19 October 2015 — Project Ideas From Around The World


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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for October! Special Guest Speaker: Janet Higgins, local outreach director for Be The Match and the national bone marrow registry.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Mel; Pledge, JoAnne; Four-Way Test, Brenda; Rotary Minute, Jorge; Mini Craft Talk: Linda W.)   BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 — 10:00pm to 4:00pm  — The next ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, in support of Valley Food Bank, at Gelson’s in Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for November! Special Guest Speaker: TBA.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Reed; Pledge, Richard; Four-Way Test, Yoko; Rotary Minute, Todd; Mini Craft Talk: JoAnne.)   BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.


We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.










Ideas come from many places. Sometimes even the Programs Chair doesn’t have a great idea clamoring for attention as a weekly program.

That’s when it’s time to do two things: cheat and get creative.

This week, using “random.org” to generate random numbers between 1 and 100 and the results of a basic Google search for the term “Rotary Club Project,” we present seven interesting web pages corresponding to the order of search results and the seven random numbers generated successively by random.org.

As always, the goal of the Program is not only to educate or entertain (or both), but to challenge each of us to see if any of these randomly selected projects generates an idea for us to implement sometime soon or in the future. In the comments, make a note of anything that intrigues you!
Random Number/Search Result 26


(think outside the pond…or inside the pond, what could we do at Los Encinos, which has a duck pond and ducks?)

Random Number/Search Result 66


(look at the range of ideas in this roundup from November 1963)


Random Number/Search Result 100
(any underserved schools we could assist hand-on?)


Random Number/Search Result 85
(this is a much bigger-picture idea, but this group provides support and expertise for Clubs engaging in environmentally sustainable projects; poke around)


Random Number/Search Result 79
(hmmm…maps at schools, to teach…)


Random Number/Search Result 82
(libraries, with book, for kids; note getting the materials donated by local DYI outlet of a big chain)


Random Number/Search Result 34
(indigenous peoples…not much here, but an idea floated years ago for everyone’s brainstorming: a three-region international support project, perhaps involving TRF and a Global Grant, for local underserved indigenous here, Canada, and Australia; we have the contacts…)

Go post ideas!


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3 responses to 19 October 2015 — Project Ideas From Around The World

  1. Great ideas.
    May I please recommend The Village Gardeners – http://www.villagegardeners.org/
    We could schedule a hands on Rotary Club volunteer day on a Sunday to help clean up a portion of the L.A. River.
    The SC-SO Rotary Club had done this in the past. The Village Gardneers provided refreshments, gardening tools and instructions on weed abatement or trees/shrub planting. We could partner with Jack London CDS whose students are in horticulture programs and need volunteer time. I can give you contact names if interested.

  2. Now that you’ve got my wheels spinning…

    Maybe we could make and install mini libraries at some of the local parks. This might be an idea we could develop to use as a Foundation grant project.

    I am aware of a few underserved schools that have gardens that could probably use some help. Not a nature center, but it’s a start. Many of the schools have well-meaning groups come in and build planters and start the gardens but then leave the every day upkeep to the school. Many of the planters need fresh paint and the gardens could use weeding and replanting.

    And yes, lets volunteer to clean up the LA River!!

  3. Daniel Pearl Interact started a small garden at the school last year. Dave and and I supplied most of the plants. But they have been limited in their ability to expand beyond the one planter box due to lack of materials. Their president wanted to help do more at the school, with an emphasis on drought-resistant plants. Perhaps some of the members would want to help with this?

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