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
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!
Rotary News by Ron Smith
Groveland Rotary held its’ annual Kick-Out dinner at the Grill on June 27th , as Sharon Hunt, the past year’s president, was officially kicked out. Sharon was roasted by Charlie Fields, Greg Cramblit, Don Felts, Jeff Thompson, and Dave Valponi. After the roasting was completed, everyone congratulated her for outstanding efforts throughout the past year. The new president is Greg Cramblit, who takes over July 1st with his handpicked board and they are anxious to get started with their projects and fundraisers.
The first event for the board is our annual “All you can eat” Shrimp and Sausage Fest on Saturday Aug 26th at the Pine Mountain Stables. Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for kids under 12. Call 962-6542 or 962-7707. At the gate price is $40. Gate opens at 4:00 and dinner is served at 5:30.
The Groveland Rotary Club meets on Tuesday’s at noon at the PML Grill. Come and check us out, consider joining.
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