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LA MIRADA ROTARY LEADERS PLAN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS

ROTARY LEADERS PLAN ACTIVITIES -- John Lewis, Rotary President Elect, and current President Russell Hall are pictured planning a busy year of service projects in La Mirada. The major community service project planned by Rotary will be the “Eileen Wade Clothes for Kids” shopping event in December.  The annual project is held in memory of long-time Rotarian Eileen Wade, more than 40 children from La Mirada will be taken to Marshall’s department store on Imperial Highway to shop for warm clothing, jackets, and shoes.

ROTARY LEADERS PLAN ACTIVITIES — John Lewis, Rotary President Elect, and current President Russell Hall are pictured planning a busy year of service projects in La Mirada. The major community service project planned by Rotary will be the “Eileen Wade Clothes for Kids” shopping event in December. The annual project is held in memory of long-time Rotarian Eileen Wade, more than 40 children from La Mirada will be taken to Marshall’s department store on Imperial Highway to shop for warm clothing, jackets, and shoes.

Staff Report

Leaders of the Rotary Club of La Mirada are busy preparing plans for a host of activities in the coming year.

Rotary projects and activities will be listed in budget plans to be considered by club members in the near future.

“Rotary has been very active in La Mirada during the current year,” says President Russell Hall. “All members of Rotary should be proud of the club’s many accomplishments and the contributions it has made to making La Mirada a stronger community.”

Incoming Rotary President John Lewis agrees with Hall and emphasizes that Rotary will continue playing a major role in the community when he assume leadership of the club next month.

“We are planning to increase Rotary’s level of activity in the coming year,” says Lewis.  “We will be continuing our major projects, and will expand our efforts to bring new members into Rotary.”

The major community service project planned by Rotary will be the “Eileen Wade Clothes for Kids” shopping event in December.  The annual project is held in memory of long-time Rotarian Eileen Wade, who championed the project for decades.  More than 40 children from La Mirada will be taken to Marshall’s department store on Imperial Highway and Santa Gertrudes Avenue to shop for warm clothing, jackets, and shoes.  A holiday party will be held with local seniors following the shopping event.

Rotary will again be providing scholarships to a number of students graduating from La Mirada High School.  Applications for the scholarship program will be accepted in the Spring of 2017, and the applications will be reviewed by a committee of Rotarians.  Scholarship winners will be announced in May.  In addition to those donations,

The Rotary Club will partner with the Walmart Neighborhood Market to provide funding to support the Good Sam Pantry food distribution program at Beatitudes of Our Lord church.  Rotary will provide complete Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meals for dozens of families through the pantry to help meet needs in the community.

The annual Independence Celebration on July 3rd at La Mirada Regional Park will again see Rotary participation.  Students from La Mirada High School’s Interact Club will assist in operating a food booth at the event. Proceeds from the booth will be used to assist the Interact Club.  Selected members of the Interact Club will also be sent to a mountain camp to participate in Rotary’s Youth Leadership Training Academy.

Rotary and Interact Club members will also be participating in the City of La Mirada’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at La Mirada Regional Park.

In keeping with tradition, Rotary members will continue to participate in the annual Memorial Day services honoring local service personnel.  The event, which is sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9148 at Olive Lawn Memorial Park, provides a special tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Rotarians are also expected to work with a number of local organizations to support other events in the community. Rotary plans to join with other service organizations, area businesses and local churches to support the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Foster Road Elementary School.

Local organizations that Rotary is planning to support in the coming year include: Friends of the La Mirada Library, From Maddi’s Closet, the La Mirada Symphony, and the La Mirada Relay for Life.

“Rotary is made up 1.2 million people who come together to improve their communities and the world,” says Lewis.  “Our many different occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the Rotary Club of La Mirada are welcome to attend a club meeting on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Elephant Bar restaurant, 14303 Firestone Boulevard in La Mirada. Additional information is available at https://www.facebook.com/Rotarycluboflamirada or at rotarycluboflamirada.com.

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