Pleasanton North Rotary Club

Haps Original Steaks & Seafood 122 Neal Street Pleasanton, CA 94566

Every Friday, 11:45 Social, 12:15 Lunch - 1:30 p.m.

Club News

Dominic, Dave, Mark and Phil were rock stars in building 3 planter boxes for Sunflower Hill's garden last week.  They turned out so good, and Lina, the program coordinator, was very happy with them.  This will support their participants and volunteer gardeners who have difficulty kneeling on the ground. 

The September​ book drive for the Maktabas organization was a big success! Thank you to everyone who donated and also to Davis Street Community Center for doubling our book donation.  Gerald was very appreciative of our efforts to help get books to schools and libraries in Kenya.  He said he's filled more shipping containers of books this year than ever before, and if we helped at all in that, I'm super happy.


PNR is growing.  Everyone, Please welcome our newest red badgers.  Shawn Farrell, Heidi Hall, and Pam Azevedo.
Pleasanton North Rotary's annual Day at the Races was a decidedly upscale affair held in the air-conditioned splendor of the Grandstand Turf Club, with a fine buffet lunch, comfortable seating and convenient access to betting stations and multiple video monitors covering the races.  More than half of club members and many spouses attended a portion of the four-hour event.  Everyone went home a winner in  one way or another.  Here are a few photos. From left, Paul Jensen, Frank Hannah and Dominic Pipitone enjoy the deluxe accommodations.
From left, Michael Cherman, Ryan Spooler, and Shawn Farrell show off their stubs.
Stacey Blaney weighs her options for the 5th race.
PNR members came out in force to support Pleasanton Veterans Pancake Breakfast.  Our members were up early and manned the coffee station for this event which was held in Delucchi Park in Pleasanton.
It is that time of year again. Friday, June 21st we demoted our beloved President Tinker and say Ahoy to his replacement President Swabbie (Tami Hennegan)
Dave Parker was presented with the PNR fantasy football trophy by Ryan Spuller.  Dave will hold the trophy until it is presented to the winner of this years season.
Pleasanton North Rotary's Kevin Greenlee was recognized May 18 with the Ward Garing Youth Program Award from Rotary District 5170 for his leadership of the district’s International Youth Exchange program.
Named for Ward Garing and his long-time service to Youth Exchange and Rotary, the award is reserved for Rotary members who demonstrate significant service beyond the individual club level with commitment and dedication to the youth programs of Rotary. 
During ceremonies at the district’s annual conference in Alameda, District Gov. Timothy Lundell acknowledged Greenlee’s long service and dedication as a youth exchange committee member. He has been the district’s outbound youth exchange coordinator since 2011.  In Pleasanton alone, he has coordinated year-long exchanges of more than 20 high school students from outside the U.S. to Pleasanton and from Pleasanton to Europe, Asia and South America.
“This is virtually a year-round responsibility, in working with applicants, family members, schools, government logistics, and then doing it all over again for the next class of students” Lundell said. “Beyond working with our own outbound group, he and his wife Yvonne have hosted seven students in their home.” 
Shown below:  District Gov. Timothy Lundell (left) presents Pleasanton North Rotary’s Kevin Greenlee the Ward Garing Youth Program Award at the 2019 District 5170 District Conference.
At our Friday, April 19th meeting several Paul Harris Awards were given out for Paul Harris levels 1- 8.  Recipients were Josh, Sean, Michael  (accepted by Viviana), Tammi, Tom, Gina, Herb, and Mark.  Congrats to  all and thank you for showing yet another reason why PNR is the greatest Rotary Club in the World.
Welcome PNR newest member Karin Linforth.
PNR is looking for volunteers for an incredible, amazing experience. We're teaming up with our friends at the Downtown Club to deliver wheelchairs to Tulancingo, Mexico. The dates are June 5 - 10. We would love a couple more PNR members to help with the effort!! A trip like this will literally change your life. If you want more information or think you can go please reach out to Tom Hall or Darcy DeCoite
Announcing PNR newest red badger Aaron Howe in the classification of Health & Wellness.  Aaron was inducted at our March 22nd Meeting.
At Friday March 22nd meeting PNR gave a  $5,000 grant to the Assistance League of Amador Valley! Assistance League is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization that serves the needs of children, teens and seniors in the Tri-Valley. Thank you to this amazing group for all they do for our local community! You can learn more and donate here:
Just us Rotarians doing what we do away $$$$ to well deserving organizations like Seek and Save This incredible organization locates and rescue people from human trafficking. Thanks Seek and Save for all you do!!! PNR is so happy to support your efforts.
Below are upcoming member events please mark your calendars.  Please let Susan Dees know ASAP if you are coming to the event on teh 28th so we can book the rooms.

February 28 - Escape Room

This will be approximately $30 per person and there are 10 people per room.  Wouldn't it be fun to at lease get 2 groups and compete who gets out of the room fastest?  


March 29 - Charter Night

We will be dark this day for the meeting.  Please sign up and let us know if you are coming and if you would like to host.  We are also looking for someone to host the pre-party at their business.


April 26 - Wine Tasting

We are still working on the logistics of this fun day.  We will keep you posted.


May 31 - Baci Ball

We will be dark this day for the meeting.  Please join us instead for a fun night of food, fun and Baci Ball.  This has turned into such a fun event.  Hope to see everyone join in!


Pleasanton North Rotary and PNR Foundation presented a check for $24,274.64 to Sunflower Hill to assist construction of 36 apartments for developmentally disabled adults in Pleasanton.  The two buildings that will house the apartments are part of a larger residential house project at Stanley Blvd. and First Street. Completion is planned in June 2020.  The funds were raised through the generosity of guests at PNR's A Very Starry Night Masquerade Ball in October 2018. PNR President Andre Wright (far left) and PNR Foundation President Debra Doble (far right) presented the check to Sunflower Executive Director Edie Nehls (left of Doble)  and Sunflower Hill Community Outreach Chair Janeen Rubino Brumm. 
The theme of "Be the Inspiration" sparked spirited competition January 4th during  Pleasanton North Rotary's Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest.  At left, Ryan Spuller, PNR Youth Service Chair, is pictured with contestants Jocelyn Min (2nd place), Ettore Castelli (1st place), Justin Wang (3rd place) and Joey Diehl (4th place).  Ettore was awarded a $100 prize and will move on to the second round of competition. 

In true Rotarian style, Rotary members take action when people are in need. Recently, Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) learned that there was an opportunity to “adopt” a family from Paradise that had lost everything in the recent Campfire fire. Without hesitation, PNR jumped in and “adopted" a family. 


The Webb family (parents Alisha and Joe, and their 3 children - JJ aged 6, Johnny aged 4 and Alissa aged 2) lost everything in the fire. The fire department knocked at their door giving them just minutes to evacuate. When they returned, all was gone. This family of five was re-homed to a tent in a church parking lot. When the Norovirus broke out the Red Cross told them to leave. Now they are staying temporarily with a friend. Joe owned a landscaping business in Paradise. With all of the destruction, there is little opportunity at this time to restart his business.


The amazing members at PNR secured a Fifth Wheel RV - giving them a home!! Toys and bikes for the children, $2000 in gift cards, and new shoes from Fleet Feet were collected! We received this text from Joe “Well, it looks like we’re going to have a good Christmas this year after all thanks to the Pleasanton Rotary Club. Words can not describe how we felt losing everything. And words can not describe how we feel by the generosity from your Club.”


Many families still need help. If your Club would like to adopt a family go to:


From desperation to jubilation, the 2018 Tri-Valley Turkey Burn at times raised safety concerns because of unhealthy air and possible rainy weather only to ultimately bring sunshine and about 1,200 registered participants to Pleasanton's Ken Mercer Sports Park on Thanksgiving Day morning for the 5K/10K family fun run.  The theme of "I AM THANKFUL FOR ... " with smiles to match ruled the day. Though the numbers are still preliminary, the charity fund-raiser appears to have come close to the record financial performance of last year's event. Sponsorship fees and donations for various swag will go the Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation for grants supporting area youth programs.  Thanks to Mark Linsky, Mike Cherman and their team for their incredible effort and impressive results. 
The Tri-Valley Turkey Burn is a GO!!!!! The starting (and finish) line banner is now being hoisted above Ken Mercer Park. So we'll see you on the starting line tomorrow morning!!!

There's still time to register and volunteer:

See you bright and early tomorrow morning!!
Rotary International District 5170 is now accepting applications for 2019 Global Grant Scholarship. The application can be downloaded from on the left hand side under files to download.
n honor of Veterans Day, and as a tribute to our own fallen hero Ed Golden, we toasted and thanked our Vets - for those that gave their all, and those that are still fighting for us today - we thank you!!
Congratulations to PNR member Jim Brice on his Paul Harris 2 award for his on-going and incredibly generous donations to Rotary International! It's because of Rotarians like Jim that Rotary can do amazing things like end Polio. Congrats Jim!!
Pleasanton North Rotary rolled out its new parade float - thanks to Susan Dees - at the 2018 Pleasanton Veterans Day Parade.  Our flag-wavers were from left Stacey Blaney, Mike Cherman, Andre (Tinkerbell) Wright, Herb Ritter, Susan Dees, Gina Piper, Darcy DeCoite, Wendy McGee and Ryan Spuller.  Below - driving the truck, Bob Dees, and riding shotgun, Shawn Farrell.  (Photos by Jim Brice)
Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) members joined more than 600 Rotarians, including Barry Rassin, the current president of Rotary International and five RI past presidents,  Nov. 2 to celebrate Past Rotary President Richard D. King's 50 years of Rotary service.  Mr. King is a beloved past governor of District 5170 and Niles Rotary Club member.
The fabulously successful banquet at Ken Behring's Blackhawk Auto Museum raised $330,000 for the Richard D. King Endowed Fund for Rotary Peace Centers. PNR's own Richard Flanders organized the event and was its masters of ceremonies.  The club congratulates Richard for managing the event with his typical aplomb.
The PNR party at the event included from left to right:  Phil Stone, Michelle Mikatarian, Christine Kyle, Jim Brice, Sean Kyle, Stacey Blaney, Herb Ritter, Ryan Spuller, Mark Linsky, and Ron Sutton.  Not shown, Andre Wright, Melissa Wright, Gina Piper, Susan Dees, Dale Carrillo and Sylvia Luneau. 
PNR member Patrick Phelan handled this year's "A Starry Night"  Registration Desk by bringing his fiancĂ© Megan Grasty  and her wedding party to ASN to help him do it.  They're shown below.  Front Row:  Gina Erle, Nicole Van Vliet and Megan Grasty (Bride-to-Be).  Top Row: Allison Barnes, Patrick Phelan (Groom-to-Be) and CeCe LeMay.  They were all great sports. The wedding is planned for November 3.  
Thanks to everyone to every who made 30th Annual PNR A Starry Night an incredible entertaining night and successful fund-raiser.  As you can see below we all looked fabulous.  More details to come. 

On Saturday, September 15, the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North sponsored the evening meal for the 2018 East Bay Stand-Down honoring and assisting Bay Area veterans. The event was a huge success providing a dinner feast of Bar-B-Que brisket, tossed salad, fresh roasted veggies, baked beans, hot soup, rolls, drinks and dessert to over 500 Bay Area vets. While the dinner was sponsored by Pleasanton North Rotary, without the help of volunteers from four other tri-valley Rotary clubs, it would not have been anywhere near the success it was. PNR would like to say a big thank you to those members of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, the Rotary Club of Livermore, the Rotary Club of Dublin and the Tri-Valley Evening Rotary who dedicated their time and efforts to our event. We also send a big thank you to PNR family members, Bob Dees, Bob Hennegan, Doug Mikatarian, Julia Golden, Larry Carrillo, Mike Williams and Shawn Farrel for their help and support.

Steve Sherman pins his dad, Bruce Frank at PNR's October 5 meeting to officially welcome him to our club. Bruce has been a Rotary International member since 1999 and was formerly a member of the Rotary Club of Camel-by-the-Sea.  His business classification is "Small Business Consultant (Retired)."
Pleasanton North Rotary's beloved Lara Golden was handed the gavel (figuratively because its still missing) to lead our September 28, 2018 meeting, her last as a member.  As always, Lara's comported herself with great intelligence and good humor.  She and her husband, the late Ed Golden (a PNR past president) were indispensable.  We all wish her well in her new life closer to her parents in Arroyo Grande, CA.  
Kim, a Foothill High School senior described her year-long experience as a Rotary International exchange student in Hiroshima, Japan.  PNR members, who sponsored her exchange, enjoyed seeing her photos and hearing how she made friends and adjusted to the cultural challenges of her exchange experience. 
Last Friday we bid farewell to our Rotarians Susan Dupree and Laura Golden who are both off on new adventures. We wish you two the best of luck and you always have a club to come to visit when you are back in town. Besides, you will never find another club like our
Our Rotary Club decided today at the meeting that the Friday, November 2, 2018 meeting will be moved to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum to attend the RICK KING TRIBUTE DINNER.  Dinner will start at 7:30 pm and Reception will be at 6:00 pm.  The dinner will feature 6 Past Rotary World Presidents and the current Rotary International President Barry Rassin.  The dinner will be $150 each, with $50 going toward The Richard D. King Presidential Endowment Fund for Rotary Peace Center, which will be used to fund Rotary Peace Fellows to study peace and conflict resolution at one of the 7 universities approved by Rotary throughout the world.  Our club anticipates subsidizing some of the cost for those members who are going to attend and will decide on the amount at the next board meeting.  I attach the Flyer for the event and a list of our club members who have signed up to attend.  It would be great if all of you could attend as this is a fellowship for our club and to experience the internationality of Rotary as we gather together with the 7 Rotary World Presidents and other World Rotary Leaders who are in attendance.  It qualifies as a District Event for new or newer club members.  The capacity is 450 and we only have rooms for 20 more.  Therefore, if you want to sign up, please email me at or call me.  Many thanks for your support.
At our Meeting on 6/15/18 PNR presented the HERS foundation with a check for 1,000 dollars
Last weeks meeting.  PNR Rotarian Michael Cherman getting "all tied up"  Now if some can teach president tinkernobell how to tye a tie.
For President Tinkerbell's first meeting PNR spent a day at the races as is the tradition in our club.
Pleasanton North Rotary's Mark Linsky (left) shown with six Foothill High School students, sponsored by PNR and Tri-Valley Evening Rotary to attend the 2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp in Scotts Valley, CA.  Participants learn various leadership and project management skills during the five-day program. 
More than 200 students attended District 5170's 2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp in Scotts Valley.  The five-day program teaches these outstanding students leadership, communications, project management and social skills.  Pleasanton North Rotary strongly supports the program with full scholarships to qualified local students. Some of the participants are shown here celebrating the RYLA Experience at the final session of the camp.
Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation (PNRF) presented a $3000 grant June 8 to the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapy Foundation. The funds will help provide free healing therapies, such as acupuncture and therapeutic massage, counseling and education to Bay Area cancer patients. From left:  Carole Halbe, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapy Foundation, Gina Piper, Pleasanton North Rotary president, Dominic Pipitone, PNRF president, and Debra Doble, PNRF secretary. 
Darcy DeCoite became  Pleasanton North Rotary’s  (PNR's) new member June 8. She joins the club in he category of human resources.  Darcy is the owner and chief consultant with One Resource Consulting, a human resources consulting firm in Pleasanton.  She is shown receiving her PNR pin from Club President Gina Piper during induction ceremonies.  Her sponsor, Andre' Wright is shown left.
Melanie Sadek shared her passion for auto safety with PNR members at its June 8 meeting.  The executive director of the Tri-Valley Humane Society was formerly a traffic safety assistant with the American Auto Association.  Her presentation focused on tactics for reducing the risk of injury and death in auto accidents.
Paul Jensen was honored as one of five World War II veterans who attended 2018 Memorial Day ceremonies at Pleasanton's Senior Center.  Paul retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1961. We are honored by Paul's membership in Pleasanton North Rotary. 
President Princess got a visit from Gulzar from the Rotary Club of Ryde in Australia.  He stopped by her office to exchange flags.
PNR presented Student of the Month awards to two Foothill High School students May 18.  At left, Gina Piper, PNR president, stands by award winners Hannah Palatino and Amy Oh, Foothill Vice-Principal Josh Butterfield, who presented the awards, and Michelle Mikatarian, PNR club service co-chair. 
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November 2019
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Tom Powers
    November 11
  • Chase Henley
    November 13
  • Gina Piper
    November 17
  • Ron Sutton
    November 21
  • Frank Hanna
    November 28
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Cathy Ritter
    November 1
  • Josine Pentin
    November 18
  • Christine Kyle
    November 24
  • Jim Ott
    Pam Ott
    November 8
  • Rich Carson
    Sue Carson
    November 8
  • Michelle Mikatarian
    Doug Mikatarian
    November 11
  • Jack Parker
    November 23
  • Shawn Henley
    November 24
Join Date:
  • Jack Parker
    November 6, 1990
    29 years
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