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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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Members who all became Rotarians on January 27, 1982:

Left to right .....

Pablo Castro
Ron Leach
Paul Simmons
Dirck Brinckerhoff
David Hellman
Speakers Program for September 2018
Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael - Speakers Program


 September 6, 2018


Danielle Lopez CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates)


Making A Difference One Child At A Time

 September 13, 2018
Dr. Tom Peters, President & CEO of Marin Community Foundation


Gate-Keeper: Serving the Disadvantaged in Marin County


September 20, 2018


Patrice Porillos:


Rotary Water Projects

Our team of Rotarians joined San Rafael High siblings & their mom as well as a bunch of Master Gardeners., to clean up Falkirk Community Center.
Every one worked hard, had fun and enjoyed great camaraderie and tasty food. Our Small-But-Mighty-Team is why we are so proud to be a Rotarians.

"This was the loveliest, nicest, most pleasant group I think we’ve ever worked with.  They all, young and old, worked really hard, were fun to talk to, enjoyed each other and seemed to be enjoying the day, the weather, the physical work and the companionship.  We got a huge amount of work done and it was in the nicest possible way.  Thank you Rotarians for giving your time and their best possible selves to celebrating Earth Day with us."
Mission San Rafael Rotary members busily preparing big, beautiful dictionaries to be delivered to 3rd graders in 3 San Rafael schools.  Just another way our local Rotary is making a difference in local San Rafael schools. Come joint us later this month when give away new colorful dictionaries to 3rd graders.
Dear Rotary Home Team;

Wow! Thank you to you & your amazing Rotary Team. I'm so touched & appreciative that I was included to receive this Home Team help. 

Culley & Jane were super!  They helped me with a variety of things that I can’t do myself. Even something like filling & hanging my hummingbird feeder, is so invaluable to a women in my position. (After a stroke at age 41) I've been paralyzed on my left side, leaving me with the use of only one hand & lack of balance. 
Additionally I’m on disability, therefore I am grateful when a giving group of people such as your Rotary group volunteer to help me out with some gardening & a couple of odd jobs. I was so excited to finally have my roses pruned  & my sunshade installed onto my car’s windshield, which I’ve wanted done since I had my windshield replaced last summer. 

Please know the time each of you gives to people like myself is not only a great appreciation but it’s invaluable. Most of us don’t like to ask for help outright. However the way your organization offers your services to us, makes it so much more comfortable to receive your offerings... Thank you all for this! People don’t realize that it’s awkward to put people on the spot, but when it’s given through an offer, it is so special all around. Thanks to each of you! ~  
Jeanine Rossi
Two of the teams that provided volunteer bell-ringing services at the Terra Linda Safeway for the Salvation Army.
(Not shown: Jane Kern, Keith Nance and Marijane Guy)

Altogether our 4 shifts of 2 Rotarians raised $485!
Members of the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael joined fellow Rotarians from other Marin Clubs to sing for seniors at Aldersley Retirement Home and The Rotary Manor.

We were led by professional singer, Rotarian Noah Griffin, who helped us perform to a high standard.
We even helped celebrate the last night of Hanukah with one of the residents.

Lots of smiles and Thank You's to go around.

Caroling With Rotary

December 20, 2017

5:30 PM

Aldersly, 326 Mission Avenue, San Rafael

Rotary Manor, 7:00 to 7:15 PM

Cafe Arrividerci, 11 G Street, San Rafael

7:45 PM for Holiday Cheer!

Contact Melissa Prandi (415) 300-6762

Headline - Ara announces there will be no meeting the next two weeks - because we do not meet on the 4th Thursdays and we voted that we will not meet the Thursday before Labor Day weekend. The fifth Thursday is usually known as "Free Meal Day" but Ara has rescinded the day. For general information, per our club bylaws, Ara can be impeached any day that ends in "Y".
After more than adequate notice (1 minute), Paul Simmons led us in the pledge and thought for the day, from Mark Twain - "History never repeats itself, but it often rhymes." Before Paul could sit down, Ara had a banking question for him -"Why do banks charge for "insufficient funds'" when they know there is not enough?"  
Announcements -
Membership Committee will meet with Melissa Prandi at SRJoe's next Wednesday at noon to 1:30.
The Celebrating Women Conference will be held Sunday, August 27th in SF. It is too late to sign up now but you should know it is happening. They are allowing men to attend also. The ladies will be cooking the dinner. (I may get in trouble for that - but it will be good to know if you are really reading this bulletin.)
Susan Angel is selling tickets for the Rotary Foundation Raffle if you get your $200 donation in before 10/15. Also don't forget your $200 commitment to our own MSRRFoundation.
Rotary Home Team Day - Susanne wants volunteers for the September 16th RHTD. Whistlestop is scheduling many of their clients who need help with small tasks around the home. This is the opportunity when we actually get to help people OLDER than us.
FINE TIME - Susanne Karch
Anniversaries and Birthdays -
Louis took his wife to see the "Simply Rotten" show. Paul S. and Kay are celebrating their 41st with a cruise to Montreal and Boston. Paul also will be celebrating his Birthday with his twin sister this week. Susan Angel is celebrating her Club Anniversary and her Birthday - and is sporting a new cast on her leg which she said was because of her parachute not opening - but fortunately landed in a tree. That is about as plausible as the story she told about backing into the cop car and then going all the way to LA to get an appendix operation. The Rotary "Is it the Truth" may be being stretched here.
NOPIN Day - Yes today was NOPIN day as all those without their Rotary Pins on - Not the ones on the badge - had an opportunity to buy a slightly used on from Susanne's pin bag.
Good Times -
Larry came in 2nd place in the Salmon Derby and said he really enjoyed smoking it. I tried that once but it was very hard to light - and it smelled like burnt fish. Glad you liked it Larry.
John Godsey is fresh off am engagement party for 75 people who would not go home they were having such a good time + the alcohol was still flowing. He actually had  Paia and Tapas to go with the drinks. John will be in charge of the next Rotary Party.
Dirck's office moved and they did not tell him. He found out that he is at 70 Mitchell - and still unpacking boxes. Dirck had to glue a number of things together causing him to wonder why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?
Eli had a great time at the Independent Healthcare Convention - so large he visited 2 states - North Carolina and Tennessee. 
Pablo's Art Show opening night was a smashing success. He had over 200 people for the reception and the show will continue until 9/28. 
Speaker Of The Day -
Marcie Miller from the Marin History Museum presented a great program on early San Rafael and Big Timothy Murphy. This year is also the 200th Anniversary of the San Rafael Mission. Upcoming programs will be on 9/5 by Betty Gerk on Chief Marin at the Mission Chapel and 9/24 by Lynn Downey on Levi Strauss at the Elks Lodge. I wonder if Levi Struass wore jeans. 
The raffle, 1/2 the pot, was won by Ron Leach.
Thank you to all of our Rotary members for your service beautifying, "Rotary Island." But where is the exotic place located in the world you might ask? Well you can see it in all its glory at the intersection of Tamalpais Street and Second Street, near downtown San Rafael.
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