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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 2014-2015. 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.
I had the privilege of attending the International Convention in Sydney Australia and representing Moraga. There were 18,000 attendees from all corners of the World. The 2014-2015 Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. President Huang is urging club members to Light Up Rotary by hosting a Rotary Day in their community, continuing our fight against polio, and increasing club membership. "Light Up Rotary is more than our theme. It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, and every country we serve."
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, Diablo Valley College, and St. Mary’s College. We will endow a new scholarship at Campolindo in the memory of our Past President, Mary Elena Dochterman. Funding for leadership programs at Camp Royal and Camp Venture enable 4 of the high school students to learn skills needed for life. Support for The Moraga Education Foundation and all 11 Moraga Odyssey of the Mind Teams will continue.
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.
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. At the recent International Convention, Prime Minister Tony Abbott donated $100 million dollars towards the goal of Polio eradication. And in April, we donated $8,000 to Rotary's PolioPlus, being matched by the Gates Foundation to provide 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.
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 3 ShelterBoxes, living supplies for 30 people, to the Philippines after the horrific hurricane struck.
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 who 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 says, ”Real Happiness is helping Others”.
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,
Debbie Roessler, President of Moraga Rotary, 2014-2015
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