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El Ribero and Camino Sobrante
Orinda, CA 94563
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Posted by Barbara Bontemps on Oct 29, 2014

Meeting on November 12 is at La Piazza: Our regular meeting will be held at La Piazza, 15 Moraga Way, Orinda, NOT at OCC. 

No Meetings on November 26, December 10, December 24 or 31:  We will not meet on the day before Thanksgiving or the day after our Holiday Party nor on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve.

Rotary Holiday Party December 9: This year’s party is being held at the Orinda Country Club!  Mark your calendars and join us for a fun and festive evening of fellowship!

Orinda Rotary’s Community Crab Feed is Saturday, January 17:  Don’t miss this all-you-can-eat, fresh-off-the-boat crab extravaganza at the Masonic Lodge!

Posted by Barbara Bontemps on Oct 29, 2014

Rotary’s “DancImageing with the Cars” fundraiser was a sell-out success with 248 tickets sold and over 260 (including volunteers) in attendance.  The evening set a fundraising record of over $68,000. Rotary will distribute over $28,000 of the proceeds to our event partners: EFO, the Orinda Association’s “Seniors Around Town,” the Orinda Arts Council, the Orinda Chamber of Commerce, and the Starlight Village Players.  Monies will support programs in our schools, assist Orinda seniors with transportation, and support community arts and business. Rotary’s endowment will receive approximately $13,000 in incremental funding to be used for future projects.  “Dancing with the Cars” is Orinda’s largest community-wide fundraiser and, as a kick-off to the Orinda Classic Car Show, a great showcase for Rotary’s “Service Above Self.”.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Posted by Barbara Bontemps on Oct 29, 2014

ImageFrom Viet Nam to Pearl Harbor and the wilds of Alaska; from the wild scene of dating and sex after 60 to scenes from the California Independent Film Festival; from conserving our water resources to using them in a sustainable way to create locally grown wines; from healthcare at Sutter’s new hospital to the health of our Rotary District; and (finally) fun with clichés and a much neImageeded group photo – Orinda Rotary has enjoyed fall programs covering a wide range of topics and interests.  Oh!  And we also managed to hold our biggest ever fundraiser, “Dancing with the Cars!”

Becky and Don Jenkins gave an inspirational talk about Rotary’s LN-4 prosthetic hand project and described the difference Rotary is making by providing basic, easy-to-assemble prostheses to individuals who have lost a hand due to accident or violence.  The effort has been life-changing, both in terms of their own experience  traveling in Viet Nam, but also for those receiving a hand and thus enabling them to lead more productive lives. Image

Rich Cimini took us through his trek to Alaska and other remote locations in search of rare and beautiful birds, while World War II veteran Mickey Ganitch recalled “the day that will live in infamy” as a very different sort of bird swooped down on Pearl Harbor and decimated the U. S. Navy, killing thousands of servicemen and precipitating our involvement in World War II.

Dr. VicImagetoria Bentley shared her personal journey of discovery and related the importance of intimacy to our physical and mental well-being, while Edy Schwartz uplifted our spirits and piqued our curiosity about the films to be shown at the California Independent Film Festival.

Katy Foulkes of EBMUD discussed the drought and provided important information on what EBMUD is doing to boost resources, as well aImageImages what consumers need to be doing to reduce consumption. Meanwhile, Moraga’s Captain Vineyards is doing a remarkable job of producing grapes and making wine in a sustainable way that reduces water usage and trains vines to live in a water-restrained environment.

Jim Hickman gave an overview of Sutter Health’s newest state-of-the-art hospital with features to enhance comfort and encourage faster recovery, while District Governor Pam Gray paid a visit to our club, awarding several of our members with well-dserved recognition for their service!

Our own PeirceImage McKee regaled us with clichés galore –and provided some guidance on putting old saws to rest --and we enjoyed the musical stylings of Claudio Madeiros while posing for the camera.  

All in all a very busy and enlightening fall!  Go Orinda Rotary!

Posted by Barbara Bontemps on Oct 29, 2014

Congratulations to Rhonda and Frank Darling who were presented with an award from the Little Flock Orphanage Foundation for their tremendous efforts in raising over $50,000 to purchase "Wheels for Little Flock," buses to transport the children.  Well done and well deserved!

Here's to our long-time Rotarians who were recognized by District Governor Pam Gray for their years of dedication to Orinda Rotary!

ImageA big thank-you to Tony Sloane, Dick Burkhalter Lance Cowles, Peirce McKee, Jose Avelar and Dick Marchick.!  We appreciate all that you have done for the club over the years!

 Yours truly (Barbara Bontemps) thanks the club and President David for honoring me as "Rotarian-of-the-Month" for my work on "Dancing with the Cars!"

September BIrthdays:  Soheila Smith (September 7), Don O’Dell (September 25)

September Anniversaries: Dan and Sandy Lawrence (44 years) September 5; Bill and Jean  Selbach (45 years) September 6; Reynold and Lily Samoranos (25 years) September 9; Dave and Karen Englehart (56 years) September 13; Harvey and Janet Kamian (57 years) September 14; David and Ellen Pierce (43 years) September 19. Congratulations to all!Dan and Sandy Lawrence (44 years) September 5; Bill and Jean  Selbach (45 years) September 6; Reynold and Lily Samoranos (25 years) September 9; Dave and Karen Englehart (56 years) September 13; Harvey and Janet Kamian (57 years) September 14; David and Ellen Pierce (43 years) September 19. Congratulations to all!

October Birthdays: Cyndi Girgis (October 3); Dan Lawrence (October 22); Jackie Horwitz (October 24); Carlos Rangel (October 29)

October Anniversaries: Rudy and Laurie Reich (15 Years) October 2; Clay and Sandra Deanhardt (16 years) October 11; Joyce Hawkins and Jack Sweitzer (10 years) October 16; Steve and Pat Paddock (62 years) October 18; Steve and Lisa Smith (14 years) October 21; George and Henriette Block (11 years) October 23. Continued happiness!

Fall Years of Service Anniversaries: Gene Gabarino (55 years); Harvey Kamian (51 years); Peirce McKee (44 years); Bob Peeke (31 years); Lynn Cannady (26 years); Steve Smith (16 years); Marshall Johnson (11 years); Magid Emrani (9 years); David Pierce (9 years); Robert Berber (6 years); Jo Ann McKee (5 years); Sylvia Hua (1 year).


Member Services
Club Events
MEETING AT LA PIAZZA Nov 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
NO MEETING Nov 26, 2014
Annual Rotary Holiday Dinner Orinda Country Club
Dec 09, 2014 06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
NO MEETING Dec 10, 2014
Annual Rotary Crab Feast Orinda Masonic Lodge
Jan 17, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Nov 05, 2014
Rotary Membership -- What's in it for Me ?
Nov 12, 2014
Bay Area Crisis Nursery (Meeting at La Piazza)
Nov 19, 2014
Annual Big Game Rally
Dec 03, 2014
A Low Carbon Economy and California's Climate Change Laws
Dec 17, 2014
Discoveries in Stem Cell Research
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