Rotary Club of Orinda

Welcome to Our Club!

Welcome to Our Club!

Orinda

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA  94563
United States
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Don't miss Orinda Rotary's annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th in the Community Center Park.  This long-standing, free tradition is geared for toddlers, kindergartners, first and second graders.  Prizes, treats and food will be available from 10:45 AM to 12 noon.  The egg hunt starts promptly at 11:00 AM.  Photos with the Easter Bunny are also available!
Orinda Rotary Club will host its Annual Frank Isola Field Day on Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Miramonte Stadium.  Named for former Orinda teacher, administrator and Rotarian Frank Isola, Field Day is open to all Orinda third, fourth and fifth grade boys and girls. Teams from each of Orinda’s four elementary schools compete in a variety of track and field events such as the 50-yard dash, the standing long jump, a softball throw for distance, a mid-distance race and the most-anticipated event of the day--the school team relay races! 
 
Ribbons are awarded for each competition and the winning school team takes home the prized Field Day annual trophy. Each year the Rotary Club also recognizes the girl and boy who score the most points across all events, adding their names to a plaque that is displayed at the winner’s school for next year.  The event is free with refreshments available for purchase.
On Tuesday, April 9, students and teachers from the Orinda Unified School District, accompanied by Sylvia Hua, Dick Burkhalter, Lance Cowles, John Donnelly and Rodney Lal from the Rotary Club of Orinda, traveled to Butte County to deliver aid to Paradise schoolchildren displaced by last year’s Camp Fire. The program, conducted by the Orinda School District in collaboration with the nonprofit Mindful Littles, and sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Orinda and Paradise, delivered 300 Peace Kits containing 12 mindfulness and compassion tools to students and staff of the Ponderosa Elementary School in Paradise. Their school was destroyed by the Camp Fire and 250 children are temporarily attending school at Durham Elementary School in Durham. 
 
The kits were assembled by children at all of the Orinda Schools as community service project, and are intended to help Paradise children and staff cope with the emotional impact from the fire. OrindaCares will help the students and staff learn how to use the items in the kits. According to Orinda School District Director of Curriculum and Instruction David Schrag, “The Ponderosa Elementary school leaders are very excited about and supportive of our project as many students and staff are struggling with their emotional well-being as they heal from the devastating fire.” The Paradise Unified School District Superintendent said about the OrindaCares effort, “This is one of the best projects I have seen.” According to Orinda Rotary Club President John Donnelly, “Rotary Clubs all across Northern California contributed generously in the immediate aftermath of the fires, providing the children with school supplies and books to help them resume normal life as quickly as possible. However, the social and emotional impacts of the fires will be around for a long time to come. We are very pleased to be able to join with Paradise Rotary and OUSD to keep the commitment going and help the children heal.” 
 
 
Club Events
 
Speakers
Sharon Tennison, President CCI
May 22, 2019
Citizen Diplomats on a Mission to Russia
Navid Sabbaghi
May 29, 2019
Artificial Intelligence: Big Brother or Big Benefits ?
Charlie Vollmer
Jun 05, 2019
Culinary Travel Adventures: How Food Expresses Culture
Obi Kaufmann
Jun 12, 2019
California: A Field Guide to Biodiversity and Water Resources
John Donnelly
Jun 26, 2019
Year-End Wrap-Up