Saratoga Rotary Art Show
 
Upcoming Speakers
DARK
Nov 24, 2017
THANKSGIVING
Josh Selo - West Valley Community Services
Dec 01, 2017
The demographics WVCS serve in Saratoga
SUPERVISOR JOE SIMITIAN
Dec 08, 2017
Listening to Trumps America-Bridging the Divide.
TBD
Dec 15, 2017
 
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Saratoga Rotary

Saratoga

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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Hello Rotarians,

Rotary-July 7-2017-1527.jpg Fellow members of the WGRC (World’s Greatest Rotary Club):

Wow! Nearly five months on the job AND I’M STILL STANDING! Gene Zambetti’s impeachment efforts are going nowhere! The more I look around, the luckier I feel to be associated with the WGRC (World’s Greatest Rotary Club).

What makes us great? Our members! Case in point:

BRUCE HODGINS has scored a coup! He’s arranged for internationally acclaimed artist JUDY COLLINS to give a concert for us on January 19! The proceeds will benefit our charitable work, including completion of a security wall for our favorite orphanage in Mexico. How cool is that??

Our SARATOGA ROTARY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION sent $5,000 to a club in McAllen, Texas, to help with flood recovery efforts. Thank you, GORDON CASE and those great people who serve on the SRCF board!

When not traveling back and forth to India and Nigeria, our own SANGITA SESHADRI staged a CARE and COMFORT event where we packed goodie bags for our troops (and I hope she will forgive me for calling her Shinku!). And she’s planning for a wonderful BREAKFAST with SANTA event at Washington School in December. Her hubby SESH RAMASWAMI is leading the effort to bring much-needed sanitation stations to schools in India and Nigeria.

WES TOY, while planning for a bigger and better ART SHOW is also working to procure computers for a school in Caconde, Brazil. Obrigado, Wes!

And thanks to TERRIE CREAMER for kicking off our annual TRF fundraising drive. I’m happy to report that our entire Board of Directors has pledged so far. It would be great if every Saratoga Rotarian would give, even if it’s the minimum of $25. I’d love it if we could join the “EREY” club (Every Rotarian Every Year).

BOB BOHN’S Fellowship Committee has arranged some fun and exciting events, including a Halloween party at Carol Woodard’s house October 27, and a deluxe holiday dinner at La Rinconada Country Club December 14. (I heard they scored another coup when they were able to book the world’s greatest British Invasion band for the event!)

Isn’t it great to have fun while doing good? Perhaps you know other people who feel the same way. If so, invite them to a meeting and introduce them to big DAN SCHNEIDER, our membership chair. Our club has lost several beloved and valuable members over the last two years, and we’d really like to replace them with new up-and-coming community leaders. So, as Phil Young used to say “Get off your ASK, and ASK someone to a Rotary meeting!”

Who’s the perfect candidate for Saratoga Rotary? People like you!  Smart, compassionate, involved, active, successful, fun-loving, with a desire to give back to the community and the world.

Here’s another reason we’re lucky (in addition to living in the greatest valley in the greatest state in the greatest country in the world):  As organizations go, we’re unique. Sure there are other charitable NGOs. But among them, who has more members, more experience, more international cooperation, and more funds to put to work solving humanitarian problems around the world? And how many of them have TGIFs??

NOEL CROSS, are you working on your jump shot? I hope so, because I am! So are Rick Waltonsmith, Dan Schneider, Chuck Page, Debby Rice, Brad Mouroux, Thomas Machado, Fabrice Rockich, and others I intend to recruit! Because the First Annual Rotary HORSE tournament is happening December 10 at West Valley College to benefit the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation. Soon these participants will ask you to pledge money for every basket they make! Pledge generously! Have confidence that you’re backing the right “HORSE”.

And thanks, Richard Hanke, for your wonderful newsletters. And thanks Maria Guldner for taking more pictures than Ansel Adams every dreamed of! When will your digital camera run out of film?

That’s all for now, you bunch of do-gooders.

 

-Dave

 
 

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.