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logoOur Rotarians are volunteers, and our community service projects require the collaborative efforts of many people within our community.  Some examples of our club’s tireless effort to improve our community are: 

Back to School Clothes for COTS Homeless Shelter Children.  The Club purchased back to school socks and gift certificate for shoes for the homeless children at the COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) Family Shelter.  In the fall, we will give them a gift certificate for jackets for the winter.
Waves to Wine.  The “Rotary Chain Gang” returned with great enthusiasm and spirit, and successful fundraising efforts to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 
Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival.  Popular September event, co-sponsored by Petaluma Valley Rotary and Petaluma Chamber of Commerce, featuring select craft brews and foods from Petaluma and the North Bay. All proceeds benefit River projects, local non-profits, and community activities. Visit: www.petalumarivercraftbeerfest.org
Junior Achievement.  Club members volunteered to participate in the Junior Achievement Elementary School Program.  This involves one hour per week over a 5-week period, serving as a role model and facilitator for in-class programs.  This classroom program teaches young children in grades 1 -6 the fundamentals of family, community, business, and economic issues that are relevant to their age groups.
RYLA.  Petaluma Valley Rotary will continue their support by sponsoring students to attend this annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  Joining with the other two Petaluma clubs, we will provide a Bar-B-Que dinner for the camp. 
Harold Alexander Scholarship Fund.  Harold Alexander was our charter (first) President.  In his honor, our club grants scholarships to deserving seniors in all five of the Petaluma High Schools, including the two alternative schools. 
Dictionary Program.   Our club continues to be involved with donation of funds and time during the distribution of dictionaries to the 3rd grade students.
Books for COTS kids.  We continue to donate our speaker gifts of autographed children’s books to COTS kids.
Rotary Summer Camp in honor or John G. Strong and Tom Farrell (formerly Cool Kids Camp).  Our club enjoys responsibility for implementing this incredible experience for children who have been the victims of abuse.  We sponsor at least three children to the camp annually.  
Interact Leadership Retreat.  Petaluma Valley Rotary supports this endeavor each year by sponsoring and accompanying Casa Grande High School Interact Club members who attend this weekend leadership camp.”  see our Interact website: HERE
Sharing Tree.  Once again the Club organized the Sharing Tree Program, inviting the community to participate in purchasing gifts for residents of convalescent homes in Petaluma during the holiday period.  Gifts that are not purchased by the community are donated by our Club and members.  Club members join in the gift distribution experience.
Rotary Youth Exchange:  The three Rotary Clubs in Petaluma cooperate to host and sponsor one Rotary Youth Exchange student ambassador each year for a year-long academic, social, and cultural exchange.  In recent years our clubs have hosted students from Germany, Thailand, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Paraguay, Belgium, Switzerland, and Japan.  We have sent students to Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Brazil, Spain, Taiwan, Austria, and Thailand.  

We also participate in the summer Short Term Exchange Program, a cultural and social exchange.

The three Petaluma Rotary Clubs host all of the Youth Exchange Student Ambassadors throughout District 5130 for a weekend in October

Projects

" Along with the Rotary Foundation and Rotary District 5130, Petaluma Valley Rotary has funded a number of projects for Osukuru Village in Uganda"
Adopt a Village - see more
"Over the past fourteen years, Rotary's Lend a Hand to Education has given $208,600 in grants to Petaluma teachers, grades K through 12"
Lend A Hand - see more
"One of our newest projects is "Breakfast of Champions." Our Rotarians provide an award and breakfast for students at Loma Vista School"
Breakfast of Champions - see more
"Each year, along with other local Rotary Clubs we distribute dictionarys for 3rd graders in our local schools. This is another way we serve our community and education"
Dictionary Project - see more
"Each year our club hosts a special Holiday Party for COTS. About 35 children and their families join our club members, our Rotaractors and Interactors for a fun and festive day."
COTS Holiday - see more