RotaCare in 3 ways: Our own Past District Governor Ron Sekkel made a great presentation. He focused his program on 3 ways of participating at RotaCare:
- The Santa Cruz RotaCare Free Medical Clinic, currently located at Star of the Sea Church to serve the uninsured & underserved with access to healthcare.
- RotaCare Bay Area, Inc., a 501.c.3, serving the SF Bay Area with 10 Free Medical Clinics, which includes the Santa Cruz Clinic, and
- RotaCare Free Clinics, Inc., a separate 501.c.3, with the intent purpose of helping other regions in the United States to start new Free Clinics. We currently have clinics in New York, El Paso, Texas, and Washington. We are developing clinics in San Antonio & Houston, Texas, Jacksonville, Florida, and in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Ron was instrumental in mobilizing support to provide Covid-19 PPEs for medical workers and patients of 7 of the RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. Clinics via a Rotary Foundation Global Grant. The Rotary Club of Alameda, our international partner club from South Africa, and private donors as Ron, and the immediate Past Governor of District 5170, Ramesh Hariharan, participated in raising $41,000 to buy the PPEs for 7 of the clinics. A separate Grant with the help of 26 Rotary Clubs in District 5160 led by Past President Steve Polcyn of the Alamo Rotary Club raised $51,000 to buy PPEs for the other 3 clubs. Congratulations Ron and much appreciation for all those many who participated in supporting such a worthy cause.