8 February 2016 — Jorge Vazquez, Speaker, “Estado 29 Orphanage”


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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 — 10:00pm to 4:00pm  — The next ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, in support of Valley Food Bank, at Gelson’s in Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for February! Speaker: Kevin Taylor,West San Fernando Valley Area Representative for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Mel; Pledge, TBA; Four-Way Test, TBA; Rotary Minute, TBA; Mini Craft Talk: Linda C.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.


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For more than a decade, Club Member Jorge Vazquez has payed a large role in supporting Estado 29 orphanage in San Antonio de las Minas, Mexico, near Ensenada in Baja California. In recent months our Club has heard more and more about the orphanage as we seek ways to help.

Our Club provided spread-the-word assistance with a restaurant fundraiser in October of 2015 as the generous oner of os Gringos Locos in La Cañada donated a portion of the dinner checks to the orphanage. And, just a few weeks ago, our community partner San Fernando Valley Japanese Language Institute conducted a school supplies drive among parents, kids, staff, and community members and gathered three full boxes of much-needed supplies for the kids at Estado 29.

This week, we had the chance to sit down with Jorge for a full Program so he could teach us and our visitors more about the orphanage, the kids, the history, the needs, and the opportunity to help.

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12 responses to 8 February 2016 — Jorge Vazquez, Speaker, “Estado 29 Orphanage”

  1. Thank you Jorge for all that you you do!

  2. Jorge you are awesome!! :)

  3. Jorge’s work to positively impact so many lives at Estado 29 is commendable. Thank you, Jorge, for sharing your passion and visions for the future of the orphanage. Your dedication is inspiring. I look forward to supporting your endeavors.

  4. Thank you all for your kind comments, but the real inspirers are the kids of Estado 29.

  5. Thank you for sharing your passion, Jorge. You are a great role model. We are lucky to have you and Selene as friends.

  6. Very inspiring, Jorge.

  7. Such an amazing project. Thanks Jorge.

  8. Thanks, Mel and Jorge for a great program.

  9. Jorge, you ROCK!! I look forward to visiting Estado 29 with you in the near future.

  10. Great to finally learn more about Jorge’s awesome project! Proud to have you on our team, knowing all the support you so freely and generously provide these children!

  11. Thanks Jorge! Very inspiring!

  12. Thank you, Jorge.

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