Where Leaders Meet to Serve.
The Rotary Club of Sacramento is the premiere organization in the Sacramento region where a large and diverse group of leaders gather to strengthen our community through service, the exchange of ideas, and fellowship. Your journey as a member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento starts with a desire to serve.
Jean Runyon Service Award
With her induction on Sept 29th, 1987, Jean Runyon became the first female member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento. She was an amazing woman, a pillar of the community and someone recognized as a trailblazer by those who knew her and the community at large. The Rotary Club of Sacramento is so proud to have created the Jean Runyon Award in her honor. The Jean Runyon Award is intentionally written to recognize contributions made by a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Sacramento whose contributions to our community align with the magnanimous contributions made by Jean. Award criteria, modeled after traits and accomplishments indisputably attributable to Jean, include outstanding community service, generosity, leadership, influence, and champion of women, to name just a few. The Award Criteria and application can be accessed by visiting this link: https://rotarysacramento.com/get-involved/jean-runyon-community-service-award/.
Rotary’s Response to COVID-19
Our board of directors voted to focus our discretionary community grants funding on providing rental assistance to those who are newly in need due to financial challenges brought on by the pandemic. While we remain concerned about those who are currently unsheltered, especially with winter here, our goal is to invest thee funds at our disposal to prevent more people from becoming homeless. Our motivation is the belief that the loss of shelter, possessions and dignity is vastly more costly to those individuals and to society than investing in them before becoming unsheltered.
After thoroughly vetting the local nonprofits who provide emergency rental assistance, our board approved our first grant of $2500 to Volunteers of America (VOA) to help Susan, the widow of a veteran who recently passed away, and her 19 year-old son. Learn more about how the Rotary Club is helping Susan and how Rotary Club international is responding to COVID.
Working Together for Peace & Justice
At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.
We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.
We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice.
Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.
Virtual Meetings & Community Work
Pandemic. Shelter-in-place. Stay-at-home orders. Social distancing. They haven’t stopped our Club from pressing on with living out the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. Our Rotary Club of Sacramento has adapted its weekly in-person meetings and community service to these challenging times. Our members and guests have continued meeting every Tuesday at noon but are doing so virtually via Zoom since mid-April 2020.
From the Pledge of Allegiance, to an inspiring Thought of the Day, to making and maintaining personal connections, to celebrating members’ accomplishments and major life events, to enjoying friendship and fellowship, to highlighting a community service organization for the week, to hearing non-profit CEO, corporate executive, or government official speakers and engaging in discussions on significant and timely local, national, international, or human interest topics, our Club has carried on with the essence of our weekly meetings.
Continue to read how the Rotary Club of Sacramento has adapted this year to continue to foster connections and server our Sacramento community.
Local Project Highlight
Rotary in Sacramento
International Project Highlight
Ajo, Ethiopia Water Project
The Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation teamed up with Rotary Clubs from around the world to make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of Ethiopians, bringing clean water to people who live and work in an agricultural area that is vital to their country’s economy.
Rotary in the World
Rotary meeting: November 16, 2021 PRESIDENT BOB MILLER (VP, Business Services at First US Community Credit Union) called us to order and requested a moment of silence for RICK DAVIS’ (Retired Putative Writer) wife Myrna Davis who recently lost her battle with breast cancer. BOB thanked our Greeters, JENNY WINSTEAD (Administrative Director, Sacramento […]
Rotary Meeting: November 2nd, 2021 WELCOME/GAVEL IN PRESIDENT BOB MILLER (First US Community Credit Union) called the meeting to order promising a very interesting topic. After which Rotarians gathered for the initiation of the meeting. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE PRESIDENT BOB MILLER led the club in saluting the flag and our country. THANK YOUS PRESIDENT BOB […]