Club Executives & Directors
Each year the Rotary Club of San Ramon recognizes several volunteers, either San Ramon residents, or residents from other communities who serve the citizens of San Ramon, who have distinguished themselves in their service.
The criteria for selection are that the nominee:
(1) be unpaid volunteers;
(2) have given many hours to their respective organization;
(3) have made positive contributions;
(4) are NOT generally known to the community at large; and
(5) are NOT Rotarians or an immediate relative of a Rotarian.
To put it simply, we are looking for extraordinary volunteers, not generally recognized, who serve the residents of San Ramon, even if their place of work, or residence, is somewhere else in the county.
The “Unsung Hero” Awards will be presented to the winners at the club’s luncheon meeting on April 27, 2017. The organizations they represent will be presented with a $250.00 grant from the San Ramon Rotary Foundation at that meeting.
Last year’s Heroes were:
- Dottie Kaiser, San Ramon Regional Medical Center
- Jerry Yahiro, Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley
- Kathy Jones, Lindsay Wildlife Experience
- Marie Ivona, Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
If your organization has such a "bright light" that you’d like to nominate as an Unsung Hero for 2017, please use the attached form and return it to me, by email, no later than March 3, 2017. Our committee will then meet and review the nominations and make their selections. We’ll be notifying the winners’ organizations, NOT the individuals, in early March so that you have sufficient time to notify your nominee and to schedule both him/her and your organization’s representative to attend the meeting on the April 27th.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call Stacy Litteral at 925-336-0994.
The Trinity Center/St Paul’s Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless was a huge success with over 100 individuals served. A special thanks to San Ramon Rotary Club members for their generous donations of funds, cooking of turkeys, pies, and side dishes, and volunteering at the event. All together, our Club members provided 16 turkeys and 18 pies. Any and all leftovers were quickly consumed by homeless folks who are participating in the Trinity Center Overnight Shelter at the California National Guard Armory in Walnut Creek.
If any of the participating Rotarians would like to have a donation receipt from Trinity Center, a 501-3-c nonprofit, please let Horace Crawford know.
1. Serving line at St. Paul's Thanksgiving for the homeless
2. Patti, her daughter, and Peggy picking up a turkey from Patti
3. Peggy delivering 5 turkeys
Trinity Center, a homeless day respite center in Walnut Creek, would appreciate receiving donations for the 60 homeless and working poor. These will be presented as gifts at their annual Christmas Party.
Next Thursday, December 8, as has been his tradition for many years, Horace Crawford will be parked out front prior to our annual meeting at the Senior Center to receive donations of cash or gift cards from Target, Safeway, or Trader Joe’s, and/or men’s or women’s gloves, socks, also canned food such as chili, spaghetti, hearty soups. Trinity Center is well supplied with coats and other clothing, and does not need these at this time.
Thanks again for your consideration.
Horace Crawford, Advocate for the Homeless
By: Hermann Welm
This week’s meeting was held at the San Ramon Senior Center on Alcosta Blvd, with our senior citizen guests, in celebration of Christmas.
President Kathy Gailey, “The African Queen,” called the meeting to order, reminding us that the R.I. President is John F. Germ and his theme for the year is “Rotary Serving Humanity.”
Our Greeter, John Milich, led us in the Salute to the Flag. John presented his Thought for the Day, by Michael Pritchard, “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” PP Don Jones then led the hundred and thirty, or so, attendees in the singing of “God Bless America.”
Visiting Rotarians: None.
Other Visitors: Possibly one hundred senior citizens from San Ramon and Dublin who regularly attend events at the San Ramon Senior Center.
Coleen Vitalis, Director of the San Ramon Community Chorus, announced that there will be a free concert at the Community Center (on Alcosta), at 3:00 pm, December 11th.
President Kathy noted that several members had brought in new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Edgardo Carrillo will be taking charge of these -- and promises not to play with them first -- to deliver to the local Marine Corps Reserve Unit.
Kathy also reminded all that we will be “Dark” on both December 22 and 29.
The Christmas Party will he held on December 10th at the Tucker’s home, starting at 6:00 pm.
Good News/Fine Free: None
By: Tom Port
OPENING: The Bell is wrung before a half full room, and we are reminded that the
R.I. President is John F. Germ and his Theme is: Rotary Serving Humanity”.
GREETER: Walt Trembley leads us in the Flag Salute and Hermann Welm led us in the patriotic song: “My Country, “Tis of Thee I Sing….”.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Never surrender freedom for security.”
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Horace was seeing volunteers to bake a turkey for the Trinity Church’s program in support of the homeless. If not, a contribution would certainly be welcome.
California High: The Interact Club’s, Swetha, reported on their numerous activities. A Halloween costume drive, the Christmas Tree Lot, How they have Adopted a Family and etc.
Student of The Month: Kyhlie Weed was honored this month as the first female kicker for the Cal. High Grizzlis, Kyhlie kicked 27 extra points out of a total of 31 tries for an 85% track record. Coach Christ Pratt was effusive in his praise and noted the guys on the team make an extra effort to protect Kyhlie.
Tree Lot: Brandon took the floor to announce the opening date for the Tree Lot – the Day after Thanksgiving, as usual. It will run from Nov. 25 through December 11. They have bought 844 trees. Hours: 200 to 7:00 pm. Weekends and 3:00 to 8:00 PM weekdays. Be sure to “sign up, don’t just show up.” They need to have a reliable schedule. A sign-up sheet was passed around.
Edgardo: Says don’t forget “Toys for Tots”
Members Night Out: Got any ideas”?
The Rotary Foundation Minute: The “Annual Fund” finances projects. For example: building hospitals, fighting illiteracy, improving the Iron Horse trail and it includes Polio Plus. This year goal is $150 million dollars.
Rotary Christmas Party: December 10 at the Tucker’s. Be sure to respond to the invitation on line, or use the signup sheet that is passed around at the meeting.
Senior Center Party: December 8th is our annual party at the San Ramon Senior Center where we serve lunch for the folks. Please arrive early as you will be needed to help serve.
Protect the Little Critters: Says Hermann Welm. Now is a good time to time for you to trim your trees and hedges so the little folks won’t lose their nests.
PROGRAM: President Elect Lucky Sandhu shared his vision for our club in the
coming year. He thanked all members for their tremendous service to Rotary.
Lucky shared: Let’s carve out our future together. Our club does more than most clubs and is one of the most respected and recognized clubs in District 5160. Now, it’s up to us to maintain and carry that honorable legacy forward for years to come. He noted, “Let us not take our accomplishments of over 30+ years for granted!”
He requested you to look for an area that you would like to get involved in and serve (whether as a board member, an event lead, or an event team member). Also, let’s make sure we continue to welcome our new members by getting them involved in our conversations and club activities immediately, and let’s continue to take our club forward with our renewed passion, compassion and commitment.”
The following members have confirmed their commitment to next year’s board:
- Karen McNamara, Community Service
- Dennis Harvey, Membership
- Patti Hennigan, Club Administration
- Colette Lay, Youth Services
- Edgardo Carrillo, Vocational Service
- Gary Sloan, Club Foundation
- Kathy Gailey, International Service
There are still many other opportunities to serve. Reach out to Lucky with your interest to serve in any capacity.
This year’s Rotary International convention is in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a great opportunity for our club members to connect with our Rotary International family, learn the impact RI creates worldwide, and to create some wonderful lasting memories together. RI has hotel rooms reserved for Rotarians, but these should be fully booked very soon. So plan your trip now! Here is the link to RI registration: http://www.rotaryconvention2017.org/
RAFFLE: Greeter’s Gift: Colette. Roll of Dice: Colette won the chance to roll ‘em, but
no luck this time.