Category Archives: Service

Rotary Donates to Local Organizations

The Monrovia Rotary Club has donated $600 to the Monrovia Firefighters Association for their outstanding and life saving goal of making sure every home in Monrovia has a smoke detector. Other donations this month included $500 to the Monrovia Public Library for their summer reading program, $500 to the Monrovia Historical Society for the Legacy Project and $100 to the United Methodist Church Tea and Fashion show to benefit their pregnancy resource center. Thank you to our donors and club members for making this possible.

Donations to the club may be made by clicking the “Make A Donation” link above.

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Cardigans for South Africa

Thanks to the efforts of Club International Chair Malcolm Graham, and Club Foundation Director Julie Roybal, the Monrovia Rotary Club was able to fund the purchase of school supplies and warm cardigans for many destitute children in South Africa. Many members of the Rotary Club directly contributed to this effort via their pledges.

Dear Julie and Malcolm,

It was such a joy to deliver and hand over the cardigans to Umsilinga Primary School at the Ezinketheni Informal Settlement today.  These are such good quality, warm cardigans which each child will be able to use until they probably outgrow them! We are thankful to Sadecks Discount World for giving them to us at cost and not even charging us VAT.

Thank you so much for allowing Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects (MNCP) to
facilitate this project on behalf of Monrovia Rotary Club.   We confirm that
100% of the funds sent to us was used to purchase the cardigans.

Thank you for blessing the destitute children from this community.  Many of them are orphaned and living with aged grandmothers, other caregivers and some are in child-headed households.

More photos to follow.

“Making a difference one smiling child at a time”.

Kind regards

Sandra Pillay
Project Manager/Fundraiser
PO Box 21810, Mayors Walk, 3208, KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: 033- 342 6525 (Office)
Cell:  074 1200 337
PBO No. 930031274;  NPO No. 040-839

MHS Academic Decathlon Team Uses Gift Wisely

The Monrovia Rotary Club gave a $500. gift that teacher Annie Van Dyke used to purchase Demi Dec, an online study guide. Kids used computers at school and at home to study. The Academic Decathlon Team ended up being 2nd in their division – very exciting!
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Next year the topic is World War II – the kids are already looking forward to being a part of the team!
 
“Thank you to you and Rotary for all you do for Interact and Academic Decathlon team!” Annie Van Dyke

Service Saturday

A small but dedicated group of Rotarians partnered with the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) and the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley to plant drought tolerant materials at a home in Monrovia. Hard at work were Bill Shieff, Steve Knight, Bryan Earll, Trevor Fessenden, Lindy Hercus and Sylvia Domotor.

Annual Music Contest Held

Jenny Pappano acted as master of ceremonies as four anxious young men each awaited his turn in front of us, hoping to demonstrate his virtuosity on his chosen instrument in the club level of the Dan Stover Music Competition. The completion, named in honor of the Alhambra Rotarian and dedicated musician, is one of three district wide events, along with the Hensel Essay and Four Way Speech contests, held for high school students throughout District 5300 each year. The contestants were: Joseph Garcia, xylophone; Luis Villa-Lobos, violin; Ian Flores, drums; and Nathaniel Young, saxophone. Each was impressive in his own right, but it was drummer Ian Flores who won the crowd over with his stage presence as well as his playing. He accepted his $150 prize with a big smile.  He will move on to compete at the Group level and if successful will compete at the District 5300 Conference, held this year in San Diego.

“The Heart of a Rotarian” – Malcolm Graham

Persons drawn to Rotary membership are often involved deeply in many other charitable activities – Monrovia Rotarian Malcolm Graham is no exception. Following a successful 26 year career in insurance, first with a British Insurance Company (Royal Sun Alliance Group) and thereafter a CEO of an Insurance brokerage company he became a missionary for 30 years with African Enterprise as their Administrator, mostly coordinating their international ministry.

For the past two years the Monrovia Rotary Club has been pleased to partner with Malcolm and African Enterprise with a donation of $500.00 to a school supplies project for 253 children at the Umsilinga Primary School in South Africa.

The following is a letter of thanks  received by Malcolm and the Monrovia Rotary Club:

Dear Malcolm and Monrovia (CA) Rotary Club Members,Thank you so very, very much for bringing such joy and delight to the children at the Umsilinga Primary School.  Through your generous giving we were able to purchase a year’s supply per child of 253 sets of very basic stationery consisting of the following:
–    5 x Bic Click blue Ballpoint Pens
–    5 HB Pencils
–    1 Ruler
–    1 x large Pritt Glue stick.
These little acts of kindness means so much to the children in this destitute community, many of whom are orphaned and living with aged grandmothers and some are in child-headed households.  The 253 children no longer have to beg and borrow from each other.  When we were teaching English at the school we found that one child would write and then hand the pen to the next child.  This was really disruptive to the lessons.We handed over the stationery supplies to Mrs. Essa the Principal of the School so that she and her Educators could do the distribution as we didn’t want to unduly disrupt lessons or take up too much for Mrs. Essa’s time, but we did personally distributed to the one Grade 6 Class.  More photos will
follow.

We wish you could have been with us to see the children’s faces light up with such bright and beautiful smiles as they received their stationery!

Thank you Malcolm and the Monrovia Rotary Club for your kindness and
generosity.

God bless you!

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But
the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Mother Teresa

Kind regards
Yours sincerely
Sandra

Sandra Pillay
Project Manager/Fundraiser
PO Box 21810, Mayors Walk, 3208, KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: 033- 342 6525 (Office)
Cell:  074 1200 337
PBO No. 930031274;  NPO No. 040-839
A member of the Southern African Institute of Fundraising

“Blessed is He who considers the poor” Psalm 41:1

http://www.facebook.com/MamaNtombisCommunityProjects

Stop Hunger Now Meals Packed by Club Were Delivered

Here is a letter sent to the Monrovia Rotary Club in care of President Bill Shieff:

Dear Bill,

Blessa Chloe Zamora is a happy, healthy 5-year old who loves food and will eat anything, except maybe vegetables. Abandoned by her birth mother as a baby, Chloe blossomed after receiving nutritious Stop Hunger Now meals at a children’s home. A sweet and loving child who enjoys giving kisses and hugs to the staff, Chloe has grown to a healthy weight of 28 pounds and 39 inches tall.

Chloe is but one example of the tens of thousands of children around the world who are being helped by Stop Hunger Now. By packaging meals with us, you have helped put them and their families on a path toward a better life. Because you shared your time with us, these children have hope—hope for a wonderful childhood, hope for an education, hope for a better life.

We are delighted to announce that the meals from your meal packaging event on 11/7/2015 have been shipped in a container totaling 285,120 meals from our Southern California warehouse. If this is the second email you have received, this simply means that your meals have gone to impact multiple partners.

The meals will be received by our in-country partner Salesian Missions in Cambodia.

The Salesians have provided vocational education to Cambodian refugees living in camps along the Thai-Cambodia border since the late 1980s. In the early 1990s, the Salesians partnered with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Education to open a total of seven vocational training centers across the country. Approximately 1,300 youth ages 16-21 attend one- and two-year vocational training programs in Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, Toul Kork, Teuk Thla, Battambang, Kep, and Poipet. The courses of study prepare them for careers in mechanics, welding, computers, printing and communication. Stop Hunger Now meals are provided five days a week to the young adults attending the seven technical schools. For more information visit: http://www.salesianmissions.org/cambodia

Visit www.stophungernow.org for more information about how you can support Stop Hunger Now and continue your involvement in the fight against hunger. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stophungernow for updates, videos and photos from the field.

Thank you for volunteering with Stop Hunger Now. We truly appreciate your dedication and commitment to the vision of a world without hunger.

Gratefully,

Ryan Pond
Program Manager
Stop Hunger Now Southern California
rpond@stophungernow.org

Santa Clothes Project Keeps on Giving

Not only did Kohls in Monrovia assist the club with discounts at the Santa Clothes event, the clubs investment also resulted in a substantial amount of Kohls cash.  In an effort to wring every last ounce out of that Kohl’s cash, event chair Dr. Sylvia Domotor went looking for the best way to extend the good will to additional people in need. After meeting Jamie Duncan of the two-year-old Foothills Kitchen project based at the Methodist church, “Dr. D” decided to spend the $1148 credit on socks and underwear. At a recent meeting of the club, Ms Duncan expressed thanks to the “Monrotarians”, as the members refer to themselves, and explained that the Foothills Kitchen’s mission has expanded from its initial objective of providing meals for those in need to making other essentials such as clothing and blankets available. The Foothill Kitchen is a non-denominational organization and has enthusiastic participants from members of other congregations and lay organizations thru ought Monrovia. Ms. Duncan says the group’s efforts compliment those of the Foothill Unity Center and invited everyone to visit the Foothills Kitchen Facebook page.

4th Annual Santa Clothes Event a Great Success

For the fourth year in a row, the club’s  Santa Clothes event was a huge success. According to Dr. Sylvia Domotor, founder and chairperson of the event, 65 kids, many of them victims of or witness to domestic violence or drug abuse, were the beneficiaries of a department store shopping spree, likely providing them with the only gifts they will receive this Christmas. Each was chaperoned through Kohl’s by one of 47 student volunteers from the Interact and Renaissance clubs at Monrovia High and by students from Kaizen martial arts. The event was paid for by year long donations from the members of the Monrovia Rotary Club. On hand to help were Jenny Pappano, Bon Helbing, Barbara Veenstra, Bill Shieff, Pat Holley, Karen Lujan, Tom Hould, Denny Black, Trevor Fessenden, Lynda Linforth, Steve Knight, Bryan Earll, and Julie Roybal. Photos from the event, courtesy of Bryan Earll, can be found HERE.