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Get to know Rotary

Meet the Rotary clubs of Fremont, Newark, and Union City at their first Community Day in the Park, an event designed to give all citizens an opportunity to learn more about Rotary.

Talk with business and community Rotarians, including city managers, police and fire commanders, school board trustees, city council members, Chamber of Commerce board members, and local community associations. Rotary will provide informational fliers, balloons for kids, and light refreshments.

Rotary is the familiar name that refers to Rotary International, local Rotary clubs, Rotaract (the service organization of college students and young professionals), and Interact clubs at local high schools. Rotary includes local business, professional and civic leaders, and citizens of all kinds who want to actively participate in their community. Meetings are held regularly to get to know each other, form friendships, and through that, get things done in the community.

Collectively, local Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs raise nearly $200,000 each year through fun community events like the annual Chili Cook-off, crab feed, festive dinner parties, auctions and more. The money raised is given to local charitable organizations as well as selected national and international organizations and projects. Rotary has supported local organizations including Drivers for Survivors, Fremont Symphony Orchestra, League of Volunteers (LOV) Newark, LifeElder Care, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE), Stage 1 Theatre, Trees of Angels, Tri-City Volunteers, Viola Blythe Community Services Center and many others. College scholarships for local students have also been awarded.

What kind of bug is that? Its the jitterbug

Remember the story about the kid whose cradle was a vaudeville trunk; who grew up in the entertainment biz with parents who sang and danced? That story comes very close to describing Mike Quebecs life. His father was a professional singer in the Bay Area who used to perform for the local portion of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. For Quebec, performing was normal.

When choosing my career path I wanted to express my love of 50s music, but I focused on dance, rather than singing or forming a band, because I had seen how difficult it could be to succeed in the music industry; little did I realize that dance had its own challenges, says Quebec.

Following his ambition while working in local community theater, acting, writing stage plays, and directing, he became very interested in martial arts and has been teaching that discipline for a number of years. I found that teaching both martial arts and dance have a lot of similarities, says Quebec. His vigorous style of dance reflects his expertise in both areas.

Cultivating the young artist

For many students, music isnt only a tool for leading a richer life, making friends or better grades; it is one of the central pillars of their lives. And the question isnt, Do you want to play an instrument? Its, How can we maximize your music experience in every way possible?

Dr. Katherine Lee offers an answer. Lee is director of Music at the Missions Student ChamberFest in Fremont and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California. For students who are taking music lessons, everyone knows that these lessons require a great amount of dedicated practice and preparation, sometimes an hour or two (or even more) with only you and your instrument, said Lee. ÒWouldn't it be fun to be able to play music in a group with your peers?

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