- Rotarians Change Smoke Detector Batteries for Seniors
The Rotary Club of Paradise formed fifteen teams of two each one Saturday in March. Their goal was to either place new smoke alarm batteries where needed, or install smoke alarms where none existed before in sixty five senior residences, thus making their home a safer place to live. Seniors in need of battery replacements or new smoke detectors were identified by Town of Paradise, The Paradise Senior Center and other local organizations.
The project lead by team leaders Dana Gajda, Business Manager of Eye Life Institute and Shannon Hurte, of Edward Jones Investments was part of the worldwide Rotary Work Day. Rotary International has 1.2 million members worldwide.
The Rotary Club of Paradise continually works to make our community and world a safer place to live. Know as “Random Acts of Rotary” this and the many other projects completed by Paradise Rotarians this year exemplify Rotary International’s motto “Service Above Self”
- Paradise Rotarian’s Paint Local Classroom
Paradise Rotarian’s Paint Local Classroom
Paradise Rotarian’s from the Gilligans Team, lead by team captain Lauren Gill, were very busy this month painting a classroom at the Paradise Charter Middle School. The facility is located behind the Paradise Alliance Church on Clark Road. The project consisted of prepping and applying a fresh coat of paint to the classroom which had not been painted for years. Rotarains: Kathy Maxwell, Gene Clark, Sherry Swim, Lauren Gill, Kiley Patterson, Gary Lippincott and Arthur Pollock all took part in the project which took about four hours to complete.
The Gilligans, one of four teams that make up The Rotary Club of Paradise, is always on the lookout for community projects. This project, one of the many completed or in the planning stages for completion this year, is another “Random Act of Kindness” the Rotary Club of Paradise is known for.
Annual Fundraisers such as the Steak and Lobster Affair held in September and the famous Crabfeed held the first Saturday in February along with generous contributions by the club’s members both in time and money make these and other projects in the community and the world possible.
- PARADISE ROTARY TAKES TOP HONORS
The Rotary Club of Paradise is part of a very large District extending from the Oregon Border to Berkeley. It is one of the largest districts in terms of both geographical size and number of Clubs. It boasts membership of seventy one (71) Clubs. Each year, around this time, the District holds an Awards Dinner, where outstanding Clubs and individual Rotarians are recognized for their efforts during the past year.
The top honor that any Club can receive is the Cliff Dochterman Spirit of Rotary Award, named after Cliff Dochterman, a living legend in Rotary, whose name alone represents all that Rotary stands for, locally, and globally. It is a perpetual honor bestowed on a Club each year which emulates all that Rotary represents. The Club receiving this award has displayed the best of “Service Above Self”, the Rotary motto, as well as friendship, fellowship, and displaying the highest of ethical standards with Peace and Understanding locally and around the world.
This year, that award was bestowed upon The Rotary Club of Paradise. Under the leadership of Dean Fender, President for this past year, the Club made several major contributions to our local community, as well as internationally. It started with the Bille Park children’s playground renovation. This was a $50,000.00 project in partnership with the Paradise Recreation and Park District, under the leadership of Mike Trinca, himself a Rotarian. Rotary, locally, and with the assistance of a District grant, contributed $20,000.00 to the project and assisted in the final stages. The children’s park has been renamed The Paradise Rotary Playground.
In the past, Rotary provided each third grader, with a beautiful hardbound dictionary. With the advent of the computer world, the dictionary became less effective, and so we combined the cost of that project with funds we used each year for limited teacher grants, and this year were able to give each 5th grade classroom, funds to purchase something useful for the classroom. The funds had to be spent on something tangible, sustainable, and for direct student use. This will be an ongoing project yearly, this next year devoted to the 4th grade and on down each successive year.
On an international level, Paradise Rotary has partnered with The Chico Rotary Club and several other district clubs in an international project in Tanzania, to provide potable water to its inhabitants. This is a several year and thousands of dollars project, in which Paradise Rotary has been financially very supportive.
Further, Paradise Rotary took a leadership role in raising money for District Governor Laura Days’ Kenya Smiles project, where, with the help of funds raised, is purchasing and providing Kenya children with dental packets and hands on instruction on how to care for their teeth.
A Paul Harris Fellow is an honor bestowed on a Rotarian who has contributed $1000.00 toward the Rotary Foundation. It is rare to see a Rotary Club with 100 per cent Paul Harris membership. Under the leadership of Kathy Maxwell and Bob DiPietro, both very active members of Paradise Rotary, this Club reached 100% Paul Harris Fellows this year. This represents approximately 80 Rotarians who have reached this level.
Paradise Rotary is extremely proud of receiving the top award, represented by a traveling banner, which will remain with Paradise Rotary and prominently displayed for the entire year at its meetings, and, perhaps in years to come as well, depending on how well we do in the future. Paradise Rotary is composed of community leaders, who don’t know the word “failure”. It is for that reason that Paradise Rotary is so well known for having so much fun while serving the local and global community.
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- PHS Student wins 2014 Paradise Rotary Speech Contest
Paradise High School senior Rachel Kling won the 2014 Rotary Club of Paradise “4-Way Test” speech contest on Tuesday, April 8th. The guidelines were to give a 5 to 7 minute speech applying the Rotary 4-Way Test to the topics of leadership, service, and life experiences.
The 4-Way Test reads:
- Is it the truth?
- Isit fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Kling’s topic centered around the Special Olympics. Paradise High School seniors Morgan Borck and Kayla Lewandowski finished second and third. The winners received cash prizes in the amount of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place.
The Paradise Rotary Club was founded in April 1946. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. More than 1.2 million business and professional men and women make up the membership of these clubs. We give our time and effort to help others through service in our local communities.
- Paradise Interact Club donates food to local food Pantry
Paradise Interact, a youth organization sponsored by Paradise Rotary Club collected and donated more than 600 non perishable food items along with $200.00 cash to Wendy’s Cupboard, a food pantry operated by the Family Resource Center on Skyway. The donation made shortly before Christmas helped the pantry meet the many needs of the family’s they serve. Paradise Interact lead by President Hailee Cronin is also very active in the community in other ways, such as monetary donations to community non profits, volunteering as servers at local fundraisers and working at fundraising booths. The club which meets every Monday at the Northern California Ballet building at 5:30. For more information call Vickie Perez at 530-872-0813 or Trudy Angel at 530-871-1719
- Rotarians Clean Up Egleson Field
Paradise Rotarians spent last Saturday morning cleaning up the outfield fence line at Egleson Field where Paradise Little League plays. The area along the outfield fence (known as the warning track) is kept grass free so outfielders will know when they are getting close to the fence when catching baseballs.
The Rotarian work crew included members of Dana Gajda’s (Dana’s Devils) team, from the left Joe Almeida, Gene Clark, President Elect Justin Miley, Dave Gajda, Cheryl Almeida, Dana Gajda and Rotary President John Rank, Arthur Pollock (photographer). This is just one of many projects The Rotary Club of Paradise is planning this year.