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Recent News Rotary Club of LG Great Race
The Mercury News Article published April 14, 2017 (Click here to see original article
Recent News Rotary Club of LG Great Race 2017-04-18 07:00:00Z
2017 District Conference
 
 
2017 District Conference 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z
This shirt will look good on you! Register today
Just over 2 weeks until Rotary club of LG Great Race. Run, walk, crawl... be a part of this tradition of 40 years. 
Proceeds support Rotary's school, community and international projects.
This shirt will look good on you! Register today 2017-04-11 07:00:00Z
LG magazine - The Great Race
Thank you LG Magazine - encouraging readers to Register for the Great Race
LG magazine - The Great Race 2017-03-21 07:00:00Z
Buy your tickets for the Great Race 

Fun for the whole family!  Sunday April 30th

Buy your tickets for the Great Race 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z
ELC 2017 winning team 3
Enterprise Leadership Conference just one of many ways Rotary is working to develop future business leaders in our community.  To see their winning presentation (click here) 
ELC 2017 winning team 3 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z
Ronald McDonald House Thanks our Club
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!

Ronald McDonald House Thanks our Club 2017-02-28 08:00:00Z
Doing Good in the world for 100 years.
 
Doing Good in the world for 100 years. 2017-02-14 08:00:00Z
Bring a Guest

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. 
Bring a Guest 2017-02-07 08:00:00Z
CrabFest 2017 a success

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!

 
CrabFest 2017 a success 2017-02-02 08:00:00Z
Mercy News article by Judy Peterson - CrabFest

Los Gatos Rotary is crackin’ crab for a cause

PUBLISHED:  | UPDATED: 
 
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.
Mercy News article by Judy Peterson - CrabFest 2017-01-18 08:00:00Z
Silicon Valley Pets Project
Silicon Valley Pet Project
- Our rotarians helped make blankets with LGHS Interact Club
Silicon Valley Pets Project 2017-01-01 08:00:00Z
Christmas Families 
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. 
Christmas Families 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z
Girl Scouts of Northern California thank our Club

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.  
 
Girl Scouts of Northern California thank our Club 2016-11-01 07:00:00Z
A Bocce Blast  Winners
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.   
A Bocce Blast Winners 2016-10-30 07:00:00Z
Stop Hunger Now - Meal Packaging
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.  

View more photos

Stop Hunger Now - Meal Packaging 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z
Serving the homeless

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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Serving the homeless 2016-09-01 07:00:00Z
Crabfest and Auction
 

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!
Crabfest and Auction 2016-08-29 07:00:00Z
In the News - 8/24/2016

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
BBQ make-over

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

BBQ make-over 2016-08-02 07:00:00Z
Message from our new President- Tony James:

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
Tony James – BRIEF BIO

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.

Tony James – BRIEF BIO 2016-07-01 07:00:00Z
Two Successful World Service Projects in the Philippines

Los Gatos, Calif. – December 04, 2012 – Rotary Club of Los Gatos (www.losgatosrotary.org) is pleased to announce the completion of two special world service projects in the Philippines....

Two Successful World Service Projects in the Philippines Kamyar Negari 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z
Los Gatos Rotarians Under New Leadership - LosGatosPatch

http://losgatos.patch.com/articles/los-gatos-rotarians-under-new-leadership#c

Follow the above link to see what the LosGatosPatch has to say about our 2011/2012 leaders. 

Los Gatos Rotarians Under New Leadership - LosGatosPatch Andrew Stearns 2011-08-01 00:00:00Z
Membership Development

21 Places to Find New Members

Membership Development Andrew Stearns
Being a Los Gatos Rotarian
Hugh Allen provides a brief summary of what it means to be a Los Gatos Rotarian.
Being a Los Gatos Rotarian Andrew Stearns