We welcomed Ann Watts and Mike Boston, the Executive Director and Artistic Directors (respectively) of the Starting Arts. Ann and Mike both have extensive backgrounds in community activities and dramatic performance.
Over the past ten years, Starting Arts has grown to serve more than 40 schools with in-school and after-school programs in San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, and others (including the Moreland School District).
Starting Arts programs include “Creating CharACTer” (kids grades K-3), “Independence!” (grades 3-5), Film Camps, and the “InterACT” performance assembly for schools.
Run, walk or stroll the second of our urban park trails with the fellowship of your fellow Rotarians. Get fit…have fun!
This celebratory dinner, held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown San Jose, will be a unique and memorable experience that will celebrate and highlight the successes, as well as explore the continuing goals and challenges of the RotaCare Free Clinics. The evening will lend itself to good will and informal networking.
Your attendance and sponsorship is an ideal way to show your support for RotaCare’s mission through increased awareness and visibility for your organization.
Today’s meeting was unofficially “Scotts Valley Day” at Rotary!
After an update from Bill Ellington about the Campbell Octoberfest – $3000 fundraising profit from the weekend! – we heard from two recent residents of the Santa Cruz mountains:
Rotary Water projects in Sri Lanka
Ron Sekkel, former District Governor of District 5170 from the Scotts Valley Rotary Club, represented the District’s “Partners in Service” program, in lieu of international speakers that often visit.
Ron presented information and background on Rotary projects in Sri Lanka, beginning with the story of young girl trying to warn her friends of the pending Boxing Day Tsunami after she saw the receding water ahead of the wave. Ron told several other stories of individual bravery of others in Sri Lanka that day.
He then presented a video about water purification installations funded by Rotary. These projects were vital to the health of the region, especially following the violent civil war and the tsunami. In conjunction with Assist International, Rotary funded four large-scale water purification systems, each using reverse osmosis to purify up to 6000 gallons of brackish river water daily. These units were positioned to supply two villages and two different orphanages.
Miss California Teen
After Ron, we met Kylie Kucinski, reigning Miss California Teen, and a senior at AB Mitty High School, having recently located form Scotts Valley. The national pageant will be in November, and will include evening gown poise competition, a one-on-one interview, a personal presentation, and a community service project. For her service project, she visited the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Sacramento and managed an arts-and-crafts project.
Fun – Fellowship – Fitness is next Saturday, October 31, along a new trail adjacent to Lawrence Expressway. Contact Judy Armstrong for details!
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