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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
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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.

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The Rotary Meeting speaker on October 29th was Reid Hopkins, shown here. We learned how his non-profit teaches youngsters ages 10 to 17 good values and good citizenship in a rural ranch setting.For 20 years he has worked with at-risk kids and helped them become productive and well adjusted He takes kids from around the county and has several graduates from Tehachapi who have gone on to successful careers locally.
A travel date has been set for Rotarians from our club and the China Lake club to visit Casa de Sanacion, (formerly Ninos de la Promesa). On November 17th we'll meet the new director and staff and learn about the repair and rebuilding of the home for abandoned kids. Casa de Sanacion translates to Healing Home
If you're interested in coming along contact Chris Naftel or Tim Trujillo for trip details. We're looking forward to meeting Kara Robbins who'll be moving the home forward.
As the weather begins to cool we think about our local kids and how they'll do when 'ol man winter arrives. By late October our mountains begin to really get chilly and snow can start in November. Pictured here is Rotary club president Chris Naftel presenting a $500 check to the Salvation Army's Sandy Chavez. She heads up the annual Coats for Kids drive to ensure the neediest kids in town have a warm new coat to wear when the weather turns. Last year Sandy's talent in procurement was able to obtain 50 new winter coats with our donation. Thanks Sandy!
Club President Chris Naftel inducted three new members pictured here. They are (l to r) Sandy Chavez, Salvation Army Area Manager, Paul Kamininski, Acting Superintendent Tehachapi Unified School District, and Pat Doody, The Loop Newspaper Account Executive. All three are fine citizens of our town and will be great contributors to Rotary Community Service projects. Welcome aboard!