Rotary Club (three times!) and has held numerous other positions at the club and district level, in addition to years of service to the Millbrae schools and other community organizations. Congratulations to Deirdri! 
 
Information presented in the program: Deirdri has spent the past 34 years as an avid volunteer and youth advocate in the Millbrae community. In addition to generously donating her time and talents in service of others, she has accepted the challenge of multiple organizational leadership roles. Deirdri's volunteer activities began in 1984 when her daughter Nicole began school at Meadows Elementary School. She served on the PTA Board, District-wide PTA President's Council, and the Parent Teacher Organization and School Site Committee at Mills High School, assuming multiple leadership roles over the years. In 1998, Deirdri founded and was the inaugural President of the Mills Drama Guild, a parent support group for students involved in school theater productions. In 2007, Deirdri joined with six other concerned parents to establish the Millbrae Education Foundation, which funds classroom aides and instructional music programs in Millbrae schools. Deirdri joined the Rotary Club of Millbrae in December of 1999 and has served three terms as Club President as well as Interact Club advisor/mentor at Taylor Middle School. It is abundantly clear that Deirdri is filled with a generous volunteer spirit and has a strong love for youth and education. 
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Millbrae School District CBO

Millbrae Rotarian Rick Champion addressed Rotarians about his career path and position at the Millbrae School District as Chief Business Official. 
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The Rotary Foundation

Millbrae Rotarian Janet Fogarty shared information about The Rotary Foundation (TRF). The Rotary Foundation offers an opportunity to transform financial gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The power of Rotarians working together is formidable! 
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Welcome New Members!

District Governor Jayne Hulbert visited with the Rotary Club of Millbrae, and installed our two newest members: Kristine Baltasar of IBM and Nick Jones of MCTV. Welcome!!
 
Governor Jayne also shared new information from Rotary International with Millbrae's members. 
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Speaker from New York Life

Millbrae Rotarians heard an informative speaker, Bill Lee from New York Life, who presented important information about financial planning. Lee's important messages? Diversify your portfolio, plan for the unplanned, and don't wait to start planning (everyone should be thinking about the future). Avridash Gandhi, a Rotary member from the Rotary Club of Delhi Panschshila Park, District 3011 attended the meeting and shared information about his club. 
 
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Taipei Visitors

Rotarians from The Rotary Club of Taipei (Taiwan) visited with Millbrae Rotarians. Chia-Ling Ann Yang (an attorney who handles cross-board dispute resolution) and her husband, Dr. Feng-chiao Tsai (a physician scientist with specialties in GI and molecular biology) shared information about their Rotary experiences. Their club is the only English-speaking club in Taiwan. It is interesting to belong to a world-wide organization and make connections with like-minded Rotarians from other parts of the world!
Taipei Visitors Shari Teresi 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Park Rededication

With the Millbrae Community Foundation and the City of Millbrae, the Rotary Club of Millbrae was able to double the size of the playground and installed new equipment that appeals to children of a broader age range at Rotary Park in Millbrae, located at South Ashton and Millbrae Avenue. 
 
Rotary Park Rededication Shari Teresi 2018-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Midsummer Fun At Dominic's

Midsummer Fun At Dominic's was an enjoyable event to benefit charitable community and international projects. Plan to attend next year!
 
Midsummer Fun At Dominic's Shari Teresi 2018-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Deirdri Gladwin Debunking

Past President Deirdri Gladwin's "Debunking" included a presentation of her Past President's pin by new president, Janet McAuley. 
 
And then, the real fun began! The Rotary District 5150 theme of the year under then District Governor Ron Gin was "Go Where No Club Has Gone Before", which included many Star Wars/Star Trek themed decorations and even costumes. What better way to commemorate Deirdri's year as President? 
 
Check out these fun videos on our Facebook Page: 
 
Watch this fun movie to learn more about this amazing woman and her accomplishments!
 
 
 
Deirdri Gladwin Debunking Shari Teresi 2018-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Taylor Student Elliott Kim Receives Rotary Scholarship

Elliott Kim received a $500 scholarship to be paid for his college tuition. Elliott has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping others through his years at Taylor. He will be a member of the Mills High School Interact Club and will play flute in the symphonic band at Mills. 
Taylor Student Elliott Kim Receives Rotary Scholarship Shari Teresi 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae School District First Corporate Member

Millbrae School District is the first Corporate Member of Millbrae Rotary. Chief Business Official Rick Champion received his Rotary pin, and will be joined at Rotary meetings from time to time by Superintendent Vahn Phayprasert and Assistant Superintendent Claire Beltrami. The Rotary Club of Millbrae has a long-standing relationship with the Millbrae School District, having supported numerous District projects throughout the years. 
Millbrae School District First Corporate Member Shari Teresi 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotarian Walt Gladwin Honored

Congrats to Millbrae Rotarian Walt Gladwin, who has been recognized by the County Sheriff as "Volunteer of the Quarter" for his exemplary work with the Volunteers in Policing program. Way to go, Walt! 
Millbrae Rotarian Walt Gladwin Honored Shari Teresi 2018-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner

2017-2018 Millbrae Rotary President passed the gavel to 2018-2019 President Janet McAuley. Carrie Chinn was awarded Rotarian of the Year by President Gladwin. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The following officers, Board members, and committee chairs were also sworn in by District Governor Jayne Hulbert:
TreasurerWalt Gladwin
SecretaryDeirdri Gladwin
Club ServiceDeirdri Gladwin
Community ServiceTom Dawdy & Paul Harrell
International ServiceJoe Teresi & Rick Chinn
Vocational ServiceStephen Cheung & Savannah Lee
Youth Service, Mills Interact ChairAlan Kirth
Foundation ChairsJanet Fogarty & Shirley Kwok
Sunshine CommitteeMarciana O'Halloran
Membership ChairDenis Fama
Taylor Interact ChairsDeirdri Gladwin & Janet McAuley
Public Relations/Public Image and WebsiteShari Teresi
 
 
The Mills High Interact officers and Chairs were also installed. 
 
 
New Paul Harris Fellows were also recognized. The distinctive Paul Harris Fellow medallion, lapel pin, and attractive certificate have become highly respected symbols of a substantial financial commitment to The Rotary Foundation by Rotarians and friends around the world. Paul Harris Fellows awarded were: Paul Harrell, Joe Teresi, Harry Herpe, Tom Dawdy, Matthew Gladwin, and Jax Jones. Jeff Gressard and Johnson Tu were awarded with his Major Donor level pin, and Shirley Kwok and Candy Tsang received their Major Donor Level 2 pins. 
Major Donor Jeff Gressard
Major Donor Johnson Tu
Major Donor Level 2 awarded to Shirley Kwok:

Major Donor Level 2 - Candy Tsang
 
 
 
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Volunteer Luncheon

Millbrae Rotary partners with many other organizations and individuals throughout the year to serve the Millbrae Community. The following people were honored this year for their contributions:
 
Nick Jones from MCTV, Irene Danat - graphic designer, Loriann Richardson and the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce, Ken Crosetti (City of Millbrae), Matthew Gladwin, Harry Herpe, Chris Co (Sheriff's Volunteers), Ray Gier, and Randy Kramer. 
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Rotarians Love Chocolate!

Rotarians from the Millbrae and San Bruno Rotary Clubs met together to hear from See's Candy representative Mary Feeley to learn about the history of the company. It's interesting to know that Lucille Ball (Lucy) and Vivian Vance (Ethel) visited the See's candy kitchen in Los Angeles to learn all about dipping and packing chocolates. The result was the hilariously popular I Love Lucy "Job Switching" episode. It cannot be confirmed that some Rotarians looked like they were on the chocolate assembly line when enjoying the generous samples that Mary brought! Yum yum!
Rotarians Love Chocolate! Shari Teresi 2018-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

Swedish Exchange Students Visit

Since 1946, Rotarians in Georgia, USA, have promoted world peace through understanding by offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in Georgia colleges and universities. The students become adopted members of a Georgia “host family,” living on-campus at the school they attend. Each year, about 60 students from all over the world make friends in the United States and other nations and learn about differing cultures and life styles. The GRSP program promotes international goodwill through friendship and understanding.

Two participants in the program, Victoria Lindewart and Alice Harting (both from Sweden), visited with Millbrae Rotarians to share about themselves and what they'd learned in the GRSP program. 
                                                                       

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International Man of Memory

Known simply as "The International Man of Memory", Chester Santos has left an impression on all corners of the earth. Through his ability to demonstrate extraordinary feats of the mind, as well as educate others to do the same, this U.S. Memory Champion is widely regarded to be one of the greatest memory experts in the world. His memory talents have been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostCNNNBCABC and PBS. Chester has memorized a random 100-plus digit sequence in five minutes and can name every U.S. congress person’s state and district number. While Chester understands his exceptional skill, he also believes that every person has the ability to demonstrate amazing abilities with their memory given the proper technique and guidance. Millbrae Rotarians were able to learn a few simple techniques. 

International Man of Memory Shari Teresi 2018-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Teacher Appreciation

The Rotary Club of Millbrae honored teachers from the Millbrae public schools. Rotarians heard about some of the extraordinary accomplishments of teachers from representatives from each school site. 
 
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District 5150 Conference

A delegation of Millbrae Rotarians attended the District 5150 Conference in Sacramento. The theme for the 2017-2018 year was to "Boldly Take Your Rotary Club Where It Has Not Gone Before". Since the conference began on May the 4th (be with you), Rotarians from throughout the district carried the conflated Star Trek and Star Wars theme out with costumes and decorations to celebrate the many accomplishments from throughout the year. A wide range of speakers, presentations and fun illustrated the difference that Rotary Clubs make throughout the district and the world. The Rotary Club of Millbrae was honored with the following awards: Membership Award, Club Service Award, International Service Award, Vocational Service Award, Community Service Award, Youth Service Award, and the Public Relations/Public Image Award. The Club was also one of three winners for highest percentage in attendance at the conference, and...the Governor's Bell Award for "Best Small Club". Here are some pictures of the fun!
 
District 5150 Conference Shari Teresi 2018-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Checks to Millbrae School District

The Rotary Club of Millbrae’s President, Deirdri Gladwin, was pleased to present checks to each of the principals of Millbrae Elementary School District’s schools, as well as Mills High School.
Checks to Millbrae School District Shari Teresi 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

New Member Savannah Lee Welcomed

New member Savannah Lee was welcomed as a member of the Rotary Club of Millbrae. Savannah is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway. 
New Member Savannah Lee Welcomed Shari Teresi 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

City Wide Arbor Day Celebration At Millbrae Rotary Park

Millbrae's city-wide arbor day celebration was held at Millbrae Rotary Park at South Ashton and Millbrae Avenue. Millbrae Rotarians worked with other community groups, student groups, and other Millbrae residents to plant trees in Rotary Park and along the spur trail on Millbrae Avenue, spread mulch around new plantings, and do a trash pickup. 
City Wide Arbor Day Celebration At Millbrae Rotary Park Shari Teresi 2018-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Lime Bike

Rotarians from Millbrae and San Bruno Rotary Clubs heard from Megan Colford, a representative from bike sharing network company, Lime Bike. Lime is founded on the idea that mobility can be smart, equitable and fun. By connecting cities and improving the way people experience first and last mile transporation, Lime Bike aims to leave future generations with a cleaner, healthier planet. Users use the Lime Bink app to use smart bikes and electric scooters. Lime's mission is to build strong social bonds, lasting community relationships and the world's most versatile smart mobility fleet.
Lime Bike Shari Teresi 2018-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae School District Strategic Plan Update

Claire Beltrami, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Millbrae School District presented the MSD Strategic Plan to the Millbrae Rotary Club. It’s easy to see why our Millbrae schools are excellent! She expressed MSD’s appreciation for the Rotary Club’s continued support of Millbrae’s schools and youth.
Millbrae School District Strategic Plan Update Shari Teresi 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary Honors "Students of the Year"

One student from each of the elementary schools and Taylor Middle School were honored for exemplifying service to others. The students were nominated by their teachers, who observed kindness on the school yard, helping others in the classroom, and service to their community. The students attended a luncheon with their parents, teacher, and principal, and were honored by Rotary President Deirdri Gladwin and Millbrae School District Superintendent Vahn Phayprasert. 
 
 
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Carrie Chinn, Rotarian of the Month – March 2018

Since joining the Rotary Club of Millbrae in 2008, Carrie Chinn has truly embrace the motto of “Service Above Self”. She brought a refreshing and charming way of looking at and handling Rotary business. She was our Foundation Chair for seven years and encouraged all members not only to give annually but to consider being a part of the Paul Harris Society, Benefactors or Bequest Society. Several achieved the highest per capita in the district several times. Since handing over the responsibilities to other members for raising money for the Foundation, she has continued to work with, encourage and support the Foundation Chairs. Earlier in this Rotary year, she collaborated with a member in our club to have a Polio Plus event. It was very well received and we hope to continue to hold this event in future Rotary years.

Carrie is a big supporter of whomever is the current President. She is a great resource and has been instrumental in making sure each Director of the Avenue of Service is staying on track with the District awards. She has met with them to review and figure out what items can and will be a part of this year’s submission. Carrie and her husband Rick have chaired our main fundraiser. Millbrae Rotary’s Lunar New Year Banquet since its inception 11 years ago. Carrie coordinates the raffle prizes, works on encouraging attendance of all factions of our community and helps assign seats. Because of her work on the Lunar New Year Banquet and the attendance of several Rotary clubs, Carrie encourages our members to attend the other club’s events in reciprocation. In some cases, this has led to joint projects. Carrie served as our Club President with great enthusiasm.

 

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Spring Festival Attended by 400 Children

Millbrae Rotary and the Interact Clubs from Mills High School and Taylor Middle School hosted the popular Spring Festival in Millbrae's Central Park. The event was attended by an estimated 400 children, who enjoyed games, crafts, snacks, face painting, and the excited egg hunt. 
  
 
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2018 Lunar New Year Banquet

Millbrae Rotary's biggest event of the year is our annual Lunar New Year Banquet, which benefits Millbrae's schools and youth organizations. Our 2018 event was sold out, and it illustrated that our community comes together to support our kids. This year's event was attended by US Representative Jackie Speier, County Supervisor Dave Pine, Millbrae's City Council members, Millbrae School District's Board of Trustees and Superintendent, and countless community members from various community groups including the Millbrae Lions Club, Millbrae Historical Society, and Millbrae Community Foundation. Lion Dancers and drummers, good food, an Emporer and Empress, and toasts all added up to a fun evening.
 
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Millbrae Community Foundation Partners With Millbrae Rotary

Millbrae Community Foundation President Debbie Van Wart presented Millbrae Rotary President Deirdri Gladwin with a $5,000 check to contribute towards new playground equipment at Rotary Park in Millbrae. New playground equipment will be added which will appeal to a broader age range of children. A perfect example of community partners working together to make Millbrae better.
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Millbrae Rotary Holiday Celebration

The Rotary Club of Millbrae (and friends) celebrated the New Year with a delicious feast of Italian specialties at La Collina Restaurant in Millbrae. Great food and fun made for great fellowship!
 
 
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Millbrae Rotary Receives Awards

Past District Governor Jeri Fujimoto presented awards to Millbrae Rotary Club Immediate Past President Robert Gottschalk in recognition of our Rotary Club’s contributions to The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is rated '5 Star' by Charity Navigator for its outstanding record of funding projects and programs in our communities and throughout the world. Rotary Foundation projects fund clean water and sanitation, health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio, and economic development and new opportunities in communities around the world. Past President Gottschalk was also recognized for success during his term.
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Dawdy  Receives "Living History Award"

Millbrae Rotarian Tom Dawdy was honored with the Living History Award for exceptional historical contributions and devoted community service. He is only the eleventh such person to be so honored by the Millbrae Historical Society. Tom's service is appreciated throughout our community!
Dawdy Receives "Living History Award" Shari Teresi 2017-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Joint Meeting With Interact Club

The Millbrae Rotary Club sponsors the Interact Club at Mills High School. These amazing high school students work together throughout the year on many community service projects, notably including the Kids Carnival at Halloween time, and the Spring Festival (where they have taken on the responsibility for a city-wide egg hunt from the City of Millbrae). Millbrae Rotarians heard from the Interact Club officers about their projects and focus for the year on the H2Open Doors Project, which strives to provide clean water in communities throughout the world. These are amazing young people!
 
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Project Read Trivia Challenge

The Millbrae Rotary Trivia Team competed at Project Read Trivia Challenge. The team of Jeff Gressard, Robert Gottschalk, and Joe Teresi made a respectable showing, but were especially happy to contribute to Project Read, which helps low literacy and low income adults to reach their literacy and financial goals. Way to go, team!
Project Read Trivia Challenge Shari Teresi 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Capuchino-Mills High School Football Luncheon

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.
 
Capuchino-Mills High School Football Luncheon Shari Teresi 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Kids Carnival - Rotary Picnic

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!
 
 
 
 
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Millbrae Elem School District Officials Visit Millbrae Rotary

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.
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Rotarians Helping North Bay Fire Victims

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.
 
Rotarians Helping North Bay Fire Victims Shari Teresi 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Protecting Your Financial Data

Rotarian Alan Kirth shared his insights on how to protect your personal financial data with Millbrae Rotarians. Kirth is Sales Manager and Sr. Commercial & Residential Loan Advisor at Guarantee Mortgage, as well as the Immediate Past President of the California Association of Mortgage Professionals (SF/Peninsula Chapter).
Some key takeaways:
  • you can obtain a free credit report annually from annualcreditreport.com (Be very careful to use this site, rather than some others that try to make it sound like they are legitimate.)
  • consider putting a lock on your credit with the three credit rating agencies
  • don't divulge personal information when using public wifi because it may be vulnerable to access by hackers (it's probably OK to do some internet surfing on public wifi, but if you're accessing sites where you need to enter a password, you should be very careful about the types of information that might be visible to another party)

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Millbrae Rotary Social: Zen Peninsula Luncheon Shari Teresi 2017-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Principal Chris Bischof - Eastside Prep

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.
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Rotary Volunteers: 2017 Coastal Cleanup Day

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.
 
Rotary Volunteers: 2017 Coastal Cleanup Day Shari Teresi 2017-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Author Kathy Wall Visits Millbrae Rotary

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!"
 
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Rotary Volunteers: Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

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!
 
 
 
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Speaker Nicole Fernandez, EDAPT

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. 
 
  
Speaker Nicole Fernandez, EDAPT Shari Teresi 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Women in Rotary

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
 
 
Celebrating Women in Rotary Shari Teresi 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

In Memory of Vytautas Sliupus

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.
 
 
 
 
In Memory of Vytautas Sliupus Shari Teresi 2017-08-25 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Ron Gin Visits Rotary Club of Millbrae: In Search of Spock

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.
 

 
District Governor Ron Gin Visits Rotary Club of Millbrae: In Search of Spock Shari Teresi 2017-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Awards

Posted by Shari Teresi on Jul 11, 2017
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
 
Volunteer Awards Shari Teresi 2017-07-11 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Millbrae 2017-2018 Installation Dinner

Posted by Shari Teresi on Jun 29, 2017
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
Rotary Club of Millbrae 2017-2018 Installation Dinner Shari Teresi 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

TED Talk Fellow Christopher Ategeka

Posted by Rick Chinn on May 25, 2017
 
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.  
TED Talk Fellow Christopher Ategeka Rick Chinn 2017-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

Gem Munro Speaks to Rotarians on May 2

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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.
Gem Munro Speaks to Rotarians on May 2 Rick Chinn 2017-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

Community Lunar New Year Banquet proceeds donated to Millbrae schools

Posted by Rick Chinn on May 02, 2017
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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!
 
 
Community Lunar New Year Banquet proceeds donated to Millbrae schools Rick Chinn 2017-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians attend District Learning & Development Assembly

 
 
On Saturday, March 18, a crew of intrepid Millbrae Rotarians traveled to the distant planet of Larkspur to board Starship Gin.  They witnessed President Elect, Deirdri Gladwin, commissioned as our next Commander of Battleship Millbrae. Our crew members were trained in several tactical and strategic topics: including Membership, Youth Protection, Grants, International Service, Anti-bullying, Social Media and Rotary's End Polio program.   After being fed by Mess Officer OllieQ, we returned to our home base, ready to set course "To boldly go where our Rotary Club has not Gone Before".
Rotarians attend District Learning & Development Assembly Rick Chinn 2017-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

 

Thanks for supporting our Lunar New Year Banquet!

Posted by Rick Chinn on Feb 12, 2017
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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 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 millbraerotary@sbcglobal.net. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for supporting our Lunar New Year Banquet! Rick Chinn 2017-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Organizations and Businesses honored 

Posted on Jan 28, 2017
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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.    
      Congratulations!
      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.
      
 
Millbrae Organizations and Businesses honored Rick Chinn 2017-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

August 2 Speaker and Special Guest

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.
 
August 2 Speaker and Special Guest Rick Chinn 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

June 29 Installation Dinner begins our new Rotary Year

Posted on Jun 28, 2016
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.
June 29 Installation Dinner begins our new Rotary Year Rick Chinn 2016-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Millbrae Rotary Club recognized by South San Francisco Rotary Club Rick Chinn 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
PDG Chris Gallagher presented our Foundation banners at the District Peace Conference. Richard Chinn 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0

Green Hills Country Club rocked last Friday night!

Posted on Mar 20, 2016
 
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!  
Green Hills Country Club rocked last Friday night! Rick Chinn 2016-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

PRLS Founder Shows her Style

Posted by Rick Chinn on Mar 03, 2016
 
Our Rotary Club March 1 luncheon speaker was Betsy Koefoed, Past President of the Rotary Club of San Carlos and Founder of the District Potential Rotary Leaders Seminar series.  Betsy presented an entertaining talk full of great anecdotes and tidbits that our club members enjoyed. Betsy encouraged all those who wish to improve their leadership skills in all aspects of their lives to attend the next Basic PRLS seminar on July 23, 2016.
PRLS Founder Shows her Style Rick Chinn 2016-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Park Peace Pole and Bench Dedicated 12/1/15
 

 

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
 
Rotary Park Peace Pole and Bench Dedicated 12/1/15   Rick Chinn 2015-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Millbrae Rotarians support 2015 MEF Walk-A-Thon Rick Chinn 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Leah Lambrecht visits

Posted on Jul 27, 2015
District Governor Leah Lambrecht visited our Millbrae Rotary Club on July 28 to meet with our Board and gave an inspiring presentation on her theme of how Rotarians can play a role in promoting Peace during the coming year and beyond.
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Millbrae Rotary welcomes Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Director

Posted by richard chinn on May 11, 2015
Our speaker today was the very charming Dr Joe S. Wang, Consul for Taiwan in the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of San Francisco. Dr Wang, a career diplomat for Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is also an adjunct professor at the National Taiwan University of Arts in Taipei, teaching courses in public administration and public policy.
 
District Governor Chris visited our club in support of Dr Wang. Dr Wang was instrumental in arranging DG Chris's trip to Taiwan to a special dinner with RI President Gary Huang last October, one of only 5 DGs from the U.S. to be invited.  

Building friendships is Dr Wang's focus as Consul for Taipei, as has been DG Chris's focus this year, and President Carrie's focus for our Millbrae Club.
 
District Governor Chris visited our club in support of Dr Wang. Dr Wang was instrumental in arranging DG Chris's trip to Taiwan to a special dinner with RI President Gary Huang last October, one of only 5 DGs from the U.S. to be invited.  
Building friendships is Dr Wang's focus as Consul for Taipei, as has been DG Chris's focus this year, and President Carrie's focus for our Millbrae Club.
 — with Christanne Gallagher and Carrie Thelma Chinn.
Millbrae Rotary welcomes Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Director richard chinn 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our Club, Paul! Richard Chinn 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0

SENATOR JERRY HILL HONORED AT LUNAR NEW YEAR BANQUET

Posted by Rick Chinn on Mar 13, 2015
State Senator Jerry Hill Honored at 8th Annual Millbrae Lunar New Year Banquet
State Senator Jerry Hill is now a Paul Harris Fellow. With over 300 guest witnesses looking on, Senator Hill received a Paul Harris Fellow certificate and medallion during the Millbrae Rotary Club's Community Lunar New Year Banquet at the Zen Peninsula restaurant on Friday, Feb. 27.  Senator Hill was honored for his contribution to furthering better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world. 
SENATOR JERRY HILL HONORED AT LUNAR NEW YEAR BANQUET Rick Chinn 2015-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Business Excellence Awards Dinner

Posted by Richard Chinn on Jan 05, 2015

The Millbrae Chamber of Commerce presents The 2014 Millbrae Excellence in Business Awards Dinner on Thursday, January 22nd 2015.  The dinner and program will be at the Best Western El Rancho 'Palm Room' (downstairs from The Terrace Cafe).

Cost:                      $50.00 per person    /  London Broil / Salmon / Vegetarian

Social Hour:           6:00 pm

Dinner & Program: 7:00 pm

Millbrae Business Excellence Awards Dinner Richard Chinn 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Raymond Chester speaks at 19th Football Lunch

Posted on Nov 17, 2014
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Over 150 gathered in the Basque Cultural Center to honor the senior football players and spirit team members from Mills and Capuchino High on November 13.  The 19th annual luncheon was sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Millbrae and San Bruno.  Net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the athletic programs of both schools.  Team members were introduced by their respective coaches after friendly challenges were heard from both sides of the Battle of the Strip, including San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane and Millbrae Vice Mayor Robert Gottschalk, and Capuchino High Principal Shamar Shanks and Mills Principal Paul Belzer.  This year's guest speaker was former NFL Pro Bowler Raymond Chester, who was interviewed by Jeff Bayer. 
Raymond Chester speaks at 19th Football Lunch Rick Chinn 2014-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

19th Annual Football Luncheon honors Mills & Capuchino seniors

Posted by Richard Chinn on Nov 12, 2014

On November 13, over 150 Millbrae and San Bruno community supporters lunched at the Basque Cultural Center and listened to the resounding sounds of the Mills High band.  This popular event raised funds for the Mills and Capuchino High School athletic programs.  Speakers from each school gave reasons why they would win the Battle of the Strip, backed up by friendly wagers from Millbrae Vice Mayor Robert Gottschalk, and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane.  The luncheon keynote speaker was Raymond Chester, former NFL Pro Bowl Tight end for the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Colts, who was introduced and interviewed by Jeff Bayer. 

19th Annual Football Luncheon honors Mills & Capuchino seniors Richard Chinn 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotary - a Best Club again!

Posted by Richard Chinn on May 04, 2014

At the 2014-15 District Conference in Monterey, our club received several District awards in the following areas:  Community Service, Club Administration, Membership, Youth Service, Foundation, and Public Relations. 
We also received the 2013-14 Rotary Club Central award for setting strategic goals to Engage Rotary, Change Lives from our District Governor and Rotary International President.   A highlight of the awards was receiving the Best Club Award!

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Millbrae Rotary - a Best Club again! Richard Chinn 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

We're a District 5150 Best Club again!

Posted by Richard Chinn on May 04, 2014

Our club proudly received several awards at the District 5150 Conference held in Monterey, May 2-3.  Millbrae Rotarians Denis Fama, Deirdri Gladwin, Walt Gladwin, Carrie Chinn and Rick Chinn gathered at the Marriott Hotel to enjoy the weather, restaurants and fellowship with over 190 Rotarians from our District clubs.  The two days were filled with speakers, networking and entertainment, including a first-time remote link up with our Interactors reporting from their Polio Plus event at Mills High School.

Our club received several District awards in recognition of service above self in the following areas:  Community Service, Club Administration, Membership, Youth Service, Foundation, and Public Relations. 
We also received the 2013-14 Rotary Club Central award for setting strategic goals to Engage Rotary, Change Lives from our District Governor and Rotary International President.   A highlight of the awards was the Best Club Award!

 

We're a District 5150 Best Club again! Richard Chinn 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

Millbrae Rotarians commerate City's Earth/Arbor Day at Rotary Park on April 26.

Posted by Richard Chinn on Apr 28, 2014

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Millbrae Mayor Wayne Lee, Rotarians Janet McAuley, Denis Fama, Cheryl Fama (Burlingame), Robert Gottschalk, Carrie Chinn and City of Millbrae Environmental Programs Manager.


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Rotarian Frank Seebode shows Janet McAuley the correct way to hold a pitchfork.

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Ready, set, plant!

 



 

Millbrae Rotarians commerate City's Earth/Arbor Day at Rotary Park on April 26. Richard Chinn 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
250 celebrants enjoy 7th Annual Community Lunar New Year Banquet Richard Chinn 2014-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
How Shelter Box helps victims of Typhoon Haiyan Richard Chinn 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Spring Valley School welcomes new soccer balls on World Polio Day Richard Chinn 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Millbrae Schools receive proceeds from 6th Annual Rotary Lunar New Year Fundraiser Richard Chinn 2013-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Richard Chinn 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Photos from our 2012 Lunar New Year celebration banquet Richard Chinn 2012-01-26 00:00:00Z 0