Africa Declared Polio Free!
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.
Club Member Beth Wilson (above) who participated in polio immunizations in India says ” it was one of the most memorable moments of my life!’
Rotary remains committed to eradicating polio worldwide.
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Rotary International was founded in Evanston, Illinois, in 1905 by group of four men, with Paul Harris as the leader. We are now nearly 1.5 million strong with clubs in nearly every country in the world!
The Rotary Club of Livermore (California) was chartered in 1947. With 100 members, our focus is primarily on under-resourced students and families. We provide support for educational and other services they need. We also engage in projects that provide access to experiences that open other opportunities.
Rotary’s tagline is “People of Action” and our club has taken action to build a Bandstand, install lights in the Rodeo Grounds, plant trees in our local parks, provide music scholarships to Livermore students, host the annual Rodeo Parade and much more. Please take a look at our gallery below to see what we do, and consider whether you would like to join us!
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Club Photo taken by a drone!
Club Speaker Malcolm King took this photo of us with his camera mounted to a quad copter drone. Thanks Malcolm!
Rodeo week end is a big deal in our community. One of the highlights is the Rodeo Parade! For over 45 years the Rotary Club of Livermore has presented the annual Rodeo Parade on the second Saturday in June, starting at 10 a.m. 2018 was the 100th annual Livermore Rodeo, and the parade was bigger and better than ever, beginning with a cattle drive! Don’t miss next year’s parade! We thank our sponsors for their continuing support! This photo was taken at our annual BBQ at the Rodeo Grounds, where we honor the Rodeo Queen and folks from the Stockmen’s Association.
We support Seniors - Small Tasks with Big Rewards!
Club members and friends gather at the Rotary bandstand before heading out to help senior citizens with yard work, minor home repairs and other tasks they are unable to do themselves.
We support the Burned Children of the Americas @ COANIQUEM
For more than 25 years our club has sponsored this program, as part of our International Focus on Youth.The Burned Children Foundation provides the care, education and rehabilitation of children with severe burns seeking treatment at COANIQUEM (All for the Burned Child) in Santiago, Chile. The organization does not charge for any of the services if provides to these children and families. Martin, show in the photo, is a young man that we have sponsored for five year.
READY Students Celebrate at an End of Year Gathering!
The READY (Rotarians Eduating and Directing Youth)program provides tutoring and mentoring to students at Junction K-8 school, which serves under-resourced students. Over nearly ten years we have provided support to middle school children, encouraging them to dream as big as they can. We continue to hear from students have graduated from high school!
Each year we distribute $16000+ in grants to community organizations and our schools. In the past ten years we have given more than $150,000 in support of our community.Pictured are recipients of January, 2019.
We build things!
Renovating a Home
This was a special project. Rotarians renovated a home to improve accessibility for a disabled woman. As you can see, the guys were having a great time!
Educational Outreach: Dictionaries for Third Graders!
For fifteen years we have given approximately 1000 third grade student in Livermore public schools a beautiful dictionary. These are visual as well as print, with photos and graphics, maps of the world, flags for each country, solar system and galaxies and beyond. We personalize each book with a name plate and deliver them to the classrooms, where we provide a “how to” lesson about using dictionaries.
We engage families in their children's education!
Ice Cream Social at Marylin Avenue “Back to School” night
2018 was the first year we’ve had an Ice Cream Social, after many years serving a BBQ dinner. The event encourages families to attend the school’s Open House and visit with their children’s teachers.
We built a Bandstand in Carnegie Park!
Hundreds of hours were spent building this gift to the community. Working with the City of Livermore and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District,both Rotary Clubs, the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore and many local contractors donated their time and money. More than one hundred community members bought commemorative bronze leaves, which are displayed on the back wall of bandstand.
Community Service: Supporting the RFL Party for Deserving Children
For ten years the club has supported the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore’s party for under-resourced privileged children and families. More than1000 children and their parents have attended the party over the years.
We support STEM Education
Trip to the San Jose Tech Museum
READY students joined others in a wonderful trip to the museum, as part of our club initiated STEM scholarship program. The focus was on opening opportunities for migrant children.
We support our Veterans as Las Positas College
Pictured here are John Shirley and Leo Croce, both long time Rotarians and WWII Veterans. Sadly we lost Leo early in 2020.
Rotarians Assisting Veterans Education (RAVE) is a much needed charitable program to assist our military veterans attain their educational goals by way of the G.I. Bill of Rights. It is a 501(c)(3)approved non-profit tax deductible program that is spear-headed by the Livermore Rotary Club.
We support our teachers!
For ten years we have honored our Livermore teachers for all they do for our children. This past year, the Rotary Club of Livermore honored nineteen teachers from the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District for their service. For the past 15 years, the Rotary Club has recognized teachers from each school and one Administrator from the district. The Principals and staff at each school choose their recipients. The Superintendent of Schools, Kelly Bowers, selects the Administrator. Unfortunately with COVID we needed to postpone this event in 2020. We have high hopes for its return in 2021.
We support the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore grants
The Rotarian Foundation of Livermore was formed so Rotary clubs could have a bigger impact in the community. This year the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore (RFL) awarded grants totaling $45,203 to eleven community organizations at the Rotary Club of Livermore meeting. For more information visit the Foundation’s website.
Planting trees with the Boy Scouts
Rotarians and friends worked with Nicholas Carrano and his troop on his Eagle project, planting trees and moving mulch at Independence Park in Livermore.
Youth in Government
Students from our local high schools spend a morning job-shadowing local government staff and first-responders to get a first hand look into the City Government operations. They are then invited to our luncheon, where they introduce themselves to the club and are treated to a State of the City program presented by the City Manager.
Students from International House
For more than 50 years our club has partnered with International House at UC Berkeley to provide the opportunity for international students to experience small town California and stay with a typical American family. Students visit landmark institutions in the community and are treated to an old fashioned “Pot Luck” dinner party.
Students of the Month
Livermore, Del Valle, and Vineyard high schools’ staffs select outstanding students to be honored at a luncheon each month. The students receive a plaque and gifts from local businesses. Pictured is India D’Souza, Outstanding Student in October of this year, with LHS Principal Vicky Skudder.
Sunflower Hill is an organization which focuses on children and adults with special needs, primarily on the autism spectrum. There is a community garden where participants plant and harvest vegetables for their own consumption and which are also sold to the public. Our club built picnic tables for them and helped build a new greenhouse last year.
For 20 years we have provided scholarships to music students in 8th -12th grade for lessons, camp, instrument rentals, and more. For 2020, The Music Scholarship committee received applications from 24 Livermore applicants from 6th through 12th grades. The committee members met via Zoom last Wednesday and awarded fifteen scholarships. Because we had fewer applicants than usual, and a higher percentage were really excellent, we granted scholarships to a higher than usual percentage of the students.
The Club usually gives a special scholarship to an outstanding high school senior. This year we had two amazing senior musicians, Austin Weinshelbaum on cello and Morgan Rogge, voice.
Our Annual Club Speech Contest
Each February we hold a club-level speech contest. Besides a monetary prize, the winner goes on to compete at the District Level. 2020contestants Zoe Bost, Gino Barbalinardoand Macarena Novoa-Delfin. All the speeches were excellent, with Zoe taking top honors. Zoe went on to take first place in the Area, and would have gone on to Regionals if not for COVID.
Wehave fun whatever we do!
No matter what we do, we always enjoy ourselves! Here we are getting set up for back to school night!
International Youth Exchange
Rotary International Youth Exchange encourages students to study abroad for one year. Our club has hosting many students from all over the world and this year our student was Elisa PeLince from Brussels, Belgium. For Elisa, the year turned into quite the adventure, with COVID-19 turning the experience into something quite unique. She returned home a few months early and needed to quarantine for two weeks. She joined out club meetings via Zoom to keep us up to date.
When you participate in the Youth Exchange it is expected that there will be an outbound students as well. Even though we don’t always have a student from our own community, we support students from other Rotary club communities.
We open opportunities through Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Rotary’s RYLA program encourages high school students to take on leaderships opportunities in their school and community. This week long camp uses team building and other tools to develop leadership skills in the students who participate. Each club in our District can send three students, with our club sometimes sending four. The students attend a Rotary meeting after they come back from camp, to tell us about their experiences. For many of them it is life changer!
Picture here are Gino Barbalinardo and Sarah Ansell, in the yellow RYLA shirts, from Livermore High School.
Rotary Grants to Clubs help our community!
Rotary local grants give us the opportunity to invest in organizations that support our under-resourced population. AXIS Community Health received nearly $10,000 to purchase equipment for their free dental clinic in 2019.
In 2020, Stanford Valley Care received $10000 to provide support for conversion of regular hospital beds to COVID support. Our club membership matched that grant.
Also in 2020, our club was one of leads in obtaining a nearly $100,000 for COVID response assistance to community health systems throughout our area.
We have fun at our fundraisers!
If you have never attended our annual Crab Feed, you have been missing out! We have been holding our event for over 60 years! Rotarians work hard and play hard to make this happen!
We like to have visitors!
Past President of Rotary International Richard D. Kings lives right here in Livermore, so he visits us from time to time! Here he is with one of our outstanding and most revered Livermorians John Shirley!
We have great programs!
Every week we have a featured speaker. One of the more interesting things about needing to meet virtual is we can have speakers from all over the country or even the world. Here is a photo of a local group, from when we were meeting in person – Livermore High School Chorale! They always do a great job, and many of them are Music scholarship recipients!
We are continuing to meet via Zoom!
Upcoming speakers may change during this time so the club calendar may not always be current. You will be sent an email prior to each video meeting with a link to the meeting. For security reasons that will not be posted to the website..Thank you for your patience.We hope you are all well and staying safe and healthy. If you are in home isolation and need any help please contact President Carolyn or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoom meetings are recorded, so check our video page for this year to view any meeting.
President Carolyn Siegfried
Rotarian of the Year:Glenn Kubiak
Welcome New Member
John Shirley Award – Pat Coyle
Welcome New Member