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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
American Legion Hall
54360 Marian View Dr.
PO Box 152
Idyllwild, CA  92549
United States
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Idyllwild Rotary announces its club will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony for any new Idyllwild or Pine Cove business or re-grand opening of an existing business.  For details, contact Chuck at 760-578-3592 or email him at
2016-17 Rotary Serving Humanity
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The 52nd Annual 4th of July Parade steps off at 10:00am in Idyllwild, Join Us

Welcome to Idyllwild Rotary!

We are a fun club full of diverse members, and are very active in our community.  Our biggest fundraiser is the annual "Harvest Festival" event held the two days following Thanksgiving.  We hope to see you at one of our Wednesday morning meetings... 7:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall.  We are usually out before 9 a.m. and on with our day.
If you love giving back and having fun, then we may be the Rotary Club for you. Please, stop in for a visit.  Contact us at
When:          May 18-19-20
Where:         DoubleTree Golf Resort Palm Springs
                      67967 Vista Chino
                      Cathedral City
The Rotary District 5330 Conference kicks off with our Rotary Pre Party & "Late Night" Comedy Night! Join us Friday, May 18th from 5pm to 7pm for hors d'eauvres, wine tasting, beer tasting, live entertainment and Rotary Style Hospitality FUN! Then from 8pm to 9pm, join us for a "Late Night" Comedy Show!
2017 In and Out Dinner
The Annual In and Out Dinner was hosted by Nam Park at Mile High Cafe. The Club officially welcomed our new President, Roland Gaebert, and thanked our out going President, Mark Kassouf.
Rotary Releases $35 Million
to Combat Polio


Rotary has released another $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, bringing the humanitarian service organization’s contribution to $140 million since January 2016.


Nearly half of the new funds, $16.15 million, will support emergency response campaigns in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin (Chad, northern Cameroon, southern Niger and Central African Republic), where four cases were detected last year after Nigeria had previously gone two years without a case.

Idyllwild Rotary's Upcoming Events
     February marks the beginning of our 4th of July Parade planning.  Please see Chuck Weisbart if you would like to volunteer.
     Begins planning for our Annual Apfelpfannküchen Pancake Breakfast over Memorial Day weekend.  Contact Craig Coopersmith or Ted Kinoshita if you would like to help.
Camp Ronald McDonald Cleanup
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, Club members helped out at Camp Ronald McDonald for fall spruce up event!  Idyllwild Rotary does whatever it takes to assist - anytime, any place, for any reason.  We love always "being there."
Rotary Foundation's Rating Upgraded
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.  In the most recent ratings, released on September 1st, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.
The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.  In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
Samuel Frobisher Owori, nominated President 2018-19
The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated Samuel Frobisher Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Owori says he sees in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference." As president, he plans to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
Owori's chief concerns as a Rotary leader are membership and extension. Since he served as district governor, the number of clubs in Uganda has swelled from nine to 89. He urges past, present, and future leaders to work together to engage more women, youth program participants, alumni, and community members to increase Rotary's membership in the coming years.

Rotaract Projects Create Sustainable

Change on a Global Scale

Nearly 140 Rotaractors and guests from across East Africa teamed up to help survivors of genocide plant and harvest their own kitchen gardens. The healthy fruits and vegetables help the residents maintain a balanced diet and provides them a sustainable, reliable food source.

Rotary's Six Areas of Focus

Promoting Peace -Today, 65 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.

Fighting Disease - More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.

Providing Clean Water - More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.

Saving Mothers and Children - At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.

Supporting Education - Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

Growing Local Economies -Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

Riverside County Code Enforcement
Today's speaker was Mary Ortiz, who has been the Riverside County Code Enforcement Officer since 2008.  The Code Enforcement Department is under the umbrella of Transportation Land Management Agency.  The Code Enforcement Department has five district offices of which Idyllwild is in District 3.  The Department's mission is to enhance public safety and the quality of life in partnership with communities through fair enforcement of laws and codes.  Code enforcement includes responding to complaints and concerns, investigating allegations, enforcing County Codes and Ordinances using a variety of methods, and educating property owners and the public regarding county codes and ordinances.  A few of the common violations are construction without permits, grading without permits, substandard/hazardous structures, substandard mobile homes or RVs, and parking enforcement.
How will you celebrate
The Rotary Foundation's Centennial?
In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.
Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.
The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary member and people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.
John Graham Wins Award
This past weekend (May 14,15,16) at the 5330 District Conference held in Lake Arrowhead, John Graham was honored as our club Rotary Hero for securing the school gym when we were thrown into a tailspin with the unannounced closing  of town hall a week before Harvest Festival ---- and then commandeering the effort to raise money and purchase 289 chromebook headsets for the kids.   Not only was John honored as our club Rotary Hero....he was one of the top 10 in district 5330.  Congratulations, John.
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!
When you give to The Rotary Foundation, you support Rotary's work across the world and help ensure our future. You can choose where to direct your donation and how you wish to give. Recognition is offered at many giving levels.

Successful Women Mentor Youth

through Rotary

When Clara Montanez was a student, she never heard the word mentoring. The idea of having a role model help you pursue your ambitions was unfamiliar to her.  "I went the route of getting married and having children first, and started my career later in life. I had no model for how to do that."
"Frankly, I was dragged into Rotary. I didn't see a connection at first," says Montanez, who's been a member of the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., since 2003. "But then I met several women, including Doris Margolis, who took me under her wing and started mentoring me on how to get more involved. I began seeing the value in having someone I could count on as a mentor, and I have become more of a leader in our club, in my community, and at work."
Montanez says Rotary has given her a platform to mentor young women as they balance career and family, as well as manage the challenge of repaying student loans.  According to a recent study by the American Association of University Women, the student loan debt burden weighs more heavily on women because of the persistent gap in pay between women and men.
"I think Rotary has given me access to young people, like Rotaractors, and they are ready to accept guidance because Rotary is a safe place to reach out and get advice," says Montanez.
Clean Water for Ghana
A grant brings clean water to thousands in Ghana.  Worldwide, more than 748 million people live without access to clean water and at least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water.  Rotary is working to change that. For example, members used a Rotary grant to drill more than 20 clean-water wells and to repair another 30 in villages across Ghana.  The project also included education about and treatment of Buruli ulcer, a debilitating infection that if untreated can lead to disability and death.  Nearly 70,000 people will benefit from this initiative.

Rotary Foundation History

     At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Growth of the Foundation

     In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
     When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

Evolution of Foundation programs

     1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
     1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
     1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
     1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
     1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
     2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
     Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
Four-way Test
Rotary Means Business

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