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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 2016-17 year as the club begins preparations to celebrate its 50th Anniversary next summer.
Having been a Rotary member in Moraga for the past seven years, I have continually been amazed about what a relatively small club of 30 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.
Among the projects we continue to do every year is providing over 300 holiday stockings to the children at Juvenile Hall each December. A group of Rotarians actually go to the Martinez facility and decorate the stockings with the children. For many of the kids, this is the only visit they receive during the holidays and the stockings filled with treats and toiletries are the only gift they receive at Christmas. We also donate books to the facility’s library often throughout the year.
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 have a St. Mary’s scholarship endowment worth over $85,000 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 Rotaract Club at St. Mary’s College and the Interact Club at Campolindo HS, like mini-Rotary Clubs, which are comprised of students eager to help those in need and volunteer to better their community.
This year, in honor of our upcoming 50th Anniversary, we are raising funds to construct a $260,000 playground at one of our parks here in Moraga. This all-inclusive playground is designed so that children with special needs can play side-by-side with kids without any disabilities. As the fundraising begins, we envision the project to be complete by the 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 international focus will be in finally eliminating polio during calendar year 2017. When Rotary International started this PolioPlus project 31 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 have a handful of polio cases which Rotary will target to finally fully eradicate the disease. There is a monitoring program and a vaccination program that needs to continue in compromised areas to fully wipe out this disease. Our club will continue to donate over 10,000 vaccines this year to keep the effort up to finally state sometime in the near future that the scourge of polio has been eliminated.
Our club will also 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. We also recently teamed with Rossmoor Rotary to collect second hand walking aids (canes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs) and shipped them to Kenya where they have been distributed to those in need.
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 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 925-376-9900. 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 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,
Kevin Reneau, President of Moraga Rotary, 2016-2017
Copyright: Rotary Club of Moraga, 2016