Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset Music Contest Cathy Mesch 2023-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Our New Member

Welcome to our newest member, Gari Skinner

I am 74 years old. I worked for Southern California Edison for 31 years in accounting, tax and financial forecasting areas. I retired in 2011. We moved to Reno in 2018 but were kind of unable to make many friends due to Covid.

My goals in joining Rotary are to meet people, make friends and to do so in a positive way for the community.

Welcome Our New Member Cathy Mesch 2023-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Glimpses at District Conference Claire Zybert 2022-05-15 07:00:00Z 1
Something Happens Claire Zybert 2022-03-12 08:00:00Z 0

Eathan O'Bryant Launches Youth in Pursuit

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By Joe Burgess

Eathan O’Bryant has been in the public eye for much of his adult life. A 2021inductee into the University of Nevada Hall of Fame, Eathan was honored for his 1993-95 record setting career as point guard for the Wolfpack. After playing pro ball in Europe, Eathan spent 10 years with the Harlem Globetrotters, bringing fun and hoop magic to families around the world. 


Eathan O'Bryant Launches Youth in Pursuit Joe Burgess 2022-03-12 08:00:00Z 0

Author Dierdre Wolownick

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By Cindy Welch 
Dierdre Wolownick, mother of the renowned climber Alex Honnold, has become the oldest woman to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan. She broke her own record after scaling the rock face for a second time on her 70th birthday.
Author Dierdre Wolownick Cindy Welch 2022-03-12 08:00:00Z 0

Broadway Comes to Reno Tickets

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Broadway Comes to Reno
Thank you Scott Maylath!
Even if you don't have the tickets for the future Broadway Comes to Reno performances, we have a pair for each of the coming shows donated by Scott Maylath.  
Broadway Comes to Reno Tickets Claire Zybert 2022-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

The Virginia Living Museum

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By: Scott Maylath

I stumbled upon the Virginia Living Museum about 6-7 years ago when I was looking to do a makeup Rotary meeting.  I did my makeup meeting with the Warwick Rotary who meet in Virginia Living Museum cafeteria in Newport News, VA.  It turns out that the Warwick Rotary helped fund and build the museum over 50 years ago.  

The Virginia Living Museum Scott Maylath 2022-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Best Kept Secret Larie Trippet 2021-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Charter Daddy Giving to the Community James Annis 2021-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
RCS Origins James Annis 2021-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
VA Wreaths Ken Petring 2021-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Around the Club Claire Zybert 2021-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Cold Blooded Critters

Lauren Holdway had a practical reason for getting involved in 4H. Her daughter loved horses and wanted to be involved with them.
Cold Blooded Critters Joe Burgess 2021-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary in Russia Mark Schauss 2021-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Options Vet Care

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Things haven't been going well lately for Michael and the cat Kiki, who is his whole world. First, he lost his apartment and then had to quickly vacate ...
Options Vet Care Claire Zybert 2021-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Demotion 2021

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Thank you, Past President Mark, for guiding us through a difficult and unprecedented Rotary year.
Demotion 2021 Claire Zybert 2021-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Together Again Claire Zybert 2021-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Around the Club Claire Zybert 2021-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
RCS at the Rodeo Claire Zybert 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Newsletter Contributions Claire Zybert 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
SPOTLIGHT: Charter Daddy Fund Claire Zybert 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Search Engine Optimization - part 1 Chesa Keane 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
CANstruction 2021 Chip Lindloff 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
RCS Polio Purple Pinkie Run THIS WEEK! Chesa Keane 2021-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Corner Chesa Keane 2021-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
A New Home for a New Year David Zybert 2021-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
RCS Public Image Curt Chapman 2021-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
RCS Wins RALLYE Registration Claire Zybert 2021-05-02 07:00:00Z 0


March 16, 2020, the phrase “little did they know” takes on new meaning.
By Claire Zybert
Walls Claire W Zybert 2021-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
RCS Polio Purple Pinkie Run Courtney Pino 2021-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Club Speech Contest Hillary Schauss 2021-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
A Message from President Mark Leiser Mark Leiser 2021-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Who's Who David Zybert 2021-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Meet Chesa Keane

Beginning July 1, 2021, our club will have a new president. Here's a biography of Chesa Keane, incoming club president for 2021-2022.
Meet Chesa Keane Chesa Keane 2021-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

An RYE Reunion

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What an exciting meeting we had with RCS on Tuesday October 13, 2020! David Zybert, Charter RCS member and long-time District RYE Committee member, arranged a special treat for us. Over the last 12 years, RCS has hosted 12 students from around the world. On Tuesday, five of them joined our Zoom meeting!
An RYE Reunion Claire Zybert 2020-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Claire Zybert Honored as Quiet Rotarian David Zybert 2020-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
We've Always Said Our Club Has a Bunch of Swingers! David Zybert 2020-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
RCS Rotary at the Food Bank David Zybert 2020-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Recap of BMW MOA Getaway in Cedar City Larie Trippet 2020-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
RCS Rotary Receives Citation From RI Ken Petring 2020-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Learning About Rotaract

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The Rotary Website’s call-to-action for Rotaract reads, “Join the global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.” Reading this shines a beautiful light on the potential of our small communities in District 5190 as many Young Adults attempt to enter a new phase of their lives – whether university or the workforce – and are faced with such unprecedented situations.
Learning About Rotaract Cecily Swason 2020-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor Urges Members to “Step Up for Rotary”  David Zybert 2020-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

RCS Rotary Donates Bench

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During Ken’s year as president, our club donated funds to purchase a bench for veterans and guests to use at the Northern Nevada State Veteran’s Home.  The intent was to visit and tour the facility on May 5th and allow our club members to see the bench for themselves. 
RCS Rotary Donates Bench Scott Maylath 2020-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Editor's Corner

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What is it that happens from one Tuesday to the next? What will we remember when we look back on the summer of 2020? 
Editor's Corner Claire Zybert 2020-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

President's Thought

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Rotary International President, Holger Knaack’s theme for 2021 is Rotary Opens Opportunities and asks, in part, that as Rotarians we create opportunities and improve the lives of those in need. 
President's Thought Mark Leiser 2020-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Being a "Hands On" Club in a "Hands Off" World

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From its inception, our club has dedicated itself to “hands on” projects. We donated money when it was necessary, but we far preferred to donate our time and labor. As a result, we’ve had some extremely satisfying times making a difference where we could. 
Being a "Hands On" Club in a "Hands Off" World David Zybert 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Vocational Service Spotlight

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Past President Mark Schauss is our club’s vocational chair and has plans to give members the opportunity to share their work experiences with the club. In the past we have presented “Percationals” as short speeches during our club meetings. We want to expand that to the newsletter! Would you write a couple of paragraphs about your work? Would you like to participate in a written or video interview? Think about it. I’m going to ask you.
Vocational Service Spotlight Claire Zybert 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Introducing: Photo Gallery

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We are pulling together Club photos from the last 15 years and we need your input. Please email me any pictures you have of our meetings and events! If you can, please include names, dates and activities to help us organize them.  :-)

For now, enjoy some of the pictures that we have in the “Gallery” on the Club’s homepage. Hover over the word “Gallery” and there is a drop-down menu with a few of the photo albums we have by year.
Introducing: Photo Gallery Claire Zybert 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
These Difficult, Uncertain, Challenging, Unprecedented Times Claire Zybert 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Opens Opportunities

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As stated on the website, “Rotary International President Holger Knack’s theme for 2020-21, is Rotary Opens Opportunities, to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve lives of others in need.” 
Rotary Opens Opportunities Mark Leiser 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
What Is Your Favorite Part of Rotary? Ken Petring 2020-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Speech Contest

Posted by Sharon Zenz
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My first exposure to Rotary was as a high school student, competing in speech contests. I won my first Rotary Club contest, and took home a desk pen set with the Rotary emblem on it. It looked so official and grown up.  I appreciated Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs for inviting me and other students to speak to them, for fostering our skills, and showing that they were interested in what we had to say. And, let's be honest, taking home trophies or money, along with bragging rights, was also pretty cool. (Yes, I still have my trophies.)
Rotary Speech Contest Sharon Zenz 2020-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

RCS Rotary Foundation

Posted by Rafael Cappucci
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RCS Rotary Foundation Inc. is a (501) (C) (3) Nevada non-profit corporation. The Foundation was established in 2009 for the purpose is to oversee fundraising activities and charitable contributions of the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset.  The RCS Rotary Foundation Inc., distributes 80% of the net amount raised each year to the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset. How the funds are spent each year is at the discretion of the current Club President and the Board of Directors of the Club. The remaining 20% is conservatively invested by the Foundation.
RCS Rotary Foundation Rafael Cappucci 2020-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Turning Pages

Posted by Claire Zybert
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“As long as we have books, we are not alone.”  Laura Bush
“When I walk out of a library with my arms full of books, I feel rich.”  My mom
Turning Pages Claire Zybert 2020-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

A Message about RYE

Posted by Hillary Schauss
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A Message about RYE...from a mom and a counselor

The idea of sending your child off to another country may seem terrifying to some, or a rite or passage to another, but in a way it is a matter of trust most of all.


A Message about RYE Hillary Schauss 2020-02-13 08:00:00Z 0


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Interesting words came out of the last decade, including binge-watching, mansplaining, autotuned, and guyliner.  Have you used any or all of these in your day-to-day speech lately?  What new words are going to be added to our vocabulary in our new decade?
In the December issue of The Rotarian, “The Sustainability Challenge” captured my attention.  The word “sustainability” has become popular in the last few years and addresses the ability to maintain at a certain level. The article summarized a Rotary-USAID water and sanitation project in Ghana over the last 10 years.  They reviewed the work that was done and more importantly, discussed lessons learned in order to make the project more successful as they move forward.
Sustainability Claire Zybert 2020-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
RCS Holiday Party Truly International David Zybert 2020-01-01 08:00:00Z 0

RCS Meeting Location Moves to Tamarack Juction

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Recently, we received notice of a price increase at Zeppelin that we just couldn't afford.  After much discussion and consideration, we have decided that, effective with the January 14th meeting, we will be moving back to the Tamarack Junction Casino for our Tuesday meetings.
RCS Meeting Location Moves to Tamarack Juction Ken Petring 2020-01-01 08:00:00Z 0

2019 Year in Review

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Happy New Year!
As 2019 closes, I think back on the many things we have done for our community in the past six months.  Here are some of them:
2019 Year in Review Ken Petring 2020-01-01 08:00:00Z 0

Former RCS Rotarian Wins Emmy

Posted by David Zybert on Nov 30, 2019
Some of our longer-tenured members may remember Christina Pascucci, a local television journalist who left the club to become a reporter for KTLA, Channel 5, in Los Angeles.
On July 27th, Christina was awarded an L.A. Area Emmy as part of that same Channel 5 new team.  Our heartiest congratulations to Christina!
Former RCS Rotarian Wins Emmy David Zybert 2019-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

Around the Club

Posted by Claire Zybert on Nov 30, 2019
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It’s cold outside, but that doesn’t slow down the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset!
Around the Club Claire Zybert 2019-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
Helping Hands at the Food Bank Claire Zybert 2019-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

Charter Daddy Fund

Posted by James Annis on Nov 30, 2019
One of our charter members was past-president Carol Eastwick, who left our club when her husband, Jack, retired and they wanted to travel.  Carol always used to call me “the Charter Daddy”, so that moniker stuck.
Charter Daddy Fund James Annis 2019-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
RCS Rotary Gives Thanks! David Zybert 2019-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

A Night of Italian Wines

Posted by Susan Meyer-Robertson on Oct 21, 2019
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On October 2nd, our regular meeting was held at Total Wines in Reno so club members could learn about fine Italian wines.
A Night of Italian Wines Susan Meyer-Robertson 2019-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

Purple Pinkie Run Kickoff Party is This Week!

Posted by Ken Petring on Oct 21, 2019
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The Purple Pinkie Run is our annual fundraiser. Since it is the only fundraiser we need to put on the best event possible, and that takes everyone’s participation. Proceeds from the event go towards Polio Plus, Immunize Nevada, the RCS Foundation, and our clubs own annual philanthropic endeavors.
Purple Pinkie Run Kickoff Party is This Week! Ken Petring 2019-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

Are You Scared?

Posted by Claire Zybert on Oct 21, 2019
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What’s the scariest thing you have ever done? Kenny threw that question out to the club one night and we learned some things about our members…
Are You Scared? Claire Zybert 2019-10-21 07:00:00Z 1

Happy Fifteenth Anniversary, RCS!

Posted by James Annis on Oct 21, 2019
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In the spring of 2004, there were five Rotary Clubs in the Truckee Meadows. The Rotary Club of Reno met at noon on Mondays at Harrah’s, Reno Central met for lunch on Tuesdays at the Peppermill, the Rotary Club of Sparks met at the Nugget for lunch, Reno South was a lunch club that met at the Atlantis and the Reno Sunrise Club met for breakfast at the Holiday Hotel. Underserved times were “evening” and “breakfast” meetings and underserved areas were the growing south part of Reno and the emerging northeast part of Sparks.
Happy Fifteenth Anniversary, RCS! James Annis 2019-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Around the Club Claire Zybert 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Dogs of Reno is September 29th

Posted by Chesa Keane on Sep 25, 2019
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For the third year, an event focusing on raising funds for dogs and Veterans is taking place on September 29, 2019.  Dogs of Reno will be held at the Snowflake Pavilion in Idlewild Park from 11 am – 4 pm.  All proceeds from this event will go to Canines With a Cause, an organization that rescues dogs suitable for service dog training and pairs them with disable Veterans.
Dogs of Reno is September 29th Chesa Keane 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Editorial: Not Right, Not Wrong, Just Different

Posted by Claire Zybert on Sep 25, 2019
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When we are preparing our Rotary Youth Exchange students for a year abroad, it is important that they learn to accept different customs, foods, and ways of life.  It is tempting to call our way “right” and any other way “wrong”.  (Is this not true even among people of our same country or community?) We repeat the phrase “It’s not right; it’s not wrong; it’s just different” quite frequently with them.  I have taken it on as one of my mantras.  Food?  Hair color?  What someone does in their free time?  No judging!  Just different!
Editorial: Not Right, Not Wrong, Just Different Claire Zybert 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Employee Voter Registration Week

Posted by Cathy Mesch on Sep 25, 2019
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Voting by the Numbers:
Nearly 56% of the US voting-age population cast ballots in the 2016 election.
Approximately 157.6 million people reported being registered to vote in 2016, out of an estimated 245.5 million Americans 18 and older.
Employee Voter Registration Week Cathy Mesch 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Smile: Amazon Donates to the RCS Foundation

Posted by Ralph Koss on Sep 25, 2019
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If you do any online shopping at Amazon, you can help our Club’s Foundation, RCS Rotary Foundation, Inc.  We are registered and approved to receive donations from Amazon Smile.
Smile: Amazon Donates to the RCS Foundation Ralph Koss 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day is October 24th Ken Petring 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
RCS Rotary Student Featured in News Story David Zybert 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
My Rotary Moment Claire Zybert 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Learning From History

Posted by David Zybert on Aug 14, 2019
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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  This quote from George Santayana has been both misquoted and attributed to various people.  Regardless of the version or ‘author’ you’ve heard, the underlying principle remains: if we don’t learn from our mistakes, we’ll probably repeat them.
Learning From History David Zybert 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Around the Club  Claire Zybert 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Means Business

Posted by Kelly Peterson-Cruse and Claire Zybert on Aug 14, 2019
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On Tuesday, July 23rd, our club hosted Rotary Means Business at Eddy House, where our own Kelly Peterson-Cruse is the Director of Donor Relations and Administration.  
Rotary Means Business Kelly Peterson-Cruse and Claire Zybert 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowships

Posted by Larie Trippet on Aug 14, 2019
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Do you have a hobby, activity, vocational interest that you are passionate about? Would you like to connect with other Rotarians that share that interest?
Rotary Fellowships Larie Trippet 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
A New Look for the Sunset Chronicles Claire Zybert 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army!

Posted by Claire Zybert on Jul 15, 2019
Mark Schauss and I had some fun with a classic song featured in the movie "White Christmas".  Past President Scott loved to tell jokes and stories about life in the Army during our meetings.  How could Mark, David and I resist, but to make a little parody to "Gee I Wish I Was Back in the Army"?
Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army! Claire Zybert 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Salute to a Great Year Claire Zybert 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Polio Purple Pinkie Trail Run & Walk

Posted on Apr 25, 2019
This is the 10th Anniversary of the Polio Purple Pinkie Run. Every year the race has grown larger. On Saturday, May 4, 2019 our runners and walkers will meet for a fun 5K walk/run & 10K run at Washoe County's Rancho San Rafael Park.
Polio Purple Pinkie Trail Run & Walk Chesa Keane 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

A Month of Service, A New Member & New Digs

Posted by Carol Hannigan on Dec 31, 2018
We had a full month in December.  We inducted Dan Rud and voted on moving our meetings to a new location at Zeppelin's on South Meadows Parkway.  Be sure to welcome Dan and sit with him so he gets to know us all better.
A Month of Service, A New Member & New Digs Carol Hannigan 2018-12-31 08:00:00Z 0

Dogs of Rotary - 2018

Posted by Chesa Keane on Aug 22, 2018
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We are excited to again preparing for our Dogs of Rotary 2018 event to raise money to provide service dogs for Veterans. Veterans who fought for our country too often return after their service with physical, mental and emotional challenges that are helped by having a service dog support them in their recovery and every day activities. Last year we proudly gave $4,000 to G.I. Dogs for their program of pairing a Veteran with a service dog rescued from the Human Society. Needless to say, we were happy to be able to help this program.
To support our event, you can help in a number of ways:
  • Sign up for a doggie contest ($20 to enter one or $30 to enter both)
  • Buy a booth
  • Advertise in our Director
  • Direct Sponsorship (banner or sign for major donors)
  • Auction items - Donate items for the auction
  • Come to the event - $5/adult, children up to 15 free.
  • Enjoy our Dog demos and presentations
We would be deeply appreciative of your support of this event designed to raise money specifically for Veterans and Service dogs and our many other philanthropic activities.
Please go to our website: to sign up for the doggie contests or sponsor our event and get all the details.
Dogs of Rotary - 2018 Chesa Keane 2018-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady join 25,000 in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of it David Zybert 2018-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
RCS Rotary Receives Five Awards at District Conference for Achievement in 2017-2018 David Zybert 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
What a Great Community We Have Bridget Brundige 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Booming Housing Market Bridget Brundige 2018-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Falling Back and Catching Up Bridget Brundige 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

Dogs of Rotary 2017

Posted by Chesa Keane on Oct 27, 2017
On September 30, 2017, the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset held its first Dogs of Rotary fundraiser to provide service dogs and training for Veterans. It was sunny day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The community was very generous and provided almost 100 high-quality items for our auction. There were fun doggie contests and several informative presentations to help inform dog owners in our community.

Dogs of Rotary 2017 Chesa Keane 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Supporting the community, our health, and our vets!  Bridget Brundige 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
RCS Rotary Wins Inaugural Dragon Boat Race Championship David Zybert 2017-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Purple Pinky Run Raises $12k+ for Club, Polio, Charities David Zybert 2017-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Wild Life, Peace Fellow, and Good-Byes 2017-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
Two Weeks of Fun Bridget Brundige 2017-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Dogs of Rotary - Fundraiser to Provide Service Dogs for Veterans

Posted on Jul 17, 2017


The Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset is sponsoring an event, The Dogs of Rotary, to provide service dogs for Veterans. We are partnering with G.I. Dogs of the Humane Society to select dogs for qualified Veterans and the dogs and the Veterans will be trained together.

The Event will be held on September 30, 2017 and we will provide 25% of the net proceeds to the G.I. Dogs program. We like this approach because we will not only be helping a Veteran improve their lives, but we will be saving dogs as well.

Dogs of Rotary - Fundraiser to Provide Service Dogs for Veterans Chesa Keane 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Demotion Fun

Posted by Bridget Brundige on Jul 07, 2017
President Leslie is officially now Past President Leslie, and she went out with a great PJ Party Demotion Party.
Demotion Fun Bridget Brundige 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jun 14, 2017
 After two and a half years as your Bulletin Editor I am stepping aside.
It is time for some new blood, new ideas a better speller, better knowledge of the computer and freshness.
Your new Editor is none other than Bridget Brundige.  Be sure to let her know what you would like to see in the Bulletin.  It has been fun figuring this Club Runner out, well kind of, and another Rotary experience for me.
OUT WITH OLD IN WITH THE NEW Carol Hannigan 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound Students - Need Host Families

Posted by Chesa Keane on Jun 06, 2017
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Rotary Youth Exchange inbound students are getting ready to come to the U.S. and we are looking for host families. These kids are amazing and probably some of the most courageous people you will ever meet. They leave their homes, family, friends, school and community and come to the U.S. to learn about our culture.
Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound Students - Need Host Families Chesa Keane 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on May 24, 2017
Our Club received several awards and Presidential Citations at the District Conference last weekend.  President Leslie received some of them at the Friday luncheon.  Among them were the Club Membership, Multi-club Service Projects for KNPB youth writers contest and Bridges Out of Poverty.  Presidential citations were for International Service (house building in Mexico) Vocational, Public Image, Community Service (Marvin Piccolo School project) and Attendance.  Way to go Club.
AWARDS AND A NEW MEMBER Carol Hannigan 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
TEST FOR BRIDGET Bridget Brundige 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on May 10, 2017
Induction of new members Jacqueline (Jackie) Lechler and Ann McKenzie.  Be sure to welcome them and invite all new members to be included in all events.  Committee Chairs be the first to grab them for your committee.  Look at this big smile. Red Badge Rhoda Thalman completes her Blue Badge requirements. Congratulations Rhoda.
A WHOLE LOT GOING ON Carol Hannigan 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Apr 26, 2017
While President Leslie was out of town our past President Joe Musser stepped in for our meeting on April 25th.  In his Hawaiian shirt and shorts he presided over the evening. 
We had a nice surprise from the newly weds to be Dave Zybert and Claire Collins. Found on our tables was white and red wine and for desert a chocolate cake.  This was a pre-celebration for their wedding Saturday in California.  Claire let us know this was the last time we would see her as a single women.
THE HAWAIIAN SHIRT IS BACK FOR A DAY Carol Hannigan 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Apr 19, 2017
Our April 18th meeting started with a visit from our District Governor Nominee Tina Spencer.  This meeting was our Club Music Contest which Tina always enjoys.
Before the start of the meeting our members came early to stuff the gift bags for the Purple Pinkie Run and Walk being held this Saturday.  If you haven't registered you can do so on our web site.  We had so many great items to add to the bags .
MUSIC IN THE AIR  Carol Hannigan 2017-04-19 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Apr 15, 2017
Our newest member, Richard Mead was inducted on April 4th.  Richard is a retail account executive with Elavon/Bank of the West Alliance.  One of the many things Richard does is handle our credit card service.  His feet are already wet by becoming a committee member for Fund Raising.  If you haven't met or sat with Richard yet be sure to, you will enjoy many laughs.  Our Club welcomes Richard Mead.
Our RYE student Juani is headed off to Hawaii for a final vacation before he goes home.  We celebrated his Birthday and presented him a gift from the Club. 
President Leslie reminded us the District Conference is coming soon.  We will be dark May 16th so we can attend the Conference lunch on May 19th.  Be sure to register as there will be no registering as a walk up.  Also at the lunch our Purple Pinkie awards will be presented.
Fun Chair Lynn Johnson gave us a report on the Rotary Ski Day.  Fifteen attendees came to ski, snowshoe and BBQ.  Pictures of the event are posted on our face book page.
THERE'S A NEW KID IN TOWN Carol Hannigan 2017-04-15 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Mar 31, 2017
International Project Chair Ken Petring could hardly wait to tell us the story of building a home in Mexico for a homeless family.  Members from our Club along with the Down Town Club chartered a bus in Chula Vista and drove to a location in Tijuana and built a complete house in one day.
President Leslie and Chesa looking forward to the day.
All getting ready to leave or maybe arriving.
Member Larie Trippet stopped to help on his way to a long motor cycle ride through Mexico and the Copper Canyon.
A LOT GOING ON Carol Hannigan 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Mar 08, 2017
Our newest vagabond, past president Chip Lindloff just returned from a great trip in his new motor home.  While traveling he visited a Rotary Club in Winter Park, Florida and came back with their trading flag.
The membership committee received two new applications from proposed members. Jacqueline Lechler who is sponsored by Joe Musser.
And Richard Mead, Ricardo Villacorta is his sponsor.
The process has begun and Club you will be hearing more about these two great people.
AN EVENING OF FUN AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Carol Hannigan 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Mar 01, 2017
On February 14th we held a Fireside Chat at the home of Past President Joe Musser. Many members attended for a taco bar dinner, friendship and meeting.  Larie Trippet as our Foundation Treasurer, membership committee and holding a wealth of knowledge pertaining to Rotary led the presentation.  Larie covered as much as he could in the time but there is more.  All agreed it reminded us what Rotary is all about and for the new members the learning experience was appreciated.  As we grow with more new members another Fireside will be scheduled.  Thank you Larie.
FIRESIDE CHAT AND FEB. 28TH'S MEETING Carol Hannigan 2017-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
POLIO PURPLE PINKIE RUN & WALK Carol Hannigan 2017-03-01 08:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Feb 09, 2017
Our January 31st meeting had many announcements.  The District management team is looking for Sgt. at Arms for the District Assembly and District Conference.  If anyone is interested please let President Leslie know. President elect Melissa Lindell gave us the date for the Ski Day at Mt. Rose ski resort, March 31st.  Those who don't want to ski but would like to participate in the BBQ let Melissa know.  Our Fireside Chat at Joe Musser's house is Feb. 14th.  We are having a Taco Bar for food so if you haven't signed up for the event let Larie know by Friday.  Past President, Rick Lierman is looking for mentors for the Bridges Out of Poverty program.  Elijah Thomas is taking orders for Rotary shirts, you will be receiving emails from him.  Larie Trippet gave us a update on the health of Dennis McCormac.  March 25th is the target date to install the new benches at Marvin Piccolo School, this will be headed by Ralph Koss.
Our Percational speaker was Rhoda Thalman. Rhoda was a member of the Interact Club in Maui.  She loved theater and singing while in High School and attended the New York Academy. She was an insurance agent for GIECO Insurance for four years and has settled into Reno as a realtor. I think we have a candidate for the Rotary has Talent show.
SAVE THE DATES AND SPEAKERS Carol Hannigan 2017-02-09 08:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jan 27, 2017
January 17th was our Don't Return It, Donate It auction.  As usual it was a lot of fun and laughs.
Our stand in auctioneer, Past President Jim Annis, did a great job moving the evening along.  Of course our very own Vana presented the items for all to see.
Past President Dave Zybert (Vana) is wondering just what is this ? 
Member Brigitte Kidd had her eye on the Coach purse.
The star bidder did most of his next years Christmas shopping.  His wife will be very impressed.  Way to go Ricardo. He made up for the absence of Peggy Musser.  We did have time for Past President Rick Lierman to draw the white marble.
DO WE HAVE FUN OR WHAT? Carol Hannigan 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jan 11, 2017
Every morning I wake up to a new load of snow.  I guess better than the floods we have had over the past weekend.  Despite the bad weather we had a great crowd for our Tuesday meeting.
WINTER BLAST Carol Hannigan 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jan 06, 2017
Our Club member John Milliken a member of Rotary for forty three years, who has participated in many of our Clubs events made a memorable announcement at our meeting on January 3rd.  John has become a Major Donor in Rotary.  He has contributed $10,000.00 to the Rotary Foundation.  Appreciation will be heard around the globe.
What great flyers Courtney Pino and committee have come up with for the Purple Pinkie Trail Run and Walk to be held April 22nd at Rancho San Rafael Park.  This is one of our fund raisers with proceeds going to Polio Plus, Immunize Nevada and our Foundation.  Please get some of these posters to place in the community for awareness to sign up for the event.
OFF TO A GREAT START Carol Hannigan 2017-01-07 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Dec 29, 2016
President Leslie Adams asked for volunteers to share past Christmas experiences.  It was wonderful listening to their stories. All were full of joy and happy endings to the day.
CATCHING UP Carol Hannigan 2016-12-30 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Dec 07, 2016
Well our Fun Chair Lynn Johnson did it again.  What a great Christmas Party we had Tuesday night.  Following are a few pictures of our evening.
Our exchange student Juan, picked the envelope from Bank of the West to find a gift card to Best Buy.  No one had the heart to steel it from him as you know how much young people love Best Buy.
RCS KNOWS HOW TO PARTY Carol Hannigan 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Our Newest Member and More

Posted by Carol Hannigan on Dec 01, 2016
Our newest Member, Rhoda Rhoda Thalman being inducted by President Leslie Adams. Rhoda was raised in Maui and a member of Interact for three years while attending Henry Perrine Baldwin High School. Among many other achievements she has a degree in Musical Theatre performance, B.A. from the University of Hawaii and is a licensed Insurance Agent. Rhoda currently is a Realtor with Chase International.  As our usual custom please welcome her to our family.  By the way Rhoda is our 40th member.  The little club that could is growing.
Our Newest Member and More Carol Hannigan 2016-12-02 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Nov 02, 2016
We had the pleasure of welcoming District Foundation Chair Vic Slaughter to present our program Tuesday night.  It was a good time for our new members to get an insight on the Rotary Foundation and its different levels from clubs to International.
Vic and past President Chip Lindloff presented Chesa Keane with her Paul Harris plus three pin.  Also but not present, Past President Cindy Welch has earned her Paul Harris plus five.
Vic also prompted the Youth Services Committee to pursue submitting a Scholarship candidate as the District may increase the grant another $1000.00.
Another great presentation was to Past President Rick Lierman for becoming a member of the Rotary Endowment Bequest Society. This is another way of growing the Foundation.
FOUNDATION MONTH & MORE Carol Hannigan 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Oct 18, 2016
We had a full house on Tuesday. Beside many members we had around eight guests.
Pictured is sponsor Courtney Pino with new Rotarian Shelly Dunbar.  Also at this table is
guest Jodi Jung.  Jodi is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Business Travel & Tours. Knowing
what a great organization Rotary represents, Shelly is getting a feel for all our Clubs.
FULL HOUSE ON TUESDAY Carol Hannigan 2016-10-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Oct 12, 2016
Our District Governor, John Sullivan made his official visit to our Club Tuesday night. President Leslie held her
board meeting at 3:30 for certain officers and the rest of the board members came at 4:30.  We learned a lot
on how our Club is doing and where we may improve, plus shared with D.G. John our direction.
We had several guests and alumni. One of our alumni guests introduced by Laire Trippet was Rhoda Thalman. Rhoda was in Interact in Hawaii and has submitted her application to the membership committee for consideration.
Co-Assistant Governor Joel Muller, made comments on the progress of our Club plus gave us some nice compliments.
Joel then proceeded to formerly introduce District Governor, John Sullivan.
D.G. John gave us a capsule of upcoming events and the direction Rotary is heading. A few changes and a lot of fun events
coming.  Mark your calendars for Oct. 20th, Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop, April 1st, District Assembly at the Atlantis,
May 18th, District Conference at the Atlantis and June 10th Rotary International Conference in Atlanta, GA.  Of course
there will be more in between.
OUR D.G.'S IN TOWN Carol Hannigan 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
WEEK SEPT. 13TH AND 20TH  Carol Hannigan 2016-09-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Sep 08, 2016
A few highlights while I was traveling in Wyoming and Montana.
Our August 23rd meeting was focused on membership which is the Rotary theme for August.
Past President Jim Annis and current co-membership chair, gave a great presentation on recruiting and retaining members.  Jim had many statistics  and views on where the new generations are heading.  As the charter President of our Club Jim has a dedication to growing our membership in the right direction.  Jim announced that our membership committee, himself, myself, Carol Hannigan and Larie Trippit have taken on a three year commitment to grow our Club to fifty members by the end of 2018.  So all members are encouraged to take our guidance in recruiting new members.
CATCHING UP Carol Hannigan 2016-09-09 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Aug 19, 2016
Past President Mark Schauss brought Elijah Thomas to begin his process of learning about Rotary. Elijah works in management for USDR Investment Group.  Past President Chip Lindloff submitted a membership application to the Membership Committee. Leslie Righetti is a teacher at Bishop Manogue. Member Mark Leiser is still working with Rich and Katie Berman.  Thank you Members in growing our Club.  Also Hilary Schauss will be rejoining.
Our speaker was Kandyce Ray, Volunteer Recruitment Specialist, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada.  If anyone is interested in hosting a volunteer outreach presentation at their place of business or employment please contact Kandyce at 775 360-7603 or 775 352-3202 email  By the way Kandyce has a tie to Rotary.  Her boyfriend is Pedro Esparza, President of the Midtown Club.
MEMBERSHIP MONTH Carol Hannigan 2016-08-20 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Aug 11, 2016
Two of our members have returned from ventures outside the Country.  Larie Trippit and his wife Katie just finished a month long motor cycle trip through several Scandinavian countries. Larie brought us trading flags from the Rotary Clubs he attended while there.
Also bringing us a trading flag from Kathmandu was Brigitte Kidd.
TRAVELING ROTARIANS Carol Hannigan 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Aug 02, 2016
Rotary International President, John Germ was the speaker at the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Reno also know as the Downtown Club.  The event was held at the Atlantis Monday night. Their were displays of pictures,
articles and events held by their Club starting in 1926.  The orchestra played songs from every decade.
While members of our Club were visiting President John he told us a joke.
"When he decided to accept the helm he asked Rotarians to do two things.
Don't smoke and don't drink to much.
If you drink to much, don't get drunk.
If you get drunk don't pass out.
If you pass out fall face down so they won't see your pin."  I got a good laugh.
INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT IN TOWN Carol Hannigan 2016-08-03 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jul 19, 2016
President Leslie Adams held her first Board meeting Tuesday.  We had a good
agenda with reports from the committee chairs. The attendance was large. Some
dates up coming are the Food Bank on August 6th, Reno Aces game August 28th,
Rotary Means Business October 4th, UNR Football October 8th and our Christmas
Party most likely December 6th.  More events will be in between like our District
Governors official visit.
President Leslie handed out award certificates for perfect attendance for the year
2015-2016. The Club donated 100 points to their Paul Harris for  Joe Musser,
Claire Collins, Scott Maylath, Carol Hannigan, Chip Lindloff, Chesa Keane, Leslie Adams, and Dave Zybert.
FIRST BOARD MEETING AND AWARDS Carol Hannigan 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jul 15, 2016
Our newest member Scott Horejsi was inducted Tuesday. Scott's classification is
Communication Cost Consulting.  In true Rotary fashion he rang the bell two times
to celebrate his joining our Club.  Be sure to welcome Scott at our next meeting if 
you haven't already.
Speaking of new faces, member Mark Leiser brought two guests. The couple are Richard and Katie Berman.
They have heard a lot about our Club and live in the Damonte Ranch area.  After speaking with them as the
Co-Membership chair I have a good feeling we will be seeing them again.
WOW! NEW MEMBER & SONGS FROM LACY J DALTON Carol Hannigan 2016-07-16 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jul 05, 2016
The start of a fun year. Our new President Leslie Adams, held her inaugural meeting Tuesday night.
We had many dignitaries president.  President Leslie got right to the point and moved the meeting
along allowing us to get out early.  We all received the new Rotary pin representing Rotary Serving
Our new District Governor Nominee, Tina Spencer joined several of the other Club Presidents
making a visit to cheer on President Leslie. ​​​​​​
MADAM PRESIDENT HAS ENTERED THE BUILDING Carol Hannigan 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jun 29, 2016
The end of an era.  Our send off for President Duane Upton was done in our usual
fun fashion. The event was held at the home of Past President Jim Annis. Our meal,
catered by Famous Daves was outstanding.  I only had one request from President
Duane, please don't photo my shinny spot in this picture. Request granted, ha! ha!
WE SURVIVED THE DEMOTION PARTY Carol Hannigan 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jun 22, 2016
Seonmin Jung turns eighteen.  Our RYE student Seonmin
will be on her way home but not until she turned eighteen
at our Rotary meeting on Tuesday.
Seonmin wore her traditional dress from South Korea.  We enjoyed
her presentation of the past year with us.  Attending Galena High School,
with A's in every subject, was a great accomplishment. After returning
home Seonmin will complete her senior year then off to college in
Italy to become a Fashion Designer.  Beside participating in most
Rotary events, Seonmin was very impressed with Universal Studios in
Southern California.
Seonmin's host family attending her presentation. Naomi Morgan and her son Silvan Morgan came first
with father Chris Morgan a little after.  Chris had some cute stories to tell. Rotary Ski Day was one when
Seonmin arrived, got on her skis then let everyone know she had never done this.  Past President and ski
instructor Rick Lierman saved the day by giving her a crash course. We will miss Seonmin as she has 
been one of our more involved students.  Chesa Keane presented her with a gift from our Club with a
tear in her eye.
A BIRTHDAY, A FAREWELL, A LAST MEETING Carol Hannigan 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jun 15, 2016
Our Past President Rick Lierman was asked to give the Thought Of The Day Tuesday night.
Well let me tell you Rick touched our hearts. He and his wife Kristen had discussed his Rotary
commitments. They are going to be doing extensive traveling and much more and were deciding
whether Rick should resign as a Rotarian. After he heard the news of the massacre in Orlando and 
reflected on many of the past incidents over the last few years, Rick reminded us of the many good
deeds Rotarians do. I wish I could put all he said into words as we all had a tear listening to him.
His closing remark was the world needs Rotarians and will remain a Rotarian forever.
HE TOUCHED OUR HEARTS Carol Hannigan 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jun 10, 2016
Our regular meeting place on Tuesday was dark for a off site visit to Great Basin Brewing Company.
Brew Master Chris Wall gave us a tour of the brewery along with a history lesson on making beer. When
all is done even the left over grain, rice and hops are picked by a local farmer and fed to his cattle.  So the circle 
comes back to us from start to finish.
Have you ever seen John so happy.  We all got a nice shoulder massage.
AND THEN THERE WAS BEER! Carol Hannigan 2016-06-11 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jun 04, 2016
Our program speaker for Tuesday was Alicia Barber. Alicia is the author of several books outlining the preservation of history in the Reno area. Her warm personality helped us all in remembering the past.  Alicia focused on the History of 4th Street and several key points over the past 100 plus years.  Our first arch was erected in 1927. We had street cars starting in 1904, the famous Coney Island Bar (started as a tamale factory) 1909 and many more pictures of old land marks. Alicia also was a Rotary Scholarship winner in her youth.  Nevadans can be proud we live here.
Bell ringing was a lot of fun as usual. Joe Musser told us why he missed last meeting. He attended a Scotch tasting dinner and party, poor Mark Schauss reminded us we should have our wisdom teeth out in our youth, not fun for him, Larie Trippet said the Smile campaign by purchasing through Amazon naming Rotary as our charity was presented it's first check for $8.00. Well we had to start somewhere. Jim Annis had his usual fun time jabbing President Duane for loosing by only a few strokes in the Golf Tournament at Hidden Valley last weekend. 
RENO HISTORY & FUN OF COURSE Carol Hannigan 2016-06-05 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on May 25, 2016
Our speaker Tuesday was Natalie Powell, research analyst at Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN). What an eye opener to hear about the serious drug problems that are effecting our youth. Smoking marijuana between ages of 13 and 25 can lower you IQ 8 points. Today's marijuana is 20 times more powerful than it was 30 years ago.  The opioids  being used and how they are obtained will break your heart. Natalie had many suggestions for coping.  If you would like more information contact her at
AN EYE OPENER Carol Hannigan 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on May 17, 2016
Nice and relaxing meeting.  We got all of our announcements, bell ringing done and had time for discussions.
Kendall Masuko from the Rotary Club of Reno Midtown paid us a visit. Midtown is soliciting donations for the National Veterans Golden Age Games held in Detroit Michigan, July 10th through the 14th.VA Sierra Nevada Health Care Systems is hoping to send some Veterans with disabilities to participate.  If you are interested and have questions call Kendall at 815-7428 or email him at 
Our procational talk for the evening was given  by Past President Dave Zybert. Dave has been in all phases of the entertainment industry and theater.  Many great things are happening in Dave's life especially recently.  If you weren't at the meeting let Dave know you are interested in his story.
NICE AND RELAXING MEETING Carol Hannigan 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on May 15, 2016
Even though we did not have a regular scheduled meeting this week we had a lot going on.
Starting off was volunteering at the Food Bank on May 7th. Not in the picture was our Chesa Keane. Why, because she took the picture.
On May 12th was Midtown's fund raiser at the Nugget.  As usual there was plenty of talent and the event was well attended by many Rotarians and friends.
On May 13th our 5190 Convention started at the Atlantis.  Many in our Club attended the lunch and enjoyed seeing many members from other Clubs which some of them we only get to see once a year.
Past President Chip Lindloff presented Polio Plus with a check in the amount of $4530.13 from the Rotaract Club of Reno.
A LOT GOING ON Carol Hannigan 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on May 03, 2016
As the last minute the Tamarack changed us to the Steak House for our meeting.  My eyes were playing tricks on me I thought we were being served this. Yeah Right!!!! They did have our board meeting table set up and the buffet was Italian so all was well.
LAST MINUTE CHANGE Carol Hannigan 2016-05-04 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Apr 27, 2016
Getting ready for the Purple Pinkie Run.  There were over 125 participants enjoying the break in the weather. Next year, unless something changes, our Club will take over this fund raising event and plans will be to expand it.
Some spectators watching the race.  Our runners were fast but I bet the Geese could out paddle them.
A group of finishers.
PINKIE RUN & SWEET MUSIC Carol Hannigan 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Apr 22, 2016
The assembly line. At five Tuesday several of our members met to stuff the give away bags for the Purple Pinkie Run.  We teamed up with the Roteract Club in sponsoring this event. When I saw the sky on Friday I went oh, no. Well this morning turned out to be beautiful so we are all looking forward to hearing about the event.  While we are on the same healthy line Past President Rick Lierman present member Courtney with a third place trophy for her snow boarding competition held at the Rotary Ski Day.  Our Club team again thanked Charter Daddy for sponsoring them.
READY, SET, GO Carol Hannigan 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Apr 13, 2016
Saturday was the Leadership conference and training for District 5190 held at the Atlantis Casino.  There was a full house and it was good to see many Rotarians that you only get to visit with a couple of times a year.  You can see the new logo/brand that will be used on our correspondence and any other Rotary affiliated usage.  In the corner you can see a picture of the official pin this year with our motto Rotary Serving Humanity.
Also attending not in the picture was Holly and Robin who had to leave early due to a family commitment and Dave Zybert, busy as usual presenting and a Sgt. at Arms.
LEADERSHIP AND SWEET MUSIC Carol Hannigan 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0


Posted on Apr 05, 2016
Our meeting Tuesday was held in the Tamarack Steak House. Our President Elect, Leslie Adams lead the evening.  As our speaker had to cancel and President Duane was attending his mothers Birthday, we had an informal Fireside for our new members.
MADAM PRES ELECT 2016-04-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Mar 29, 2016
On March 22nd Briggitte Kidd was inducted as our member. Sponsor Chesa Keane and President Duane Upton had the pleasure of presenting  at our off site visit to the Solace Tree.  Our members enjoyed examining the books and materials provided by our club along with a matching grant. 
MORE MEMBERS, MORE FUN Carol Hannigan 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Mar 17, 2016
Many things going on while this mouse was away at play.  Our March 1st meetings presenter was Joel Madison, Corporate Vice Present of The Sierra NV Corp. area industry defense and space. Joel's company is primary in developing the Dream Chaser Space Plane.  In January of this year they were awarded a fourteen billion dollar contract for transporting cargo to the space station for eighteen to twenty four missions. The presentation was one of our most interesting, if you were not there contact Joel for more information.
 Our March 15th meeting brought us a presentation from Susanne Martin, Assistant Professor at UNR with her focus on terrorism.  Susanne has written a book on the subject and had information on describing a terrorist among other terrorist events around the world.                                      
The Dream Chaser Space Plane
CATCHING UP Carol Hannigan 2016-03-18 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Feb 23, 2016
Our Rotary Foundation had it's 100th Birthday February 23rd so why not celebrate with a Birthday cake.  Past President and our Foundation Chair Chip Lindloff gave us a history of the Foundation and we watched a nice video which had pictures from the beginning.  My how nice our fore fathers looked and dressed.
02/23/16 100 YEARS OF ROTARY FOUNDATION Carol Hannigan 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Feb 18, 2016
Our Past President Chip Lindloff arranged for our sponsored Interact Club from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School to attend our meeting and bring us up to date on their activities.  Five students along with two councilors were the presenters. Interact is 50 years old and has over 42,000 members.
50 YEARS OF ROTARY INTERACT Carol Hannigan 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Feb 09, 2016
The volunteering at the Food Bank brought out the best in many of us. The packing was different than usual and put our brains together with team work to get into the rhythm.
President Duane Upton and Robin Taber were fantasizing this was Champagne, alas only grape juice.
LARGE GOOD BANK GROUP & MORE Carol Hannigan 2016-02-10 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Feb 02, 2016
Tuesday was our Club Speech Contest. This is always one of our favorite events. Our first place winner was  Sarah, she is holding her check behind her, second place was Tara who would like to speak to our Club for the FFA club concerning our sage grouse in Nevada. Third place was awarded to Colton. Sarah will compete in the area contest on April 13th at the Sparks Rotary Club.
We had a nice presentation to our Club from Co-AG Tina Spencer. We were awarded a matching grant of $2250.00 for our Solace Tree project.  You will be hearing from Ralph and Chip for sign ups to attend and off site visit on March 22nd.
A LOT OF NEWS Carol Hannigan 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jan 26, 2016
A meeting full of fun and bargains.
Many guests attended.  Great to visit with them, maybe the Christmas party was the last time.
Auctioneer Dennis McCormac did his usual exceptional job.We had a new Vanna this year. I think Past President Chip had the most fun of the evening.  A great job by both of them. 
The winner bidder for the mystery gift was my mother Edna Ede. Mom cooked and served the Portola Rotary Club for over forty years. You can tell how pleased she was.
We had a guest from the Reno Club (the Downtown Club) letting us know about their fund raiser, Reno Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday February 9th. They have enlarged the event to be held at the Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St. You can buy tickets on line or at the door.
We were all hoping to have our ticket drawn for a chance at the Red marble. Robin Taber gave it a good try. The pot grows bigger.
Next week is our sponsored Club Speech contest.  Sharon Zenz has a good line up for us.  Come and enjoy.
AUCTION FUN Carol Hannigan 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jan 20, 2016
Our fund raiser Shamrock Shindig is fast approaching. Our member Ralph Koss donated this gift basket from Buy Nevada First. All items in the basket are produced or made in our great state. Several of our other members also brought items to add to the construction of our gift baskets. If you are stumped your cash donations will be put to good use in purchasing items in your name.  We have received this type of request from a couple of our members already.
Mark and Jo Leiser were so appreciative of the Christmas candy orders from our Club they donated a check to RCS for $200.00 to be applied to Polio Plus. Sharon Zenz asked for judges on Feb. 29 and 30th for the Speech Contest for the home schooled students.  If you can help please contact Sharon.                         
SHAMROCK SHINDIG IS GETTING CLOSE Carol Hannigan 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jan 13, 2016
After being blessed by our President Duane Upton our meeting began with many hand shakes and hugs. We had announcements from Ralph Koss and Past President Shelley Johnson. It's Food Bank time again so Ralph sent around a sign up sheet for Feb. 6th starting at 9:00 a.m. Shelley brought flyers for the next Rotary Means Business.  The event is Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:00. The location is Taps and Tanks, Great Basin Brewery, 1155 South Rock Blvd. #490.  If you want more information contact Brett Meich at
Melissa Lindell, representing the fund raising committee requested all committee members along with other interested parties attend our meeting next Tuesday at 5:00.  Melissa also showed a flyer for items needed to fill our raffle/auction baskets.  We need wine and items not later than Feb. 15th in order to assemble the baskets.  If you have questions please contact Melissa, Rick or myself.  By the way Melissa found a great home for Nala in Truckee, big happy ending there.
Our procational speaker was Robin Taber. More than anything, Robin has a great appreciation for Rotary and Polio Plus, having a childhood affection being aided by charities like the Shriners Hospital.
Our program speaker was George Woodside. His talk was primarily on Motor Awareness and Safety.  We saw a shocking video and learned of stopping distances, things we don't see and more.
Now come on. Chesa has been a very lucky girl lately. That red marble is still getting away from her.  Our dollar amount is growing rapidly.
I hope this next meeting finds all of our members healthy and well again. So many of us have had that chest congestion and cold that is hanging on for several weeks.
Our speaker, this comming Tuesday, Julie Macc on Identity Theft will be bringing hand outs for us to take home.
GEARING UP FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS Carol Hannigan 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jan 05, 2016
President Duane Upton opened the meeting in our usual custom. We went on to several announcements and presentations. Past President Chip Lindloff received his Paul Harris Plus Four and a pin for bringing in two new members. Our next presentation was to Past President Jim Annis who received his Paul Harris Plus Eight.

Past President Rick Lierman reminded us March 11th is Rotary Ski Day, Past President Mark Schauss spoke about our March Shamrock Shindig auction items. Basket assembler Carol Hannigan needs items to have them prepared before she leaves on vacation the end of February.
Community Service Chair, Ralph Koss announced the last Saturday in April will be Work Day and is requesting suggestions for our project.  Yes, we did it again.  Our Club collected the most money for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing.
Chesa was proud to inform us our Club led the securing of the most host families for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. This is probably the most challenging task Chesa faces each year with RYE.
CLUB ASSEMBLY JANUARY 2016 Carol Hannigan 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Dec 23, 2015
A time for reflecting on our lives and spending time with love ones and friends.  Not to mention
over eating.
A three foot home made Santa is hiding something inside?
MERRY CHRISTMAS Carol Hannigan 2015-12-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Dec 16, 2015
Past President Chip Lindloff attended the Interact Club at Bishop Manogue High School for their fund raiser.  Get this, the Club held an Ugly Sweater contest. They charged a $5.00 entry fee from students and raised $1163.00. We will be looking forward to these future Rotarians.
Wreaths Across America took place December 12th. We had past Presidents, current President and a future President donate their time to place wreaths on several veterans graves. Of course you recognize Leslie, Cindy, Duane and Rick.
'TIS THE SEASON Carol Hannigan 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Dec 09, 2015
We had a close to full house Tuesday.  Treasurer Leslie Adams was doing the happy dance as we met our guaranteed meal expense to the Tamarack. Everyone enjoyed meeting guest Mike Moore, owner of Rust Bullet.  Mike was a guest of Past President Cindy Welch.  It is always nice to see a new face interested in what our Club is all about. Rafael Cappucci gave us a short report on an interview he had with Kathy Ireland to be broadcast at a later date.
We had a surprise procational talk from Past President Jim Annis. His new business, Your Family Rocking Chair, has him making heirloom rocking chairs. The one displayed is his demo which has around fifty hours of labor involved.  It was enjoyable hearing his story which brought him to building these hand crafted chairs.
President Duane Upton had the pleasure of presenting our Scholarship winner her second set of checks for her continued education at UNR.  Isabella is a criminal justice major carrying sixteen credits along with working forty hours a week. In case you didn't know Bella also received a grant from our District.
BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF RCS FOUNDATION Carol Hannigan 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
DECEMBER IS UPON US Carol Hannigan 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Nov 18, 2015
We don't get charged by the number of attempts!!!
Happy Thanksgiving, see you December 1st. Speaker is Jennifer Cunningham RSCVA Interim Managing Director.
COULDN'T LEAVE THIS ONE OUT Carol Hannigan 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Nov 18, 2015
Tuesday night we were off site being hosts for Rotary Means Business. Our own Courtney Pino offered to hold the event at her office of EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants.  This Company is through out the United States and in Reno less than a year. Past President Shelley Johnson arranged the food, wine and beer.  A nice time to visit other Club members along with our own.
How about this. EPIC Insurance presented our Club with a check for $500.00.  Another example of companies with funds for local Charities. That is twice this month we have received these great donations.
ROTARY MEANS BUSINESS Carol Hannigan 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Nov 10, 2015
November 7th brought out our members to volunteer for the Northern Nevada Food Bank.  We packed over two hundred thirty five boxes for the elderly and shut ins.  Everyone commented on the quality of the food items being placed in the boxes.
A surprise shot of Miss Kate, cute.
Some of the boys had big grins.  It always is a great feeling to know we helped someone somewhere.
VOLUNTEERS, SNOW & FOUNDATION Carol Hannigan 2015-11-11 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Nov 04, 2015
October 13th brought our District Governors visit. Gail (aka Virus) bestowed many awards on our Club and on some of the members.
Chesa Keane was given Be A Gift To The World for her willingness to shine her light to all.
Ralph Koss was awarded the Quiet Rotarian honor.
Past President  and Charter Daddy, Jim Annis, Past President Chip Lindloff and long time member John Milliken were recognized for their generous contributions to The Paul Harris Society.
Our sweet member Courtney Pino received her Blue Badge.  Didn't take her long
We had an update from District Polio Plus chair Deb Nelson.
Our own President Elect, Melissa Lindell gave us an update on the South Valley Regional Park. A lot of good stuff going on
CATCHING UP Carol Hannigan 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Oct 06, 2015
Fun Chair Lynn Johnson put on a great tailgate party before the UNR/UNLV game. The food was a Mexican buffet which included bread pudding for desert, beer and wine. There were challenge games for those who wanted some competition. The weather even held out until the fourth quarter which was bail time for some of us.
TAILGATE PARTY, FUND RAISING & MORE Carol Hannigan 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0


Posted on Sep 30, 2015
Our "FUN" Club had several announcements Tuesday evening. Our next fund raising meeting will be Tuesday October 6th at 5:00 p.m. before our regular meeting. Our regular board meeting will be held Oct. 13th with District Governor Gail before our regular meeting. 
Our Fun Chair, Lynn Johnson, handed out the tailgate/game tickets for the UNR game on Saturday Oct. 3rd.  Lynn has a few game tickets left so check with her if you have decided to attend. The tailgate food will be provided by Famous Daves.  Lynn also announced our Christmas Party, Pirate gift exchange will be December 15th at Miguel's in the Summit Sierra shopping center.
Roteract Secretary, Nancy Allen, brought hand outs with information on their upcoming fund raiser on Oct.18th. The event is Vino 4 Reno, the ticket price is $25.00. You can get the details by looking up the event name on the web.


Posted by Carol Hannigan
Our program Tuesday was hearing from our RYLA kids about their experiences at Camp RYLA. The attending participants, all from Bishop Manogue, were Miranda Ossio, Chad Crow, Madeline Wettig and Cameron Shonnard. Our Club couldn't get enough of hearing their enthusiasm.
John Arnold and wife Barbara, brother of our late Rotarian Bruce Arnold, presented Madeline Wettig with the plaque for the most improved and sharing student from our group. Bruce Arnold left a legacy to our Club to continue sponsoring a student each year to attend the RYLA Camp.
How about the proud parents of Maddie Wettig.
THE JOYS OF OUR YOUTH AT RYLA CAMP Carol Hannigan 2015-09-23 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Sep 16, 2015
Our off site meeting for September 15th was held at the offices of The Applied Companies. Our own Past President Jim Annis volunteered his lunch/meeting room for our gathering.  We had a great Pizza Party with twenty nine Rotarians and guests attending. After a fun social time and short meeting we were ready for our speaker Ellie Collins, our returning RYE student.  Ellie gave us a great presentation on her stay in France and travels to other European countries. Several members of her family also attended our meeting.
ROTARIANS LOVE PIZZA Carol Hannigan 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Sep 09, 2015
Our featured speakers for Tuesday were Mayor Pro Tem from Portola, CA Bill Powers and City Manager Robert Meacher. Patty Clawson, Portola's Marketing Manager also accompanied the dignitaries. Bill Powers was a classmate of mine so it was special to have him as a part of the program.  Our members Past Presidents Jim Annis and Chip Lindloff are working with the City to assist them with personal, information and contacts to aid in the growth of Portola.  It was great to hear about all the area has to offer new residents. I am sure the City management would love to discuss any questions you many have. I suggest you start with his Office at 530 832-5418.
A NIGHT OF GUESTS AND SPEAKERS Carol Hannigan 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Sep 01, 2015
September is Child Awareness month for Cancer. Our speakers were Jim and Tammy Richardson giving a presentation on Camp Cartwheel.  This is a camp where terminally ill children and their siblings attend to enjoy before the final days and find peace.  All of the children have a common closeness.  The presentation touched all of us along with the knowledge a camp like this existed.
MANY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MORE Carol Hannigan 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Aug 30, 2015
We have a new Club Foundation President and Board.  Our dear Ralph Koss has accepted the helm. Our team this year is Ralph Koss, President, Larie Trippet, Treasurer, Dennis McCormac, Vice President, Rafael Cappucci, Director, and Joe Musser, Club Liaison
NEW CLUB FOUNDATION PRESIDENT & MEMBERS Carol Hannigan 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Aug 20, 2015
Our program Tuesday August 18th was to award our scholarship recipient Isabella Dominguez her funds and to hear more about Bella. Isabella was our speech contest and Club scholarship winner.  Our committee submitted her application to the the District where Isabella competed with all of District 5190 and became a winner.  As the Scholarship Chair I can't tell you how pleased I am for our Club.  Bella's combined total from our Club and the District is $3500.00.
Now here is the icing on the cake. Assistant Governor Joel Muller purchased raffle tickets.  His name was drawn and he also pulled the red marble.  The pot was over $1300.00. A real Rotary moment here, Joel presented Isabella the red marble and said apply it to your education.
Bella was over come with tears of appreciation as she is her main support working her way through college.
TEARS OF APPRECIATION & A ROTARY MOMENT Carol Hannigan 2015-08-21 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Aug 04, 2015
Past President and our Charter President Jim Annis said, "I want You". We had a great Fireside Chat at Jim's home on Tuesday night.
After a great meal catered by Famous Daves, the presentation was started by our Charter Daddy.  We had a history of Rotary, twelves facts about Rotary and heard from several members pertaining to the ins and outs of Rotary.
Past President Dennis McCormac reminded us off all the great things Rotary provides for it's members.  Where else does your donations and giving come right back to you.
NOW THIS IS A FIRESIDE CHAT! Carol Hannigan 2015-08-05 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Carol Hannigan on Jul 28, 2015
You can tell what President Duane is thinking.  O.K. who is going to draw the red marble tonight.  We had a lot of good intentions with only three balls left. Tickets sales were heavy, thank you members, and the wait for the draw was anticipated.
So here we go Leslie Adams. OMG! the elusive red marble is still in the bag.  Due to our upcoming Fireside Chat and being dark the following week to attend our RI Presidents dinner, our next drawing will be August 18th. Is anyone's palm itching?
THE ELUSIVE RED BALL & UPDATES FROM MEMBERS Carol Hannigan 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
GUESTS, MUSIC MADNESS & NO WINNER Carol Hannigan 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
NEW MEMBER AND PERFECT ATTENDANCE Carol Hannigan 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
DUANE'S FIRST MEETING & LOTS OF PRESIDENTS Carol Hannigan 2015-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
MORE DEMOTION PICTURES 3 Carol Hannigan 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Test Storey 123 Carol Hannigan 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
MORE PICTURES #2 Carol Hannigan 2015-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
HOUSE PAINTING AND PRICE INCREASES Carol Hannigan 2015-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Club Founder Wins CEO of the Year Dave Zybert 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam: Warren Macleod Annis

Posted by David Zybert on Dec 20, 2013

ImageFollowing is the obituary for Jim Annis' father.  Our hearts and prayers go out to Jim and his family.

Warren Macleod Annis passed away on December 21, 2013, of natural causes.  At the time of his death Warren had been living in Livermore for 2 ½ years after residing in the same house in Pleasanton since 1950.

Warren was born in Duluth, Minnesota, the last of six children of Roderick Dhu Annis and Ethel Foss Annis.  He attended Duluth, MN schools, graduating from Central High School  and Duluth State Teacher’s College (now the University of Minnesota ta Duluth) with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  After graduating college in December of 1943 Warren attended the Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School at Columbia University in New York, NY, graduating June 29, 1944.

On July 3, 1944, he married Fannie Lambert, his college sweetheart, on his way to assignment to the Amphibious Base at Coronado, California.  Warren was then assigned to the USS Menard, APA 201, and spent time in the South Pacific arena during World War II, participating in the landing at Okinawa on April 1, 1945.  His ship also transported the first occupational troops in to Nagasaki, japan, after the dropping of the atomic bomb.

After World War II, Warren came to Pleasanton, California, in 1948 to work at the Jackson Perkins Company growing grounds as timekeeper and eventually became Office Manager.

In March of 1956, he joined the late Ernest W. Schween in the insurance business, taking over the business in 1963 upon the death of Mr. Schween.  Warren had an insurance office at 99 W. Neal Street, Pleasanton, CA, for nearly 30 years.

During his retirement, Warren delivered Meals on Wheels for 18 years and he worked in his woodworking shop, becoming an expert at the woodworking skill of intarsia, a form of wood inlaying that is similar to marquetry.  He and Fannie traveled the world and Warren loved playing bocce ball at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

Warren was the Charter Secretary of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton in 1965 and served as that club’s President in 1968-69.  He also served on numerous committees over the years.  In 2011, Warren was awarded the first Lifetime Membership ever given by the club and the club scholarship, which Warren helped found in 1967, was named after him, becoming the “Warren Annis Service-Above-Self Scholarship.”

Warren is survived by his children, Larry (Carolyn) of Pleasanton, CA and Jim (Gini) of Reno, NV, his grandsons, Greg Annis of Oakland, CA, Keith Annis of Lima, Peru, Kevin (Megan) Annis of Reno, NV, and Brian Annis of Burbank, CA, and his great grandchildren, Connor and Hailey Annis.

He was predeceased by his parents and five siblings and his wonderful wife of 68+ years, Fannie.

There will be a genuine Celebration of Life for Warren on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA at 2:00PM.  Warren asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:  Children’s Incorporated, 4205 Dover Road,  Richmond, VA 23221.

In Memoriam: Warren Macleod Annis David Zybert 2013-12-21 00:00:00Z 0

Touching Hearts Beyond the Speech Contest

Posted by Chesa Keane on Mar 27, 2013

Sharon Zenz was working with the families of the Speech Contestants that took place on March 26, 2013, and shared a heart-warming story with our members.  If this story doesn't give you a clear focus for what Rotary does, nothing will. 

Touching Hearts Beyond the Speech Contest Chesa Keane 2013-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Memorable Moments from my 2013 GSE India trip

Posted by Chesa Keane on Mar 04, 2013

Rotary made its focus to eradicate Polio worldwide in 1979. As a result, there are only 3 countries left on the Polio endemic list:  Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. You can truly feel the effect of this unless you had my experience. Polio-1

Memorable Moments from my 2013 GSE India trip Chesa Keane 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

Emergency Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Posted by David Zybert on Nov 05, 2012

The Staten Island Rotary Foundation is accepting donations to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island.

Checks can be made payable to "Staten Island Rotary Foundation" and mailed to:

John J. Amodio
Chairman, Staten Island Rotary Foundation
212 Woodbine Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314

A notation can be placed on the check indicating "For SI victims of Hurricane Sandy".

If you know of an organization or person that is collecting funds and wants the Staten Island Rotary Foundation to handle the distribution and provide them with a tax receipt; they can send checks to you and then you can forward the checks to John Amodio at the above address for further processing.

We have helped with the disasters involving the Tsunami, Haiti and Katrina; Please help us help our own Staten Islanders. Thank you in advance for all your help.

Emergency Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims David Zybert 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
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