July 2022

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Kern River Valley

Service Above Self in the Kern River Valley

We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:00 PM
Elks Lodge
6708 County Road 495
Wofford Heights, CA
United States of America
We meet every other Monday at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights with option to join via Zoom.
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Scholarship Night at the Kern Valley High School was a special event, with the Rotary Club awarding ten $1,500 scholarships to some amazing graduating seniors.  And in other news, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley was founded on February 21, 1962.  We are celebrating our 60th year with a Jubilee at That's Italian, Monday evening May 23rd at 6:00pm.  All-inclusive cost is $31/person.  All past and present members welcome, call 503-298-9395 for reservations.  
The Rotary Club of KRV has been very busy these past weeks.  An extremely successful Car Show on Saturday, May 7th was the culmination of months of planning and raised funds to support our high school youth activities and scholarships.  Three high school students attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, from April 28 - May 1, and returned home from an experience that is life changing.  And on May 9th, forty people attended the Rotary Celebration of Youth at the Elks Lodge.  Interact Club students, parents, siblings, and Rotary Club members enjoyed pizza and stories shared by attendees of our youth leadership programs.   
With sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley, three students from Kern Valley High School will be attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) scheduled for April 28 - May 1st, 2022, at a camp retreat setting in Ojai.   Prior attendees have described the experience as life changing and we all look forward to hearing about the students' experiences upon their return.  
The Interact Club of Kern Valley High School sponsoring a first-of-its-kind talent show / fundraiser, "Kern Valley's Got Talent" on April 1st, 2022.  The students planned and executed the entire project with guidance provided by Joelle Watson, counselor at the high school and honorary Rotarian.  The Kern Valley Sun covered the story: KVHS Interact Club holds talent show for first fundraiser | Kern Valley Sun.  CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved, with special kudos to Molly Watson, president of the Interact Club!
On Saturday, November 20th, Rotarians were busy filling baskets with all the food ingredients necessary for a full Thanksgiving feast.  The baskets were then delivered to twenty Kern River Valley families selected by the Family Resource Center.  The Club is grateful for the opportunity to ensure these families celebrate Thanksgiving with all the trappings of the traditional meal.  
The Rotary Foundation transforms donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects, making lives better in our communities and around the world.  
Our mission
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
  Rotarian Erie Johnson poses with his antique truck and congratulations sign.       Pardae Tuttle, 2021 graduate and participant in a number of Rotary Club high school youth leadership academies, shares a huge smile.  
 Rotarians Kat Barnum and Erie Johnson congratulate each graduate departing from the ceremony.  
     The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley is pleased to award a total of $13,500 to nine college-bound seniors from the Kern Valley High School, each receiving $1,500.  The student recipients are:    
          Dr. Ernie Anderson, Geologist Scholarships: Bryce Kelso and Tyler Strange
          Rebecca Dake Memorial Scholarship: Mila Turner-Morgan
          Rotary Scholarships: Adeline Goulding, Pardae Tuttle, Caley Osorio, 
                                                               Angelynne Rollf, Alyssa Cox, and Haily Martinez
Scholarship Awards Night at the High School was a magical event; Vera Anderson, Paul Cromwell, and Allie Bender presented the scholarships.   
The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley is excited to sponsor a virtual benefit concert event featuring our beloved local bands, interspersed with descriptions of our Club's community service activities.  Hosted by Charlie Busch, and produced by Chuck and Tammie Barbee, this virtual concert will bring back memories of all those special life events shared with our wonderful Kern River Valley musicians!  The premier showing will be at the Kernville Rodeo Grounds outdoor big screen theater, Saturday May 1st, gates open at 7:00pm.  The concert will be streaming online at this website starting May 2nd, 6:00pm.  
February 1, 2021
Becky and Mike Dake were both recognized with Paul Harris Fellow awards due to their exceptional contributions to the success of Club activities in service to our community.  For a number of years, Becky and Mike have served as Club Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  They are integral to all Club activities and give freely of their time and energies.  They embody the Rotary principle; Service Above Self.  
March 12, 2021
The pandemic has taken an economic toll on many families in the Kern River Valley.  Recognizing the stress this puts on families and students, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley resolved to pitch in and help with some financial support offered through the high school.  Earlier this month, Paul Cromwell, President of the Rotary Club, met with John Meyers, principal of the Kern Valley High School, to hand over $1,200 in Target gift cards.  These gift cards will be distributed to financially strapped high school students and their families for purchase of basic necessities.  The high school counselors identify families in need and facilitate the distribution.  This is the second tranche of Target gift cards the Rotary Club has passed to the high school for distribution since the start of the pandemic.  The Rotary Club is extremely pleased with this opportunity to partner with the high school in service to the Kern River Valley community.  

Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley
PO Box 2844
Lake Isabella, CA   93240-2844