Clubs make plans for Rotarians At Work Day
Tim Aspell, 2010-11 president of the Rotary Club of Vista, California, USA, supports William Harmatz, a former Preakness-winning jockey, during a Rotarians At Work Day project in 2010. Photo courtesy of District 5340
The Rotary clubs of Truckee and Truckee Sunrise, California, USA, will be teaming up to build an exercise course for elementary school students on Rotarians At Work Day, 30 April.
Dozens of volunteers are expected to help create a looping path through the woods behind Truckee Elementary School. Steps and ramps will help students navigate between the course’s two levels.
Started in 2006 by the late Bob Watson, past governor of District 5340 (California), Rotarians At Work Day happens the last Saturday in April each year and challenges clubs around the world to carry out hands-on service efforts in their community.
Watson hoped that by 2014, every club and Rotarian would participate.
"We're really starting to see the impact of Rotarians At Work Day as more Rotary clubs around the world perform community service projects on the same day," says Pamela Russell, chair of the District 5340 Rotary Foundation Committee. "It provides a great opportunity to revitalize your club, attract new members, and generate publicity for Rotary."
Other projects planned for Rotarians At Work Day include:
- The Rotary Club of Pôrto Alegre-Bom Fim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, plans to collect fresh fruits and vegetables at a street market to give to patients with mental disabilities.
- More than 65 members of the Rotary Club of Carson City, Nevada, USA, are expected to help tidy up the landscaping around the Brewery Arts Center, a community theater, media, and entertainment facility. Afterward, the club will celebrate with a barbecue.
- Members of the Rotary Club of Hooghly, West Bengal, India, will visit the ophthalmology department of a hospital where the club is supporting an ongoing project to provide intraocular lens implants for people with cataracts.
- The Rotary Club of Napanee, Ontario, Canada, will pick up garbage and recyclables from a 1-mile stretch of highway in the community.
- Rotarians in District 9200 (Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda), in conjunction with Rotarians for Fighting AIDS: A Rotarian Action Group, will be helping with HIV testing and counseling throughout the district.
Check out what other clubs are doing, and learn how your club or district can participate in this year's Rotarians At Work Day.
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