Part of Rotary International, whose motto is "Service Above Self," the club has spearheaded a number of ongoing community service projects. Perhaps best known in this community is the RotaCare free clinic, a recipient of the Voice Holiday Fund, which the Rotary Club started in 1989 and which Rotarians still staff.
Other projects include advising the St. Francis High School Interact Club (a community service club for high school students), hosting international exchange students, bell ringing for the Salvation Army during the holiday season, packaging and delivering food for "Cops & Gobblers" on Thanksgiving, and working with two other Voice Holiday Fund recipients: Partners for New Generations and the Community Health Awareness Council. The club also awards scholarships to local high school students and grants to community organizations.
The local Rotary Club was chartered in 1924 and today has about 50 members. (Disclosure: I am a member of the Burlingame Rotary Club, and have been a guest at the Mountain View Rotary Club.) The club meets every Tuesday at 12:15 in the Historic Adobe Building at the corner of Moffett Boulevard and Central Expressway. Members must be "adult[s] of good character and good business, professional, or community reputation" who have either been community leaders or have "held an executive position with discretionary authority in any worthy and recognized business or profession."
Mountain View's Rotary Club includes such notable members as Tom Myers, executive director of CHAC, and Alicia Crank, a longtime city commissioner. Other members work in areas such as finance, consulting, architecture and counseling, or are retired. Potential members can learn more at www.MountainViewRotary.org, and can attend three meetings as a guest to decide whether the club is a good fit.
A typical meeting includes a buffet lunch with time for networking and socializing, a speaker from outside the club addressing a topic of local, national or global significance, and sometimes a "personal interest talk" by a club member. The month of January will feature talks focused on Mountain View: On Jan. 6, city manager Kevin Duggan will present the "State of the City" address; on Jan. 13, senior recreation coordinator Kristina Rockhold will discuss events at Rengstorff House and Shoreline; on Jan. 20, Martin Alkaire, Mountain View's principal planner, will present the General Plan Update; and on Jan. 27 Eileen Ross of CHAC will discuss the Outlet Program.
Other past and future presentations are given by professionals in a variety of industries (such as auctioneering), community groups (such as The Princess Project, which distributes prom dresses to underprivileged girls) and environmental groups (such as the Tuolumne River Trust).
If you would like to support the efforts of Mountain View Rotary in other ways besides joining the club, consider participating in the annual Crab Feed and Auction fundraiser at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. You may donate items for the silent auction or purchase tickets to the event by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.