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Philanthropy in Action 2018-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
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Movie Night Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Stanford was a BIG success.  Thank you to Mike & Tina for organizing the event. We raised over $6,000! Also thank you to Mike Frangadakis for organizing happy hour at Gardino's and everyone who purchased tickets and attended.  Two families staying at Ronald McDonald House attended the event and were so grateful to our club. We will share more photos once we know which ones will be used for a newspaper article we hope will be published Dec. 22nd. 
Mike with Kerstiens family with baby Jackie recovering from heart surgery (not present)
Suzanne & Mike with Sara from Ronald McDonald House and the Cox family to baby Wyatt (not present in the NICU)
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Happy Holidays! Enjoy this slideshow. 2017-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Did you see our club members in the parade? Next year join us and walk. We live in an amazing community and what an honor it is to serve others in it.  click on link below to view ALL photos. Thanks to Rotarian Wes (our photographer):

View 2107 Parade Photos

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The event also honored 17 past presidents that were present, with the exception of Bill Cilker who was not able to attend. John Pencer (1979-80) to Tony James (2017-18). Tom Boyce, chairman of this event organized an elegant affair with a live performance from Abraham Lincoln High School. Tom is an alumni of this high school. Abraham Lincoln High School Choir in their Renaissance outfit sang traditional holiday songs in German, Spanish and English. Members are from freshman to senior high school students. Thank you to all the past, current, and future Presidents of Rotary Club of Los Gatos and a very Merry Christmas to all.
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Join us downtown Sat. Dec. 2 at 10am 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Tickets for our CrabFest & Auction are now on sale.  Be sure to share the flier and invite your friends. It is our most delicious Fundraiser!  Please let the auction committee know what your donating.  Reserve your seats with Suzanne. Must have 8 in your party to reserve.  
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Save the Date! 2017-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Los Gatos raised $6,000 by purchasing every seat available in the Los Gatos Theatre Dec. 15, 2017 at 6pm for opening weekend showing of the movie Star Wars the Last Jedi.  The club resold (214 seats) in approximately 2.5 weeks.  All proceeds for this event benefit the Ronald McDonald House Stanford.  Six movie seats were given away to two family staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  All the participants were invited to join us for happy hour at Gardino’s Restaurant for some fellowship before the movie started.  

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Preparing for the next BIG earthquake was the topic of our guest speaker today.  Chris Nance has been the chief communications officer for the not-for-profit California Earthquake Authority (CEA)—the largest earthquake insurance provider in the United States, and one of the largest in the world—since 2008. The 30 minutes he spoke went by much too fast.  There is a 99% chance of a M6.7 or larger earthquake to hit us in the next 30 years and you should get insured.  Insurance of earthquake has dropped by 55%.   

Missed the meeting: View his slides here
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Many thanks to all the volunteer who spent their Saturday Oct. 28th improving the life of others.  Rotarian are people of ACTION and service.  John Paul a professional photographer and aerial videographer from Remote Fliers brought his drone out to capture this view of amazing TEAMWORK. 
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Planning is under way for our most DELICIOUS  fundraiser.  It will be held on Sat. January 27 at St. Andrews Church in Saratoga. 

Donations needed: 

- Tickets for sporting events; warriors, sharks, football, baseball, and basketball
- Tickets for concerts and live entertainment
- Access to private room at Mt. Winery or live entertainment
- Travel; timeshare, cruises, hotel stays, airline ticket or mileage
- Vacation condos or homes for week or weekend
- Admission to private clubs
- Dining experiences including catered, restaurant, and private chef
- Themed in-home party
- Cooking lessons and food delivery services
- Special experiences; such as zip-lining, sky diving, flight experience
- Spa & ski packages
- Ocean experiences such as whale watching, fishing, kayaking
- Luxury items such as designer bags, jewelry, electronics
- Fine or aged wines and champagne
- Sports memorabilia or autographs
Please email, text, or contact Patti van der Burg: cell: 408-348-1497 Email:
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Speaker highlights

Brie Mathers shared with us her organization "Love the Skin You're in", a group established to help educate young girls about rejecting media standards of beauty and to feel power in sisterhood. She was a national-level runner in Canada, then sadly suffered from anorexia. She has a passion for girls struggling with gender stereotypes, body image issues, bullying, etc. She speaks to large groups of girls, but admits it is hard to find organizations able to afford her speaking fees. She promotes more women in government and wants to light the world with girl power. She has early Rotary ties as she was a Rotary exchange student to France. 
John Pencer gave a blue badge bio, a feature where newer Rotarians can learn a bit from "vintage" Rotarians. John was born in New Jersey and moved to California at 15. He worked in his family business of repairing surgical instruments, before heading off to Cal Poly for a mechanical engineering degree. He has been running Pencer Instrument Care from 1982-current. His wife Devonne is a frequent attendee of club social events. His 3 adult children live in the area. He enjoys skiing, antique cars and boats (is in a 12 step program for that), plus golf, fly fishing and travel. He joined Rotary in 1972, and served as President in 1979. He listed many mentors in the club, as well as new members he enjoys working with. Editor's note: John is responsible for many hearty laughs at our meetings, and his warmth and smile are ever-present, a key part to the personality of our club.
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We are almost SOLD OUT 6pm Friday Dec. 15th for Star Wars the Last Jedi  at  Los Gatos Theatre. Our club bought every seat available in the main theatre room.  Bring your family, co-workers, and friends!  Join us from 4-6pm for a pre-dinner drink or appetizer at Gardinos Fresco, 51 N. Main Santa Cruz in Los Gatos.   

Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. They keep families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need. 
Tickets are $40/each.  
On-line Tickets:

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speaker highlights

Laurabeth Messimer spoke of her organization GI Josie, which provides support and non-traditional therapy for female vets suffering from PTSD and sexual assault. She told of her personal motivation to start the organization. One in five victims file abuse reports and less than 10% receive justice. Types of therapy include canine, equine, art, music, and surfing. Her goal is to raise enough funds to have a residential ranch in the  Monterey area. For now, roughly 12 clients meet for therapies, but there is no residential center. She gave an impassioned description of the suffering these vets endure, and the need for such a service was clearly outlined, as there is no other such service offered in the country. For more info go to 
We also had a red badge bio from Nicholas Welzenbach. He spoke of fun family trips with his 4 siblings growing up in Kansas, his closeness and appreciation for his parents, wife Kendall and 2 kids. He was previously an Antioch Rotarian and was sponsored by Andrew Howard. He currently works at Darling-Fischer Funeral Home in Los Gatos. Welcome Nicholas!
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Los Gatos Theatre is SOLD OUT 6pm Friday Dec. 15th for Star Wars the Last Jedi in the main theatre because our club bought every seat available in the house!  

Let's fill all the seats with your co-workers, family, and friends.  Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. They keep families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need. 

If you buy your tickets before Oct. 31st they are $35/each.  After Halloween they are $40/each.  Ordering tickets before or after club our club meeting will save you on-line processing fee. 
On-line Tickets:


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Our speakers today were Bruce and Mae Wood from the NGO 1040i, which provides healthcare, education, and clean water to the Doporo region of the Ivory Coast in West Africa. Last year our club gave a World Service grant to this worthy group, and there was much interest from club members for future support. Each February they travel to this remote region, requiring security escorts. They perform surgeries, run a pharmacy, and dispense much needed mild pain relievers. They demonstrated mobility carts, and shared how moving it was to see how they help those who need them. They also bring low cost water filter systems, which they demonstrated. Many Rotarians saw the muddy before water, and took a sip from the post-filter water. They also solicit Tylenol, sunglasses, hats, used jewelry, and many other items. Our Community Service committee may be having a drive prior to their next trip, so stay tuned.
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Our Rotarians love seeing how the money we give to local charities help the community.  Grail Family Services were able to offer FREE books to parents taking English as a Second Language class.
Learn more about GFS: 
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Speaker Highlights

District 5170 Governor Orrin Mahoney was our feature speaker.  If you missed his fantastic presentation please click on this link to view it. (DG Visit Slides)

Mahoney shared 6 magic words... "Have you ever thought about Rotary?"  It was the question someone asked him and he encourages all members to ask them when we talk to members in our community.  He has sponsored about 1 new member every year he has been in Rotary, which is a good goal for all Rotarians.  Our District is the FASTEST growing district in the country and has the largest INTERACT membership.  

Mahoney shared his priority as this year as District Governor: The mission of Rotary District 5170 is to both INSPIRE and SUPPORT the clubs of the District through the use of multiple communication tools, training programs, motivating events, and supporting infrastructure.   The top secret questions is where will the District conference be held June 2, 2018? Wait and see... it will be very exciting. 

*45 members were recognized for their donation to the Rotary Foundation, including Avis who received a beautiful engraved crystal award for being a Level 2 Bequest Society Member. When a Rotarian gives more than $25,000 to the foundation.  Rotary International thanks all of the generous donations from our club as they are essential to securing and growing Rotary's programs throughout the world. 

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speaker highlights

Our speaker was Lissa Kreisler, long time DJ with KLOK and KBAY, now retired. She was inducted in the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, and was known to share her life with her loyal audience daily. Her talk was titled "Decades of Sunny Mornings" and included many witty anecdotes as well as how she covered serious news such as the 9-11 tragedy. She currently conducts interviews of people doing good deeds in our community at KCAT. For more info go to
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Two Rons Make a Right - Present Philanthropy Funds

Written by Ron Cassel: Presentation of Financial Support to FRC Robotics Team #972 Ironclaw at Los Gatos High School

Left to right:  Ron Cassel, Justin Quan, Ron Smith, and Rodrigo Coppelli 

Rotarians Ron Smith and Ron Cassel presented a $1,000 check to the First Robotics team, represented by Justin Quan, Co-Team Captain, and LGHS instructor Rodrigo Coppelli. Justin is a junior this year at Los Gatos High and will be one of the leaders of the robotics team as it enters competition. Rodrigo Coppelli is a mathematics and engineering instructor on campus. Aaron Payne, not pictured, is the Manufacturing and Wood Technology instruc- tor in the Industrial Technology department at LGHS.

Los Gatos Rotary’s philanthropic grant will be used by the First Robotics team in upcoming competitions. Any interested party may go to a computer browser and type in “First Robotics – Steamworks” and view a video regarding last year’s competition.

A note of interest: Very few Industrial Technology programs remain in our state and nation, but Los Gatos is blessed with a continuing program. Aaron Payne, Los Gatos High School graduate of 1995, is now the instructor that oversees Manufacturing, Wood Technology and the First Robotics program. He is doing an outstanding job in his teaching position. Considerable new equipment is coming to the Manufacturing lab courtesy of federal funds, and this is a real praise to Mr. Payne and the program. He is well liked and sincerely appreciated for his service by all who know him. From his program will come skilled craftsmen and engineers for the future.



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Las Vegas Rotary Club are running a fundraiser to help cover the cost of funerals/medical expenses of the victims of the terrible Las Vegas shooting.
Please consider supporting them. 
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Over 4,000 students will be coming together to hear what the International project will be.  

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) - whether aiding District Council members in facilitating workshops, leading attendees around the Independence High Campus, passing out lunch, ensuring we go green and recycle, etc.

The more volunteers, the more smoothly the day will run. For those of you who have always wanted to learn more about Interact, see what makes Interact 5170 the most celebrated youth District in the world.

Please register to volunteer through the following:

Click here

There is an event fee of $13 for all attendees, which includes
lunch. Payment and registration is through interact Clubs. Please contact an Interact Club in which your Rotary Club sponsors to sign up. 

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speaker highlights

Our speakers were Sead Eminovic and Kayla Ladd from the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) San Jose office. The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. Its Emergency response team can be sent to a crisis site within 72 hours, and stay until there is stability. The IRC resettles displaced people in the U.S. with the goals of integration and self-sufficiency. They help over 50 families a year that are fleeing persecution. A main goal is career development so that they can be self sufficient. 
Here is a link to the slides presented.
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New Member Bio. - Michelle Myers-Nelson 2017-09-27 07:00:00Z 0


We had 2 new-member bio presentations, one of the club's most liked programs. First up was Victoria DuPuy. Her mother came from Sacramento via Amtrak for the presentation. She described her life journey, including a background in marketing, advertising and 
psychology. Her current passion is in her non-profit No More Broken Hearts, which promotes heart screening in order to prevent heart failure. She has 2 children and a new blended family. Glad to have Victoria aboard!
Next up was Michelle Meyers-Nelson. She had an unusual and well-received video of her life story, with technical assistance from husband Steve. It showed pictures of her youth in the South Bay, a stint on Wheel of Fortune, many appearances on TV cooking segments, and a catering career. Now that she is retired she enjoys her 2 golden retrievers and looks forward to Rotary activities. She finished with fresh hand made chocolate truffles for all. Welcome Michelle!
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(click here)
Non-Profit of the year Contest 
-hosted by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce

hurry...Voting ends September 27th

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Speaker Highlights

Our speaker was Maha Elgenaidi, Director of Islamic Networks Group. There were many questions from members. She acknowledged it was difficult to summarize the religion of 1.8 billion people in 30 minutes, but that it is a peaceful religion that is not defined by extremists.

To see her slides go to

To view her website go to


  • President Suzanne announced there is an effort to have a coordinated Rotary response to Hurricane Harvey relief. Details should be announced next week.
  • Amy Potts quickly showed the club's website and Facebook page, and noted that one does not need a password to view upcoming events and speakers.
  • President Suzanne announced our total philanthropy for last year was $128, 000. Well done Los Gatos Rotary!
  • Save the date for our Rebuild Together project: Saturday Oct 28. It promises to be rewarding and fun.
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Have been to a Rotary Convention? 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
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. 
View photo album here... (submit any additional photos to Amy Potts) 
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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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Summer is over... RYLA students thank our club 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

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:  
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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 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.  

View all photos - click Here

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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:

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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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
- 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  
Race information is on 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
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

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 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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All-You-Can-Eat CrabFest Fundraiser
For table reservations of 8 or more, first buy your tickets online,
then contact Suzanne Boxer-Gassman for your reservation request
Date:            Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Time:           5:30pm (Dinner served at 6pm)
Location:   13601 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Price:           $65 before Jan 10
                              $70 after Jan 10
                        $30 Children under 12
Pick up wrist bands at the event entrance door
  • Local youth leadership and service clubs
  • Local charities, grants and community services
  • International service projects
Food Served:
  • Crab, Crab, Crab, Crab
  • Soup, Salad, Bread
  • Pasta (vegetarian)
  • Dessert
Live and silent auctions are a big hit with prizes ranging from winter vacations in Tahoe to sunny Mexican cruises,  and many other vacation homes in SF, Hawaii, and Switzerland, or your own cooking lesson from renowned chef, to custom art, and fine dinning in local restaurants. 
Don't miss it - good food, good company, and a good cause.  Pick up wrist bands at the event entrance door.
For table reservations of 8 or more, first buy your tickets online,
then contact Suzanne Boxer-Gassman for your reservation request
Thanks To Our Sponsors
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Los Gatos: Rotarians leave their mark on the Billy Jones 'Wildcat' Railroad

By Judy Peterson

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.


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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