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COMMUNITY SERVICE

The following are Almaden Valley Rotary's yearly Community Service Projects:

  • Interact
    Almaden Valley Rotary Club is currently the proud sponsor of three Interact clubs, Oak Grove, Leland and Valley Christian High Schools. These high schoolers develop skills in leadership and learn the satisfaction of helping others through practical experience conducting service projects under the sponsorship and supervision of the Almaden Valley Rotary club. We have in the past been a sponsor of Pioneer High School.

  • Scholarships
    Almaden Valley Rotary Club give scholarships to local high schools. The high schools in our region are: Pioneer, Leland, Gunderson, Oak Grove, Santa Teresa and Central County Occupational Center (CCOC). Scholarships have been presented in the following years: 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, and 2000.

  • Camp RYLA
    RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) is a leadership camp. Here, young men and women, age range of 14-18, spend time together in a challenging program of discussions, inspirational addresses, leadership training and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills and good citizenship. Camp RYLA is a very popular event for Rotarians as well.

  • Speech Contest
    Almaden Valley Rotary Club sponsor candidates from the local high schools to the Rotary speech contest.
    What better way than to learn poise and "stage" presence than to speak in front of a group of Rotarians in competition with your peers. The annual Speech Contest held at the District Convention provides this opportunity. It is a rewarding experience to hear these young people.

  • Almaden and Southside Senior Luncheons
    A Christmas lunch is enjoyed with the senior citizens of South San Jose and Almaden Community Center. The Rotarians bar-b-que filets and serve the lunch to approximately 200 seniors each. The seniors also get to enjoy the caroling of Simonds Elementary students.

  • Christmas Families Project
    Provide food, clothing, and toys for several families that otherwise would not be celebrating Christmas in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship. For several years we had a Christmas Wrap Party to wrap and celebrate a job well done.
And this is the list of periodic Community Service Projects completed in the past:
  • South Valley YMCA Landscape Project
    A newly constructed planter area with colorful annuals at the main entry of the South Valley YMCA was completed in June 2006. Some additional work as a one and a half day project at the South Valley YMCA was completed in April, 2010.
  • Thanksgiving Project
    A community project with the Hoffman/Via Monte Neighborhood Project to provide food to families in need for Thanksgiving.
  • Their are a number of other projects that precede this webmaster, e.g. an Outdoor Science Classroom at Los Alamitos Elementary School, a Par Course at the Castillero Middle School, and a painting project at the Southside Senior Center.