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Jennifer E. Jones makes history, becomes first woman named Rotary president-nominee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
 
Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.
 
Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.
 
“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”
 
As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”
 

 
Hollister Rotary awards $32,500 in scholarships to San Benito County 2020 grads

Each year the Rotary Club of Hollister (founded in 1925) supports youth in our community by awarding scholarships to deserving students. The club’s motto is “Service Above Self” and club members work hard to raise funds for scholarships and other community programs. The club’s largest fundraiser is the Mission 10 Race which is scheduled for January 30, 2021 in beautiful San Juan Bautista. Many thanks to all of the Mission 10 supporters over the years, for with your generosity, you are helping send kids to college.
 
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Our causes include:
  • Ending Polio
  • Promoting Peace
  • Fighting Disease
  • Providing Clean Water
  • Supporting Education
  • Saving Mothers and Children
  • Growing Local Economies
  • Disaster Response
 
Congratulations to all of the 2020 Scholarship Recipients:
 
 
1. Maya Villegas  - Cal Poly SLO
 
2. Sam Arreola - Cal Poly SLO
 
3. Kayla Sanchez - Univ. CA Los Angeles
 
4. Madison Rodrigues - Univ. CA Los Angeles
 
5. David Nino - Cal Poly SLO
 
6. Jennifer Hernandez - Cal Poly SLO
 
7. Martin Uribe Hernandez - Univ. Ca. at Santa Cruz
 
8. Yanelis Martinez Feliciano - CSU San Francisco
 
9. Delilah De La Cerda - Gavilan College
 
10. Riley Lopez - UC Santa Barbara
 
11. Sarahi Andrade - Pepperdine
 
12. Hailee Westrick - Cal Poly SLO
 
13. Nicholas Slater - Cal Poly
 
14. Andrew Tobias - University of Arizona
 
15. Taryn Mills - Cal Poly SLO
 
16. Julia Woeste - Quinnipiac University
 
17. Trinity Mumm - Montana State University
 
18. Sean Nunes - CSU Fresno
 
19. Rudy Rodriguez - CSU San Marcos
 
20. Maya Dizon – Gavilan College

 
Introducing 2020-2021 President Gene Hopp 
 
I joined Hollister Rotary in April of 2017 and been a member for 3yrs 4 mos. I served as Vice President-Elect and Rotary Foundation Chair in 2018,  Served as Vice President  in 2019 and now in 2020 serve as President of the Hollister Rotary club.

Since joining Rotary, I have served every year on the committees in planning and working the Mission 10 Race, our club’s biggest fundraiser for student scholarships. I also volunteered working at the San Benito Rodeo concession stand events, helped out at the 2019 United Way ‘Stuff the Bus’ with student backpacks event and joined the Area 6 clubs’ beautification day planting flower pots at the San Benito Historical Park for the park.
 
I retired from IBM after 33 years as a Senior Software Engineer and moved to Hollister where I worked as Sr. Software Controls Engineer for two local companies then as Sr. Manufacturing Test Engineer in San Jose. In 2017, I finally retired from the long hard commute and took up volunteer work here in Hollister where I was ‘discovered’ for Rotary membership.

Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors for SBC CASA and am a member of the Hollister Elks Club. I was a member and President of SBC SIR Organization for four years and edited the club’s monthly news letter. I have been married to a wonderful lady for 56 years this December.
 
My main goal as Rotary President is to grow the membership of this club, hoping to gain more women members and new professionals from all those new houses being built in this county.  

 
International Service Update
 
Thank you International Service Director,  Esther Curtice for giving us an update on Area 6 International Service Projects. Area 6 Clubs (Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Gilroy, Gilroy Sunrise, Morgan Hill and Almaden Valley) have been collaboratively pooling resources together for more than a decade to make a bigger impact on global projects.  
 
Global Projects for 2019/2020, these are the current projects we've assisted in funding:
  • Fire-Up Tech Project in Guatemala (Gilroy)
  • Home Composting /Pit Latrines and Hand Washing Basins Project in India (Morgan Hill)
  • La Vega Water Project in Guatemala (with Montana Rotary Clubs) 
  • Toilet Block for School in Asese Village, Nigeria (Morgan Hill)
We are now assessing projects that have requested support from our clubs, but we are still in the reviewing stages. Here is a list of the projects we are currently assessing for 2020/2021:
 
Project Alesi - Bringing clean water to villages in Turkana, Kenya
Mobile x-ray unit - for Rukhi Hospital in the Suatni region of Georgia
Martha's Kitchen - need refrigerated truck to assist with food distribution throughout Santa Clara County
Drilling 10 boreholes - Ilorin, Nigeria
Happy School Project - Vikarabad, India
Women's Cancer Screening Bus - Secunderabad West, India

 
August Speakers & Events
AUGUST IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH
 
Aug 3 - Hollister Downtown Association, Corey Shaffer
Aug 10 - Congressman Jimmy Panetta
Aug 17 - Social Medial & other digital tools, Beth Welch
Aug 24 - District Governor Gregg Giusiana
Aug 31 - SBHS: Fall sports and Academics, Sup. Tennenbaum

 
July - August Club Service Duties
Weekly Team Duties                                              Team Captain:    David Westrick                                         Months July - August 2020
TEAM ASSIGNMENTS:M   E   E   T   I   N   G       D   A   T   E   S : 
6-Jul13-Jul20-Jul27-Jul3-Aug10-Aug17-Aug24-Aug31-Aug 
Pledge of AllegianceSam BregerChuck FroweinJim GillioAnne HallMichelle LeonardBill SachauKyle SHarpChang SoDara Tobias 
Thought of the DayEric TaylorDara TobiasSam BregerChuck FroweinJim GillioAnne HallMichelle LeonardBill SachauKyle Sharp 
Sargeant at Arms 3Chang SoEric TaylorDara TobaisDave WestrickSam BregerChuck FroweinJim GillioAnne HallMichelle Leonard 
Greeter 2Bill SachauKyle SharpChang SoEric TaylorDara TobiasDave WestrickSam BregerChuck FroweinJim Gillio 
Detective 1Anne HallMichelle LeonardBill SachauKyle SharpChang SoEric TaylorDara TobiasDave WestrickSam Breger 
Collector 1Chuck FroweinJim GillioAnne HallMichelle LeonardBill SachauKyle SharpChang SoEric TaylorSam Breger 
Collector 2Michelle LeonardBill SachauKyle SharpChang SoEric TaylorDara TobiasChuck FroweinJim GillioAnne Hall 
Fine RecorderBill SachauMichelle LeonardKyle SharpDara TobiasChuck FroweinJim GillioAnne HallMichelle LeonardBill Sachau