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Member Since: 1993
Classification: Nonprofit Social Services
George was born in Red Bluff, CA on November 17th, 1955. The following year his family moved to Redding where he attended school and graduated from Shasta High in 1974. He has three children (Adam works at US Bank here in Paradise, Michael lives in Redding and works for a well know sporting good company, Heather is a flight attendant and lives in St. Petersburg, FL). In 1979, he began working with children in a group home in the Redding area.
In 1991, George started Youth for Change, a nonprofit agency in Paradise, and began providing residential treatment services to 18 severely emotionally challenged children ages 9 -17. The three “group homes” were run by 13 staff, with George a strong presence in each. The first 3 years, George was living and breathing to keep Youth for Change alive by cultivating relationships in the community and finding funding sources. These programs serve the children within residential care and work to prevent the need for out of home placement by strengthening the family unit. Through the years, with the support of his strong staff, his agency has expanded and currently provides a wide variety of social and mental health services to children and families in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Shasta Counties. Currently, Youth for Change has more than 160 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $11,000,000. Youth for Change continually transforms to fulfill its mission “to enhance the well-being of children, individuals, families and communities.
In 1993, George joined the Rotary Club of Paradise and has been active in the formation of the Boys and Girls Club of Paradise Ridge and the Paradise Community Village. He is an avid runner, cyclist (both pedal and motorized) and enjoys traveling “off the beaten path”, having visited 28 countries.
- New playground in Bille Park
New playground in Bille Park
By Trevor Warner – Assistant Managing Editor, Paradise Post
Posted: 03/12/2013 06:38:13 PM PDT
Climbing, jumping, sliding, spinning – it’s all part of a day’s play at the new playground at Bille Park. Paradise Rotary hosted a grand opening ceremony Saturday to celebrate the effort it took to install the new park.
The $50,000 park was made possible through joint effort of Paradise Recreation and Park District and Paradise Rotary, said Paradise Rotary President Dean Fender.
Rotary acquired a $10,000 matching grant in August 2012 and did a number of fundraisers to bring in the other $10,000. PRPD supplied the remaining funds.
New playground equipment was purchased in October 2012 and is expected to last another 20 years, roughly the same amount of time the old playground equipment lasted, Fender said.
All the classics were there, slides, swings, jungle gyms and what not. And there were also some newer features like a “spider web”-type net that children couldn’t wait to crawl all over.The playground replacement project started in March 2012, Fender said, when Rotary was looking for a project to be a part of.Spinning monkey bars perpetual motion seats were also popular with the youngsters who hovered around the features until it was their turn to spin around in circles.
It was discovered that PRPD had plans for a new playground, but it was put on the back burner due to budget constraints, Fender said.
Installation of the playground began in January and the project was completed just a few minutes before the grand opening.
“Yeah, we had people out here today laying down the (wood chips),” Fender said.
He said PRPD used its own staff to install the playground. It would’ve cost double had the district contracted the work out, Fender said.
It didn’t take long for the youths to get acquainted with the colorful new contraption as they screamed and hollered while playing at the playground’s various stations.
- Rotarians Honor Vets with Flags on Skyway
Thanks to all the Rotarians that helped put up and take down the Flags on Rotary’s section of Skyway last Sunday. They were out there at day break and again at dusk. What a great way to honor our veterans. It’s the Rotary Way!
- Recycle your Dry Papers, Magazines and Newspapers and support the Paradise Performing Arts Center
Paradise Rotary is at it again! The Rotary Club owns a newspaper recycling in. Recently in it’s position just north of the Maxwood and Skyway intersection, it was vandalized by fire causing a great deal of damage to the bin. Thanks to the a…
ssistance of Northern Recycling and Waste and with the help of many Rotarians the bin has been freshly painted and restored to it’s original condition. The bin has a history dating back to the early 1990′s when Rotary purchased it with the assistance of Bill Mannel, a fellow longtime Rotarian who at that time owned a local trash collecting business.The bin has had various homes over the years since it’s original purchase. The proceeds from the sale of the collected newspaper has benefited the Performing arts Center over the years. Thanks to the generosity of ACE Hardware the debris bin has a new home. Located on the corner of Clark and Pearson in the ACE Hardware parking lot. The proceeds will continue to benefit the Paradise Performing Arts Center. In celebration of the rebirth of the recycling bin, the Chamber of Commerce joined the Rotary Club of Paradise, ACE Hardware and Northern Recycling and Waste in a Ribbon cutting ceremony held on Thursday, October 25 at 5:30 p. m. on the spot of it’s new home, ACE Hardware.
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- Paradise Interact Club Donates $500 to Performing Arts Center
The Paradise Interact Club recently donated $500.00 to the Paradise Performing Arts Center. The Interact Club is a youth organization sponsored by the Rotary Club of Paradise. The club which has over 30 high school aged members is very active in the community helping with events like the Rotary Crab Feed, Steak and Lobster Feed, Chocolate Festival, and numerous other activities in the community. Interact President, Cheyenne Pierson and Interact treasurer Chaye Vankeuren made the presentation to Harvey Parrott the Chairman of the Board for the Performing Arts Center. Other community donations made by the the Interact Club include $1200.oo to the Rotary Bille Park Playground and many others.
- Rotary 4 Way Test Speech Contest Winners
Great job as our Rotary Club of Paradise speech contestant first place winner — with Grace Ayala at Rotary Club of Paradise. Grace’s winning speech was about Foster Care as it applies to the Rotary 4 Way Test. A set of rules Rotarians use as a guide in conducting business and their lives.
Congratulations to the winners:
1st Place: Grace Ayala ($200 prize)
2nd Place: Andrew Meyer($100 prize)
3rd Place: Ashley McGrath ($50 prize)
Doug Carroll, at teacher at Paradise High School was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for his support of the contest as well.
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- Vote For Cheyenne Pierson, Paradise Rotary Club Chocolate Fest Queen Candidate
Vote for Cheyenne Pierson for Chocolate Queen, Go to http://chocolatefest.us/chocolate_queen.php and donate to this local charity that does so much for our community. It’s easy and secure using PayPal. Just click the donate button under Cheyenne’s picture and make your donation. Help our Rotary Interact President become the 2013 Chocolate Fest Queen. It’s the Rotary Way!!
- Rotary President Elect Attends Training
John Rank, President Elect
Rotary Club of Paradise
Member Since: 1994
Classification: Estate Planning
What is new with John?: “I have been busy becoming educated as to “all things Rotary” by attending meetings of District 5160’s President-Elects, the three day PETS training seminar in San Jose, and will be attending this weekend’s District Summit at Butte College. Presently my focus is on building my administration (committee chairs, team leaders, etc.), and I hope to have that process completed soon. When I am not consumed by my estate planning practice (I can’t believe I’m in my 21st year of practice) and Rotary endeavors, I engage in “two wheel therapy” which is typically taking mountain bike rides. We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful area; there are lots of stunning single track trails overlooking canyons, rivers, and lakes. Finally, we have a new addition to our family, Abbey, who is a 10 week old Olde English Bulldogge, that keeps things entertaining at our house.“
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