My call to action for my fellow Rotarian is to ask others to partner with us. Rather than always looking to recruit new members, emphasize that our Rotary Club is also seeking strategic partners. These partners can serve as volunteers, planning committee members, benefactors, etc. The partnership opportunities are endless. Over time, my vision is that our partners choose to formally join our ranks and continue our traditions of providing teacher mini-grants, scholarships, and cars for military veterans.
Rotary International President, Holger Knaack's, theme for his presidential year is Rotary Opens Opportunities. For example, Rotary International is already undergoing a transformation from
simply being the largest service organization in the world. RI is now also focusing on building new leaders. Through its partnership with Toastmasters International, the world's premier communication, public speaking, and leadership organization, Rotary International is looking to foster leadership opportunities at every level of the organization.
If you are interested in learning more about the great work of Rotary and have the opportunity to
meet people of service, please contact me at . I look forward to connecting with you.
Dennis J. Pettinelli
Rotary Club of Belmont-Redwood Shores
We are members of Rotary International, the world's first and greatest service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto of "Service Above Self."
This motto applies to all Rotary clubs, and our goal as The Rotary Club of Belmont & Redwood Shores is to fulfill these requirements. Our members are constantly creating innovative projects ranging from community fundraising to rewarding young individuals with scholarships. We aim to expand our services beyond our community with hard work and dedication.
The Rotary Club of Belmont and Redwood Shores is committed to giving back to our local and global communities. Highlights of our current and past projects include:
SCHOLARSHIPS, FUNDRAISERS, AND DONATIONS
• Student Scholarship Programs
• Girls State Sponsorship
• Holiday Family Sponsorships
• Gretchen Ross Teacher Mini-Grant Program
• Alzheimers Awareness Fundraising
• Donated $40,000 to the Belmont Library
• Donated Shelter Boxes to countries around the world
• Donated reconditioned hospital operating room equipment and supplies in Riobamba, Ecuador
OTHER PROJECTS AND DRIVES
• Barrett Community Playground Project
• Battle of the Badges
• Belmont Water Dog Run Pancake Breakfast
• Cars for Vets Program
• Coastal/Community Clean-ups
• Community Toy Drives
• Community Blood Drives
• Community Tree Planting
• Feeding the Homeless
• Provided BBQs in the picnic area of Twin Pines Park
• Provided 250 wheel chairs, medical equipment, computers, and a fire truck to communities in Argentina and Uruguay