Rotary Club
Morgan Hill
 Service, Philanthropy and Fellowship that Improves the Local and World Community
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Wednesdays, 12:15 pm
Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center
17000 Monterey St.
Morgan Hill, CA
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Meeting Speakers
Syria - Terrorism - War - Refugees
Mar 29, 2017
Waseem Rabih
Police Chief David Swing
Apr 05, 2017
Morgan Hill Police Update
State of the City
Apr 12, 2017
Steve Tate
Calendar of Events
March 2017
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May/June 2016 Issue
Jun 13, 2016
April 2016 Issue
Apr 20, 2016
March 2016 Issue
Mar 23, 2016
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Under the watchful eyes of Event Chair, Valerie Alves, this year’s Harvey Barrett Annual Senior Dinner went off without a hitch at the Buddhist Community Center on Saturday, March 25.
Named in recognition of Harvey Barrett, the 29th President of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill, and first held in 1983 under the leadership of the 1983-84 Club President, Marvin Cohn, the event fed, entertained and celebrated Morgan Hill's elders.
Morgan Hill Rotarians and high school members of Interact served over 300 seniors who enjoyed a delicious meal and entertainment.

Our entertainment this year is sure to delight again!  It’s “The Frank, Dean and Marilyn” show, a modern-day rendition of a Rack Pack show.
What is the Rat Pack some of you may ask?  Originally it was a group of actors dubbed the ‘supergroup’ led by Frank Sinatra and Joey Bishop.  By the 1960’s, it was the name used by the press and the general public to refer to a group that included Sinatra and Bishop as well as Sal Mineo, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford.  Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, Juliet Prowse, Buddy Greco and Shirley MacLaine were often referred to as the “Rat Pack Mascots”.
Often when one of the members was scheduled to give a performance, the rest of the Pack would show up for an impromptu show, causing much excitement among audiences, resulting in return visits.  They sold out almost all of their appearances and people would come pouring into Las Vegas to be a part of the Rat Pack entertainment experience.
Since 2006 we’ve had a ‘version’ of Dazzle, even though the name would come later. Lou Mirviss who was President in 2006/2007 came up with the idea of a fashion show and luncheon for the ladies who didn’t golf but always attended the annual golf tournament to help out.
A couple of years later we went out on our own, so to speak, moving to Willow Heights in Morgan Hill.  We then started our Showcases which were very well received.  Two years later we moved to Clos La Chance winery where there were a few more fashion shows in the beautiful setting at the winery.  There was a professional-style runway and the tables for lunch were set up around the horseshoe stage.  We had a lot of fun doing the fashion show, especially the last one which was truly “retro” involving lots of members.
Several Rotarians have been involved since the beginning.  Sandy de la Cuesta chaired the first several events and Carol Carr organized and moderated the fashion shows featuring Doncaster designer clothing.  Make-up and hair styling was donated by Cherisse’s Hair Salon and Day Spa.  Tracy Newquist and Laura Lundy followed in Sandy’s footsteps chairing events.   This year’s chair is Rachel Hill.  This event takes many Rotarians to make it happen and all of them do a fabulous job.
Our very successful Showcases are a delight to behold in the grand salon as you enter with your glass of champagne.  This is our raffle venue, and you put your ticket in the container next to the item you want to take home.  These showcases are worth anywhere from $750 minimum all the way up to $1,500.
The live auction is for everyone, we will have items from low to high dollar value.  Your auction number will be written on your program that you receive upon entering.  This year we will have electronic check out which will expedite check out and pick up.
Also, we will have our “Celebration of Giving Tree” again.  Guests can select and give toward specific projects that our Club is doing.  Each project will have a variety of price points that will allow guests to select the amount that works best with their budget and most importantly, about which they are most passionate.  Some examples are…………
College Scholarships, Rotary has been giving between 15 and 20, $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.
RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Leadership Program which is a four day leadership development program run by Rotary.  Our club usually has the highest number of attendees.
TAC, Teachers Aid Coalition which received a Grant this year.  This grant fills the supply gap left by diminishing classroom budgets.
These are just a few of the many projects Rotary Club of Morgan Hill is involved in which include local community and international service.  Its focus is on youth, seniors, community service projects, philanthropic giving and fostering ties between Morgan Hill and the world.  Annual giving budget exceeds $100,000.
To volunteer for the event contact Rachel hill –
To purchase your tickets go to
To donate to the live auction, contact Carol Carr
To donate to the showcase, contact Jan Dean
2017 by Carol Carr
For the sixth consecutive year the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has distributed hard cover dictionaries to every third grade student in Morgan Hill and San Martin.  The “MacMillan for Children” dictionary is fully illustrated and fact checked.  Many of these very sharp third graders caught the fact that Obama was listed as the President and not Trump.  We will get an updated dictionary for next year.
Rotarian members distributed the dictionaries the week of February 27th through March 3rd, covering 13 schools in 4 days.  All have reported that it’s such a thrill to see how excited the children are about receiving their very own dictionary and their very own pen!  Each year Rotary receives many thank you notes from the parents.
Morgan Hill Police Chief, David Swing and co chair Carol Carr presented the books at each of the 13 schools.  2 to 3 Rotarians attended each school to assist.  This is a multi-layered project with many Rotarians 
 The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill honored twelve local students with Outstanding Student Awards at a February 15th awards luncheon.  Ten of the students are middle school or high school students.  Two elementary school students, Adrianna Saffell and Layla Goulter, were included as they were not present during a similar elementary school luncheon in October.
Teachers in their respective schools choose the students.  Criteria for the awards include academics, leadership and character.  The students each spoke and they were all impressive.  Career goals included cardiologist, geneticist, veterinarian and computer scientist.  The students are all high achievers and it is easy to see why they received the awards.  Students received a $50 scholarship and a certificate honoring them as an outstanding student.
The honorees and their respective schools are as follows:
Kamyar Nekoui- Ann Sobrato High School
Molly Waddington- Britton Middle School
Beatrice Ruiz- Central High School
Katie Lang- Charter School of Morgan Hill
Jesus Guzman- Community Adult School
Tiffany Chen- Jackson Academy of Math and Music
Brooke Waller- Live Oak High School
Karlie Lema- Martin Murphy Middle School
Jaelyn Litzinger- Oakwood School
Bella Della Maggiore- St. Catherine’s School
Adrianna Saffell- Barrett Elementary School
Layla Goulter- P.A. Walsh Elementary School
The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill and seven other local Rotary clubs recently completed a substantial international project.  Chuck Berghoff and Lorena Tuohey spearheaded the project for our club.  Congratulations to all involved.  Please use the link the below to read the article about this project which was written by Robin Shephard of GMH Today. 
 (, with the article on pages 38-40. 
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
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.