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Scotts Valley Rotary Club members practice both community and global service

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In November, the club under the leadership of president Carrie Birkhofer, organized a Thanksgiving dinner along with Mountain Community Resources and served a free meal to 100 people. It was so successful that a Christmas dinner took place on Dec. 23. The club also enjoyed sponsoring a family for Christmas through Valley Churches United, providing bags of food, gifts and treats for a single mother and her children.

A secret Santa project entailed paying off layaway gifts at a local store, sponsoring the Scotts Valley Christmas tree and helping with Snow Day at Skypark, a fundraiser for children's cancer. The club continues to feed the hungry in the area with generous contributions from local businesses, including Mollie's Country Cafe, Malone's, Bruno's BBQ and Slawinski Auctions.

Rotary members travel to Guatemala

A third trip to Guatemala with several other area Rotary Clubs has just taken place. School supplies, vitamins and anti-parasite medications were distributed among other services and a health fair was held in Uspantan, a poor town . Scotts Valley Rotarian Anthony Giannotti, optometrist, traveled to provide eye exams, along with services from other medical professionals.

The Family Album Project, a non-profit, traveled again this year to take pictures of families by photographer Virginia Becker, with printing and framing services gratis.

Scotts Valley Rotary Sustainability Committee

The SVRSC meets on the second Monday of the month at Bruno’s BBQ, presided over by member Christina Mancuso along with Chris Wolcott, The focus of the committee is the implementation of the Plastics in the World's Oceans education project. Patrizia Materassi is planning to make presentations on the project to various local clubs.

Be a Piffer and Pay It Forward Facebook page

Scotts Valley Rotarian Jackie Maurer is taking community service to a new and personal level by providing bald dolls to kids with cancer. She was recently covered on the local news for starting a group of Piffers who do random acts of kindness and share them on a Facebook page called: Be A Piffer! Pay It Forward!

The club meets each Monday at 12:15 p.m. at Bruno's Barbeque, 230G Mt. Hermon Road - upstairs meeting room, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

By June Smith

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