Charity Projects funded by Corona Rotary Club
Corona City Hall is the host location for this year’s LobsterFest. This event will be held on behalf of Corona’s youth, and the organizations which support them, by the leader of Corona’s service organizations, the Corona Rotary Club.
Founded in 1923, the Corona Rotary has raised over $2,000,000 in support of youth and youth programs in our community. The following are some of the programs and projects that the club has undertaken since 1923.
On December 21, 1923 the club decided that $109.11 from “fines” would be used for the medical assistance of youth in the community. In 1960, this program was formalized and named after a local physician and second induced member of the club, Dr. Root. It is designed to provide dental work for youth in the Corona area that have severe dental deformities and whose families could not afford the necessary dental services.
To date the club has raised over $250,000 in cash and arranged for an additional $220,000 in matching donations and services by Dentists, Doctors and hospitals. Through these donations of time and money 36 young people who could not afford the necessary dental surgery and services have had their mouths and teeth reconstructed and now can lead normal lives.
Since 1959, the club has awarded Student Recognition Certificates for academic excellence to the youth in our community. In 1967, the club began awarding scholarships to seniors at Corona, Santiago and Buena Vista High Schools. Named after local Rotarian and educator, Gordan Duncan, these programs have ranged from one time grants to full four years scholarships. The club has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to local students.
Annually the club encourages local groups to submit requests for financial support. Throughout the history of the club, hundreds of local charitable organizations have been supported with gifts ranging from a few hundred to several thousands of dollars. During the 87 years of our existence this has amounted to over $850,000. In addition, the club has sponsored community improvement projects such as the planting of trees, the construction of the picnic pavilion in Butterfield Park, and donations of medical equipment. In honor of Rotary’s 100th anniversary in 2003, the Corona Rotary Club raised an additional $100,000 above its normal fundraising activities to fund the purchase of the “handicap accessible” playground equipment at Buena Vista park.
As a member of Rotary District 5330, the Corona Rotary Club has supported the Four Way Speech Contest, the Rotary Music Contest, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. These programs train young people and supplement their classroom opportunities.
As a member of Rotary International, founded in 1905, the Corona Rotary Club is more than a local organization. The Club has been involved in projects international in scope supporting youth throughout the world. The following is a summary of some of the projects in which the club been involved.
With the help of a unique Rotary Foundation program which often provides matching funds, the Corona Rotary has undertaken $350,000 in international projects including:
- Arranging for the transport of several hundred thousand dollars worth of donated medical equipment to hospitals and clinics in Malawi, Africa.
- Providing an ambulance and emergency medical supplies to a community in Costa Rica.
- Purchasing prosthetic devices for invalids in Russia.
- Delivering a defibrillator to a rural community in Costa Rica.
- Wakefield Clean water projects. Starting in 2010, this program will be supported by our golf tournament (which itself began in 1970) in honor of Rotarian and local businessman Alan Wakefield.
In addition to contributing to the club projects mentioned above, our members have donated $340,000 to the Rotary Foundation to help support:
- The eradication of polio worldwide. Starting in 1985, Rotary has contributed over $600,000,000 and tens of thousands of volunteer-hours to inoculate more than two billion of the world’s children. Now in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Centers for Disease Control, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (who donated $255,000,000), Rotary is putting forth a final effort to eliminate the few pockets of wild virus still existing in the world.
- International student programs. These include both Rotary Youth Exchange and the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program, the Ambassadorial Scholarship.
- The founding of other Rotary Clubs. Corona Rotary is proud to have sponsored both the Norco and Circle City Rotary Clubs.
Lest one thinks this is an organization whose only purpose is fundraising, it is important to understand that Corona Rotarians do a lot of FUN raising. Most of the more than 100 members regularly attend the Friday luncheons because of the camaraderie enjoyed. In addition to meeting on Friday’s the club has an additional social activity of one type or another on a monthly basis. Club members pay for all their own meals, social activities, and donations to Rotary International. 100% of all proceeds from the Lobsterfest go to support youth in our community. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service in our personal, business, and community lives. It has been our pleasure to have served as an integral thread in the fabric of Corona for 87 years.
Organizations Supported by Corona Rotary (partial list)
- Alternatives to Domestic Violence
- Boy Scouts of America
- Pollard High School
- Circle of Hope
- Corona-Norco Unified School District
- Corona High School
- Corona Public Library
- Corona Life Services
- Foundation for Community and Family Health
- Fender Center Kids Rock Free
- Heritage Park
- Peppermint Ridge
- Riverside Community College, Norco
- Santiago High School