The Rotary Foundation's assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on various social and community welfare projects across the world
The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary – a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world – has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.
6:00 PM – 9:00
Described as having “a head for numbers and a heart for people,” Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November 2010 – and re-elected in 2014 -- after serving eight years on the Los Gatos Town Council as Mayor and Councilmember. A businessman for more than 30 years, Mike has proven that balancing budgets and maintaining high-quality public services can be done when the focus is on the people you represent.
Mike currently sits on 29 committees, including chairing or co-chairing the Public Safety and Justice Committee, the Habitat Conservation Authority, and a youth task force. He coined the phrase “Real. Life. Help.” to describe the services Santa Clara County provides and he reaches 25,000 residents with this information in his monthly electronic newsletter.
Mike has a degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and was a Certified Financial Planner for more than 30 years. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Kim, for more than 36 years and they have two adult children, Nicole and Sean.
Elizabeth Karr is the branch manager for the Hillview and Dr. Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Branches with San José Public Library; she is also the Committee Chair for the Summer Reading program, which works closely with the Summer Meal program committee. She was formerly the Peace Corps Librarian at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC and a past Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Philippines, 2007-2009). She has also worked as an academic librarian in Montana and is a proud graduate of San José State University Library and Information Science School. She is also a San José native.
The Summer Reading program is San José Public Library’s largest program and is one of the most interactive and rewarding: during our summer 2016 program, 17,732 youth registered and our readers went on to clock a total of 4,191,898,169 minutes read! Over the past couple of years, the Summer Reading program has aligned with our summer meal program, which fed over 16,000 people last summer, mainly youth under 18 years of age. Elizabeth will discuss how both of these programs are essential to combating childhood hunger and illiteracy in San José and what the plan for this summer program is. SJPL has also launched several new services over the past year to meet our various communities’ needs that Elizabeth will highlight, some of which include: the MakerSpaceShip (a mobile “maker” laboratory); SJ Works initiative which offers career and job resources; TeenHQ, a new teen space and series of programs at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library; Citizenship Corners in ten of our branches; and a new bridge library at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, amongst other cool things.
We will look at fund raisers this year and see what works and plan for the future.