Rotary Club Of Morgan Hill

Serving our community thru philanthropy and fellowship to make the world a better place at home and abroad.
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Wednesdays, 12:15 pm
Morgan Hill Community
& Cultural Center
17000 Monterey St.
Morgan Hill, CA

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Oct 27, 2021
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Julie Anderson
Nov 10, 2021
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Over the years the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has supported 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.
Applications for Community Grant can be accessed at Rotary Club of Morgan Hill Community Grants are for tangible or capital items (e.g., equipment, furniture, appliances). 
Applications for a Hearts of Rotary Grant can be accessed at Rotary Club of Morgan Hill Hearts of Rotary Grants are for project expenses or consumable/limited use items. 
Grants are only accepted from philanthropic organizations (not individuals) which provide benefits to the Morgan Hill community. Grants are typically granted in amounts from $250 to $1,500. If your organization has a significantly larger financial need, maybe our Foundation can assist you through our Rotary Grants. Grants are not given for scholarships or other forms of monetary benefit to specific individuals, support religious or political viewpoints.

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 (
On Friday, Nov 13, the Morgan Hill Community Foundation held their annual Philanthropy Night Gala. Of course because it was 2020, it was a virtual event. Our club's honoree was the very deserving Past President, Lorena Tuohey! As always, we submitted a video explaining a little about our club and giving the honoree a chance to say a few words. This year, Alex Vo worked with Lorena and Terry Moriyama to come up with a terrific concept for the video and it turned out beautifully! If you didn't get a chance to view the event in real time, you can still see the video by going to Thanks to Alex for his terrific work and congratulations again to Lorena.
Continuing a club tradition since 1993, we held our Veterans Day Observance on November 4. Why a week early? Because the program committee had secured a Medal of Honor recipient as our speaker and that is when he was available. The program committee Ira Marshall, Jim Jeisel, Roger Malech, Penny Noel, Elle Scott, and Brian Sullivan put together a great program.
Gary B. Beikirch served as a combat medic with the Army's 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam and recieved the Medal of Honor for exposing himself to intense fire in order to rescue and treat the wounded, and for continuing to provide medical care despite his own serious wounds during a battle at Dak Seang Camp. This video gives more details on his service.
Unfortunately, Beikirch was unable to attend the meeting because of some last minute medical issues. However, he sent his very inspiring message which was delivered by President Craig van Keulen in his place. His message was very relevant to today and also supports the Rotary motto of Service above Self. The entire message is below.
For those of you who missed the video or would like to review the process of the recent Cooking with KC event, attached is the video and the recipe.
Rigatoni Carbonara with Prosciutto
(Traditional Italian Pasta Dish from the Lazio Region (Rome)
  • 4 - 6 OZ Deli Sliced at 1.5 – 2 (often the package prosciutto is too thin) Prosciutto s
Program Note:
I will be using prosciutto for the program because 1- it is really good and 2 because of time and the difficulty in getting my favorite carbonara protein –guanciale is difficult to find.  Alternatively pancetta can also be used.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 large Eggs plus 2 Yolks
  • 1/3 Cup of fresh grated Pecorino plus extra for topping
(NOT Parmigiano Reggiano which is from Emilia Romagna
this is a Lazio dish ! )
  • 12 Ounces of Dry Rigatoni
  • 5 Ounces of Baby Spinach
  • 2 Ounces of Sun Dried Tomato’s
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Bread or Baguette