Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 2, 2014

Rotary clubs to celebrate 50th anniversary

'50 Years of Rotary in Pleasanton' theme of yearlong event

Pleasanton's three Rotary clubs have announced plans for "50 Years of Rotary in Pleasanton," a yearlong event in 2015 celebrating their golden anniversary of community service.

Events will combine ongoing community service projects by some 170 current members of the three clubs: the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, Rotary Club of Pleasanton North and Tri-Valley Evening Rotary.

These events will include:

* Historical exhibits from May 6 to August 2, 2015, at the Pleasanton Museum on Main

* An oral history of the three Rotary clubs compiled by Pleasanton Museum on Main staff

* Installation of a traditional street clock at Main Street and Vervais Avenue in Pleasanton

* The possible renaming of Main Street Green Park to Rotary Park or Rotary Plaza.

The celebration will be highlighted by a banquet at Castlewood Country Club on May 8 next year to celebrate the original charter award establishing the Rotary Club of Pleasanton in May 1965, which took place at Castlewood.

Also to be recognized will be the chartering to Pleasanton North in 1987 and the Tri-Valley Evening Rotary in 2002. All three clubs are affiliated with Rotary District 5170 in San Jose, and with Rotary International, a global community service organization with 1.2 million members in 166 countries.

"The 50-year anniversary events are intended to draw public attention to the local Rotary clubs' contributions to the quality of life in Pleasanton and for thousands of people, both locally and globally, who have benefited from its initiatives," said Brad Hirst, chairman of the 50 Years of Rotary in Pleasanton steering committee.

A Texas Hold 'Em Poker tournament next Friday at the Veteran's Memorial Guild will kick off the 50-year anniversary celebration.

For more information, visit www.pleasantonrotary.org or www.facebook.com/pleasantonrotary.

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