2018 Lunar New Year Banquet Shari Teresi 2018-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
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
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!
Kids Carnival - Rotary Picnic Shari Teresi 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Millbrae Elem School District Officials Visit Millbrae Rotary Shari Teresi 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
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 ....
Rotarians Helping North Bay Fire Victims Shari Teresi 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
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)

Protecting Your Financial Data Shari Teresi 2017-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Millbrae Rotary Social: Zen Peninsula Luncheon Shari Teresi 2017-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Principal Chris Bischof - Eastside Prep Shari Teresi 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
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
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!"
Author Kathy Wall Visits Millbrae Rotary Shari Teresi 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
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!
Rotary Volunteers: Millbrae Art & Wine Festival Shari Teresi 2017-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
Posted by Rick Chinn on May 02, 2017
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
Posted by Rick Chinn on Feb 12, 2017
        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
Posted on Jan 28, 2017
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.
Millbrae Organizations and Businesses honored Rick Chinn 2017-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
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
PDG Chris Gallagher presented our Foundation banners at the District Peace Conference. Richard Chinn 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
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
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

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 2015-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Millbrae Rotarians support 2015 MEF Walk-A-Thon Rick Chinn 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
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
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. 
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
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
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!


Millbrae Rotary - a Best Club again! Richard Chinn 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
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
Posted by Richard Chinn on Apr 28, 2014

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

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


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
Join us at Rotary Means Business night! Richard Chinn 0