President's Message

Hello Fellow Rotarians,

I hope you all enjoyed our Rotary meeting this past Tuesday held at the Claim Jumper.  Unfortunately, our scheduled guest speaker Dr. Sandra Rodriguez, Assistant Superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, was ill and could not join us.  However, Dr. Rodriguez was kind enough to send Principal Raul Pedraza and Vice Principal Jesus Galdamez of the SBCUSD Inland Career Education Center to speak to our club in her place. 
Raul and Jesus provided an informative presentation about the many services offered to residents of San Bernardino and across the region, focusing on vocational education and preparing adults to enter the workforce.  Programs offered include English language proficiency, citizenship courses, barbering, and a fully-accredited Licensed Vocational Nursing course provided at a fraction of the cost of private colleges. 
Labor Day
Tomorrow we celebrate the Labor Day holiday.  As such, there will be no Rotary meeting on Tuesday, September 5.  We will resume our normal meeting schedule on Tuesday, September 12 at noon at the Elks Lodge.  
Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated with a parade on September 5, 1882 in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.

President, Brian Pellis 2023-2024
Rotary Club of Downtown San Bernardino



Rotary Life Fundraiser This Weekend!
Don't forget to come out this Saturday, September 9 to the Rotary Life Junior Class car wash fundraiser being held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the First Congregational United Church of Christ located at 3041 North Sierra Way in San Bernardino!  This is a great way to support our Rotary Life students and get those dirty cars washed for a reasonable price!
Lastly, don't forget to sign up for the 2023-2024 Rotary Leadership Institute!  The first session will be held Saturday, September 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Presbyterian Church.  Register via DACdb and feel free to reach out to me if you need any help doing so.  Remember, the $ 30-course fee is reimbursable by the club!
Free Online Leadership Conference This Weekend!
The Power of Women Digital Conference 2023 (DPOW) will be held this weekend, September 8-10.  This conference is being sponsored by the Rotary E-Club of World Peace from our very own Rotary District. This will be a transformative event dedicated to amplifying the voices of women leaders and fostering gender balance worldwide. DPOW is a celebration of collaboration, where women and men unite for the greater good of self, society, and our precious planet. This exhilarating, 48-hour event will be hosted through digital broadcasting on virtual platforms Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook Live.
This is a first-of-its-kind conference of 80+ global leaders and experts from over 20 countries to convene in a free, 48-hour virtual symposium to unite diverse perspectives, work towards a shared mission for humanity, strive for peace, and nurture the well-being of self, society, and the environment.  Distinguished guest speakers include Former UN Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury; HRH Princess Basmah of Saudi Arabia; Marianne Williamson; Mahanaryaman Scindia, Prince of Gwalior India; Queen Radhika Gaekwad of Baroda; former French Minister of Gender Elisabeth Moreno; Jean Houston; and former Reebok President Marilyn Tam.
To register for this amazing FREE event, please click: https://www.
 Left to Right:  Rotarian Tawnya Rhodes Hensley, Vice Principal Jesus Galdamez, Rotarian Mary Ellen Abilez Grande, and Principal Raul Pedraza.

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