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Rotary Club of Livermore Valley ~ April 2021 Newsletter

Caring for Mothers and Children

President's Message

This month Rotary International turns its focus to mothers and children throughout the world. The health of a society is the health of the family, and at the root of the family is the health of mothers and their children. Rotarians are dedicated to providing essential healthcare, nutrition, and sanitation in communities throughout the world to save lives of mothers and children. We are also dedicated to supporting education for mothers and children to provide them with the tools for a better life.

In our own community, we share this commitment. Our club supports Shepherd's Gate, Tri-Valley Haven, CAPE Head Start, and Livermore Schools, among others. Collectively, we care for and provide resources to support the health and independence of mothers in our community. We offer our time and talents. And we offer our funds through our Mini-Grant program and our Rotarian Foundation of Livermore Annual Grants.

Since she joined Rotary in 2012, Rosemary Almand was at the heart of our club's service to mothers and children. Her compassionate leadership as the Director of CAPE Head Start in Livermore paired with her commitment to service as a Rotarian inspired us all to support our community's mothers and children. Rosemary's leadership as Grants Chair for both our club and RFL allowed us to infuse resources into our community. Personally, she knew the love of being a mother and grandmother. She positively glowed when she shared her family's accomplishments. And she worked so that all could experience that love and that pride.

Rosemary's life was dedicated to helping mothers and children. Let us take the baton and go forward in her name to continue serving others.


To read more about Rotary's efforts to support mothers and children, visit Rotary International's webpage: Saving Mothers and Children.

Welcome to our Newest Rotarian!

We may be meeting virtually, but our club is growing with the infusion of real and lively new members! Welcome to David Goulart, our newest Rotarian! We are looking forward to getting to know David. He's pictured, below, during his 2018 trip to Yotsukaido, Japan as part of the Livermore Yotsukaido Sister City Organization (LYSCO) annual exchange.
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Inner Wheel Invites Us All to a Car Rally This Sunday, April 11

Please join Inner Wheel of Livermore for an historic Livermore car rally. Get out of your homes and away from your computer screens to enjoy a day of exploration!

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Our Rotary International Donations Make a Global Impact

This month our Board voted to allocate our club's District Designated Funds (DDF) toward the Area 4 Global Grant project in support of educating girls in Bali. Our club has $3,798 available in DDF. By partnering with other clubs in Area 4 to be part of the Global Grant, our donation is virtually doubled in its impact to support these girls develop independence through education.

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

Clubs throughout District 5170 offer a variety of exciting programs. You are always welcome to attend other clubs' meetings. Check out the District 5170 Directory to find meeting times and contact information for all of the clubs. And please mark your calendar for this upcoming District event:

  • April 24, 26, 29 & May 1, 3, 6 - District Training Assembly. This training is open to all members and required of Board members. Offered via Zoom and spread out over several days to offer convenient meeting times, this training offers many opportunities to learn about Rotary and enhance our service skills. Choose your own topics from a varied agenda. You may use this link to register: District 5170 Training Registration.

Check out the latest & register for Zoom events using the Rotary District 5170 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!

Rotarian Foundation of Livermore 2021 Grant Awards

Tuesday, April 13th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

Our club is proud to host the annual Rotarian Foundation of Livermore Grant Awards Program! RFL president Ted Michels and Grant Chair Maryanne Rozsa, both from the Rotary Club of Livermore, will join us as they introduce the 22 community recipients of funding totalling $81,500!

Alan Frank - Keeping the Symphony Alive

Tuesday, April 20th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

Since 1963, the Livermore Amador Symphony has been part of the cultural foundation of our community. For a preview to our program, visit the Livermore Amador Symphony website.

This Tuesday we will also honor our Granada High School Student of the Month for April.

Catharine Baker - Do Californians Have a Watchdog?

Tuesday, April 27th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

Former 16th District Assemblywoman Catharine Baker is now serving on the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Locally, she also serves on the Board of the Livermore Lab Foundation and is President of the Diablo Regional Arts Association. She will join us to heighten our awareness of the need to monitor the use (and preclude the potential misuse) of public funds.

Rotary Club of Livermore Valley Spring Mini-Grant Awards

Tuesday, May 4th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

We are pleased to resume our Mini-Grant Awards, this time honoring long-time Grant Chair Rosemary Almand for her lifetime of service to our club and community. All are invited to this celebration.

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.