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Hometown Days Rotary Club of San Carlos Fun Run 2016

Calling all runners, big, small, fast or slow.  This year’s Hometown Days Rotary Club of San Carlos Fun Run is Sunday May 22 at 8:30 in Burton Park next to the Youth Center.  You can sign up at Race Roster or show up starting at 7:00 am to register on site.


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The Pancake Breakfast will be served starting at 9am in left field of the baseball diamond.

If cannot attend but would like to donate to the Pancake Breakfast, please click on this button.

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Also visit the Home Town Days web site for more about Home Town Days.

Fun Run Route




Map of the race course
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Reubens for Rotary

IMG_0032Come join us for a very special event. The Rotary Club of San Carlos is hosting a dedicated fundraising event in support of the Atlas Mountains Project at the home of member Steven C Carlson in the highlands of San Carlos. The Atlas Mountains extend 1600 miles through Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia separating the Atlantic and the Mediterranean from the Shara Desert.  Reaching to altitudes of 14,000 feet this remote, isolated land has been home to the Berbers for over 10,000 years.  Steve, as a Peace Corps volunteer, spent years with the Berber people bonding  and developing a deep appreciation for the hardships of living in such an extremely remote area without access to clean water, electricity or modern conveniences.

Reuben SandwichSteve is now an artisan food hobbyist who makes his own pastrami, sauerkraut, bread, cheese, wine, sausages and other charcuterie. He wants to give back to the people he lived with in his Peace Corps service, and eventually secure their access to clean, potable water. Come taste the best reuben sandwiches in San Carlos, and enjoy Steve’s lovely home with views as far as San Francisco.

By NJVR - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By NJVR – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

We are expecting a very special guest , Tom Riley the former Ambassador to Morocco is going to come to give some words of encouragement to those attending. Born in San Mateo, Tom received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He served as ambassador to Morocco from 2003 to 2009.  He was in Morocco even longer than Steve, but had much better accommodations.



June 11
5pm – 9pm
3126 La Mesa Dr.


Tickets are $80 per person.  There are two ways to purchase tickets or donate to the cause.  You may either send a check to the Rotary Club of San Carlos, or you can use your credit card through Brown Paper Tickets below.  Brown Paper Tickets adds on a fee.

Make checks payable to Community Service Inc or CSI.

The Rotary Club of San Carlos, Community Services Inc.
Reubens for Rotary
PO Box 515
San Carlos, CA 94070

Please indicate whether this is a donation or if you will want your Reubens.  You will be included in our list of will calls.  Thanks!

If you can’t attend but would like to donate to the Atlas Mountains Project please click on the Donate button and you will be taken to a secure PayPal page to submit your credit card information.



Atlas Mountains Project

atlasThe Atlas Mountains Project is a long term project of the Rotary Club of San Carlos led by Rotarian Steven C Carlson. With matching funds from Rotary International we will work with Moroccan and international organizations to bring sustainable clean water development to remote areas of the Atlas Mountains. With proficiency in Berber, Arabic, and French, and with on-going ties to the area, we are in a unique position to be able to establish constructive relations with locals at all levels of society and promote health and peace in this exciting and exotic area of the world.

Morocco as a strategic development priority

moroccoMorocco is a priority opportunity for development work. It is one of the few countries in the Islamic world that is maintaining a stable and peaceful society, and thus serves an important bridge between Western countries and the Middle East. We would like to do our part to keep it that way. Historically, Morocco was the first country in the world to recognize the United States diplomatically. It is also strikingly beautiful and within easy reach for an exciting trip, where you can see firsthand the work we intend to do.

Water is life

ouzoud_1Clean water is the foundation of life.   Where Steve was a volunteer, as is common throughout the developing world, waterborne illness was the number one cause of death. The family that hosted him had 9 children, only four of which lived – a very common tale.   By providing a reliable source of clean water, so many hardships are alleviated. Women and girls no longer need to spend hours of their day drawing water, and caring for sick children, which allows them to attend school and read. A drop in the mortality rate should decrease the pressure to have the large families that are typical of the area. And recognition of Rotary’s contribution to the local communities should promote and sustain the basic appreciation that Moroccans have for America.

Rotary Marrakesh – Majorelle

rotary of marakeshWe will work with the Rotary Club in the Majorelle district of Marrakesh, which has made water development in the High Atlas Mountains a priority with their club. They are wrapping up an impressive piping and cistern project, and we look forward to identifying a new project to work on together. This all-women’s club is a “do-er” group, and we’re excited to work together with them.


Corps Africa-Morocco

Modeled on the U.S. Peace Corps, Corps Africa provides an internal service organization for African countries, currently Morocco, Senegal, and Malawi. Now in its third year, it sends recent host-country university graduates with an interest in development work into the rural parts of those countries. In Morocco, one of the areas they target is the High Atlas Mountain region outside of Marrakesh. We intend to co-sponsor one Corps Africa volunteer (in tandem with the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative). With these volunteers’ “boots on the ground” we intend to have them perform a needs assessment of the areas where they are serving. Based on their recommendations, together with the help of Rotary Marrakesh, we intend to identify discrete projects to tackle. Because Corps Africa-Morocco and Rotary Marrakesh are well-connected at all levels of Morocco central and local government, we hope our initiatives will be well-supported there, with a sustainable long-term future. The Corps-Africa’s website is



h2ODH2OpenDoors is a fabulous organization based right here in San Carlos. Led by Jon Kaufman, H2OpenDoors focuses on installing SunSpring water purification systems throughout the world, including in Mexico, Guatemala, Thailand, and the Phillipines. The SunSpring system outputs up to 5000 gallons a day of clean water, using solar power and readily-available filter systems. We hope to find a suitable site for a SunSpring system, and ideally set up a bottling system that would allow local communities to develop a commercially-sustainable business, including selling clean bottled water to villagers and tourists. Their website is

Summary of the Plan:

Atlas-Mountains-Labeled-2Initially we will co-sponsor one Corps Africa-Morocco volunteer. The group of volunteers stationed in the High Atlas region will perform needs assessments for the communities where they are living. One question they will address is whether a SunSpring system would be suitable for their areas.

At the same time we will continue to work with Rotary Marrakesh to identify an appropriate project, and develop a plan to carry it out. With Rotary Marrakesh and the project plan, we will apply for a Rotary Global Grant, which will leverage the funds that we raise.

Depending on the projects they identify, and the suitability of the SunSpring system for the local needs, we may organize an expedition in late 2016 or 2017 to help install this system and make plans for future projects – to which you will be invited!

Over the years, we intend to extend this project to other areas within Morocco. We hope to make this a long-term project of our club and an exciting project for peace.

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The Event
Behind the Kitchen

Cocktails for College June 7, 6:30pm West Park Bistro

Cocktails for College
The cost of college keeps rising and more San Carlos students are finding it harder and harder to afford the school they want.  We just finished awarding fifteen thousand dollars to deserving students in San Carlos to help them move to the next chapter in their success stories.  Now we need to raise money for more students for next year.  Please help us fund this important mission that helps make San Carlos the “City of good living.”  $100 / person.

Sunday, June 7, 6:30pm at West Park Bistro.
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Rotary Means Business 5:30pm at the Elms, May 27

When is the San Carlos Rotary not meeting on Friday?  On the 4th Wednesday of the month when we meet at Piacere at 5:30 for a mixer.  When is the Wednesday meeting not at Piacere?  This month when it’s at the Elms.  Also this month it’s not our regular quiet social, but a high powered, dynamic Rotary Means Business where entrepreneurial rotarians from all over the  peninsula meet to promote their business and learn from other business leaders.  For more details see The Rotary Means Business flyer.

Pancake Breakfast, Fun Run and Hometown Days Parade

Fun Run

At the Fun Run starting line.  All race times were electronically tracked and posted after the race.

Flippers at their station, ready to flip when the time is right. Terry Wilson and Fred Marcussen.

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Pancake breakfast co-chairs

Co-chairs of another very successful pancake breakfast, Steve Divney and Jonathan Nicolas.

In the parade, representing the Rotary Club of San Carlos, are Pamela Alexander and Bob Gutgsell.

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Thirteenth Basic PRLS Class Held in South San Francisco

PRLS 1:25Our President Elect Nominee Alex Phillips attended the PRLS class in So. San Francisco on Sat.  From our own club the faculty is comprised of PRLS Director Betsy Koefoed, Bill Koefoed & Pete Nannarone as well as Linda Grant (RC Foster City) Michael Ford (RC SF Evening) and Dave Bertini (RC Pacifica).  Other participants were from seven different Rotary Clubs as well as Four Interactors including an exchange student from India.  This was the thirteenth Basic PRLS class with Rotarians from seven different clubs and four Interactors.  District 5150 now has almost 300 Basic PRLS graduates.