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Marin Evening

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
Virtual for Now
Zoom link in the schedule below
San Rafael, CA 94903
United States of America
                # Strengthening our community
RCME is deeply engaged in our local community and is dedicated to strengthening it with our on-going work and support of our senior citizens, youth and at-risk neighbors.
                # Acting globally
RCME's humanitarian assistance to promote health, economic development, environment, education, and peace reach far beyond our local borders. Our partnerships and projects in South America and India elevate local water quality standards, livelihoods, and access to polio vaccinations.
                # Connecting and Growing Personally  
RCME strives to cultivate a sense of community, fellowship and personal growth. Our club meetings are a chance to catch up with one another, share stories, work together, and expand our knowledge through our thought-provoking speaker series.
                # Getting it done 
Ultimately, RCME is a Rotary Club with many humanitarian-oriented objectives and projects, and a track record of getting them done. We are continually looking for new members to help us achieve these goals, as well as those that you may have a passion for. Come and join us!
Stories of RCME in Action
The "Great Cookie Caper" collected and decorated cookies for 28 families experiencing domestic violence. They were delivered just in time for a happy Christmas. The GCC is an annual event involving members of the club who bake, decorate and distribute cookies to those in need each holiday season.
The Rotary Club of Marin Evening delivered pumpkin pies for 130 seniors to enjoy for Thanksgiving.
Residents at 3 senior centers were treated to a special desert courtesy of RCME. Here's Foundation President, Ned Bulkley, delivering pies to Maureen Williams at Parnow Friendship House. The other houses supported were Martinelli and Marie B. Freitas Houses .
UPDATE: The old bridge has been replaced with a new one. Another challenging but day. A job well done in the service of others.
The old bridge (puncheon) linking Descanso Way and the Santa Venetia Marsh Preserve was rotten and needed replacing. Working with the San Rafael Parks District, seven intrepid members of RCME helped fabricate a replacement. On Saturday, September 11, the group spent a day getting most of the elements ready for installation. It involved a lot of measuring, drilling and matching of pieces. But it's now set up for another day of finishing it off and installing it. Lots of work, but not a single hole was drilled where it shouldn't have been. Very satisfying way to spend a day in service of others.
The first group of 25 candidates for the microfinance program in Ecuador has graduated. The next phase of training, technical workshops, will be conducted for this group through the month of September, in different locations depending on the skills to be learned.  Also, on August 27 the graduates will be receiving two presentations on human rights, with particular focus on the rights of women. A second group of 25 will begin their training soon.  Nearly 500 applied but only 100 were selected--who will all go through a similar program.
Marin Evening Rotary just received a grant award of $96,463 for a business development and microcredit project in Ecuador. The project will provide skill training to 100 low income people and help them set up their own businesses. These photos are from a prior project.
This Rotary year, Marin Evening Rotary received a total of $244,504 in grants from The Rotary Foundation.
1,000 new reading glasses will be distributed to those in need living in San Pedro Sula, Honduras thanks to a donation from Marin Evening Rotary. Working with a Rotarian in New Jersey and a Lions Club in Honduras, these glasses are sorely needed by people who thread needles, read labels on fertilizers and help their children with schoolwork. The glasses were sourced through RestoringVision, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing vision needs in the developing world.
Our club has been preparing lunches for those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Here are a group of our "chefs" as they gather (safely) to drop off meals. So far, we've contributed nearly 2,500 meals to St. Vincent de Pauls in San Rafael. Each lunch consists of a sandwich, a snack, something sweet and chips. They are very much appreciated by the SVDP clients.
Club President Al Shirley delivers 50 Easter Baskets for children residents of The Center for Domestic Peace. The baskets were designed for kids "under 6", "6 to 13" and "over 13" to make them age-appropriate. Jane with the C4DP is shown with all the baskets that were delivered. Plenty of chocolate and fun to share this coming Easter.
Over 500 reading glasses were distributed through the Guayaquil Rotaract Clubs in Ecuador. Glasses were provided by Rotary Club of Marin Evening through RestoringVision. 
Many people will now be able to thread needles, read and help provided for their families as a result of this program.
Rotary Club of Marin Evening sponsored the purchase and delivery of PPE to 30 hospitals in Ecuador.
1,000 surgical masks and 35 PPEs were delivered to the Tenguel Medical Center
Rotary of Marin Evening prepared 132 Valentine's Day cards for the senior residents of Martinelli House and Marie B Freitas House.Each card was personally prepared and included a chocolate candy for the resident.
Here's member Mark Sachs delivering the cards to the office manager of Martinelli House.
The Manta, Ecuador Fish Market project sponsored by Marin Evening is now in operation. Our Rotary Foundation Global Grant project provided the fish cleaning stations, industrial ice machine, cold storage room with drawers for fish storage and bathroom facilities.  We also provided the electrical system, clean water system, sanitation systems for both the fish effluent and the bathrooms, and paving for the site.  The fishermen also received extensive training in sanitary fish handling techniques. The building was constructed by the City of Manta and the Manta Rotary Club. Participating in the inauguration were the Rotary District Governor and Manta Rotary Club President, the Mayor of Manta and the head of the Fisherman's association.
The country of Ecuador has a shortage of engineers and scientists.  To help address that problem, Marin Evening Rotary Club sponsored a project to improve school teachers’ skills in science and math.  The teachers were also taught new teaching techniques using experiments and games, rather than the traditional rote learning.
One hundred twenty-five teachers from 29 elementary schools attended this training program.  These schools are located in a large slum area with over 300,000 people.  By participating the schools committed to changing and improving their teaching techniques.  This project was a huge success with the students, and their parents.  As a result of this pilot project, the Ecuador Ministry of Education is introducing these same techniques into other schools in the country
The Rotary Club of Marin Evening has just provided 170,000 protective masks and 4,722 protective medical uniforms for at-risk doctors, nurses and medical personnel at hospitals in Ecuador.  This PPE, intended for medical people treating Covid-19 patients, is being distributed to 27 hospitals throughout Ecuador including the Highlands, Coastal cities and the Galapagos.  Sixteen Rotary clubs in Ecuador are helping distribute this equipment along with our partner Rotary Club  of Guayaquil Norte.
Marin Evening Rotary Club provided microcredit loans and banking services to business owners and  fishermen in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador.  These photos show women who started from nothing, and with our loans created their own businesses in sewing and tailoring, pharmacy and baking. Other businesses included fish marketing, convenience stores, restaurants, agriculture and support for fishing boats
The Marin Evening Rotary Club provided a cutting edge sewage treatment plant for a large school and orphanage near Guayaquil, Ecuador.  The latest bio-digestive technology was used to provide this sanitation service to over 1,200 people, thereby preventing environmental damage to local tourist beaches.
Club Secretary, Jayne Hulbert, announced the results of the District 5150 Club Awards Regatta.
Rotary Club of Marin Evening received 6 District Excellence Awards for the following:
Club Administration
Community Service
International Service
Public Image
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Service
Outreach programs of the club this past year include:
$3,000 donated to SF-Marin Food bank
1,000 face shields (with the Rotary Club of Dublin) for Guatemala health care workers
$1,000 donated for food and hygiene products to the area of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala towards the joint project of the United Way and the Rotary Club of Lake Titlan,Guatemala.
$1,000 donated to a Global Grant, providing PPEs to health workers in Guayaquil
$3,500 donated to Rotary International’s Disaster Response Fund
Provided teacher appreciation gifts to all teachers at the San Pedro and Venetia Valley schools.
Club President, Carlos Afre, commented, "We may be a small club in number, but we work hard to maximize our impact in the community as well as internationally. We appreciate the recognition by the District."
The Rotary Club of Marin Evening held its 5th annual Service Above Self Award ceremony on June 2, 2020 to recognize two San Rafael Elementary School Teachers. These teachers were selected due to their dedication to their students and because they meet Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self. The two impressive educators who received the Service Above Self Awards are Brianna Padilla, a kindergarten teacher from Venetia Valley K-8 School and Melissa Minar, a fifth-grade teacher from San Pedro Elementary.
Past Speakers
Chris Choo
Feb 09, 2021 5:30 PM
Sea Level Rise in Marin and the North Bay
Mary Bussi, Dir. Corporate, Foundation & Govt.
Feb 02, 2021 5:30 PM
The Dominican Experience: Transforming Lives One Student At A Time
Steven Burchik
Jan 12, 2021 5:30 PM
Compass And A Camera (Photos and commentary, many focused on Vietnam)