Glendora Rotary Service Projects

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Program Descriptions


Program Descriptions

Mini-Grant for Teachers Program
For over 25 years this program during which time we have given over $400,000 in grants to local schoolteachers. The committee kicks off the program with a club fundraiser at one of our meetings featuring three teachers who received grants the year before explaining what their grant accomplished in the classroom. This is followed up with members volunteering contributions towards the grants, usually raising over $10,000 in 15 minutes. The teachers submit their applications for a $300.00 grant, which are then judged by the committee. Of the 100 applications usually received, 70 will be given grants. An award ceremony is held at the school district offices where the teachers are introduced by their principal and handed a check for $300. Brochure

Dan Stover Music Scholarship Program

George Hensel Ethics Essay Contest

Valentine Luncheon
-Every other year we host the San Dimas club for a Valentine luncheon on the Tuesday closest to February 14th.

Trail Days
(Spring/Fall) – Twice a year Rotary provides a BBQ’D Hot Dog Lunch for volunteers who clean the trails.  Several of our members participate in these twice a year project.  This is scheduled and coordinated through the city of Glendora

Senior Citizen Luncheon
(December) – Rotary services lunch to the senior citizens at the La Fetra Senior Citizens Center.  We provide Entertainment and Santa Claus. We work in Conjunction with the Staff at the La Fetra Senior Citizen’s Center.  Normally there are close to 200 Senior Citizen’s that attend this annual Luncheon.

Christmas Parade
(December) – Glendora Rotary participates in the annual event by puts entering  a float the Parade.  We are assisted by of the Cub Scouts and Interact Students to help decorate and ride on the float. 

Holiday for Tots  - Pictures  With Santa
(December) Polaroid Pictures are taken with Santa and given to the children.

Citizen Of The Year
(April) – This is an Annual Chamber of Commerce event to Honor the chosen “Citizen of the Year”  

Big Yellow Bus
(September) – Glendora Rotary sponsors a bus to take a group of Glendora school children to visit L.A. County Fair during “Glendora Day” at the fair. 

(School Year)  – Interact is Rotary sponsored service club for the young people ages 14-18 in the local high schools.  Glendora Rotary also sponsors 1 boy, 1 girl and 1 adult to attend Interact Symposium. 

Meals on Wheels
(All Year) – Meals are delivered to home-bound Glendora residents by members of our Club.  Program is sponsored by Foothill Pres Hospital.  Meals are delivered every Wednesday. 

Boy Scout Liaison
(All Year) – Coordinates with our sponsored Scout Troup, keeps in touch with Scout Leader through out the year.  Glendora Rotary Club supports and sponsors this Scouting Troup with an annual donation.

Glendora Family Film Night
(July –August) – Glendora Rotary in cooperation with Glendora Parks & Recreation Department sponsors and  coordinates with the Department this event.  The Glendora Rotary Club pays the expense of the five film nights at Finkbiner Park. 

(Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) –(Fall) – This is Rotary’s training program for the young leaders of high school age, emphasizing leadership, citizenship and personal growth.  We provide transportation, lodging and meals for a weekend training program.

Halloween Carnival
(October) – Keith Van Vliet  has chaired this project for the past several years.   We sponsor a Game Booth and give prizes in the Park on Halloween Night.

Christmas Caroling
(December) – Rotarians volunteer to carol at local hospital.

Trivia Challenge
(Spring) – The Glendora Rotary Club sponsors Glendora’s annual Trivia Challenge.  The Club participates with Trivia Challenge, by entering a Team and volunteer to work the event.

Student of the Month
Two Glendora Middle Schools and Royal Oak Schools will participate.  There will be a rotation of schools with one school participating each month.  Outstanding Students are selected and invited to attend our Rotary Meeting. 

4 Way Test Speech Contest
The 4-Way Test Speech Contest helps foster the principles of ethics in everyday life as well as in today’s business. The competition is designed to introduce local high school students to Rotary by creating interest through a competitive speech contest and sponsored by their local Rotary club.

The GSE program of RI is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 and in the early years of their professional lives.  The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits between paired areas indifferent countries.  For four to six weeks, team member experience the host country’s institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.  For each team member, RI provides and most economical round-trip air ticket between the home and host countries.  Local Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.

These scholarships are RI’s oldest and best know programs.  Since it’s inception in 1947 nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices.  Today it is a world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program.  During the 2005-06 Rotary year nearly 800 scholarships were awarded.  The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarship program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.  The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies.  While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of good will to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary club sand other groups.  Upon Returned home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experience that led to greater understanding of their host countries.  Ambassadorial Scholars. Chairperson can go to the Download Center at the Rotary International website to download a copy of the Group Study Exchange News Kit (251-EN) to get ideas and tips on how our district can attract qualified GSE team members and to promote the GSE program in our community.

A rotary Youth Exchange student has the opportunity to spend a year, or perhaps just an extended period to time, living with a host family in a country other than their own.  They have the opportunity to learn a new language, learn a new way of living, and learn a great deal about themselves.  During the 2005-06 Rotary year, more than 8,000 teens were involved to Youth Exchange.

Glendora Rotary has been involved in the Focometer project since 2001.  Discovered at the 2001 Rotary International Convention, the Focometer is a hand-help auto-refractor designed for use in disadvantaged locations to measure refractive errors in children and adults.  It requires no electricity, and has validity and reliability research that deems it as effective as professional equipment when operated by properly trained lay-persons.  The Focometer was developed by Dr. Ian Berger, who received a grant from RI to field test the Focometer.  For his work, R. Berger was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by RD. Glendora Rotary has sent 9 members to the University of Houston School of Optometry to Train to use the equipment.  Those members have then trained many more members of the club to do all work involved with the Focometer, other than the use of the Focometer itself.  We partnered with the Agua Caliente Rotary Club of Tijuana in 2004, and have successfully completed 12visits to Tijuana; screened approximately 1500 children; and fitted approximately 400 of them with prescription eyeglasses.  Additionally, we offer sunglasses and reading glasses to needy adults. 

Choral Festival “America Sings”
Project Goal-
This project is to raise funds to support the Glendora Unified School District’s choral music program. To date, we have raised over $100,000 for their programs. All proceeds, after costs of the Citrus College facilities, will be divided equally between the elementary, middle and high school programs.

Project Description Including Specifics for this Year-
The 2010 program will be held at Citrus College on Friday, march 7th, beginning at 7:00 P.M. The rehearsal will be held on the same date between 8:00A.M. and 12 noon. This program brings together 4th-12th grade students. The elementary students (4th-6th) form the six elementary schools are combined into one group. Each of the middle schools and the high school will perform separately. In all three can be as many as 500 students performing. They usually all come on stage for the Grand Finale. The program lasts about two hours without any intermission.

Police Officer of the Year
The city selects a police officer to receive the Office of the Year Award. Our club makes a financial contribution to help cover the cost of the event and club members are encouraged to attend the award ceremony.


This is a weekend leadership program for 8th grade students from public and private schools who have demonstrated leadership skills.  The program is held at the Astro Camp in Idyllwild, California.  This year’s camp will be held November 10-12.  It is limited to 179 eighth grade boys and girls.

Each club in Rotary District 5300, which includes clubs from East Los Angeles along the 10 Freeway to Rancho Cucamonga thru the Cajon Pass to the High Desert and on the Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, has an opportunity to send at least two students at the club’s expense.  Students will travel be chartered bus Friday morning November 10 and return Sunday afternoon November 12.  Our Glendora students (4) will travel with 8th graders from Covina, Azusa, La Verne, San Dimas, Claremont, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, El Monte, and Diamond Bar.  Each bus will have at least two high school seniors who will be youth counselors and two Rotarians.

The focus is on leadership activities which stress “Leading Yourself”, (tat is setting personal goals, taking risks, tapping personal talents, overcoming obstacles, time management) rather than activities that emphasize skills for leading others which is the focus of our Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp which is for high school juniors.


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