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Janie served as vice president of Knopf Construction Inc. and then launched her own interior design business. Serving the Community Roger was invited to join the Rotary Club in the early days of the Morgan Hill Chapter. “That was in 1976 and I became the 27 th member.” Roger said. “It was a great group of people then and it still is today.” Roger’s early community service also included volunteer- ing on county planning committees, on an advisory commit- tee for the water district, and on a personnel committee for the Morgan Hill Unified School District. While Roger was involved with Rotary, Janie lent a hand at several school-related groups like the Home & School Club and booster clubs for her kids’ school sports teams. She was a past president of Children’s Home Society, past Vice President of the Centennial Morgan Hill Committee, and a past Board Member and volunteer with the Morgan Hill Historical Society. Her path to Rotary membership was a bit different than Roger’s. “It wasn’t until 1988 that Rotary invited women to join their ranks,” Janie said. “I’d been volunteering with the club for a number of years when they surprised me with an honorary membership. Then they cajoled me into becoming a full-fledged member, which I did in 1992.” 50 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN As part of their involvement with Rotary, the Knopfs hosted a young woman exchange student from South Africa, and a young man from Puerto Rico (as an independent student) who went on to play professional baseball. Roger and Janie remain in touch with them to this day. The Knopfs are both proud to be Paul Harris Fellows of Rotary International. Roger and Janie devoted more than a decade of service to the annual Mushroom Mardi Gras, modeling the event’s Bon Appétit Square after the Gilroy Garlic Festival’s popular Gourmet Alley. Both have played an important role in the Morgan Hill Community Foundation and have been active volunteers with the Morgan Hill Historical Society. The Home that Roger and Janie Built The Knopfs designed and built their Morgan Hill home on two and a half acres along Llagas Creek. Their property nestles among lofty sycamores and oaks in a quiet and private creek- side setting. The 3600 square-foot California contemporary ranch home has an open floor plan that maximizes natural light and outdoor views. Cathedral ceilings, redwood-paneled walls, spacious windows, cozy fireplaces and ceramic floors frame the interior spaces with a timeless quality. It’s a home designed for both comfortable everyday living and for entertaining. “Members from my side of the family often celebrate Christmas here with us,” Janie said. “But R oger’s father came MARCH/APRIL 2016 gmhtoday.com