Rotary Club Of Morgan Hill

Serving our community thru philanthropy and fellowship to make the world a better place at home and abroad.
 
Our Meetings
Wednesdays, 12:15 pm
Morgan Hill Community
& Cultural Center
17000 Monterey St.
Morgan Hill, CA
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Meeting Speakers
Hope International - Around the World
Sep 27, 2017
Clifferd Dick and Michelle Waite
Nan Su, M.E. Author, Poet, & Human Rights Advocate
Oct 04, 2017
Chinese Traditions
Rotarians and City Officials
Oct 11, 2017
Rotary Bridge in the Downtown Creek Park/Rotary Slide in the Nob Hill Project
 
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What's New....
Our club is once again working with Rebuild Together to serve those in need in our community. On Saturday, Oct. 28, we will be helping to improve the home of a deserving, long-time elderly resident of Morgan Hill. Our day’s Service Above Self work will be very appreciated by a former farm worker and retired Morgan Hill volunteer fire fighter, who is now blind and wheelchair-bound.
 
 
The project involves painting, repairing a window, installing a stove, gate, and a lamp, and cleaning up around the house. Rebuild Together will be providing a House Captain to lead the project. Rotarian John McKay will serve as the project’s Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers are asked to sign up by October 6.  Please contact John McKay at takuhog@yahoo.com or (408) 838-5446 to assist with this project.
We had a great time! Over 90 golfers and a day of fundraising fun.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has been serving our local community for over 60 years. One of the ways that Rotary serves our community is through its charitable giving programs. Each year the Club accepts grant applications from local nonprofit and charitable organizations requesting financial assistance to fulfill their missions. During the past 12 months, the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill supported 23 projects programs through $31,000 in grants from its Community Grants and Hearts of Rotary programs.
 
Rotary is now accepting funding requests for its 2017-18 grant application cycle through September 30. Grant applications and more details about eligibility are available noted below.
 
Grant Requirements

Organizations are welcome to apply for a Rotary Club of Morgan Hill Grant. Applicants must meet EACH of the following minimum criteria:

Four months ago, five representatives of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill were guests of honor at the Rotary club of Ameca Mexico’s 50th-anniversary party. During that weekend trip, the five visited Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School which desperately needed a kitchen to serve the school’s 240 students. In May the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill’s Board of Directors approved a $4000 grant to support building a kitchen for the school. With additional support from the school’s PTA and the Rotary club in Ameca, the Rotarians in Ameca hired a local contractor in June. The project was completed quickly in July. 

On very short notice, this past weekend Past President and the club’s World Community Service committee’s chair, Peter Anderson, flew to Mexico and participated in the kitchen’s dedication and ribbon cutting. 

 

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.
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.