Led by Parade Chair Amy Doré, the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove organized its annual Good Old Days Parade on April 9, 2011. As usual, the parade was a big hit featuring a wide range of entrants and entertaining the crowds!View image gallery
In 1995, The Dictionary Project was founded for the simple purpose of providing every 3rd grade student with their own dictionary. Since that time, over 12.5 million dictionaries have been purchased and donated to schools throughout the U.S. by service clubs, individuals, religious groups, families and political groups. Everyone agrees that students can not do their best work without a dictionary.
This project was brought to the attention of District 5230 Rotary Clubs in about 2003. Each year since then, members of the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove have visited both local elementary schools to give every 3rd grade student of Pacific Grove Unified School District their personal copy of A Student’s Dictionary.
The books are ordered in the summer, as soon as it is known how many 3rd grade students will be enrolled. Then in September or early October the Club President and other members visit both Robert Down and Forest Grove Elementary Schools to personally deliver the books. The Dictionary Project has always emphasized the importance of giving children reference books that they can keep as their own – we stress that these books are theirs to use throughout the year and theirs to keep for use at home.
We have often used this brief visit to the schools to educate students about Rotary, and it has become a tradition for us to distribute an individual bookmark with each book. Generally the bookmarks are printed with The Four Way Test:
The Four-Way Test
Of the things we say or do …
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
By donating these reference books to student in the district, it is our wish that by providing this valuable resource, we may help to improve the education and the lives of the students and their families.
(It is estimated that there are about 470,000 third graders enrolled in public schools in California. The Dictionary Project has reached over 225,000 of them. If you would like to help provide dictionaries to more students in California, or other states, please visit www.dictionaryproject.org.)View image gallery
The RotaCare Clinic, which is supported by the Peninsula Rotary Clubs, is for the uninsured and underinsured and the homeless. This is a clinic-based primary health care delivery system that provides free medical services to those in need. Our growth and development depends upon the quality and caring that our services provide.
RotaCare delivers care through volunteer caregivers committed to delivering health care in a spirit respecting each patient’s dignity, right to appropriate and competent treatment regardless of ability to pay, and right to expect treatment which is delivered in a manner of privacy and comfort.
The mission of RotaCare is to bring free medical care for the relief of pain and suffering to those people in the most need and who have the least access to medical care. The clinic is open Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Seaside Family Health Center, 1150 Fremont Street, Seaside, California.
RotaCare is a non-invasive acute care facility that provides free quality medical care for all patients, by treating them within the RotaCare facility or referring them to outside services. RotaCare clinics are run by volunteers. Each clinic is operated like an urgent care medical clinic. The clinic serves between 40 and 45 patients each Wednesday.
Almost half of the patients seen are children and over half of all patients are female. A majority of those treated are mothers and their children. These mothers are faced with being able to feed, clothe, and house their children or take them to the doctor. This is not a pleasant choice for any parent to have to make.
Some of the people the clinic serves are homeless and have no idea how – or are afraid to access – institutionalized care. Transportation can also be an issue. The clinic strives to be safe, caring, and available in the community where there is the most need. To meet these needs, the clinic has interpreters provided by the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Defense Langue Institute on Wednesdays who speak and can interpret Spanish.
The RotaCare Clinic of the Monterey Peninsula is one of 9 clinics in California and the only one in Monterey County. Each clinic is autonomous and self-supporting.
For more information, please contact Pacific Grove Rotarian Pam Norton at 831-659-8037 or visit http://www.rotacarebayarea.org/monterey.html.View image gallery
PG Rotary originally built the Little House in Jewell Park, Pacific Grove in 1952. Over the years, the Little House has been used for social clubs and small gatherings. Recently, PG Rotarians and civic leaders recognized the fact that the Little House was in need of major restoration. PG Rotary organized the necessary permits, the labor, and the materials to transform the Little House into a state-of-the-art facility. We gutted the building and are currently in the process of replacing the floors, the walls, and the roof. We will also be adding a bathroom and will make the Little House ADA accessible. The city of Pacific Grove was given a $40,000 grant from the Monterey Regional Park District to help pay for this project.View image gallery
In 2009, PG Rotarians noticed that the gazebo in Jewell Park, Pacific Grove, was in need of restoration. The club organized volunteers with the help of PG Rotarian / contractor Steve Covell and the PG Kiwanis Club. The volunteer group fixed the roof, replaced damaged wooden trim pieces, replaced the electrical wiring, and applied a fresh coat of paint. With these improvements, PG residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the gazebo for generations to come.View image gallery
After 49 years of being a regular member of the Pacific Grove Rotary Club, Bill Ziegenbein retired in March 2011. To commemorate the many years of dedicated service, President Kyle A. Krasa proclaimed March 22, 2011 to be “Bill Ziegenbein Day” and Bill was made an Honorary Member. All past presidents stood with Bill at the podium to celebrate this milestone.View image gallery