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Mini-Grants for Teachers Program – (October-January) For more than 30 years, the Club has been enhancing the educational experiences of K-12 students in the City of Glendora by sponsoring Mini-Grants for Teachers.  The committee kicks off the program at the first club meeting in October. Teachers (usually three) who earned grants from the previous academic year are invited to explain how their grants made a difference in the classroom. The subsequent grants are juried by club members and school district personnel.  Grants are awarded in January at the Glendora Unified School District Board Room (Sellers School). Donate to Mini-Grants Specifically

Cub Scout Troop #490 Liaison – (All Year) – The Scout Liaison coordinates with our sponsored cub scout troop and keeps in contact with the Scout Leader throughout the year.  Glendora Rotary Club supports and sponsors this project with an annual donation.

Christmas Parade – (December) – Glendora Rotary participates in the annual event by entering a float in the parade.   We are assisted by the Cub Scout pack that we sponsor, Club members, and Interact students from Glendora High.    The search for an appropriate vehicle for this holiday event needs to start in October.

Focometer Project - (All year – except for July & August,) Glendora Rotary has been involved in some phase of the Focometer Project since 2001.  The Focometer is a hand-help auto-refractor designed for use to measure refractive errors in children’s and adults’ eyes.  It requires no electricity, and has validity and reliability.  Based on research, the use of the Focometer is deemed as effective as professional equipment when operated by properly trained lay-persons.  The Focometer was developed by Dr. Ian Berger, who received a grant from Rotary International to field test the Focometer.  Glendora Rotary sent 9 members to the University of Houston School of Optometry to train in the use of the equipment.  Now, the Focometer project is being successfully used in Glendora for senior citizens based on financial need.

Rotary Choral Concert – “America Sings” (March) for over 40 years, this project has raised funds to support the Glendora Unified School District’s Choral Music programs. All proceeds, after expenses (including, but not limited to rental of Citrus College’s Haugh Performing Arts Center, printing the program, tickets, transportation for students to the rehearsal and teacher supervisors) are divided equally between the elementary, middle, and high school programs.

Glendora Family Film Night - (July –August) – This annual event is sponsored by Glendora Rotary in cooperation with the Glendora Parks & Recreation Department. The Glendora Rotary Club pays the expense of the five film nights at Finkbiner Park.  We print and distribute posters/flyers for publicity.  We also have a concession table worked by Rotary volunteers selling refreshments.

Great Trivia Challenge - (Spring) – The Glendora Rotary Club sponsors a team in the Glendora Public Library Friends Foundation annual Great Trivia Challenge.  Annual entrance fee is $250.

Halloween Carnival –(October)  The Club sponsors a “Game Booth” and give prizes as part of Halloween Night in Finkbiner Park.

Meals on Wheels –(All Year) – Meals are delivered to home-bound Glendora residents by our members.  Program is sponsored by Foothill Presbyterian Hospital.  Meals are delivered every Wednesday.

Pictures with Santa/Holiday for Tots - (December) This wonderful holiday event was established by Member Jim Nakano and is a highlight for young children during the Christmas season.

Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon – (December) – Rotary serves a holiday luncheon to senior citizens at the La Fetra Senior Citizens Center.  We provide the entertainment and an appearance by Santa. We work in conjunction with the La Fetra Senior Citizens Center to facilitate this annual even with an average attendance of 200.

Shepherd’s Pantry – (All Year) – At the discretion of each Club member, donations of food, clothing or cash are made to Shepherd’s Pantry on the final Tuesday of each month.  The committee works to facilitate the collection and delivery of the donated goods.

Trail Days – (Spring/Fall)– Rotary provides a barbequed hot dog lunch for volunteers who clean the trails.  Several of our members participate in these twice a year project.  This is scheduled and coordinated through the City of Glendora.

Freeway Cleanup- (All Year) Rotary just started this project to maintain litter removal on the 210 freeway in Glendora monthly.

Ambassadorial Scholarships -These scholarships are Rotary International’s oldest and best known programs.  Since its inception in 1947 nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices.  Today it is the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program.  The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarship program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.

The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies.  While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of good will to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary Clubs and other groups.

After returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experience that led to a greater understanding of their host countries.  Glendora Rotary has sponsored two Ambassadorial Scholars in the past. Information regarding eligibility and application process can be obtained from the Rotary International website.

Group Study Exchange    The GSE program of Rotary International is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits between paired areas indifferent countries.  For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture, institutions, and way of life. There are no current plans for a GSE student during the 2012-13 year.

Matching Grant Application – Glendora Rotary will determine a project that we can get behins as a club and begin the process this year to either help financially with another clubs project or sponsor one ourselves.

Youth Exchange - A Rotary Youth Exchange student has the opportunity to spend a year, or an extended period to time living with a host family in a country other than their own.  They have the opportunity to learn a new language, learn a new way of living, and learn a great deal about themselves.

Citizen Of The Year - (April) – This is an annual Glendora Chamber of Commerce event to honor the chosen “Citizen of the Year”   The Chair of this committee is in charge of selling tickets to Rotary members. Our past experience indicates that Rotary buys two or three tables.  A committee will recommend to the Selection Committee a nominee from our Rotary Club if the committee so decides.  This nomination process starts before the end of the calendar year.

Coordinating Council- (All Year) Glendora has a unique program in the Coordinating Council. Many communities have problems with events, celebrations or programs being in scheduling conflicts. Glendora’s Coordinating Council serves as a means for different programs to coordinate efforts to help all programs to succeed.

Paul Harris Awards, Foundation Giving, Every Rotarian, Every Year (All year)  Ongoing fundraising within the Club to reach 2013-14 goal of $5,000 for the Foundation and $1,000 for Polio Plus.

Dan Stover Music Scholarship Program (Must be completed by March 31, 2014,) – Musically talented high school students each year participate in a music competition. The committee arranges for a date that works with Citrus College and is within the time frame set by the Rotary District. That date becomes a program for the luncheon meeting which will take place on the stage at Citrus College. The committee provides information about the award to the local high schools and encourages students to enter the contest. The participants and their parents are invited to be our guests for lunch. The student participants perform on the stage at Citrus College and are judged by Citrus College music professors. The winner moves on to the next level in the district. Monetary awards by check and certificates are presented to the winning participants.   Regional contests are held with the winner advancing to the District Conference. The committee informs the club winner and parents of the time and place of the Regional Competition and follows through to see that they will be able to attend.  Winners there qualify for educational awards that enable them to further their studies at an accredited college, university, or music conservatory.  These educational awards usually range from $1000 to $5000.

Four-Way Test  Speech Contest (September)

George Hensel Essay Contest (December) This essay contest is designed to challenge high school students to analyze ethical issues and concerns confronting them in today’s complex world. The committee provides information about the contest to the local high schools and, through individual teachers, encourages students to enter the contest. The essays are read and ranked by Club members and the top three students and their parents are invited to a Club meeting to read their essay to club members. The Club selects a winner who moves on to the next district level.  If they make it to the District Conference competition, the cash awards range from $500-$3,000.

Interact  -(School Year)  – Interact is a Rotary sponsored service club for young people ages 14-18 at Glendora High School.  Glendora Rotary also sponsors one boy, one girl and one adult to attend Interact Symposium.    Other activities may include a pizza party, bake sale, Christmas parade, and Rotary programs about symposiums.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) –(Fall) – This is Rotary’s leadership training program for high school age students.  The project emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth.  Glendora Rotary club sends 4 or 6 (budget) to this program which is run by the District. Committee is responsible for selection of students to attend the weekend program which is held in Idyllwild. Check District guideline and time lines and see that selected students get to the bus and get picked up when they return.  This is a great opportunity for a club member to attend and help with the program.

Student of the Month  (School Year)–Two Glendora Middle Schools and Royal Oak Schools participate.  An equitable rotation system is developed so that all schools are represented and recognized equitably.  On a monthly basis, outstanding students are selected by the individual schools’ teachers and administrators.  Then, they are invited (along with their parents) to attend one of the Club’s luncheon meetings.  We recognize these students for their achievements as the “Student of the Month.”   Typically, there are two students recognized at each of the monthly meetings.

Teen Leadership Camp (October) Similar to RYLA, but structured for the 8th grade students.  The focus is on leadership activities which stress “Leading Yourself” - setting personal goals, taking risks, tapping personal talents, overcoming obstacles, and time management. Work with Goddard and Sandburg Middle Schools Asst. Principals to select a boy and girl (4) to attend this weekend activity in Orange. Meet with students and parents and review the program. Work with parents regarding how students will travel. Be at pick up point when they leave and when they return to be sure they get to and from that point.  This is a great opportunity for members to attend and be involved in a District program.

Vocal Music Competition (Spring) Solo vocal music competition involving students from GHS and St Lucy’s.  The chair will work with the choral director at GHS for the use of the facility and arrange for judges. Applications will be made available to students at both schools. Winner will receive a check and all will receive a certificate.

Glendora and Whitcomb & Charter Oak High School Scholarships (Spring) Each year the club presents scholarships to one or more students at each of these schools. Once the amount is budgeted the Chair and committee work with the administration of these schools to determine which students will be honored. A member of the club will attend the award ceremonies.  At the September Board meeting, discussion and action will be taken to add a scholarship for a Charter Oak student who lives in Glendora.

Business Updates/Successful Practices-(Once a month, All Year)- As determined by the Vocational Services Director, a schedule will be developed to give members the opportunity to explain their business or profession.  These brief (five minute) talks give members an opportunity to highlight key points about their business/profession.  This is information exchange that is the heart of vocational service.

Career Day at Local Schools (Spring) An appropriate cross section of club members make presentations at various schools regarding job responsibilities, requisite preparation, and career opportunities.

Craft Talks(All year) In conjunction with the Club Service Director, appropriate Craft Talks are scheduled through-out the year.  Particular emphasis will be made to schedule veteran members so that new members can get to know them better.

Employee Recognition Luncheon (Spring) Employees of members attend a Rotary luncheon where each individual in honored for the contributions they make in the workplace.


  • Teacher Mini-Grants

    Teacher Mini-Grants

    For over 25 years this program during which time we have given over $400,000 in grants to local schoolteachers. The…

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  • End Polio “This Close”

    End Polio “This Close”

    Rotary International supports the World Health Organization Director-General’s recommendations that describe polio as a public health emergency of international concern.…

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  • 4 Way Test Speech Contest

    4 Way Test Speech Contest

    From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One…

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  • Choral Festival “America Sings”

    Choral Festival “America Sings”

    This project is to raise funds to support the Glendora Unified School District’s choral music program. To date, we have…

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  • Cars 4 Community

    Cars 4 Community

    Glendora Rotary can accept any car, boat, RV or motorcycle for donations through the “Cars 4 the Community program.” The…

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    Glendora Rotary has been involved in the Focometer project since 2001.  Discovered at the 2001 Rotary International Convention, the Focometer…

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  • Glendora Family Film Night

    Glendora Family Film Night

    (July –August) – Glendora Rotary in cooperation with Glendora Parks & Recreation Department sponsors and  coordinates with the Department this…

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  • Rotary Interact

    Rotary Interact

    The Glendora Rotary Interact is at Glendora High School. They are a group of students that have joined together to…

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