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Champion of the Rotary Park Project, John McKay, Chris Ghione, Community Services Director, City of Morgan Hill explains the layout of the new improvements to the Downtown Creek Park. to talk to God (or none at all), what color your skin is, or what language you speak,” said Rotary President Randy Toch, “you and your kids can get the seats of your pants dirty for generations to come.” By December, the city of Morgan Hill will open three new downtown parks: • Nob Hill Trail Park, below the water tank, where the slide is located; • Downtown Creek Park, located west of the creek at the base of Nob Hill between Second and Third Streets, where the bridge is located; and • Railroad Park at the corner of Depot and Third Streets near the train station. The new parks are part of an invigorated Morgan Hill downtown that is changing at lightning speed. The Rotary club’s gift was made possible through the Ro- tary Club of Morgan Hill Endow- ment, which makes so many of the Rotarians stand on the bridge they funded as part of the Park Project. club’s scholarship and giving programs possible. The Endowment is a non- profit that began in 1992 with the gift of a house from the estate of a local family. Tax deductible donations from individuals, families, trusts, foundations, corporations and fundraising events have helped build the endowment. Every year the interest and dividends from the gifts are used to serve the needs of the community. Respected and knowledgeable local Rotarians serve on the board of directors that oversees the fund and maximizes the use of every dollar. These unpaid GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 directors have held administrative expenses to less than one percent, thus returning 99 percent for philanthropic good. The club has been able to do its work for the community because the commu- nity has believed and invested in Rotary. Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in com- munities at home and abroad. Learn more at morganhillrotary.org or follow the club on Facebook. gmhtoday.com 91