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community DIGEST Gilroy Rotary Cleans Up THE GILROY ROTARY CLUB enjoyed pitching in for a Community Service Project in March 12 at Gilroy Gardens. For the second straight year a team of Rotarians showed up with paint- brushes, hammers and wrenches in hand to help spruce up the Gardens prior to opening day. Club President Peter Katavich led the charge as dozens of picnic tables and park benches were repaired and stained. Club members also installed new railings and applied a fresh coat of paint on the dock at Coyote Lake. THIS YEAR’S GILROY SISTER CITIES Association International Dinner and Auction featured guest chefs from Takko- Machi, Gilroy’s sister city in Japan, as well as selections from each of Gilroy’s six sister cities. The event was held at the Portuguese Hall. The Gilroy Sister Cities Association was established in 2005 to facilitate the ongoing interpersonal relationships between Gilroy and its six sister cities: Angra do Heroismo, Azores, Portugal; Tecate, Mexico; Saint-Clar, France; 32 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN Takko-machi, Japan; Monticelli d’ Ongina, Italy; and Koror, Republic of Pala. The Sister Cities program encourages the people of Gilroy and the people of similar cities of foreign nations to get to know and understand of each other as individual members of their communities, as citizens of their countries, and as part of the family of nations. The association welcomes any citizen of Gilroy to participate. The program includes welcoming events, host families and fundraising events. MAY/JUNE 2016 PROGRAM Gilroy Sister Cities Annual International Dinner & Auction