The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay Foundation Announces Annual “Magic of the Coastside” Fundraiser 

 It’s a night of fun, food and entertainment; and a time to honor and fund two new special community organizations' projects (read more below)

and our Foundation Chart of Accounts Projects: Local Student Scholarships, Disaster Relief, Community Service, and International Service  

WHEN and WHERE:  Saturday, September 7th, 2024, at I.D.E.S. Hall at 735 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

Festivities start at 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. and include:

1. The fabulous Lobsterfest, catered by the New England Lobster Company

2. A pay-as-you-go bar.

3. Music by the Irish band Claddagh

4. A silent auction

We are thrilled to host our fundraiser to bring together our community to support several great causes: The Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside has requested funding for 80 low-income students to attend three school break camps (Thanksgiving, Presidents Week, and Spring Break.)  The camps integrate traditional activities like sports, art, STEM, cooking and walking field trips to unveil the resources that our community has to offer.  The second great cause is Sea Hugger, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and healing the marine environment from plastic pollution.  They have requested funds to enhance their capabilities in beach cleanup and outreach efforts through the acquisition of innovative tools and equipment. In addition, we continue to raise funds for our other Foundation projects.

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues:  peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; economic and community development


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Irwin Cohen
2024/25 President
Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay
Dr. Irwin Cohen
Dr. Irwin Cohen, originally from Brooklyn, N.Y.  has been a podiatrist in Half Moon Bay since 1975.  He was in the Rotary Club of East Palo Alto in 1973 for about a year and half and then rejoined Rotary in 1982 in Half Moon Bay through the introduction of Dr. Eric Shapira. He was president of the HMB Rotary Club in 1994. He has lived in El Granada since 1979 and is married to Nancy Wolfberg who has just joined Rotary in 2024. He has a daughter, Mira and a grandson Saulie.  He enjoys ocean kayaking, mountain bike riding, jazz, movies and traveling
This year his goals include 
  • Help re-establish emergency services on the coast side
  • Collaborating with the Pacifica and San Mateo Rotary Clubs and Sea Huggers in a joint project to eliminate plastics from beaches and waterways 
  • Make the accomplishments of the HMB Club more visible to the community 
  • Make meetings compelling by bringing in exciting speakers that will educate, entertain and inspire
Club Information
Welcome to our Club! We meet in person at the HMB Library. But check below in case there is a special venue.
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
HMB Library
620 Correas St
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
United States of America
JULY 18, 2024
HMB Library at Noon
Club Assembly - Magic of the Coastside Lobsterfest Planning
The sun was shining, our team was there and we made a difference by participating in yet another Relay for Life! We walked, we talked, we sang, we danced, we ate and we had fun. This year we honored our friend Wendy Smittle by presenting her with 1000 paper cranes.  She was beyond honored and touched.
Our club with support from team members, family members, friends, community members, and business partners has raised almost $16,000! We are second on the list for raising funds this year!!! We need to send a special thank you out to Robin Kirby who donated $5000 to our team (via Renee), TWICE!!!!!!!  We also need to send a special thank you out to our own Renee Lewis who continues to work her magic by hosting a fundraiser each year to raise money for this event, which brought in another $2500+. Renee, you are our inspiration!! Bless you for keeping up the good fight!
Thank you to those who were part of the team and those who walked yesterday:  Wendy Smittle, Mitone, Renee, Joe, Teri, Barb, Teri, Liz, Paul, Ed, Anita Currer, LindaVaughn, Kathy Monozon.  Thank you to those who donated to our team: Mary, Stacy, Susan, Joe, Ginger, Dianne,  Anne Campbell, Tammy Dale, Kellie Morlock, Michael Boos, Kirsten Hagen, Hannah Vaughn, Charles Shafae, Sheppard Family Dentistry, and to those who donated to us individually!! Thank you to our community services director Susan for getting us involved in this event again this year!
Our club also sponsored the event so we were featured on one of the posters around the track.  Way to go Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay!  WE ROCK!
PP Liz
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Busy Lizzie has been duly and truly debunked!  Rumor has it that Liz is the only HMB Rotarian in our illustrious history to have been debunked twice in the same lifetime! Our emcee was new President Irwin Cohen, ably assisted by his spouse, Nancy Wolfberg.  We began with a full-throated chorus tributizing (is that a word?) Liz, and Nancy added a "busy bee" interpretive dance, with Patricia Roma doing a recitation in full honeybee regalia. Liz was an extraordinary encourager during her term, recognizing every Rotarian for their individual efforts, with the result that we were recognized at the district level with a  "Best Club" award and our membership grew significantly. 
We celebrated this momentous event with a wonderful catered dinner at IOOF Hall (thank you Odd Fellows and Joe!).  Hats off to Chef Ellie Angelini of tbsp of love for a memorable meal to accompany the good times.  A number of us recalled favorite club moments of the last year, encouraged by liberal provision of wine courtesy of the Club. 
After dinner Joe Brennan once again read a limerick he had written especially in honor of Liz, and Kevin O'Brien added his voice with a special song in tribute, and we all lifted Liz again in song.  It was a pretty emotional evening for a debunking, and our love for Liz was a thread woven throughout the fun of debunking.  Irwin, the bar is set pretty high for you by Liz, but we know you'll add strength to strength and we'll have another great year.  Lobsters and pumpkins straight ahead, so let's get going!
Article by Steve Wilson
Helping in Mexico Again This Year
Our club has a team in La Paz, Mexico, Baja California Sur this week supporting a medical clinic. Today they delivered gifts to the director and helped move a donated mobile unit to the clinic property.
Our team in La Paz worked at the Fundacion Astra again today.
We split the work — two club members put activity packets together for the children and three of us started to strip the newly acquired mobile medical clinic in preparation of its facelift. We ended the evening with a farewell dinner for our hosts…. Until next time!!