Rotary Club
Morgan Hill
 Service, Philanthropy and Fellowship that Improves the Local and World Community
Our Meetings
Wednesdays, 12:15 pm
Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center
17000 Monterey St.
Morgan Hill, CA
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Meeting Speakers
What New Technology is Coming?
Jan 25, 2017
Troy Wolverton
Keeping Up with the Ledwiths
Feb 01, 2017
Brad Ledwith
Expect Something Fun
Feb 08, 2017
Fun Committee
Calendar of Events
January 2017
Our Newsletter
May/June 2016 Issue
Jun 13, 2016
April 2016 Issue
Apr 20, 2016
March 2016 Issue
Mar 23, 2016
Rotary is all about.....
Service Above Self
What's New....
The annual speech contest was held on January 11 during our Wednesday meeting at
the Community and Cultural center in Morgan Hill. There were six contestants from three Morgan Hill schools, Ann Sabrato, Live Oak and Oakwood high schools.  Contestants and their guests we treated to lunch prior to the contest. The contestants drew letters to see who would go first and so on and we started at 12:25pm and ended right at 1:30pm.
Miss Claire Murphy from Oakwood High School garnered the first place award and $100 cash. Second place went to Miss Faithy Limon of Ann Sobrato High School with a $50 cash prize. Third place went to Miss Channing Bushman from Oakwood High School with a $25 cash prize.
The students gave exceptional speeches hitting the four-way test principals and this year’s theme “Rotary Serving Humanity”.
In speaking to the Superintendent of schools for  Morgan hill, Steve Betando said:
 “In this year’s Rotary of Morgan Hill Speech Contest, each high school contestant gave an impassioned personal account of how they valued Rotary by incorporating the theme, “Rotary Serving Humanity”. What a great opportunity for the youth in our town to become familiar with what Rotary is all about, form their own altruistic beliefs, and  practice the speaking skills which will serve them so well in their careers and personal life.” 
I would like to thank the entire speech contest team including judges Roger Malech, Leslie Carmichael, and Jeff Perkins, the timer Elle Scott, the head Teller Ken Murray and Jon Mockabee was our runner this year. A special thank you to David Lister and David de la Cuesta for all of their assistance. The entire team makes all the difference!
The next level of competition will be the Area contest. It will be hosted by our club this year on March 1st, 2017. This will include winners from the South Bay clubs in our district. The First place winner and our runner-up will be at the Area contest. Should the first place winner not be able to make it the runner up will present her speech.
Thank you again to the contestants and all the Rotarians who gave of themselves to make this event such a wonderful experience for all. We look forward to seeing all of you at the Area contest on March 1st.
Thank you.
Dan Makinster
Speech Contest Chair

Dictionaries Distribution Targeted for Late February/Early March

Rotary Club of Morgan Hill will once again provide hardcover dictionaries to approximately 900 third graders in public and private schools in the Morgan Hill area. This is the 6th year of the project. The club is targeting the evening of January 24 for assembling the dictionaries and the week of February 27 – March 3 to distribute the dictionaries.
Students will get to keep these books which come with a bookplate where the student can enter his or her name. For many kids, the gift of the dictionary may be their first book that they own. The book will also come with a letter in both English and Spanish from Rotary which may be the first exposure to Rotary for the kids as well as the parents. The letters will be in English and Spanish.
Morgan Hill Police Chief and dictionary project co-chair, David Swing, along with the Rotarian volunteers will once again deliver the books to the third graders.  The reaction of the kids when they receive their dictionary is priceless. Each year the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill receives letters every year from the kids and teachers thanking us for their dictionaries. This year’s dictionary committee is being led by Carol Carr and David Swing along with Rotarians Katie Hardt-Mason, Janene Towner-Chernoff, Janie Knopf and Dave Allen and Lisa Cardenas, a member of Morgan Hill’s police department. More information, including how you can volunteer, will be provided in January.
The Rotary Foundation is Amazing

Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel is set to accept the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, director of fund development at Rotary, will speak at the conference. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people

and communities across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

This article is reprinted from The Rotary Foundation website.


On October 22nd, 15 Morgan Hill Rotarians, along with 7 Rebuilding Together veterans came together to rebuild the home of a Morgan Hill senior, Katherine.  In a little less than7 hours we were able to install new ceiling fans, toilets, exterior lighting, build a back yard fence, paint the outside of the home, install a new range and dishwasher, added a screen door and fixed the sliding back door handle.  The day went smoothly because our Project Captain, Tom Harvey from Rebuilding Together, had done plenty of advanced work preparing for the day.  All who participated had a great time and worked hard.  Katherine was very pleased with the work and the project gathered a lot of attention from neighbors in the area.  One of the Rebuilding Together Board members came down for the day and took pictures of the work taking place.
This is the second Rebuilding Together work day Rotarians have participated in.  Twice a year, in April and October, Rebuilding Together organizes a work day throughout the bay area.  They are very happy to have Morgan Hill Rotary step up and sponsor a project.  They look for continued projects in Morgan Hill.  The city of Morgan Hill is looking for more homes that fit the Rebuilding Together target, so the program can expand.  This type of project is very rewarding for the volunteers, as it is the perfect example of Service Above Self.
So if you missed out on the fun this time, we hope to have another opportunity in April to come out and share your talents.  You will be amazed at the skills that reside in our club, who knew that Chris Guisiana is an excellent plumber or that Chief Swing has serious construction skills.  You might also learn some new skills along the way.  It was a great experience.

MH Rotary offers Hearts of Rotary grants for local benefit

Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has announced that it is seeking applications for a new grants program, Hearts of Rotary (HOR), to help local nonprofit organizations fund local projects or programs.  Click here to view the grant guidelines and applications, which are due December 31st.  HOR support is available for projects/programs that benefit youth, seniors, education or community benefit in the Morgan Hill or San Martin area. Grants are not restricted to tangible items (as are our Community Grants) and can be used for operating expenses. Organizations are required to be designated tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofits and funds must be used for a specific community benefit.
Because Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has its own separate scholarship program for college-bound seniors, similar scholarships grants will not be considered.
For additional information, contactMary Hiland, Charitable Giving Chair, 408-324-4814
Visit TeenForce's STEM and Professional Development Program on a Saturday and you'll feel the high levels of energy and support present in the room.  In the words of one of our foster youth, Brooke, "[TeenForce is]" not just a program; it's a family."  Spending the first two hours of their day focused on professional development training, high school foster youth learn and practice  skills to acquire and maintain employment, such as interviewing, resume writing and workplace etiquette.  The rest of the day focuses on developing STEM abilities and interests in areas such as robotics and website design.
Youth who successfully complete the STEM program are eligible of a paid summer internship where they are surrounded by individuals with strong educational backgrounds, influence and experience for the first time in their lives.  The coupling of STEM training and internship allows youth firsthand experience of how education leads to income.  Internship hosts span a wide array of industry sectors, including financial services, cybersecurity, farming, real estate, automotive, healthcare, property management, construction and accounting to name a few.  Our 2016 South County Internship partners included TenCate Advanced Composites, Anaerobe Systems, Chiala Farms, Chase VP Bringing and the City of Morgan Hill.
By age 24, the average foster youth earns $690 per month, far less than the $1,535 per month earned by his or her non-foster peers.  The only former foster youth who are consistently employed, earning wages near the national average, are those who held a job while in the foster care system.  The goal of the STEM program and internship is to affect positive change for foster youth while still in high school.  We introduce them to the professional workforce where they begin to understand the breadth of opportunities available to them and envision themselves as part of the dynamic Silicon Valley economy.  From there, they build positive adult relationships, generate enthusiasm for education and learning, and stake out college and career pathways.
This program is part of a Clinton Global America commitment that TeenForce launched in 2015.  We are committed to giving this opportunity to 100% of Santa Clara County high school foster youth.
In 2016, we placed 37 foster youth at 23 different internship sites.  We will more than double our impact in 2017 by placing a total of 70 youth interns county wide.  15 of these internships will be in Morgan Hill and Gilroy.  Can your company host one of our interns?  Do you know of anyone who can consider hosting-either a friend, relative, supplier or competitor?  This is an incredible opportunity to affect proven positive change for an individual and the community as a whole.  The average cost to host an intern is $2,500 (150 hours at $15 per hour) of which $2,000 goes to pay youth wages and payroll taxes.  Throughout the internship, TeenForce is the employer of record and our expert staff provides light case management and oversight to ensure the experience is a positive one for all involved.
Thank you, Rotary Club of Morgan Hill.  We appreciate all the good work you do in our community and truly welcome your help in finding more internship partners for 2017!
To learn more about TeenForce and the STEM and Professional Development and Internship Program please visit or contact TeenForce's Senior Business Development Manager, Tom Fandre at 408-509-7298 or
It took practically a year to prepare to serve you as your President and I can’t believe an entire quarter is over.  It has gone by fast and yet, for some of you, you may be asking, “What’s taking so long?”  LOL.  If you don’t mind, I'm going to focus on why it seems to be flying by.
There have been so many wonderful things happening since July 1 and it all boils down to YOU!  Our Fun Committee is off to a great start with fabulous “fun”raisers to enjoy, our Front Porch Fridays, the Giants game and Mystery Trip.  The Program Committee has certainly provided us with great programs bringing in some wonderful guests and also giving us the chance to hear from our fellow Rotarians on a current trip or providing a re-introduction.   The set-up crew!  Wow, always there and getting us ready making sure the stage is set; and very accommodating as things may change and we need to do something different.  YOU have led us in the flag salute, delivered a thought for the day, greeted our Rotarians and guests as they arrived, and sold raffle tickets making it possible for successful Rotary meetings each and every week.  And these are just a few outward examples of you making everything happen.  There are many behind the scenes also working to support this Club.
And it doesn’t end there, the Board is busy meeting with you so as to support all the work going on at the committee levels, attending District meetings to learn more about the different areas of focus for our clubs, and participating in our Board meetings.  They are keeping our club machine running smoothly with your help. 
I really wasn’t joking when I said, “and it all boils down to YOU!” Without your participation there wouldn’t be a club, we wouldn’t know each other as family, and the community would not be the community it is without your donation of time, talent and treasure.  Thank you.  Thank you for making my job as your President a distinct honor and a definite pleasure because of YOU!
Looking forward to the next 3 quarters,