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Nov 12, 2014
Quirks of our Elections
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President O'Neil Dillon
President Elect Anne Pardee
Treasurer Jackie Hammond
Secretary Bruce Willock
Board Member 2013-2015 Paul Monroe
Board Member 2013-2015 Maxim Schrogin
Board Member 2013-2015 Sallie Weissinger
Endowment Chair Leslie Levy
Board Member 2014-2016 Manjul Batra
Board Member 2014-2016 Irene Hegarty
Past President Once Removed Philip Henry
Board Member 2014-2016 Jack McPhail

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Oct 11, 2014

Cal Rotaract is sponsoring its second annual public 5k run on Oct. 19 to raise public awareness and money for Rotary's Polio Plus campaign to eradicate Polio. This even drew hundreds lasts year and proved much more effective than past events to raise polio awareness among the faculty, staff and students am comps. You may join the run, or just run, or contribute $20 to excuse yourself from running.  Registration and the run/walk begin at 9 a.M., but new groups will start throughout the morning and early afternoon

Sep 17, 2014

Our Monday evening 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.  

Oct 11, 2014

Rotarians and others will give Ted-talks to Cal Rotaracters on ideas and technologies transforming their vocations on Oct. 23 from 6-9 pm. at a place on campus TBD.  Rotarians are invited to join 

Oct 16, 2014

Our club will undertake the final day of the building and grounds cleanup of the Options Recovery Center, 1931 Center St., Berkeley's principal program for serving those with addiction problems.   We will working alongside our Rotaracters and perhaps Interacters.  Soumil Amin of the club has taken the lead in planning and financing this project.   He and his firm's staff have already repainted much of the Center.   Rotarians are needed to direct the work of the Rotaracters.   The work will take place between 1:30 and 4:30 pm.

Oct 13, 2014

Berkeley Rotary participated again in the Berkeley Sunday Streets fair on Oct. 12, when Shattuck Avenue is closed off to traffic and 50,000 Berkeley residents and visitors get to see the wealth of entertainment venues and retail stories in town.   The club's  booth demonstrated how one makes WAPIs, water purification indicators to be sent to the Third World, and provided information about Rotary, Polio Plus, and the club's many activities.  Many additional roles were performed by Rotarians in traffic management and other forms of public assistance.  We were assisted in both the booth and the traffic management by East Bay Rotaract.

Sep 28, 2014

The Parks District has a large number of huge piles of tree limbs, poison ivy vines, and other fallings to mulch after the second work day was completed on 9/27 of the Peace Grove cleanup effort.   The second day drew about 35-40 Rotaracters and Interacters and 15 Rotarians, a bit less than the 70 on 9/20.   There were probably still a few trees left that needed lower level pruning, but a very few.   Thanks to all who came out either of the days to work, and to the Parks District for working with us to make the Grove a more attractive place to visit for the many hikers and sight-seers.  All three of our youth clubs came (as well as other Rotaract clubs like Los Medairos), to work with us.  Cal Rotaract in between the two days reported the event as one of the favorite hands-on service projects they have done - and they do a new one each week!


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.  See more about our service work below in the areas of education, public health,.youth program and building future leaders, water and sanitation,  vocational and economic development, and working for peace.


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

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

Please bookmark it.   This directory has been in existence three years now. 


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.

Tocqueville, First Rotarian.doc Tocqueville, First Rotarian.doc


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