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 gofundme.com, district Rotary clubs and concerned local residents from the Groveland area.


Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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.





Groveland Rotary Making a Difference

c7d2_172172During 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!

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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