Text by Ron Smith
Photos by Rudy Manzo
On Saturday March 31st the Rotary held it’s 27th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mary Laveroni Park in downtown Groveland, much to the delight of dozens and dozens of children. The children participated in age groups, finding over 3000 eggs in about 20 minutes. A fun day was had by all. The Easter Bunny was club secretary Sharon Hunt and the organizer for the event was Vice President Don Felts.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
By Ron Smith
Photos by Rudy Manzo
On March 27th the Groveland Rotary proceeded to produce the 17th annual Wellness Faire successfully. More than 35 vendors were in attendance ready to explain their products to the people in our area of Southern Tuolumne County. Adventist Health Hospital in Sonora provided low cost blood draws, diabetes and blood pressure checks.
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
Rotary International is truly international with over 35,000 clubs and 1.2 million passionate members worldwide. The Groveland Rotary Club is small (20-30 members) but is very mighty. Internationally, we contribute the fight to eradicate polio, water projects in Africa and Mexico, Alliance for Smiles, Hope Haven Wheelchairs, and the education of Guatemalan students. Locally, we contribute to, or run too many projects to list here but the main projects are firewood for the needy to heat their homes, Wellness Fair, Easter Egg Hunt, college scholarships, Shoes for Students, and free dictionaries for 3rd graders in Greeley Hill, Groveland, and Don Pedro. We are always open to new members (young and old-male or female) to help us with our many projects. If you think you might like to give back, please join us for lunch (12:15) at The Pine Mountain lake Grill on any of the first four Tuesdays of the month. You can also pick up a brochure at the entrance of The Grill at anytime.
Respectfully, Greg Crambilt
Groveland Rotary President
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
Rotary News by Ron Smith
The Groveland Rotary held their annual all-you-can eat Shrimp and Sausage Feed on Saturday, August 26 and it was a big success. We would like to thank everyone who supported our annual event. It was a very warm afternoon/evening event but we made it work even though our body temperatures may have risen a bit!
This event supports Rotary’s many local community projects such as “Shoes for Kids”, the “Easter Egg Hunt”, dictionaries for third-qrade students, cleaning the highway, scholarships, etc. Without your support we would not be able to fund these projects.
Many comments were heard about the Shrimp Fest being one of the best ever. We would have to agree! Heartfelt thanks to all Rotarians and others who participated and to our local youth who were a tremendous help in serving the food. Particular kudos to Greg Cramblit, Paul Burkett, Sharon Hunt and Karen Seals. They handled the shopping for the food, getting the auction items donated and serving the food. All other participants did an equally outstanding job but there are too many of them to mention. Oops, almost forgot to mention all the “younger” men who did the heavy lifting in setup and cleaning. Without them this event would have not been possible. Thanks so very much again to everyone!
Please consider joining us next year for this event. We guarantee you will enjoy it!