During the past couple of years one of our members, David [Stilts] Valponi, wearing his stilts, they are at least five feet long , as he dresses like “Uncle Sam” and travels through the crowds at the local “ 49 er Festival” and the Coulterville Coyote Howl with his bucket and poster sign collecting donations for the Groveland Rotary Shoes for needy Children in the Groveland and Big Oak Flat School District that encompasses Tioga High , Tenaya Elementary, Greeley Hill Elementary and Don Pedro Elementary Schools. Because of his and other member’s involvement, we were able to donate, a $100 Gift Card from a local shoe store in Sonora to each School, with more to come as needed!
Thank you David for helping on this so worthwhile cause!
From left to right Sharon Hunt, Club Secretary, Greg Cramblit, Club President, David Valponi, Member, Donald Felts, Vice President and Wynette Hilton, School District President
Submitted by Ron Smith
Text and Photo by Herman Schaap
On Tuesday January 23 2018, The Groveland Rotary Club held their annual Speech Contest for Students of the Tioga High School. This year we had 3 contestants, Summer Avery, Grace Martinez and Aileen Martinez.
This year’s theme was “MAKING A DIFFERENCE” as it is the Slogan of this year’s Rotary International President.
The contest was judged by the following criteria: Meaningful inclusion of Rotary in the speech, Quality of thought, Organization of thought, Vocal delivery, Physical delivery, Overall effectiveness and Length of speech.
The judges Jim Goodrich, Don Felts and Herman Schaap had a difficult time to select the winner and follow ups. Their scores were very close.
The results are,
First Place, Summer Avery
Second Place, Grace Lloyd
Third place, Aileen Martinez
The Groveland Rotary thanks all of our contestants for their time and effort.
A job well done!
The contestants from left to right: Grace Lloyd, Summer Avery and Aileen Martinez