Welcome to Our Club!
Welcome to Our Club!
Orinda

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Only Virtual Meetings being held at this time
Orinda Community Center
Orinda, CA 94563
United States of America
Use the Contact link on the menu above for information about joining our weekly Zoom meetings.
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Latest News
Under the leadership of Club President Ken Jew, Orinda Rotary launched a year-long service campaign to help out at the Contra Costa/Solano County Food Bank to assist families in need. 
 
These volunteer sessions have been scheduled each month.  Our next outing to the Food Bank will be Friday, June 18. Participants carpool and often share a socially-distanced outdoor lunch prior to their work at the warehouse. Please  Contact Peter Liu if you are interested participating. 
Join us to enjoy online, "virtual" meetings that include scheduled speakers! Social gathering starts at 12:15 PM and the meetings begin promptly at 12:30 PM.
 
We use the online teleconferencing service "Zoom". Each week, members receive an e-mail from Club Secretary, Horst Rademacher, with instructions on how to join the upcoming meeting, including the requisite meeting ID and password. Members can join video conferencing from their computer or via phone.  Non-members interested in participating in our meeting(s) may contact Club Secretary Horst Rademacher to request the Zoom link.
 
Upcoming speakers include: Wednesday, June 2: award-winning author Frances Dinkelspeil will talk about her book detailing the life of her great-grandfather, Isaiah Hellman, California pioneer banker and financier; Wednesday, June 9: Christy Chen and Don Lau discuss Richmond Rotary's 3rd grade book club program at Peres Elementary School in Richmond; Wednesday, June 16: Heather Schomaker, Director of Community Outreach for the Wheelchair Foundation and Don Routh, with the From the Heart Wheelchair Foundation, will share information about their efforts to aid the disabled around the globe; Wednesday, June 23: Jake Brymner, Director of Government and External Relations for the CA Student Aid Commission talks about helping students achieve their college dreams; Wednesday, June 30: Mark Ibanez, sportscaster for KTVU Channel 2 talks about pro sports' return to in-person events and the outlook for our Bay Area teams.
 
OTHER KEY DATES AND EVENTS:  Next Contra Costa/Solano County Food Bank volunteer outing is scheduled for Friday, June 18 (see story above for details); Orinda's 4th of July parade is on! Watch your e-mail for information regarding Rotary's participation.
 
Long-time and much-loved Orinda Rotarian Dick Burkhalter passed away peacefully earlier this month after a courageous battle with cancer.  Before he passed, club members were able to include him in a special tribute meeting to honor his service and to share memories about his many contributions to Rotary and to Orinda.  Club President, Ken Jew, surprised Dick by naming him "Orinda Rotarian of the Decade" and by announcing that henceforth, the annual Rotarian of the Year award will be named in Dick's honor.  Following his passing, the Orinda Theatre marquee was dedicated to his memory.  Dick was the quintessential Rotarian and embodied Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self."  He will be greatly missed...
Orinda Rotary's Yenjean Hwang spearheaded our club's successful effort to obtain a Rotary Global Grant in support of the IVV Eye Clinic in Zimba, Zambia.  The clinic has made a substantive, postive changes in the lives of the locals and this video details some of their stories....
 
Club Events
Speakers
Heather Schomaker and Don Routh
Jun 16, 2021
The Wheel Chair Foundation: Helping to "Mobilize" the World
Jake Brymner, CA Commission on Student Aid
Jun 23, 2021
Student Aid Making College Possible
Sportscaster Mark Ibanez, KTVU
Jun 30, 2021
In-Person Sports Returning and Outlook for Bay Area Teams