A Message from Our President
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Orangevale! This year we are striving to aid families in our Orangevale area, as well as supporting Rotary’s projects worldwide. One of my priorities is helping to enlarge the Orangevale Food Bank. Our community still has a number of families that need the food bank’s support, not only for food, but also for daily supplies to fulfill family needs. Another area where we want to continue helping is to aid the schools in our community, from K-12.
Our members range from business owners, managers, retired business people, and young professionals. Our club was founded in 1960. Orangevale Rotary has won numerous awards every year at out District Conference for our outstanding achievements through the years. There are several avenues of service available for our members to contribute their time and talents. There is Club Service, which plans our social activities within the club for all of our members and their families. Vocational Service supports the work of others in our community for the work that they have accomplished. We also hear from our members frequently as they share their vocations and interests with other Rotarians. The avenue of Community Service reaches out a hand in providing financial help and labor to complete projects that make Orangevale a better place to live.
There are hands-on activities in our New Generations committee, which works with youth at all school levels. Our International Service members work on funding projects worldwide and even travel to parts of the world to give their own time and effort. International Service, headed by Jim Buntin for several years, has arranged for water wells in many African countries. In South America, many schools have been supplied with books and materials which have been almost non-existent before. Microcredit helps to fund small loans for small business people in Third World countries who need help to get started.
We meet every Friday at 7:00 a.m. at La Placita near Greenback and Walnut, 9272 Greenback Lane. We invite you to come and join us for breakfast and visit with us—starting around 6:30 a.m. Breakfast for new guests interested in learning more about us is "on the house." We also have great speakers on the most up-to-date subjects each week, thanks to our Program Chair, Bryan Daniel. Rotary offers so many ways to give to others and receive the gift of friendship. In addition, there is the true satisfaction of knowing that you are helping those who are in real need.
Hope to see you soon!
Investing in the future of Orangevale youth continues to be a top priority of the Orangevale Rotary Club. Following a fine Orangevale Rotary tradition, $3500 was again designated to fund worthy educational grant projects submitted by Orangevale schools. Educational grant applications were sent out in early October and six teachers sent in their applications by the October 31 deadline. Out of the six grant proposals, five were approved and funded. All grant recipients have been invited to attend a November or December Rotary meeting to meet the very generous Rotarians and describe how the funds will be spent.
Once again the Orangevale Rotary Club was happy to award $6000 in scholarships to five very worthy seniors at Casa Roble and Bella Vista High Schools. Honored at Bella Vista’s Senior Awards Night were Claire Williams ($1000 Laird Smith Community Service Scholarship) and Courtney Reimche ($1500 Academic Scholarship). Three outstanding seniors were awarded scholarships at Casa Roble’s Senior Awards Night: Chris Seeley ($1000 Laird Smith Community Service Scholarship), Nadia Choban ($1500 Academic Scholarship) and Aleksey Navrotskiy ($1000 ROP Scholarship).
1st place: Mark McKibbin with President Ann Hively
2nd place: Kwame Porter
3rd place: Selena Chavez
2 other participants: Ben Schuessler and Olivia Riehle
Casa Roble Principal, Jim Shoemake was surpised at the February 8th meeting, to be honored with a plaque and appreciation for his outstanding efforts and accomplishments in his 2 1/2 years as Casa's Principal. Sadly, (for our community) the District has recognized Jim's worth and has rewarded him with an administrative position. Congratulations Principal Shoemake! We look forward to all of the great things that you'll do for San Juan Unified!
Thank you for you service!
Ottomon teachers and students are the very happy recipients of a Rotary Literacy Grant. Orangevale Rotary was awarded a $2000 grant to purchase sets of leveled readers for the school library. Since the arrival of the books in October, the children have enjoyed reading the creative stories and varied topics of the many colorful books.