District Governor, Gianna Richards Praises Hard Work of Rotary Club of Placentia
Gianna was so pleased to visit our club,and loved our enthusiasm! She was not prepared for the pandemic as a District Governor but all of the support she has received makes a difference. She was very complimentary of the club’s projects. She really appreciated the donation of bed pillows which are being stored @ the district office until needed.
Rotary Supported Her in 2011, Noelle Freeman Joins Rotary in 2021
MAR. 30, 2021
Noelle Freeman, Miss California 2011, visited the club during her reign. She is a proud graduate of Chapman University and recently was elected to the Human Relations Commission for Beverly Hills and just became a Rotarian!
The Rotary Club of Placentia participated in the Easter Eggcitement drive through held at the Civic Center this Saturday. Previously the club had gathered to assemble the treats in kid sized bags to make it easier to distribute. Saturday President Ward, Hugh, Gae, Roy, Alice, Kathi, and Glenn handed out the treats as car loads of children drove through the paring lot of the Civic Center. A great time was had by all. Some of the kids had fun too!
Yavuz Atila from the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group was our speaker. . There is a video competition on ideas for contributing to saving the environment, “How do I repair our planet?” 70 seconds, due date in 7//1/2021. Please go to Rotary International for the up to date information on this new RAG.
Resources for the Enrichment of Academics, Arts, Athletics for our Children to reach their ultimate Heights (REACH) has evolved through the current challenges toward an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
On Monday, March 1, Elizabeth's husband, Fred Minter passed away. Many new him fondly as “Santa Fred” because he brought Christmas cheer with him all year long. Elizabeth is a longtime member of Rotary, not only in the Placentia club but others clubs as well. Elizabeth was club president for 2003-2004. Fred was always by her side, supporting her efforts. And she was always by his side as Mrs. Claus. Our prayers are with Elizabeth at this sad time.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is all about Rotarians working with youth in leadership development. It is an intensive training/experiential program for about 180 high school students in their pivotal junior year, who are chosen for their proven or potential leadership abilities. Students participate in an all-expense online “camp” from their homes over five days. The camp is run by RYLA Alumni and student attendance is sponsored by Rotary Clubs from throughout District 5320. Attendance is free for qualified high school Juniors. Students are joined by talented young people from communities throughout the district. RYLA provides a memorable opportunity to learn, grow, have fun, make new friends, and gain a new and improved focus.
Lost Boys of Sudan – The First Few Days in America
FEB. 10, 2021
The Lost Boys of Sudan was the name given to a group of over 20,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups. These boys were displaced or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1987–2005) in which about 2 million were killed and others were severely affected.
Judith A. Bernstein is an American author. She is known for co-authoring the book, They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan, 2005, with Sudanese brothers Alephonsion Deng and Benson Deng, and their cousin Benjamin Ajak.
Local Author David Putnam Spellbinds Morning Meeting
Sharing his life long love of reading and writing throughout his prolonged journey through the many facets of law enforcement to becoming a published author, David Putnam had us captivated with his real life stories.
Many yards in our community have fruit trees the owners are unable to harvest. This fruit would go to waste rotting in the trees or on the ground and attract vermin. The Rotary Club of Placentia harvests the fruit and donates it to Mary's Kitchen, The Navigation Center and various other food banks. Volunteer opportunities for this project are weekly through March. Each session is two to three hours relieves a home owner and provides food for someone in need. Contact us if you would like to help.
Placentia Chamber of Commerce – Vital to the Health of our Local Business
This ribbon cutting of several years ago features many familiar faces reflecting the chamber's long and rich history. The Executive Director of Placentia Chamber of Commerce, Michele Severson is our guest speaker this week. Michele shared many of the ways our chamber helps our local businesses prosper. The chamber holds over 90 local networking and business building events each year.
It is hard to believe that it has been 9 years since Jim Paddock, Kathy Paddock, Kathi Baldwin, and Glenn Baldwin were at the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans. We had a great time and shared fellowship Rotarians from around the world.
Trees up and decorated at Navigation and Veteran Village
DEC. 16, 2020
The Rotary Club of Placentia donated Christmas trees and decorations for Placentia Veteran's Village and the Navigation Center. Rotarians reached out to brighten the holidays for the under served in our community.
Placentia Rotarians getting ready to stock up Placentia’s five city blessing boxes. These boxes will be used to help those needing a little boost to their holiday food supplies and beyond. You can help this support go even farther by donating $10, $20, or any amount to our online Givsum parter.
Rotary members, Glenn, Kathi, Carol Kennedy, Ron & Sue White, Dottie Rogers & Jim Cole handed out popcorn at the Placentia Library end of the year celebration. This community event hosted by the Placentia Library District is the climax of their summer reading program. The fun activities throughout the summer are designed to engage the whole family and help motivate youngsters to read. It is a great program and the Rotary Club of Placentia has helped with it for many years.
An update from Miss Placentia 2020 Alexandria Steward
NOV. 18, 2020
Our guest speaker was Alexandria Steward, Miss Placentia. She is a junior @ UCLA, majoring in health in society. Alexandria plans to be a pediatric PA. Her platform is mental health and suicide awareness, which became very important to her following a freak accident where she broke her back and suffered a head injury during cheerleading in high school.during her injury, the With Hope Foundation was extremely helpful to her.