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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Trades Training Center
Jul 12, 2017
Tim Herlihy
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June 2017
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May/June 2016 Issue
Jun 13, 2016
April 2016 Issue
Apr 20, 2016
March 2016 Issue
Mar 23, 2016
Rotary is all about.....
Service Above Self
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Once again Dazzle was a resounding success!  Our hard work earned the Club Endowment an all-time high of over $58,000.  The sponsorships brought in $37,000.  The Showcase raffle, Sipping for Diamonds and the additions to the Showcase this year earned $10,000.  The live auction garnered $18,600.
First and foremost, a hugh thank you to Clos laChance Winery for donating the venue once again.  They have been more than generous over the years.  In fact, this year they donated a tour and tasting to our Wine Tour and Tasting live auction item.
Your Dazzle committee was very concerned about the weather forecast which was well below what it’s been in past years and with the wind kicking up relentlessly we ordered heaters which saved the day. 
Our auctioneer, Roger Malech did his usual great job garnering a total of $18,600 thanks to Cera Malech, Roger’s wife who was a ‘bidding fool’ and Serena Malech, Roger’s mother.  I thought at times that he was ignoring both of them!  The 2 of them prevailed winning the oil painting and a dinner for 8 people.
Rotarian Ken Murray donated a dinner for 8 at his home which sold for $2,950.  There were 4 lodgings auctioned off, one in Buenos Aires and 2 more local as well as a stay at a B&B.   We had a total of 3 dinners at private homes, a Scotch tasting, Giants tickets and a stay in San Francisco.  We were able to offer a golf foursome at Cordevalle this year.  Our wine tour and tasting was well received. The wine barrel full of 90 bottles of wine was won by one of my guests, that’s how I know the exact number of bottles! 
Some of our showcases differed this year causing excitement and yippee, the selling of more tickets.  Thanks to creator, Rachel Hill our intrepid Chair, we had a “unique” showcase which was 2 chairs and a table made out of wine barrels and a fire pit shaped like a miniature Volkswagen van. We decided we would sell separate tickets for $20 each, selling just 100 tickets.  Rumor has it that Don Larkin really wanted it and guess what, he won it.
Another contrasting showcase was 2 items, each containing  7- $100 gift certificates for local Morgan Hill restaurants and 4 dinner and show tickets for the new Granada Theatre in one package.  In the other package there were 6 - $100 gift certificates for local restaurants and a $200 gift certificate to Morton’s Steak House and a bottle of wine.
 One of our Rotarians won both of these.  Stand up Tom Fry.  I told him he should buy a lottery ticket on the way home.  Now everyone wants to be his new best friend!  Another of my guests won the ‘flowers’ for a year, delivered monthly, she was ecstatic
All of the 100 tickets for the “Sipping for Diamonds” portion of the night were sold.  The winner was very delighted.
Our entertainment “a la The Rat Pack”, Frank, Dean and Marilyn charmed all in attendance.  They sang, mimicked and simply showed us a good time. 
Since we like to thank our donors by visiting their establishment, using their services or just personally saying thank you, here’s the list.
Showcase:  Rachel Hill, Guglielmo Winery, Johnson Garden Center, Stems Floral Boutique, Carol Carr- Carol Spence Interior Design, Morgan Hill Police Department and Chief David Swing, Granada Theatre, Bubbles Wine Bar & Bistro, Ladera Grill, Rosy’s at the Beach, Prova California Table, Sicilia in Bocca, La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, Dana Ditmore, Morgan Hill Wine, Odeum, Noah’s Bar & Bistro, Mama Mia’s Italian Restaurant, Trail Dust BBQ, La Nina Perdida Restaurant, Lu Lu POM Interior Design, Gina & Dave Dominichini, and local Cal Fire Station.
Sipping for Diamonds:  The Jewel Box in Morgan Hill.
Live Auction:  All Rotarians who donated wine, Chef Steve Caposio, Ken Murray, Georgia and Jeff Santos, Ana Lelescu, owner of California Passport LLC, Aver Family Winery, Satori Cellars, Clos LaChance Winery, Carol Carr, Chuck Berghoff, Janet Thompson, artist Janet Vanderhoof, FastFrame, Peter Anderson, Steve Tate, Dana Ditmore, Lorri Rogers, Carl Reinhardt, Frank Leal
Sponsorships and In-Kind Donations:  Anonymous, Theresa Kiernan, Mary Hiland, Lorena Tuohey, Anritsu Corporation, Heritage Bank, Rosy’s at the Beach, Northstar Optical, Domenichini Construction, Ram Insurance, Johnson Lumber/Ace Hardware, Leonette Stafford, Bruce Nguyen, Union Bank, South Valley Internet, RNP Advisory Services Inc., Craig van Keulen, Arlene Greenberg, Cochrane Storage, Guild Mortgage, Mario Banuelos, Barry Haaser, Roger and Janie Knopf Knopf, Terry Moriyama, Laura Lundy, Bank of the West, Diane Carroll, Carol Carr, Jan Reed, Sandy & David de la Cuesta, Rachel Hill, Jan Dean, Recology, The Ford Store, Joe Riley, Terry de la Cuesta, Linda McFalone, Derek Turner - Precision Parking, Book Smart, Chief Derek Crawford – Cal Fire, Roger Malech, Scott Zimmer, Larry and J. Chris Mickartz – GilroyMorganHill Today.           

April 22nd was a day of work for the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill.  The club provided labor for two projects that day.  The larger project of the two involved teaming with Rebuilding Together to help repair a 1500 square foot Morgan Hill residence which is being utilized by Adobe Services to provide housing for six previously homeless women.  Work included building a carport, painting the outside of the structure and general cleanup.  The carport was a challenging task, but in the end a great improvement to the property.  Rotary provided seventeen of the twenty-six volunteers.  The Rotary club of Morgan Hill has now worked on two Rebuilding Together projects.  Expect more such efforts in the future.
The Area Six Rotary workday was also on April 22nd.  Four Morgan Hill Rotarians helped on a project at The San Benito County Historical Park.  The Rotary Club of Hollister chaired the day.  Work consisted of planting, clean up and refurbishing an existing barbeque.  Many hands were available for this project.  President Theresa Kiernan was grateful our club could provide support.
Hands on work projects are a great way for the club to give to the community.  Thanks to the many volunteers on April 22nd.

The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill's mission is to provide tangible benefits locally and internationally through service projects, charitable giving, fellowship and youth leadership training. Recognizing the importance of supporting youth, Morgan Hill’s Rotary club started off 2017 by sponsoring the annual Richard D King club speech contest on January 11. “Six high school contestants 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,” said Rotarian and Morgan Hill Unified School District Superintendent Steve Betando.
Next up for the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill was the club’s sixth annual dictionary distribution to third graders. During the week of February 27, the 5,000th dictionary from this annual event were handed out by a local Rotarian to one of third graders in the public and private schools in the Morgan Hill area. Students get to keep these books which come with a bookplate where the student can enter his or her name. For many kids, the gift of the dictionary may be their first book that they own. Rotarian and Morgan Hill Police Chief David Swing  co-chaired this program with Rotarian Carol Carr, along with the Rotarian volunteers who visited each school in uniform and lead the presentation.


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.
 Morgan Hill Rotarian Peter Anderson recently hiked in the Himalayas to benefit Polio Plus.  Please access his story at this link:
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.