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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Big Papa's
1001 West Tehachapi Blvd
Tehachapi, CA  93561-1632
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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 Rotary Club of Tehachapi has helped support a home for needy children in Tijuana, Mexico, for the last several years as our International Service Project.
During our visits south of the border we've been joined by Rotarians from the China Lake Rotary Club and the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club. Together, we provide essential needs for the home, Ninos de la Promesa.
Among our contributions to the home were a new washer and dryer (they do nearly 100 loads of laundry daily), new go-to-school backpacks for all the kids and regular cartloads of groceries and kitchen supplies. It’s rewarding to be there and to see the immediate results of our service. The kids and home managers are always so pleased and thankful for our visits. Most of the kids have come from the red light district of Tijuana, where they have been seriously neglected and sometimes abandoned to fend for themselves. Ninos de la Promesa provides a clean, safe environment for them and ensures they attend school and church activities. Giving to these kids not only improves their lives but improves the lives of us who help them out.
For more information about this project or about Rotary, please contact Tim Trujillo, at
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