Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks
 

We meet Mondays at 6:45 pm
Fair Oaks

Community Clubhouse

7997 California Ave.

Fair Oaks, CA 95628

 
 
 
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What Have We Been Up To?
Fair Oaks Rotary Carolers
Are At It Again... At Oakmont
 
 
There are no auditions or tryouts.  There are no rehearsals.  There are just three guitars and a harmonica valiantly struggling to keep them on key.  But nineteen Fair Oaks Rotarians, one Bella Vista Interactor and one Rotarian's sister "invaded" Oakmont of Fair Oaks this afternoon and spread a lot of holiday cheer to the residents... singing-type cheer, not the beverage kind.  It's a good thing the place is dog-friendly, because a couple of pooches came along also.  Closing song... how about a Happy Birthday to 102 yo Bette, sitting next to the dog (above right).  Now that they're all on key, look for them to do it again next week!
Same-Old, Same-Old
At Fair Oaks Rotary's
Battle for The Oak
Somewhere in that mass of Del Campo High School Cougars is Bev Purcell, widow of Jim Purcell, the Rotarian who many years ago dubbed the Bella Vista-Del Campo football game, which is essentially the Fair Oaks championship, the Battle for the Oak.  Fair Oaks Rotary now gives to the winning school a perpetual trophy and a $1,000 graduation award to present to the student of their choice; in addition we pay for the entry of all who identify themselves as a military veteran.  I've lost track of when Bella Vista last won the game, but at 34-13 it was closer than usual this year.  Keep your hopes up, Broncos!
Fair Oaks Rotary Begins
Leadership & Ethics Mentoring
At Meraki High School
 
Fair Oaks Rotary kicked off a year-long one-on-one mentoring program at Meraki High School with a day-long workshop to match mentors and mentees and get to know one another.  This will be followed by monthly meetings between the twenty mentors and their students.  Everyone seemed to have a good time and we're looking forward to a productive program.
Fair Oaks Rotary
Landscapes Center Point Facility
  
 
 
 
On two nice Saturdays in early October, a bunch of Fair Oaks Rotarians, helped by a few Bella Vista Interactors and a Center Point resident or two, provided muscle (?) and landscaping expertise, and fancied up the area around Center Point, a facility for folks recently released from prison.  This will make for a much nicer environment when their families and kids visit on weekends.  Fortunately, after the second work day, there was adequate recovery time for all the aching backs before our next meeting.
RYLA Grads Tell All
About Their "Summer Camp" Experience
Well, we did it again.  We sent six outstanding Bella Vista juniors to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) camp in the Sierras last summer, while only paying for three spots.  How did we do that while meeting the 4-Way Test, you might ask?  Well, by having alternates ready when other clubs failed to fill their spots, or had campers drop out, that's how.
 
Tonight, those six (L to R, Thida Mommaitri, Celene Aridin, Evan Manley, Tafari LaBrie, Jun Seo and Amanda Drew) told us how it went and what it meant.  In the most personal way, they described challenges, teamwork, trust, vulnerability, deep friendships formed in a matter of six days, and, um... oh yeah, FUN!  At the end of their presentation, they attempted to teach the audience a dance to the Justin Timberlake song "Can't Stop The Feeling" (a signature RYLA dance taught to all campers for years); although their efforts might be regarded objectively as largely unsuccessful, there was lots of laughter and applause when the music ended.  It's always one of the best meetings of the year, and this was no exception.

Our club is pleased to announce grant funding for up to $1,000 per project for charitable and educational activities to benefit children and senior citizens in the local community.

Application deadlines are October 1, January 1, and April 1.

Funding is budgeted annually July 1 to June 30 and is available until funds are depleted.  Click Here to Download the application. 

 
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