The regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Mission Viejo was held on May 14, 2014. The presentation was given by Terri Snyder, Assistant District Governor,  who presented the Club with the awards from the Rotary District 5320 Convention. 
The awards were:
1. Community Service - Mission Viejo – 3rd Place, Medium Division, for their 25-year partnership with the City of Mission Viejo and other community groups supporting the “Walk Against Drugs”. 
2. International Service - Mission Viejo – 1st Place, Medium Division, for ongoing support of the “Door of Faith” orphanage in Mexico, including annual eye exams, school uniforms for the children, purchase of a used van and funds to purchase each child a Christmas gift.
3.  Vocational Service - Mission Viejo – 2nd Place, Medium Division, for the fun and friendship of the “Cash Mob”, supporting local businesses by rallying Rotarians to purchase something during a vocational visit to the shop or restaurant.
 
Assistant District Governor Terri Snyder and MV President Ken Dever.
Assistant Governor Terri also presented pins to  Barbara Krogerman, Steve Mugg, Eric Johnson for sponsoring one new member, and to Greg Raths, for sponsoring two new members.
 
Guest Speaker Melanie Galloway gave a talk on Laura's House.  This is a secret location for abused spouses and their children until arrangements for a more permanent place may be obtained.  Laura's House is twenty years old this year and is trying to help those who need help in domestic violence cases.  They are able to hold 50 people at one time for 45 days and then they are placed in transitional shelters for from 6 months to 1 year.  They followu p on the cases and have found that about 25 % return to their abusing spouse.
 
The clients are asked to write about their experience and the title is "This Where I Am Now."
So far this year they have had 314 cases and are presently housing 9 adults and 1 child.
 
For more information on Laura's House, visit http://www.laurashouse.org/shelter.html.
Pictured below are Ken Dever and Melanie Galloway.
   
 
 
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