District Newsletter

January/February 2024 

A Message from District Governor Hung Wei
Dear Fellow Rotarians and family,
There is so much happiness in the air - 
Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Lunar New Year!
Happy Year of the Dragon!
Happy President's Day!
Happy 2024 & beyond!
January flew by fast with multiple Crab Feeds and New Year get-togethers. February starts with welcoming the Year of the Dragon, followed by Valentine love and Spring fundraisers in the planning.  Rotarians continue in action championing service projects, creating hope in the world, in our communities, and in ourselves.  Thank YOU, Rotarians and family!
With the arrival of Spring, it offers the best time to connect and re-engage our fellow Club members - whether it is a Hello chat, a Coffee/Tea time, or a small gathering of Meet & Greet, let us give our Rotary friends a warm Spring fellowship - remember, the best practice in creating hope in our own Club is to reach out, connect, and engage! Plan your Spring reach-out activities in February and take actions from March through May - Let Rotary be known as an organization that takes care of its members!
The Rotary Foundation (TRF):
We are very proud to announce that the Rotary Foundation (TRF) has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator for the 15th consecutive year! (Click on Read more at the bottom for the announcement)
Here are upcoming District fellowship and learning opportunities - please join us:
Saturday March 16 District Fellowship-Leadership Meeting: Warriors Night in Santa Cruz
4:30pm-6:30pm Happy Hour, Dinner, & Fellowship-Leadership Meeting @ Cruz Kitchen & Taps, followed by a short walk to Santa Cruz Warriors game (optional) - details and registration links to come soon
Friday April 26, Saturday April 27, and Sunday April 28 - District Conference at Hayes Mansion
Conference and Hotel registrations are open - having fun while learning and celebrating together:
Friday Evening Social with Live Band; 
Saturday All-Day: the "Family of Rotary is Love, Lifetime, and Magical" with inspiring Keynote Speakers, twelve Breakout Sessions, Wine & Whiskey Tastings, Live Performances, House of Friendship, Awards, and all-around Celebrations;
Sunday Morning the "Family of Rotary is Generational" with End Polio Walk and Rick King Youth Speech Contest
Project Highlight:
The Ambassadors Program: Introducing a District-wide Multi-Year Youth Service opportunity - click HERE for video. If you and/or your Club is interested, please contact District Ambassadors Program Co-Chairs: 
Brenda Swiney at bswiney.rotary@gmail.com
Richard Goldstien at rgoldstein@brileywealth.com
I'm happy to announce our District 5170 Governors for the next three Rotary Years:
2024-2025 District Governor Jill Duerig from the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley; Email: jillduerig@hotmail.com
2025-2026 District Governor Herb Ritter from the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North; Email: dg2025-26@rotarydistrict5170.org
2026-2027 District Governor Geeta Kadambi from the Rotary Club of Fremont  Bridge; Email: geeta.kadambi@gmail.com
Please feel free to connect with our incoming District Governors - they are standing by and ready to support you!
Your best cheerleader,
Hung (Wei)
District 5170 Governor 2023-2024
Past President and member of the Rotary Club of Cupertino
Meet our District Governor Nominee Designate - Geeta Kadambi
The District is pleased to announce that the District Nominating Committee, chaired by PDG Tim Lundell, has selected Geeta Kadambi from the Rotary Club of Fremont Bridge to serve as District Governor for Rotary Year 2026-2027.

Geeta is currently serving as Assistant Governor for Area 3B, a position she has held since 2022-2023, and was Chair of the Avenues of Service Event in September, 2023. She served as District Membership Co-Chair (Membership Attraction) in 2022-2023, and District International Service Chair in 2020-2021. Geeta was Charter President of the Rotary Club of Fremont Bridge in 2018-2019.

Geeta is a scientist and patent agent. She is the founder and CEO of Riddhi IP LLC, a patent law firm, and has worked at NASA as a scientist.  Besides being an active Rotarian, Geeta has served as Senior Advisor and Board Member for several organizations.

Geeta has been married to Vasu for the last 30 years. They have a daughter, a son, and one grandson.

2024 District Conference
Richard D. King Annual District Youth Speech Contest
Interact District 5170 Monthly Newsletter
Interact District 5170 introduces our monthly newsletter with updates on our district's projects, reports from our 13 areas, highlights from major district events, and more! Our goal for this newsletter is to allow Rotarians to gain more insight into Interact's recent activities and provide opportunities for Rotarians to participate. Additionally, it provides a space for Rotary Clubs & Rotarians to ask our Interact District for assistance on YOUR projects and events; we'd love to help volunteer!

Sign up for a copy of our newsletter using the link below! Happy 2024! Thank you for all your support to Interact over the years.
Yours in Service,
Kylie Nguyen (she/they)
Interact District 5170 Governor
Santa Cruz Warriors Rotary Night
Tickets are moving fast, we strongly encourage you to purchase tickets sooner rather than later.
Wanted: Community Service Projects
We need your help!  Tell us what your Club's Community Service Projects are for 2023-2024.
Service is the very core of Rotary's character. It promotes Rotary's appeal and visibility in the community, and why Rotary continues to thrive.  Rotarians recognize the importance of giving back to the community.  As Rotarians we have the reasonability to find ways to improve the quality of life for those within our communities and to serve the public interest. A wonderful way to invite friends, family and community members to participate in Rotary.
We are trying to capture all of our community service projects for the 2023-2024 year and trying to capture future projects to engage Rotarians.
Please fill out the form for each project: https://form.jotform.com/212015616925148
District Training Assembly 
Fremont Bridge Rotary Bollywood Fundraiser
Saturday, February 10, 2024
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fremont Downtown Event Center, 3500 Capitol Avenue, Fremont
San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary Crab Feed
Saturday, March 9, 2024
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sophie’s Grill, 4035 Evergreen Village Square, Suite 20, San Jose, CA 95135
Alameda Rotary Lobster Dinner
Friday, March 15, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Rathskeller @ Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
Upcoming Events
Far West PETS
San Jose DoubleTree Hotel
Mar. 01, 2024 – Mar. 03, 2024
District Fellowship-Leadership Meeting
Cruz Kitchen & Taps
Mar. 16, 2024 4:30 p.m.
Rotary Warriors Night
Kaiser Permanente Arena
Mar. 16, 2024 7:00 p.m.
District Training Assembly Kick-Off
DRYCO Construction
Apr. 06, 2024
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