Rotary Club Of Gilroy California


Gilroy Rotary is an organization working to make our community a better place for all. We provide grants, scholarship and donations in support of a wide variety of community needs. Join Gilroy Rotary to make friends and contacts—and more importantly, to make a difference.

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Gilroy Rotary Club Grant Applications Due

Local charitable and educational groups are encouraged to apply for Gilroy Rotary Club’s annual Community Grants from now through Friday, November 14, 2014. Last year, 44 area individual applicants and non-profits received over $40,000 in Gilroy Community Grant awards. Over $500,000 has been awarded since the program began in 1998.

While the grants may not be used for scholarships, salaries, or operational expenses, non-profits and charities that serve seniors, youth, and education in the Gilroy community are eligible to apply. Grant funds must be used locally; recipients must be an organization, not an individual, that is clearly philanthropic or educational in nature; and Gilroy Rotary must see a specific end result or program/project; the contribution must reach a large segment of the Gilroy community.


Gilroy Rotary Club President Finishes Successful Term

Gilroy Rotary’s Hamdy Abbass will complete his year as president at the end of June 2014 , having added several noteworthy events to the 88-year-old club’s history of service above self. On July 1, 2014, Joel Goldsmith will become Gilroy Rotary Club President; Peter Katavich will serve as Vice President.


Gilroy Rotary and City of Gilroy Host Annual Senior Center BBQ

A quarter-century partnership between Gilroy Rotary Club and the City of Gilroy Parks and Recreation department in support of senior citizens recently hosted its annual Senior Center Barbecue at Christmas Hill Park.

One-hundred-sixty Gilroy Senior Center regulars enjoyed a BBQ chicken lunch, including garlic bread, beans, salad and dessert. Attendees picked up their free tickets at the 6th and Rosanna Streets Senior Center.


$62,000 in Scholarships Awarded Locally

2014 Scholarship Awardees
$62,000 was awarded to 18 local Gilroy Rotary Club scholarship recipients last week at Gilroy High School, Christopher High School, Valley Christian High School, and Gavilan Community College. Rotary President Hamdy Abbass, assisted by Rotarian Joel Goldsmith and Syngenta Seeds’ Mark Wilson presented the awards in ceremonies May 19 and 20 at the various schools.


World Polio DayWorld Polio Day

October 24, 2013 is World Polio Day. The Gilroy Rotary Club is one of over 32,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries who have committed to eradicating polio worldwide. To date, Rotary has contributed over $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Find out how you can get involved and support Gliroy Rotary in our continued efforts to eradicate this disease.

2014 Charitable Giving Program

Check out the highlights from this year's Charitable Giving Program held on January 28th.



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