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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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HISTORY

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 Eiseman and the local Fort Bragg Rotary Club, we cleared $7,500. 

GROWING THE MONEY TREE

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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.

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Join us once again at the Little River Inn, Mendocino, California for a few days of fun, prizes and Mah Jongg!
Drop in for any length of time between March 19-23. You do not need to reserve all 4 nights.

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SECURE YOUR SPOT: Secure your player spot with a check for $100 per player made out to "Rotary District 5170 Foundation" with "Rotary Vietnam Project" on the legend of the check. This donation is tax deductible. Mail your donation with a copy of the Registration form below to Avis LaGrone, 5032 Las Cruces Court, San Jose, CA 95118. 

PLAY: We will play American rules using the 2022 card. Sue McKinney will coach a maximum of 8 newcomers to the game, so bring your best friend or daughter-in-law who never learned to play, and get your registration in quickly! Let's add Mah Jongg to their life! If there are a sufficient number of players who want to play Chinese rules, we'd love to have you join us too. Bring your Chinese play group to join us. We won't be teaching Chinese rules.

RSVP: You need to register (form below) and make your $100 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Scroll down below the Player Registration form for more information about accommodations at Little River Inn. 

FAQ: For more information, contact us at MendocinoMahJongg@gmail.com for any questions. See you in March!

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PROGRAM

Sunday Night VIP Welcome Reception

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

MONDAY NIGHT

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"The Beauty & Soul of Mah Jongg" with Toby Salk.

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 a tad about her family.

Salk’s grandmother, mother and aunts all played Mah Jongg before she was born. So, you might say she first heard the clicking and clacking of Mah Jongg tiles in the womb! You don't need to be a player to attend! 

Salk 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 monthly Mah Jongg Brunch for players of all levels.
Don’t miss this wonderful and wacky Toby Salk talk!

EVERYDAY: PRIZES - JEWELRY - WINE - VIETNAM SILKS

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Ali Nemo of Bee Hunter Wines

$1,000 Gourmet Dinner from the winemaker.

$500 Gourmet Lunch from the winemaker.

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Lee Eisman of Mah Jongg Tchotchkes will be selling her Mah Jongg jewelry and accessories.  In addition to jewelry, Lee makes coasters, paper goods, trays, clocks, picture frames, and more.

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For more information, visit etsy.com/shop/MahJonggTchotchkes.

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Thanks to our generous supporters for donating prizes.

We’ll have more donors going forward.

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PLAYER REGISTRATION

Secure your player spot with a check for $100 per player made out to "Rotary District 5170 Foundation" with "Rotary Vietnam Project" on the legend of the check. Please put your telephone number on your check.
This donation is tax-deductible. The Rotary District 5170 Foundation Federal Identification Number is 94-3016176. Mail your donation together with a copy of this registration form to Avis LaGrone, 5032 Las Cruces Court, San Jose, CA 95118.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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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 Room Service Breakfast is available from Little River Inn delivered to your room between 8-9:30. A Continental breakfast will be available in Abalone Room for an additional charge. 

LUNCH: To maximize available play time, gourmet box lunches will be available from us (not Little River Inn) by prior reservation. We'll communicate about the menu after you register. We are welcome to use the lovely Garden Patio at Little River Inn during lunch.

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 MendocinoMahJongg@gmail.com

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