Area 6 Work Project
On June 4th 40 Rotarians from the Area 6 Rotary Clubs met in Gilroy to work on the Area ^ Work Project, hosted by the Gilroy Rotary Club. The project was a clean up of the Old St.Mary's Cemetery. Located off Church Street across from St.Mary's Church, the cemetery has been around over 100 years. The work project included removing weeds and debris, filling holes in the ground trimming of tree branches and making a new rock walk way to allow visitors to enter into the cemetery to visit the grave sites. In addition, cataloging the grave sites was another project that was completed during the day.
For the Morgan Hill Rotarians working that day, we were surprised to see grave sites for many of the early families that were prominent in starting Morgan Hill. Grave sites for the Murphy family and Dunne families, that were over 150 years old are in the cemetery.
The cemetery was not easy to find, hidden by a small alley off Church and First Street. Once we found the site the work began. After 3 plus hours of pitching in, the Rotarians were treated to lunch in the home of Joanie Lewis, a Rotarian from the Gilroy Sunrise Club.
From the October 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Hundreds of people gather in an open-air courtyard at University Central Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. Men in suits, women in flowered dresses, even prisoners in pink and orange gowns are waiting to find out if they will receive medical care. Some have no visible signs of injury. Others arrived on crutches, with arms in slings, or with catheters protruding from their clothing. Several have swollen, broken limbs: injuries that should have been mended long ago but were neglected because of the country’s long surgical-ward backlog, or simply poverty.
Emmanuel Mugatyawe, 36, sits on the ground as a friend fills out his yellow admissions form. He has been waiting two months for an operation to repair a broken leg – now infected – that he sustained when a car plowed into his motorbike.
“These are not routine cases; there are very few fresh injuries,” says Shashank Karvekar, an orthopedic surgeon and member of the Rotary Club of Solapur, India, after he and his Rwandan colleague Joel Bikoroti examine several dozen patients, scheduling many for surgery. Over the next eight days, a team of 18 specialized doctors (12 of whom are Rotarians) will perform surgeries on 268 Rwandan patients, including procedures in orthopedics and urology. The trip, initiated by District 3080 (India) and hosted by District 9150 (Central Africa), is funded by The Rotary Foundation with support from the Rwandan government. It’s the fourth medical mission to Rwanda that the two districts have organized since 2012. This time, among the volunteers is K.R. Ravindran, the first sitting RI president to take part in the mission.
The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill will be "Dark"
December 28th, 2016 - the Wednesday after Christmas