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Rotary Club of Livermore Valley ~ July 2021 Newsletter

Serve to Change Lives

President's Message

Dear Rotarians,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your president in this next Rotary year.

After a very challenging time, I feel there is a lot of hope, optimism and excitement to once again being able to meet in person - to enjoy fun and fellowship, to network and embrace the human connection. We still have some challenges ahead, but as a united group with a common goal, I am sure we will all overcome them.

I was very happy when I saw that Shekhar Mehta, our Rotary International President, has identified this year’s theme as “Serve to Change Lives.” As you remember, when our past President Philomena did a survey last year, we saw that our club felt the most important thing was to SERVE. It was a bit difficult last year to put that service into action, but now that we are open again, we can go out into our community and do service projects.

Over the last few months your board has worked diligently to put “ the Rotary wheels into motion” so that our Rotary year will start without a hitch LOL and we can concentrate on the things that are important to us: service, fellowship, fun, fundraising, and increasing our membership, to name a few.

Together we will make this next year the best ever! Let’s challenge ourselves to do more, to grow individually and collectively, and most of all to have fun doing it. As International President Shekhar Mehta says, “Let us Serve to Change Lives.”

Looking forward to a wonderful Rotary Year!

Angelika Voss Quinn

Meeting Locations for July in Transition

Thanks to the generosity of fellow Rotarian Jacquie Williams-Courtright, we are able to meet in person for our first meeting this month at Alden Lane Nursery! Please park on the street and enter the nursery through the gate on Holmes, as the parking lot is currently closed for repairs.

We will be serving coffee, water, orange juice and pastries. Please RSVP to let Angelika know if you will be attending the meeting so that we can prepare accordingly.

We are still in the process of finding a permanent meeting home. We would like to return to Beeb's, but they are not yet prepared to host us. We are exploring other options as well. We do anticipate that restaurants and other venues will all become more available and equipped to serve breakfast as they regain their pre-COVID staffing levels. We anticipate needing to continue to meet via Zoom for at least some of our meetings for the next few months.

Please check your weekly email from Angelika to confirm each week's meeting venue and Zoom link.

When we discussed our club's preference for meetings last spring, we had an almost unanimous desire to meet in person, once conditions permitted. Several members indicated they would appreciate a hybrid option. We will plan on offering a hybrid meeting on Tuesday so that those who are unable to attend in person can participate via Zoom. (At this point we are not sure how good the WiFi will be, as it is spotty at Alden Lane. So the hybrid version of the meeting might not be as perfect as we would want it to be.)

Angelika will be sending another survey to all members next week to hear our preferences for meeting locations and accommodations. The Board will review the survey results and come up with a short term plan so that we will have some consistency in our schedule and be able to plan.

Please check out our meeting programs later in this newsletter.

DISTRICT CONFERENCE - Saturday, July 12 - Gilroy Gardens

All Rotarians and guests are invited to join this year's District 5170 Conference, held outdoors at Gilroy Gardens! This will be a fun-filled day of celebrating Rotary. In addition to attending informative workshop sessions, there will be opportunities to enjoy live music, line dancing, as well as the attractions at Gilroy Gardens.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the District Conference Website.

Conference participants must register in advance - walk-ins will not be allowed this year.

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.

Check out the latest & register for Zoom events using the Rotary District 5170 link below.

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Show Your Rotary Pride! Webstore Now Open!

All Rotary Club of Livermore Valley members are invited to purchase Rotary branded attire and swag to share our Rotary Pride whenever we are out and about in our community! Check out what Sherri Simoni has compiled for us - and she reminds us that if you have something else in mind, please let her know. Our Rotary logo looks good on vests, jackets, hats, totes, and just about anything else you'd like to see it on!

Click on this link to start shopping: Rotary Club of Livermore Valley Apparel (via The Sourcing Group)

Rotary Club of Livermore Valley Board Meetings

Our Board meets monthly on the second Friday from 7:30 - 9:00 am. All members are welcome at the meeting.

This month's meeting will be at Angelika's home. Please email Angelika if you plan to attend.

The meeting minutes will be shared via email with all club members, following their approval at the August board meeting.


Weekly meetings are held Tuesday mornings.

We gather at 7:00 a.m., with the formal meeting beginning at 7:15.

For the month of July, we will be in transition between Zoom and in-person meetings.

Please check your weekly email from Angelika for meeting location confirmation.

Guests are invited - please email for more information.

All are welcome!

Club Assembly

Tuesday, July 6th, 7am

Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore

We will begin our 2021-22 Rotary year by coming together as a club in person! Angelika and the Board will provide an overview of the year, and we will have the opportunity to discuss our priorities for this new year.

City of Livermore Update - Mayor Bob Woerner

Tuesday, July 13th, 7am

This is an online event.

We welcome Mayor Bob Woerner to provide a "State of the City" update. We will hear about current events and plans, and have an opportunity to ask questions and share comments.

Truth in Journalism? - Tim Hunt

Tuesday, July 20th, 7am

This is an online event.

We welcome longtime Tri-Valley journalist Tim Hunt to share his perspective on the role of journalism in the 21st century.

Rotary Member Responsibilities - Scott Smithee

Tuesday, July 27th, 7am

This is an online event.

All members are encouraged to join this meeting, as we hear from Scott Smithee, the District 5170 Youth Protection Officer, about the importance of keeping up to date on our Rotary requirements.

Miracle Messages & Goodness Village - Kevin Adler & Kim Curtis

Tuesday, Aug. 3rd, 7am


Our fellow member Kevin Adler, founder of Miracle Messages, has teamed up with Kim Curtis, Director of Goodness Village to provide support to the residents of this tiny home community in Livermore.

For a preview, visit the Miracle Messages website, and the Goodness Village at Crosswinds Church website:

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.

Join Us

Join our meetings Tuesday mornings from 7:00 - 8:30 am

Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore, CA 94550

Coffee at 7 - the formal meeting starts at 7:15.