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May 3, 2011 > Ohlone Citizen of the Year 2011

Ohlone Citizen of the Year 2011

Submitted By the Ohlone College Foundation

This is the fourth in a series of articles individually highlighting the six Rotary Clubs of the Tri-Cities, as the Ohlone College Foundation's 2011 Citizen of the Year. This week's focus is on the Rotary Club of Fremont and a snapshot of the contributions that have earned them the Citizen of the Year title.

The Rotary Club of Fremont was chartered in June 1963, and is the second oldest Rotary Club in Fremont. From the beginning, the Club's strength has been in its diversity of interest. It began as a true cross-section of the business and professional life of the community and has continued this trend over the past 40 years. As a service club, the expertise of our members has been essential to providing valuable insights into the needs of the community.

The list of local and international organizations and programs we support is extensive and includes:

ABODE Services
Alameda County Library Foundation
American High School
Family Service of the Tri-Cities
Fremont Family Resource Center
Fremont Symphony Children's Concerts
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Kidango
League of Volunteers
Meals on Wheels
Oliveira Elementary School
Rotary's Polio Plus program
SAVE
Shelter Box USA
StarStruck Theatre
Tri-City Elder Coalition
Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation

From 2007 to 2010, our Club also sponsored an international project called Stop Pediatric Aids Now (or Project SPAN) targeted at reducing the transmission of AIDS from mother to infant in southwestern China, where transmission rates were very high.Various other Rotary Clubs in Fremont and the Bay Area joined in to support this project, which was hugely successful.

This year, our focus has been on raising funds for local charities that have been hurt by the recession and for the polio eradication efforts. We have done a community service project at Cabrillo elementary school, and are currently working on a project for ABODE (formerly Tri-City Homeless Coalition). We have also received a grant to provide laptops and mentoring to four at-risk high school students. And just for fun and fellowship, our Rotary Club has held a barbecue attended by close to 60 Rotarians and family members, a dinner & theater night at Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco, and a Day at the Racetrack at Golden Gate Fields. Lastly, we mixed vocational service with fun by hosting a mixer with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce!

The Citizen of the Year Champagne Luncheon is the last major social event before summer for community members in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. It is held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the beautiful Ohlone College Newark Center on Cherry Street in Newark. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit coy.ohlone.edu or call 510-659-6020. This article was edited from information written by Nina Moore of the Rotary Club of Fremont.

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