Yearly Archives: 2018

Our Weekly Speaker

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Our weekly speaker on Tuesday December 18 2018 was Anthony Felts, Son of our 2017-2018 President.  Anthony talked about his live at the College he is attending in Santa Cruz (UCSC). His major is Computer engineering. The topic of his talk was the designing and building of an all electric “Buggy”, a team project as part of his education. Anthony also got his private airplane license and his Scuba certificate all in 2018. Quite an accomplishment! Thank you Anthony for your informative talk and we wish you all the success in your future endeavors.

Photo and text by Herman Schaap


Thanksgiving Turkey Day 2018

Groveland Rotary – Making a difference

Text by Ron Smith
Photos by Karen Seals

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A big shout out to Karen Seals,  Rotary member and Tioga High School teacher,  Kathy Follmer wife of  our treasurer and Josh Follmer Groveland Rotary’s  Interact Club president.  They and their crew continued  the traditional Holiday Feast at the Groveland Community Center with the help of 70 volunteers.   Three hundred and seventy five (375) meals were served  on Thanksgiving Day to people from Groveland and surrounding communities. There were many many happy people in attendance.

Thanks to all who participated in this event; it was definitely a great success.


More Groveland Rotary Info

Text and Media by Ron Smith

The Groveland Rotary received a Proclamation from the Groveland Community Service District, thanking the Rotary for actions taken ( by Jim Goodrich and members) for the repair of Mary Laveroni park. By putting out the call for donations to start the effort we received from local concerned citizens and by many Rotary clubs from Madera to Lodi and Rotary District 5220 Disaster fund monies to get started. At the time I am writing this article the parks repair is on track to be ready for the 49er Festival. Great News.

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Rotary Article of great interest


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c7d2_172172Dave “STILTS” Valponi recently reported a banner year for our Shoes for Needy children in our area. He set a new record for him, collecting over $800 at the 49er Festival and the Coyote Howler in Coulterville in his Uncle Sam costume, stilts and red white and blue bucket. A super great effort on his part.


2018 Groveland Rotary Shrimp Fest

Text by Ron Smith

13780404-shrimp-chefOn August 15th  the Groveland Rotary held their annual Shrimp Fest  at the PML  Stables to a large crowd of friends of the Rotary. A great time was had by all.  It is one of our greatest fundraisers of the year provides the funds for all the Rotary projects in the general area.  It funds the Easter Egg Hunt , Wellness Faire, Shoes For Needy children, Stuff the Bus, Third Grade Dictionaries,  Firewood Project, Scholarships, Rotary Interact Group at Tioga and other programs. Thank you to all that attended and made this a successful event. These projects include Greeley Hill, Coulterville/Don Pedro, Big Oak Flat, etc.

President Greg Cramblit “Kicked Out”

By Ron Smith

IMG_0400On Tuesday June 26 The Groveland Rotary Club celebrated the “kick out” of Greg Cramblit, the 2017-2018 President. The gavel was handed to the 2018-2019 President, Donald Felts.  The reason for the fancy frog hat on Greg’s head is because he used to own Froggy’s  Bar and Pub in Capitola for many  years. Needless to say the theme for the evening was anything “Frog” like frog jokes etc. Greg performed an excellent job over the past year on local and international projects. We thank You Greg for all your work and guidance. We wish Don an equally successful job in the upcoming season.

Helping our Community

By Ron Smith

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On Friday June 22nd President Greg Cramblit of the Groveland Rotary presented a check of $5000 to the Groveland Community Services District board president Robert Swan to get the repair of Groveland’s Mary Laveroni Community Park started.  The park was heavily damaged on March 22nd 2018 during the atmospheric river flood that struck the area.  The funds have been collected from, district Rotary clubs and concerned local residents from the Groveland area.