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Rotary Club of Dublin California – The Best Kept Secret of “Service Above Self”

August 11, 2013
Dublin Rotary Club President Janine Thalblum

President Janine Thalblum

The Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action and the driving principals of the Rotary club.

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it Build Goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

When Janine Thalblum joined the Rotary Club of Dublin little did she know that within only a few months she would represent the 47 member club as Community Chair. And her excellence and commitment has now, five years later, earned herself the Presidential Seat of the organization that works to improve communities locally and around the world!

“It’s a passionate obsession of mine,” says the insurance agent and mother of two boys, Jon and Stewy. “I fell in love with the Rotary at my first event. It was the Dictionary For Young Scholars project. The joy on the kids’ faces as they received the gorgeous books was priceless.”

In addition to Student of the Month awards, tutoring, mentorships, and the Richard King Speech Contest (Congressman Eric Swalwell was a 3 time runner-up in his youth), Rotary will again promote the Community All Star Event to honor police, fire, city, and school employees who have worked beyond duties. The Dublin foundation also helps with the East Bay Stand Down which supports veterans in financial and social need. Janine, who was an active Army Staff Sgt, smiles as she talks about the annual Veteran’s Day Celebration which honors the military and local vets. “There are many devoted hours of time and love in Rotary’s volunteer projects,” meaningfully adds Thalblum.

Janine is the 2013-14 term President and would be more than happy to respond to any questions (email: She especially hopes to lose the old image that Rotary is a club for the retired and the elderly; as president she hopes to promote more interaction with their feeder groups at the local high schools: the Interact and the very hip young adult Dublin Rotaract Club. Janine emphasizes these organizations are “excellent networking tools for businesses, active city members, as well as young adults. We are successful professionals who exercise team-building, fundraising, public speaking, planning, and organization skills. But more importantly, we have fun!”

Rotary Club will no longer be Dublin’s best kept secret thanks to community leaders such as Janine who model the Rotarian motto “Service Above Self” and remind us that no matter who we are or where we are from we are all here to serve our community and our world.

A terrific way to experience the fun and fellowship of the Rotary Club of Dublin is to attend the Saturday September 7 LOBSTERMANIA! Event. More information about the event, which benefits the Dublin Rotary Foundation, Dublin High School Irish Guard and CHP 11-99 Foundation is available here.

The Rotary Club of Dublin, chartered in 1971 has men and women representing a wide cross-section of local business and professions. The club meets each Tuesday at noon at the Dublin Ranch Golf Club for fellowship, lunch and interesting and informative topics of local and global importance. The club is part of the South bay and Eastbay Rotary District 5071 and is comprised of more than 59 clubs and over 4,000 members.

Joining Rotary’s Rotaract / Interact is an excellent way for Dublin students to qualify for service hours which would shine on any college application. Like their Facebook page here.

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  1. August 12, 2013 5:48 pm

    Fabulous sponsorship of Rotarians doing Good Work in the Community. Ambassador of F un Mary Lynn Pelican, Niles Rotarian

  2. August 12, 2013 7:55 pm

    Thank you Janine! I’m looking forward to eating my unlimited LOBSTER at the Lobstermania!

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