Welcome everyone to the award winning Rotary Club of Villa Park website. We are a medium sized club with 52 members living in and around the "Hidden Jewel" that is Villa Park.
Our club is commited to serving our local and global communities and following Rotary's motto "Service Above Self". This year's Rotary International President is John F. Germ and his theme for the year is "Rotary Serving Humanity." Rotary International has stated goals of irradicating polio,
providing clean water and sanitation, improving world literacy and searching for ways to promote
world peace. It is a global organization that has over 1 million members in over 200 countries that are united by these goals and through fellowship activities. It is not a boast to say that if you go almost anywhere in the world you will find a Rotary Meeting, where you will be welcomed as colleague and valued friend.
In years past we have worked on projects in our community that include;
Providing Meals for families living at the Ronald McDonald House in Orange
Delivering meals to senior shut-ins with the Meals on Wheels Program
Supporting our local schools through mini grants to teachers, sponsoring Grad Night Events
at Villa Park High School, as well as, their marching band and choir programs
Cooking at the Villa Park Halloweenfest, Holiday Boat Parade and Villa Park Picnic at Villa Park High School
Sponsoring Boy Scout Troop 850
Helping at the We Give Thanks Thankgiving Dinner at the Honda Center and Veteran's Day Celebration at the Long Beach VA Hospital.
Similarly we have provided vocational projects like:
Junior Achievement for middle school students
Sponsoring High School Interact members to attend RYLA - Life changing Rotary Youth Leadership training
We have also supported the Villa Park High School Interact Club, which boasts over 300 members
Support for the American Chemical Society at Villa Park High School..
Early Act at Cerrano Elementary School
Helping to Create a STEM lab at Cerro Villa Middle School and Maker's Space at Villa Park Elementary School
Last, but not least, we have done some life changing international projects:
Partnering with the Tecate Rotary Club to build a medical clinic in Tecate that
provides care for over 5000 needy families and serves as a platform for other groups
that provide cleft palate surgeries, eye exams and childhood vacinations.
Sending Love Packs with school supplies to orphans in Liberia, Afghanistan and Mexico.
Sending comfort food snack and DVDs to our troops in Iraq
Collecting DVDs for the troops in Afghanistan
Traveling to Caborca, Mexico to provide life saving Polio inoculations to the local children and global grants that have provided Fire Engines, Water Towers, a Medical/Dental van to provide care to people in outlying areas, and donate to the Caborca Children's Treatment Fund that provides care to needy children with no financial means.
Assisting North Korean families that have escaped to South Korea
Sponsoring exchange students who come to America for 6 months and attend our schools.
Sanitation and water projects in India and Africa
Provide Shelter Boxes to countries or areas that have suffered natural disasters.
We're a fun group, meeting every Thursday morning in the Villa Park City Hall Council Chambers.
We've got great speaker programs and are always looking for more hands to help us with our projects. Take it from me, there is no greater satisfaction than knowing that you've done something that helped people you may never meet overcome barriers to success,preventable diseases, natural disasters and geopolitical strife. It's contagious!!...and our efforts are multiplied many times over by Rotary Clubs and the more than 1 million Rotarians all over the world. Come join us.