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Since 1997, Michelle has been instrumental in developing programs designed to assist single parents, low-income families, and senior citizens in the Bay Area with food, clothing and holiday meals. She also leads teams of volunteers in visiting the homeless along the creeks to distribute food, clothing and personal hygiene items. In December 2011, she accepted a commendation by the City of San Jose in recognition “for support of the community and continually making an impact in the City of San Jose. “It was also in 1997 that Michelle made her first trip to India, which became an annual occurrence while she worked on feeding the orphans and building a girls’ home, which opened in 2008. For the past several years, she has taken food and clothing to the dumps and leper colonies in Hyderabad. In 2011, Michelle began micro-financing programs in now fifteen different leper colonies. General stores, goat farms and sewing shops have been started. Other projects include sponsoring children in orphanages and digging wells to provide clean water. Michelle has founded a non-profit organization called Hope for Hansen’s Just for those affected by the disease.

She is currently writing her first book titled: The Untouchables.

Michelle Bernal President & Founder Hope for Hans
Oct 12, 2017
 

Susan's talk will be a general introduction to San Jose Museum of Art -- who they are and what they do.

Susan Sayre Batton, Oshman Executive Director
Oct 26, 2017
 
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Bio: Kelsey is the Education Programs Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and teaches elementary school students about birds and the importance of conservation. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in wildlife, fish, and conservation biology. Before joining SCVAS, Kelsey taught 4th graders about watersheds and native plants followed by a stint in the conservation corps.

Description of Talk: Kelsey will go over the different birds we have in the area, along with details about their habitats and adaptations. She will discuss how to attract birds into your yard, and general information about nest boxes and feeders!

Kelsey Frey
Nov 02, 2017
 
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Camille Llanes-Fontanilla is the Executive Director of Somos Mayfair. She joined the organization in 2010, advancing its nationally recognized leadership development and organizing model. Camille is a skillful bridge-builder, maintaining and expanding relationships with key stakeholders, and securing millions of dollars for the Mayfair community in east San Jose. She has 12 years of experience in nonprofit management, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University. 

Rotary Presentation on SOMOS Mayfair
SOMOS Mayfair is a grassroots organization with 20 years of experience in authentically engaging community residents in the Mayfair neighborhood of east San Jose to be the drivers of change. In a half hour lunchtime presentation, come and learn more about the work of SOMOS Mayfair; its benefit to the community and how to get involved. For more information visit www.somosmyfair.org 

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, MPA
Nov 09, 2017
 
District Governor Orrin Mahoney
Nov 16, 2017
 

The Holiday Shopping Spree of 2017 is scheduled for Friday evening November 10 and also Friday evening November 17 at the Hillsdale Target Store in San Jose. You will be able to choose a 1-1/2 hour shift within the window of 6:30PM to 9:00PM.

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Nov 17, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
 
 
Dark Closed for Holiday
Nov 23, 2017
 
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Council Member Sylvia Arenas
Nov 30, 2017
 
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Kiva is a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners raise 0% interest capital. Recently launched in November, our Kiva San Jose & the Peninsula efforts since January have helped over 150 entrepreneurs start or expand their business. As the backbone of our U.S economy, we provide both financial and social capital to small business owners and empower them to thrive in Silicon Valley.

Jake will discuss Kiva's recent move to the San Jose area.

Jake Blas
Dec 07, 2017
 
Take pictures, serve breakfast, help with arts and crafts! Be a part of the holidays in a special way...
Dec 09, 2017
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
 
Dark for Christmas Party
Dec 14, 2017
 
Dec 15, 2017
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
 
Dark for the Holidays
Dec 21, 2017
 
Dark for the Holidays
Dec 28, 2017