Rotarians team up for day of service
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – On April 24, the Rotary clubs of South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas, along with thousands of Rotarians worldwide, joined forces in a day of service to their communities.
The annual program, known as Rotarians at Work Day, began in 2006 and has grown to include more than 70,000 Rotarians on three continents including the 53 Rotary clubs in District 5190 encompassing northeastern California and Northern Nevada. This year, every Rotary Club in District 5190 participated in performing 63 community service projects.
Typical community service projects include maintenance, planting, building and repair, but worldwide, the day of service has even included removing landmines in Iraq.
The Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe brought together more than 80 club members, Lake Tahoe Community College students and Bijou Community School parents, staff and kids to install planter boxes in front of the school, replace the posts supporting the school sign, and clean up school grounds in preparation for a natural turf field to be constructed behind the school this summer. The planter boxes were constructed as part of a gardening grant the school received from the state. The grant requires that students do the plantings.
The club extends its thanks to several local businesses that assisted the efforts with donated and/or discounted prices, including Meek’s Lumber, which provided a $400 discount that freed up money for plants; Safeway, for donating bottled water for volunteers; Tahoe Keys Delicatessen for providing discounted lunches; and South Tahoe Refuse Company for free dumping for green waste from five trucks,
The Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club members, along with family and volunteers, spent the day working with the Forest Service at the Tallac Historical Site to help prepare the area for the upcoming summer visitor season. The team stayed busy cleaning barbecue pits, refinishing picnic tables and clearing pine needles and debris from the parking lots, and walkways, including the historical promenade, an elegant sidewalk that once connected the Tallac Hotel to the Tallac Point House, both bygone hotels from the late 1800s.
For information about club activities, events and membership, visit the club websites at sltrotary.org and tahoe-rotary.com.
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