Rotary Club of Freedom

eBulletin 6/30/2015


As tradition the Rotary Club of Freedom will not meet on Tuesday, June 30 following our annual Demotion Dinner Party.



The President's Demotion


The Rotary Club of Freedom's President Vince is winding down his year as leader of the club. He has done a wonderful job and we want to show our support for all that he has done for our community. Please join us for a fun celebration of his Demotion and a fabulous BBQ chicken dinner - -

Saturday, June 27   6:00 p.m.

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

2601 E Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076




Rotary Club of Freedom at our June 23 club meeting honored scholarship recipients. Image

  • Gabby Davidson graduated with honors as salutatorian of Class 2015 at Pájaro Valley High School. She will attend University of California at San Diego. 
  • Felicia Davidson also graduated with honors as salutatorian of Class 2015 at Pájaro Valley High School. She will attend Brown University n Providence, Rhode Island 
  • Fernando Barragan graduated with the Class of 2015 at Renaissance High School. He is a student who is quietly determined to succeed. Fernando comes from a hardworking family that has always supported him and he wants to continue his education to do something interesting and honor his family. He will attend Cabrillo College in the Fall and then continue to a 4 year college. He is interested in film production and videography and one day would like to be a director of cinematography. 


Next meeting July 7, 2015 


Interact 5170 Vietnam Soccer Ball Project

Interact 5170 will KICKSTART CHANGE by bringing the transformative power of play to thousands of kids in Vietnam. Interact Clubs are the high school level of Rotary Clubs who live by the motto "Service Above Self." 

They are partnered with One World Play Project, which makes a virtually indestructible soccer ball, and Football For All Vietnam, our local partner in Vietnam, to help us distribute balls.

They symbolically raised more than $5,170 dollars to get started. Gloria Garing will accompany the group as a chaperone on their trip July 14 -28.



Hunger Hoedown 

Kick up your heels to help “hoe down” hunger in our community on Sunday, August 2, from 3:00 -7:00-pm at the Second Harvest Food Bank, located at 800 Ohlone Parkway.  Enjoy live music and dancing with Keith Greeninger and Sharon Allen & The Dusty Boots.  There will be food booths, wine and beer as well as Food Bank tours and kids activities.  Tickets are $15/person, $50/4-pack or $20/person the day of the event.  Kids 12 and under are free.  To purchase tickets, visit or call 498-4119.  All proceeds will be used to provide healthy food to people in need in Santa Cruz County.

Freedom Rotarians may help by grilling hot dogs during the afternoon. Contact Jan Kamman, director of community and corporate relations for the Food Bank at or by phone (831) 274-9481



Burrito Bash Revival - October 3 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds 

Image The Burrito Bash is back. We are searching for Central Coast restaurants with the best burritos to participate in the Burrito Bash at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on October 3, 2015. We have a burrito jury to select the contestants, as too many restaurants surely will want to compete.

Burritos are the featured meal at the Burrito Bash. There will only be a limited number of preselected burrito booths from our region’s best restaurants. This year they will receive all of the proceeds from food sales during the event. We anticipate over 5,000 attendees. The last time it was held at the Fairgrounds in the 1990s over 20,000 people attended. Additional attendance will be generated by the Ocean Speedway, which will run on Friday prior to the event and the night following.

Best Burrito winner, and runners up, will receive an award to display in their restaurant, as well as accolades in all post event publication for theBurrito Bash, and local media coverage. Restaurants should end in an application with a $100 deposit (refunded if not selected). If a restaurant is selected for its competition quality burritos, the balance is due by August 1st.

The Fairgrounds offer a wonderful family friendly venue for the Burrito Bash. There will be music and activities. Of course, the highlight of the day will be judging of the Best Burrito, as well as a jalapeño eating contest. The Burrito Bash is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Freedom and the Pájaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. All proceeds will benefit local civic and charitable activities.