Rotary Projects Around the Globe
by Brad Webber
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, California, to halt its annual street fair, the club rebooted the event — with a seasonal shift. The members worked with the local park district to stage a drive-in presentation of the family comedy Elf on an inflatable outdoor movie screen. They used PVC pipes to assemble a twinkle-lights entry tunnel and painted oversized candy canes and presents to create a holiday village. “We put the icing on the cake: We did the marketing, we dressed up, we did the props,” says Erin Culbertson, the club’s president-elect. The event proved so successful that the club hosted two more drive-in movies; a European-style holiday marketplace is slated for this month.
Chartered in September 2020 as a cause-based club with an environmental focus, the Rotary Club of Garden City (Georgetown) has created a garden at the Cheshire Home, a residence for about 30 adults and children with disabilities in the village of Unity. About two dozen members of the club spent several months making plans, clearing land, digging drains, and overseeing construction of the garden, which includes a wheelchair-accessible shade house designed to protect tomatoes, herbs, and leafy vegetables from the tropical sun. The $7,000 project was funded through a $5,000 grant from District 7030 and a takeout-meal fundraiser. The garden will eventually reduce the residence’s food bill while helping the people who live there to gain agricultural skills, says club member Elizabeth Cox.