Service Above Self

Rotary Men’s Support Group

Members of the District 5150 Rotarian Action Group for Mental Health are hosting a newly created Rotary Men’s Support Group.  The focus of the discussion is helping men improve their communication with family and friends.  
The next meeting is November 16 at 6:30pm at 220 N San Pedro Rd in San Rafael at the Church of Latter Day Saints.  The group is facilitated by Dr. Mikol Davis, a clinical psychologist.  For more information contact Jeff Slavitz (415) 310-2410.
Rotary Men’s Support Group 2023-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Preventing Depression As We Age

Preventing Depression As We Age

It’s not uncommon to know someone who is dealing with depression.  If you’ve never experienced depression, you are rare. What medical research tells us is that depression is widespread and should not be stigmatized. New statistics note that mental health issues including depression affect at least 32.4% of the world’s population. But what is it, exactly? And how can we keep from getting depressed?
Depression is a prevalent and often misunderstood mental health condition that affects millions of adults worldwide. It can be debilitating, but with the right knowledge and support, it is manageable. It is characterized by persistent sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, and a range of physical and emotional symptoms.

What Causes Depression?

The causes are many. Physical triggers, such imbalances in brain chemistry, genetics, and brain injuries to name a few. Stressful life events, trauma, chronic illnesses, or substance abuse can also trigger or exacerbate depression. Low self-esteem, perfectionism, and a history of other mental health conditions may also contribute to depression. A frequent precipitating factor in depression is also chronic pain. Many older adults suffer from chronic pain. It’s important to be mindful of how this can drag you into depression. Avoiding the pitfall will take serious planning and the best of pain management techniques. These include non-traditional pain treatments, meditation, journaling, and consistent emotional support. One danger of traditional pain treatment is narcotic pain medication dependency. Doctors prescribe what they think will help, and it has side effects. They then add more medication to address the side effects. That can lead to other issues and more medication is added. Sometimes the overall result is depression.

How Depression Shows Up

When you get depressed, you may feel persistent sadness or emptiness, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, fatigue and low energy, and changes in appetite or weight. You may have trouble sleeping either falling asleep or staying asleep or sleeping too much. You may feel hopelessness or helpless to change things. Depressed people often have difficulty concentrating or making decisions. At its worst, depressing leads to thoughts of death or suicide. Depression can be quite serious, and even life-threatening if a person who experiences it does not get the help they need.
Preventing Depression As We Age Dr. Mikol Davis 2023-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Mental Health Action  - Men's Group

The Rotary Mental Action Group is starting a Men's Group to give men a safe place to discuss family and life issues. The group will be facilitated by Dr. Mikol Davis, a clinical psychologist and member of the Mission San Rafael Rotary. The first meeting will be Thursday, Oct 19th at 7pm at the Church of Latter Day Saints at 787 Kendon Lane in Novato. Contact Jeff Slavitz  or Dr. Mikol Davis at 415-459-1203, if interested or have questions. This group is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Novato.
Mental Health Action - Men's Group 2023-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Pajaro Valley Flood Relief - $3000 donation 2023-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Homeward Bound Veterans Housing - $2500 donation 2023-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Marin Builders Scholarships 2023-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Service and Safari for the Soul Registration Form

About The Trip
This is a rotary service and safari travel experience curated by Melisa Prandi Children Foundation for rotarians and friends of rotary to visit Africa (Uganda) for charity work and an adventure safari experience in the wild. 
Trip Timing: February 2nd-12th, 2023
Trip Address: Uganda
Contact us at Melissa: +1 (415) 300-6762 or
For More Information Contact Nick at: WhatsApp +256 (701) 082-040 or

Service and Safari for the Soul Registration Form 2023-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Time to sail the SF Bay, a few tickets left! 2021-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary makes a difference for local student

Dear Mission San Rafael Rotary Club, My name is Fatima Hernandez. I am a former scholastic scholarship recipient via the College readiness program 10,000 Degrees. I received my first interview with the Mission San Rafael Rotary my senior year of high school in 2017. It was an honor to even be eligible for the scholarship in the first place, let alone find out that I had been chosen to receive the award. This past June I graduated from UC Santa Cruz and earned my Bachelor's degree! I double majored in Psychology as well as Education, Democracy, and Justice. Time really flew by!!

I would like to begin by saying Thank you. Thank you so much for all you do to help students and organizations in the Marin community. I am a first generation college student. My family emigrated from El Salvador when I was five years old.

Rotary makes a difference for local student 2021-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Fine Dining  with the Rotarians 2021-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Please Give Blood 2020-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome our new President 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0

$50,000 Donated for Covid-19 Fund

Mission San Rafael Rotary Club generously donated a record $50,000 to help those communities members coping with the financial challenges of Covid-19. I just noticed some Rotarian forgot to sign this BIG Check!
$50,000 Donated for Covid-19 Fund 2020-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Our Founding Members

Join us for our first meeting for the 2019-2020 Rotary year!  We will be honoring our "Founding Fathers". 
Members who became Rotarians on January 27, 1982:  (from left to right) 

Pablo Castro
Ron Leach
Paul Simmons
Dirck Brinckerhoff
David Hellman
Our Founding Members 2019-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Passport: Get Ready To Pack Your Bags 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Members cleaning up Rotary Island-San Rafael

MSRR Members cleaning up Rotary Island at 2nd and Lincoln. 
Left to Right:
Culley Casey, Dameion Brown, Past Presidents Elsia Galawish and Michael Green, David Shawn. 
(Photographer: Susanne Karch)

Members cleaning up Rotary Island-San Rafael 2019-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Come Celebrate And Honor Our President 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Don't Miss Our Amazing Upcoming Events 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Now Extends Membership To Infants 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Vocational Scholarship Recipient Celina del Toro 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Home Team Comes To Rescue Of Marin Seniors and people with disabilities 2019-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary is proud to welcome our newest member 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Earth Day ...... April 21, 2018  Making A Difference

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."
Earth Day ...... April 21, 2018  Making A Difference  2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Vina Del Mar Rotary Club in Chile 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Come see why Rotary is not just for OLD people 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Testimonial For The Rotary Home Team

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
Testimonial For The Rotary Home Team 2018-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
David Hellman presents the highlights of the new 2018 tax law 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
San Rafael Seniors And People With Disabilities Mikol Davis 2017-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
Our new ByLaws effective July 1, 2017 2017-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
Socks & Sweets for Seniors  2017-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Jimbalaya- A Fundraiser for ShelterBox 2017-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving 2016 Whistlestop Senior Center 2016-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Feeling young ? 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Financial Value Of Serving Our Community 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Home Team Rides Again Mikol Davis 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Job Shadowing 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
The only book they call their own 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Mission San Rafael Rotary does it share to stop domestic violence msd 2016-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Mission San Rafael Rotary College Scholarship recipient speaks msd 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
We need you to share your stories. How are you making a difference? Mikol Davis 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
CRUISING THE BAY sk 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our new Website! William Perin 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Serving a Thanksgiving meal to seniors from around Marin County. 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
How secure is all this data? William Saul 0