District Newsletter

May/June 2021 

A Message from District Governor Gregg Giusiana
It is hard to believe that my year is about over, it seems like I just started.
I want to start by thanking all the clubs for the enormous effort this past year. The work of Rotary went on stronger than ever during these trying times. As the full effects of the pandemic began to be felt around the world, the Rotary Clubs in District 5170 geared up to help.
A big thank you to my leadership team. Working together, we were able to get communications out to the clubs and keep the District Programs on track. And thank you to all the Past District Governors who guided and mentored me to get me ready to be Governor and advised me during this past year.
Of course, a special thank you to Olivia Poe, our District Administrator, who held the district together during this challenging year and was a great resource for all the clubs and the leadership team.
Through the clubs, grants and fundraisers helped fund personal protective gear for first responders. Hospital staff, firefighters, police, and emergency medical responders were provided with vital supplies. There were programs to address food security, the needs of youth. Many areas took on the work getting internet service to underserved children so they could attend virtual classes.
The most disenfranchised in our district were also helped. Masks were distributed to the homeless in many areas. And if that was not enough, the clubs found ways to help distribute food and supplies to the needy in our communities. Many of these were done in partnerships with struggling businesses which helped keep the economies moving. In addition, there are hundreds of other projects taken on by the clubs to meet the needs in their communities.
And when the vaccines were finally available, clubs stepped in to help, by parking cars, doing paperwork or just being available to help get the greatest number of people be vaccinated in the shortest times possible.
On the international front, we raised a record amount for The Rotary Foundation share fund this year. And boy did we use it. The District Grants Committee was busy all year helping write grants and getting them approved. Dozens and dozens of grants were authorized meeting needs in literacy, water and sanitation, disease prevention and education around the world.
The world has seen unbelievably rapid change this year and Rotary has changed to keep up. When we could not do in person events, we moved to virtual. Virtual RYLA, Speech Contest, Avenues of Service, District Training Assembly, and we added Zoom to Learn sessions every month to help train our members. 
And our clubs changed too. Getting speakers from around the world. Having joint meetings with clubs in other countries and the first five clubs working together to address homelessness would not have happened if not in response to our changing world.
I know it was not easy. Fundraisers disappeared, some of which may never return. But clubs found ways to fundraise. Some of the clubs are without a place to meet because the location they used is no longer in business, or not equipped to handle the clubs needs. Clubs will find a home. The traditional projects clubs have been doing may no longer be needed, but clubs will find new projects.
When I started my journey as Governor, I wanted the clubs to work on being flexible. This year, you showed how flexible you could be. I know none of us had the year we were expecting. Some may feel their clubs did not accomplish much or failed in some of the projects they were trying to do.
 As you look back on your year, don’t worry about what didn’t get done. Celebrate all that you accomplished!!!
It is the members who made this year work and will make next year and all the future years work. Now more than ever, it is critical to MAKE MEMBERSHIP MEANINGFUL.
Looking ahead
The District Conference and Roast and Toast will be on July 17th at Gilroy Gardens. It is an excellent location (All outdoors) for in person events and such a pretty spot. Sign up on the District Conference site to help celebrate our great year. https://dc.rotarydistrict5170.org/
July 1st is the start of Richard Flanders’ year as District Governor and I know he will do great because we have such a great District.
I am so very proud of all the work we have done this year.
Thanks for all you do and for being Rotarians.  Keep up the great work and stay healthy.
2021 District Conference
The District Conference site is now LIVE! 
The event is LIVE at:
Gilroy Gardens Theme Park
Saturday, July 17, 2021
We have a great committee collaborating and orchestrating a fun and informative celebration so we can be together again and most of all, enjoy fellowship time.
It will be a country western theme, so bring your 10 gallon cowboy hat, boots and spurs!
Help Meet Rotary's PolioPlus Goal
JUNE 30TH DEADLINE APPROACHING - With just 8 days left in the Rotary year, and we strive to meet our $50 Million goal to take advantage of the Gates Foundation 2 for 1 match, we are still lagging behind last year’s figures.
This is it folks...it’s our last chance take advantage of all the matches. Time is running out!
The easiest way to donate is to go to https://my.rotary.org/en/donate and click on “Polio Fund’ Of course, all donations will continue to be matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation, as well as receiving Paul Harris Credit.
Bringing Peace Through Art in Jack London Square, Oakland
Last Thursday, June 17, 2021, the three Oakland Rotary Clubs -- The Rotary Club of Oakland Uptown, The Rotary Club of Oakland #3, and the Rotary Club of Piedmont-Montclair, came together to unveil their year-long project fittingly named The Embrace.

Brad Howard, past RI Director, and member of the Rotary Club of Oakland Uptown, came upon the idea of the project in a serendipitous way through the action of observing and listening.
District Membership
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
June marks the wrapping up of the current Club President’s year long dedication and hard work, especially during the time that the whole world was standing still while wading through COVID-19’s uncertain and terrifying challenges!  Kudos to all our 61 Club Presidents and leadership teams for being adaptable, flexible, creative, and persistent in all fronts of Rotary Service: Service to the communities, service across continents, service to frontline workers, and service to our members!
This is the last newsletter of the Rotary year under DG Gregg Giusiana. It was quite a year indeed! We all weathered and survived the Covid-19 pandemic shelter in place, and now here we are slowly getting back to normalcy. This, however, did not stop the clubs from hosting virtual club meetings, fundraisers, community projects and supporting the local community seniors, homeless and students during that time.
The Public Image Committee of 2020-21 accomplished a great deal during the Rotary year. We introduced a new tool, the Public Image Guidebook, held monthly training sessions and connected with the clubs and at the same time, made great connections!
Club Service
Thank you to all the Club Presidents who entered their club goals into My Rotary Club Central.  Also, those who followed up by entering their club achievements. By achieving your goals, you have strengthened your club by developing sustainable service projects, giving to the Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.
The last day to enter achievements or goals is June 30th, so there is enough time to enter the information to receive the Rotary Citation.
Jim Bell
International Service
This Rotary year has been challenging for all Rotarians but the spirit of making friendships around the world has been alive and well. A small example is our initiative to create a small project based collaborative meetings from around the world. It was well received and many projects are being spun out of it. The International Chairs around the world responded to the call, in spite of the time difference, they tuned in and enjoyed the presentations. Thanks to technology, we were able to unite, share and get to know the real needs of most nations.
Celebration of Life - Past District Governor Jerry McCullough
San Lorenzo Valley Rotary Supports Community Tool Shed
On Saturday, June 19, the members of the Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley (with the support of the Rotary Club of San Jose) presented the High Council Foundation a $10,000 check in support of the Community Tool Shed in Boulder Creek. The Community Tool Shed is a lending resource of tools available at no charge to the hundreds of families rebuilding their homes and rebuilding their lives following the devastating CZU Complex Fire in August 2020. It is currently under construction and scheduled to be complete by mid-July.
Upcoming Events
District Leadership Meeting
DRYCO Construction
Jul 07, 2021
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
District Conference
Gilroy Gardens
Jul 17, 2021
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