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
[NO MEETING TODAY]
Nov 22, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!
Aaron Nicholson
Nov 29, 2017
San Jose Opera
Sam Bozzo & Gene Sakahara
Dec 06, 2017
Two Guys and Their Garlic (and mushrooms too!)
 
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What's New....

Click Here to SIGN UP FOR THE DEC 10, 2017 Holiday Party

 
The annual Holiday Party will be held on December 10, 2017, 5:30 pm at Morgan Hill's Masonic Center.  We will be featuring the "International" aspect of Rotary featuring  a wide selection of "lite and heavy tapas", and accompanied by  representative adult spirits  from Scandinavia, German, Japan, France, Italy and the good old USA.   And yes there will be vegetarian options!
 
While enjoying the tapas and each others fellowship , we will have holiday background music featuring our outstandingly talented local youth from Music as a Language.   
 
While wine will be available during the main course, you are  also welcome and encouraged to bring your own favorite beverage.   We will end the evening with holiday dancing. 
 
A giving table will also be provided for those who which to contribute to those who are less fortunate.   Bring a warm coat, canned food item or a new toy to share. 
 
Rotary Club of Morgan Hill volunteers help repair MH man’s home

Published in the Nov. 22- Dec 5 edition of Morgan Hill Life

Ascencion Gonzalez’s home on Torrey Court got a facelift thanks to a team of about 15 Rotary Club of Morgan Hill members. They volunteered their time Saturday, Oct. 28, through the Silicon Valley branch of the nonprofit Rebuilding Together organization to paint walls, build a new fence, put in a new gas stove in the kitchen, and install better lighting in his ranch-style home.

Rotarian Judy Henry paints a house as part of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill’s Rebuilding Together project.
Photo by Marty Cheek

“This is awesome. It’s an unbelievable blessing to us,” said his daughter, Angie Gonzalez. “My father is disabled, he’s legally blind. He just had all the toes of his left foot amputated and on the right foot, only two toes are left. He’s in really bad shape, and he’s been sick for a while. He’s diabetic.”

Angie found out about the Rebuilding Together program through the city of Morgan Hill. She put her father’s name on the list and the home was inspected to see if it qualified under the guidelines of the program.

Rebuilding Together provided the materials including lumber and paint for the project. Rotary Club members got to work fixing Ascencion’s home under the guidance of Lynn Alens, the “house captain” with Rebuilding Together...

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Main story – City, residents set to celebrate three new downtown parks
Published in the Nov. 22- Dec 5 edition of Morgan Hill Life
 
As workers put the finishing touches on the soft-padding surface around the play equipment, Juliet Tellez, a 7-year-old second-grader at San Martin Gwinn Environmental Science Academy got a sneak peek at Railroad Park. Not one, not two, but three brand-new parks are set to open at the end of November in downtown Morgan Hill...A pedestrian bridge crossing the creek was built with a $100,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill. From Creek Park, pedestrians can walk up West Third Street to the Nob Hill Trail Park nearby and enjoy a vista of the South Valley. Here they can exercise using parcourse machines or feel the rush of going down two curving slides built into the hill.
 
 

The city of Morgan Hill will host at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, a two-hour ribbon-cutting to celebrate with residents the completion of all three downtown parks. Mayor Steve Tate is expected to inaugurate the slides by being the first person to “officially” go down them, said Chris Ghione, community services director for the city.

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Article reprinted from the Morgan Hill Times

Former volunteer firefighter Ascencion Gonzalez, 74, said he was treated “like a VIP” when volunteers from Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley visited his west Morgan Hill home Oct. 28 to make some repairs.

On this clear, cool Saturday morning, the nonprofit organized the “Rebuilding Day” at 38 homes throughout the valley. Three of the homes—including Gonzalez’—were in Morgan Hill. At Gonzalez’ home, the volunteers led by Rotary Club of Morgan Hill installed a new fence and gate leading to the back yard, painted the exterior and interior, installed a new overhead light in the master bedroom and put in a new stove in the kitchen.

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Published in the October 11 – October 24, 2017 Issue of Morgan Hill Life

Come December, there will be a giant slide down Nob Hill, a slide intended for you to whiz down on the seat of your pants.

The slide was omitted from the city of Morgan Hill’s plans for the new downtown park. The problem, of course, was money. Rotary Club of Morgan Hill decided not to let that happen. After all, the city’s three new parks will be the backyard for the vibrant new downtown and its many residents.

Six years ago, the club began socking away a chunk of its income from fundraisers and its permanent endowment. The vision was to save for a major gift to the community.

In September, club members handed the Morgan Hill City Council a check for $100,000. It guaranteed the construction of that really long slide, and aided pedestrian access to the park with the Rotary Peace Bridge.

Rotarians are excited about their major gift because it is the single largest gift in the club’s history (founded in 1955).

We had a great time! Over 90 golfers and a day of fundraising fun.
 
 

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. 

 

 

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.