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T he Rotary Club of Morgan Hill celebrated its 60th anni- versary on May 13. The club has come a long way from the small group of 20 in 1955. The Gilroy Rotary spon- sored the original Morgan Hill club. The first president was Vince LaClair. In the early days, the club focused its philanthropy efforts on local issues such as high school band uniforms, park improve- ments and Cub Scout Pack 223. Today the club has over 120 members and is an active contributor to local and international issues. The 2014-15 out-going Rotary president Peter Anderson summed up the “service above self ” activities with a report that covered thirteen local projects including local schools, community projects, a van for Martha’s Kitchen, RYLA, bocce ball courts at the senior center, 25 years of senior dinners and the RotaCare clinic in Gilroy. On the international scene the club supported projects in Ghana, Ameca Mexico, Kabul Afghanistan, shelter boxes for refugees, and worldwide polio immunization. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN The Rotary Cub is also about fellowship. In addition to regular weekly meetings, the club sponsored 22 fun events and raised over $80,000 to support all the their activities. The May 13th event was hosted by Theresa Kiernan and Lisa deSilva. Lisa summed up the evening with, ‘Sixty years - wow! What a treat it was to look out on the crowd to a sea of smiling faces - current Rotarians, new Rotarians, former Rotarians, past presidents, fam- ily members...all of them having fun and celebrating the essence of Rotary - service above self. The generosity of spirit that filled the room that night embodies who we are as a club, whether we are raising money for philanthropic needs, rolling up our sleeves on a work project, or enjoy- ing the fun and fellowship of each other. Our community is much richer thanks to the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill, and so is my life.” SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 gmhtoday.com 31