A Groveland family has a special needs child that communicates through signing. The family felt that a kid’s weight bench would help Daisy grow stronger. Daisy’s need was brought to the Groveland Rotary’s attention by one of our members, Jeff Thompson. Daisy and her family were invited to have lunch with our Rotarians and they surprised Daisy with this colorful weight bench. As you can see there is total delight on her face. She was able to bring us grown ups, to tears of joy.
Submitted by Sharon Hunt
By Sharon Hunt
When the Tenaya Parent Club announced their Fifth Annual “Stuff the Bus” Campaign the Groveland Rotary took up the challenge. With $250 from the Rotary President’s fund and another $250 from passing the hat, Rudy Manzo, our Past President, headed for Staples. Darren, the Manager, loaded case after case on a moving pallet, pencils, binder paper, crayons, glue sticks, colored pencils, markers, binders, dry erase markers, pocket folders, white glue, highlighters and copy paper for the teachers. When the final receipt was recorded, Rotary wrote a check for $500. The actual Staples retail bill was $1500. Yes, it was a great day with smiles and laughter and tears of joy. Wynette Hilton, the Principal of Tenaya Elementary School, was more than thrilled when Rotary unloaded their gifts. It goes without saying that we will be forever grateful for the generosity of Staples!
From left to right, David Valponi, Rudy Manzo, Sharon Hunt and Wynette Hilton
By Jim Goodrich
Groveland Rotary Club, Evangelical Free Church of Groveland, and Groveland Community Services District have a three-way partnership of supplying firewood to those people in our community who rely on it as their only source of heat in the winter months and have little money to pay for it. The church identifies those in need. GCSD provides the space to store wood, and Groveland Rotary Club splits and delivers the wood to those in need. Each year Rotary splits and delivers 10 to 15 cords of firewood to people in Groveland and Big Oak Flat.
Storing the equipment that Groveland Rotary Club uses for this project had become a problem. But, through the generous contributions from members of our community, a new storage shed was constructed. Doug and Shane Leahy of Leahy and Sons Construction provided the concrete foundation and constructed the 10×10 foot shed. Alan Gaudenti, owner of PML Hardware in Big Oak Flat, provided all construction material. Kelly Moore Paints provided the paint for the shed. Through these generous people, we now have a safe and secure place to store the equipment needed to cut and split the firewood that keeps people warm in the winter. To these generous people, Groveland Rotary Club sends a big THANK YOU!