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Service Above Self

Every Thursday at noon (except the 5th Thursday of a month)
The Shed cafe
333 E. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA  93561
United States of America
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Rotary Club of Tehachapi was founded in June of 1987 and serves the local area through its volunteer members efforts.   The club follows the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” in doing good things for our community.  Our Ongoing community service projects include:

·         Annual Holiday Luncheon for Seniors – this December event provides a scrumptious free holiday meal, seasonal entertainment and prizes for our town’s senior citizens.

·         Smoke Detector Project – Each fall the club members visit local homes of those in need and change the batteries in smoke detectors to ensure the safety of its citizens.

·         Youth Service – We sponsor and support the Interact Club of Tehachapi High School, designed to provide youngsters with leadership and good citizen training, they provide community help projects throughout the school year.  Rotary provides opportunities for high school Interact students to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp each year.  The four day immersion in leadership training and citizenship building takes place in Ojai each April.

·         Literacy Project – The club provides a special personalized story book to all kindergarten kids at Golden Hills and Cummings Valley Elementary Schools.  The book gives the children a fun start with reading and helps them develop an interest in education.

·         Breakfast with Santa – in conjunction with other local service clubs, we host the annual Breakfast with Santa for the children in our community.  We serve juice, milk, coffee, pancakes and sausage and created an opportunity for a free picture with Santa.

·         International Project – Each year the club selects a project to assist people in a foreign country.  Our Rotarians travel to Tijuana, Mexico, to help at an orphanage.  We've raised funds in association with the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club to provide a Van for the Orphanage. We are also participating in a Global Grant for polio eradication...Our  Fashion Show fund raiser has been key in supporting polio eradication.

·         Community Support – throughout each year the Tehachapi Rotary Club takes the initiative to assist locally wherever possible.  We were there to help after recent fires.  We support the Salvation Army’s ‘Coats for Kids’, aided their back to school clothing drive and shoe drive and participated in Christmas Angels.  We honor young men as they attain their rank of Eagle Scout.  We have even thrown our support to the dogs—Marley’s Mutts, a rescue in Tehachapi. We served at the “Old Timers” picnic in support of Parks and Rec.and we have assisted in serving at several Senior Center fundraisers.

While serving our fellow citizens, the Tehachapi Rotary Club embraces the concept of fellowship and good fun. Our activities include regular social events where we come together to celebrate our friendships and our successes. Our club is made up of business, professional and community leaders.

The recent earthquakes that shook the Ridgecrest area were some of the largest in the memory of most local residents. Thank goodness there were no injuries or major damage sustained by our sister Rotary Club members in Ridgecrest or Indian Wells Valley.
After the Rotarians of both clubs cleaned up their own earthquake damage they then did what Rotarians do - they helped their neighbors and others who had severe damage to their homes and were in need of assistance.
To say thanks to these Rotarians, District Governor Savi Bhim and Executive Assistant Governor Tim Trujillo visited a meeting of both the China Lake and the Indian Wells Valley Club. They presented Shaken but not Broken certificates to each of the club presidents.
Pictured here are (l to r) DG Savi, RC of China Lake President David Haugen, RC of IWV Terry Bollino and EAG Region 1 Tim Trujillo.
Many thanks go to all the local Rotarians who helped their community during this difficult time!
We're happy to have Lance join us as our newest Rotarian!
Lance is a talented Financial Adviser who has taken over the investment portfolios of J. Williams Financial here in Tehachapi.
Pictured here (l to r) at his induction ceremony are Club President Chris Naftel, Lance and his Club Sponsor, Tim Trujillo.
Lance has a real talent for money management -- he won the big weekly marble-bag drawing ($276) at one of his first meetings.
With his good luck, we're hoping he'll buy each of us a Lotto ticket!
Welcome aboard Lance.
Rotarian Craig Huff has done it again. On Thursday May 9th Craig donated $250 to our Rotary Club of Tehachapi Foundation. The donation is wonderful - but even better, it will be matched by another donation of the same amount by his employer, Merrill Lynch's parent company, Bank of America.
Thank you Craig for your second straight year of generosity!
All donations to our Foundation are used exclusively for our charitable projects, so the money is well spent.