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Rotary Club of Livermore Valley ~ February 2021 Newsletter

Time to Open Our Hearts

President's Message

Throughout our community, children and adults alike look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14th. Who remembers glitter, glue, and paper lace all over the kitchen table as we crafted special Valentine’s greetings? Or, like me, did you pick through the conversation heart candy to find the best one to give to a special friend?

Whether Valentine’s Day makes us think of special friends, family members, or our heart’s desire, it’s a day to celebrate love. And what better day to celebrate, as Rotarians, our commitment to opening our hearts to everyone.

We need only to glance at the news or social media to recognize that we are living in tumultuous times, when Valentine’s Day notions of togetherness seem overshadowed by division. The attack on our Capitol on January 6th was one more event in a series of power struggles our nation has witnessed in the past several months. As Rotarians, we cannot turn away from this division. We are not merely witnesses to our nation’s history - we are part of it. Not bystanders, we must be compelled to act.

As Rotarians, we stand for respect, for diversity and inclusion: “As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.” (Source: Rotary Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)

On Valentine’s Day 2021, let’s celebrate with our loved ones. And let’s celebrate our membership in Rotary by celebrating diversity and standing up for equity.


The Sweetheart Crab Dash is Just in Time for Valentine's Day! - Please Support Our Club Fundraiser

Enjoy fresh crab delivered to your door on Saturday, February 13th, just in time for Valentine's Day! Place your order online today.

Please spread the word so that we can raise funds to support the many organizations that make a difference in our community!

Please contact Fundraising Chair Sherri Simoni with any questions.

Sharing Our Club's Vision

As we undertake the makeover of our club's website, we started by defining who we are as a club. At our January Club Assembly, we went into breakout rooms to hone in on our club's identity. Here are the statements that came from each of those breakout groups:

  • Our club is a fun, caring, and generous group of friends that are committed to provide service to our community.

  • We are a fun family providing service to the community.

  • We integrate friendship and service to provide positive change to our community.

  • Generous community of big hearted, fun loving professionals and community members, who believe in service above self.

  • Develop friendships through community service while having fun making a difference.

We have a common sense of purpose, and we are excited about seeing it serve as the foundation of our new website.

Here's a look at some of the words we use to describe our club.

The bigger the word, the more times it was suggested.

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Making a Difference Around the World

At our March 2nd meeting, we will take a look at the positive difference our donations to Rotary International are making throughout our global community. We will be honoring our members who have recently earned a new Paul Harris pin. There is still time for everyone to be part of the celebration.

Remember that we are offering up to $400 in matching contributions to help members attain their Paul Harris recognition! We are counting on each of our members to contribute some amount so that we can earn the Every Rotarian Every Year honor that shows our commitment to helping individuals in our global community.

Please contact George Wineinger with any questions about the Rotarian Foundation.

Around Our District

Lots of outreach and opportunities are going on in clubs throughout District 5170. Here are some of the upcoming District events:

  • February 18 -- Zoom to Learn - Youth Services, Part 2 via Zoom
  • February 23 -- Happy Hour with DG Gregg via Zoom
  • March 5 - 7 -- Far West PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) via Zoom

Check out the latest & register for Zoom events by clicking on the link below.

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Meetings are held via Zoom.

Members receive an email with the link the Saturday before each meeting.

Guests are invited - please email for the meeting link.

All are welcome!

Girls Garage

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 7:30am

This is an online event.

Join us as we learn about the non-profit organization, Girls Garage. They engage girls in learning to build character and independence as they learn skills of carpentry, welding, architecture, engineering, and activist art. For a preview, visit

Richard D. King Speech Contest for Livermore Valley Students

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

All are encouraged to join this annual event that showcases the talents of our local high school students. This year's theme: "Rotary Opens Opportunities."

Huge thanks to George Wineinger and Dick Quigley for going the extra distance to enable this contest to happen during the pandemic!

Missing Man Ministry

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

We welcome back David Doyle to share the important work of Missing Man Ministry, a non-profit organization that supports widows and fatherless children. For a preview, visit

Livermore Police Chief Jeramy Young

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 7:30am

This is an online event.

We are proud to welcome our new Chief of Police to share his vision and plans for the future of the Livermore Police Department. City Manager Marc Roberts (a fellow Rotarian), says "Chief Young is dedicated to social justice, continuous improvement and transparency, and has a passion for serving our community."

The Grapevine - Our Weekly Meeting Summary

Club members receive The Grapevine following each Tuesday meeting. Please reach out to Grapevine editor Kevin Drake if you would like to receive a copy in your inbox.