Rotary Club Of
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, and at 6:00 pm for dinner on the second Tuesday of the month.
Greetings from the President:
I am pleased to serve as the president of the Rotary Club of Moraga for the Rotary year 2015-2016. Our club looks forward to serving Moraga, our extended local community and making a positive impact on the world situation.
My wife, Jan and I had the privilege of attending the Rotary International Convention in San Paulo, Brazil for 4 days this past June and representing Moraga. There were 14,000 attendees from all corners of the World. The Rotary International President for 2015-2016 is Ravi Ravindran from Sri Lanka. Ravi has chosen “Be a Gift to the World” as his theme for his Rotary Presidential year. He says, “One of the reasons I work so hard for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate. The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’” For Ravi, paying it forward is a way of life. His theme, “Be a Gift to the World” summarizes this personal philosophy.
Both our community and our planet face many challenges. This year Moraga Rotary will continue to support the youth in our community. We will provide Educational Magazines to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in Moraga and Canyon. We will also provide scholarships to Campolindo and St. Mary’s College. We will continue to support the newly established scholarship at Campolindo in the memory of our Past President, Mary Elena Dochterman, help fund leadership programs at Camp Royal to enable 2 Campolindo Juniors to learn skills needed for life, support The Moraga Education Foundation and fund all 12 Moraga Odyssey of the Mind Teams.
We are proud to sponsor the St. Mary’s Rotaract and Campolindo Interact clubs that are made up of enthusiastic youth eager to help those in need and volunteer to better their community.
Our signature project is providing 300 hand sewn and decorated Christmas Stockings to the children at Juvenile Hall. These are filled with small toiletries, socks, puzzles and of course, CANDY. Everyone in our club plays a part in this great endeavor. Just this past year we’ve undertaken a project to expand the book collection in the library at the Juvenile Hall and we will continue that effort.
Internationally, my focus this year is to continue the program to eradicate polio. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is continuing their support by matching 2 for 1 every new dollar Rotary commits to up to $35 million per year through 2018. in April, 2015 we donated just over $9,000 to Rotary's PolioPlus, and this was matched by the Gates Foundation to provide 54,000 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, dropping from nearly 400,000 cases in 120 endemic countries each year, to a total of just 24 new cases in the first four months of 2015 in small parts of just three nations: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. Europe has been polio-free since 2002. Rotary is not giving up, especially when we are so close to eradicating this scourge. We predict that by 2018, polio will be the second disease declared eradicated from the world, following smallpox.
Rotarians around the world are involved in projects to provide clean water, literacy education, reduce poverty and hunger, meet critical health care needs, and disaster relief if the need arises. Moraga Rotary recently shipped 2 ShelterBoxes with living supplies for 20 to Nepal after a horrific earthquake struck that nation. This past year we teamed with Rossmoor Rotary to collect second hand walking aids (canes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs) which are being shipped to Africa by a Rotary Club in Denver. Roughly half a seagoing container full of materials were collected and dispatched by truck on July 1st to Denver to be placed in a seagoing container and sent to Kenya.
In order to get all of this accomplished, we do hold fund raisers. We provide the food and staff the Food Booth at the OMPA swim meet in August. We also host the wildly popular Nite at the Races in March.
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." As our member who is a past World President, Cliff Dochterman says, ”Real Happiness is helping Others”.
If you would like to find out more about us and/or membership in Moraga Rotary, please click on the Join Rotary page. Also, check out our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofmoraga
We meet Tuesdays 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,
Roger Gregory, President of Moraga Rotary, 2015-2016
Copyright: Rotary Club of Moraga, 2016