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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 now meets at Moraga Country Club, in the St. Andrews Lounge on the second floor, 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 Co-Presidents:
We are honored to be co-presidents of the Rotary Club of Moraga this 2019-2020 year. With less than eight years of Rotary service between us, we knew we would be faced with many challenges. However, we also knew that the members of our Club are amazing!
We are off to a fun start. Our year began with the Celebration of Cliff Dochterman’s 60th anniversary as a Rotarian. It has been said that Cliff has spoken to more Rotary Clubs than anyone in the world. He has served in almost every Rotary assignment from Berkeley Rotary Club President to worldwide President of Rotary International.
Cliff’s idea to honor our Club’s 50th Anniversary was to raise over $350,000 and construct and give to the Town of Moraga an "All-Access" playground at the Commons Park. This all-inclusive playground was designed so that children with special needs can play side-by-side with able-bodied kids. This was a huge project for a small club, one we took on with great enthusiasm and pride. And we had tremendous community support. There have been changes within Rotary especially about accommodating family members in new ways. Because of one of our newest member’s passion for school safety, our Club applied for and received a Grant for emergency communication equipment for all the Moraga School District schools. We will continue to look for ways where we can make a difference in our Community.
“Rotary Connects the World” is World President Mark Maloney’s theme for this year. “Rotary allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences. It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. Rotary shares the United Nations’ enduring commitment to a healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable world and Rotary offers something no other organization can match: an existing infrastructure that allows people from all over the world to connect in a spirit of service and peace and take meaningful action toward that goal.”
Our Club has always supported international projects. After the Playground, we embarked on a project in Sierra Leone, which is near completion. We will be providing housing, care, and education for a group of children who became orphans due to the Ebola epidemic that took their parents’ lives.
Our international project for our year will be to help to begin building the Lumumba Children’s Library and Learning Center (the LCL) in Goma, Congo, joining an ongoing effort with the Rotary Club of Goma-Tumaini. Tumaini is “hope” in Swahili. Goma has the unfortunate distinction of hosting part of the world’s largest UN peace-keeping mission.
The UN forces there are committed to donating 8, forty-foot shipping containers which will become the primary infrastructure of this unique, state of the art, learning center for the area’s youth. $50,000 has already been raised through the Go Campaign, a large NGO in over 30 countries that focuses on children. The co-founders of the LCL are Paul Freedman and Fidel Bafilemba, a Goma Rotarian. Both have been guest speakers at our Club. Paul is a Paul Harris Fellow and a documentarian. Last year Paul traveled to Sierra Leone with our past-President Dianne Wilson to create a documentary for the orphanage project.
In June, Brian South, our President-elect and Membership Chair, and Debbie Koo were in Hamburg, Germany, attending the RI Convention. They were able to meet with Fidel who had traveled from Goma, to begin to spread awareness of the Congo library project to a world-wide Rotary audience. They have been hearing from some of those people already.
We meet each Tuesday at the Moraga Country Club at noon for lunch except for the second Tuesday each month when we meet at 6 p.m. for dinner.
Come and join us. We hope to see you soon!
Debbie Koo and Evie Michon, Co-Presidents of Moraga Rotary, 2019-20
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