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Combat trafficking of young Vietnamese girls by supporting their education - a tax-deductible Rotary District 5170 project.

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We held the first Mendocino Mah Jongg fundraiser March 10-12, 2020 at Little River Inn's Abalone Room - right before things turned upside down. 50 players kicked off 3 days of play, some from as far away as Boston.

With Players' donations, plus support from Anderson Valley wineries, Harvest Market, Little River Inn, vendor Lee Eisman and the local Fort Bragg Rotary Club, we cleared $7,500. These funds are matched becoming $15,000!

In 2023, we had 45 players meet over a rainy weekend and savor being able to play in person, participate in an afternoon mini-tournament, bid on amazing Silent Auction items, and earning $6,915 to combat sex trafficking of Vietnamese girls. These funds are matched becoming $13,830!


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GROWING THE MONEY TREE With our private matching donor the 2020 Mendocino March Mah Jongg proceeds became $15,000. Additional Rotary Club donations, fundraising by our committee of Interact students (Rotary sponsored high school clubs), individuals plus more and more Rotarians, enabled Sue McKinney and the Oakland Uptown Rotary Club to partner with the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka and the Rotary Club of Queenstown, Singapore to win two matching Global Grants from The Rotary Foundation, bringing our 2020-21 total to $190,000. On the ground in Vietnam, our grants support the ongoing project of The Pacific Links Foundation. Since 2015, the Rotary District 5170 Vietnam Project has raised over $225,000 for Pacific Links to invest comprehensively in youth to prevent trafficking.  We have a matching grant for 2024.


Join us once again at the Little River Inn, Mendocino, California for a few days of fun, prizes and Mah Jongg! Join us from Sunday, February 25 – Wednesday, February 28, 2024.  Hopefully you can join us for the entire time, but there will be many hours of social play each day for you to enjoy.  You do not need to reserve all 3 nights.

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Secure your player spot by signing using the Registration link below. You can also Pay Online by clicking the button below this donation of $125.00 is 100% tax deductible.


You must register and make your $125 donation ASAP - whether you plan to attend as a local, book accommodations at Little River Inn or stay elsewhere, please register now. All registrations are donations and are not refundable if you decide not to attend for any reason. The Rotary District 5170 Foundation Federal Identification Number is 94-3016176..


Scroll down below the Player Registration form for more information about accommodations at Little River Inn. Registration is first come, first served.  We expect to sell out quickly so register ASAP!


For more information, contact us at for any questions. See you in February!

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Leslie Friedman

Leslie has been an enthusiastic Mahj player for over 10 years. She’s been playing and assisting in tournaments and has recently begun running mini-tournaments including Mendocino Mahj 2023. She loves the challenge and excitement and  hopes that  everyone will join in the fun.


Sunday Night VIP Welcome Reception

We'll meet and greet each other plus learn about the important anti-trafficking work this Rotary project supports for at-risk girls in Vietnam.



Mah Jongg: A little History...a Little Culture

Hear Toby Salk’s lively lecture about the history of how Mah Jongg became so popular in the United States, the current Mah Jongg climate and the innovations in Mahj over the years.

Toby’s  grandmother, mother and aunts all played Mah Jongg before she was born. So, you might say she first heard the clicking of Mah Jongg tiles in the womb! 

Toby currently teaches and lectures in private homes, ladies’ clubs and at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico. She also collects, restores and sells vintage Mah Jongg sets. Toby hosts a Mah Jongg Brunch for players of all levels. Don’t miss this wonderful and wacky Toby Salk talk!


Sunday – February 25, 2024

4:00 - Check in at Little River Inn
5:30 - Welcome, Wine & Cheese, “Movie: “Tiles that Bind”
Dinner on your own - If you plan to dine at the Little River Inn restaurant
please make a reservation.
7:30 – 10:00 p.m. – Social Play

Monday, February 26, 2024

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Social Play

Lunch on your own
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Mini Tournament #1

5:00 p.m. – Toby Salk, Mah Jongg: A little History...a Little Culture

Dinner on your own - If you plan to dine at the Little River Inn restaurant please make a reservation.

7:30 – 10:00 p.m. – Social Play

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Social Play
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Mini Tournament #2

Lunch on your own
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Mini Tournament #3

4:30 p.m. – Announcement:  Tournament Winners
5:00 p.m. – Toby Talk – Mahj Museum

Dinner on your own - If you plan to dine at the Little River Inn restaurant please make a reservation.

7:30 – 10:00 p.m. – Social Play

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Social Play
10:00 a.m. –  Silent Auction Winners; Farewell Announcements

Safe Travels Until Mendocino Mahj 2025

Costs:  Mini-Tournaments - $20/tournament or $50 for all 3. Payable on site.  Please bring cash.

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For a special accommodation rate at Little River Inn, reserve your room(s) directly with the Inn online at Little River Inn or call 1 - 888 - INN - LOVE. If booking online use the Discount Code LoveMahj or if calling mention the Mah Jongg fundraiser to get your special rate. A charge of $5++/day per player is added to cover coffee/tea service each day. If your partner is not a player, they can enjoy golf, the Spa, the Botanical Gardens, Redwood forest hiking and beach walks along the picturesque northern California coast.

BREAKFAST - Full Breakfast is available in the Little River dining room or delivered to your room from 8-9:30. 

LUNCH: LUNCH: On Your Own. Many lunch options are available in the village of Mendocino only 3 minutes away.

DINNER -  On your own. Delicious dining is available at the Little River Inn restaurant or explore local cuisine in Mendocino or Fort Bragg.

QUESTIONS? for questions and more information, please drop us a line at

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