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community DIGEST Morgan Hill Rotary Annual Harvey Barrett Senior Dinner UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF EVENT CHAIR Valerie Alves, this year’s Harvey Barrett Annual Senior Dinner went off without a hitch. Held March at the Buddhist Community Center, the dinner is named in honor of Harvey Barrett, the 29 th President of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill. The first Senior Dinner was held in 1983 and the Rotarians have been feeding and entertaining the community seniors annually since that date. Rotarians prepared a scrumptious meal under the direction of Rosy Bergin, Rotarian and co-owner of Rosy’s at the Beach. Directing the kitchen staff since 2004, Rosy once again complimented the Rotarians and Interactors, noting, “It’s an amazing crew we have in the kitchen and in the BBQ area to feed so many people.” The meal was complemented by wine generously donated by Guglielmo Family Wines. This year over 200 meals were served. The festive event included entertainment by Mike Withrow, The Morgan Hillbillies, The Foggy Memory Band and dancing by the Fabulous Flappers. The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill is proud of its outreach to the community. This well received event is another example of how they strive to serve the community. Autism Awareness Day Rich, Christopher, Lydia and Jasmine Fernandez 28 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAYBE YOU NOTICED SOMETHING UNUSUAL on April 2 nd — windows with blue lights in them. This year an estimated 142 countries and over 18,000 buildings sported blue lights to acknowledge Autism Awareness Day. Autism is a general term to describe a group of complex developmental disorders — autism spectrum disorders. Autism now affects 1 in 68 children. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure for autism. Locally, Lydia Fernandez is an outspoken advocate for children with disabilities such as autism. Lydia has received state and local awards for her advocacy. She is a frequent speaker to business and social groups on the topic of autism — one of her favorite topics is to talk with other parents who have children with autism. On April 4th the Gilroy City Council presented Lydia with a Proclamation designating April 2016 as Autism Awareness Month. MAY/JUNE 2016