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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael!

Mission San Rafael

Service Above Self

1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 12:00 to 1:30 PM
San Rafael Joe's
931 4th Street
San Rafael, CA  94901
United States
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   For over 30 years Mission San Rafael Rotary has supported Whistlestop Senior Center. One of the main activities we have supported is the annual Thanksgiving meal served to Seniors and their families. In addition to providing financial support for the lunch, many of our members have also volunteered their time.

   This year, repeat volunteers include Louis Napoli and his son Tony, Nancie Bottmeyer, Susanne Karch and Elsia Galawish.

Photo from Mikol DavisFeeling young? OK but don't wait until you're "old" to take care of business

My wife Carolyn Rosenblatt and I are experts in the field of aging, advising families. We just did a presentation to the Mission San Rafael Rotary where I'm a member about aging and what everyone needs to do. Rotrian's asked us for the checklist we offered. Thought it might be good for the rest of us young at heart seniors to use with family discussions. Here's the list of "to do" items we all need, even though we're not so old. The FREE checklist is ........

Mission San Rafael Rotary announces SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, 2/26/17, Sunday evening Oscar Academy's Red Carpet Fashion  and Awards Extravaganza
for Mission San Rafael Rotary club's "Gala Night of 100 Stars" @ mill valley community center
to raise funds with dynamic 12:1 leverage for clubs Polio Plus Donations.
Jim Ring Co-chair (cell 415-971-5966)
Valrie Joy Williams Co-chair

Here is the financial value of the countless hours our club members have offered through their volunteering.

Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael

Volunteer Time and Cash Donations

2005 - 2016
2005 - 2013
VALUE                                                Volunteer Hours
Avg. of 50 members x 20 hrs/year x 9 years = 9000 hours x $25/hour*    $225,000
Donated expenses of projects (paid for by MSRR)    $532,011
Matching Grants from 5150 or RI    $47,181
Total value of MSRR time & money for 9 yrs $804,102

2013 - 2016  
Volunteer Hours  
Avg. of 45 members x 20 hrs/year x 3 years = 2700 hours x $26.50/hour*  $71,550
Donated expenses of projects (paid for by MSRR)  $118,800
Matching Grants from 5150 or Rotary International  $12,000
Total value of MSRR time & money for 3 yrs $202,350
TOTAL for 2005 - 2016:     $1,006,452

* Based on $ stats from    

2 Ways to help Lake County Fire Victims!

To those who asked how to help the fire victims in Lake County -- here is the best of what I know:

1. If you want to make sure your cash donations get to those most in need, the best way I know is to send your tax-deductible donation to a collective of Lake County Rotary Clubs who have organized themselves to fund raise, volunteer and cooperate with other orgs to help those devastated by the Valley, Jerusalem and Rocky Fires -- and now the Clayton Fire.

The LARCA Fire Relief Fund has helped raise over $771,000 as of May 15, 2016.

As a proud member of the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael, I can attest first-hand how well your funds will be used. Rotarians are all volunteers and have virtually no overhead, so almost all of the money raised will go directly to those in need!!

2. For those who want to donate actual items, a truck is leaving Saturday, September 10th at PIER 15 RESTAURANT & BAR (address below)

Things the victims of the Lake County Fire Need:

Blankets, Tents, Cots, Tarps, Portable Showers, Sheets, Towels, Baby Items, Drinks with Electrolites, Gatoraid, Non-Perishable Foods & Canned Goods, Work Gloves, Hats, Sun Screen, New Underwear, Socks, Toiletries, Feminine Products, Camping Gear, Tools, Cooking Utensils, Pet Food, Pet Crates, Pet Litter, Outdoor Furniture, Board Games, Books, Art Supplies for kids, Bikes, Scooters, School Supplies, Back Packs, Duffle Bags... but No Clothing at this time.

PIER 15 RESTAURANT (Ferol Orsi and Theresa Benecchi)
15 Harbor Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Hours: Monday - Friday 10 - 9, Sat/Sun 9 - 9


Lite Home Maintenance for San Rafael Seniors & People with Disabilities


Rotary Home Team Work Day

Saturday, September 24, 2016

(approx 9 a.m. - noon)

The Rotary Home Team offers a free service for San Rafael seniors and people with disabilities who may have financial or physical challenges in performing small household repairs. Teams of Rotarians will replace light bulbs, install new CO2/smoke detectors, replace batteries in smoke alarms, unclog most drains, silence squeaky doors, reset blown fuses, lightly trim bushes from front doors and perform other small repairs. (Note:  Restrictions may apply if you are a renter.)
To arrange a Rotary Home Team Visit, please call Leslie Klor at 415-456-9068 or no later than Friday, September 16, 2016. The workday for the Home Team will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mission San Rafael partners with Marin Center for Independent Living
What fun!  A group of 21 boarded the Angel Island Ferry Company boat for an adventure on the the San Francisco Bay.  Our group consisted of clients of the Marin Center for Independent Living (of San Rafael) as well as a few staff members and Rotarians. Since 1979, MCIL’s mission has been to “assist persons with all types of disabilities to achieve their maximum level of sustainable independence as contributing, responsible and equal participants in society.”
With tickets provided by the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael and snacks provided by MCIL, it was truly a joint venture and a special treat for all on board.
The 90-minute cruise took us from the Tiburon docks around the Belvedere peninsula and finally around Richardson Bay past the beautiful marinas of Sausalito before turning back.
There is no doubt that the evening’s outing touched everyone equally --- we were awed by the natural beauty, thankful for the glorious weather and amazed at how the seagulls practically ate food right out of our outstretched hands!
Anyone interested in learning more about MCIL and the incredibly necessary work they do, can contact them at (415) 459-6245 or go to
Every spring Mission San Rafael Rotary Club members take 3-5 middle schoolers with them to learn about what they do for a living. Kids have a chance to see what a typical days is like for an attorney, tile company owner, real estate broker, advertising company owner and more.

While at the Marin County courthouse, they had an impromptu civic lesson from Otis Bruce, a Marin County Assistant District Attorney.

The morning ends with awards and prizes as well as lunch at San Rafael Joes for the kids and their teachers. Each year, their positive feedback reminds us how valuable it is for young people to see models of entrepreneurship.
For many years, the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael has joined the rest of the 40 Clubs in our District to distribute large colorful dictionaries to third graders in our schools. This may well be one of the first, or the only, book some of these children can call their own.
Each year there is a wait-list of volunteers that want to help serve a Thanksgiving meal to seniors from around Marin County.

Many Rotarians and friends of Rotary bring their young family members who do a terrific job setting up the room, serving the meal and cleaning up afterwards. Some of the seniors come on their own and others bring family members with them to enjoy a completely home-cooked meal cooked by staff of Fresh Starts Culinary Academy of the Homeward Bound organization of Marin. For more information, see
Rocio Camacho, Mission San Rafael Rotary College Scholarship recipient, spoke movingly when she visited us in July about being the first member of her family to go to college! And her sister is following right behind her.
Rocio will graduate from Chico State in Spring 2017 as a registered nurse with an administration minor. Her hope is to become the head of nursing at a healthcare facility.
Our Club is proud to be supporting someone so deserving, hard-working and successful!!

Member Melissa Prandi does her share to help local women's shelter


Marin group for domestic violence victims seeks help to expand shelter

A San Rafael-based nonprofit seeking to add more beds to its shelter for domestic abuse victims is reaching out for community support.

The Center for Domestic Peace is hoping to raise $185,000 by Sept. 30 with its online fundraiser aimed at expanding services.

“Our vision here is people are giving to the concept of what our work represents,” said Donna Garske, executive director. “They’re expanding opportunities for people to be part of increasing safety and well-being for families that are in imminent danger of domestic violence.”

The organization was able to increase its bed space from 16 to 20 three years ago. But a never-ending waiting list of those hoping for help prompted the group to expand, said Marla Hedlund, the center’s development and community relations officer.

“We have seen requests increase since 2008 in housing not only in Marin, but we get a majority of calls outside the county looking for shelter,” Hedlund said.

The nearly 30-day crowdfunding campaign launched this week would enable the group to convert its residence shelter — in an undisclosed location in Marin — into a three-bedroom facility that would offer 10 additional beds.

The funds also would provide a studio space for hotline and advocacy staff, Hedlund said.

We all live busy lives. Yet we choose to be a party of Rotary. Throughout the years of our contribution we are often blessed to be a part of local and international projects. These projects serve to make other peoples lives better. As agents of  change we often remind those people who have lost faith in humanity that  Rotarians still care. Please share your personal stories on how your service has made a difference. Thank you Dr. Mikol Davis, webmaster

Rotary is an organization of business people who volunteer their time, talents, friendship, and funds to better the community they live in through their local Rotary Club, and to better the rest of the world through Rotary International. For example, Rotary International is the prime force in the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. As an organization Rotary has over 1.3 million members worldwide.

Each Rotary club has a personality and Mission San Rafael Club boasts a ‘renowned’ Kazoo Band, the development of Rotary Island, and, capping it off, origination of Project Tooth Fairy.

Join us for lunch and see what Rotary at Mission San Rafael is like. We serve with fun. Our luncheon meetings feature speakers from the community on topics of interest to all who live here.

If you have questions contact the Club President.

We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.
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