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Rotary Club of Livermore Valley ~ January 2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

President's Message

Each new year begins with promise and possibilities that fuel our dreams and inspire us to set goals to make those dreams come true. Ringing in 2021 - perhaps more than any other year in recent memory - brings hope for a brighter, healthier future.

As Rotarians, we know it takes more than hope to make the world a better place. It takes creativity, collaboration, and commitment. The positive change we want to see in the world needs a little help from each of us. Together, we make a difference.

Thanks to our club members for pitching in to make dreams come true these past few weeks! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the children’s holiday baskets and to those who brought lunch and fellowship to our friends at the VA Hospital. Creative solutions, collaboration, and commitment brought joy to children and veterans in our community.

This calendar year, our goal will be to share who we are and what we do with our larger community by enhancing our online presence. We are an amazing group of individuals that collectively inspire and implement change that makes our community a better place. Let’s share ourselves and our work - and, in doing so, invite potential Rotarians to join us!

Here’s to a new year of making a difference!


Rotarian Collaboration for Livermore's Children

Every year, the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley and Rotary Club of Livermore join together with the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore to support the Community Association for Preschool Education (CAPE) gifts giveaway event for children and families. This year, thanks to the generosity of our clubs and our community, children received a stuffed animal, two books, and a bag full of presents and goodies.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the traditional party could not take place, but families were able to pick up gifts from the CAPE office and share with their children during their family celebrations.

Thanks to The Independent for featuring this story in their New Year's Day online edition: Foundation Gives Holiday Gift Bags to Kids in Local Head Start Program

Gifts for CAPE Children

Warming the Holidays for Our Veterans

Since 2011 our club has held a Christmas Party at the VA hospital in Livermore. Thanks to the creativity of Graham Scott and Dennis Gambs, we were still able to share fellowship, even with the restrictions of COVID.

Graham and Dennis coordinated with the VA staff and Melo's Pizza and Pasta to provide lunch on December 30th. We look forward to seeing the veterans as soon as it is safe, and we are grateful to have brightened their holidays by treating them to lunch.

Dennis Gambs, center, Graham Scott, and Eric Dillie represent our club brining lunch to local veterans.

Widening Our Reach

At our Club Assembly on January 5th, we will begin the process of defining our identity as a Rotary Club. In some ways, that task may seem unnecessary or, at least, self-evident. We know why we joined Rotary, and we know what we like about our club. We may have ideas about future projects and social events. We already belong, so what's to define?

Going through the process of reflecting on who we are as a club, and even who we are as individual members of our club, will unite us in a common vision of how our club can continue to make a difference in our world. By reflecting on our values and aspirations, we reflect on our purpose. And, perhaps more important, we do this together.

By collaborating in the definition of our shared club identity and vision, we reaffirm our commitment to one another and to Rotary. I look forward to our conversations within our club, and I look forward to our vision being shared with a wide audience of future supporters and future members!

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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Including Rotary International in Our New Year's Resolutions

Our donations as individuals and as a club are making a difference not only in our community but also globally. Thanks to all who have contributed to the Rotary Foundation already!

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.

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Meetings are held via Zoom.

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

Guests are invited to RSVP and will receive a Zoom link via email. All are invited!

Club Assembly

Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

All club members are invited to participate in our quarterly club assembly. This month we will collaborate to define our club's identity as the foundation for framing the vision for our new website. As our online community presence, our website will show who we are and what we value, as it encourages others to join us.

Kids Teach Tech

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

This nonprofit organization run by kids brings coding education to underserved young people, as well as encouraging participants to become teachers themselves. Guests are invited to attend! Please RSVP to receive a meeting link.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Granada High School Interact Club

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

The Granada High Interactors will share with us their projects and goals. Guests are invited to attend! Please RSVP to receive a meeting link.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Tri-Valley Career Center

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

Sarah Holtzclaw will share how the Tri-Valley Career Center empowers job seekers, businesses and our community to thrive by creating career, education and economic opportunities. Guests are invited to attend! Please RSVP to receive a meeting link.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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.