Since our Charter in 1994, our club has rendered service to Novato, CA., Marin County, USA, and international communites. Our club's work is focused within five Avenues of Service.
Our Club is known as, "The Little Club That Can"
To promote and strengthen our club through attendance and fellowship. To build membership through the classification method. To provide interesting programs for club meetings. To conduct active public relations. To publish a weekly newsletter, the Sunrise Express. To arrange special meetings at times during the club year.
To encourage the undertaking of projects, individually and collectively, that improve the quality of life for those living in or near Novato. To focus community service efforts on human development, addressing needs such as child care, crime prevention, and drug use prevention. To promote community development, enhancing physical aspects of our community. To serve as partners in service, exploring opportunities for joint projects with other Rotary organizations.
International (World) Service
To promote understanding of international relations and intelligent goodwill toward all nations as an essential ingredient for world peace. To seek activities involving international educational and cultural exchanges; to observe special international events; and to support worldwide projects of the Rotary Foundation, including Rotary Scholarship, PolioPlus, and Health, Hunger, and Humanity (3H) Programs.
To put into practice a world-wide Rotary slogan of "Let Every Rotarian be an Example To Youth." To assist young people to develop their full potential as responsible, creative adults. To work with, rather than for, young people.
Help people find useful work by sponsoring career development programs. Increase employment opportunities in the community & promote a fair & positive environment in the workplace through vocation at work activities. Recognize worthiness of all useful occupations by raising vocational awareness. Acknowledge those who achieve excellence and uphold high ethical standards in their business and professional life.
Past Club Service Projects
Weekly breakfast meetings every Tuesday morning.
An Annual Major Fund Raiser Event. In Marin, our club is locally famous for sponsorship of a visiting Circus, which is our major fund raiser as well as a Community Service Project.
A Popcorn Booth at Novato's annual Labor Day At The Lake event.
An award-winning weekly newsletter.
An active membership effort, brining top quality new members to Rotary.
Development of a club web site.
Various social activities throughout the year: picnics, parties, etc.
Past Community Service Projects
Planting new redwood trees along Redwood Blvd. In Novato.
Fishing In The City: a bi-annual event with the State Fish & Game Dept, to teach young people in Novato the joy of fishing at Scottsdale Pond.
Past International Projects
Bringing a Moscow orphan to California for extensive plastic surgery for birth defects.
Shipment of a complete X-Ray System and supplies to a hospital in Patzcuaro, Mexico.
Medical supplies shipped to a medical mission near Tijuana, Mexico.
Non-prescription drugs shipped to Haiti.
Scholarship funding for a student at the RPA orphanage in Colima, Mexico.
Playground equipment for the RPA orphanage in Colima, Mexico.
Participate in hosting of Group Study Exchange visitors from other countries.
Change-for-Change. Funding for medicines for Haiti.
Support for Rotary's PolioPlus Campaign to eradicate polio worldwide
Past New Generations (Youth) Projects
Refurbishing projects and equipment for Olive Elementary School.
Novato Youth Center. Major funding for two new vans for the Center.
Sponsorship of youth soccer and softball teams.
Funding Summer Camp for local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Scholarship to a high school student to the International Affairs Seminar at University of Wisconsin
Funding a Primary Intervention Project for Olive Elementary School.
Past Vocational Projects
Working closely with Nova and Marin Oaks Alternative Schools to share experiences and news with Rotary.
Job Placement assistance through Novato Human Needs.
Co-sponsorship of a Small Business Seminar.
Annual vocational counseling booths at local middle schools.
Mock interviews with local High School Senior students.
Awards for Excellence to local citizens whose work is worthy of public recognition.
Participation in development of vocational web site.
Sponsor of Slavyanka Russian Men Chorus Concert to promote Vocational Arts and to support Novato Theatre Restoration Project.