Members brought a guest to attend our club "Hawaiian" BBQ at Oak Meadow Park. They enjoyed rides on the train & carousel. Our club takes great pride in using the outdoor grill at Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad that our club funded, built, and installed. As well the amphitheater, bricks, flag pole, train tracks and so much more to enhance this beautiful park. Thank you for putting on such a great event BBQ committee. The roasted pig, food, and open bar was FANTASTIC! Not to mention the great company. 
 
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Members bring a guest to attend club "Hawaiian" BBQ (for adults only) at Oak Meadow Park and enjoy a ride on the train or carousel, good friends and good food cooked on a great outdoor grill we take pride in donating to Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad.  We have a "REAL" treat for you and your guests this year! It's Hawaiian style - dust off your shirts, hawaiian leis, and possibly your coconut shells.  Paul Christensen promised to wear his!  We will be serving whole roast pig and Huli Huli chicken as well as have an open bar. 

Tickets are $45.00/per person.  

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for new members... 

Greg Gomon & Tina attended District New Member Seminar
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Have you ever wondered what rotary members do?

Well, here is a perfect example of what they do... they make a difference in this world.  Avis La Grone a member of Los Gatos Rotary club since 2001 makes a difference not only in our community by working with high school Interact club members but also helping to end Polio once and for all for by giving vaccinations.  Here is just a glimpse of her 12 day trip to India. If you want to make a difference, join us for lunch or contact us for more information: contactus@losgatosrotary.org.  
 
 
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Presidential theme

2017-18: Rotary: Making a Difference

Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

District 5170 District Governor: 

Orrin Mahoney is a long time resident of Cupertino, California. visit www.rotarydistrict5170.org for more information.

Our very own - Rotary Club of Los Gatos:

Suzanne Boxer Gassman, Ed. D spent 4 decades in the areas of eduction, leadership, and training. She received her BA from UC Berkeley, Masters from University of Northern Colorado, and doctorate from UCLA. 

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Suzanne Boxer-Gassman, Ed. D.

Suzanne Boxer-Gassman worked for over four decades in the areas of education, leadership, and training.  She has been a classroom teacher, principal and superintendent in public school settings and adjunct professor at Santa Clara and National Universities.  

She did consulting work and training in Leadership and Learning with schools and business across the country.  She received her BA from UC Berkeley, her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Northern Colorado and her doctorate from UCLA, focusing in Administrative Policy and Instructional Improvement.  She retired as Superintendent of Los Gatos Union School District in 2008 to follow her passions—and Rotary has been an important one of them.  

In addition to all of her Rotary activities, in her free time she enjoys hiking, Pilates, Zumba and is a member of three different book clubs.  She and her husband enjoy traveling together.  They visit family in Denver often and particularly enjoy time with her grand nieces and nephews.

 
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Mission Springs camp in the breathtaking Santa Cruz mountains was full of energy as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) wrapped yet another successful camp June 25-30th, 2017.

Each year, thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program worldwide. Young people, ages 14-17, are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event’s curriculum. This Camp RYLA is sponsored by Rotary District 5170.

High school students from around the Bay Area are selected to attend RYLA for leadership demonstrated at school or in the community. Many, but not all, of our students are a part of their school Interact Clubs. These students receive scholarships to a week long leadership camp where they learn skills about how to become better leaders, build better friendships, and how to actively apply what they have learned at camp to their lives, schools, and communities.

RYLA aims to:

  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth;
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth; and
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

RYLA was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, and is one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service. RYLA programs often lead to the formation or strengthening of Rotaract and Interact clubs. RYLA participants often go on to become Youth Exchange students or Ambassadorial Scholars.

Rotary Club of Los Gatos were able to pay for 5 students; 4 from Los Gatos and 1 from Leigh High School.  Photo includes Los Gatos Morning Club Rotarians and students selected from Leigh & Westmont High. 

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Villa Ragusa was full of good friends, laughter, and much appreciation as the members of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos celebrated the annual debunking of our president Anthony "Tony" James.  Jeopardy, Americans popular game show kept the audience puzzled yet amused featuring "President Tony as the Nerd, Bishop, and Ms. Big Bottom."   Organizers of this fun event pulled it off with good taste and sincere appreciation for a job well done.  
 
Many rotarians were recognized for their service and time given to help our club operate and pull off the many events held through out the Rotary year.  A special recognition is always given to the Rotarian of the year; congratulation to Tina Orsi-Hartigan.  Your commitment to community service and our youth through Interact is invaluable. 
We welcomed our incoming President Suzanne Boxer- Gassman and look forward to the unique skills and passion she will bring to our club.  Rotary could not impact the community and world without you - our members, so pat yourself on the back and continue to help make the world a better place.  Through the financial gifts, service project, networking, and actions of each member we are able to help solve real problems in our community and world.  

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It is such a privilege to be able to give to the Los Gatos Youth Theatre and other non-profit Charities in our community to help them meet their financial needs.  At our last club meeting on June 20, members of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos were able to watch a few student perform a scene from each of the performances that will take place this summer.  Be sure to mark your calendar and buy tickets as these shows are not to be missed.
 

Visit their website to see performance times and buy ticket:       www.lgyt.net

Aristocats Kids on June 22 & 23 at 2pm & 6pm

High School Musical, Jr. on June 29 & 30 at 2pm & 6pm

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Charles Erekson

Every year, The Terraces of Los Gatos honors local residents for their volunteer service and outstanding contributions to our community. These individuals receive The Terraces' annual Seniors of Distinction Award. This year there are five awardees and one of them is our Charles Erekson. Kathy Cusick, Joe's widow is also being honored.
 
All club members are invited to attend the award ceremony, which includes a champagne reception. Details:
 
          Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:00 pm
          The Terraces of Los Gatos
          800 Blossom Hill Road. Los Gatos
 

Rotarian Charles Erekson was honored as a Senior of Distinction in the Town of Los Gatos on Thursday at ceremonies held at The Terraces of Los Gatos.  Each year seniors in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno are honored for their volunteer service and contributions to their community.

Originally from Texas, Charles and his wife Susie have lived in Los Gatos for more than 30 years where he is a highly respected and well liked member of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and in the community.  He has held several leadership positions in the Rotary Club and has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his generous support of the Rotary International Foundation.

For a number of years Charles has served on various commissions, boards, and committees for the Town of Los Gatos including the Planning Commission, General Plan Committee, Historic Preservation Committee, Conceptual Design Advisory Committee, Housing Element Advisory Board, and North 40 Specific Plan Advisory Committee.  He has also been an active volunteer in a variety of youth programs in the community.  He was a founding Board member of the Los Gatos Saratoga Girls Softball Association, has served on the Board of Directors of Los Gatos Little League and Campfire Girls and Boys, has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Positive Coaching Alliance, and has coached in a variety of youth sports programs.

Dr. Erekson has an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University (TCU) and graduate degrees from Texas A&M University and Oregon State University.  He retired from Santa Clara University three years ago after having spent 45 years as a university administrator at several colleges and universities.  He has used his background in education in the local community volunteering for the Los Gatos Education Foundation, serving on several committees in Los Gatos Union School District, and being an executive coach for the LGUSD Superintendent.  Charles has also been an active member of the TCU Alumni Association and served on the TCU Chancellor’s Advisory Council.

Charles has recently been volunteering with St. Luke’s Pantry, Sacred Heart Community Services, Stop Hunger Now, and as a senior executive coaching and mentoring volunteer.  The Rotary Club of Los Gatos was very proud to support the nomination of our fellow Rotarian for this well-deserved award.

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TONY JAMES & WELCOMING INCOMING PRESIDENT SUZANNE-BOXER GASSMAN

This is a celebration of President Tony’s work for the Membership this past year. Come honor your President and all those who helped make Los Gatos Rotary the best Club in Rotary.  Don’t miss the “Not For Prime Time Players” poking fun at President Tony.

    Date: June 27, 2017
    Time: Fun begins at 6PM
    Cost: $75 per person
    Includes: Hors D’Oeuvres & Wine with Dinner, both red & white
    Food selections:     
•Chicken Breast Stuffed with Herbed Goat Cheese & Red Wine Demi glace
•Tournedos of Beef Ragusa - Sliced Tri-Tip with Wild Mushroom Forestier
•Chicken Marsala in a Marsala Wine Sauce & Sautéed Mushrooms
•Vegetarian or Gluten Free Meal Available on request
 
    Tickets available at Tuesday meetings beginning June 6th    
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Leigh High School recipiants
 
Los Gatos High recipients: First Row:  Sophia Maxfield, Asiyah Rasheed,  Anna Gustafson
Second Row:  Brandon Roul,  Danika Lyle, Caroline Bond,  Lark Breen, Michael Shusterman
Not pictured:  Annie Hall,  Sophie Mortaz  Quin Plischte, Rachel Kulakofsky ,Elina Yon

Rotary invests in our future leaders many ways; today we recognized 16 high school seniors at Leigh and Los Gatos high; providing them with $34,000 collectively to help with college expenses.   

Rotary club of Los Gatos takes great pride in giving, especially to causes that will result in a better future.   The Los Gatos Rotary Scholarship fund was established in 1947.  33% of the money made from the Great Race goes directly into this fund.  Our club provides scholarships to select students from Los Gatos and Leigh High school.  
 
Criteria for recipients include:
- Recommendation from school counselor
- screening from interview process
- GPA
- School participation - especially if they are a member of the Interact club 
- Financial need
 
Applications are collected in the middle of March each school year.  Be sure to stay in touch with your college school counselor. 
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Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary club has invited our club members to join in the fun - July 4th Challenging 10K- Fast and Flat 5K Firework fun run. This is a super fun event on July 4 over in Santa Cruz. Come and run or walk and represent our Los Gatos Rotary club in the competition against Santa Cruz and Hollister. Remember all Rotarians get points just for showing up.
 
Promo code is below.
 
** THE 32d ANNUAL FIRECRACKER 10K/5K/KIDS’ 1K. On Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. The 10K and 5K courses are both certified. The 5K is flat and fast and the 10K is the classic and challenging “Thrill of the Hill” city and country course through the Pogonip! Register at www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org/register.  
 
Race information is on www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org or call Race Director Jeff Kirk at (831) 359-9635. Enter discount code GR5 to receive $5 discount at registration!
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Los Gatos rotarians their children, grandchildren, parents, and even our very own District Gov. Jeff Orth and his wife Barbara enjoyed a beautiful evening of eating delicious BBQ in the outdoor kitchen that our club enjoyed building for The Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad which operates in Oak Meadow Park.  

Although our club loves to serve others, fundraise, and participate in projects; its nice to get together to socialize with no other goal than to celebrate life together.  What better way to do that than to be outside, riding a train, reliving childhood going around the carousel, and enjoying a good old American BBQ.  

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(Click here) to search by name or bid number. Photos of the 40th annual Rotary Club of Los Gatos Great Race were captured by Facchino Photography.  Over 5,000 photos can be found on this link. It was truly a great race with over 1,400 people running and walking the scenic 4 mile route from Saratoga to Los Gatos.  Proceeds from this race benefit the Rotary Club charities including awarding high school seniors with college scholarship funds. 
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Our heartfelt thanks go out to Los Gatos Rotary for the incredible support its members continue to show our House. For the past three years, proceeds from the club’s Bocce Blast tournament have benefitted Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and the families who call our House home. Today, we received a $6,000 donation from their latest tournament along with 97 toiletry bags for our families. Gifts like these offer needed comfort when far from home and after long days spent at the hospital. Thank you, Rotarians!

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Fall in Love with Rotary

Bring a guest to our Valentines Day Rotary Meeting - Feb. 14th
Los Gatos Lodge
12:15-1:30pm
All guests will receive a small gift and hopefully fall in love with Rotary. 
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The Annual Rotary Club of Los Gatos CrabFest & Auction was a monumental success made possible by the people in our community with their charitable contributions for the auction and to the people who came openhearted and made generous bids for auction items.

Thanks to the members of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos for their tireless effort for this and other events to raise money for causes that promote the welfare of others.  From the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and all those that benefit.

Thank You!

 
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Los Gatos Rotary is crackin’ crab for a cause

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The Los Gatos Rotary Club’s 16th annual all-you-can-eat Crabfest & Auction is just around the corner, only this year the “corner” is in Saratoga.
The crabfest takes place at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Ave. The change from St. Mary’s in Los Gatos was due to a scheduling conflict. The crabfest is the club’s biggest fundraising event of the year and is expected to raise as much as $50,000.
Tickets are on sale now at losgatosrotary.org and are $60 for adults, $20 for children 12 and younger. 
 
The club’s goal is to sell 500 tickets.
“It has grown in recent years, and we had to have an overflow room last year,” co-chairman Neal Mudgett said. “This year, we’ll be able to fit everybody into the gymnasium at St. Andrew’s. That’s important because we don’t want people missing out on our live auction.”
The live and silent auctions are chock-full of bidding opportunities, including weeklong and weekend getaways. “The live auction features a seven-day cruise to Mexico and one week’s lodging in Davos, Switzerland. We also have a week in Kona and a week in San Francisco,” Mudgett said.
Skiers and snowboarders will be particularly interested in a week’s lodging for 10 at a lakefront home in Tahoe.
“We’re also doing an in-home gourmet dinner for 10, and we have pairs of ‘Hamilton’ tickets,” Mudgett said.
The acclaimed Broadway show opens March 10 at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre.
 
Proceeds from the crabfest primarily benefit St. Luke’s Food Pantry in Los Gatos. “They provide food and services to the homeless and our low-income residents,” Mudgett said. “We’ve been helping St. Luke’s for a long time and we have a really good relationship with them.”
Los Gatos Boy Scouts will receive a donation, too, because they’ll be on hand to assist with setup, serving and tear-down.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s also fun and for a good cause,” Mudgett said.
 
The Rotary Club also sponsors Los Gatos High School’s Interact Club, a service club that reflects Rotary’s mission to provide community leadership and support. Interact Club members recently made fleece blankets for the Silicon Valley Pet Project that rescues shelter cats and dogs at risk of being euthanized.
“Several members of the Pet Project attended a Rotary meeting recently, and as we were leaving the meeting, we heard a kitten crying in the ditch between the Los Gatos Lodge and Los Gatos-Saratoga Road,” Rotarian Tina-Orsi-Hartigan said. “It took five of us but we rescued a darling kitten, now named Scout, who was the first recipient of one of the Interact club’s fleece blankets.”
 
Orsi-Hartigan is helping to organize a Jan. 23 fundraiser at Aldo’s restaurants on behalf of the Pet Project. If you order lunch, dinner or takeout at Aldo’s that day, 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the pet project.
 
Aldo’s Cafe is in the Los Gatos Shopping Center at 440 N. Santa Cruz Ave. Aldo’s Ristorante & Bar is in Vasona Station at 14109 S. Winchester Blvd.
Aldo’s owner, Aldo Marescca, has also just opened Shiroi Sushi at the Vasona Station, so the Pet Project fundraiser is good there, too.
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Thank you Rotarian for giving to 6 families; which included 25 children, 6 Mothers, and 2 Dads.  What a blessing it was to see the joy on their faces receiving these gifts. Photo: a few of Santa's helpers. 
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Tucked away among the giant California Redwood trees are some very happy girls who appreciate the opportunity to connect with nature, seek out challenges, engage in learning, and build friendships when they can attend girl scouts camp.  With the grant money given by our club they can put it toward making improvement and offering a better experience to each camper.

 
They have set a goal to raise $500,000 by August 2017 and are only about 1/5 the way there. They are hopeful because of generous club like ours.  
 
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Bocce Blast Winning Team:
Raising money for Ronald McDonald house could not be more enjoyable. Over 100 people showed up to eat, drink, and compete in the friendly Bocce Ball tournament.  Placing first in the tournament added to the nights excitement for Lydia, Dom Norcia and Lisa, Barry Cheskin.  Thank you to all those that donated, participated, and organized the third annual Bocce Blast  October 24, 2016 at Campo Di Bocce in Los Gatos.   
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Los Gatos High Interact students joined forces with our Rotarians at Hillbrook Elementary school to support Stop Hunger Now. The day at Hillbrook School was a huge success with over 15,000 meals packaged!  Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious, dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Meals are distributed to children in developing countries.  

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Serving the homeless at Saint Luke's Pantry which is an outreach program to serve those in need of food, clothing, and fellowship. To volunteer your time, money, or items in need please contact our club or contact Saint Luke's Episcopal Church; 20 University Ave. Los Gatos, CA

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The Annual Rotary Club of Los Gatos CrabFest & Auction was a monumental success made possible by the people in our community with their charitable contributions for the auction and to the people who came openhearted and made generous bids for auction items.

Thanks to the members of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos for their tireless effort for this and other events to raise money for causes that promote the welfare of others.  From the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and all those that benefit.

Thank You!

 
 
'Crackin' Crabs for Charity' - Rotary Club of Los Gatos annual all-you-can-eat crabfest that will be held Jan. 28, 2017, 6 p.m., at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 13601 Saratoga Ave. in Saratoga, CA.
 
The event is the club's premier annual fundraiser and benefits worthy causes such as St. Luke's Pantry, which helps feed the homeless.
 
In addition to crab, clam chowder from Billy’s Boston Chowder House will be served along with a variety of side dishes. Live and silent auctions are a big hit with prizes ranging from skiing in the Swiss Alps to sunny Mexican cruises,  and many other vacation homes, front row seats to the musical hit "Hamilton" in SF, or your own personal chef for a dinner party, to fine dinning in local restaurants.
 
Don't miss it - good food, good company, and a good cause.  Tickets now on sale!
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Los Gatos: Rotarians leave their mark on the Billy Jones 'Wildcat' Railroad

By Judy Peterson

jpeterson@bayareanewsgroup.com

POSTED:   08/24/2016 06:01:34 PM PDT

Photograph by George Sakkestad Los Gatos Rotary Club member Paul Christensen put his grilling...

Los Gatos Rotarians enjoyed the fruits of their labors at the club's annual barbecue at Oak Meadow Park, where pit masters piled chicken breasts, steaks and sausages onto new, professional-size grills that were purchased by the club. The Aug. 23 barbecue celebrated Rotary's commitment to the Los Gatos community, which has been ongoing since the club's founding in 1924.

"What we do in the community is critical to our mission," past president Tina Orsi-Hartigan said. "Our mission is to make a positive impact in the community, both locally and globally. So, we ask our members to donate to Rotary International every year--the amount doesn't matter--to support global initiatives such as eradicating polio."

A portion of that money is returned to the club for local use, and after seeing Oak Meadow's old barbecue set-up, members decided a new barbecue area was in order.

The barbecues are used by the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad to grill hot dogs and hamburgers that are sold to park visitors.

"We bought expensive professional barbecue equipment, saving the Billy Jones Railroad a lot of money because their barbecues had to be replaced every year," Orsi-Hartigan said.

Now, there are two Saber grills built into a barbecue island that's adjacent to the railroad tracks. Before, railroad workers used little portable grills.

The project cost approximately $15,000.

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Since the project wasn't finished when Orsi-Hartigan's term was up, it continued into the next club president's term.

"I ordered all the accessories, such as shelving, doors and cabinets," past president Rodger Griffin said.

There's also a brand-new, shiny stainless steel countertop that was set up as a buffet during the party, allowing guests to help themselves.

Griffin said much of the project was completed by club members, although a concrete company installed the slab that the counter sits on.

He gave a shout out to several members who volunteered for the project, including Colin Deursor, Tom Dodge and Ron Cassel. "Ron used to be a shop teacher at Los Gatos High School, and he did the stainless steel top," Griffin said.

Billy Jones Railroad CEO Francesca Alexander said the new grills are great. "They're a lot hotter than we're used to; they get fired up quickly," she said. "But they're very convenient. The old barbecues had to be moved inside at night."

Because the park and railroad are open daily, the barbecue project had to be built between 7 and 10:15 a.m. so it wouldn't interfere with operations.

Still to come: The Rotary club plans to install a permanent natural gas line to service the barbecues and also provide heat in the winter to the W.E. "Bill" Mason Carousel.

Plans are also being made to build a new room where carousel horses can be refurbished.

And Billy Jones board member George Shannon took guests into the railroad's roundhouse, where a new passenger car is under construction. The car will allow more people to ride the train at the same time, which Shannon said is important since most riders are young children.

"We've discovered kids are like time bombs," he said. "They wait in line for 10 minutes to get on the train and then they take an 11-minute ride. So this is a new car to add more bodies."

Incidentally, the car's wheels are from a train that ran during the 1915 Pan Pacific Expo in San Francisco.

 
In the News - 8/24/2016 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Our club saw a need for a BBQ make-over at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and carousel area in beautiful Oak Meadow park.  This project will save BJWRR the cost of replacing their portable BBQs each year.  It also improves the functionality and flow of serving food to paying customers. This photo include BJWRR using it to serve customers.  

We even made the News: Mercury News by Judy Peterson. 

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Our Rotary club held our annual BBQ here on August 23 hosting members and guests. view photos

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I was honored to be elected President of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos for the 2016-2017 Rotary year. My goal is to ensure that the club continues to flourish. To do this, we will actively recruit new members, schedule multiple community service projects, and conduct fundraising events so that we can give grants to philanthropic organizations. There will also be several social events at which club members and their families & friends can have fun together.

When asked by non-Rotarians “What is a Rotary club”? I reply that each club is a leadership organization involving local business, professional, and civic leaders. We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through that, the club is able to get things done in the community.

Rotary is an international community service organization with clubs in over 200 countries. Clubs from different countries frequently cooperate to help with events like disaster relief. Any Rotarian is free to visit any other club anywhere in the world – and will always be made very welcome.

I joined Rotary in 2009 and my membership is now an important factor in my quality of life. My only regret about joining Rotary is that I did not do it sooner.

Message from our new President- Tony James: 2016-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Tony James was born in the UK in 1939. He received an academic scholarship and studied mechanical engineering at Nottingham University; he received a degree in 1961. He married his college sweetheart, Susan, in 1962. In 1963 they emigrated to Canada and lived in Toronto for four years. In 1967 they moved to San Jose where Tony worked for GE until he retired in 1994. Throughout his professional career, Tony was always either an engineer or a manager of engineers.

Tony and Susan have no children. They enjoy an active life together with emphasis on camping, hiking, and photography.

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