Rotary Club
Morgan Hill
 Service, Philanthropy and Fellowship that Improves the Local and World Community
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Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center
17000 Monterey St.
Morgan Hill, CA
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Wild Fire Evacuation & Strategies
Feb 22, 2017
Chief Witmer
Rise of Metabolic Syndrom
Mar 08, 2017
Dr. Robert Shorey
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February 2017
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Jun 13, 2016
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Apr 20, 2016
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Mar 23, 2016
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 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

Dictionaries Distribution Targeted for Late February/Early March

Rotary Club of Morgan Hill will once again provide hardcover dictionaries to approximately 800 third graders in public and private schools in the Morgan Hill area. This is the 6th year of the project. The club is targeting the evening of January 24 for assembling the dictionaries and the week of February 27 – March 3 to distribute the dictionaries.
Students will 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. The book will also come with a letter in both English and Spanish from Rotary which may be the first exposure to Rotary for the kids as well as the parents. The letters will be in English and Spanish.
Morgan Hill Police Chief and dictionary project co-chair, David Swing, along with the Rotarian volunteers will once again deliver the books to the third graders.  The reaction of the kids when they receive their dictionary is priceless. Each year the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill receives letters every year from the kids and teachers thanking us for their dictionaries. This year’s dictionary committee is being led by Carol Carr and David Swing along with Rotarians Katie Hardt-Mason, Janene Towner-Chernoff, Janie Knopf and Dave Allen and Lisa Cardenas, a member of Morgan Hill’s police department. More information, including how you can volunteer, will be provided in January.
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.