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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.


It is a tremendous honor for me to serve as your president this year. We have important work to do at Rotary, and we're going to have a great time doing it. Our Rotary Club is amazing.  Our fellowship is renowned:  we are the Club that “Does it” in our local and global communities.


From an idea, projects are sparked and brought to fruition. Within three-quarters of a year, our Medical Equipment Loan Program has received over 350 devices, cleaned, cataloged, and loaned out over 200 items. This is immense! Less than one year, can you believe it?


Other projects that recur annually include Cars for Veterans. Donated automobiles are reconditioned and distributed to deserving Veterans. I will never forget the tearful appreciation expressed by a Veteran recipient mother with three school-aged children and no car.


We give tens of thousands of dollars to graduating seniors pursuing higher education, to teachers for classroom projects, to community programs that help seniors live more comfortably in their own homes, and to global Rotary projects that teach impoverished people how to clean and distribute drinking water and educate mothers and children to become self-sufficient.


This is an exciting time for us. The more we grow, the more opportunities we have as we move forward to serve and change people’s lives along with changing ourselves. Yes, my Rotarian friends, we do all this.   Our Rotary Club “Does it.”

Adele Della Santina

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