2014 International Service Night
International Service Night, a collaborative fundraising event by the Rotary Clubs
of Freedom and Watsonville, is Wednesday, May 14. Doors open at 5:30.
A silent auction of artisan work from various parts of the world including
Guatemala, India, Peru, and Turkey will be available.While the silent auction
bidding takes place, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres with international origins.
Dinner follows, featuring tri-tip steak, Portobello mushrooms, beans, salad and
dishes from different nations. Auctioneer Terry Medina will lead a live
auction for a variety of gifts ranging from gourmet prepared meals to weekend
The event takes place at the Portuguese Hall located at 124 Atkinson Lane in
Watsonville. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing international projects of the Rotary
Clubs of Freedom and Watsonville. Tickets are available for $35.
Must be 21 yrs old or older to attend
Guatemala Catorce 2014
The Rotary Club of Freedom’s International Service Committee has funded a project in Guatemala. Twenty Santa Cruz area Rotarians spent six days in Guatemala conducting international service. The group attended the Uniendo America Project Fair in Antigua, Guatemala (January 30 - February 1) and then proceeded on to Uspantán, a municipality in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché, to conduct a three-day health clinic (February 2 - 4).
The group consisted of members from the Rotary Clubs of Freedom, Santa Cruz Sunrise and Scotts Valley and was joined by Rotary District 5170 Governor Angie Hassler and her husband and past district governor, Roger, as well as Kathy and Joe Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is immediate past District 5170 governor, 2012-13. The clinic included vision screening, lessons on effective hygiene, and dental care. Over 500 school age children were accompanied by their teachers and in many cases parents for the health service. The children received toothbrushes and were given shoes. Optometrists in the group provided more than 150 pairs of eyewear to children and adults with conditions of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism.
The Rotary international service project is third of its kind to the people of Uspantán conducted in the past four years.