The Oceanside Rotary Club welcomes Rotarians and 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 PM and ending at 1:30 PM sharp! We meet at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056.
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.
Our Rotary Club of Oceanside was chartered in 1924 and is the oldest Rotary club in North County San Diego. Our club is made up of community leaders, business owners, retired folks, younger members, and professionals of all types who want to make a difference in our community and beyond. We support a variety of local and international projects that further Rotary’s “Five Avenues of Service”: Community, Youth, Vocational, International, and Club. Through the Rotary International Foundation, the world’s largest and most efficiently run philanthropic foundation, we support the international efforts of Rotary to bring education to youth everywhere, eradicate polio world-wide, provide clean water in undeveloped areas, and break the bonds of poverty.
Over the last two years we have embarked on a multi-year project 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 entered into partnerships with two non-profits who provide services to the target area, and with the Oceanside Unified School District, whose Oceanside High School sits at the edge of Crown Heights; we have helped to link their efforts to reduce the attraction of gangs to the young people in the area, and provide them with opportunities for their futures.
The Motto of Rotary is "Service Above Self", and we take this to heart with all of our activities. An example is our sponsorship of the Interact Club at Oceanside High School: motivated students learn leadership skills and the importance and the rewards of community service. Half of our annual charitable budget goes to funding youth programs and activities such as scholarships, music programs, speech contests, athletic teams, leadership seminars, and literacy programs. We provide support and assistance to a wide variety of community service projects: we’ve provided turkeys to Brother Benno’s to help feed the homeless on Thanksgiving; Toys for Tots; dental supplies, diapers and funds for the disadvantaged in Crown Heights; and support to the OHS Robotics Club. Also, for the last several years our club has provided books and Scholastic Reader subscriptions to local elementary school students from these low income areas of Oceanside. We plan to involve our members over the next several years in more hands-on activities to support the youth in Crown Heights.
I am proud to be chosen as President of this great club for the 2014-2015 year, and I look forward to working with our members to support the community, and to have fun doing it! There can be few experiences in life more rewarding than the service we render as Rotarians, not only to our local community, but to the world at large! If you want to support your community and change the world, we want you! Come to our club meeting on Friday noon at El Camino Country Club and find out more!