Dec 01, 2013
Our speaker at our Dec. 11 luncheon with Craig Gaines, the Store Manager of the new Savers Store that has opened on the site of the former Andronico's on University Avenue). While new to Berkeley, Savers has an almost 60 year old history in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. Its adds boast: "Savers is no ordinary thrift store but a pioneer in the retail thrift industry."
"Good deals. Good deeds" "The Savers Cycle ...recycling with benefits to the community, the world and to the planet"
Since opening of first store in San Francisco in 1954 Savers has grown to 315 stores and donated more than 1.5 BILLION dollars to local nonprofits in the last 10 years. "Amazing business model," says Craig Gaines. Come learn about it.
Dec 02, 2013
Our Monday meeting on Dec. 16th will again be from 5:30-7:00 pm, but will shift to a new location, Build Pizzaria, on Shattuck between Alston and Kittredge. The meetings have been in recent months at Gather's Bar, at the corner of Allston and Oxford. We are moving for the winter because it is now dark at 5:30 so we can't use the patio area, and we both are spread out and fully occupy the bar when our median attendance arrives. We were highly pleased with Gather, however.
Nov 22, 2013
Our club, like many other Rotary clubs and other groups in our community, is providing donations to Shelterbox, Red Cross, and other relief groups. As Rotary policy, we also contribute to recovery funds, which the Rotarians in the Philippines will decide how best to spend. But we've also learned the 18,200 food packets we prepared at our District Conference a week before the disaster were among the first sent to the Philippines for relief the first week. Each bag fed a victim for 9 days, or 9 people for a day. So maybe we got to help feed a community as large as Berkeley for a day at its lowest possible and most needy moment.
Nov 06, 2013
Rotarians worked all day on Nov. 4th and 5th replacing the carpet and painting the Learning Center at the Racetrack. The club earlier worked with the Racetrack to create the Learning Center and pays for the program to teach literacy, English speaking, and other skills to the many Racetrack workers and their families for whom English is not their first language.
Oct 28, 2013
Cal Rotaract, assisted by our club, staged a week of raising community awareness about Polio Plus, culiminating in a 5-k fundraising run on 10/27 that drew 200 runners. The runners included the faculty on campus who do polio research. Including Rotary contributions and the match from the Gates Foundation, it raised $17,000 for Polio Plus.
Oct 29, 2013
On 10/26, over 70 Rotarians, Rotaracters, and Interacter came out to work on a Rebuilding Together project, funded by Berkeley Rotary, to help fix up, remove graffiti, and paint the facilitates shared by the Northern California Land Trust and several other nonprofits including several providing legal aid and advocacy for the needs of the homeless.
Oct 08, 2013
Our Rotaract clubs were the host of this year's Big West Rotaract Conference on Oct. 11-13 on the UC Brkeley campus (Dwinelle Hall). Over 100 Rotaracters came into town from all the states west of the Mississippi, from Canada and Mexico, and even from Europe and India. Rotaract consists of campus-based clubs for undergraduates and community-based clubs for young adults up to age 30. The Berkeley Rotary club sponsors one of each kind.
Oct 16, 2013
Our club completed a month-long service project on Oct. 16, where we teach dictionary use in each public school in Berkeley and distribute hard copy dictionaries to every 3rd grader in the Berkeley schools. This is the 11th year of this annual prooject, which last year received a resolution of praise from the City Council Over 70 Rotarians participate in the effort.
Oct 15, 2013
Our club again mounted a Rotary booth for the annual Berkeley Sunday Streets Festival on Oct. 13th. We demonstrated the construction and use of WAPI (water purification indicators) as the lure to the booth to learn about Rotary, and the tactic was again successful.
Oct 04, 2013
Berkeley Rotarians joined the coordinating interfaith council (BOCA) and other community groups in West Berkeley in their community march/walk on Oct. 3 to discourage youth street violence. Rotary earlier funded the jackets for the BOCA volunteers who walk the streets regularly to try to keep youth interactions peaceful and discourage gang conflict and crime.
Sep 22, 2013
Bonita House, one of the city's key nonprofit facilities for those with severe mental and/or addiction-related disabilitis, got a long laundry list of repairs and fix up needs accomplished on Sept. 21 through a huge turnout by Rotary, Rotaract, the South Berkeley Community Church and BRC. The work goals included cleanup of the surrounding neighborhood too, but the heavy rain aborted much of the "outside work." More work days will finish some of the jobs remaining.
Sep 09, 2013
Our club helped organize the Rotary booth with the other I-80 Corridor clubs at the Solano Stroll and the parade grouping of Rotarians, Interacters and Rotaracters at the Solano Stroll on Sept. 8. The event drew the usual 300,000. We made water purification indicators (WAPI) at the Rotary booth, which again drew large crowds of interested families and other strollers.
Aug 24, 2013
Rotary District 5160 announced Aug. 24th that it was providing a $15,000 matching grant for the Rotacare medical clinic for the uninsured which Berkeley Rotary has helped establish with the other I-80 Corridor Rotary clubs and the nonprofit Brighter Beginnings. The funds will pay for the pharmaceuticals, lab tests and X-rays prescribed for patients by the volunteer doctors and nurses. Each club contributed toward the match, and a major fundraiser was held at Freight and Salvage featuring singer Lacy Dalton. Berkeley's Chamber of Commerce was a partner in the fundraiser. Over $35,000 has been raised for the pharmaceuticals.
Jul 29, 2013
The Berkeley Rotary Club and our two Rotaract clubs turned out over 80 volunteers to manage parking at the City's request for the 35,000 who attended the Kite Festival on the Berkeley waterfront on the Saturday and Sunday of July 27-28. Alta Bates Hospital provides their transit vehicles to provide an internal transit service both days, which Rotary helps secure. It is the biggest work project each year of the Rotary club.
Jul 05, 2013
At the request of the Berkeley City government, Berkeley Rotary with the great help of our two Rotaract clubs, managed the parking on the Berkeley waterfront for the July 4th all-day fete ending in fireworks. The event draws 80,000. The club was asked to help, based on its experience in managing the parking at the annual city Kite Festival.
Jun 20, 2013
Berkeley Rotary helped the city and the campus stage again the summer literacy program in 2013 for Berkeley's 500 K-5 students. Rotary financed and helped distribute the books the youth read with tutors during the summer to sustain their gains in literacy over the prior school year. The program was recognized with White House honors in Washington D.C. this past year as one of the most effective in the nation.
Aug 02, 2013
At Rotary District 5160's annual awards and installation event, this year in Woodland on July 13, the Berkeley Rotary Club received the District's award for "best club" in 2012-13. We also won the award as the club best contributing to Rotary's goals of peace, for the largest gain in membership among the 70+ clubs in our District, and "best club in the large club category." The club received a citation for its rebuilding of two schools and a community center with Mexican Rotary clubs in La Penita, Mexico. Various club members won RI awards as "club builders" and citations for their achievements in launching the new Rotacare free clinic for the uninsured in Contra Costa County.
Dec 09, 2013
Our speaker on Decl 18 with be the improv theater leader, David Alger, talking about "Improv." Alger performs, teaches and directs at Pan Theater. He was one of the theater's original founding members and was there when the group was founded in February of 2002. He has worked with several improv groups in the Bay Area and has also done work in scripted theater and independent film projects. He worked extensively with Flying Apples Improv Troupe and the Public Theater of Greater Fort Lauderdale. He has taught thousands of students throughout the years. Many of his students can be found performing, teaching and directing both in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. He has had the pleasure of teaching improv workshops for: Intel, the Screen Actor's Guild of Northern California and Harvard's Immediate Gratification Players.
His training includes a B.A. in Theater and extensive training in Meisner Technique. He performers weekly with Pan's Awkward Face. He currently directs Awkward Face and Liquid Mind. His popular guide The Rules of Improv is a widely read explanation of basic improv ideas. The work is widely referenced by writers, actors, and business leaders.
Posted by O'Neil Dillon on Jul 11, 2013
Members have asked to read again the moving Thought for the Day from the Chacala resident with whom our club worked in building the school discussed in the Thought below. (It is one of five schools and two community facilities on which we've worked with Mexican Rotarya clubs over the past decade.) The Thought clearly reflected from our own club's work what the Rotary motto for the year - "Engage Rotary- Change Lives" - is all about.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Oct 24, 2013
At the Big West Conference two weeks back, past District Governor Laura Day led a plenary session with the Rotaract leaders aross the western U.S. and the other countries attending on "Why Rotaracters Should Join Rotary." With audience participation, they developed a list which is currently being circulated to all Rotaract clubs entitled "What's In It for Me". Take a long at it below. Those who work with New Generations have urged Rotary leaders - at the RI and other conferences - to be thinking about what their clubs actually offer younger adults. How does our club stack up with what the Rotaracters are looking for, as indicated in the list below?
Click HERE to read more.
Posted by Philip Henry on Oct 28, 2013
At the annual District Awards/Installation event at Woodland in July, our Berkeley club walked away with a lot of awards, including the "best club" award. There are over 70 clubs in District 5160, so there are a lot of worthy contenders for the awards. More detail below.
Posted by Grier Graff on Oct 31, 2013
Posted by Grier Graff on Dec 07, 2013
Pres. Grier announced at our Nov. 13th lunch meeting that members wanting to contribute through Rotary to Philippines disaster relief should make their checks out to the Berkeley Rotary Endowment with a notation that it is for Phillippines disaster relief. He announced at the Nov. 27th meeting, that since RI is no doing disaster relief directly and is focusing solely on recovery assistance, the Endowment has decided to distribute the money to Shelterbox, the Rotary-spinoff disaster relief organization. The 18,200 food packages club members assembled with other Rotarians from the District at the Chico Conference went to the Philippines in the first round of relief supplies. Each packet provided meals for 9 days, or alternatively fed 9 people for a day.
Meanwhile, a lot of relief support is pouring into the Philippines from individual Rotary groups. See the following from Rotary International, also available on the RI website:
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Nov 20, 2013
At the District Conference, as one of four or more service projects, those attending had the option of preparing food packets for disaster relief. The District goal was to assemble 5000 packets able to feed recipients for a week. BUT we actually assembled 18,200 packets. Each packet either fed one person 7-9 days, or 7-9 people one day. The District 5160 Governor Steve Lack announced Tuesday that he had checked and all 18,200 packets assembled at the Conference had gone to the Philippines as part of relief assistance in the week immediately following the disaster. So our District and you have been part of the relief effort.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Dec 06, 2013
Our older East Bay Rotaract club is currently setting up a book drive for Superstars Literacy, a non-profit that promotes reading and educational opportunities to under-performing K-2 students in Oakland and Hayward. They will be using the donated books to read and gift to the children at a Superstars Literacy Family Reading Night in January. They would welcome for old children's books (K-2) from Rotarians, or monetary donations to purchase books. Rotarians should bring in the books to the Dec. 18th lunch meeting or in early January after the holidays, and they will be collected there. East Bay Rotaracters besides collecting and delivering the books, will be volunteering as reading tutors working with the kids. So see what books your kids and grandkids have outgrown, and donate them to the needy!
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Dec 09, 2013
Our Cal Rotaract Club stayed busy over the Thanksgiving period, selling cookies on Sproul Plaza for Philippines disaster relief, and making and collecting food and clothing , and distributing them to the disadvantaged using other city and county programs. They even invited the Kiwanis Key Club on campus to join in other service project, the first ever joint effort by the two clubs. More below.
Posted by Kathleen Franks on Dec 04, 2013
David Rader teaches for academia, business, government, and the military. He has taught as an adjunct instructor for more than twenty-five colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. At our Dec. 4th meeting, he spoke on the subject of "Theodore Roosevelt: American President/Global Leader." See more below on his talk.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Nov 27, 2013
Our speaker for this Thanksgiving Message, for our uniquely American holiday, is Brian Steinwebber, a pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Director of Seminary Relations at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary located at the top of Marin in Berkeley. See more below on his message.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Nov 20, 2013
The Open Opera Company provided our program at our Nov. 20th luncheon. The speaker/emcee was Ellen St. Thomas, the director of the Open Opera Company, who described the company, its mission and upcoming program. We were then treated by the wonderful performance by three singers and a pianist from the company of four opera duets and arias, followed by four opera-like numbers from American musicals. They ended by leading the club members in two songs. More below
Posted by Kathleen Franks on Nov 14, 2013
At our Nov. 13th luncheon, our speaker was Dr. Alan Shabel, UCB Lecturer, Dep't. of Biology, talking about "The Emergence of Humankind in the Pleistocene of Africa." See below for a summary of his talk. Dr. Shabel is a mammalogist and paleoanthropologist whose work is focussed on the ecology and evolution of mammals, including humans.and his talk will focus on the earliest members of our genus, Homo, and the coexistence of our early ancestors with a close relative, the robust australopithecines. emphasizing the mechanisms by which humans and australopithecines coexisted in Africa across the early Pleistocene.
Posted by Kathleen Franks on Nov 08, 2013
Our speaker at our Nov. 6th luncheon was Kathy Wilson, Director of New Day for Children, speaking on "Providing Hope and Security to the Victims of the Modern-Day Sex Trade." New Day for Children is a faith-based program and facility offering hope and security for girls in the 10-18 age group who are victims of the modern-day sex trade. See the report below on the presentation.
Posted by Grier Graff on Nov 20, 2013
Rotary Foundation Day at Golden Gate Fields just keeps growing bigger and bigger. This past Saturday, Nov. 16th, 573 Rotarians came out for a day of dining, fellowship, and watching the races. (Last year it was 350, the year prior maybe 250.) Congrats to impresario Michael Roberts of our club for pulling this event off each year. And thank you too to George who spent the day taking groups of Rotarians either to view the Literacy Center our club sponsors, to observe saddling a horse, or to the winner's circle to cheer on a horse/rider in races dedicated to that Rotary club. Over $2000 was raised for the Foundation.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Nov 10, 2013
Cal Rotaract staged the Fall semester state-wide Interact Weekend Stayover on the Cal campus this weekend, Nov. 9 &10. They invited Interact clubs in our District and others around the state to send Interacters for an experience to see what college is all about. The 85 Interacters who responded came from six or more different districts. The Rotaracters staged panels and workshops, gave tours of the campus, fed them communal meals, and staged ice-breaking games other social events on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday night, the Interact leaders in Districts which have Interact District Councils worked with leaders in Districts lacking such Councils to explain and strategize how to create them. On Sunday, there were more workshops and a service project; all the Interacters got to experience assembling a LN-4 prosthetic hand.
Posted by George Luna on Nov 05, 2013
Rotarians came out on both Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 4th and 5th, fixing up the Learning Center at Golden Gate Fields - the club-sponsored literacy project there led by George Luna. The times were limited to work week during the day time; we can'd do the work on weekends, because the races are going on. The work consisted of painting the Learning Center, and removing the existing carpet and installing the new carpet. Thanks to all who came out: Jim Masters, Michael Roberts, Grier Graff, and George Luna from Berkeley Rotary, Carol O'Keefe and Peggy McQuade from Albany Rotary, and various volunteer Racetrack workers and family members who are students at the Learning Center.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Oct 29, 2013
Our Cal Rotaract attempted to bring the awareness of Polio Plus to the larger campus at UC Berkeley, culminating in a 5-k fundraising run on Oct. 27. Some 170 Rotaracters, other students, Rotarians and even some faculty who research polio came out for the 5k run. Others cheered them on. The hope was to raise $5000, which when matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation, will deliver $15,000 to the Polio Plus campaign. The goal was more than achieved. Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres of the Public Health School, who leads - with Prof. Adi Stern -the current campus research on the polio problem, joined the students in the run. Dr. Ed Waller of our club, who in his early days as a doctor, treated polio patients in Alameda County in the days of lung machines - before the development of the Salk vaccine - was the major speaker on Sproul Plaza prior to the run.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Nov 10, 2013
You could have met and talked with Michael Pham as he worked inside Bonita House doing facility painting and repairs, or as he registered runners at Sproul Plaza in the 5-k run to raise money and bring awareness to the campus of Polio Plus. He is simply like lots of other freshmen in Cal Rotaract. But when you talk to him, and probe you discover that he been president of Interact program his last two years in high school in Vallejo, and had led his Interact club in growing from 10 to 150 members. Pretty impressive leadership. But what's most striking about Michael when first you see him is that he's in a wheelchair. The chair to him is just another assistive technology - like the computer or a cane. A word on that - because it is important in its own right - and then let's go back to talking about the extraordinary person and emerging leader that Michael is.
Cal has long been a national leader among school in bringing students with disability into its undergraduate classes, making the campus more accessible, and pioneering in programs to help integrate students with disability into the campus' and community's life. Cal students with disabilities in turn created the Center for Independent Living, which became the international model for such programs, mounted the national political efforts that resulted in the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and later the ADA, and created the international organizations like WID which trained the disabled activities in countries around the world and resulted in the United Nations' recent declaration of Human Rights for Those with Disabilities. Indeed, it's because of Cal's accessibility and service programs for disability that Michael chose Cal for college.
BUT it's been a concern of Cal's academic and administrative leaders for a number of years that students with severe disabilities have not been getting the opportunity to be active in Cal's many student service and other organiztions. Once again, Cal Rotarct is helping show the campus the way, and Michael's Rotaract involvement has already been brought by faculty to the attention of the administration and campus faculty who have advocated for the needs of those with disability.
Michael was born in Oakland, lived in San Jose for many years, and then moved with his parents to Vallejo. His dad is a gardener, and his mom was a mother able to stay at home to care for her children. We noted earlier his impressive record "growing" his Interact club in high school. His strategy for getting his classmates to join Interact was to involve them in service - sing holiday carols to seniors, tutoring younger students, and similar activities.
Arriving at Cal, he was pleased to find a vibrant Rotaract club, but says he would have formed a Rotaract club at Cal had there not already been one. (Sounds like a social entrepreneur, as well as a leader.) Michael has declared as a Public Health major, is joining a medical fraternity, and aspires to become a surgeon. He's also already been made the Chair of the Student Accomodation Committee of the ASUC Student Senate. Within Cal Rotaract, besides being an enthusiastic worker in service projects, he's a member of their "Hiram" team. (Cal Rotaract has long had teams named for each of the original "Chicago founding five" Rotarians, and for some local Rotarians. The team function as "social groups" akin to the teams in Berkeley Rotary, providing more intimate fellowship in small groups in the midst of a large overall club. Teams compete against each other in games and sports, and sponsor service projects and social events - in addition to those sponsored by Cal Rotarct for all its members.)
It was fun telling Michael about some of our Rotarians in wheelchairs like Yomi Wrong, their vocational work, and how they were past participants in our mentoring program. Michael has a lot he can teach Cal Rotaract and Rotary, just as they have a lot to offer him.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Dec 02, 2013
Terrance Range, age 27, has been a member of East Bay Rotaract for about a year. (For those who can't keep our two Rotaract clubs straight, EBR is our Rotaract club for non-Cal young adults who have finished high school up to age 30. All in fact have college and often graduate degrees, but are under 30.) He moved to the Bay Area two years ago to take a job as a Cal staff member in the unit that monitors Student Conduct under Student Services. At East Bay Rotaract, he has attended their social events and meetings with speakers, and has been trying to find service projects that might link them over time with one of the schools in Oakland. He has yet to participate in any of the joint projects they have done this fall with Rotary or Cal Rotaract, because he has been out of town. He has been asked to take a lead for them in marketing to expand membership.
Terrance grew up in Florida in the Tampa Bay/Orlando region and played football and basketball in high school. His father was a maintenance specialist for the County School Board overseeing school maintenance, and his mother was a regular substitute teacher working across the county schools. There was no Interact at his school and he was unfamiliar with Rotary until college. He initially attended junior college in Florida but then began full-time study at Wilberforce University (one of the historic colleges for blacks in the U.S.) in Wilberforce, Ohio. Part of his funding came from a Rotary scholarship provided by the Xenia Rotary club in the area. He became the main liaison between the college campus students and that Rotary Club, though there was no Rotaract club on campus. It was his introduction to the Rotary world. He graduated with a B.A., majoring in Mass Media Communications.
He won an internship to work at USC with the National Association for Student Personnel Administration (NASPA). He worked there several months with the units for Campus Life and for Leadership and Student Affairs, and then won a study grant to study in Rome, where he studied cultural history and did research on Roman culture and slavery.
He next went to the University of Illinois where he earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Policy, and was awarded while there the "Emerging Graduate Student Award" from the campus. On finishing that degree, he went initially to work at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for several months where he worked with the University Chancellor. He then moved to Berkeley to take the job two years ago on the UC Berkeley campus as a Program Coordinator in New Student Services. He is now a Conduct Specialist in the Center for Student Conduct, and an Executive Office in the NASPA (Northwest Region) and helped plan their most recent drive-in conference.
He has a strong interest in travel but also in service that dates back to his college years. He currently is considering applying for Rotary's RYLA Scholarship which would partly fund him to attend the international RYLA and Rotaract conferences that precede the Rotary international conference in Sydney, and then to attend the Rotary conference. In meeting with our liaisons, we discussed ways to expand EB Rotaract, but also the options for East Bay Rotaracters to become Rotarians."
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Oct 27, 2013
Your E-Rev editor and scribes have decided to try yet again something new - stories about Rotarians, Rotaracters, Interactors - based on interviews. Please cooperate if called to do an interview. We'll give you approval before we "publish." But our first try is a writeup of Alice Yuan Zhang, a Cal freshman who decided to join Cal Rotaract and our mentoring program, though not having a past Interact involvement. She's one of some 250 Cal Rotaracters - trust us, there is no representative "Rotaracter" just as there is no representative "Rotarian" except for the commitment to service and ethics. OK, you must have done something extraordinary to get into Cal.
Alice was born in China in a town close to Beijing. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was age 9, and she went through junior and senior high schools in the Los Angeles area. Her father works in a warehouse and her mother at a community college. While in high school, she worked as a private tutor in math and a gift-store clerk. She was a Treasurer of her French club, and has studied Spanish too. But she had some wonderful service experiences. She was a school "ambassador" representing her schools at community events, debated political issues with "Junior Statesmen of America", and prepared and taught a monthly children's drawing class and tutored children working with her local libraries. But her entrepreneurial orientation was evident too. She started a nonprofit small business selling handmade jewelry and raised hundreds of dollars for cancer societies; she did her own marketing using social media. She received a local and district award from Soroptimist International out of thousands of applicants for her volunteer work.
Her academic prowess was recognized at graduation too. She was a National Merit Scholar based on her exam scores, a member of the National Honor Society, and won recognition as an "AP Scholar with Distinction" nationally, based on her performance in college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses while in high school.
Now at Cal, she chose to join Cal Rotaract over other groups because of all its activities and the "warmth" she experienced in the early meetings she attended. So far in Cal Rotaract, she's gone to all of the general meetings and some activities such as volunteering at Lawrence Hall of Science and ice skating. She loved the sense of family it offers while fostering our leadership skills and volunteerism. She signed up for mentoring and has had first mentoring meeting.
She's thinking of majoring in Cognitive Sciences with a possible minor in Business Administration, though she recognizes that may change as she gains more experience with the different avenues in which that might take her. In meeting with her mentor, they discussed the early applications of "artificial intelligence" in medicine, in infrastructure and building maintenance, and social casework, the types of clinical practices (psychology, psychiatry) drawing on her field, the kinds of courses in other fields she's taking which tie into cognitive science - vision, perception of shapes and distance, etc., and the newer directions in business application her field is reaching to - the design of user-manipulated equipment (phones, I-pads). She would love some summer or other work experience with high tech or other fields that might be concerned with how the mind responds to stimuli or can be mimicked through learning systems. The mentor knows we have yet to discuss robotics, the huge challenge of adapting routine daily-used machinery to the foibles of aging Americans, and the many other applications looking for people who have solid technical background in her field of interest. She recognizes she may need more technical skills before she can get the kind of internships she most covets. It helps that she's so solidly grounded in advanced mathematics, can deal with four languages already, and has better computer skills than most Rotarians. If interested, contact your scribe and he'll contact her mentor.
For music, she listens to a wide range of different genres, from pop to alternative to classical and jazz. Some of her favorite musical artists include Ed Sheeran, One Republic, and Joe Hisaishi. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing and painting, biking, and playing Gu Zheng. (OK, we need her to come teach that on Games Night some time.)
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Nov 07, 2013
The quote in the title is from Dr. Bruce Alward of the World Health Organization, long the leader of the Polio Plus effort world-wide. The situation of the political outbreak in Syria is being assessed by the World Health Organization as much worse in the last few days than first thought. See the most recent NY Times articles: http://nyti.ms/19E8vGp.
Posted by Grier Graff on Oct 26, 2013
On Saturday, Oct. 26, we worked side by side with 50+ of our Rotaracters and Interactors in painting and fixing up a community nonprofit facility - this time, the Northern California Land Trust building. the effort was financed by Berkeley Rotary, with Rebuilding Together managing the effort. The project was at the Northern California Land Trust on 3126 Shattuck Ave. The site accomodates four different non-profit groups, including Legal Aid and groups helping the homeless. Both our Rotaract clubs came out, in addition to 10 or more Interacters. Some worked morning shifts, some all day, some came for the later shift. Lunch was provided. Thanks to the Rotarians who came out and helped in the training and supervision of all the younger workers: Irene Heggary, Terry Regan, Phil Henry, Pres. Grier Graff, and Fred Collignon. Grier and O'Neil Dillon did much of the planning for the event with Rebuilding Together.
The work scope included:
-Scraping & painting exterior signage/woodwork/doors
-Sanding & staining exterior tables & benches
-Exterior cleanup, minor landscaping/pruning
-Scraping & painting window frames
-Weather stripping windows
-Installing deadbolt lock at back gate
-Building and installing a shelf so that computer gear can get off the floor.
Most was accomplished, though some tasks may require additional work by RT.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Oct 16, 2013
The Big West Rotaract Conference was held in Berkeley Oct. 11-13, and drew Rotaracters from across the western part of North America - M Rotaracters also came in from Mexico, German, Sweden, and other countries. Some 120 Rotaracters registered, and others in the local area dropped in for parts of the conference. Our club provided the seed money for the conference, the other seed money coming from Rotary. This was the 3rd Big West Conference, with the first held at UC Berkeley, five years ago. Next year, the San Diego Rotaract programs will combine to host the conference.
The conference program and instructions to invitees that went out 10/10 follows:
Your newsletter is asking club Rotarians, the conference heads from our Rotaract clubs, and various District officers to give their reactions and evaluations of the conference, and they'll be reported in subsequent issues.
Our club is proud of in terms of what our Rotaract clubs pulled off this past weekend. We are admiring of the hard, successful work of so many Rotaracters. The report from one of the Rotaract co-conference chairs is below. And, we're grateful to those club members who helped out in the planning of the event, or in providing help in housing the many out-of-town Rotaracters who came in for the conference
Posted by Pamela Doolan on Oct 16, 2013
Our month-long service project to distribute a copy of the American Heritage Children's Dictionary to each 3rd grader in the Berkeley Unified School District has now been completed. We had four work sessions preparing the dictionaries, putting in inserts about the 4-way Test and our club. We taught lessons in dictionary use, read them the book illustrating the 4-Way Test, and distributed dictionaries to the classes in each school. Seventy different Rotarians plarticipated in the plroject. Thank you to all. (And thanks to Pamela Doolan for her organizing.)
Posted by Philip Henry on Dec 12, 2012
The Berkeley City Council at its Dec. 11th Council meeting passed a unanimous resolution thanking Berkleley Rotary for its service to the local and international community and particularly for its 10 years of distributing dictionaries to all 3rd graders in the city schools. President Phil Henry accepted the tribute, accompanied by Pamela and Roy Doolan. Pamela has been the organizer of the dictionary program since its onset. The full language of the Council proclamation is below.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Oct 31, 2013
In his meeting on Oct. 30th with the club leadership, District Governor Steve Lack on Wednesday mentioned several innovations of interest to Berkeley Rotary members. One is the coming to the District of a new kind of District-wide e-club where members link with a brick-and-mortar "traditional Rotary club" This is meant to be an "improved e-club model", one providing a better Rotary experience, one more supportive of traditional "brick-and-mortar" Rotary clubs, and one better able to compete with the Rotary e-clubs already competing with traditional clubs for younger, busy and tech-savy members. Our club is already debating whether and how we should take advantage. See below for more information.
Posted by Grier Graff on Oct 14, 2013
Our club mounted a Rotary booth for the 2nd Berkeley Sunday Streets program on Oct. 13th. Our hook for drawing the public to the booth to learn about Rotary and our larger progarm was our demonstration of the making and use of WAPI, the water purification indicators. This is an annual effort by the Berkeley Downtown Committee, the Chamber and the City to bring more attention by the public to the retail, entertainment, and activities available in Berkeley and specifically in the Downtown. It was a lot of fun both years, and at least one new member conceded he went by the booth last year and got interested in Rotary. It remains to be seen if the bait caught anyone this year.
The booth was mobbed by people in the noon-time period, but got regular visits by people all of the day. Thanks to all who came out to work.
Posted by O'Neil Dillon on Sep 21, 2013
On September 21, our club provided funding and joined an all-day broad community effort to help fix up Bonita House and clean up the surrounding neighborhood. The morning effort drew 35-40 Rotarcters, more than a dozen Rotarians and family members, and community members associated with the South Berkeley community Church and BRC. There were another 30 Rotaracters signed up for the afternoon shift. The heavy rain put a damper after 10:30 on the morning's outside work gardening and cleaning up the neighborhood and areas of the building, but the inside work crews expanded as much as feasible. More work remains, because of the rain. Bonita House is one of Berkeley's principal residential facilities for those with severe mental and/or addiction disabilities. Below is the thank-you from the Bonita House director, the project manager, PE O'Neil Dillon, and a link to Cal Rotaract's photo album for the project.
Posted by Maxim Schrogin on Oct 03, 2013
Our Peace Committee responded to the invitation by the city's interfaith council of religious organizations (BOCA) and joined them in the Oct. 3rd evening march in an effort to bring out the West Berkeley community in support of safer streets. A year back, we funded jackets for the BOCA volunteers who walk the streets striving to hold down violence and protect pedestrians against robbery or assaults and prevent gang attacks on each other. The jackets have the Rotary wheel on them. Thanks to Maxim Schrogin and Don Melandry for giving Berkeley Rotary such important visibility.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Aug 24, 2013
Rotary District 5160 announced at its District summer on Aug. 24th that Berkeley Rotary had been awarded a $15,000 matching for the medical clinic in Richmond that it had helped establish with the other i-80 Corridor Rotary clubs. Each of eight clubs contributed toward the match, in addition to holding a fundraiser at the Freight and Salvage venue in Berkeley featuring country western singer Lacy Dalton. The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce was a partner in the fundraiser. The combined funds raised, which exceeds $35,000 will be used for the pharmaceutials, x-rays, and lab tests needed by the volunteer doctors and nurses at the clinic for the patients over the next few years.
Posted by Grier Graff on Sep 08, 2013
Rotary had two booths and a signifiant parade presence before the 300,000 attending the Solano Stroll on Sept. 8. Interacters and Rotaracters walked with Rotarians in the parade behind two classic cars organized by Anne Pardee and Tina Etcheverry. At the BARSHEEP booth, we made WAPI (water purification indicators) which kept the booth crowded with kids and families all day. We passed out BARSHEEP and Rotacare brochures and talked Rotary. A second booth featured a boat made by had by the Lamorinda Sunrise club which was being raffled off. It too drew major attention from the passing crowds. A good day to do some public relations for Rotary. The Berkeley and Albany clubs took the lead in the booths and parade, though Interacters from many BARSHEEP clubs participated.
Posted by Don Melandry on Sep 08, 2013
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Jul 29, 2013
Dozens of Rotarians were joined by Rotaracters from both of our two sponsored clubs, Cal Rotaract and East Bay Rotaract, to make the annual Kite Festival a joy foR 35,000 this past weeked, July 27th and 28th.
Posted by Philip Henry on Jul 05, 2013
More than 40 Rotarians and Rotaraccters turned out on July 4th to help the club manage the parking for the City's holiday fetes on the waterfront; the City reported that 80,000 came during the day and evening.
Posted by O'Neil Dillon on Jun 22, 2013
Phil Henry, Irene Haggerty, and O'Niel Dillon (who is apparently behind the lens) distribute books to the Berkeley Summer Build Reading Program.
Posted by Grier Graff on Jun 04, 2013
After many work days, the playhouse/storage area for the autistic kids served by Through the Looking Glass has been installed on the second floor of the Ed Roberts Center. The final work day for painting some strips at the base of the facility was called for the afternoon of Jun 5th, after the Rotary luncheon. With that day, the project is now completed. Thanks to all the Rotarians and Rotaracters who have come out for one or more work days, and especially for the heavy lifters who worked many days over many weeks: Ed Church, O'Neil Dillon, Grier Graff, Phil Henry, and Tom Reed, among others. Ed Church originally brought the proposal to do the facility to the club. And thanks again to Josh Oliver, for lending us a warehouse for the work effort.
Posted by Irene Hegarty on Jun 28, 2013
A new garden is growing at the South Berkeley Head Start center at Oregon and California Streets,
thanks to the Berkeley Interact Club.
Posted by Philip Henry on Jun 17, 2013
June was our club's month in the first round of Rotary clubs taking their turns feeding the volunteer doctors, nurses, and workers at the Rotocare Clinic in Richmond. Our next month is November. See more below.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Jun 18, 2013
Last week, some 60-80 Rotary groups that work with those with disability around the world were sent an email as part of a Berkeley Rotary project inviting them to consider developing an exchange of viable practice in serving those with disability. The invitation included one of the first efforts at compiling a comprehensive list of international websites with best practices as proposed by governmental, advocacy, and other groups. More below.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Jun 11, 2013
OK, some have noted that it proved infeasible for you go on the hands-on project this past spring in Mexico fixing up schools and facilities, but you still want that international kind of international service experience. We normally do the big project every other year. BUT there will be a planning group going to Mexico in 2013-14 to plan the next big project there. And the club is helping fund other Rotary projects abroad on which you could go if interested - India, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, and the next Governor's project in Africa. BARSHEEP clubs curing 2013-14 will again be doing plrojects in Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, the Phillipines, probably Vietnam and Haiti. There's always the opportunity to do Polio Plus work in Pakistan and Nigeria with teams (though a little riskier than other projects.) You can also check out other clubs' projects across the District (via the District website) or across the world (via RI website). Most will let someone paying their own way join.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on May 01, 2013
Cal Rotaract has taken the lead in organizing a UC "Green Day" on April 28th, turning out 104 volunteers to do environmental cleanup at six different sites around Berkeley. Three to four Rotaracters directing the effort at each site. The sites include the Tilden Park merry-go-round area, John Hinkel Park, various Berkeley paths connecting open space areas between homes (working with Berkeley Pathhandlers), the Schoolhouse Creek Commons near the marina in West Berkeley, Aquatic Park, and the Broadway Pollinator Park in Oakland. This was another example of the campus using Cal Rotaract to help organize student activities, not just Rotaracters.
Posted by O'Neil Dillon on Apr 14, 2013
On April 13 and 14, Cal Rotract attracted some 55+ Ineracters from across the state to spend the weekend at Cal to learn what going to college is going to be as an experience. The goal is to persuade Interacters that college is worthwhile as an investment and commitment, and also fun. Besides the panels, campus tours, and social events, the Rotaracters and Interacters combined to do a major service project in Oakland working with a MacArthur BART neighborhood on cleanup, with some help from Rotarians' tools. More on the weekend below.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Dec 26, 2012
Our club-supported Summer BUILD project was among the main program highighted by the White House in honoring Cal's Center for Public Service on the national Honor List of groups doing community service. This is the same national program which a year ago honored the New Orleans Rotary Club and our club-supported project rebuilding Warren Easton High School. See below for some details, including the evaluation of the impact of our Summer BUILD project that seeks to sustain the literacy gains of K-3 students in our public schools.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Mar 26, 2013
Berkeley Rotarians take pride in the work of the Berkeley Art Center and our public schools that underlay the exhibition of the best student art this year. We are proud to have sponsored the first such exhibition, and to have done so again this year. The Berkeley Times in its cover photo and article, with several pages of additional photos and more story inside the issue, gave high praise to the "Best of Berkeley Public School Students' Art", the Rotary-supported exhibit at the Berkeley Art Center. Check out the Feb. 21 issue. The Center is located at 1275 Walnut Street in Live Oak Park.
Posted by Grier Graff on Aug 21, 2013
Our Wed. lunch meeting on Aug. 21st featured as our speaker, club member, former jockey and current Learning Center director George Luna He reported on the progress of the literacy program which our and the Albany Rotary club have been sponsoring at Golden Gate Fields Race Track. That program is now called the "Learning Center."
Posted by Robert Randall on Aug 07, 2013
Our speaker at our Aug. 7th lunch meeting was club member Dr. Pate Thomson, co-Medical Director of the Rotacare free clinic for the medically uninsured in Richmond, that our club helped launch last year. Pate, a cardiologist and former Medical Director of the Alta Bates Hospital, reviewed the current status of the Rotacare clinic and its future plans. He got one of the club's rare standing ovations at the conclusion of his presentation.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Aug 23, 2013
Dr. Pate Thomson's recent talk on Rotacare quoted DeToquevellile, in a way many members found inspiring:
“Nothing is more deserving of our attention than learning voluntarily to help one another,”
Pate's quote came from the Rotary speaker in late June, Prof. Emeritus Sandy Muir of the UCB Political Science Department. At that time, several members had asked if we could provide the full talk on E-Rev. We have had a few mishaps, but Sandy obliged and has sent it a second time. Hopefully you can read the talk - "DeTocqueville: the First Rotarian" in the link below. Some of us think it should be in the "Rotarian" magazine.
Posted by Robert Randall on May 29, 2013
Our speaker at our May 29th lunch meeting was John Bui, the President of Cal Rotaract, who presented "An Overview of Cal Rotaract" with emphasis on why they have grown and sustained that growth. Cal Rotaract, one of the two Rotaract clubs sponsored by Berkeley Rotary, has become the largest Rotaract club in the world with its 270 plus members as well as the largest student organization on the Berkeley campus. Our other sponsored Rotaract club is East Bay Rotaract for post-college young adults up to age 30.
Posted by Maxim Schrogin on May 15, 2013
Berkeley Rotary presents its annual Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama on May15th, beginning with a large luncheon fete, followed by ceremonies in the Peace Grove in the Tilden Grove. The attendance in the Peace Grove was over 60 people, making that part of the ceremonies the best attended in a decade or more.
Posted by Robert Randall on Apr 10, 2013
At our Wednesday April 10th meeting, the Global Vocational Exchange Team team from Kenya, that is here as part of the District Governor's Kenya Smiles project this summer in Kenya, addressed the club. The project was first described by District Governor Laura Day and the District's coordinator for the project, Dr. Sheila Hurst. Then each team member described their own dental practice roles, how their work is being affected by the project, and provided some personal information about their families. The visiting team consists of the national minister for dental health responsible for all government activity and policy, the head of the national Kenya professional dental association, the chair/dean and faculty of the country's dental schools,two owners of chains of dental clinics in Kenya,and other high ranking professional leaders. Two of the six are currently Rotarians and two others had to hold off joining Rotary to stay eligible for the team coming to the U.S. The summer project seeks to transform preventive dental practices of families and youth, and is being monitored by several other African countries for adoption there if it succeeds.
To view the District Flyer for this visit, CLICK HERE.
Posted by Mac Lingo on Jul 02, 2013
With the large inflow of new members, we periodically remind members of the business directory, so they have the option of listing their businesses. All Barsheep Rotarians (that's you!) are entitled to list their businesses for FREE on the BBS - Barsheep Business Directory. Use the BBS to shop for Rotarians who may offer the product or service you're seeking. They're all pledged to the four-way test as ethical businesses. The new URL is
Posted by O'Neil Dillon on Apr 16, 2013
Our club worked with Cal Rotaract's Vocational Development committee and and held a medical panel on 4/12 on campus. 12 Rotaracters attended with many good questions and important issues coming up. The panelists were Drs John Debenham, Marcia Dillon, O'Neil Dillon and Caroline Schreiber (a young Family Practitioner currently in practice). The medical practices represented were Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Family Practice, Adult and Child Psychiatry, Tropical Medicine and Young Adult Medicine. Dr. Schreiber was especially informative about current issues of practice, admission issues, etc. She will do this next year and bring along other MD's in practice. We all offered continued contact for any Rotaracter wishing to do so, with the Rotaract Committee chairs contacting me. John Debenham offered to take Rotaracters to the Medical School program at UCB in which he teaches.
Posted by Maxim Schrogin on Feb 06, 2013
Last week, members got to read some of our Peace Commitee's chair Max Schrogin's observations from attending the Peace Symposium RI staged in Hawaii in January. The Peace Symposium in Honolulu passed a "Peace Declaration/Resolution" that should be of interest to all. Read the resolution on the link below.Download the declaration
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Nov 20, 2012
The annual packing of 250 turkey food baskets for the city's most disadvantaged families was held on Tuesday, Nov 20, from 6:30-9:00 am It normally draws 17 Rotarians, family and friends, 40 or more Cal Rotaracters, 3 East Bay Rotaracters, some Interactors, and many other groups. Because of the rain, the food had to be transferred inside the Police Headquarters for sorting out and packing into boxes for families. The crampled space inherently creates some inefficiency, but this group this year responded quickly and effectively to all hassles. This event is staged by Berkeley Boosters and the Police Dept. but from the outset has depended on Rotary's financial help and volunteeers. (Indeed Rotary helped set up Boosters to assist the Police Dept. years back).
There are currently no plans for a Holiday season distribution of turkey baskets in December this year due to major falloffs in fundraising with some non-Rotary donors. Were it not for Rotary's funding, the number of turkey baskets distributed for Thanksgiving might have been only half the level of previous years. Police Chief Michael Meehan at our Nov. 7th lunch meeting praised our club for its long and stable support of this Berkeley tradition since its inception. Club members have been working with the Board of Berkeley Boosters since we discovered their shortfall, suggesting additional businesses and groups to approach and other strategies; some of the food chains that originally said no, reconsidered and made possible a bigger distribution than was thought feasible even a week prior.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Dec 20, 2012
Club members will recall the talk by J.D. Waring at a club lunch meeting a few months back. Warring is the designated leader of Rotary International's effort to get Rotary legalized again in Myanmar (old Burma). Over the year since our Peace Committee and the club chose to honor the Myramar leader Aung Sung Su Kyi in the Peace Grove, the Peace Committee and especially its chair Maxim Scroggin have been working with the Burmese-American community, RI, schools in Myanmar and Thailand, and Rotary clubs in Thailand to examine the feasibility of doing a project in Myanmar/Burma. Because Rotary is outlawed in that country, there are no local Rotary partners there with which to work, and thus no prospects for the usual matching grants from the Global and District funding process. It was the clearly desire of RI that all Rotary efforts there be in support of providing water supply and storage systems to orphanages in Burma, a humanitarian effort in which RI has secured after much effort the support of the military government. Warring's visit was in part to check us out and bring us "in line." Warring has now invited Maxim to be a spokesman for the Myanmar efforts in District 5160, and District Governor Laura Day has given her support and offered to publicize Maxim as a speaker across the District.
Hats off to Maxim and to the Peace Committee for once again taking leadership in Rotary efforts to help make change and bring about peace in those few areas of the world where Rotary is still forbidden by law. Our club vision calls for us to be a "model Rotary club in a University town" and what could be more in line with the expectations of a University town like Berkeley.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Dec 01, 2012
The Downtown Business Association again has asked Rotary help and we have responded by finding an avuncular exemplar of holiday cheer to play the role of Santa at the annual lighting of the city's holiday tree in the park behind City Hall. Failing to persuade Rotarians more built for the part in their current physique, the club turned to a reliable but trim slim Rotarian to put on the Santa uniform, the better to illustrate good living styles to the kids. Club thank you's to O'Neil Dillon for his high spirits and good performance at the tree lighting last Friday, Nov. 30th. Fortunately, the heavy rain held off until the lighting was done. Santa O'Neil reports adults as well as the kids seemed enthusiastic to greet Santa.
Posted by Philip Henry on Oct 17, 2012
Berkeley Rotary's help was requested by the Berkeley Downtown Association of the business community to help make a success the first "Sunday Streets Berkeley" program on Oct. 14. Shattuck Avenue was closed off for the day from Haste south of University to Rose Street north of University. The street was filed with strollers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and skaters as a reported 30-40,000 people came out. The sidewalks were lined with booth, all being mounted by the local storefronts and by Berkeley non-profits. Our town's many music groups came out to participate - of all styles from folk/rock to classical. Outside vendors and groups - unlike the Solano Stroll and many street fairs - were not invited to participate. Berkeley Rotary did our best, working with our two Rotaract clubs, to respond - providing many traffic monitors to head traffic away from the closed off streets entering Shattuck Avenue, and mounting a Berkeley Rotary booth.
We used again successfully the tactic for drawing crowds we developed for the Solano Stroll booth: constructing, and explaining WAPIs (water purification indicators). It again drew kids with their parents, but this time many more young and older adults who were interested. We had handouts this time both about WAPIs and our club's overall service record. The booth was kept busy the whole days, often quite busy with at least three talking to different folks at all times.
Posted by Michael Roberts on Nov 17, 2012
When our club member Michael Roberts throws a party, he knows how to do it really well. Saturday, Nov. 17th, is was Rotary Foundation Day at Golden Gate Fields. Over 530 tickets were purchased by Rotarians for the event which ran from 11 am to 6 pm. with the Race Track contributing a good percentage of the ticket price to the Rotary Foundaion. As Gov. Laura told many at the event, it's probably the largest Foundation fundraiser ever pulled off in the District, and thanks to Michael's hard work, our Berkeley club and the BARSHEEP got the kudos. The full public attending the Race Track had the chance to see exhibits of Rotary projects and learn about what we we do. Our club, Richmond, and Davis had exhibit boards out for the District to show off our many projects - the Race Track literacy program, Rotacare, dictionaries, etc. Members ate a sumptious roast beef buffet dinner (with other meat options) and had the chance to show off their talents in reading race forms or assessing horses. Our club's George Luna was one of the most popular Rotarians that day, both because he is such a naturally delightful guy and because people wanted his tips on betting and horses as a professional jockey and horse trainer. George even sought to put together a coalition of part-owners to buy a race horse for ongoing racing, with Rotarians from Berikeley, Winters, and other clubs saying "maybe." Some argued it probably had a better chance of raising money than putting one's funds into stocks and bonds.
Posted by Robert Randall on Feb 13, 2013
Dr. Bob Sorenson and George Luna of our club made a joint presentation on "Providing Health Care to Guatemala's Underserved Population" at our Jan. 9th lunch meeting. For the last 20 years, Berkeley Rotary has supported the Hospital de la Familia, a local foundation that supports a hospital in a remote part of Guatemala. Medical/Surgical Teams make 5 scheduled visits to the village of Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala to perform much needed operations on the indigent population, many of Mayan descent. Our own Dr. Bob Sorenson, Ophthalmologist, has been traveling to Guatemala since 1978, and has been supporting the hospital in Nuevo Progreso since 1987. In recent years, Berkeley Rotary has sponsored fellow Berkeley Rotarian George Luna to join and support Bob's teams. Come hear about the recent work at the Hospital de la Familia on January 9th,from George and Bob. George Luna recently wrote an article in the Ultimas NOTICIAS pubilcation regarding Team Sorenson's trip to Guatemala
Posted by Pat McMillan on Sep 17, 2012
Our club's Social Events Committee provided club members a unique experience: a Japanese Cultural Event . . . a Koto Concert performed by the East Bay Seiha Ensemble. Tea and Japanese cakes served by Japanese women in traditional Kimono Costumes. For those forgetting our earlier newsletter stories, a Koto concert is a musical presentation featuring accomplished Japanese Musicians performing on traditional and ancient Japanese musical instruments. These include the Koto (a thirteen stringed instrument); the Sangen (a stringed instrument traditionally played by the Geishas in old Kyoto, and the ancient wooden flute. The program featuresdMeditative Japanese compositions, Dramatic and stirring Japanese compositions and Western music adapted to these special instruments. Members' enthusiasm was evident in the more than 60 Rotarians and guests who showed up. The event was held on Sept 15th at the Berkeley Unified Methodist Church in late afternoon. A highlight was the appearance of many Rotarians in authentic traditional Japanese wear -Pat McMillan, Moe Orenstein, Mary Alice Rathun, Fumi Suzuki, and Katherine Wei. OK, Moe came in the garb of a Japanese fire captain, perhaps a fantasy wish few of us knew of. Thanks to Fumi Suzuki for conceiving and leading the effort to create this wonderful experience. We've put in attachments below musical pieces played with the instruments so those who didn't attend can get a little sense of the special sound.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Jul 27, 2012
Three hundred high schoolers whose schools were destroyed or closed by the quake and tsunami last year participated on 7/27 in an afternoon service project - The Great WAPI Build Project - led by Cal Rotaract, with Berkeley Rotary and East Bay Rotaract support. They built water pasteurization indicators (WAPI) for use in Third World rural areas. WAPI are used to assure those preparing food or water in Third World countries that the water is safe to drink or hot enough for cooking, and significantly conserve energy sources since users don't unnecessarily boil the water long than needed. Almost 500 WAPI were constructed, and another 100 are partially constructed and will be completed by Rotaract. Our club financed this effort and many Rotarians loaned hammers and wirecutteers for the effort, which is part of a two-week leadership program for these students at Cal, financed by the Tomodachi bank in Japan. Cal turned to Rotary to create a meaningful service experience for the youth.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Jul 13, 2012
Josh Oliver (Board) and Suzanne Tam (Director) from the Berkeley Arts Center on July 11th to describe how the Center's capital improvements are coming along, at our July 11th lunch meeting. Our club funded and gave the Center to the City of Berkeley as our 50th Anniversary project, and this year provided support to their capital improvements drive.
Posted by Anne Pardee on Jun 23, 2012
Accompaned by their families, the three winners were presented at our June 20th luncheon the 4-year scholarshlps that our club annually gives to students who might otherwise not be able to attend college without our help. Each student in turn thanked the club members and discussed their academic plans and vocational goals. The full report by the chair of our Scholarships Committee, Anne Pardee, is below. President Reg thanked Don Alter for his long leadership of our Scholarships effort and Anne for her effective filling in when Don became ill this year.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Jun 14, 2012
The BARSHEEP international project this year, supported by our club, was the commencement of a multi-year project in Ecuador aimed at the prevention and treatment of youth dental problems, based on the successful 5-year model implemented earlier by the El Sobrante Rotary club in El Salvador. The first year of the mission was completed this month, and the teams have recently returned. Read more below.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Aug 21, 2012
Our Berkeley club co-sponsored with San Francisco Rotary the Agent Orange symposium on the Cal campus this fall, in an effort to get more public attention to the continuing problems the Agent Orange usage is creating both in Vietnam and in the U.S. for the subsequent generations of those fighting or living there who had exposure. The immediate result was a RI-funded water project in Vietnam. A delegation to which any of our members could have joined, went to Vietnam, and discussions began in Vietnam on ending the banning of Rotary. Now there are more consequences. Dr. Charles M. Bailey, one of the plenary session speakers at the Symposium and now the Director of the Agent Orange national foundation, has just written those who attended the symposium of the success the publicity has had in getting more attention and funding for the problems. See his report below. Millions were appropriated by Congress this year for the first time for remediation of the problems around deserted army bases in Vietnam. An example of the news articles that usually ran on the front page of the media is also included below, though they don't acknowledge the role conceded by the Ford Foundation for generating this Congressional attention to the problems left behind by Agent Orange.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Mar 21, 2012
On March 16-17, 2012, the first ever Rotary International event was held in Berkeley - the annual meeting of REDI, RI's Disaster Preparedness conference. Districts across the U.S., the Carribbean, Canada, and Mexico sent representatives.
Posted by Reginald Garcia on Oct 27, 2011
Click HERE to read the article "Rotary Club Builds New Play Structure for Homless Kids" in BerkeleySide. Lots of good picture of people you know as well. Enjoy it. And thanks again to everyone who helped on this. Where would we be without your help?