Amita Garg
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John Rodgerson was our Master of Ceremonies today. He introduced Amita Garg, who is about to join our Rotary Club! 

Today, she  talked  about how she  can combine business life with being a Rotarian so that we can broaden our service to the  local community. She's hoping that Rotary can be the hub for her school to connect us with public schools, city entities, other businesses and community organizations. 

Amita is the  Campus President of Healthcare Career College in Paramount. She has an impressive resume which includes  a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies from Pomona College and a Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Oxford. She received a Fulbright scholarship in 2004 to study cultural change in Nepal. During her time in Nepal, she saw first-hand the power of education to transform individuals and develop communities. After coming  back from Nepal, she started a tutoring center in Garden Grove which she sold  in 2007 to join Healthcare Career College.

Her parents, natives of India, had started this College in 1990 in Bellflower as a computer training school. It  was called  Infotech Career College and catered to IT skills. Since the early 2000’s, Amita shifted the focus of this college to healthcare field. The college is accredited and offers federal financial aid to students. 

Amita talked about her college and said that she sees herr College not just as a place where students can come and get their certificates to get a job, but as a place where the college transforms their lives. They  work on the whole person, including professionalism, mindset, confidence and skills.

Community service is an important part of how they transform individuals and develop confidence. They advocate for their students to use their skills for the benefit of the community. Amita understands how community service breaks down barriers for her students and instills a passion for helping others, and ultimately,  this helps them throughout their careers. Isn't this what Rotary is all about, too? Amita instantaneously got a warm reception to these ideas about her students collaborating with Rotary related activities. 

Amita, we will be happy to have you in our club. Our club will gain a lot by having a resource like you as an integral part of our Rotary Team!
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We also have 2 more new "Soon-to-be-Rotarians" in the process. Stay tuned in! You will want to meet them and work with them!

We had Nora  MacLellan from our Rotary District visit us, along with our Asst. District Governor Dave Davies, who has always been great resource to our club!
Nora is our liason for Vision to Learn - the mobile clinic that provides free eye exams and free glasses to students in low-income communities. Our Dean has been working on spearheading this in Paramount  and Nora has been very  instrumental in helping us expand our Vision-to-learn program. We are now moving on to Paramount High School - one of the largest high schools in LA area. We have clearly seen that this program is helping our kids do better in school which provides them with a foundation for a better life

Rich Weeda talked about last week;s Grand Prix Race in which Rich, John, Matt and Dean participated! 
Sounded like a lot of fun! 
Next year, I want to be sure to watch!

Bud Jackson spinned the Rotary wheel to announce  new grandson to her daughter Sharon! Bud, Congratulations! Does this mean you now have 16 grandchildren and 8 great grand children?
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