LAKE ELSINORE – On the heels of a non-profit of the year award presented by the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Elsinore Rotary Club celebrated 60 years of giving and fellowship in the Lake Elsinore Community. This year marks the anniversary of the club’s charter in which the club adopted its mission making Lake Elsinore and the world a better place to live.
The Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore boasts of community service projects, vocational projects for students, youth service projects, and international projects that have changed thousands of lives here in the community, as well as, around the world.
Some of the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore’s signature projects include a weekend meals in backpacks program which feeds 245 children a week at five schools in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, a neighborhood improvement project with Habitat for Humanity that rallied together 277 volunteers, $24,000 in donations and resulted in 25 homes improved and Military Care Box Program that sent 20 boxes with 600 pounds of goodies to our military troops overseas.
The Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore’s youth programs include an ongoing dictionary program that has provided dictionaries to every third grader in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District since 2005. The club’s annual music competition has showcased over 400 students and awarded $15,000 in scholarships and prizes. The club also supports the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) sending 150 high school students over the last 10 years to a weekend leadership camp experience.
Understanding the importance of community gathering and engagement, the club donated $20,000 towards a community theater, now called Rotary Performing Arts Theater at Lakeside High School in 2005, as well as 300 hours to a Community Garden that was recently completed in Lake Elsinore.
Internationally, the club has earned matching grants totaling over $400,000 over last eight years for clean water, medical access, and educational projects. The highlights of the club’s international projects include an orphanage improvement project in Mexico, which was a joint effort with neighboring Rotary clubs, benefiting 14 orphans and adding 1500 square feet, a kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and roof to the structure and the Odowuru Village international project, started in 2006 and recently completed, has improved sustainability and life for the people of the Ugandan Village.
“The Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore is known worldwide for being innovative, creative, forward thinkers, willing to push the boundaries and challenge the mindset of the past,” said Mary Brown, president of the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore. “We are not a club of check writers, but are very generous with our funds to support our projects and the Rotary Foundation. We are not afraid to roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty, and work hard to make a difference.”
The club held a celebration recently where the efforts were recognized by many government officials and the Rotary District 5330 Governor.
The Lake Elsinore Rotary Club welcomes perspective members to attend one of the weekly meetings on Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. at Lakeside High School’s Round Table Café, 32593 Riverside Dr., Lake Elsinore. An evening extension club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Lone Star Steakhouse in Lake Elsinore. For information about Rotary programs, visit www.lakeelsinorerotary.org.