We will be dark December 19, December 26 and January 2 for the holidays. 
Our next regular lunch meeting will be Wednesday, January 9 at 12:15pm at Poplar Creek.  Our speaker will be Brenda Gonzalez, a Rotary Scholar who will address the growing challenges that make domestic violence an even trickier issue to address in Silicon Valley today.
Let’s Review What Happened Last Week:
Last Wednesday we held our annual holiday party at Sapore Italiano Restaurante.  It was festive occasion for all in attendance. 
The previous Friday a group of Burlingame Rotarians participated in the annual Burlingame Holiday Parade.  Below are some pictures from the parade.
2019 Community Service Initiatives:
Your Burlingame Rotary Board approved two new exciting community service initiatives for the first half of 2019:
1) Rebuilding Together/Rebuilding Together Peninsula/Gatepath - Burlingame Rotary will be underwriting and taking the lead on a project at the Gatepath facility on Stanton Road that will be completed on National Rebuilding Day - Saturday, April 27th.  National Rebuilding Day, formerly known as Christmas in April, is a program coordinated by Rebuilding Together (www.rebuildingtogether.org) through its affiliate Rebuilding Together Peninsula (www.rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org) where numerous projects are completed throughout the country.
Our project will be to paint 8 rooms in the Gatepath facility on Stanton Road and build planters for the to surround the facility.  We will be underwriting the cost of the materials.  Additionally, we will be organizing and providing the people to complete the project.  To complete this project it will take a team of at least 50 people.  Burlingame Rotary will be recruiting members to that team from our club, spouses, friends, colleagues from your workplace and students from local schools.  Our Community Service chairs, Cheryl Fama and Sheryl Young will be coordinating our efforts and the recruiting of team members.
For now, we ask that you save the date, Saturday April 27 and begin to ask your spouses, friends and colleagues if they would like to join us for a day of hands-on community service.
2) CALL Primrose - Every new client for CALL Primrose's food pantry service receives a welcome bag.  This welcome bag contains information on the services CALL Primrose provides as well as a collection of travel size toiletries.  These toiletries are shampoos, conditioners, soap and lotions that donors collect from hotels they visit. Our project is to gather and collect these toiletries over the first two months of the year, and then at the end of February compile welcome bags that CALL Primrose can provide new clients.  At every meeting in January and February, we will have a collection box for you to donate travel size toiletries that you collect from hotels you visit. 
For now we ask that as you travel during this holiday season, if you are not using the toiletries provided by your hotel, gather them up, take them home and bring them to the next Rotary meeting you attend.     
Sad News:
Charlotte Refven, wife of longtime Burlingame Rotary member, the late Don Refvem, passed away last week at the age of 92.  Charlotte spent her whole life (growing up, as an educator, a wife, a daughter, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother) in and around Burlingame.  She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Upcoming Meetings And Events:
December 19, 26 and January 2 - Dark for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
January 8 - Salon at Cheri Delacy Carr's house (148 Elm Burlingame).  Dave Upchurch will lead a discussion on the last days of Theranos.
January 9 - Lunch meeting at Poplar Creek at 12:15pm.  Our speaker will be Brenda Gonzalez, a Rotary Scholar who will address the growing challenges that make domestic violence an even trickier issue to address in Silicon Valley today, ranging from financial obstacles to leaving an abusive situation to increased availability of technology that abusers/stalkers use to control their victims. 
January 16 - Lunch meeting at Poplar Creek at 12:15pm.  Bob Doerr and Fritz Brauner will facilitate a video presentation.
January 23 - Social meeting at 5:00pm at Poplar Creek followed by a club assembly.
January 30 - Fifth Wednesday. DARK
February 6 - Lunch Meeting at Poplar Creek at 12:15pm.  Speaker will talk on the Coast Guard.
February 13 - Lunch Meeting at Poplar Creek at 12:15pm
February 20 - President's Day Week.  DARK
February 27 - Social Meeting at 5:00pm.  Location TBD.
APRIL 27TH - Rebuilding America Together Community Service Activity at Gatepath on Stanton Road