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October 28, 2009 > Local Club with a Big Heart

Local Club with a Big Heart

Submitted By Lila Bringhurst

Mayor Bob Wasserman, a charter member of the Mission San Jose Rotary Club, presented a City of Fremont proclamation at the October 23rd meeting declaring "End Polio Day," part of Rotary International's effort to totally eradicate the dreaded disease. Rotarians worldwide are reaching out to communities in order to raise $200 million dollars to match a challenge grant of $355 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Mission San Jose Rotary recently awarded a $500 grant to the Smith Center Presents!, which will fund an artist residency program next spring featuring pianist Tao Lin at Irvington High School, the arts magnet school of Fremont Unified School District. Walt Birkedahl, Dean of Fine Arts at Ohlone College, received the grant and explained the program. He noted that for some students, association with a professional musician might make a profound impression. He added, "this could be their first close encounter with a concert pianist."

At the same meeting the club presented new bedding to Rodney Clark of SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) and to Jean Morgan of Abode Services (formerly Tri City Homeless Coalition.) - a total of 120 sets of (sheets and pillowcases) for use in their shelters. Clark said that items such as bedding and towels are often unheralded but critical to operations. He added, "The simple things keep us going." His comments were seconded by Morgan.

Mission San Jose Rotary club meets Fridays at Papillon Restaurant at 37296 Mission Boulevard in Fremont from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information about MSJ Rotary Club, contact Lila Bringhurst (510) 656-5056.

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