The key to any Rotary Club is what we do to provide help where it’s needed in our local community and around the world.
Dance For the Children (for PolioPlus Eradication Campaign) (2012)
Dance For the Children (for PolioPlus Eradication Campaign) (2011)
Dance For the Children (for PolioPlus Eradication Campaign) (2010 with Sherman Oaks Sunset)
International Mother Language Day
Our Club Members go to schools and teach children ages 11-14 how to say Hello, Please, Peace, Thank You, and Love in many different languages. We gathered the translations from friends, many of whom are Rotarians, all over the world. We will feature one language in each of our E-Club’s weekly meetings.
Here’s the project from an early presentation in 2009, with the students also learning Rotary’s Four-Way test:
Letters to Tohoku
In the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011, the greatest need is what is termed “kokoro no kea,” “care of the heart,” which encompasses addressing the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of those who are suffering the toll of having experienced a catastrophic natural disaster.
Our Club gathered letters written by children at two schools in the Los Angeles area, students as young as kindergarten learning the Japanese language. These letters of friendship, without reference to the disaster but instead self-introductions as a reminder that people outside of Japan care very deeply about the children of Japan, have been send in March of 2013 to two elementary schools in the Tohoku region in time for the second anniversary of the earthquake. The project will continue annually.
Partnership with Valley Food Bank
People in our area who don’t have enough to eat need us to help even when it isn’t a major holiday. We will conduct quarterly food drives–with public outreach. Many Rotary Clubs have their members bring cans of food to their weekly meetings, and that is wonderful, but we need to take another step and use the power of our relationships to bring everyone into the effort, not just Rotarians.
On 1 July 2012, we conducted our first major public-outreach food drive, asking shoppers at Gelson’s Market in Sherman Oaks, California, to add just One More Item to their cart and then drop it off with us on the way out. We collected 1,737 pounds of food in one day at this location and with the Rotary Club of North Hollywood at the NoHo/Valley Village Gelson’s. More than 300 families will eat thanks to the generosity of the shoppers.
Partnership with Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
On 7 November 2011, our E-Club made its first donation of gently-used clothing and other necessary items to the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, part of our ongoing efforts.
…and more ideas percolating! What’s your idea? Let’s find a way to help.