I must thank you for being so understanding and supportive. You give so much time and effort to make our club stand out. It is impossible not to forget someone especially when I have microphone in my hand, so forgive me.
All committees began their work. Club activities and projects are being planned with enthusiasm as many of you noticed during our meetings and in our great bulletin. Thanks to Ketan we had opportunity to participate in Classic Car Show sponsored by the Saratoga Chamber and to showcase what we do. All I can say is that my contribution is very small in the scope of things. Whether it is Sue or Venkat who taught us to use the Clubrunner so we can communicate better and provide information on our web Calendar (check it out); Sesh and Ketan with the international committee who are racing ahead with projects on three continents; Maria who not only takes beautiful pictures but helps with bulletin and slide show;
Bella with her first exceptional bulletin; Debra and Patti who keeps us in line (good standing) with RI; Cathy’s and Shinku who will keep us all busy; Jamie who keeps in touch with members who may be ill or taking care of ill spouses; Marcia and her membership committee brought first new member “Marsi” during the first month;
Dave for providing great speakers; Julie and Venkat who organized fun bocce ball afternoon last Sunday.
I am sure I forgot to mention many. Please remind me! There is lot to do for all and it is rewarding and fun. So I take this opportunity to thank you all and encourage you to thank those who are in your life. Any complaints should be directed to the complaint department. What? We don’t have any.
Thank you to Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation for funding Community Service projects. Along with Highway 9 clean up and Breakfast with Santa at Washington Elementary school, we will be working with Stop Hunger Now and Operation Care and Comfort.
Now in its third year at Saratoga Rotary, we will be making food bags through Stop Hunger Now. This organization's goal is to eliminate food hunger in our lifetime. About 50 Club Rotarians and Interactors will be involved in packing approximately 10,000 meals. We are working on finalizing date and location for this project.
Operation Care and Comfort(OCC) is a new project for our Club. OCC allows caring Americans to donate their time, talent, and treasure to honor those currently serving in areas of conflict. On Veterans Day, November 11 2016, our club program will be making care packages for the troops. Please mark your calendars.
Reminder: Meetings are Fridays at 11am, before our weekly Rotary meeting, in the sitting area of the Community Center. Community Service meets on the second Friday of the month and Youth Service on the third Friday.
WaSH Project: Changing the lives of students in Bengaluru, India
The Rotary Club of Saratoga, California, USA (Club 5170) in partnership with the Bangalore (India) Rotary District 3190, with matching grant from Rotary International will improve the lives of a few thousand low income primary and middle school students across 15-20 local schools in the city of Bengaluru, India. This global grant will be funded at approximately USD $70,000. During 2017, Rotary will construct restroom facilities for girls, hand washing stations and water purification following UNICEF guidelines. Such basic facilities will reduce girls‛ absenteeism from schools and improve student health, thereby enhancing personal safety and educational experience. This initiative, entitled WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Health), starts with a formal needs assessment of schools and interviews with teachers, students and other stakeholders. Following best practices, the project team along with school staff, will also establish a curriculum anchored around health such that good sanitation practices can be passed on to their families as well to students through successive school years.
This program is also open for contributions from private individuals or companies; such amounts will be matched at 50% by Rotary International, thereby expanding the project footprint and community impact. For further information, please contact Sesh Ramaswami.