District Newsletter

September 2020  

A Message from District Governor Gregg Giusiana
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Over the past month, the wildfires have dominated the news.  Tens of thousands of people displaced, and thousands of homes burned.  Many Rotarians in our district and throughout the West Coast have been affected.  At the district, we have created a Disaster Task Force to help sort through the issues and see that those who need help the most get relief.
Last month in the newsletter, we provided information about how to donate in order to help.  We also have a way to collect donations through the District Foundation.  Information on that, and other ways to help, is provided later in the newsletter. 
We keep all the victims of the fire in our thoughts as we recover from this disaster.
On a happier note, later in this issue, there is an update about what is happening with Youth Services.  We are pushing to have the speech contest and RYLA this year.  Also, some good news about Youth Exchange.
My visits to the clubs have been a wonderful experience.  It is amazing how well the clubs are adjusting to the current restrictions.  Lots of community and international projects are still getting accomplished through the district, the clubs are doing things to make their meetings fun and there are a lot of virtual fellowship activities happening.  Great job!
Eighteen district clubs have been recognized with Rotary Citations for their service and leadership.  What a wonderful job they did last year!  PDG Ramesh and I are very proud of all the hard work put in by the clubs.  There is more information about this later in the newsletter.
The virtual Avenues of Service on October 17th is going to be really special.  Sign up now through the district website, to show off your club projects at the project fair, and don’t miss this great event.  More on this later in the newsletter.
The Rotary Virtual Institute will be taking place November 12 to 14.  This is a unique opportunity to attend this training.  This training is available to all Rotarians and because it is virtual, the cost is very reasonable. To get more information follow this link https://zone2627.org/2020-rotary-institute/ to the Zone website.
The District is also planning a leadership seminar on December 5th.  The presenter will be John Lipp, Executive Director of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.  He presents leadership skills and fund-raising ideas in an informative and entertaining way.
The District Conference will be on May 15th at Gilroy Gardens.  Mark your calendar for this fun event.  More information will be coming out soon.
The Rotary Convention is June 12 – 16 in Taipei.  Sign up now for the lowest price.  To register for the convention follow this link RI Convention. To book a room a the district hotel follow this link Taipei Convention Hotel
Thanks for all you do, keep up the great work and stay healthy.
District Disaster Relief Task Force
Rotary District 5170 has launched a Disaster Relief Task Force, chaired by Richard Lucero of the Rotary Club of Niles (Fremont), and Aggie Freeman of the Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport.
As a community, all of us recognize the extraordinary extent of tragedy taking place as a result of major disasters impacting our district, our state, and our nation.  The damage included loss of human life, physical injuries, emotional injuries, severe economic harm of extended duration and more.  Members of our District, other Districts, and community members from around the United States have asked about Rotary options for making disaster relief related donations.   
One of the objectives is to provide a centralized point for Rotary financial donations.  The donations are designed to create a funding source to respond to needs identified by clubs in impacted areas.  A Go Fund Me page has been established to serve as a mechanism while the work of the task force is completed.  Donations through this path are being directed to the District 5170 Rotary Foundation and will be allocated to existing 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit organizations currently serving fire victims.  The approach to administering the donations is to have a high degree of dexterity with the goal of being able to make resources quickly available.  All donations will be administered in full accordance with Rotary financial protocols.
You’ll find the link here: https://tinyurl.com/RotaryD5170Disaster  
Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities, Preparedness Lunch and Learn + Resources
Red Cross Mission: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​ All Red Cross services are free. Red Cross services are supported by the generosity of donors, partners and volunteers. 90% of the Red Cross workforce are volunteers and 90% of each dollar raised goes toward providing services.
How Red Cross is helping California Wildfire Support and Assistance:  https://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief/wildfire-relief/2020-wildfires.html
What actions can Rotarians take:
Youth Service Update
Save the date for Interact 5170’s first ever virtual Fall Leadership Conference. This year, FLC will be held over two days: October 10-11. Register using the link above or by going to tinyurl.com/FLCreg2020.
There will be a Rotarian/Advisor session for all Rotarians and faculty advisors. More information about the date and time of the session will be released soon.

Fun fact: Did you know there are about 6,000 Interact members in our district? Find out more information about our Interact district and its plans for this year by going to this presentation put together by chairs Peter Allen and Julie Herndon.
Peter Allen & Julie Herndon, District Interact Co-Chairs - chair@interact5170.org
Zone Youth Services Virtual Conference - October 3
Rotary Presidential Citation Award
This past Rotary Year, 2019-2020, under the leadership of District Governor, Ramesh Hariharan, we had 18 clubs who achieved this distinguished award.  This is the most achieved awards in several years and with the help of Club Presidents entering their goals, we will do even better this year.
Clubs who received the Rotary Citations in District 5170:
Alameda - Platinum
Campbell - Silver
Castro Valley - Platinum
Cupertino - Basic 
E-Club of Silicon Valley - Silver
Fremont - Gold
Fremont Morning - Basic
Los Gatos - Platinum
Mission San Jose - Basic
Niles (Fremont) - Gold
Palo Alto - Gold
Palo Alto University - Gold
San Jose East/Evergreen - Basic
San Juan Bautista - Basic
San Lorenzo Valley - Gold
Scotts Valley - Gold
Silicon Andhra - Platinum
Sunnyvale - Silver
Note: If your club has been missed out in the awards, or if you feel that the level is incorrect, please send an email to riawards@rotary.org, cc'ing me. This needs to be done no later than September 30, 2020.
Club Service Mission Statement
Effective Rotary club administration for District 5170 must involve the organizing of our club members and each club's resources. Each Rotary Club must operate efficiently to provide basic community services that will attract and retain active members, and develop leaders for our Clubs, our District, and Rotary International. 
In most Rotary clubs, administrative responsibilities include:
  • Planning and organizing weekly meetings and programs
  • Promoting fellowship among club members
  • Keeping members informed through a club newsletter or Web site
  • Collecting dues
  • Maintaining club membership lists and reporting to Rotary International
  • Tracking club attendance
Club Service is the hub of the club wheel, it is the smooth functioning of this part of a Rotary club that moves the club forward.
Avenues of Service - October 17
As we are all weathering the Covid-19 pandemic, the California fires, and just keeping ourselves together, there are Rotarians out there making a difference!
I had the opportunity to work and engage with clubs in Area 4, 5, 9 this past month on projects they are doing for their communities.
It is encouraging to see what clubs are accomplishing, and at the same time promoting Rotary.
Our goal as a Public Image Committee and #1 priority is working with our District Clubs in getting their stories out and develop higher visibility within their local communities! 
District Hotel Room Block in Taipei and Convention Pre-Trip
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary 2020 Ride
Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 7:30 AM
Zoom Wrap Up Party 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Area 1 Oakland Zoo Bison Romp
Rotary Club of Oakland Uptown
November 4-7, 2020
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