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August 11, 2004

Gavilan College to present 2004 Community Spirit Awards for Morgan Hill

At their meeting on August 10, Gavilan College Trustees will receive the names of an individual, a business, and an organization in Morgan Hill and be asked to approve these candidates for special recognition of their service to the community. If approved, the awards will be presented at the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce breakfast on September 2 at the Golden Oak.

In accordance with Board Resolution 739, which created the awards, a representative committee of the campus community reviews nominations and selects the award winners. Anyone may nominate an individual, organization, or business in the community for an award. In all, three sets of awards are given out annually, in Morgan Hill. in Gilroy, and in San Benito County.

This year the committee recommends awards for:

Individual: Julian Mancias
Julian Mancias is now the acting Chairman of the Morgan Hill Day Worker center, a volunteer position. He has been dedicated to the cause of the Center for several years, and has been very involved in many ways. He represents the center, (with Executive Director America Romero), at meetings with the planning office, City Council, etc. He has contributed his time, materials for construction, construction labor, and money for the center on numerous occasions. Ms. Romero summed up his dedication, and said: "I'm the only paid employee, and he's at every meeting I'm at." The Day Worker Center, which will provide assistance to Day Laborers and their employers, is expected to open in September of this year.

Organization: Morgan Hill Rotary
In February , the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill will celebrate 50 years of service to the community. The club encourages and fosters public service to improve the quality of life for all citizens. Nearly 500 Morgan Hill Rotarians have served this mission, and philanthropic giving is now over $50,000 per year. Service centers on the missions of Community, Youth and International Service. >From park renovations, to special dinners for seniors, the impact on the local community is well-known. The club also awards college scholarships and sponsors Interact clubs at all of the local high schools. Less visible is their impact on the larger, international community. Morgan Hill Rotary has raised funds and leveraged matching donations from Rotary International to complete humanitarian aid projects oversees, including this spring's donation of medical equipment for clinics in India and Argentina, school supplies and textbooks for disadvantaged students in Patagonia, new houses and a water supply system for a village in Honduras, and renovated sanitation facilities at an orphanage in Bolivia. Local Rotarians have also hosted International Exchange students from around the world.

Business: Kings Martial Arts
Owners Jeff and Kathy King have been in business for 14 years. They do a lot of volunteer work for Morgan Hill organizations and events, and in addition, they have recently established King?s Martial Arts? Drop-In Recreational Program. Their drop-in program teaches students the value of education, the values of friendship and family, how to share and care for others in a family-like environment, conflict resolution, and to value others' differences. By doing their homework early at Kings, students can then enjoy their family time at home in the evenings. Some of the Kings' many contributions to the community over the years have included: serving 10 years as chair over the Kid?s Zone at the Taste of Morgan Hill, serving 2 years at the M.H. Mushroom Mardi Gras. at which they designed and ran games at Munchkinland, organizing Kick-A-Thon's to help the local community channel (now Channel 19) to purchase new cameras, raised money for flood victims and Community Solutions, educated Seniors on self-defense, held Kick-A-Thon fundraisers for M.H. Parks & Recreation (to help build Diana Park), M.H. Police, Fire and Paramedics of M.H. (to purchase bears for the police cars, supplies and help provide money for burn victims) and the YMCA and continue to generate shows and tapes on child safety for Channel 19. Both Jeff and Kathy speak to schools on a regular basis.

Last years winners in Morgan Hill were Karen Crane, Leadership Morgan Hill, and Booksmart.

The committee is still taking nominations for awards in Gilroy and San Benito County, to be presented later in the fall (dates to be announced.) For nomination forms and more information, go to www.gavilan.edu/pio/pio.html or call (408) 848-4724.

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