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Fellow Club Members and Friends,
 
When we all started this year, the greatest challenge for each of us was not really knowing how to plan for club programs and activities. 
But thanks to so many dedicated Rotarians,  so many things DID happen!
New members joined the club this year and are already contributing and making a difference!  And we will be adding 2 new members very soon.
 
Despite, Covid-19, our members still volunteered and made a difference.
Groups continued to work at the Redwood Empire Food Bank
A work group did maintenance at the Laguna Foundation, like this club does every Fall.
A work party was formed to help the ground of Cloverleaf Ranch where Cool Kids Camp is held. 
A group of walkers walked to support Alzheimer’s Research and raised over $2000. This will continue each year.
Groups spread out in different areas throughout the county  and participated in the River cleanup day.
Our club is now proud parents of an adopted road – mill station.
We helped out Sebastopol Sunrise with their annual Christmas Dinner for those in need. Drive-thru style of course
Our interactors and advisors, once again, shopped, wrapped and distributed Christmas presents to children in need.
A coat-drive, organized by Ruthie Dunlap, yielded a truck load of coats and blankets for the needy. Once again, you gave generously.
The youth in our community and our schools were served once again by the wonderful work this club does.
Dictionaries were distributed, Interact clubs met, Students were recognized for Overcoming Obstacles, The financial literacy course for seniors continued this Spring, RYLA continued on this Spring – Zoom of course, Troubled children will once again get to go to Cool Kids Camp this Summer on scholarships partially funded by this club. 
As part of the Becas program, $4,000 was raised by club members that funded 12 scholarships providing education opportunities to children in need in the Puerto Vallarta area.
4 deserving students at SRJC were awarded $4,000 each.
 
Your generosity and fundraising efforts were truly inspiring this year. 
Members donated over $47,000 to End Polio forever. 
You donated over $15,000 to the Rotary Foundation to help with hunger, education and clean water throughout the world.
Although our club could not hold our annual Crab Feed, the crab feed committee sent letters out to club members – and more importantly – the community.  $12,000 was raised for Teacher Grants!
Despite Covid and the impact on businesses, many local businesses still supported this club this year by committing to sponsorships.   Thanks to the outreach by Ellen and Patrick, $11,000 was donated to our club’s foundation to fund valuable programs this year.
Our annual superbowl board competition raised over $1000 for SREF.
Due to the hard work of all of you and the generosity of you and so many people in the community, $78,000 was netted from the Derby Day themed Raffle, our Major Fundraiser. 
More importantly, funds were distributed to help our local and international community.
Our community grants committee awarded $27,000 to worthwhile and well-deserved entities in our community.  To name a few:  Ceres, Sebastopol Library, Ives Pool, Analy HS Fine Arts, and the Laguna Foundation.
40 teachers in our community received nearly $15,000 in Mark Sell Teacher Grant Awards.
Along with Sebastopol Sunrise and District Matching Grants $7900 worth of supplies went to local schools to assist with Distance learning and an eventual return to school.
$10,000 was donated to International causes including a clean water project in Zimbabwe and eye surgeries to those in need, in Mexico.
Although we could not hold our annual picnic, holiday party, friendship dinners and many other social events, our Friday hybrid meetings became our club’s primary social activity.  On zoom – we had pre and post meeting chatter.  In person, a chance to meet in person and make that critical connection with each other. And maintain some of the social aspect that makes Rotary so unique from other service clubs. 
The programs throughout the year were entertaining, and  educational. 
We were able to hear from people outside the county – and even our country – thanks to Zoom. Ravi Ravindran, Chair of Rotary International Trustees joined us from midnight his time from Sri Lanka in October. California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla spoke to our club from Sacramento and then shortly after was appointed to the US Senate.  I guess we can say we had a US Senator speak to our club. 
 
And, although Russian River Vineyards provided us with shade, shelter, and heaters.  Meeting outdoors regularly is not really ideal.   We had to contend with Wind, Rain, Heat, Smoke, Ash and outdoor noises – Obviously, none of this within our control.  It seemed like each week -- the AV crew, led by John Blount, added some kind of improvement.  The complexity of this type of hybrid meeting was extremely difficult and I can’t thank everyone involved enough.
As Covid-19 winds down, the most satisfying way to end this unique Rotary Year is seeing our club getting back to somewhat normalcy –and what a gift to all of us.
 
Thank you for making this a GREAT YEAR!
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Dan Rasmus
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