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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
Past Speakers
Dora Zuniga with Project Amigo
Jul 19, 2022
A presentation of her project - Open for ZOOM
Kendal Sager
Jul 05, 2022
The Buzz About Bees - Open for ZOOM
Keith Axtell - Global Grant Update
Jun 14, 2022
Marin Evening Global Grant Project Update
Stories of RCME in Action
It's not every new member who gets inducted by the District Governor. But, Dr. Louise Malandra got a special welcome from DG Gary Chow after joining RCME. Governor Chow was a guest at our meeting which coincided with Dr. Malandra's induction. So, why not? Welcome Dr. Malandra--who is Executive Director of Trips for Kids.
Rotary Club of Marin Evening participated in the 38th Annual California Coastal Clean-Up day on September 17. Shown here are club president, Nick Nguyen and board member Valerie Layne. They were joined by other club members in picking up trash along the San Rafael Creek bed. Many other Rotary Clubs in the district and state joined in this effort. As President Nick says, "It's part of what Rotary is to make a difference in our communities. We were happy to do our part."
For 27 years, we have honored 66 students at Bodega Bay School in memory of Nicholas Green, who attended the school and was killed in an attempted kidnapping in Italy. His parents donated his organs which saved the lives of 7 Italians.  The Nicholas Green Award recognizes those students who exemplify the spirit of compassion that this act of generosity showed. Past president, Al Shirley was at Stinson Elementary School to present this year's award.
Ms. Gockel-Maguire (from San Pedro Elementary) sees each child as having a rich story and assets that are meant to be shared with the classroom and the larger community despite any personal challenges they may face. She does this by building deep trusting relationships with each one of the students she interacts with in order for them to feel safe and be available to come to school and learn. She uses her connection with the community and a variety of nonprofit organizations to secure funds to purchase PE equipment, books for the school library and gift cards that can be given to families during the holidays.
Ms. Deirdre Wilson has been teaching kindergarten for more than 25 years and is a Venetia Valley School superstar! She has an amazing ability to connect with all of her students and their families. Additionally, Ms. Wilson is a role model for professionalism and gives a lot of her extra time to prepare, plan and provide for her students and their families. Ms. Wilson is a true team player and is always willing to take on additional responsibilities.
For the past two years, the Rotary Club of Marin Evening has been providing meals to those experiencing homelessness through St. Vincent de Paul. Club members have made over 4,600 lunches for distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic when the St. Vincent's kitchen was closed for health reasons. Thanks to the club's efforts, these people have had one less thing to worry about--getting a decent meal. Now that St. Vincent's is re-opening their kitchen, the sack lunches are no longer needed. But there were a lifeline for over two years.
Congratulations to Mike Finnegan of the Marin County Fire Department, recipient of the Service Above Self Award. Mike is an Engineer Paramedic who was the COVID-19 vaccine coordinator for all of Marin. He led the team of doctors, nurses and paramedics in setting up the Marin County program that was rated as #1 in the country for vaccine distribution. Lynn Taylor, Rotary Club President, says "Mike's efforts saved lives and truly exemplifies what the Service Above Self Award is meant to recognize. Thank you, Mike."
For the second year, RCME has made Easter Baskets for kids living in the Center for Domestic Peace in San Rafael. Baskets were made for young kids, middle school and high school kids. A total of 27 baskets were prepared with "age appropriate" toys and sweets. Here's Sagrario Ramirez of the C4DP receiving the baskets for distribution at Easter. A nice present for kids who deserve something good.
Rotary Club of Marin Evening recognized Luca Cuffe, a volunteer with the Marin County Search and Rescue for this outstanding service this past year. Luca has logged over 700 hours, serving as team leader and coordinator for training and rescue missions. His service extended to Oregon and Washington and has lasted all through his high school years. Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle praised Luca's dedication and willingness to put in the hours as a dedicated volunteer and his uncanny ability to locate missing persons. 
Our club recognizes outstanding service in law enforcement and education with a "Service Above Self" award. As club president Lynn Taylor says, "Luca embodies the commitment we like to see and honor. Congratulations, Luca. And best of luck in your future endeavors."
The club delivered 200 Valentine's cards to seniors at 3 residences as well as women at the Center for Domestic Peace to make their day a bit brighter.
For the 15th year, RCME distributed dictionaries to 3rd graders at two elementary schools in San Rafael and one in Richmond. Each student received their own copy. Over 200 were provided to the happy students. Pictured Allen Ng, Chair of the Youth Services Committee, giving the students the good news, and President Lynn Taylor and a happy recipient.
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