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but the one that won her heart was Santa Clara University - “especially the gym.” She received the first women’s athletic scholar- ship in her sophomore year. Not only did she play volleyball, she was elected to be the captain of her team. She became a college leader. Rosy attributes some of her success to her four older sisters who became successful businesswomen. Rosy also attended San Jose State University, where she earned an MBA. Rosy doesn’t play volleyball much now, but she stays active. She tries to get in a few gym workouts every week and bikes to work as often as possible. When a car is necessary Rosy can be seen driving one of Bergin’s restored VW’s, Rich’s passion. She estimates that they have more than a few — “maybe in the high teens!” Rich, once a seafood buyer, introduced Rosy to the restaurant business. The couple opened their first restaurant in San Jose when they married 31 years ago. The family lived in Morgan Hill and commuted north. They had been looking for a local site when the Original Ida’s restaurant in downtown Morgan Hill went on the market. They quickly purchased Ida’s and took over the restaurant just before Christmas. With it came all the holiday party commitments. She notes that “the first few weeks were tough.” Rosy and Rich operate Rosy’s at the Beach together and she says they are successful because “they work well together and stay out of each other’s hair. We respect each other’s area of expertise.” Rosy is one of those people who “walks the talk.” Rosy’s at the Beach was one of the early successes in the resurgence of the Morgan Hill downtown. Rosy expanded her efforts by joining the Morgan Hill Downtown Association and Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. She served on both boards of directors. Cheri Devlin, President of the Morgan Hill Downtown Association, had the opportunity for the last few years to get to know Rosy. Devlin said, Rosy is a “huge asset to the board and a pillar of the community. She is very active in the Events G M H T O D A Y M A G A Z I N E MAY / JUNE 2015 and Marketing Committee and is hands on.” Devlin addded that Rosy is “a role model and a stellar board member and has a “positive outlook on life.” In 2003 Rosy began to work with Leadership Morgan Hill. The Morgan Hill Chamber has honored Rosy’s at the Beach as a Business of the Year. In 2012, Rosy was honored with the distinguished Leadership Excellence Award by Leadership Morgan Hill for her outstanding commitment to making Morgan Hill a better place to live. Recently Rosy has been involved with the YMCA board and has served on the Morgan Hill Rotary board of directors. Among her accomplishments in life that make her most proud are her family and their business of 17 years, and being involved in Leadership Morgan Hill. It makes her very happy that their restaurant is a place that makes guests feel comfortable and encourages them to invite their friends. South County, Morgan Hill and the down- town are a better place thanks to Rosy and Rich Bergin! gmhtoday.com 45