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What Have We Been Up To?

Fair Oaks Rotary and Bella Vista Interact

Team with Vitalant to Save Some Lives

Bella Vista Interact Club, Fair Oaks Rotary & Vitalant teamed up to save lives for four hours on April 14.  Vitalant brought a couple of bloodmobiles to the New Life Church and the Interact and Rotary clubs located the donors and provided Rotary fuel (not the usual donuts, but plenty of goodies to go with the coffee).  Air 1 Radio provided music and goodies, and the local Golden Retriever meet-up group brought a few canines to comfort the stickees.  Twenty-two people rolled up their sleeves and gave of themselves.  It was quite a happenin', so you might keep an eye out for another one in the future.

Four Young Women Describe Opportunities
In Fair Oaks Rotary Speech Contest
It happened on Zoom, so the chance for that group photo at the end disappeared, but four remarkable young women high school students spoke to the Fair Oaks Rotary via their computer cameras about this year's district speech contest theme, "How 2020 Opens Opportunities".  The winner (pictured above) was Nancy Cheng, a senior at Waldorf High School.  She will now compete in the District semifinals, but in the club's eyes, they were all winners.  We're all looking forward to next year's in-person competition.
Masked Horde of Fair Oaks Rotarians
And Bella Vista Interactors
Takes on Madison Avenue
The group pictured above, heavily armed with "grabbers" and bright orange trash bags, and energized by Rotary fuel... coffee and donuts, for the uninformed... made short work of all the trash on Madison Avenue between Chicago (street, not city) and Kenneth, as per our agreement with Sacramento County, which gives us free advertising by posting signs delineating our "beautification" zone.  We do this once a quarter, so give us a wave if you see us again.  For a look at the Interact crew, click "Read more..."
Happy Valentine's Day
From Fair Oaks Rotary
(and some dogs)
Well, mid-February can be a kind of lonesome time at an elder care facility, especially during a pandemic.  So making over 400 Valentines and distributing them to a handful of area facilities seemed like a pretty good idea.  And that is exactly what Fair Oaks Rotarians did, assisted in the distribution by a bunch of beautiful golden retrievers.  Who knows... maybe a doggie even made a Valentine or two.  It seemed to brighten up the day for a bunch of senior citizens... AND Rotarians.
Is Fair Oaks Rotary
Going to the Dogs?
From this photo, it might look like it, but here's the rest of the story.  One of our members who is a well connected dog lover thought that it might be fun to have a get-together at the New Life Church while our club was helping the Fair Oaks-Orangevale Food Bank with their Saturday distribution.  And while we're at it, why not have a local news station bring a crew out for a look at what we're doing?  Well, it was fun, and we were on TV!
Fair Oaks Rotary Chooses
First Zambian-born President-Nominee
Elitas "Mazzy" Chirwa has been chosen to serve as the president of the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks in the 2022-23 Rotary year.  Born in Zambia a number of years ago (women's ages are classified), she was a journalist there and came to the US after being awarded an internship by CNN.  She has been a Fair Oaks Rotarian for six years and recently got her Master's degree in counseling.  She is a Paul Harris Fellow and previously served as the Club Service Chair.  Congratulations, Mazzy!
Fair Oaks Rotary Helps
Fill Holiday Tummies
2020 threw a big obstacle in the way of service projects in general, but Fair Oaks Rotary's elves would not let a worldwide pandemic stop one of our annual favorites, preparing and distributing holiday food baskets to less well-off students of local schools.  One hundred families will eat a little better this holiday, thanks to the crew in these pictures.  Next year... off with the masks and on with the holiday hats!  For more photos, click "Read more..."

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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