NIRC Community Service

Community Service Director: Art Kleinpell:

Community Service includes the scope of activities which Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Many official Rotary programs are intended to meet community needs, whether it be to promote literacy, help the elderly or disabled, combat urban violence or provide opportunities for local youth.

Projects: Immunization clinics, representation at the Irvine Harvest Festival, Arbor Day planting trees, Recognition of Police Volunteers in City of Irvine, Recognition of Outstanding Officers in City of Newport Beach, Support for Social Workers and Symposium on Water Pollution

Publicity Request Form: This is the Public Relations arm of Newport-Irvine Rotary Club. Please print and complete this form for any and all Club projects, programs or events that we can use to get publicity in our local papers. One of the Club's key projects this year will be to build awareness of the Club and numerous community programs that we sponsor each year. Please send an e-mail to Sandra Moyer regarding any questions that you might have or suggestions for achieving the Club's awareness-building goal.  You'll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to download & print this form.**

A little about some of our ongoing projects:

Woodbridge Cross Country Meet

Each year between six and seven thousand high school students come from over 200 schools in California, Arizona, Nevada and Washington State to Woodridge HS in Irvine to participate in the largest public high school meet on the west coast hoping to advance to the CIF and then the State championships. For the last 20 years, NIRC has sponsored this event by contributing money to cover expenses and providing between 30 and 40 volunteer officials for the event. Last year NIRC contributed $10,000 to the school and with that money the Meet management was computerized increasing the efficiency and statistical records of the twenty seven races.

In addition to the contribution, NIRC conducts a raffle among all the participating schools. This raffle raised $40,000 for the schools who participated in the raffle last year and it is estimated that that amount will be far exceeded this year. Running programs in those schools used the money for equipment, events and recognition programs for the runners.

This year NIRC has significantly expanded benefits to the runners by initiating a college scholarship program. NIRC will sponsor scholarships worth $10,000 by providing ten $1,000 scholarships to worthy students who attend a junior college next year and who participate in the college's cross-country program. These scholarships will be available to runners from all the high schools that participate in the Woodbridge Meet event.

NIRC believes that this comprehensive support of these athletes will encourage athletes to participate in the sport. This participation may be the catalyst for a student staying in the academic system. NIRC will again this year make a significant contribution of $60,000 to $70,000 to support this effort in addition to the many volunteers who will staff the event.

Seniors Meals

The club members go to the Oasis Senior Home to serve meals on various days during the year including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Public Service Forums

The club sponsors and presents public service forums at least once per year and encourages attendance by non-Rotarians. Last year the topic focused on the environmental issues affecting the Back Bay in Newport Beach. This year a debate was conducted on the airport issue and another forum will be conducted in June on a timely issue of interest to the community.

Adopt A Social Worker Program

Newport-Irvine Rotary has participated in this program for over a year. The club has been matched with a social worker, Vera Watkins in Santa Ana. Ms. Watkins is responsible for 80 - 100 families who have significant needs. When those needs arise, she contacts the club and the club members do their best to make a contribution to the needs which may be food, clothing or other items. There are other options for this program which include adopting families, but the club has not participated in that program as yet.

Race For The Cure

Each year our club makes a significant donation and provides volunteers for this event. This year seven members have committed to volunteer for the event.

Olive Crest

As you know we are changing our focus for Olive Crest. We heard that we may provide maintenance for one home with our golf funds. Should we do this, it is possible that we would have a mentoring program and a scholarship program associated with this project. I suggest that you check with Phil.

Drug Avoidance Training

We are currently investigating the possibility of sponsoring drug avoidance training for parents and kids.