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Celebrating Rotary in Pleasanton Month

The City of Pleasanton has declared February “Rotary in Pleasanton Month” in recognition of decades of community service delivered by its three Rotary chapters in the spirit of their motto of “Service Above Self.”

Mayor Karla Brown presented the proclamation Feb. 11 at a meeting of Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR). Rotary District 5170 Gov. Richard Flanders, Rotary Club of Pleasanton President Bill Evans, PNR President Michael Cherman, and Tri-Valley Evening Rotary Representative Wallace Wong were on hand to accept the certificates.

The proclamation celebrated the many ways Rotary District 5170 and Pleasanton’s Rotary Clubs have enriched Pleasanton. They include:

  • Monetary contributions to the Rotary International Foundation and PolioPlus

  • Scholarships rewarding high school academic achievement

  • Tri-Valley Turkey-Burn and Spirit Run and other community-wide events

  • Grants and hand-on involvement in social services for veterans, the disabled, medically unserved, senior citizens, homeless and other needy groups

  • Support for youth service programs, including the annual District 5170 speech contest, Student of the Month awards, international Youth Leadership Exchange and the Youth Leadership Academy

  • Wheelchair distributions for the disabled in Latin America

Brown emphasized the growing regional influence of Pleasanton’s Rotary clubs, especially the leadership of District Gov. Flanders, who is also a Pleasanton North Rotary member and Pleasanton resident.

Over the years, Flanders has helped raise over $2 million for The Rotary Foundation, the primary mechanism Rotary uses to fund international community service projects, $175,000 for Rotary Polio Plus to eradicate poliomyelitis, and $160,000 for wheelchairs from the Danville-based Wheelchair Foundation. District 5170 will distribute more than 1400 wheelchairs to disabled children and adults during upcoming to Mexico and Serbia.

Mayor Karla Brown presents an official proclamation proclaiming February as “Rotary in Pleasanton Month.” From left: Rotary District 5170 Gov. Richard Flanders, Mayor Brown, and Michael Cherman, president of Pleasanton North Rotary, Wallace Wong, representative of Tri-Valley Evening Rotary, and Bill Evans, president of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton. (Photo by Jim Brice|PNR).

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