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The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay is in District 5150 - for more information about District 5105, open the link in the menu bar above. 



Rotarian of the Month - September 2023

Congratulations to Joe Brennan of the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay for being selected as Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for September 2023! Joe has been a Rotarian since 2000. He began his Rotary journey with the Rotary Club of San Francisco and then joined the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay in 2013. Joe has served as Club President and is the consummate Rotarian. He attends every weekly meeting and participates in almost all of our Club's community service activities.
Dedication to his Community: Joe leads our Breakfast for the Needy Program for the Abundant Grace Coastside Worker Agency. Monthly, he organizes our Club members into two early morning teams to prepare a warm meal for our unhoused community members. 
For the past three years Joe has been part of a small team to assemble supplies for needy families served by Coastside Hope, an organization that our Club supports with District-Designated funds. Each month, Joe works with one or two other Club members to purchase and pack approximately $80 worth of household necessities for eight identified families.
Since 2021, Joe has been our Little Library guru. Our Club co-sponsored, built, and installed seven Little Libraries across the community. Joe maintains those Little Libraries, checking on them monthly and replacing parts and books as needed.
Joe is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Half Moon Bay. For the past five years, he has arranged for our Club and the Odd Fellows to socialize together each holiday season. This has built a strong relationship between the two clubs.
International Service: In 2022 when COVID prevented our Club's team from helping a medical clinic in Mexico, Joe purchased medical supplies with money from his own pocket and took the supplies to the clinic in La Paz, Mexico.
In 2023 Joe returned to La Paz, Mexico with a team of seven Club members to provide support to a medical clinic. Again, he purchased medical supplies with his own funds and donated the supplies to the clinic.
Joe has also served on medical missions with Alliance for Smiles, an organization that provides free surgical repairs for cleft lip and cleft palatein the continents of Asia and Africa.

Joe truly exemplifies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self in everything he does. We at the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay are honored to have Joe as our valued member. Joe Brennan is most deserving to be recognized as District 5150’s Rotarian of the Month for September 2023!
My name is Liz Schuck, and I am the proud 2nd time President of the BEST Rotary Club in the world.
I joined Rotary because of my brother. He was a vice president at a bank and shared with me some of the work of his club. One project stuck in my mind, the goal to end polio. I was very taken by a club that not only supported its local community but was working to end a worldwide disease.
I decided then and there to join such an organization and I did just that in 1995 when I was principal of a large elementary school in Anaheim, California. I felt the connection between the business world and the education world was critical to the success of both! The club I joined was a very small club of 14 members, and I was one of only two women in the club. Our club’s only focus was showing up for the weekly meetings.
In 1999 when I began working for our local school district, Cabrillo Unified, I became a member of the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay. My friend and dentist Eric Shapira was my sponsor. This is where I learned what Rotary is all about! Very soon after being inducted, I joined a team of club members on an international trip to Mexico to provide wheelchairs for people in need. I guess you would say this was my first “Rotary moment”, or what drove me to want to do more for our community and the world. 
Another “Rotary moment” came in 2018 when I joined a team of over 50 people from the Bay Area on an international trip to India to participate in the annual polio immunization program. Which brings me back to my brother and why I joined Rotary. With all of the work of Rotary International and local clubs around the world, we have almost eliminated polio. Going to India was a life changing experience!
And that’s one of the examples of the impact of Rotary worldwide!
Currently one of our many projects locally is building, installing and maintaining little libraries throughout the Coastside. The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay has been serving the Coastside for more than 50 years. We are actively involved in a number of ongoing community projects as well as planning another trip to Mexico in 2024.
Come visit us and see what we’re up to! (To see more about our current projects, just scroll down this page.}
Club Information
Welcome to our Club! We meet in person at the HMB Library (or join us on Zoom.)  But check below in case there is a special venue.
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
HMB Library
620 Correas St
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
United States of America
Any guest who wishes to join us for our meetings at the Library or on Zoom is very welcome! Please contact President Liz Schuck at elizabeth.anne.schuck@gmail.com for the link to the Zoom meeting or more information about the in-person meeting.
Greetings Fellow Rotarians
Here's what is happening this week:
Wednesday, September 27, 6-9am, Breakfast brigade/Lutheran Church
Thursday, September 28, 11:30am-1:30pm, Weekly club meeting/social/HMB Brewing Co. This week our meeting is a social at the HMB Brewing Co., so we can celebrate Oktoberfest. We'll be there from 11:30-1:30, so there's time for everyone to order lunch (on your own). Busy Lizzie's German chocolate cupcakes are on the dessert menu! 
Also coming up in November, the District 5150 Rotary Foundation event....in our own backyard. As such, I'm hoping we get a good turnout of our club members and spouses/guests.
See you,
Busy Lizzie
NAMI Walks

Yippee Ki-Yay for EREY | The Rotary Foundation Event (Half Moon Bay) - November 18

Tickets now on sale! Saddle up and get ready for a ride through the Wild West as we celebrate our "Every Rotarian, Every Year" participants, and help fundraise for The Rotary Foundation.  Held at the storied Long Branch Saloon and Farms -- home of the Food Network TV Show, BBQ Brawl -- you can take a trip in time to the old West, put on your finest Western Wear, and have one hootin' hootenanny of a good time! Details and Registration
Coming to us from Minnesota to share info on how and why we should
"Tell Our Rotary Story"
Liz Schuck
2023/24 President
Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay
Upcoming Calendar
September 28 -  Our annual Oktoberfest celebration at the HMB Brewing Company
This will be during our regularly scheduled meeting time, 12-1:30pm.
You may want to arrive a bit early so you can order lunch and some beer!
Please let me know byFriday, September 22nd, if you will be attending, and if you're bringing a guest.
November, the District 5150 Rotary Foundation event....in our own backyard. As such, I'm hoping we get a good turnout of our club members and spouses/guests
CREATING HOPE - Club Members Doing Work In Our Coastside and International Communities - Update
A huge thank you to the Coastside Hope Monthly Supplies team for packing 8 bags this week--Joe, Stacy, Mary, Heather, and Doug,(Liz and Pat arrived too late to help this fast crew).
Another huge thank you to members and friends from both our club and the Woodside/Portola Valley club for participating in the Annual Coastal Clean up on Saturday--Susan, Dennis, Warren, Stacy, Teri, Anita, yours truly, Emily Prah, plus Haydi Danielson, Sandi Pugh, Sue and her grandson Marshall.
Rotary Crew Working Hard at the Annual Coastside Senior Yard Rehab Project
Dennis and Susan, Liz and Teri , Rose, plus Chris and Ann at the home of Mickey Williamson. 
Club Members Helping in Mexico
Joe reported that they were back and had a successful and fun trip. The group of seven (Kevin O’Brien, Bill Johnston and wife, Austin Stowell, EJ Dieterle and wife, Rose Mortilla, Jim Holley* and myself) achieved our goals of helping at Dr. Nancy Harris’s Freed Clinic, and also having some fun things around La Paz and crossing over to the Pacific coast to see many Gray Whale cows and calves in the lagoon there. They will give a more detailed presentation to the Club when photos (and alibis) organized.
They did take $700 worth of Children’s multi vitamins and prenatal vitamins to be distributed. They also bought $700 worth of supplies for our work day at the clinic.
They attended the meetings of two of La Paz’s five Rotary Clubs which was good social grace for them and great networking for Nancy and her staff, Francoise and Adriana.
* Jim Holley is a wonderful man Joe knows from his large role in Red Cross and from Odd Fellows. Jim was an international executive in HR and is proficient in Spanish. He is not a Rotarian but fit and pitched right in.
Cooking Breakfast Monthly in Support of Abundant Grace's Community Outreach
We are once again able to help out with Abundant Grace in this essential program for those who are underserved in our community. The crew for the month of May below:  (Susan Kealey and Dennis Fisher, Heather Bodman, Rose Serdy, Paul Wrubel, Warren Barmore. and Joe Brennan (not in the picture). Thanks to Joe for getting our crews organized. 
Monthly Contribution to Coastside Hope Families Project
Mary, Ginger, Heather in Mary's driveway getting the supplies packed and then Doug delivering them to Coastside Hope's Caitlen Vreeburg, Development and Operations Director.