~~ COMING UP ~~Apr. 20
E-Waste Collection Center
Moraga Shopping AreaApr. 27
Rotary at Work Day*Apr. 30
George Miller, U.S. CongressmanMay 4 -- District Summit in Vallejo*May 7 -- John Walker, Principal of Campolindo High School**May 14
Program to be Announced(Monthly EveningMeeting at 6:00pm.) Invite a guest!*May 21
Program to be Announced*June 4
Library Services in Lamorinda
]*Regular weekly luncheon in Soda Center **Monthly evening meeting at Soda Center
Joe & Dorothy Serra
Speaker and Stockton Rotarian
We were pleased to have
Dr. Joe Serra
, an orthopedicsurgeon from Stockton to present a program on theprogress of Polio Plus and the development of newmedical educational programs in Malawi, Africa. Dr. Serrawas one of the earliest Rotarians who volunteered inAfrica to assist polio victims in 1981 with orthopedicsurgery. Since that time he and his wife Dorothy havemade eleven trips to help in the polio eradication programand to build schools and medical education in Malawi.When Dr. Joe Serra first went to Malawi there were over25,000 polio survivors, or crawlers. With simple surgeryand leg braces, patients could be enabled to stand andwalk. The Rotarian volunteer physicians were able totrain natives in some basic medical techniques and tobecome physician assistants. Over the past 30 yearsthere has been a major growth in hospital and medicalservices in the very poor country. He also described howthe University of the Pacific has created a program inphysical therapy in Malawi. The beautiful picturesillustrated how the nation has come a long way in helpingto provide medical treatment for the people of Malawi.Dr. Joe also related the story of Wilborn, one of his firstpatients in Malawi, has grown, become educated and hasa beautiful family as the result of the Rotary volunteerphysicians. Rotary is fortunate to have volunteers whoreally
make a difference
in the lives of people around theworld.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENED?
Today the meeting was started by
with afitting thought for the day regarding
distributed two letters of appreciation for ourservice projects:
a student at St.Mary
s College expressed his appreciation as the recipientof the Brother Rahill Moraga Endowed Scholarship for thisyear. The Kindergarten Odyssey of the Mind group fromComino Pablo Elementary School send a letter of
for the financial support of Moraga Rotary this year.Other announcements followed:
Annual Rotary Field Day Scheduled
t forget that the Moraga Rotary Field Day is just overa month away
Wednesday, May 15
.Bocce Ball Bash
Moraga Rotary has entered 4 Teams in the annual BocceBall Tournament on
Saturday, June 8
.Rotary at Work Day
is scheduled for the annual Rotary-at-WorkDay. This year the project will be replacing a deck at theShelter Inc. Center for homeless and abused persons inMartinez. It will be a joint project of the Fab 5 Clubs of Moraga, Orinda, Lafayette, Lamorinda Sunrise, andRossmoor. There seems to be some confusion aboutpermits and insurance. An alternate project is painting abuilding at Las Trampus School in Lafayette. Watch forfurther details!
E-Waste Collection Saturday
The E-Waste collection spot will be at the usual placenext to McCaulous Store in the Moraga Center on
Help is needed, particularly in the afternoonshift!
Please put your name on the
sheet for theCommunity Faire to be held on
Saturday, May 11
HAPPY BUCKS AND OTHER FUN
had a happy buck for telling a story aboutfinding a newborn kitten in her daughter
s garage and thenfinding 3 more and the mother cat. Moraga Rotary seemsto love cat stories.
had a very happy buck to report that herdaughter had finished the Boston Marathon before the twoexplosions occurred! Then
added that acousin of
had also finished at theBoston Marathon before the terrorist attack. That is goodnews!
had a very high five in recognition of the paramedics who helped him when he had a heartattack recently. GREAT to see George back at Rotary! The red ticket was held by our speaker,
butalas he could not find the white marble. However, in a verykind gesture, he donated the customary $10 back to theClub!