Santa Clara Rotary Celebrates 80 Years of Service
By Carolyn Schuk
From making sure that every elementary school student starts the school year with properly-fitting new shoes through its "Steps for Success," to teaching young people how to take and idea and build a business around it through its Enterprise Leadership Conference, Rotary Club of Santa Clara is an active presence in the city.
And Santa Clara Rotary's good work reaches beyond city boundaries through natural disaster relief programs and Rotary International's polio eradication program, which has reduced the incidence of polio worldwide from 1,000 new cases a day to fewer than 400 cases a year.
Recently the service club celebrated its 80th birthday by honoring the accomplishments of its outgoing president, Andy Ratermann, and installing its 81st president, Miten Marfatia.
“I am honored to have served as president and collaborate with such a great group of talented and dedicated group of Rotarians this past year,” said Ratermann. “The experience and accomplishments working together with various team members in support of community projects was tremendous and rewarding in itself.”
Outgoing president Ratermann was at the helm of the club's 2015-2016 projects, including: Santa Clara Rotary's annual Steps for Success and Christmas for kids events; ongoing support for high school students through its Interact clubs, the Enterprise Leadership conference, and $32,000 in scholarships; and support for the “Dinner is Served” Program at the JW House.
In addition, Ratermann managed the club's fundraisers – Mission City Fun Run, the 5th Annual 2016 Silicon Valley Barbecue Championships – which enable Santa Clara Rotary's support for more than 20 local non-profits. One of the club's special donations this year was a $10,000 donation towards the purchase of a K-9 for the Santa Clara Police department through the Sean M. Walsh K-9 Foundation.
Incoming president Marfatia has been a Santa Clara Rotary member since 1985. He first joined Rotary in 1976 and served as president of Rotaract Club of Bombay Mid-Town, India in 1978 and 1979. He's been a member of Santa Clara Rotary since 1985.
“I am honored to serve as Rotary Club of Santa Clara’s president and look forward to working with a talented and dedicated group of members, he said. “The Rotary theme for 2016-17 is 'Rotary Serving Humanity;' and working together our members will develop and implement projects that embody this theme."
Marfatia is CEO of EvolveWare, Inc. a software maintenance automation company. He's written on cybersecurity and IT system management topics for Information Week and other tech industry publications, and holds several patents for data mining – "Big Data" – methods.