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El Ribero and Camino Sobrante
Orinda, CA 94563
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Posted by Barbara Bontemps on Dec 11, 2014

Get tickets now for Dungeness & Drafts, Rotary's annual all-you-can eat crab extravaganza!  Tickets are $50 per person and includes fresh-off-the boat crab, salad, pasta and dessert courtesy of La Piazza, as well as live entertainment and cocktails, beer and wine for purchase. Click on the logo below to buy your tickets today!


Posted by Barbara Bontemps on Nov 17, 2014

Orinda Rotary has a new Satellite Club!  To accommodate those with a desire to join and participate in Rotary, but constrained by a work schedule that does not allow an hour and a half to two hours for lunch each week, our club formed a committee to launch a new Satellite Club.  The new club has met twice and will meet again at 5:30p.m. on Tuesday, November 18 at Dick Burkhalter's (137 Canon Drive, Orinda).  Current members are encouraged to attend to welcome the potential new Rotarians and to lend their experience and expertise to the discussion.

Posted by Barbara Bontemps on Nov 17, 2014

ImageLate October and November programs to-date have included an update in issues facing the City of Orinda by our own Janet Keeter, City Manager; an enthusiastic pep talk about membership and what it means to be a Rotarian by former District Governor, Laura Day; and an inspiring story of helping children and families in crisis by Sister Ann Weltz  of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery.

Janet Keeter gave an interesting and informative update on the City of Orinda at our October 29  meeting. From roads and storm drains, public safety to public works, communication and crime, housing and development – it was a comprehensive overview on all the current issues. To see her presentation, click here.

Thanks, Janet, for all the good work you do on behalf of our home town!Image

Former District Governor, Laura Day, joined us November 5 to talk about Rotary Membership.  It was a great reminder of why we joined Rotary in the first place, as well as a call to action to recruit new members and retain those who have served for many years.  She stressed the importance of keeping it interesting, finding new ways to do old things, being flexible and being creative.  And, she emphasized that we are not alone in our commitment to Rotary –  a great thing to do is attend other club meetings and the District conferences to see the full scope of the good works in which Rotarians are engaged.

ImageSister Ann Weltz  joined us at La Piazza where we enjoyed a delicious lunch thanks to our host, Charles Mounzer, and where we learned about the great work done by the Bay Area Crisis Nursery (BACN) in serving families who need short-term assistance with caring for children when parents are unable to do so. For over 30 years, BACN has provided residential care for infants, toddlers, and children up to age 12 free of charge to parents in need.  They receive about 1,000 admissions annually. Children typically spend an average of 10 days at the nursery, but stays can range anywhere from 24 hours to 30 days. They are open 24 hours per day, 365 days a year and services are available to any parent or legal guardian who comes to the nursery during a time of stress or crisis. BACN has two housing facilities-- a total of 4,700 square feet: the Nursery for infants and toddlers and the Dahlstrom House for older children. Both are in Concord. Facilities are manned by paid and volunteer staff (over 100+ volunteers) and funds to run the programs come from voluntary sources.  They receive no government funding.  BACN offers a much-needed, caring environment for children and offers support for parents who care, but temporarily cannot cope -- a commendable and inspiring undertaking. 

Posted by Barbara Bontemps on Nov 17, 2014

Welcome new OImagerinda Rotarians!  Our club has gained three new members over the past 3 months – Ken Jew, Don O’Dell and Soheila Smith.  Each brings a desire to give back to our community and a commitment to “Service Above Self.”  We welcome your participation in our club and look forward to your energy and engagement!


Posted by Barbara Bontemps on Nov 17, 2014

It's Big Game Week for Rotary!  Wear your Blue and Gold and get ready to cheer!  Gary Wong leads us in our annual rally accompanied by the Cal Marching Band! Don't miss it this Wednesday 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!  This all-inclusive, elegant evening (black-tie optional) is $50 per person. 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 Nov 17, 2014

November Birthdays: Robert Berber (November 3Clay Deanhardt (November 3); Pete Giers (November 3); Gene Gabarino (November 13; Linda Delehunt (November 18); Jerry Seibert (November 20); Marshall Johnson (November 21); Weylin Eng (November 22); Steve Paddock (November 26)

November Anniversaries: Kevin and Eleanor Merrick (59 Years) November 13; Ken and Flora Jew (41 years) November 24; Sue and Jim Breedlove (17 years) November 22;. Continued happiness!

November Years of Service Anniversaries: Frank Brunetti (14 years); Jack Bontemps (13 years); Jean Gannett (13 years); Barbara Bontemps (3 years)

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