Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks
 

We Have Transitioned To Hybrid Meetings That Will Be Live & on Zoom.
 
Normally, we gather on Mondays at 6pm for social time, dinner begins at 6:30pm, then the meeting will begin at 7pm.
 
Live Meetings will be at the Fair Oaks VFW 8990 Kruitof Way, Fair Oaks
For Zoom Info, Please check our calendar to get the link.
 
 
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What Have We Been Up To?
Fair Oaks Rotarians Discover
How To Eat and Get Rich
  
Well, OK, they don't get rich, but their Rotary Club does.  How does that happen?  They order on the "Dine to Donate" program, and a percentage of their bill comes back to the club.  We've all been missing the chow line at our weekly meetings, and the Zoom-meisters just haven't been able to replicate it.  So we've been saving personally... AND getting hungrier... every Monday since March.  So... we invaded the Armenian Grill House tonight and made them busier than they have been for a while, AND we'll get a check from them in a month or so.  Not sure who's up next, but this looks like a winner fundraiser.
 
Fair Oaks Rotary SWAT Team
Beautifies Madison Avenue
       
Wait, Rotary has SWAT teams?!!  Well, yes, they STOP WASTE AND TRASH.  And the Fair Oaks Rotary team (plus one Bella Vista Interact Club member), braving nasty air... I think "unhealthy" is the proper term... AND the coronavirus, AND a notable lack of Rotary fuel (coffee and donuts, for the uninitiated) ventured forth this morning on Madison Avenue between Chicago (Avenue, not city) and Kenneth for their quarterly beautification project.  Pickings seemed a little slimmer than usual, perhaps another side effect of COVID-19 keeping people off the street.  But there still was a decent haul, so look for us again in a few months.
Fair Oaks Rotary Helps
AboutKidz Help Kids
   
If that headline makes you think that there's a lot of helping going on, well, you're correct!  AboutKidz is a local Fair Oaks organization that is about (helping) kids.  When they needed some hands to help distribute backpacks with school supplies to local kids, who better to assist, i.e., help, than Fair Oaks Rotarians?  And help they did, handing out over 1,000 backpacks to about 600 kids.  It was such a gratifying experience that you might even think we'd help next time.
Women's Empowerment & Fair Oaks Rotary
Unstopped by COVID-19
   
Women's Empowerment... remember them from last year?  They are the wonderful organization that provides job training... and SO MUCH MORE... for homeless women so that they can break the cycle of poverty they often find themselves trapped in.  Fair Oaks Rotary... what do we do?  Well, we "sponsor" the fall graduation ceremony each year by providing and serving the luncheon after the ceremony.  This year found the class reduced from the usual 20-25 to seven, meaning less need for food and servers, but we were still there.  Let's hope that they're back up to speed as soon as this pandemic ends, because some of us miss helping get rid of the left-over dessert.
It's Fair Oaks Rotary Fridays
At the FO/OV Food Bank!
 
 
When the COVID-19 pandemic increased food insecurity in the Fair Oaks-Orangevale area, FO/OV Food Bank director and Rotarian Keith Wright knew where to get help.  Expanding their hours by adding distributions on Friday seemed like a good idea, and Rotarians jumped at the chance to serve.  Clad in their designer masks, they learned their tasks without too much difficulty and took over the new Friday distribution hours through the end of summer.  To read more about even more food distribution, click Read more...
Fair Oaks Rotarians Become Zoomers
 
Well, it started almost eight weeks ago, so it's starting to look like a trend.  The park district took away our meeting space, then the whole state shut down.  So for seven straight weeks, we've been meeting on line via Zoom Webinar.  After a couple of meetings feeling our way in the dark, we have actually had real live speakers for the past five weeks, telling us about topics of interest during these trying times.
 
And we haven't stopped the projects, either, from a biweekly Zoom "happy hour" with attempted singalongs (bottom line... singalongs on Zoom don't work well) to food collections and other support of the Fair Oaks-Orangevale Food Bank.  It will take more than the coronavirus to slow this club down.  Look for more later.

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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