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We are your neighbors, your friends, your colleagues.  We are committed to "Service Above Self".
It is ALL about WHAT WE DO  
The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay is in District 5051 - for more information about District 505, open the link in the menu bar.
  
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Speakers, Programs, and Events
Join Us This Thursday, August 5, 2021- Noon On ZOOM
Annual CUSD New Teachers and Staff Welcome
One of our favorite meetings of the year! 
 
We have also tentatively scheduled to hear from Paul Gater, Board President of the Friends of The Library thanking us for our donation and an update on their activities.
 
Agenda:
Meet and greet, Pledge, Thought of the Day
New Teacher Welcome Program
Remarks by Paul Gater
Report on current Club activities
Announcements
Old, New and Funny Business
Visit to the Granite State, VERMONT
 
Anyone interested in joining our members for this meeting, please contact President Joe Brennan at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the invitation to the Zoom meeting.
 
Important Reminders 
  • We all need to get Live Scan fingerprinting and new training for youth activities, details to follow.
  • Pumpkin Festival will happen this year in a “mini”mode on one day; Saturday October 16th on Main Street between Correas and Filbert Streets. Our Club has put its hat in the ring to be one of the vendors which will be selected by The Main Street Beautification Committee by lottery.  
EVENTS
HMB 4th of JULY PARADE
 
      
 
 
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS UPDATE - WE'VE BEEN BUSY!
 
OUR MONTHLY DELIVERY OF ESSENTIALS FOR OUR COASTSIDE HOPE FAMILIES 
Thanks Pres. Joe for delivery and Mary, Stacy and Doug for preparing the bags of items!
 
OUR RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM
HAPPY NEWS: The Relay for Life Pacifica event has raised to date $79,706.03. Our Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay team raised a total so far over $12K. $1,020 of that amount was raised at Saturday's social. We were also able to forward 4 bags of canned food to Coastside Hope. Those were the weights for the luminarias.
 
Our Community Service Director Rose Serdy thanks all those who attended the Relay gathering at her home on Saturday for your incredible generosity and helping to make our goal a success. It would not have happened without you.
 
A special thanks to Renee Lewis and also to all those who helped make so many of the luminaries at the Odd Fellows hall and those who set up the amazing display outside Rose's home lighting the dark in remembrance of all those who touched our lives and are no longer here and in honor of all those who survived and those who have been caregivers.  
 
It was great to have so many Club members together again in support of this important effort. Those on the team who were not able to attend were missed. 
 

WE GOT THE JOB DONE! 
If you haven't seen the entire finished project, just drive by Abundant Grace Coastside Worker on Kelly Ave. It looks great! 
Many, Many thanks to Rotary for doing a wonderful job on the fence at AGCW yesterday! It looks beautiful. 
Blessings,  Eric
 
Great job Rotary, you are a great asset to our community, fence looks great. Bryan Bodas
Bodas Construction.  (We had great help and guidance from Brian Bodas’ man Pablo all day.)
 
LITTLE LIBRARIES PAINT PARTIES
 
This month Club members got together for two "Paint Parties" to paint and decorate the 'Little Libraries' for which we received a District Grant last year. Liz Schuck had led the effort to get the funding and get the book boxes donated and to hold the "Paint Parties" so the Little Libraries can now be put in place for the community.       
 
 
 
 
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News and Views
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
July 22, 2021 
  
 Sustainable Agriculture on the Coastside 
Half Moon Bay City Council Member Joaquin Jimenez
 
 
Article by Dianne Bobko
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
Joaquin is an active and popular community organizer with extensive experience with Puente and ALAS. he grew up in this community and he is dedicated to making it a better place. He will be speaking of his program to further agriculture on the Coast. It is a terribly important program to insure its future by working in the community with land owners and laborers. His program encompasses a broad spectrum of efforts including  education, means and methods, health issues, Science, conservation and social integration. The goal is one that ‘lifts all boats”; that of food security, sustainability and economic success. Joaquin also serves on the HMB City Council and actively supports numerous community projects.
 
Joaquin talked in more detail about what he is doing in the community basically his work with ALAS and Puente (previously) and as a member of the community and the City Council.
 
He showed a picture of farm workers in the field. They have been working in our community for over 30 years. The picture showed them harvesting English peas from last year’s harvest.  His parents were farm workers in US and Mexico. His heart is in the preservation of farms and farm labor in our community.
 
He was a founding member of the farm workers community. He introduced it to the city. It’s about not just farming but running a business and has evolved into a farming core. There is a group in Davis interested in this model to offer it statewide.  The model has a lot of history, and took a lot of research, and education programs to put it together. In US 98% of farms are owned by white farmers and they are in what is call the age of the Silver Sunami. White farmers are retiring, and their families are not interested in continuing to be farmers; so, they are selling to big corporate farms. His model is of farming as a co-op where farmworkers to take over the business of farming for food security. 
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
July 15, 2021 
  
Rotary Vietnam Project
Rotarian Sue McKinney and Dublin High School Interactor Katherine Lim
 
 
Article by Mary Rogren
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
What a delight and an amazing opportunity to welcome Rotarian Sue McKinney and Dublin High School Interactor Katherine Lim to our meeting on Thursday, July 15!
 
Sue McKinney is co-founder of the Rotary Vietnam Project sponsored by our neighboring District 5170. Sue works with Rotary, Interact, and Rotaract volunteers to prevent human trafficking of rural young girls (children!) in Vietnam by sponsoring education, professional skills training and vocational development.  Sue is a two-time Past President of the Oakland Uptown Rotary Club. She has lived in Vietnam (and done business in Vietnam for 27 years!) where she’s been a force in the business community holding board positions in the American Chamber of Commerce, Operation Smile and the private sector. 
 
Sue’s co-presenter was Katherine Lim, an amazing senior in high school and an Interact member who has clearly embraced the human trafficking cause and demonstrated how Interact, Rotoract, and Rotary members can truly make a difference in the world of human trafficking. Katherine shared her presentation and explained that in 2015 the project started when 5 Rotarians (under Sue’s leadership), 4 Interactors and 4 Rotaractors embarked to Vietnam to run the first educational camp for at risk young girls and boys from impoverished rural communities. Education brings hope and promise to these children who could otherwise end up in a human trafficking situation as they have no alternatives except to work in the fields or to be sold off into slavery. 
 
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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
July 8, 2021 
  
Maxim Schrogin
Techniques of Communicating Across Differences
 
 
Article by Steve Wilson
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
Gary Wahrhaftig, Odd Fellows stalwart and friend to many, helped Joe introduce our guest Maxim Schrogin from the Berkeley Rotary Club.  Maxim is a genuine polymath, with degrees from Berkeley in comparative lit and architecture.  Among other undertakings, he pursued a career in real estate syndication and founded a synagogue.  These days, Maxim is a community activist and a highly-trained professional and community mediator.  Within his club, he is head of the Peace Committee and has attended Rotary Peace Conventions.  Now that he is familiar with Rotary and Rotarians, he believes that Rotary is uniquely situated through out the world to serve as a catalyst for both civil discourse among people with differing worldviews and championing non-conflictual solutions to social problems.  
 
Maxim is or has been affiliated with groups dedicate to this purpose such as Courageous Conversations, Living Room Conversations and Braver Angels where people come to present views, listen to those with different politics or outlooks and find points of agreement and avenues for progress. He also pointed pout the organization Mediators Beyond Borders, where trained mediators are sent outside the U.S. to work with populations with whom they are unfamiliar and from whom they must learn. This kind of work requires a certain emotional vulnerability and even fearlessness. Maxim and his friends, for instance, had to come to terms with the perceived moral self-righteousness of "progressives" and conservatives with whom he was in conversation were obliged to listen.
 
EDITOR'S NOTE:  Rosi recommended the following book, The Righteous Mind - Why Politics and Religion Divide Good People by Jonathan Haidt.
          
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Club Information
Welcome to our Club! We meet on Zoom at this time, not in person. See information below.
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Currently Virtual Mtg. on ZOOM
ONLINE
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
United States of America
Any guest who wishes to join us for our Zoom meetings is very welcome! Please contact President Joe Brennan at: hmb.rotary.president@gmail.com for the invitation to the Zoom meeting.
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