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Moraga Rotary Newsletter -- Aug 7 2012 - For Merge

Moraga Rotary Newsletter -- Aug 7 2012 - For Merge

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This is the newsletter for the Rotary Club of Moraga, CA for the week of August 7, 2012. We had two speakers - Chris Avant and Bill Durkin from Canyon Construction discussing the 100th anniversary of the Moraga Barn. Our second speaker was Janet Young, the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Juvenile Hall Auxiliary. Our greeeter and invocator was Gary Irwin.
This is the newsletter for the Rotary Club of Moraga, CA for the week of August 7, 2012. We had two speakers - Chris Avant and Bill Durkin from Canyon Construction discussing the 100th anniversary of the Moraga Barn. Our second speaker was Janet Young, the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Juvenile Hall Auxiliary. Our greeeter and invocator was Gary Irwin.

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AUGUST 7, 2012

Next Meeting: Aug. 14, 2012 (Evening Meeting at 6:00) Program: Lauren Mitchell and Jasmine Meyer “Exchange Students from Moraga and Switzerland Share Views on their Experiences in Each Other’s Culture.” (Invite your spouse and other guests) Invocation & Greeter: Mary Elena Dochterman
~~ COMING UP ~ *Aug. 21 – Laura Day & Sheila Hurst “Kenya Smiles – A Dental Preventative Care Project for Rotary” Aug. 21 – Board of Directors meeting, Trinity Hall, 5:00 pm Aug. 26 – LMYA Soccer Sign-ups – Fundraiser for our Club *Aug. 28 – Chief Randy Bradley, Moraga Orinda Fire District *Regular weekly luncheon in Soda Center **Monthly evening meeting at Soda Center

The speaker described a variety of programs, including mentoring, internships and scholarships for young people which give educational and employment encouragement. She introduced Riley Hopkins, a current senior at St. Mary’s College who is a scholarship student. Riley expressed his great appreciation for the opportunities which the Auxiliary has given to him. Upon graduation he hopes to attend law school. Ms. Young also told about the “Hall Closet” which collects and sells usable household and personal items to support financially the work of the Juvenile Hall Auxiliary. If you have items which are in good condition and could be donated to the Hall Closet, call Linda Campbell, a member of the Auxiliary. The excellent program was closed with a very fitting poem written by a youngster in the Juvenile Hall who is hoping a “new” dream will give him a new chance.

OTHER HAPPENINGS
The meeting was opened with some economically appropriate quotations by Gary Irwin. President Frank expressed appreciation to everyone who assisted at the OMPA swim meet this past weekend and Nora Avelar, who spearheaded the operation. Nora read a long list of all who helped make the fundraiser a success. A fine free hat was auctioned with spirited bidding. However, Gary Irwin was the $70 winner! Lou Roessler was recognized for his birthday, which he spent last Friday making tri-tip sandwiches at OMPA. Jim & Linda Campbell were recognized for celebrating th their 17 anniversary. Nora Avelar had 5 Happy Bucks for the success of OMPA – and that it is over!! Debbie Roessler had the red ticket, but alas settled for $10.

GUESTS
Janet Young – Speaker from Juvenile Hall Auxiliary Riley Hopkins – St. Mary’s College Senior Linda Campbell – Honorary Member Chris Avant & Bill Durkin – Canyon Construction Company

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAMS
Fortunately, two programs showed up for our Club meeting: Program One: We were pleased to have Chris Avant and Bill Durkin from Canyon Construction Company to th talk about the 100 Anniversary of the Moraga Barn, which was built in 1912. Extensive research was done before the remodeling was started on the old building, which had been used as a hotel, a grocery and tavern. In restoring the building many “green” features were used to make the project ecologically useful. A major community celebration is being planned for Saturday, th September 15 to celebrate the 100 Anniversary. The community is invited to attend the Living History project! Program Two: Today we heard about many of the special programs of the Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall Auxiliary presented by Executive Director, Janet Young. The presentation was particularly significant to Moraga Rotary since we have conducted the Christmas Stocking project for more than 10 years in conjunction with the Auxiliary. The primary purpose of the Auxiliary is to give support to the Department of Probation by offering a variety of services which the Juvenile Hall is unable to provide, such as birthday gifts, Christmas activities, games and other forms of special attention.

MORAGA ROTARIANS BREAK THEIR BUNS AT ANNUAL OMPA SWIM MEET
Virtually every member of Moraga Rotary showed up last Friday, Saturday and Sunday to cater the food and drink booths for the annual Orinda-Moraga Pool Assoc. swim meet at Campolindo Pool. Hundreds of hot dogs, slices of pizza, crisp Caesar Salads, Cups of Noodles, Hot Chocolate and Coffee, donuts, cookies, cold drinks, Tri-tip sandwiches, and bags of popcorn were sold to the several thousand swimmers and family members milling through the crowd. Special appreciation should be given to all the spouses and family members who gave wonderful volunteer service throughout the weekend. The OMPA Swim meet is our second largest Club fundraiser and provides thousands of dollars for our Club service projects. So, THANKS to all who made this year’s event another great success!

GOLF AND BARBECUE COMING UP
The Moraga Golf Tournament and Barbecue is being planned by Rob McSpadden for Thursday, August 16 at Diablo Country Club. Golf tee time is 1:30 and the Barbecue will be at the beautiful McSpadden home about 6:00 pm. If you are not playing golf, you and your spouse will certainly want to attend the barbecue at Rob and Joan’s home in the Diablo Country Club area (2056 Casa Nuestra.) Sign up now and don’t miss this fantastic social event! Golf and Barbecue is $40; and Barbecue only is $20. CALENDAR OF FUTURE EVENTS Aug. 16 – Rotary Golf and Barbecue at Diablo Country Club and McSpadden’s Home Aug. 25 -- District 5160 Membership/ Foundation Seminar in Vacaville Aug. 26 – LMYA Soccer Event Food Booth – Moraga Commons 11:00 to 3:00 Sept. 8 – E Waste Collection Day Sept. 23 – September Patio Reception Event At Sue McCaffrey’s Home Nov. 2-4 – Rotary District 5160 Conference in Napa Dec. 4 – Official Visit of District Governor Laura Day Dec. 11 – Moraga Rotary Christmas Party

FIRST ROTARY INFORMATION SOCIAL
The first of the new Rotary year’s Informational Socials was held last week at the Dochterman’s home. Over a dozen Club members and several new and prospective members learned much of the history, traditions and service activities of Rotary. President Frank May noted that similar “informational socials” will be scheduled every couple months.

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH NOMINATIONS WELCOMED
The monthly recognitions of “Moraga Employee of the Month” have received excellent community exposure in our local Lamorinda Weekly newspaper. Likewise, the recipients who have been honored appreciate the awards and the gifts presented to them. The future success of the program is to have a continuous list of outstanding candidates for the selection committee to review. Every Rotarian certainly knows some of the excellent employees who work in Moraga at the stores, restaurants, and service areas. It is a simple process to fill out a nomination form. One of the Objects of Rotary is to foster and recognize high ethical standards and excellent performance in all worthy vocations. It would be great if each Rotarian would recommend an outstanding employee to be recognized.

MORAGA ROTARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012-13 President……………………………………………....Frank May President-elect …………………….……………….Nora Avelar Secretary…………………………………….........Kevin Reneau Treasurer………………………………………..Louise Schopke Community Service Chair…………………….Barbara Bruner New Generations..………………………………….Rich Render International Service Chair……………………..Colin Barnard Rotary Foundation………………..…………….…... Lad Lynch Public Relations ……………………………… …… Gary Irwin Director at Large………………………………Debbie Roessler Director at Large……………………..Mary Elena Dochterman Director at Large……………………………...Cliff Dochterman President, Rotary International…Sakuji Tanaka District Governor, 5160………………..Laura Day Assistant District Governor………….Jose Avelar
Newsletter Editor for August – Cliff Dochterman

EDITORIAL COMMENTS
Money will buy a very fine dog – but only kindness will make him wag his tail. Likewise, Rotarians can find some of the greatest pleasures in life, just by doing random acts of kindness for others.

Rotary International Theme for 2012-13 “PEACE THROUGH SERVICE”

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