Jann Gentry, chair
Making Murrieta better
Community service includes the projects and activities the club
undertakes to improve life in Murrieta.
Projects planned for the Rotary year include....
Field of Honor -- This unique project centers around a mass
display of American flags at the city's Town Square Park during
Veteran's Day week (Nov. 6-12). The first event was in 2009 and featured 1,200
flags. The goal for this year is 2,000 flags. A variety of activities occur during the week, including a
community band concert, Marine Corps birthday celebration, a Rotary Day
luncheon, candlelight choral concert and more. Special sections honor those from the area killed in action in recent wars, Congressional Medal of Honor winners and historic flags. Proceeds from flag sponsorships support completion of the Murrieta Through Time history monuments the club is erecting in the park.
Day of Caring -- Two events, one a United Way-coordinated
activity that finds Murrieta Rotary and other non-profit groups devoting
a day to helping other community groups. The second is a Rotarians at Work Day, during which members throughout the district do special community-help projects.
- Valentine's Dance for Special Needs Adults -- an annual Valentine's
dance for special needs adults, staged in cooperation
with the City of Murrieta.
Child Spree -- The club raises funds and helps
staff the annual back-to-school program operating through the Salvation
Army. In-need kids are invited to an exclusive shopping time at the J. C. Penney department store, during which they select clothes and other school
items up to a pre-determined level. It greatly aids self-esteem.
Food for Those in Need -- The club supplies turkeys and volunteers in support of its Interact Club at Murrieta Mesa High School, which coordinates an early Thanksgiving meal for the community. Members also contribute packaged
foods and money each month that is turned over
to local food pantries.
Children's Dental Checks -- the club's
longest-running community service project that coordinates dentists
visiting Murrieta schools to do oral exams on all first, third and
fifth-graders. Some pro-bono dental work is done for lower income
kids. The club thanks the dentists and school health aides at a club
Murrieta Through Time -- the club's Rotary
International centennial project. The project has constructed four
large monument structures at Murrieta Town Square that are now being
artisically enhanced to reflect important periods in Murrieta's history.
- Komen Race for the Cure -- The club is sponsoring a team in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a large areawide event raising funds to battle breast cancer.
- Animal Friends Spooktactular -- A joint effort of eight Rotary clubs in the area, this is a Halloween costume contest -- for pets. It's a fundraiser for the Animal Friends of The Valley, the regional pet shelter.