Local mayors recognize Rotary Day

Photo By: Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Clyde Noel/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos Rotarian Dave Snow offers information about the tutoring and mentoring group Partners for New Generations during the club’s recent anniversary event downtown.

Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw of Los Altos and Mayor Gary Waldeck of Los Altos Hills presented official proclamations designating Feb. 23 Los Altos Rotary Day at a Rotary Club of Los Altos luncheon Feb. 21.

To commemorate the 108th anniversary of the founding of Rotary, club members strolled the streets of Los Altos offering cookies donated by Le Boulanger and balloons to celebrate with local shoppers Feb. 23.

To encourage involvement in community service projects, club members manned display tables featuring information on a variety of Rotary projects, including Child AIDS Prevention, Future Generations, Elder Generations and World Community Service.

Rotary Day Chairwoman Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery on State Street, said the inaugural event provided an opportunity to spread the word about Rotary to fellow merchants and customers.

To extend the word to her customers, she issued a challenge to her Nature Gallery’s email list – more than 2,500 names – with a prize for finding out information on Rotary Day.

“I look forward to continuing to spread the word of all the great work that we do locally and internationally to change the world for the better through ‘Service Above Self,’” Garsten said.

Local Rotarians are preparing for their annual Fine Art in the Park show May 18-19, a fundraiser to underwrite grants to local and international nonprofit organizations. The spring deadline to submit grant applications is Monday.

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