Rotary is an international service organization with the mission of bringing together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and advance goodwill and peace around the world. Rotary is a secular organization open to all people regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. Rotary International consists of Rotary clubs around the world, including the Rotary Club of Cambria (chartered in June, 1971), whose motto is “Service Above Self.”
Some of the annual community activities sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cambria include: college scholarships for Coast Union High School and Leffingwell High School students; distribution of Daily Planners to Santa Lucia Middle School students; Feed the Needy; blood drive; highway cleanup; Teachers’ Welcome Back Breakfast; and many other projects and events that occur each year for the benefit of Cambria citizens.
A new Rotary Club of Cambria project is sponsorship of “Honor Flights.” This program allows veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War to travel to Washington, D.C., and visit the service and war memorial. It’s our way of thanking our veterans for their service to our country.
Special Rotary Club of Cambria community projects include: The bandstand at Shamel Park; benches and shelters at the bus stops; the Town Clock at the Historical Society’s Bianchini House; planting and maintaining the Rotary Peace Garden on Main Street adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot; new picnic tables; equipment and school supplies for Cambria’s schools; and the electronic scoreboard at the high school football stadium.
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The Rotary Club of Cambria and many of its individual members participate in Rotary International’s quest to eradicate polio around the world. This three-decade effort has reduced the number of new polio cases reported this year to a handful. The Rotary Club of Cambria also sponsors education and training programs that help disadvantaged persons in Third World countries develop a means to become economically self-sufficient and to develop clean water resources and sanitation facilities to improve the general health of their communities. These and other projects help the Rotary Club of Cambria advance goodwill and peace around the world.
Rotary Club of Cambria is able to undertake and fund these community and international projects with the funds raised at its annual gala event, VIVA!, the premier service club fundraising event on the Central Coast. This year’s VIVA! event will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Oct. 17 at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St. Tickets are available online at www.cambriarotary.org for $75 each, which includes appetizers, gourmet dinner, wonderful local wines, live entertainment and live and silent actions.
A highlight of the VIVA! event is the grand raffle. The winner, who need not be present, will receive his or her choice of five fabulous travel adventures. Grand raffle tickets are available for $50 each by contacting Sharon Harvey at 927-2649. Grand raffle tickets will be sold until “last call” at the VIVA! event, when the winning ticket will be drawn.
By supporting the Rotary Club of Cambria, you will be supporting local and international humanitarian projects and services and advancing goodwill and peace on Earth.