Danville Express

Living - July 6, 2007

Of note

Exchange Club gives scholarships

Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley essay contest judges Linda Schardt, Tom Hawkins, Karen Stepper and Phil Lindner chose winners for college scholarships presented June 12 in partnership with the All Wars Memorial Foundation. The winners of the third annual essay contest about America's founding documents were Cameron Lee, who was awarded $1,000; and Vladimir Karetnikov, who received $500. The scholarships were funded by sponsors, including PG&E, Pacific Rim Recycling, and Sharon Dare of JRockcliff Realty.

Rotarians give $10,000 toward new YMCA

On June 25, the members of Danville Rotary presented the first installment of $10,000 toward a commitment of $50,000 that the Rotarians have made to the capital campaign to build a YMCA on the Danville/Alamo border.

"We feel that this is one of the most significant projects to be built by a nonprofit group in our community," said out-going President Jeff Behring. "The YMCA's mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities complements the Rotary's charge to 'lead the way to a better community.'"

Joe Combs, chairman of the San Ramon Valley YMCA Board of Advisors, accepted the check on behalf of the board. As a fellow Rotarian from Alamo Rotary, he expressed his profound appreciation, noting that the new YMCA, designed to serve the whole San Ramon Valley, will be a wonderful gathering place for children and adults. He pointed out there is a growing population of at-risk teens in our Valley, many with both parents working, and the number of seniors looking for health and wellness facilities is increasing dramatically

Lori Sato, incoming Danville Rotary president, noted that the Rotary is known for the incredible work that it does internationally, but she said, "We need to be sure that the next generation of children understands the importance of giving back. Working with the YMCA, we will be able to support programs that help our teens become leaders in our community and good citizens. Many Rotarians are eager to serve as mentors to the young people in the San Ramon Valley."

The new YMCA facility, to be built on 12 acres next to Hap Magee Ranch Park, will include an indoor warm water therapeutic pool and an outdoor swimming pool, and a full range of state-of-the-art exercise facilities, as well as meeting rooms.


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