August 2021
 
 
A Message from District Governor Richard Flanders
August is Membership and New Club Development in Rotary.  It is a time to stand up tall after surviving the Covid-19 pandemic last year.  In my one-on-one conferences with the Club Presidents, who were Club Presidents-Elect last Spring, there is a sense of hope and optimism as we are getting out of the dark pandemic cloud.  Our hope and optimism have been supported by the increase in membership in many of our Rotary Clubs in our District.  We have inducted ten new members in the seven Governor Visits I have done so far this year.  This is a great time to reach out to friends, colleagues, neighbors, and other professionals in your vocation, to invite them to Rotary and the family of Rotary. 
 
After your club welcomes new members, because members are most likely to leave Rotary in their first few years of membership, it’s important to engage them right away. Pair them with a Rotary mentor, learn about their interests, assign them to a club committee, and involve them in club activities.  This way, we create a value for them to stay in Rotary.  Together, let’s make sure members have a fulfilling Rotary experience!
 
On Saturday, August 21, 2021, our District provided in-person Membership Training and Workshop to 80 Rotarians in our District.  We have recorded this training and workshop and the recording will be made available to all Rotarians in our District and the link will be put in our District Website, rotarydistrict5170.org.  You can also learn more about strategies for attracting new members in the Learning Center of Rotary International website, rotary.org.  This course highlights ways to interest prospective members and showcase your club’s action plans for growing your club. 
 
We thank Past Rotary International President Richard King (who gave an inspirational speech on Membership), Past Rotary International Director Ken Boyd (who provided the training), Past District Governors Ron Sekkel, Russ Hobbs, Joe Hamilton, Susan Valenta, Orrin Mahoney, Tim Lundell, Ramesh Hariharan, Gregg Giusiana, District Governor Elect Savita Vaidhyanathan, District Governor Nominee Hung Wei, Lieutenant Governors Kathy Coyle, Jill Duerig, and Lisa Lorenz, and our District Administrator Olivia Poe who set up this training and workshop within 15 days.  We are indebted to their support, skills, and hard work in the past 15 days. We also thank the Immediate Past President of Silicon Andhra Rotary Club Raju Chamarthi, the Silicon Andhra Rotarians, and Silicon Andhra University for hosting the site for the training and workshop.  We further thank Cindy Sekkel (Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley) who arranged all the refreshments at the training and workshop.  We finally thank all the Rotarians who attended the training and workshop.
 
Finally, our District has an update to announce regarding our District Leadership Team.  Herb Ritter will assume the role of the District Membership Chair 2021-2022.  Herb was the Club President of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North in 2001-2002 and the club grew substantially that year.  He is currently the Chair for our Annual Avenue of Service Event and will take on the helm of Membership Chair effective October 3, 2021.  Herb brings a breadth of experience, creativity, and management skills that will enhance our District and club membership efforts moving forward.  He has been passionately and actively involved in Rotary and has held various leadership positions from Club President to Assistant District Governor, is Multiple Paul Harris Fellow +9 and Annual Sustaining Member.  Please join me in welcoming Herb to his new role.
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Avenue of Service 2-Day Event

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Avenues of Service Special Drawing
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2024-2025
 
For one of your club members, the opportunity is here to take a bold, exciting step in Rotary Leadership. The District Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for the office of District Governor Nominee Designate. The individual selected will serve as District Governor in the 2024-2025 Rotary year.
 
The role of a District Governor is to lead, encourage, and equip other Rotarians in their leadership roles, and to provide inspiration and motivation to the clubs in the district.  The District Governor Nominee Designate will train with Rotary International leaders, travel to Rotary International conventions, and as District Governor, visit with each one of the clubs in the District. This is an excellent opportunity for a member of your club to enrich his or her leadership skills; to encourage and be encouraged; to develop relationships with individuals throughout the District and throughout the world, and to exemplify the Rotary spirit of Service above Self.
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District Hotel Room Block - Houston, TX
Rotary District 5170 Wheelchair Project 2021-2022
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The RI theme for August is Membership and Club Development.  However, the PI team believes every month is membership!  
 
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District Club Service
 
Part of Club Service is finding guest speakers for your club's meetings.  On the District website, you can find speakers that other clubs found exciting and educational.  Go to rotarydistrict5170.org and scroll down about halfway and on the left side until you find Speakers Bureau. Click on, See List of Speakers, and fine several recommended speakers.
 
If your club has a good speaker, get their approval and add them to the list of Suggest Potential Speakers. Doing so will help other clubs find good quality speakers.
 
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District Community Service Update
This month we launched an online Community Service Form: https://form.jotform.com/212015616925148
This link will also be found on the District Community Service Page under Avenues of Service - We are updating our page and information so keep your eyes on this space.
 
The action item this month is to have each club reporting  and submitting all of their community service activities for the year. Ongoing projects, new projects, future projects. 
This will allow us to share the information and attempt to work more collaboratively. If you get time, check out the Rotary Days of Service Brochure as we will want to begin planning some area and district wide projects.
 
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District International Service Update
What's something good happening at the moment in your area of focus?
 
We’re assembling and updating leadership contact information for international chairs at the club level and using it for direct communications with them.
 
We’ve surveyed them about what they’d find most relevant for the District International Project Fair we’re planning for the live Avenues of Service (AOS) event on October 2nd, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, in Pleasanton.
 
Initial priorities have been identified based on the survey results and we’re working to incorporate them in the Project Fair and in our ongoing support to the clubs.
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District Vocational Service Request
Requesting the contact information of each Club Vocational Committee Chair. Please include your name, email, and telephone number. In addition, please answer the following questions;
  • What is the focus of your committee?
  • How do you engage with the community?
  • What service are you most interested in?
Please email to District Vocational Service Chair Katie Cooney, katherinecooney@gmail.com
Sunnyvale Rotary Help Rescue Shipment of School Supplies
" It took members of four Rotary Clubs, executives at FedEx, and a driver willing to make a 2,000-mile to get school supplies, stranded in Memphis, to students in Sunnyvale." - Garvin Thomas
 
Click HERE for original NBC Bay Area article and video.
 
 
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Kevin Adler - Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar (2010-2011)
I served as a 2010-11 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico, as the first Rotary scholar in the history of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley. My year in Mexico was transformative: I went from beginner Spanish to advanced proficiency, I taught basic business classes to inspiring women artisans in villages, I met local entrepreneurs and made lifelong friends, and I gave dozens of presentations, talks, and interviews in Spanish to civic, business, and community groups. Upon my return to the United States, I was honored to be named as an honorary lifetime member of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley... quite the Rotary journey for someone who began as an Interact Club member in high school!
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District Governor Visits
Rotary Club of San Jose
Club President - Steve Borkenhagen
 
 
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2022 District Conference Update
In early August, District Governor Richard Flanders met with Ana Divac, Vlade and Ana Divac Foundation, to promote peace in Serbia/Crotia/Montenegro/Bosnia/Slovana region and for Rotary District 5170 Conference, April 22-24, 2022 at Blackhawk Museum and San Ramon Marriott. 
 
Visit https://dc.rotarydistrict5170.org/ for more updates.
 
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CFC Miles for Smiles
Care for Children Global Virtual 5K/10K Walk/Run 2021
September 5, 2021
Rotary Club of Silicon Valley for Global Impact
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Morgan Hill Rotary Golf Classic
Golf Classic
October 1, 2021
Rotary Club of Morgan Hill
 
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Multi-District "Depolarizing Within" Workshop
Multi-District "Depolarizing Within" Workshop presented by Braver Angels
September 8, 2021
Rotary District 5180
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2022 Rotary Rose Parade Float
Upcoming Events
District Leadership Meeting
DRYCO Construction
Sep 08, 2021
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
District Book Club - Author Dr. Richard Godfrey
Sep 29, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Avenues of Service
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Oct 02, 2021
 
District Leadership Meeting
DRYCO Construction
Oct 06, 2021
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
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