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April 2024
Meeting Speakers
Terry Ziegler
Apr 24, 2024
Rotary Polio Eradication
Fun Committee
May 01, 2024
Cinco de Mayo
John Kelley
May 08, 2024
Darren Dean Vocational Education Grant Presentations
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The DAZZLE dinner+dance “GOES WILD!
Join us at Guglielmo Winery on Friday, April 19 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. The evening will include a catered dinner by Fire for Hire, wine by Guglielmo, live entertainment, photobooth, and décor by Moggia events. This year’s theme is “Jungle Cruise,” a safari-inspired theme meant to highlight the “untamed” advocacy and philanthropic efforts that Rotary spearheads worldwide. Whether you come in animal print or safari worthy khakis, full Indiana Jones or Tarzan costume, we encourage you to dress the part! Get ready to wine, dine, and dance “from the safety of your cruise boat!”
All funds raised are used for giving back to our youth, our community, or our international projects.

The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill is currently evaluting Darren Dean Vocational Educational Grant applications that were received by the March 31 deadline. Recipients are expected to be notified by April 30. The next grant cycyle is expcted to be opened on September 1.
 At the Rotary Club of Morgan’s March 20, 2024 meeting nonprofits who received $25,000 in grants from the club’s second 2023 grant cycle were honored. The second grant cycle followed an earlier award program which issued $20,000 in grants, bringing the total grant awards to $45,000 in 2023. Applications for the next grant cycle are expected to be available on July 1, 2024.
Over the years, the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has supported those in need, both locally and around the world. The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has supported local organizations that operate free clinics, help purchase school supplies for children in need, teach children the fun and appreciation of art, provide musical concerts to elder care facilities, educate the community about and rehabilitate endangered wildlife, and provide community Fourth of July festivities through its Community Grant and Hearts of Rotary Grant programs.
Grants are typically granted in amounts from $250 to $1,500. Organizations may make separate applications for more than one project. If your organization has a significantly larger financial need, maybe our Foundation can assist you through our Rotary Grants at
Grant Requirements
  • Community Grants are available for only tangible or capital items (e.g., equipment, furniture, appliances). Grants are only accepted from philanthropic organizations (not individuals) which provide benefits to the Morgan Hill community.
  • Hearts of Rotary Grants are available for project expenses or consumable/limited use items and only to IRS tax exempt organizations which provide benefits to the Morgan Hill community.
  • A single application can be used for both types of grants if for the same project or program.
  • All grants must be used for a charitable purpose by an organization that is clearly philanthropic in nature. Contributions are NOT made to individuals or for activities that are promoting specific religious or political viewpoints. Please note that the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill Rotary has additional programs for scholarship awards and for vocational career development. Community and Hearts of Rotary Grants are not awarded for scholarships.
  • Grants must provide a specific benefit for the residents of the Morgan Hill Community as defined by the boundaries of the Morgan Hill Unified School District.
  • Applicant which are awarded a grant agree to publicly acknowledge the contribution in a way that promotes community awareness of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill.
Members of the Vocational Committee went to Sobrato High School the evening of January 23rd to help five Future Farmers of America students hone their interview skills. The students' teacher, Kayla Erath, has been meeting with the Vocational Committee and asked the committee to help the students prepare for an upcoming Job Interview contest. Madeline Bottari, Lee Crooks, John Kelley, Roger Knopf, and John Norgard volunteered to serve as judges for mock interviews as well as review and comment on the students' cover letters and resumes. The jobs that the students were "applying" for were a MIG Welder, a Veterinary Hospital Assistant, and a Forestry Industry Intern. Each interview lasted about 10 minutes and then the judges ranked the students and gave them feedback on their interview skills as well as their resumes and cover letters.
According to Madeline Bottari and John Kelley, all the judges were impressed with the students' skills and feel that the future is in good hands. The committee has enjoyed collaborating with Ms Erath, are impressed with her enthusiasm and passion for her students, and look forward to future endeavors.
Some may recognize the classroom in the photos as part of the space at Sobrato our Club refurbished back in 2018.
Our club hosted three visitors from Ameca, Jalisco, Mexico over six days. President Israel Cornejo, Past President Pablo Ortiz and Pablo's daughter Greta arrived on Tuesday Oct 25. Peter Anderson of the World Community Services Committee organized the visit and 39 Rotarians, families, and friends participated in one way or another in the planned activities. They visited and learned about Morgan Hill schools, wineries, city hall, the Steve Tate Library and Morgan's Cove as well as enjoyed wonderful meals at local restaurants and club members' homes. Out of town activities included a visit to San Juan Bautista, Monterey, and Santa Cruz.

On June 12th, members of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill hosted Rotarians from several of the Area 6 Clubs (Almaden Valley, Gilroy After Hours, Gilroy Sunrise, and San Juan Bautista) as well as staff from the El Toro Boys and Girls Club and other community members to clean up Galvan Park. In total, 52 volunteers participated. The work consisted of picking up trash, distributing mulch for weed control, and painting benches and trash cans. Volunteers enjoyed visiting with each other while having breakfast and coffee before buckling down to work. With the many helping hands, the work was accomplished in a little more than two hours. Those who could stay around enjoyed a grilled lunch expertly cooked by Morgan Hill Rotarian Brad Ledwith. The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has adopted the park and will continue to maintain the park once a month.

Galvan Park was chosen for the cleanup project because the park is in an underserved area of our community and was one of our first City owned community parks. The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill was chartered in 1955.  Galvan Park was acquired by the City of Morgan Hill from The American Legion in 1962 under the leadership of then mayor, Tony Fazio.  Galvan Park has a long connection to the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill. Previously, the Club built a handball court, and improved the baseball diamond.  The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill also held its first Harvey Barrett Annual Free Senior Dinner for Morgan Hill seniors in 1987, at the Friendly Inn at Galvan Park, where the Boys and Girls Club is now located. 


The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill coordinated last Saturday’s work with Chris Ghione and Keri Russell from the City of Morgan Hill. City staff provided the mulch and are installing equipment donated by the Rotary Club (basketball hoops, additional BBQ pits, benches, and informational signs). The club also donated a volleyball set to the Boys and Girls Club.



The project was co-chaired by Club President Craig van Keulen, President Elect Terry Moriyama, and Rosy Bergin. Roger Knopf was indispensable for coordinating with City staff and organizing the work. We were supported by generous local businesses: McDonalds, A-Tool Shed, Johnson Lumber ACE Hardware, who provided food and supplies.

Rotarians have been volunteering for the past several weeks at a series of Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics held first at Sobrato High School and more recently at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center. These have been the most regular series of vaccination clinics in Morgan Hill.
These clinics initially came about because former City Council Member Larry Carr, who works for Safeway/Albertsons Companies, wanted to help get teachers vaccinated to help get our schools open as well as serve the food service and agricultural worker sectors. Larry reached out to MHUSD Superintendent (and member of our club) Steve Betando to form a partnership between the School District and Albertsons Companies. The key benefit to this relationship was that the Albertsons Companies get their vaccine supply directly from the federal government. The original plan was to have 4 days of clinics at Sobrato.
The effort needed volunteers to help manage the vaccination clinic site, so Steve contacted Service Projects Director, John McKay. John recruited members of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill to participate. John coordinated the volunteer schedule and Steve managed the Sobrato site creating a efficient and kind environment for volunteers and vaccination recipients alike. The volunteer effort was so effective that the Albertsons staff agreed to additional clinics and requested us to continue helping at these clinics. Rotarians responded by volunteering over and over again and bringing family and friends to help manage the vaccination site(s). When the second location at the Community and Cultural Center was added, John recruited other Rotarians to act as site manager for each day using the model that Steve created for as well as lessons learned during the Sobrato clinics. John McKay, Ken Tak, Mario Banuelos, Roger Knopf, Theresa Kiernan, and Victoria Battison have served as daily site managers. We are also partnering with members of the Morgan Hill Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) who are providing additional volunteers at the Community and Cultural Center site.
As of April 11, 18 clinics have been held, providing over 6500 vaccination doses with at least 3000 of those doses given to Morgan Hill residents and there are 16 more clinics scheduled in the coming weeks. If you would like to volunteer or are interested in sponsoring lunches for the early shift volunteers, please contact John McKay.
Thanks to all who have volunteered or sponsored a lunch!
This effort was covered in a Morgan Hill Times article on March 31st.
Back in 2017, a Rotary Club of Morgan Hill-led international project came to fruition. Our club worked with seven other Bay Area clubs and a club in Tanzania to secure a Rotary International Global grant to provide support to the Orkeeswa School.  Our very own Robin Shepard, though not a Rotarian at the time, wrote an article about the effort for the January/February edition of gmhToday - which can be found here ( Recently, the students sent us a wonderful video thanking the club for all our support (