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?
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.
Rotary Wins 2019
Best of Fair Oaks Award
It's not clear who the competition was, but the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks was voted the best association or organization in Fair Oaks for this year; this means that we are almost certainly a pretty darn good club. 
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.
Fair Oaks Rotary Hydrates the Masses
At the 2019 Chicken Festival
 
 
 
Temps in the high 80's and some great music makes for thirsty Fair Oaks Chicken Festival attendees.  That sounds like a job for the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks, who once again arranged for plenty of beer and wine... and water too, just for the health of it.  The money is still being counted, but it seems like we'll have some good funding for the many service projects we do.  It's starting to look like this is an annual tradition, so look for us next year again.
Fair Oaks Rotary Sponsors
Women's Empowerment Graduation
 
 
 

That headline would make many wonder what Women's Empowerment is, and what exactly it means to "sponsor" a graduation.  Well, the website of this 18 year-old program probably says it best: "The mission of Women’s Empowerment is to educate and empower women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children."  As they graduated their 76th class, consisting of 21 women, what that "sponsor" business meant was that we bought, prepared and served the lunch following the ceremony.  Of course, that also included setting up and cleaning up, and making sure that no left-over dessert went to waste.  We've been doing this for several years and there's a good chance we'll be back next year, because it's a real feel-good experience... and the dessert is always yummy.  For more pics of the crew in action (?), 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. 

 
Rotary People of Action