The Oceanside Rotary Club welcomes Rotarians and other visitors to our Friday noon meetings. A buffet lunch with salads and hot entrees is open at noon, with the business meeting beginning at 12:30 p.m. We meet at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056.
Chartered in 1924, the Oceanside Rotary Club is the oldest Rotary club in North County. Being such an established and well-respected club, our membership roster has always included many of the prominent business and civic leaders of our community - the so-called "movers and shakers" around town.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 33,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries.
I could not be more proud to be President this year of such a great group of people as the Oceanside Rotary Club. I have found my co-members to be amongst the most giving people I have ever met. We have community leaders from both the public and private sectors. We have retired folks. We have older members and we have younger members. No matter who it is, everyone contributes in some capacity to our amazing diversity of projects and events.
We run a myriad of projects that further the Rotary “5 Avenues of Service”: Community, Youth, Vocational, International, and Club. And, through the Rotary International Foundation, we support the world wide efforts of Rotary, such as eradicating polio, providing clean water, or breaking the bonds of poverty.
We embarked on a multi-year project last year to help bring about meaningful, positive change to an area of our city that has been notorious over the years for gang violence - Crown Heights. We have initiated partnerships with 2 non-profits, who already provide services to the target area, as well as the Oceanside Unified School District, whose Oceanside High School sits at the edge of Crown Heights. We are in the process of linking the efforts of all these unique organizations into a coordinated effort, designed to bring about the changes in the community necessary to reduce the attraction of gangs to the young people in the area, and provide them with opportunities for their futures, other than what gangs offer.
I look forward to leading this great club again and working with its close to 50 members as we continue the fun and set our sights to expand our goals and our reach. To our current members, thank you for your continuing support! And, to non-members, there can hardly be a more rewarding experience in life than the service we render, not only to our local community, but the world at large! If you want to change your community and the world, we want you! Now is the time to make that difference.