RCI Makes New Benches for NHS Dugout

A team from the club built 3 benches for the Girls Softball Dugout at Novato High School. We had previously done one for the Boys Baseball and wanted to balance the account.
Great teamwork made it all come together. Go Hornets!!
RCI Makes New Benches for NHS Dugout Mark Sachs 2024-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Club Welcomes 2 New Members

The Rotary Club of Ignacio inducts 2 new members:Jeannemarie Friedel and Tamara Hull. Both new members have over 20+ years of Rotary Service (including past presidencies) and support multiple non profit foundations and local municipal organizations. They will be great assets to our club. Welcome Aboard!
From left: Daryl Weinroth , Tamara Hull, Jeannemarie Friedel, Jayne Hulbert and Andrei Jigalin
Club Welcomes 2 New Members Mark Sachs 2024-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Jayne Hulbert Honored

Past District Governor (and member of Rotary Club of Ignacio) Jayne Hulbert, was honored by Rotary President Gordon McInally and District Governor Laine Hendricks for her work in helping eliminate polio from around the world. Jayne was recognized at the District 5150 Regional Conference in Reno for her tireless efforts on behalf of Rotary International. Thanks to RI, polio has been eradicated from all but two countries in the world. And efforts continue to wipe out the last vestiges of this awful disease. Thank you and congratulations, Jayne.
Jayne Hulbert Honored Mark Sachs 2024-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Weeding at Pollenator Garden

Slightly over a year since the pollenator garden was planted, Rotarians and Master Gardeners came out to check the progress. The "good" plants are doing well. And the "bad" ones are being weeded out. A big success for butterflies and bees.
Before                                                                                Now
Rotarian, and head of the Community Service Committee, Wendy Irving, does some weeding.
Weeding at Pollenator Garden Mark Sachs 2024-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

2024 Golf Fundraiser

Some fun photos from our 2024 golf tournament/fundraiser!  Although nobody won the KIA EV at the Hole In One, a great time was had by all! 
2024 Golf Fundraiser 2024-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

Lifetime Achievement Award

Our own Mark Sachs getting a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in founding Restoring Vision in 2003 with over 28 million people helped to date.  His group got to ring the closing bell on NASDAQ!  
Lifetime Achievement Award Henry Choi 2024-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

President Elect Ivar Olsen

Incoming club President-elect Ivar Olsen is welcomed District Governor-elect Steve Wright and Assistant Governor Stacie Vance at the recent District Assembly. Ivar will take on his official role on July 1. Congratulations and best wishes for a successful year ahead.
President Elect Ivar Olsen 2024-03-28 07:00:00Z 0

Sandwich Board Man

Charley Vogt is taking his role as chief publicist of the April 22 Golf Tournament to heart. He wore a sandwich board with the poster to the district assembly on March 23. Pictured with Charley are Doug Hood (left) and Ivar Olsen, the president elect for the 2024/25 year who was honored at the assembly.
Seriously, the golf tournament will be a fun event with all the usual activities including silent auction and a hole in one contest. There's still room for more golfers.
Sandwich Board Man 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

NMCS Classroom Get a Facelift

Community Services Committee (led by Wendy Irving and Bill Doughty) did it again. Another outstanding Early Childhood Development classroom painting project that took all of two days and three shifts this weekend. The kids will be very happy with the results.
NMCS Classroom Get a Facelift 2024-03-21 07:00:00Z 0

Dictionaries for 3rd Graders

Rotary Club of Ignacio passed out more than 60 new picture hard-back dictionaries to three classes of 3rd graders at Loma Verde Elementary School. This is part of a 20 year project the Rotary Club of Ignacio along with the other two Rotary Clubs in the city to distribute dictionaries to all 3rd graders in both private and public schools in Novato. Our Club distributes to Novato Charter School and Hamilton Elementary in addition to Loma Verde Elementary School. 
Dictionaries for 3rd Graders 2024-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Chuck Swensen Reads

Past President, Chuck Swensen, shared excerpts from his new novel "Miss Austen's Mistake" in which he re-imagines parts of the Jane Austin book "Sense and Sensibility". Writing from the point of view of a man who believes he served as the inspiration for Colonel Brandon allowed for the addition of some scenes and unexpected alterations to the story.
Chuck Swensen Reads 2024-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

New Member, Lisa Byram

Today we welcomed new member, Lisa Byram of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, to the club. Lisa has an extensive CV of much charitable work in the Novato area. She was joined by her daughter, Kathryn. Pictured from left to right, Andrei Jigalin, Club President, Daryl Weinroth, Lisa Byram, Kathryn Dyram and Charley Vogt, Membership Chair. We are very happy to have her join us and know she will made a significant addition to the club. 
New Member, Lisa Byram 2024-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Celebrates Fleet Week from Angel Island

A small group of Ignacio Rotarians headed to Angel Island to enjoy the day and watch the Blue Angels (how appropriate!). A good time was had by all and some great shots of the Blue Angels were taken.
Rotary Celebrates Fleet Week from Angel Island Mark Sachs 2023-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

NAMI Walks Marin in 2023! 

Photos of the "Marin Stigma Busters" team (and friends) who participated in a walk to raise funds in support of the National Association on Mental Health. Ignacio Rotary members pictured include Jenny Bates, John Marshall, and Henry Choi.  Our District Governor, Laine Hendricks was also in attendance.  Also note that we all brought our dogs!  It was a beautiful day for the walk which was held at McInnis Park in San Rafael.    
NAMI Walks Marin in 2023! Henry Choi 2023-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe Speaks to RCI

The Rotary Club of Ignacio’s speaker on September 21 was Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe who is the CEO of the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign Centre.  This Campaign addresses the 95 million desk shortage in sub-Saharan Africa, by aiming to provide 20 million of these environmentally friendly, portable Tutudesks by 2025.
She thanked the RCI for their donation of $12,000 (funded by a combination of grants from the Rotary District and the Rose C. Stone Foundation)--which will provide 1,000 Tutudesks.
Thandi (to her friends) is a Paul Harris Fellow and was appointed an Ambassador for Women & Girls Empowerment by Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones.
During her presentation, Thandi provided the background on Tutudesks and the positive impact for school children in South Africa. The Tutudesk, or lap desk, provides a hard surface for children to do their schoolwork.  Thandi also provided insights on growing up with a well known father.
Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe Speaks to RCI  2023-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

RCI is Maui Strong

In response to the devastating fires in Maui, The Rotary Club of Ignacio raised more than $13,000 funds for the Hawaii District 5000 Maui Fires Relief Fund.  Our Club members always open their hearts and wallets in times of disasters.  We have raised substantial amount of money responding to hurricanes, Northern California fires, Ukraine and now the fires in Maui.  Mahalo to all who have helped support the emergency response and recovery in Maui.
RCI is Maui Strong 2023-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Mikaila Levine Awarded RCI Scholarship

CONGRATULATIONS   to Mikaila Levine who was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Ignacio  $1,500 STEM Scholarship. She is a graduate of Archie Williams High School & will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall as a science major!! Mikaila loves the outdoors and helping people..  
The Rotary Club of Ignacio has awarded $18,000 to 12 graduating High School seniors in Marin County, concentrating on the STEM or Trades fields, attending colleges in CA in the fall of 2023! 
Mikaila pictured with Melissa Rinck (Scholarship Program Leader)
Mikaila Levine Awarded RCI Scholarship 2023-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

John Marshall is District Rotarian of the Month

Congratulations to John Marshall, the District 5150 Rotarian of the Month. A well-deserved honor for his tireless efforts to support our club as well as championing fund-raising events such as the recent Relay for Life. John is the technical support who makes our meetings run smoothly as he brings in videos and visual aids as the situation requires it. He also consults with other clubs who need technical assistance.
Way to go, John.
Pictured is Club President Andrei Jigalin (right) handing John a certificate of recognition.
John Marshall is District Rotarian of the Month Mark Sachs 2023-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Reading Glasses for Ecuador

The Rotary Club of Ignacio sponsored a donation of 500 reading glasses to the Rotary Club of Pujili, Ecuador. The glasses were distributed at four different locations and many people were overjoyed at being able to see up close for the first time in years. "We are glad to be able to partner with this young club in Ecuador", said Carlos Afre, Chairman of the World Community Avenue of Service. "This type of international cooperation is one of the great things about Rotary. Both clubs benefit from the exchange. As well as many people in Ecuador."
Reading Glasses for Ecuador 2023-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
City of Novato Proclamation Henry Choi 2023-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
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RCI Helps St. Vincent's

Rotary Club of Ignacio continues to support St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin.  For the past couple of years our Club members have prepared and delivered delicious bag lunches to St. Vincent de Paul in San Rafael.  We have delivered more than 2,500 lunches as of May 2023 which are provided to people in need, including seniors, single mothers, and many more.  In addition, our Rotary club provided 10 turkeys at Christmas in 2022.  We remain committed to our support of St. Vincent Paul Society of Marin.
RCI Helps St. Vincent's 2023-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

New Dugout for Novato HS

The Novato High School (NHS) Hornets baseball team has a new dugout interior to go
along with their new 102,000 sq. ft. synthetic turf playing field thanks to team managerial,
booster, and Rotary Club of Ignacio leaders coordinating the $5,130 community services
New Dugout for Novato HS 2023-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

President Elect Welcomed

President Elect Andrei Jigalin was officially welcomed into his role at the District Assembly on March 25.He will start his term of office on July 1. Pictured are (left to right) Assistant Governor Stacie Vance, President Elect Andrei Jigalin and District Governor 2023-2024 Laine Hendricks. 
Congratulations, Andrei. We are all excited for your leadership.
President Elect Welcomed Mark Sachs 2023-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Club welcomes 2 new members

Rotary Club of Ignacio welcomed two new members at our meeting on March 30. Joining the club were Kevin Parrot and Anthony Moreno. Both have attended a couple of prior meetings to get a "feel" for the club. Members Larry Levy and Jayne Hulbert sponsored the new members. Congratulations and Welcome to you both!
Pictured (l to r) are Larry Levy, Kevin Parrot, Anthony Moreno and Charley Vogt (standing in for Jayne Hulbert).
Club welcomes 2 new members Mark Sachs 2023-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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