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P.O. Box 122, Moraga, California 94556
Chartered 1967 "Service Above Self"
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Moraga, where we have been serving the community of Moraga, and the world, since 1967. Moraga Rotary meets at St. Mary's College campus, 1928 St. Mary's Road, in the Soda Center, on the first, third and fourth Tuesday at 12:00 pm, or at 6:00 pm for dinner on the second Tuesday of the month.
Greetings from the President:
It is an honor to serve as the president (for the second time!) of the Rotary Club of Moraga for the Rotary year 2013-2014. We look forward to the future and how we can better serve Moraga, our extended local community and, on a larger scale, reach out to the world community.
The 2013-2014 Rotary International President Ron Burton has chosen as his theme: “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”, which fundamentally describes our role in Rotary in order to change lives for the better. Taking on large problems, such as eradicating Polio in the world illustrates the way that Rotary can help with an issue of this magnitude.
Both our community and our planet face many challenges. This year, Moraga Rotary will continue to support the youth of Moraga with educational reading material for every 3rd grader; scholarships at Campolindo High School, Diablo Valley College and St. Mary’s College; scholarships to our leadership programs at Camp Royal and Camp Venture; and our annual Field Day Track Meet. We will also provide financial support for the Moraga Education Foundation and Moraga’s Odyssey of the Mind teams. We are proud to sponsor the St. Mary’s Rotaract and Campolindo Interact clubs who are made up of enthusiastic youth eager to help those in need and volunteer to better their community.
Internationally, we are supporting an expansion of a school in Burkina Faso, Africa; and continue financial support for Polio eradication and disaster relief around the world, if the need arises. We recently shipped 3 ShelterBoxes, living supplies for 30 people, to the Philippines after the horrific hurricane struck.
Rotarians around the world are involved in projects to provide clean water, literacy education, reduce poverty and hunger, and meet critical health care needs. The most recent report on our Polio eradication efforts states that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has extended their fundraising agreement with Rotary to end Polio. They will match 2 for 1 every new dollar Rotary commits to the program up to $35 million per year through 2018 that could generate an additional $525 million! And in April, we donated $8,000 to Rotary's PolioPlus, being matched by the Gates Foundation and providing 32,000 polio vaccines for children. To date, Rotary Clubs worldwide have contributed $1.2 billion to the polio eradication effort. Polio cases have plunged by more than 99% worldwide, from 350,000 cases annually to just 223 in 2012. Only three countries remain endemic: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Europe has been polio-free since 2002! Rotary is not giving up, especially when we are so close.
My focus this year is to continue support for youth programs making sure that our involvement is relevant and benefits many students within our community. At the same time, I want to find a relevant International Project that our club can reach out and take part in.
Moraga Rotary is made up of men and women of different ages, vocations, professions and talents, all of whom work really hard to make a difference in their community and the world.
We enjoy Rotary because it is fun! It's fun not only helping others along with the 1.2 million other Rotarians in the world, but the fellowship in Rotary is one of the founding principles and it is very gratifying to collaborate with others who all share the same value of "Service Above Self."
We meet Tuesdays at Noon at the St. Mary's College Soda Center, where we have fun fellowship and interesting speakers. On the second Tuesday of each month, we meet in the evening (also at the Soda Center) to allow those who cannot attend noon meetings, to enjoy Rotary. Come be our guest either for lunch or an evening meeting and see what we are all about!
Best Rotary regards,
Nora Avelar, President of Moraga Rotary, 2013-2014
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