Dear Fellow Rotarians from District 5170,
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”.
We have many things to feel thrilled about the first three months of this year in our District. Here are some highlights for September:
  • The zonal events took place in Denver, and our District walked away with top spots in numerous areas for our achievements last year under the inspiring leadership of PDG Tim Lundell.
  • The Foundation giving is going well, and our District is off to a fantastic start! Brenda Cressey, RI Foundation Trustee joined us in honoring Major Donors at a nice reception!
  • The New Generations celebration on September 11 went well, with over 120 attendees. We heard from Interactors, Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, Youth Exchange students, Speech Contest participants, Rotary Vietnam Project students and Rotaractors. We are world class, without doubt!
  • We are making progress towards forming a Rotary club at a major Silicon Valley company, a first of its kind in the U.S.
  • And there is a lot of interest in forming cause-based clubs, yes uncharted territory!
I have started my visits to our clubs, this month:
    • I visited the Big San Jose Rotary club with over 450 members and honored Paul Harris fellows.
    • The Palo Alto club, and participated in a service project involving packing backpacks with essentials for sexual assault victims.
    • Attended the chartering ceremony of the Gilroy After Hours club. The warmth and dedication of this club is simply exemplary!
    • Had an amazing day with the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotarians as they welcomed their bike riders after their 3-day ride that raised $120K for supporting families of cancer stricken children.
    As you already know, our monthly District leadership meetings are open to Rotarians across our District. There are tremendous networking opportunities over free food and wine! We also provide a facility for members to participate via GoToMeeting.
    There will be no Avenues of Service Event this year. In its place, the monthly-meetings will be focused around Avenues of Service.
    • October 5 – Business Expo at Ohlone College, Newark – 50 businesses, 300-400 participants
    • November 6 – Foundation Giving – Let us soar to new heights!
    • December 14 – Rotary @ Home – DRYCO, 6 PM - Invite family to celebrate Rotary!
    • January 11 – Mid-year meeting
    • February 1 – International Expo – We will invite the communities we are serving
    • March 4 – Community – Celebrate our outreach and partnerships
    • March 28 – District Training Assembly
    • April 8 – Service Above Self – That’s what Rotary is all about!
    • May 16 – District Conference – Casa Real Winery – Gorgeous Livermore Valley!
    • June 6-10 – International Convention in Honolulu – Aloha!
    • June 17 – A grand finale!
    Why should we attend the Business Expo on October 5th? For the first-time ever in our District, we are doing this Business Expo. The booths will showcase Rotarian as well as non-Rotarian owned businesses. Let us recall that the first Rotary club formed in 1904 by Paul Harris was with business professionals. Since that time, Rotary has always provided us a powerful avenue of service that utilizes our vocational skills. Doing business with Rotarians implies forming relationships with people and mentors with highest standards of professional integrity and ethical behavior, leading to lasting friendships.
    Attendance is open to all Rotarians and if you haven’t heard yet, as a Rotarian, when you register for $10, you are allowed one free non-Rotarian guest registration! This is a great opportunity to expose someone in your community or your network to Rotary at an event that will be full of socializing and networking. We will have complimentary drinks and snacks available. I would love to personally meet your guest as well! 
    If you have read this far, I am confident you are smiling! We have 3978 reasons to smile and that’s the number of amazing Rotarians in District 5170!
    Let’s blaze some more trails, scale some more peaks, and make more connections. Let’s do all that to humbly serve and improve the lives of everyone in this world!
    In Rotary service,
    Ramesh Hariharan
    District Governor