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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June 2019
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No Lunch Mtg but Rosy's Debunking at 5:30 Tonight!
Jun 26, 2019 5:30 PM
[Note to Rotarians: The Debunking of President Rosy at Villa Mira Monte is our meeting this week!]
No Meeting Today
Jul 03, 2019
Lorena Tuohey
Jul 10, 2019
Let's all welcome Lorena at her 1st Meeting as our new Club President for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year!
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We have a special speaker at our June 12 meeting and would like to invite the general public to join us. Father Greg Boyle is the Founder of Homeboy Industries which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

Father Greg is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times-bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.

He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.

We meet at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Rd., Morgan Hill from 12:15pm to 1:30pm. Cost to attend is $20.00 which includes lunch. Due to limited seating capacity, non-members must register.
Congratulations to the 2019 Rotary Club of Morgan Hill Scholarship Recipients! These students were each awarded $1,000 scholarships: Manuel Aldena, Live Oak; Bonnie Alves, Sobrato; Linh An, Sobrato; Bella Anglikowski, Live Oak; Humra Anwar, Sobrato; Grace Baker, Sobrato; Emily Clausen, Live Oak; Shannon Coakley, Sobrato; Connor Dietz, Live Oak; Anna Dougherty, Sobrato; Isabella Fuegman, Sobrato; Alyssa Gonzales, Live Oak; Isabella Hernandez, Sobrato; Lindsey Hillesland, Live Oak; Brian Ho, LIve Oak; Natalia Leonczuk, Sobrato; Tara Mossadeghian, Sobrato; Gabriel Reginato, Sobrato; Holly Rottenborn, Sobrato; Rachel Salem, Sobrato; Kelli St.Clair, Live Oak; Rudy Vega, Live Oak; Van Vo, Live Oak; Hannah Wagster, Live Oak. From the Staples Music Fund, Emilia Gilrouard of Sobrato received $1,000; from the Fitzsimmons Fund, Julie Muzzi of Live Oak received $2,000; from the Robert Fisher Fund, Jared Beam of Central received $1,000.
Another Wednesday meeting, another example of outstanding young people. On February 13, we had our annual Outstanding Student Achievement Recognition Program for middle and high school students. All of the students had incredibly impressive accomplishments whether in the academic, sports, and/or leadership realm. Paraphrasing the program emcee, Steve Betando, their accomplishments made all of us Rotarians feel woefully inadequate. The winners were:
Ria Deshpande, 8th grade, Britton Middle School
Kathryn Huffman, 8th grade, Charter School of Morgan Hill
Cassian Jones, 8th grade, Jackson Academy of Math & Music
Melina Kwarcinski, 8th grade, Martin Murphy Middle School
Zander Provenzano, 8th grade, St. Catherine Catholic School
Zaria Kelley, 12th grade, Ann Sobrato High School
Ashley Sanchez, 12th grade, Central High School
Julie Muzzi, 12th grade, Live Oak High School
Hannah Selby, 12th grade, Oakwood School
Thanks to Leonette Stafford and Steve Betando for putting the program together and to all the principals, teachers, parents and family of the students for your inspiration and nurturing. These young people give us all hope for the future.

One of my favorite programs at our weekly Rotary Club of Morgan Hill meetings is the annual speech contest for high school students. This year’s contest was held January 30 at our Community and Cultural Center meeting site, and I definitely came away from it thinking it was the best one ever! Of course, I have thought the same thing for the last twenty-two years that I have been in the club.

We had ten kids this year, seven from Sobrato and three from Oakwood. Unfortunately Live Oak had no representation this year, hopefully they will next time. All contestants were dressed to the nine, definitely for success. Along with their professional outfits many of the contestants also had choreographed their presentation, walking around and using pleasing hand gestures that underscored highlights of their speech.

Rotary is all about service. Our motto, “Service Above Self” and the saying that “he who serves best profits most” were the underlying themes upon which the kids built their speeches. They were also directed to tie in Rotary’s four-way test, which asks if it is true and fair and will it build good will, better friendships and be beneficial? 

All ten speeches were really well done, I have no idea how the judges were able to pick a top three but they did. All contestants met the 4-5 minute time limit, incorporated the 4-way test and really nicely stayed on the service theme using varying examples from their own experience.

The kids were inspired to service in many different ways: serving baked potatoes to the homeless, reading books to younger kids, boy scouts, the iconic leadership of Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln, the farm labor organization leaders, teachers, parents and grandparents, first responders and generous acts of kindness by people like buying coats for the homeless.

Third place went to Rylie Hauge from Sobrato who talked about her parents raising five kids while still finding the resources to enable them to also take in several foster kids. Oakwood’s Shria Bulusu took second place with her talk about the great sacrifices her grandmother made and how she is inspired reading to younger kids. First place went to Oakwood’s Lillianna Jaquet who also cited her grandmother, a Peace Corps veteran as her inspiration.

The other contestants included Shalimar McGinnis, Henry Evans, Crystal Garcia, Molly Foster, Myan Lam, Valerie Doan and Madina Turaeva. All participants did a fantastic job and I left the meeting very much inspired, not only to keep volunteering my service, but also to keep working with these wonderful kids who are our future and if these contestants are representative, it is truly a bright future.


Steve Tate

Over the years, the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has supported those in need, both locally and around the world. The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill through its Community and Hearts of Rotary grants have aided local organizations that operate free clinics, help purchase school supplies for children in need in our community, 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 and much more. 
23 local non-profits will receive $40,000 in January 2019 from Rotary. Recipients receiving financial support are
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
Discovery Counseling Center
Gilroy Compassion Center 
Independence Day Celebration Inc
Learning and Loving Education Center
Loaves & Fishes
Martha's Kitchen
Sue's Story Project - Morgan Hill Community Foundation
Morgan Hill Historical Society
Morgan Hill Police Explorer Post 811
Morgan Hill Unified School District
One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding
Operation Freedom Paws
Poppy Jasper International Film Festival
Rebekah Children's Services
RotaCare Free Medical Clinic
Santa Clara County Library District Foundation
South County Cal-SOAP
South County Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Project
South Valley Civic Theatre
South Valley Symphony
The Grateful Garment Project
The Health Trust
Last year the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill awarded $30,000 to 27 organizations from its Community Grants and Hearts of Rotary programs.

Saturday October 27 bloomed with a slight fall weather chill but as volunteers gathered at Hacienda Mobile Home Estates in northern Morgan Hill, the sun established itself and we were treated to beautiful weather throughout our project labors.

Rotary project leader Judy Henry greeted volunteers in front of the Hacienda clubhouse, gave them their t-shirt and directed them to project location. Morgan Hill Rotarians were joined by a group of youthful Japanese friends and by longtime Rebuild project partners Jody and Mike McRoberts and their daughter Shannon, photographer for the day.

We met mobile home owner Tom and our project manager from Rebuilding Together, Lynn Alens. We also got acquainted with the mobile home on the property, placed there in 1976 and never painted before, so in real need to a fresh coat. Tom had done extensive prep work prior to Saturday, removing window shades and moving rocks that blocked skirt panels that needed some repair as well as painting.

One group worked on skirt panel repair while most volunteers spend the entire project time priming and painting the home. We started about 8:30 and finished about 2:30 with a well-deserved pizza break at lunchtime.

The skirt panel team was hindered by a PVC drain pipe that blocked panel placement and against Judy’s advice, cut the pipe shorter to avoid the blockage. Roger Knopf, who cut the pipe, awarded a necklace of PVC pipe segments to Judy during the lunch break, further cementing the camaraderie and good vibes we all had as project volunteers. 

Owner Tom was thrilled with the results after interacting with us all during the day. Thanks to our leader Judy and fellow Rotarian volunteers Lisa Bjarke, Chris Foster, Roger Knopf, Ken Murray, Jan Reed, Brian Sullivan, and Steve Tate, it was a fun and fulfilling day!

For more on this story, see the article in the Morgan Hill Times.


The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill teamed up with the City of Morgan Hill and Home Instead Senior Care and co-sponsored a Bocce Ball Tournament on Oct. 11 on the bocce ball courts that were built with financial support from the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill . The tournament was part of Morgan Hill's first annual Healthy Aging Week Event and held at the Centennial Recreation Center.
The event was organized by Ken Tak, a Rotarian and owner of the Morgan Hill Home Instead Senior Care franchise. Femi Adenekan, a visiting Rotarian from Gbagada, Nigeria served as the line judge while Morgan Hill Rotarian Beth Adames acted as the official score keeper. A four-person team appropriately named"The Ringers" came in first place with "The Mamas and A Papa" coming in as the event's second place finishers.
According to Tak, "Some of our more active seniors have rediscovered the game of bocce ball and all were eager for the next event! The tournament definitely rekindled interest in the bocce ball court and we should see more people utilizing the court with the cooler weather coming in. All in all, it was a lot of fun, I got to know some great people and I can guarantee our next event will be twice as big!"

100 people gathered at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center on Sept.5 to celebrate the graduation of 43 students fthe MicroFinance program. The program was a joint effort between the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley and the SBDC's Hispanic Satellite office.  Aspiring entrepreneurs who reside in Hollister, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Jose and other South Bay communities completed the 8-week training program held at Oakwood High School in Morgan Hill.

Following the graduation celebration on Sept. 5, the SBDC will provide one-on-one counseling to the students to further their ambitions. Mentors from the SBDC and the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill will then support the graduates as they move to make their business dreams a reality.


For more information or to be become a mentor, please contact Mario Banuelos at  408-607-5929 or

More than  two dozen members of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill rolled up their sleeves on a bright sunny Saturday on Aug. 11 to clean up and paint a class room at Ann Sobrato Hill School in Morgan Hill as part of the Club's support of a new welding program to be offered by Gavilan College. In addition, to preparing the room for this use, the Rotary club also held a "Diamonds for Fire" auction on Aug. 22 and raised approximately $4,500 to purchase equipment for the program. 
It started as a suggestion by Tom and Louise Fry - excess medical supplies were available, did we know of a way to use those supplies?
Past Morgan Hill Rotary Club president and chair of the club's World Community Service Committee quickly recognized how the supplies could make a large difference in Mexico. What started out as a disarray of 14 pallets piled 8 feet high on May 12 was transformed into 107 well-ordered and well-documented boxes by twenty Rotarians and high school Interact club members who sorted through and boxed the medical supplies which donated by the parent organization of St. Louise Hospital. Medical providers Arlene Noodleman and Erik Cohen assisted the volunteers to identify which supplies that would be usable in Ameca.  Rotarian and doctor Carlos "Charly" Curiel, the current volunteer president of the Ameca Delegation of the Red Cross, provided similar advice from Mexico over the phone to the Morgan Hill volunteers.
The supplies were then delivered with assistance by Rotarians Penny Noel, Jeff Santos and Roger Knopf into storage at  Cochrane Self Storage, stacked to the ceiling (at no cost to the club thanks to Rotarian Brian Sullivan's efforts) for a future shipment to the Rotary Club of Ameca, Mexico for distribution to the Red Cross and local hospitals in the area.