Saratoga Rotary Art Show
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Neil Bonke
Mar 24, 2017
SIlicon Valley - The Secret Sauce!
Ralph Simpson
Mar 31, 2017
The Race to Break the Nazi Code.
Dr. Donn Posner, Stanford University
Apr 07, 2017
"Sleep like a baby"
Apr 14, 2017
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
Venue Map
Community Service project: Breakfast With Santa.
Did you know that Breakfast with Santa was first started in 1995?  It was a joint event between Saratoga Rotary and City of Saratoga. More than 100 children were bussed to a beautifully decked out community center for the event. Rotarian Don Perez started the event and chaired it for many years. Over the years, Breakfast with Santa became a Saratoga Rotary event only. Now Rotarians go to Washington Elementary School and treat the children.
This year was our 21st Breakfast With Santa event. Thank you to Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation for its continuous support for funding this event.
On Dec. 3rd, 2016, more than 30 Rotarians and their guests brought holiday cheer, gifts, breakfast, activities, and caroling to 175 children aged 4 to 6 years old. Little boys and girls were dressed in their finest and so delightful.
One little girl remarked, “This is the best day of my life.”
A little boy said, “You guys are so nice. I will always remember today.” And we heard similar sentiments from so many more children. Our hearts were grateful.
We had a great event because of what everyone did.
A big thank you to Cathie Thermond for doing all the shopping. Each child got a gift bag with a reading book, coloring book, crayons, play dough, and a ball.
Thank you Jim LeBlanc for being Santa. You fit this role perfectly!
Thank you Lillian Barnes for being Mrs. Claus. Kids love you!
Thank you Cookie Fitzimmons for being a perfect Elf.
Thank you Roseanne Rose for being Santa’s helper and carrying all the gifts in your sleigh.
Thank you Maria for photographing all the children, Rotarians, and teachers.
Thank you Mayor Manny for reading the story to the children.
Thank you Tom Collins for playing piano through out the event. It really was a treat to have live music.
Thank you Ketan Jashapara and Carol Yuan for picking up breakfast from McDonalds.
Thank you Alba Alamillo, Manny Cappello, Julie Herndon, Lisa Huening, Patti Workman, Dhiren Unadkat, Anandi Unadkat, and Carol Yuan for face painting. Alba’s son and two Prospect High Interacters: Maryam Ali and Sylvina Garnica face painted also.
Thank you to Marie Bechtel, Roy Cook, Jitka Cymbal, Ron Gemberling, Susan Gentry, Larry Grace, Sean Halasz, Paul Hernandez, Reiko Iwanaga, Marsi Nomura, Chuck Page, Sandie Prevot, Sesh Ramaswami, Wes Toy, Carol Woodard, Garry Woodward, and Phil Young for helping with gifts, breakfast, helping children, cleaning up and whatever was needed to make everything perfect.
Here are few photos from Maria Guldner for you to enjoy.
Community Service project: Assembling Care Packages.
On November 4, 2016, Saratoga Rotary Club made more than 320 care packages for active troops serving overseas in areas of conflict. 52 Rotarians and some guests were involved in this effort. 
SRCF gave $1,500 for supplies for care packages. We bought beef jerky, power bars, nuts, fruit roll ups, socks, batteries and chap sticks with these funds. Our own Julie Herndon donated toothbrushes and toothpaste. We were able to get decks of playing cards and hygiene products donated. Rotarians wrote cards of thanks and gratitude to the troops and they included in each care package.
Some of the Rotarians who have served in military were nostalgic about their own experiences. Gary Brandenberg spent two years on an aircraft carrier in the Far East. He said that care packages are a gift from home, and a reminder that people care, and you are not forgotten. Paul Hernandez said he got Red Cross packages when he was in army. Care packages are a really good idea especially for those who don’t have a lot of family collection.
We had several speakers including Rinkoo Nat, a local businesswoman whose son is serving overseas. She poignantly spoke about how her son has not been home for four christmasses and three thanksgivings. She said that receiving these care packages gives troops a boost and lets them know that they are loved. She has a year round donation box set up at the UPS office in downtown Saratoga for community members to give and ensures that all donations are shipped to the troops.
Alison Hughes, a director at Operation Care and Comfort was very thankful to the Club and Foundation for donation. This group is made up of volunteers only.
I am very thankful to my team who helped with shopping, pre-assembly, and set up:
Geeta Arunkumar, Sean Haalz, Reiko Iwanaga, James Lindsay, Sangita Seshadri, Cathie Thermond, Carol Yuan, and my mom. And a big thank you to everyone for helping with clean up.
Here are some photos of the event for you to enjoy.

Hello Rotarians:
I must thank you for being so understanding and supportive. You give so much time and effort to make our club stand out. It is impossible not to forget someone especially when I have microphone in my hand, so forgive me.

All committees began their work. Club activities and projects are being planned with enthusiasm as many of you noticed during our meetings and in our great bulletin. Thanks to Ketan we had opportunity to participate in Classic Car Show sponsored by the Saratoga Chamber and to showcase what we do. All I can say is that my contribution is very small in the scope of things. Whether it is Sue or Venkat who taught us to use the Clubrunner so we can communicate better and provide information on our web Calendar (check it out); Sesh and Ketan with the international committee who are racing ahead with projects on three continents; Maria who not only takes beautiful pictures but helps with bulletin and slide show;
Bella with her first exceptional bulletin; Debra and Patti who keeps us in line (good standing) with RI; Cathy’s and Shinku who will keep us all busy; Jamie who keeps in touch with members who may be ill or taking care of ill spouses; Marcia and her membership committee brought first new member “Marsi” during the first month;
Dave for providing great speakers; Julie and Venkat who organized fun bocce ball afternoon last Sunday.

I am sure I forgot to mention many. Please remind me! There is lot to do for all and it is rewarding and fun. So I take this opportunity to thank you all and encourage you to thank those who are in your life. Any complaints should be directed to the complaint department. What? We don’t have any.


Thank you to Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation for funding Community Service projects. Along with Highway 9 clean up and Breakfast with Santa at Washington Elementary school, we will be working with Stop Hunger Now and Operation Care and Comfort.

Now in its third year at Saratoga Rotary, we will be making food bags through Stop Hunger Now. This organization's goal is to eliminate food hunger in our lifetime. About 50 Club Rotarians and Interactors will be involved in packing approximately 10,000 meals. We are working on finalizing date and location for this project.

Operation Care and Comfort(OCC) is a new project for our Club. OCC allows caring Americans to donate their time, talent, and treasure to honor those currently serving in areas of conflict. On Veterans Day, November 11 2016, our club program will be making care packages for the troops. Please mark your calendars. 

Reminder: Meetings are Fridays at 11am, before our weekly Rotary meeting, in the sitting area of the Community Center. Community Service meets on the second Friday of the month and Youth Service on the third Friday.

Thank you!

WaSH Project: Changing the lives of students in Bengaluru, India

The Rotary Club of Saratoga, California, USA (Club 5170) in partnership with the Bangalore (India) Rotary District 3190, with matching grant from Rotary International will improve the lives of a few thousand low income primary and middle school students across 15-20 local schools in the city of Bengaluru, India. This global grant will be funded at approximately USD $70,000. During 2017, Rotary will construct restroom facilities for girls, hand washing stations and water purification following UNICEF guidelines. Such basic facilities will reduce girls‛ absenteeism from schools and improve student health, thereby enhancing personal safety and educational experience. This initiative, entitled WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Health), starts with a formal needs assessment of schools and interviews with teachers, students and other stakeholders. Following best practices, the project team along with school staff, will also establish a curriculum anchored around health such that good sanitation practices can be passed on to their families as well to students through successive school years.

This program is also open for contributions from private individuals or companies; such amounts will be matched at 50% by Rotary International, thereby expanding the project footprint and community impact. For further information, please contact Sesh Ramaswami.

The Saratoga Rotary Art Show is made possible each year through the generous donations of our sponsors and corporate partners. Please join us in thanking our 2016 sponsors and partners by clicking to find out more about their businesses: