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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 Noon, and at 6:00 PM for dinner on the second Tuesday of the month.
Greetings from the President:
I am pleased to have been asked to serve as the President of the Rotary Club of Moraga for the 2017-18 year as the club continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year. Having been a Rotary member in Moraga, I have continually been amazed about what a relatively small club of 33 members has been able to accomplish, and I hope we can continue to make a positive contribution to our local community and those less fortunate than us around the world.
We support local Moraga school children with a gift of weekly kids Time and National Geographic magazines as an educational supplement to all the 3rd,4th and 5th graders at all the schools in town. We also provide financial and other support to local students who participate in our Moraga Rotary Odyssey of the Mind teams, that compete locally and nationally, and we have been proud to see our sponsored teams do exceptionally well in regional and national competitions, often bringing home awards.
We provide two partial college scholarships to Campolindo HS graduates, one in the name of our past president Mary Elena Dochterman. We also provide a scholarship donation to a worthy St. Mary’s student each year, and we have a St. Mary’s scholarship endowment worth over $92,000 which serves as the source of our scholarships annually. We also fund two scholarships to Rotary’s Camp Royal Leadership for high school students each year.
We proudly sponsor the Interact Club at Campolindo High School, like a mini-Rotary Club for high school, which is comprised of students eager to help those in need and volunteer to better their community.
This year, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, we have raised and given to the Town of Moraga $265,000 to construct an "All-Access" playground at the Commons Park in Moraga. This all-inclusive playground is designed so that children with special needs can play side-by-side with kids without any disabilities. We envision the project to be complete by the late fall of 2017. This is a huge project for a small club, but one that we envision having tremendous community support, and one we will take on with great enthusiasm.
Our major international project this year will be to build and supply an orphanage in Sierra Leone to fill the needs of some 50 orphans. We have local volunteers designing the facility and boots on the ground to manage the construction and operation of this $156,000 project. Our international focus will also continue to be in finally eliminating polio from the Earth. When Rotary International started this PolioPlus project 32 years ago, it was our own member Cliff Dochterman who, along with just three others, were the moving force in taking on a monumental worldwide project. At that time in 1985, there were 350,000 cases of polio annually in dozens of countries. Through Rotary’s efforts, we have helped eliminate 99% of the worldwide cases and only two countries still have a handful of polio cases per year, which Rotary will target to finally fully eradicate the disease. Our club will continue to donate vaccines this year to keep the effort up, and to finally state that the scourge of polio has been eliminated.
Also, Moraga Rotary is sponsoring one outbound Youth Exchange student to Taiwan this school year, and is sponsoring one inbound exchange student from Taiwan who is attending Acalanes High School, again extending our services to foster international understanding.
Our club will continue to step up when worldwide emergencies occur, as we have shipped several ShelterBoxes with living supplies for 10 to places like Haiti, Nepal and Ecuador over the last few years.
To accomplish all of these projects, we organize several fundraisers in addition to the donations from individuals in our club. We provide food concessions and staff our booth at the OMPA swim meet each August. We do a pair of community e-Waste recycling and shredding events each year at the Moraga Shopping Center, and we host the very popular Nite at the Races each March at the Holy Trinity Banquet Hall.
Moraga Rotary is made up of men and women of different ages, professions and talents, all of whom are dedicated to making a difference in their community and the world. There are over 1.2 million Rotarians all over the world and all attest to the motto “Service Above Self.”
If you would like to find out more about us or joining our club, please visit every page of our website, or call me at my office here in Moraga at 925-376-8900. Also check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofmoraga.
We meet Tuesdays at the Soda Center on the St. Mary’s campus where we have fellowship and interesting speakers. Aside from the second Tuesday each month which is a 6:00 PM dinner meeting, we meet at 12 noon. If you are interested in knowing more about Rotary, come be our guest for lunch or dinner.
Yours in Rotary,
Dianne Wilson, President of Moraga Rotary, 2017-2018
Copyright: Rotary Club of Moraga, 2017