DSV Rotary Meeting Schedule

August 8

  • Speaker – Lee Halverson, on the history of the Veterans Memorial Building in Danville

August 15

  • Agenda – The Amazing Race, preparations and updates

August 22

  • Speaker – Natalie Brown, from Teen Esteem

August 29

  • Speaker – Melanie Prole, on Cardiac Prevention Global Grant
Meetings every Tuesday, 7:00am
Black Bear Diner
807 Camino Ramon
Danville, CA 95426

Sunday, September 24, 2023
9:00am – 1:00pm

Start & Finish: Danville Community Center
420 Front Street, Danville, CA

Get ready for an epic adventure! “The Amazing Race” is returning to Danville, and we want you to be a part of it!

Join us for the ultimate community scavenger hunt, where teams will face exciting challenges scattered throughout the picturesque streets of downtown Danville. It’s an event like no other, and the thrill of becoming the Amazing Race Champion awaits the winning team!

Spread the word, gather your friends, family, or colleagues, and mark your calendars for this exhilarating day of fun and camaraderie. Don’t miss out on the excitement—be a part of “The Amazing Race” in Danville!


Join us as participants or sponsors for an unforgettable experience while making a positive impact on our community.

By participating in “The Amazing Race,” you not only enjoy an action-packed day of fun challenges but also contribute to the betterment of our local community. All proceeds from the event will be dedicated to supporting various essential community programs.

Sponsor Tiers:

Bronze Sponsor – $500

3 Participant Entries

Silver Sponsor – $1500

6 Participant Entries +

Logo on event T-shirts

Gold Sponsor – $2500

8 Participant Entries +

Logo on event T-shirts


In addition, all sponsor tiers also include:

  • Promo banner of your business at the event
  • Business promotion in all event advertising
  • Business promotion at DSVR Club events for 12 months
  • Business logo as sponsor of DSVR in weekly newsletter
  • Business logo as sponsor on DSVR website
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement in swag bag
  • Swag bag and T-shirt for each participant
  • Acknowledgement of team, as donor at the event
  • Tax deductible sponsorship fee



July Meeting Highlights

Carol Vander Meulen, a master gardener, professional landscaper, and Tri-Valley Rotary Club member, presented her plans to update the Cristo Rey De La Salle High School Campus (which we later assisted in implementing). As a project spearheaded by DSV Rotary, our aim is to improve the safety and aesthetics of this school’s property, creating a more vibrant and welcoming environment for its students.

Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School St. Elizabeth Campus, established in 2018, is a diverse Lasallian Catholic learning community that provides young people with a quality education, regardless of economic status, zip code, gender, or ethnicity.

Their mission is to educate students to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. A rigorous and personalized college preparatory curriculum, along with a corporate work-study experience, prepares students of limited economic means for success in college and in life.

Learn more about Cristo De La Salle at: cristoreydelasalle.org/


Gary Parkhurst, a dedicated member of the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA), shared their vision of a modern Education Center at Mount Diablo State Park.

Established in 1974, MDIA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that preserves and interprets the park’s beauty for its 700,000 yearly visitors. Through education, activities, and publications, MDIA fosters appreciation and responsible park usage.

Replacing the current 25-year-old portable trailer, the new Education Center will enhance accessibility for all, especially public school students. It will enable school field trips to the park for the first time, providing invaluable learning experiences.

Additionally, the Education Center will offer diverse indoor and outdoor education programs, exploring natural history and environmental science. These enriching experiences will deepen visitors’ connection with the park’s wonders.

Learn more and donate at: mdia.org/mitchell-canyon-visitor-center


Mary Whipple had the honor of attending a Rotary meeting at the Hartsville Sunrise Club, District 7770, South Carolina. During her visit, she received a special flag as a token of appreciation.

Mary wanted to share this wonderful moment with all of us, as it holds great significance for her and our community. The flag serves as a reminder of the valuable connections we make through Rotary and the positive impact we have on others’ lives.

Learn more about the Hartsville Sunrise Club at: facebook.com/rotaryofhartsville/


Garden Project at Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School

We are thrilled to announce our successful Garden Project held at Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School on Saturday, July 22. Thank you to all who joined us for this meaningful day of service.

A big shoutout to our guest speaker, Carol Vander Meulen, master gardener and Rotarian from Tri-Valley Evening Rotary club, who provided valuable insights and guidance on the types of plants and mulch ground cover.

With plenty of hands-on deck, we made a significant impact on the school garden. Together, DSV Rotary Club took on an impressive 18,000 sq. ft of property, installing 112 plants, and laying 110 yards of mulch!

We are grateful to all the volunteers who donned their old clothes, brought their gloves, and wielded their shovels to create a beautiful space for the students.


From Andres Emmanuelli of Cristo De La Salle

Dear friends, Thank you so much for coming out today to share a delicious lunch. Above all thank you for all of the hard work and sweat that you have invested in our school and our students. The garden is turning out so beautiful! You can really feel the love and peace in it.

I am so glad that together we can work towards the mission of serving our student community.

Many blessings!
Fr Andres



From Erna Grasz of The Asante Africa Foundation

Hello Rotary Team,

We have been sponsoring a young woman in Tanzania now for 4 years and she is in the office today telling us about being accepted into University.


Sara Sariko – University of Eastern Africa – statistical training center first year

And I got to take a photo with her. So EXCITING!!!

Thank you all for believing the potential of these amazing young women!!!!

Erna Grasz





Join Berkeley and La Penita Rotary
in a hands – on project, Fall 2023

through EDUCATION facilities improvements and support.

Berkeley Rotary in partnership with the La Penita Rotary club, Nayarit, MX will be adding a new classroom to the one room school in Los Ayala Mpio, Compostela, Nayarit MX.

It will be a 10 day trip. Dates are tentative October 2023, plus 3 extra days before and 3 extra days after for set up and clean up. You can reserve NOW for 10 days, 13 days or 15 days.THE BUDGET: $25,000 usd.
We need your financial support and participation:
Club support from all BARSHEEP Clubs, especially those sending volunteers.SIGN UP NOW: If you are interested. There is work for all skill levels. This trip is limited to one session. If you sign up, you are on the list in order signed up. Sign up NOW to assure your participation. It does NOT commit you to participating. Once final dates are set with La Penita then final commitments are needed.

Please contact Grier Graff, Berkeley Rotary
gg@graffarchitects.com to help with planning or
to reserve you space for the trip.

Prior projects have spanned several years and include three Global Grants, District Grants and multi club funding. This project, our 2023 project is the 12th school site in Nayarit that we have helped. Los Ayala is located just south of La Peniata. About a 30 minute trip from Chacala.

Stay in beautiful Chacala in Techos housing or a local hotel. Techos housing are individual guest quarters built and operated by locals. Lunch is at the work site prepared by community members. Dinners are group

We work daily, except Sunday. We stop in the early afternoon, so everyone has time on the beach or for other activities. You fly into Puerto Vallarta, MX and we meet you there. It is that simple. Stay a few extra days in Puerto Vallarta, take a trip to San Blas and see the birds.

Costs: Budget $1,200 – $1,400 plus air travel for a 10 day trip – Included – housing, ground transportation, lunch and dinners. project support, snacks and drinks on the beach.

For more information contact
Grier Graff, Berkeley Rotary team leader 2023
Email gg@graffarchitects.com
phone 510-653-4500




We Sponsor

Dougherty Valley High School Interact Club

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Our Motto: Service Above Self

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We work together to support and do projects that help local schools, community organizations, and international needs.
We meet every
Tuesday at 7 am at the Black Bear Diner!

Asante Africa

Our Rotary has had a strong relationship with Asante Africa. This is a globally guided organization with a programming ecosystem designed to deliver educated resilient youth into the workforce and communities capable of managing obstacles and opportunities.

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