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Rotarians at Yorba Linda Community Center

JULY 14, 2021

Rotarians at Yorba Linda Community Center
Rotarians gathered at Yorba Linda Community Center for a fundraiser for HIS House. Pictured are left to right back row: Margie, Brown, Steve Brown, Glenn Baldwin, Michelle Cummings. Front row: Kathi Baldwin, Dottie Rogers, Al Shkoler, Ward Smith


Mother Teresa's Do it Anyway

JULY 7, 2021

Inspiring thoughts by Mother Teresa. Cisca Stellhorn, our District Governor for 2021-2022 has tasked each club to nominate an inspirational Rotarian to have at each meeting a meaningful inspiration to begin our assembly.


A Final Thank You to All From Ward.

JUNE 30, 2021

Pictured at Demotion Night Ward receives a memento from Turgut and Maria Cakiraga. Ward Smith dedicated his final meeting of his year to the hard work and dedication of our club members throughout his year. Please note: In the last news letter the editor mistakenly identified June 23 as the last meeting for Ward when in fact Ward’s last meeting was June 30, 2021.


Club Assembly Via Zoom

JUNE 23, 2021

Ward held his last meeting. A club assembly which was also our last zoom meeting. Going forward our meetings will be in person at Alta Vista Country Club. You can attend via Zoom if you wish. Please check the website for details.


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.


Club Assembly

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.


Superintendent Update on Our School District

APRIL 14, 2021

82 % of elementary students and 1/2 of the high school students are returning to in-person school on Monday, April 19!


District Governor, Gianna Richards Praises Hard Work of Rotary Club of Placentia

APRIL 07,2021

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

MAR. 24,2021

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

MAR. 03,2021

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.