Since 1925
President`s Message

The past year plus presented challenges for all of us, as fires and the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives.  It was a challenging
stretch  of time for both individuals and businesses.  Our Rotary club is fortunate to have many resourceful, creative, and talented individuals who stepped up to the plate with the energy and systems to keep our club alive and thriving.  While the pandemic had us sheltering in place, we managed to set up interactive weekly Zoom meetings to include all club members that could keep abreast of all Rotary club activities, projects, and the fellowship.  Zoom gave us the capability of bringing in speakers from anyplace around the globe to broaden our scope.

We were able to continue many of our education and other programs.  Via Zoom, we interviewed students for our Overcoming Obstacles and the Santa Rosa Junior College scholarship programs then featured these programs as part of our weekly meetings.  We managed to award both Community Grants and Mark Sell Teacher Grants to many very important organizations and schools throughout West County.  Our Teachers of the Year program was another very successful set of awards we fit into this year’s programs.  Zoom and our technical team made viewing of these possible.
Some programs and social activities had to be put on hold in consideration of meeting in person safety.  We are planning the coming year to include as many programs as safety allows and with more energy, creativity, and accelerated commitment than ever.  This is what Rotary is about.
This coming year offers great opportunity for making a difference in the community.  We spearheaded a coalition with the community with assistance from the City of Sebastopol.  This coalition consists of eight service-type organizations that are collaborating as one team to find where the needs are in our community.  A questionnaire was generated, and service clubs throughout the community submitted their potential projects or needs for consideration.  A live summit took place to address these focus areas and expand visibility.  We see needs in various categories, and the restructuring of the high schools is certainly among those challenges.  This new community team has diversified talents and energy with a breadth of knowledge, outreach, and age groups.  We are looking at projects we can all do together and projects that separate organizations can do individually.  This is a terrific move to encourage all service-type organizations to collaborate as one to make a difference in the community and assist residents with their volunteer efforts.
We had a successful fundraiser this past fiscal year to support this year’s programs, and we have plans for an annual fundraiser in May 2022 to support our following Rotary year’s programs.  Because of the conscientiousness of our club members to all get vaccinated, we are able to return to meeting in person at the Memorial Hall building in the Sebastopol Community Church complex.  Our lunch caterer, Trends, who has been with us for over 3o years will be joining us while following safety practices.
I am so grateful for the resources our club members bring to the table to always make a difference in our community and globally.  This is what being a Rotarian and a community volunteer is all about.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Ellen Harrington, President 2021 - 2022
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Please join us for our fun and informative weekly meetings at: 
The Community Church of Sebastopol.
We meet every Friday at 12:00 noon

Memorial Hall building (on the southern section of the grounds)
1000 Gravenstein Hwy. North
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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Upcoming Speakers
Harry Polley, John Blount, and Rick Wilson
Dec 10, 2021
How I Got Into Business
Margaret Press, PhD, DNA Doe Project
Dec 17, 2021 12:15 PM
DNA Doe Project by Margaret Press, PhD
Dark for the Holiday
Dec 24, 2021
No Meeting
Dark for the Holiday
Dec 31, 2021
No Meeting
Rotary Global Rewards

Serving in Strange Times
Club Sponsors 2020-2021

About Our Sponsors 2020-2021
Sponsors – Fiscal Year 2020-2021
All sponsors are supporting ALL Rotary Club of Sebastopol service programs for the entire 2019-2020 fiscal year.  Where a sponsor has requested their donation be earmarked for a specific program, that is so noted.  We are grateful to all of these supporters and look forward to partnering with them.
Gold - $2,500
Silver - $1,000
Dick Zimmer
Bronze - $500