In addition to contributing to the programs sponsored by the Rotary Foundation, the Palm Desert Rotary Club is proud to share our community service projects our club has implemented or organizations that our club has been able to provide with financial and service support, either on a one-time or on-going basis. Please browse through our community pages to find out more information on the projects.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION & BACKPACKS FOR LOCAL KIDS
Check out the photos Palm Desert Rotarians volunteer at the Gallilee Center.
Gallilee Center - Rotarians at Work Projects
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Check out the photos at local grade schools as Palm Desert Rotarians take time to read to the children.
Literacy Project 2013 and 2012
ROTARIANS AT WORK
Check out the photos from April 2012 Rotarians at Work Day where Palm Desert Rotarians served at the Galilee Center in Thermal, California distributing non-perishable food items to 120-150 local residents.
Rotarians at Work 2012
LOCAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
VETERAN’S CLOCK PROJECTS
We installed a Veteran’s Clock in Palm Desert Civic Center Park to honor our Veterans. This was a joint project with the Palms to Pines Rotary Club.
We also installed a Veteran’s clock in Freedom Park to honor our Veterans.
ROTARY ROCK PROJECT
We were granted a location in Palm Desert Civic Center Park to develop a Rotary Rock Garden. The garden has a rock monument engraved with the Rotary emblem, and all parties who donate have their names permanently etched on the rock for posterity.
Charitable donations are shared with half of the proceeds going to the development of the garden and the other half going towards Rotary Scholarships and other Rotary charities.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR EVENT
We have hosted a Citizen of the Year event since the early 1980’s. All proceeds for the Citizen of the Year event benefit the Palm Desert Rotary Club Foundation’s Palm Desert High School and College of the Desert Scholarship fund.
Past honorees include:
Ernest Hahn, Bill Bone, Joe Tobin, and Dr. Jack Sternlieb
Dean Miller (1988)
Del Sharbutt (1989)
Richard Kelly (1990 & 2010)
Jean Benson (2007)
Robert Spiegel (2008)
Carlos Ortega (2009)
Barbara deBoom (2011)
Jerry Patton (2012)
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST
We have hosted an annual golf tournament since 1988 and an annual pancake breakfast since 1986 raising money for local charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Desert, DesertArc (f.k.a. Foundation for the Retarded of the Desert), Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert High School and College of the Desert Scholarship Program, Lincoln Elementary School Library, Shelter from the Storm, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Safehouse of the Desert, and The Pendleton Foundation.
Henry Nolasco Receives a New Hip
Henry June 2012
Click here to read more about Henry Nolasco, 24, who received a new hip with the help of the Palm Desert Rotary Club.
DESKS FOR KIDS IN HONDURAS
April 10, 2012 – The Palm Desert Rotary Club received an amazing gift from the students at Ronald Reagan Elementary School which helped provide school desks for students in Honduras. This team effort at Ronald Reagan School was lead by Madi Risk, President of the Early Act Rotary Group (pictured). The students raised $900 through a penny drive that involved all the kids at the school. A teacher at Ronald Reagan, Christine Preston (pictured), took a challenge at her church, Southwest Community Church in Indian Wells where she received $100 to do anything with to help people. She doubled it by asking for donations on Facebook -where a parent of former student saw the post and gladly matched her gift. In total – the teacher and students raised $1,145 that will be used to provide desks for teachers and school children in Honduras who have never had desks. What an amazing way to help those in need and to see Service Above Self in action at such young age!
WATER PROJECTS IN HONDURAS
We have completed 24 water projects since November, 2005. To date, there are several water projects pending and several near completion.
FIRE TRUCKS, AMBULANCE, DEFIBRILLATORS, ETC
We obtained 10 Fire Trucks for Honduras.
ß 1 truck – the first truck (during Ed Stempler’s term 1991-1992)
ß 7 trucks (during Gus Gonzalez 1994-1995 and Larry Goodwin’s term 1995-1996)
ß 1 truck (during Bill Young’s term 2000-2001)
ß 1 truck (during Maui Salazar’s term 2007-2008)
We obtained an ambulance and 2 defibrillators during Carlos Ortega’s term 2002-2003.
In addition, we obtained the following items for the fire department in Honduras:
ß Weight equipment for exercise
ß Computer and printer
We donated playground equipment to a kindergarten school in Honduras.
We donated a 13 passenger van to the Palm Desert Boy Scouts and the Boys and Girls Club of Indio during Paul Murphy’s term 1989-1990.
We assisted a young girl from Honduras, Raquel Zavala, to come to the US and receive a prosthetic leg. In addition, we obtained a multi-year visa for her with the assistance of Mary Bono’s office. Additionally, Father Lincoln at Sacred Heart Church arranged to send Raquel to a 10 day summer camp in Poland (supported by the Knights of Malta) for disabled youth. Raquel represented her country and was 1 of 4 representing the US. A total of 350 young people from all over the world attended the camp. Raquel remembers her visit to the US and Poland vividly.
SEWING MACHINE PROJECT
We obtained 30 Singer sewing machines which were donated to the Genaro Institute in Honduras. 15 used machines were donated to other small village schools in Honduras.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL POLIO PLUS PROJECT
We have supported the polio plus project since 1988.