Mar 31, 2014
Our Monday meetings in April will be from 5:30-7:00 pm, on April 7th and April 21, at Build Pizzaria, on Shattuck between Alston and Kittredge.
Mar 19, 2014
The multi-stage selection and voting for 2014 Peace Grove Honors has concluded. The selectees are Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann (as a pair). leaders in creating the international disability movement resulting in the recent UN Declaration of Human Rights for those with disabilities. Both are known locally in Berkeley and the Bay Area for their roles in leading the Center for Independent Living, the first such center of its kind which became a widely emulated model world-wide in other urban communities. They also founded the World Institute of Disability, which has trained leaders among people with disability across the world, while doing policy research on global issues related to disability. This is but part of their broader roles in launching and growing the disability rights movement. The ceremony will be held at the Ed Roberts Center on July 16th, starting at 4 pm; Judy Heumann will attend and speak. More details will be forthcoming.
Mar 05, 2014
Club leaders have returned from Mexico, where at their own expense they spent a week with our allied Mexican Rotary clubs there to plan our next project for 2014-15 (and indeed perhaps subsequent years.) They were joined by leaders from the Middletown Rotary club and from the Paradise Rotary club. The logic of all Rotary projects abroad is that there must be a local partner club in that country telling us these are our priority needs and we want your help doing this, and that the local club commit ongoing manpower and commitment to sustaining the project after the other Rotarians return home. We have currently built more than three facilities (usually schools) in this area of Mexico where schools are lacking, and helped fund scholarships for students there to go to college and professional schools. By the end of the planning period, we had more than a dozen Rotary clubs committed, and on the last day, some 200 community members in one of the small towns needing work on their school came out to pledge their support and work on the effort.
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.
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 Mar 11, 2014
April, 2014 is 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. We've done the feedings for two months already, and assisted some small clubs in their month of feeding as recently as Dec., 2013. See more below.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Mar 11, 2014
District Governor Steve Lack and our District 5160 have 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. There is also a fee to be assessed by the brick and mortar club. Our club is already debating whether and how we should take advantage. See below for more information.
Posted by Pate Thomson on Dec 31, 2013
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 latest report from Dr. Pate Thomson, the program's co-director and long-time Berkeley Rotarian.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Dec 31, 2013
Here below are the latest numbers as of Dec. 28, 2013, from the World Health Organization via RI and the History Fellowship, on our battle to eradicate polio. This has been the lead service project of Rotary around the world now for many decades. Here also is a chart that summarizes how WHO/Rotary respond to new outbreaks of polio in other countries to keep polio from reestablishing itself as a continuing health problem.
Posted by Frederick Collignon on Dec 10, 2013
So what did Cal Rotaract accomplish in the fall semester. It should be noted that this covers solely the Aug-lst week of Dec. semester, not as Berkeley Rotary would count it - July to Dec. Thus, their huge participation in our Kite Festival and 4th of July service events are viewed as part of their work in summer session. Still what they accomplished is impressive. They did the following, among other things I've missed in my notes:
o the fixing up of Bonita House, Berkeley's facility for the those severely disabled by psychiatric and drug problems - a project they did side by side with us, and which we funded;
o working with youth at the Lawrence Hall of Science;
o the fixing up of the four nonprofits that our club funded using Rebuilding Together, a project where they worked side by side with us and with our Interacters;
o the Polio Plus 5-k run concluding a week-long educational drive about Polio Plus on campus, which raised $12,000 for the international effort - a project which several Rotarians participated in and at which our own Dr. Ed Waller was the Sproul Plaza speaker;
o cleanup of Garber Park;
o cleanup of Aquatic Park;
o the collection of food and clothing, and the making of sandwiches for four different Berkeley nonprofits providing food to the disadvantaged over Thanksgiving;
o the joint project with Kiwanis Circle K at Cal, where they made Pediatric Trauma Project (PTP) dolls, wrote cards for the armed services made ribbons to support the Philippines, and more
o the making and selling of cookies on Sproul Plaze, to raise money from the larger campus community for Shelterbox and Philippines relief;
o a day building over 220 WAPI (water purification indicators);
o a day assembling L-N 4 (prosthetic hands) for mine victims abroad - an event to which they invited Interact.
o the Big West Rotaract Conference, which drew Rotaract leaders from across western North America, as well as from Europe, Mexico and India - for which we were the only source of funds beyond the fees charged the Rotaracters, and for which our club members helped provide housing and speakers;
o the Interact weekend stay over which draws Interacters from across the state each semester, and for which our club members helped provide housing.
o the providing of mentoring to students by Rotarians and East Bay Rotaracters, both individually and in groups (such as the medical panels our Rotarians provide.)
o and much more service, apart from all their social events and fellowship.
One wonders what they might do with a bigger budget than the discretionary funds that we've been providing at the same level since they were only 50 members.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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?