Saratoga Rotary Art Show
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Kristine Carey
Aug 25, 2017
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Sep 01, 2017
Eric Drew
Sep 08, 2017
Father Basil
Sep 15, 2017
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Upcoming Events

Saratoga Rotary


Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Saratoga Community Center
19655 Allendale Ave.
Saratoga, CA  95070
United States
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Our August 11 speaker was West Valley College President Bradley Davis. Video Link He provide an update on College programs and construction. 

Hello Rotarians,

Rotary-July 7-2017-1527.jpg And so the new regime begins! It is an honor and pleasure to serve as President of the world’s greatest Rotary Club – Saratoga! During my 20 years of membership, I’ve often mused about being president, but thought my busy work schedule would make it impossible.  As I approach (semi)-retirement, I realize that my schedule will ALWAYS be overfull, and my “too busy” excuse will only serve to deny me the wonderful opportunity to serve.

And I love Rotary! I love the concept! I love the four-way test. I love the fact that over a million dedicated Rotarians around the world donate their time and effort toward building a better world. I love the camaraderie and the friendships I’ve forged while giving service to the community.

I once heard someone derogatively describe Rotarians as “a bunch of do-gooders”.


“Well,” I responded, “I LIKE do-gooders!”


My love and respect for Rotary has grown this year after attending the International Convention in Atlanta. What an eye-opener! I was surrounded by thousands upon thousands of do-gooders, from nearly every nation on earth, wearing the most colorful native dress, all united in the desire to improve the lives of others. Now I understand why so many of our Saratoga club members choke up with emotion when they talk about Rotary. I get it!

There are many organizations dedicated to public service, but Rotary is special. It’s not only because our members, men and women, come from all nations, all religions, and all political stripes, but we’re big enough, with enough money, to  get big things done! That’s why Bill Gates decided to team up with Rotary on world-changing programs like polio eradication.

And I love Saratoga!  I feel blessed to live in such an interesting, diverse, scenic, prosperous, and peaceful place. As a bonus, we have some of the most agreeable weather on the planet. I truly believe there’s no better place on earth!

As I announced at my first meeting, my theme this year is “Building Bridges”. More about that in next month’s newsletter. In the meantime, have fun, prosper, and I’ll see you at the Friday meetings, the TGIFs, the committee meetings, the fund-raisers, and on the sidewalks of our beautiful town!




Back on the Grass for 2017

It is with great pleasure and sincere thanks that I welcome you to the 2017 Saratoga Rotary Art Show. 

Saratoga Rotarians are proud of the 60 years of tradition this Art Show represents. Since our humble beginnings in the Village of Saratoga, the Art Show has grown considerably. Proceeds from the Art Show have given more than $2.5 million to local and international organizations. Recent recipients include the Saratoga and Los Gatos Assistance League, Latimer Elementary School, the Foothill Club, and Cancer Care Point. We also are partnering with Bangalore District Rotary on a large Water Sanitation and Hygiene project. This is why we can proudly call this Show “The Art Show That Keeps on Giving”.

West Valley College has been undergoing building renovation and re-landscaping as part of a 5 year plan. Fortunately, for 2017 we are able to place some of our artists back on the grass!

An Art Show of this size and complexity takes the combined effort of all 110 Rotarians, their spouses, friends, and many volunteers from our community. We are delighted to present work by 141 artists in a variety of categories: Painting, Sculpture, Jewelry, Fiber Art, Ceramics, Glass, Photography, and more. In the center of this catalog is a map of all Art, Food, and Entertainment as well as pages listing participating artists with a photo sample of their art.

Please recognize and take note of our Sponsors and the advertisements of many local businesses, along with well-wishers and supporters of the Show. We are extremely grateful for the support of our Sponsors, the hard-working Rotarians, and volunteers, all who help to make our Show successful.

This year, in addition to exquisite art you will also find:

• The Kids’ Korner and donkey-pulled wagon rides with “Ike” and “Betsy”

• On-stage live music and entertainment

• 10 Gourmet Food trucks located near Entertainment

• Wine and Craft Beer Tasting

• Art created by local elementary and middle school students

• Art-for-sale created by the students of West Valley College

• A Silent Auction with many fine and unique items

So welcome! Enjoy the day. We encourage you to purchase your favorite art to decorate your home, office, or to give as a unique gift for someone special. Taste some excellent local wines and craft beer while you stroll through the Show, taking in great art, food and entertainment.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support so we can continue being “The Art Show That Keeps on Giving”.

Doing good never felt so good!

Bill Comport, Chair

Saratoga Rotary Art Show

District 5170 had a little unclaimed District Donation Funds this year which it has used to provide 22 laptop computers for at-risk youth in our community.  At our February 17 meeting, District Governor Jeff Orth and Bob Goetsch, At-Risk Program coordinator, presented a laptop to a Saratoga High student.  This program was actually started by DG Jeff Orth about five years ago as a program to provide essentials like pajamas to foster youth.