Our weekly meetings and more
Thanks to Our Community, Rotary Club of Placentia Awards $16,000 in Scholarships
JUNE 2, 2021
Thirty eight local high school students applied for scholarships this year. Of those sixteen were selected for interviews. And thanks to the support of our community and generous donations of Rotarians the Rotary Club of Placentia has been able to award $16,000 to ten students.
MAY 26, 2021
Club Assemblies are working meetings without a program presentation. We use them for clerical housekeeping, planning sessions for upcoming projects, and discuss future goals.
The Horsepower of Business
MAY 19, 2021
Mark Maes, Executive Business Advisor & Key Note Speaker w/over 25 years of in-depth business experience, including general management of small to mid-size organizations, corporate development, business operations and strategy. Mark is the CEO of Maes & Associates, a SoCal based business strategy consulting firm, delivering powerful solutions that turn visions into measurable results.
Local Radio Host Talks to Rotary
MAY 12, 2021
Charley Wright, podcast host on OC Talk Radio spoke to our club about strategies for investing. Since 2014 Host Charley Wright has interviewed CEO’s, Chief Investment Officers, Portfolio Managers, Authors, Newsletter Writers, Economists, et al, all on the subject of “Alternative Investments”
RYLA Attendees Appreciation Humbles Club
MAY 5, 2021
Reluctance and Appreciation gave way to enthusiasm and excitement once RYLA via Zoom got underway. Each year Rotary Sponsored Juniors attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) a three day camp where through immersion the students learn trust, teamwork, communications, and leadership. Each student attends RYLA only once so comparisons are not possible. But we were concerned that not being in person would be less impact-full. Our RYLA kids expressed excitement, enthusiasm, and gratitude beyond our expectations.
We Assembled Homeless Care Packs
April 28, 2021
For Love Placentia Day the Rotary Club of Placentia donated supplies for 200 Homeless Care Packs. Each Pack consists of chap stick, travel tissues, hand sanitizer, socks, and bottled water packed in a resealable plastic bag. Saturday April 24 the Rotarians met with other community members to write an encouraging note for each kit and assemble the kits and ready them for distribution.
Project Connect Global Grant Approved
APRIL 21, 2021
“Project Connect,” a COVID-safe computer lab to get children of a poverty belt in the Guatemala highlands back to school has been approved. This is certainly cause to celebrate. During the approval process based on the observations of our friends at TRF, we expanded the scope of the grant to include a significant amount of training to help teachers in the region to become more effective in navigating the new online learning platforms, and also, to be more effective in the classroom when that is possible. We are grateful to TRF, and of course to each of you and your Clubs and Districts for supporting this project which will help to ensure educational equity for indigenous children who are marginalized and forgotten.
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!
Rotary Played Easter Bunny for 700 Kids in City
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!
Asking The Right Questions About Mental Illness
MAR. 17, 2021
Dave Jones, shared a very personal story about suicide and the effect it has on a family. During this pandemic, sadness, frustration, and fear have had a devastating effect on many families.
How Do I Repair the Planet
MAR. 10, 2021
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.
REACH Foundation now focuses on STEM
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.
Fred Minter Will be Missed
FEB. 24, 2021
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.
What is RYLA Camp (now eRYLA online for 2021)?
FEB. 17, 2021
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.
Rotary Harvests and Distributes Unwanted Fruit
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.