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NEWSLETTER: June 2015
In this issue:
Window on the River Park
Rotary Children's Playgarden
Window on the River Park
Adobe's Senior VP of People and Places Donna Morris welcomed guests to our annual donor appreciation event that Adobe underwrites for us. We were joined by Supervisor Ken Yeager, Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmembers Raul Peralez and Pierluigi Oliverio, and SJUSD Trustee Susan Ellenberg.
Board Secretary Kelly Hattley thanked our sponsors, and President Terry Austen acknowledge the GRPC board, thanked former Rotary presidents in attendance - Mel and Julie Matsushima and Shirley Lewis - for their leadership, and announced that Councilmember Don Rocha and Mayor Liccardo included funds in next fiscal year's budget to get the carousel at Arena Green operating. Stay tuned - more on the carousel next month!
We are grateful for the support of the following sponsors:
Simon Bloch & Denise Chilow
Blach Construction Company
Peter & Kathleen Muller
Samaritan Medical Center
Able Building Maintenance
Terry & Carol Austen
Robert A. Bothman, Inc.
Focus Business Bank
Garden City Sanitation Company
Heritage Bank of Commerce
Richard Peterson & Sheryl Hinshaw
Lewis & Tibbitts
Old Republic Title Co.
James Parrish & Karen Giles
Francois & Beth Rodigari
San Pedro Square Market
San Jose Earthquakes
Seven Flags Automotive Care Network
The Schoennauer Company
Silicon Valley Law Group
Jodi & Drew Starbird
Verde Design, Inc.
H.T. Harvey & Associates
Johanson & Yau Accountancy Corporation
Mac Millan Properties
Morgan, Franich, Fredkin & Marsh
Reed & Graham
A Slice of New York
Joseph Mason, Jr. M.D. and Kathy Vita
Since opening to the public on May 23rd, the Rotary PlayGarden has averaged 775 weekday visitors and many more on the weekends. The summer hours are 10 am to 6:30 pm daily.
Due to the City's lack of funding for operations and maintenance, GRPC is operating the PlayGarden. Thank you ValleyCrest Landscape for providing pro bono landscape service for the first year! We are also working with Hope Services to provide janitorial services Monday - Friday and will be having people from the County Office of Education's WorkAbility program on site several days a week to help to keep things clean.
If you are interested in booking the picnic area (six tables) or amphitheater for a birthday party or other celebration, you can do so here: www.grpg.org/rpg/picnic
If you'd like to volunteer at the PlayGarden, we could use some help on the weekends. Just coming by an hour a week would be a huge help - contact volunteer @ grpg.org if available.
Follow Rotary Play Garden on Facebook for updates or announcements.
A massive group of 250 folks from Google helped in the Heritage Rose Garden on June 2nd.
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past April:
Boy Scout troop 452 Dragons
California San Jose Mission - missionaries
Hands on Bay Area HOBA
Independence High School NHS
Milpitas High School Move Club
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged more than 1130 volunteer hours in April.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties
Rose Garden Workdays
Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30am. More info.
Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
Sat. July 11, 8:30-11:30am. Sign up.
Evening Rose Deadheading
Tues. June 10, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sign up.
Meet Volunteer Jorge Luna
Jorge Luna, a San Jose State Student, joins us weekly to assist with our Education Programs and the Rotary PlayGarden. Jorge is set to graduate from SJSU in December with a degree in Environmental Studies and hopes to follow a career path in sustainable water resources. Jorge felt that GRPC's connection to the Guadalupe River would be a perfect match for his interests and field of study. In addition to the hard work Jorge puts in here, he balances two jobs and school! When he needs to unwind from his busy schedule, you might find Jorge on the putting green. Thank you Jorge!