Sep 17, 2014
We will be doing work projects both morning and afternoon on Sept. 20 and again on Sept 27, cleaning up the Rotary Peace Grove in Tilden Park. Our Rotaracters and Interacters will be joining in the labor. You may hike to the Grove, or get a ride at 9:15: a.m. or 9:45 am.led by the Park District. The work starts at 10 a.m. The uphill hike (1 mile) from the Little Farm will start at 9:00 am. For the van rides, assemble at Inspiration Point prior to the time of departure, 9:15 or 9:45 am.. It's also an easy bike ride or level 2-mile walk from Inspiration Point, but start early so you arrive by 10:00 am. There's an initial orientation talk about the work by Parks District staff at 10 a.m. and then we work until 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Only at 2:30 will the vans start returning to inspiration Point. The work involves mainly weeding and cleaning out the undergrowth and poison ivy at the base of the redwood trees. It's a great time to view what the Michelin Guide to San Francisco calls one of the "must-see" attractions in the Bay Area.
It was announced at our 9/17 meeting that we have more 55 Rotaracters and Interacters joining us, so Rotarians are needed to show we hold up our part of work days!!
Sep 17, 2014
Our one Monday meetings in October will be from 5:30-7:00 pm, on Oct. 6th and Oct. 20th, at Build Pizzaria, on Shattuck between Alston and Kittredge.
Aug 23, 2014
District 5160 has announced an award of over $10,000 matching monies for the proposal submitted by the Berkeley club on behalf of all the BARSHEEP (I80 clubs) and Alamo Rotary for the Richmond Rotacare clinic, that the clubs helped establish over a year ago. Many members of the club volunteer at the clinic, the only source of medical care for the uninsured in west Contra Costa County. The County asked Rotary to establish the clinic, because of its estimates that even after Obamacare, there would remain 40,000 uninsured people in west County.
Jul 24, 2014
The proposal Berkeley Rotary submitted to District 5160 has been approved for the maximum District matching amount of $30,000. This puts us on the pathway for $146,000 minimum with the Rotary International match - the next step.. So far, 20 Rotary clubs have made financial contributions. We are continuing to solicit contributions from other clubs as those can be used toward RI match. We hope to hit a grand total of @ $175,000. We will submit the proposal to RI before September 12th. We have clubs across four different Rotary Districts on board. A second grant proposal for Rotacare is still pending.
Jul 28, 2014
Berkeley Rotarians, Rotaracters, and Interacters came together this past weekend of July 26&27th to manage the parking so that 40,000 could attend and enjoy the Kite Festival on the Berkeley waterfront.. Along with our Rotacare Richmond medical clinic, it's our biggest hands-on service project of the coming year. And it's too our biggest fundraiser of the year. We manage the waterfront parking and arrange the transit with Alta Bates Hospital. Without the generosity of Alta Bates in providing the buses and drivers, and without the hundred volunteers we turn out, it's unclear the Kite Festival would be allowed to continue.
Jul 17, 2014
The honorees for the Rotary Peace Grove in Tilden Park this year are Judy Heumann and the late Ed Roberts. leaders in creating the international disability movement resulting in the recent UN Convention on Human Rights for those with disabilities. The ceremony was held at the Ed Roberts Center with 250+ attending, including leaders and activists of disability organizations across the Bay Area. It was followed by a reception Judy Heumann, now at the State Department, flew in from Washington D.C. to be honored and speak. Other speakers included Joan Leon, co-founder of the World Institute of Disability, and Zona Roberts, Ed's mother. Both Heumann and Roberts were polio victims, which gave Rotarians present an extra emotional squeeze because of Rotary's long-standing Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio.
Posted on Sep 08, 2014
Rotary is a group of community, business, and professional leaders of all ages - busy people generally, even those who have "retired" - who come together to:
o get to know each other better;;
o stay up to date on what's happening in the community and the world;
o work together to make things happen to improve the community where we live and communities abroad,
o have fun while we're doing all this.
Being situated in a cosmopolitan town with a population that travels all over the world and is highly diverse in ethnicity and culture, Berkeley Rotary is also highly active in doing international service projects, working jointly with Rotary clubs in other countries. But our impact upon our local community remains significant every year.
We're only a club of 130 Rotarian members, 320 Rotaracters and 40 Interacters. As a club approaching its 100th birthday in 2016-17, we constantly work at reinventing ourselves so we can serve our community and members better.. It works; we were named the best club in our District, which covers much of northern California, a year back.
Our service work focuses on:
o education. We repair and help upgrade schools at home and abroad, mount literacy support programs for regional special populations andcountries abroad, and provide local and international scholarsships. We provide hard copy dictionaries and teach its use to every Berkeley 3rd grader each year in the public schools, and provided the books to the city's national award-winning summer BUILD program which sustains the literacy gains of K-3 students over the vacation months. We shared in another national award for helping rebuild after Hurricane Katrina with New Orleans Rotary that city's main high school sending African-American students to college.
o public health. While Rotary is best known for its almost completed effort to eradicate polio around the world, we also mount efforts at improving dental care, heart surgery, eye surgery and treatment, cleft palate remediation, and other medical programs abroad, and we helped create and support a clinic providing basicmedical care for the uninsured in our local area. We help support Alta Bates' call service reminding elders of their medications.
o youth programs and building future leaders. We sponsor Interact at the YMCA and Berkeley High, and two separate Rotaract clubs - one on the Cal campus and one for post-college young adults. The Cal Rotaract program has become the largest Rotaract group in the U.S. These programs develop the ethic of service among our young, and provide leadership training and fellow. Through our mentoring these youth, we Rotarians get lots of time and exposure to the ideas and ideals of the younger generations moving up. We also provide scholarships to the new high school graduates from families who have not previously gone to college, and mentor those students until they graduate. We involve our youth working beside us in our hands-on service work in the community. We have provided financlal and other support to many youth programs across our town. We build playgrounds (e.g. at the BOSS homeless shelter and at the Ed Roberts Center) and family gathering areas (e.g. the picnic areas at Shorebird Park,the Berkeley summer camps.)
o water and sanitation. We partner with other Rotary clubs abroad in projects providing clean water and better sanitation in communities in Mexico, South and Latin America, Africa, Vietnam and India. You name the water technology, and we've probably have used it: digging wells, water harvesting and storage, filtration. We take pride that the very first Rotary project was providing the first public toilet in Chicago. Our club's first project almost 100 years ago was pushing for paved street and drainage in the Berkeley and Oakland city streets.
o vocational and community development. We honor the vocational commitments of our members and try to help youth create and develop thosecommitment, and we link that commitment to a s strong concern for ethics. We create experiences for our members and the community where they canbroaden their understanding of themselves and others through service. We have provided financial and hands-on support in rehabilitating the facilities of many nonprofit and public groups in Berkeley - creating and continuing to improve the Berkeley Arts Center in north Berkeley, helping expand the Downtown Library andthe YMCA, painting and upgrading the facilities of the Berkeley Ballet Company and cultural organizations, and upgrading the facilities or responding to the needs of groups providing services to special populations such as BORP and Through the Looking Glass,
o working for peace. It's hard to sustain peace, but we work at active exchanges of ourselves, young people, scholars, and vocational leaders acrosscountries around the world through Rotary. Such exchanges and our partnerships with Rotary clubs abroad on project help improve mutual understanding. . We walk with and support our local community groups seeking to end gang violence in our local neighborhoods. We created and maintain the Rotary Peace Grove in Tillen Park honoring individuals and groups for their contributions to peace. We were the local host club for the Rotary Peace Center at UC Berkeley while it existed, and we support still the Rotary Peace Centers at other universities around the world training professionals in conflict mediation. We are debating how to improve what we can do locally to support mediation and conflict resolution in local disputes .
Posted by O'Neil Dillon on Jul 09, 2014
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 on Jul 09, 2014
At the Big West Rotaract Conference hosted at UC Berkeley in Oct., 2013, 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 Frederick Collignon on Jul 11, 2014
Our District 5160 has initiated 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. The new club has now been chartered by RI and has 30 members. Dues for e-club members are $25/month - more than our club dues, BUT they save the lunch costs of weekly meetings. The President of the new e-club spoke to our Berkeley lunch meeting on July 8th, providing details. Check out www.eclubrotary5160.org
Posted by Pate Thomson on Jul 09, 2014
The club has many continuing, rather than one-shot, community service activities - the 3rd grader dictionaries, our scholarship/mentoring program who are their family's lst ever college-goers, our two Rotaract clubs, our Interact, and our newest and highly important Rotacare clinic for the medically uninsured. Our club, as the only BARSHEEP club with a nonprofit Foundation, handles the finances, but the project is one where while we often have the lead, is joined in by all eight I-80 corridor clubs. Here's the report from Dr. Pate Thomson, the program's co-director and long-time Berkeley Rotarian.
Posted by Mac Lingo on Jul 09, 2014
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 on Jul 09, 2014
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, 2013, 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. Prof. Muir has provided the full text of "DeTocqueville: the First Rotarian" in the link below. Some of us think it should be in the "Rotarian" magazine.