For a community the size of Incline Village, community service and philanthropy rank remarkably high among the many assets and values evidenced by our citizens.
As a member of Rotary, I have the privilege of insight into that organization’s activities, which are worth sharing here.
I do so not just to spotlight Rotary and to thank members who consistently contribute their time and talents, but also to thank the countless residents who are involved in similar projects and to encourage everyone to find such avenues.
Those of us who have so much should make sharing a priority.
Rotary supports both local and international projects, specifically youth services, education, and health.
While we are fortunate in having members such as Dr. Wend Schaefer, M.D., and Maureen McCarthy, PhD, able to provide on-site support for projects in Tanzania, Kenya and the Philippines, the funding for these travels comes from the generous North Shore Lake Tahoe community, in addition to Rotarians.
Some of the activities receiving time, attention and funding over the past 12 months are:
• Financial support of IHS BuildOn Chapter, helping to build a school in Senegal over the summer.
• Breakfast for disabled veterans, attended by nearly 100 raising $1,000 for Disabled Sports.
• Major sponsor of five-day Tahoe Environmental Research Center Science Fair, which hosted over 1,200 elementary school children
• Annual sponsor of five IVMS students attending Rotary 8th Grade Leadership Camp.
• Annual sponsor of two $3,000 scholarship for IVHS seniors with a commitment of ongoing support through 4 years of undergraduate study for each recipient.
• Two scholarships to the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp at Grizzly Creek for IHS seniors.
• Annual sponsorship of a Rotary Youth Exchange Student (this year, Julie Castelain, from France).
• Ongoing financial and volunteer support for the Homework Club at Tahoe Family Solutions.
• Weekly mentor readers at IMS.
• Sponsor of the annual Rotary Music and Speech Contests for Incline Village students.
• Financial support of CYMBAL, the booster organization encouraging music and music programs in IV schools.
• Raised over $5,000 for typhoon emergency aide to the Philippines.
• Sponsored a pilot mangrove reforestation project in the Philippines.
• Annually contribute over $2,500 to Polio Plus, which is matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation as part of an international effort to eradicate polio.
• In conjunction with 4 other area Rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation, completed a 3-year, $300,000 commitment to equip, support an eye clinic in Tanzania.
Our reach, as a relatively tiny community is vast. Rotary is only one of our many arms. We should be grateful for the generosity of so many.
If you have not yet found your service niche, I encourage you to do so today.
Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at www.laketahoeschool.org.