“The Pacific Current” District 5150 News & Information June 2011 Congratulations on a GREAT Year! . . . and thank you. As this will be my final Governor’s Article, it is with great joy and some sadness that I write this message. It is difficult to believe that my year as your District Governor will end in just a few days. As I said at the District Conference, it has been a journey of great joy for Betsy and me, made magical each day by what we’ve seen all of you do to make our world a better place to be. You have set some records that will be hard to match. You have indeed been exemplary examples of Rotary International President Ray’ Klinginsmith’s theme: Building Communities Bridging Continents. You have done it with grace and generosity, and all of us are enriched by these efforts. Betsy and I have truly appreciated your hospitality and graciousness towards us in all our encounters. I promise you that I will continue to work for Rotary in our District, regardless of my title. My three successors, John, Deirdri and Eric, are fine Rotarians who will carry on the many successful traditions of District 5150, and the four of us are committed to supporting each other in every way. Not too long ago, it was hard for me to imagine life beyond being your Governor, but as the time for me to add a “P” before “DG” approaches, I understand that “Service above Self” can be lived in many ways and I plan to continue to explore all of them. As much as I love words, they fail me when I try to express the profound gratitude I feel for having had this grand experience. Now, as we get ready to head for bigger, better and bolder times, with new leaders throughout our organization, let’s commit to charging forward I stand amongst you and with you – proud to be a Rotarian! t Bill Koefoed, District 5150 Governor 2010-11 email@example.com Rotary International & District Leaders Rotary International President: Ray Klinginsmith 5150 Governor: Bill Koefoed District Governor-Elect: John Bottari District Governor-Nominee: Deirdri Gladwin NEW ORLEANS - Convention Our District was well represented at the recent Rotary International Convention in New Orleans. Everyone attended the sessions, strolled Bourbon Street and reconnected with fellow Rotarians from all over the world. Bill Gates spoke and strongly encouraged Rotarians to keep up the fight to eradicate polio. Our own DG Bill Koefoed celebrated his birthday while and was presented a flaming cake! A good time was had by all! Gates on polio In an exclusive interview, Bill Gates answered questions Rotary Family about the progress toward eradicating polio and explained Leah Reich, president of the RC Central why finishing the job is essential. Gates spoke during the Marin, had time to spend with her PDG 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, father in New Orleans. Pictured here also where he encouraged Rotarians to redouble their efforts in with DG Bill Koefoed. Page 3 IN & AROUND our District 5150 PACES FOR POLIO – A GREAT SUCCESS! Mills High School in Millbrae on May 14-15. The Interactors from District 5150 raised $20,000 to eradicate Polio. Nice going! Members of the Mission San Rafael Community Service Team worked together to create beautiful shade umbrellas to fit the existing patio furniture at the Senior Access Friendship Garden in April. They provided four large one-of-a-kind redwood planter boxes on wheels, designed and built by Pablo Castro of Marin Hardwood Floor Center and David Shawn of Miconi Tile & Marble. As the photos show, it was a team effort with the additional expert help of Michael Green, Keith Marsh & Susanne Karch (MSRR members). The club is proud be able to support Senior Access in the work they do to help deserving families during a very difficult time. Rotarians from SF 2 delivered dictionaries to Mr. Russo's The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay third grade class at Daniel Webster Grammar School in San Francisco.. His class received 'Champions Are Readers' gathered at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club awards from the national literacy program developed by the on June 18th to celebrate their 40th fraternity of Pi Beta Phi. Dictionaries must have been put to Anniversary. good use! DG Bill Koefoed presents RI President Ray Klinginsmith's Presidential Citation with the extra patch for "Special Distinction" to RC HMB President Stacy Trevenon. Ashley Pritchard, former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by The Rotary Club of Foster City addressed the members at a The Rotary Club of SF Bayview presents a recent meeting. Ashley attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania special recognition to newly appointed SF where she majored in political science, economics with a minor in Police Chief Greg Suhr. Greg Greg was most engineering. As a student she developed and funded Lehigh recently the Captain of the Bayview Police Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. After graduation, Ashley Station and a dedicated supporter of the interned at The United Nations. She is currently working as a Public Bayview District. Pictured are RC SF Bayview Information Assistant within the NGO Relations Cluster in the Department of Public Information at The United Nations PE Brian Flaherty, President Sonya Merritt with Headquaters in New York City. Ashley is committed to improving the Chief Suhr. lives of the homeless and impoverished through micro- financing. The purpose of micro-finance is to loan small amounts of money to enable the impoverished to establish small businesses. Seventy percent of the world's poor are women. Micro-finance SERVICE alleviates poverty and helps with schooling for children, empowerment for women, reduction in domestic violence, ends poverty, provides permanent housing and health care. Over 95% of the loans are repaid. ABOVE Ashley will be attending Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok to obtain a Masters Degree in International Development and Micro- financing. She acknowledged how Rotary had made a difference in her life and how Rotary bridges enemy lines to do good in the world SELF ROTARIAN of the MONTH Page 5 Larry Kavinoky Foster City Rotarian Larry joined FC Rotary in 2006 and since then has been a very active member of the club. Larry is CPA by trade and has also acted as public guardian to help in the senior community. Larry is a Stanford graduate and he is married to his wife Sue. They both live in Palo Alto. Larry has been endlessly generous with his time and money within the club. He has made many donations to different programs. He has taken on the club Highway cleanup project and ran it like a star. Many times he is the only one that is out there on a Saturday morning cleaning a stretch of Highway 92! Such dedication. Larry has been doing it year after year. The impressive part is that he has never asked for any recognition or help. Larry has also been instrumental in developing one of the club programs to collect soaps and toiletry items from club members (and others) and supplying them to Samaritan House for those homeless folks. His passion towards helping the homeless has earned him a nickname in the Foster City Club of “Soapy Larry”. Larry has truly demonstrated the true meaning of “Service above Self” year after year. Congratulations Larry! IN & AROUND District 5150…cont. Page 6 Local graduating high school seniors were awarded scholarships from the Rotary Club of Foster City. Photo from left: Ayak Chin- Aragon High, Eric Torres-Hernandez- Aragon High, Sun Jin Moon- Aragon High, Rachel Monasch- San Mateo High, Rachel Burkert- San Mateo High, Austin Chua- San Mateo High, Callie Parmele- San Mateo High, Mariko Kuga- Hillsdale High, Christine Kalife- Aragon High. Not present: Tazwell Caputo and Darren Fong. Congratulations to all of the recipients and best wishes as you continue your education and service. THE ROTARY CLUB OF FOSTER CITY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS The Interact Club of San Mateo High School did an international project with the Rotary Club of Foster City: a humanitarian trip to Mazatlan, Mexico, where they distributed wheelchairs, visited schools, painted one school and went to an orphanage to visit and bring gifts. A Message From Your Editor: Very special thanks go to photographer Betsy Koefoed. She sent over 50% of the pictures AND captions that I used all year to produce these newsletters. Without her assistance, I could not have done this job. Many thanks for being a partner in service to me as well as the DG. You made us both look A recent gathering of the Major Donors of District 5150 good by being everywhere! was a reminder of the generosity we have in this Amy Fink, RC of San Bruno District. Pictured are l-r Debbie Williams, Linda Grant & Stan & Andrea Pond. A message from the RI president June 2011 When the smoke settles There was a time when gunpowder smoke was so thick on battlefields that it was difficult to determine the victors until the smoke settled. Evaluating the success of this year in Rotary is similar because we won’t learn the final figures until the year has ended. However, there are some achievements that can be reviewed – before the smoke settles! The major accomplishment has been the creation of a new culture of innovation, which has encouraged both Rotarians and RI staff members to review our policies and procedures at all levels and to determine if they are truly best practices or merely traditional practices. Many changes toward more modern business methods have resulted, and I am encouraged by our progress. The innovative climate has produced a simplified and streamlined RI Strategic Plan that calls for us to support and strengthen our clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance public image and awareness. The first two priorities reaffirm our core values, and the third priority recognizes the need for more public awareness and support in our local communities around the world. The plan has measurable goals, and it provides an excellent road map for Rotary’s future growth and development. Other improvements have included the new regional Rotary coordinators, whose job is to help our district governors to help our clubs to become Bigger, Better, and Bolder. The new Presidential Citation program has provided a score sheet for all of our clubs to test themselves against the other clubs in their districts, and the results will be very helpful to both the current and incoming governors – and to RI as well! We also have given additional attention to our New Generations programs, particularly Rotaract and Rotary Youth Exchange, and we have focused more emphasis on the Reach Out to Africa initiative. We also have shaped a new approach for the training of incoming district governors and more meaningful assignments for past district governors. All in all, we have made some significant improvements. But the most important question is whether we have paved the way for an even better year next year. Have we done the right things to ensure that the best days of Rotary are still ahead? And we won’t know that – until the smoke settles! Ray Klinginsmith President, Rotary International Very last call! PRLS Want to develop your leadership skills? Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars is a new program for District 5150! The PRLS program offers practical training in professional circumstances that can benefit you on both a personal and professional level. Saturday June 25, 2011 The Basic PRLS program consists of six hours of class- room lectures in one day split among five modules: & Basic Leadership Principles & Leading a Meeting & Rotary, Your Club and You! & Communications & Basic Public Speaking & These lectures broadly cover the desired skills our leaders should have to effectively plan, organize, manage, promote, present orally, and lead in any setting. Our first class was sold out with a waiting list. Don’t miss this! Limited to 40. COST: PRLS day of instruction is $50 per person. The cost includes supplies, continental breakfast and lunch! Class runs from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. Registration: Go to our District Website www.rotary5150.org Right on the home page you will find PRLS and the registration information. You may pay by credit card or check. Location: South San Francisco Scavenger Co. 500 East Jamie Court, South San Francisco, CA 94080 Questions: Betsy Koefoed, District PRLS Director, 650-714-9064 firstname.lastname@example.org POLIO HEADLINES July 1, 2011 by Russ Ketron, Polio Chair and Annual Co-Chair • As of June 20th there have been 208 cases of the wild virus polio so far this year versus 390 a year ago. The outbreak in Chad has reported 78 cases so far with the Democratic Republic of Congo with 56. The good news is India has only one case so far this year. • The countries of West Africa are responding with renewed vigor to the threat of a wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) outbreaks. During the World Health Assembly, delegates from the region expressed a firm commitment to polio eradication, and multi-country rounds are taking place to build resistance to the virus. • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, told a meeting of the Governors' Forum in Abuja, Nigeria, "you have made tremendous progress in the past year. Polio cases are down by 56%. But, if we let our guard down for a minute, polio can spring back. We cannot let this happen. Let us eradicate this crippling disease once and for all." • Polio goes to TED: the 'TED Talks' are well known for presenting "ideas worth spreading" - one of which is the incredible worldwide effort to eradicate polio. Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General at the World Health Organization, spoke about the plan to continue the scientific miracle that ended polio in most of the world and to snuff it out everywhere, forever. His talk can now be viewed at http://www.polioeradication.org/Mediaroom.aspx • Speaking at the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans in May, Bill Gates praised Rotary for its continued success in the effort to eradicate polio, but cautioned that Rotarians will need to redouble their efforts to finish the disease once and for all. For more, visit http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages/110524_IC11_plenthree.aspx The good news is our District 5150 Rotarians have raised over $271,040 or 108.4% of our commitment towards the 200 million dollar Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation Challenge. Over 176 million has been raised by Rotarians worldwide towards this goal. ANNUAL FUND: As of May 11,289 clubs worldwide have yet to contribute to the Annual Programs Fund. If each of those clubs gave US$1,000, over $11 million more would be available to help prevent disease, increase access to clean water, reduce child mortality, ensure education, and develop vocational opportunities. The good news is our District has 100% of the clubs donating with 19 of them 100% Paul Harris Fellowship this year alone. And what happens to the funds we raise? Between 1 July 2010 and May 2011, the Foundation received 1,912 Matching Grant and District Simplified Grant applications for humanitarian projects on five continents. The grants, which totaled $51,385,906, would not have been possible without your contributions to the Annual Programs Fund. Our District has raised $266,967 so far or 117% of the clubs goals.
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