Oakland Rotary News

An Evening of Song, Magic and Celebration

This year’s Rotary gala, at the Rotunda on April 8, was filled with elegance, song, magic and emotion.

We enjoyed the upbeat tunes of Rick Baskin and friends, as well as impromptu duets from warblers supreme John Protopappas and Kim Cohn. We heard about our Club’s impact from former HOPE mentee Diane Garcia and saw a powerful video about Oakland 3’s service prepared by Rotarian filmmaker Chris Faber. Magician Dennis Kyriakos’s tricks had us scratching our heads. In addition to all the fun, we raised significant funds for future Oakland Rotary service projects.

Thank you to all who supported the event!  You can watch Chris Faber's fantastic video below:

Annually for the past 23 years, Oakland Rotarians have supported the Feed the Hungry match campaign to raise unrestricted funds for local food banks and other community food distribution programs. The campaign occurs in December when members pledge any dollar amount in support of a dollar-for-dollar match by Sean Marx, CEO of Give Something Back. This year’s campaign was the greatest yet, with members pledging $9,100 to raise a total of $18,200. The funds are being split among nine local food-distribution programs:

Alameda County Community Food Bank; First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, Food Ministry; Harbor House; Meals on Wheels; Oakland Catholic Worker Food Program; Operation Dignity (Food for Hungry Veterans0; Prescott-Joseph Center;  St. Mary’s Center;  and St. Vincent de Paul, Free Dining Room.


Oakland Rotary KinderPrep has collaborated with the Rainin Foundation for 3 years to scale up evidence based learning programs.  Last year Rainin funded the majority of our summer book give-away.

Rainin just released a report (available by clicking the link below) showing huge gains in school readiness for students in their SEEDS of Learning program.  Five key skills needed to be ready for Kindergarten were mastered by 91% to 99% of children.  KinderPrep is proud to be a small part of this success.

Read the report


Oakland Rotary Volunteers Make KinderPrep Zoo Field Trip a Success

On April 26, 2016 eleven buses each holding 70 students and chaperones descended on the Oakland Zoo.  Twenty three Oakland Rotary volunteers escorted them to and around the grounds and served lunch.  The weather was gorgeous and a great time was had by all.  The hardest working folks were the goats in the contact area who had their busiest day ever.  

Thanks to Oakland Rotarian and Zoo docent Michael Bruck for helping keep them on their feet.


Local Business Leaders Respond to Call from Oakland's New Mayor

Recognized leaders of Oakland's business community are working together as partners, shoulder to shoulder, to address some of our City's most deeply-rooted collective concerns. 

Come and help us realize some of our highest aspirations as a community.

All Oaklander's will benefit from Oakland becoming known as an epicenter of progressive employment practices and nonviolence in the Bay Area. Come meet and engage with your Mayor and the Chief of Police, and hear some incredibly powerful testimonials.

This year Rotary #3 has pledged to support the innovative success behind our Mayor's desire to “Reduce Violence by Building Trust”. Our efforts will have an immediate and measurable impact on the economic development and vitality of our great city!

Supporting the efforts of "Ceasefire-Oakland" in a coordinated effort with Oakland-Unite are actually very straight forward. 

Through our considerable business network we have been able to identify many best case entry level scenarios that have shown there are myriad alternatives to successfully innovate prevention strategies. The efforts from the business community, are augmented by the basic training offered as part of the services and structural support that a very impressive case management services team provide. 

If obvious barriers or policies that in the past appear to encourage recidivist behavior, then it is quite possible that critical components of risk have been removed, giving our local young people a second chance. 

Rotary Day at the Races

November 21st
Limited Seating 
14 seats available 

$40.00 per person 

Turf Club package includes: valet parking, admission and reserved seating, daily racing program, Turf Club buffet, and tax/tip for the food servers.

Come join your fellow Rotarians for a fun day of horse racing at Golden Gate Fields on November 21st.

Rotarians wishing to make reservations should make a check available to Oakland Rotary Club in the amount of $40 per ticket.

Payment may be made at the Oakland Rotary Office . For more information or tickets please email Mark Rosen  mrosen@info-gate.com, Tom Limon (tomlimon@gmail.com) or President  Linda Chew

Continuing a long-standing and celebrated tradition of introducing some of the most compelling young artists on the international music scene, Maestro Morgan has invited the winner of the 2015 James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, based in the Bay Area, for their Symphony debut.

To sign up for the Symphony, the Pre-Event, or both please go to http://www.oaklandsymphony.org/rotary/

Pre-Event Get-Together

Ozumo is $35 per person, which includes food, one drink, taxes and tips.

The Event

Phenomenal young pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner returns following his triumphant debut last season on Notes from Mexico.

We roll out the first in a new series exploring dazzling lost Romantic works. Danish composer Victor Bendix’s Third Symphony (1895) features unusually rich harmonic textures, beautiful string interludes and majestic winds.

Conductor Leopold Stokowski’s orchestration of Bach’s monumental Toccata and Fugue in D minor—which has one of the most recognizable opening themes in all music—helped spark a mid-20th century flood of interest in Bach’s sublime works, and its being featured in Disney’s 1940 Fantasia brought it to the attention of millions.

This evening out will include:

Finger food provided by Ozumo; beverages poured on no-host basis discount seats in upper balcony and rear orchestra

Moonlight Kayaking (Jack London Square) and after event get together

This event is lead by California Kayak!
California Kayak provides full gear, kayak, and a tour leader.

August 29, 2015 

Enrollment: $59.00


Moonlight paddling is enchanting!

The water is calm and glassy on the Oakland Estuary and the city lights add to the ambiance.

We enjoy a leisurely pace as the sun sets and the moon rises, illuminating a delightful evening. 

For more information Contact Mark Rosen 

Kayaking will be followed by those desiring to continue the merriment at a local eatery.
Place to be determined prior to the event!
About Moonlight Kayaking From Jack London Square 

Goal: Enjoy a leisurely kayak cruise under the moonlight on the Oakland Estuary off Jack London Square.

Prerequisite: Novices must paddle in a double kayak with an experienced friend.
The minimum age for Moonlight Kayaking is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Duration of program: 3 hours

Time on the water: Approximately 2 hours

Note: Good physical condition is required to ensure an enjoyable class. If you are not sure about your abilities to participate in this activity, please call our California Kayak's Program Office at 800-366-9804.

Paddling under the moonlight is an enchanting experience! The water is usually calm and glassy on the Oakland Estuary in the evening, and the city lights add to the romance. We'll enjoy a leisurely pace as the sun goes down, and the moonrise sets the stage for a beautiful trip. Weather depending, we'll paddle out around Government Island, or towards the mouth of the Oakland Estuary. You stay warm and dry in our cozy sea kayaks, too. You can introduce a friend to moonlight kayaking by paddling together in one of our stable doubles.

California Kayak's enthusiastic staff will give a brief orientation to the equipment and strokes, then guide you on a tour of the area. During the trip, we'll "raft up" the kayaks and drift under the moonlight while enjoying the sounds of the city!

Mount Whitney Hike 2015 Or Alternative Location
Friday, October 9, 2015 (4 Spots still available) 
(elevation 14,508’)

Hosted by Oakland Rotary’s
High Adventure Committee
Contact Mark Rosen (mrosen@info-gate.com


Oakland Rotary’s High Adventure Committee has obtained a permit to hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney on Friday October 9th.  It is a one-day permit that requires that we complete the hike in the permitted area within 24-Hours (midnight to midnight).  

Mt. Whitney is located in California’s Eastern Sierras , about 100 miles (driving) South of Mammoth Lakes and just West of the town of Lone Pine.  From Oakland, it is approximately a 6-7 hour drive.  The permit is for 10people.  Mark Rosen and Tom Limon will co-lead the hike. 

It is imperative that all participants of this "climb" do adequate training and be comfortable hiking in snow.

If weather conditions do not look favorable 4 days prior to October 9th an alternative location will be designated. A possible alternative will be in Yosemite.

Please Contact

Mark Rosen for more information

What a Fantastic Evening of Fun, Friendship, and Socializing!

It definitely was an evening of fun, laughter, and socializing. 
A very special thanks  to our sponsors, guests, and volunteers who made our fundraiser spectacular. 
Although we don't have the final figure in we know that it will nicely support the endeavors of the Oakland Rotary #3 Committees.

James Martin, our photographer, has posted our pictures, as well as provided a link if you want to get them printed. He receives nothing from the printing, just providing the service.


Below is a sample of our attendees. 
Dare they Ring the Bell??