What we do
There’s something for everyone at Modesto Rotary Club.
Whatever your desire or passion, we have committees actively engaged in Service Above Self.
Committees support the logistical details for the club’s meetings and events
Responsible for selecting, screening, scheduling and arranging a half-hour program for each Tuesday lunch meeting throughout the year. The overriding goals are to have quality presentations on diverse topics – the six areas of topical interest include business/economic, entertainment/cultural, political, educational, health and safety, and Rotary-related topics.
Provides assistance to facilitate the flow at each Tuesday meeting and other events as needed. Provides mobile microphones, collects money, keeps order.
Plans the Club Summer Social and Holiday Social, including selection of theme, location, menu and entertainment.
On a rotating basis, members provide a one minute opening for each Tuesday lunch meeting. Must be ecumenical, timely, thought-provoking and inclusive. Also leads the group in the pledge to our flag.
Helps to keep in touch with Rotarians who are ill, at home or in the hospital; reports to the membership on their progress.
Plans optional Club outings and activities.
Assists with the check-in process, collects lunch and fine payments at noon meetings.
Provides new member orientation and information. Membership is mandatory until new member requirements are met. Meets monthly on the second Thursday morning or evening for fellowship and learning.
Provides Greeters, announces visiting Rotarians from the podium, and helps provides hospitality for visitors at Tuesday lunches. Average activity is on two occasions every six months.
In charge of the “Fun Factor” at meetings according to Presidential whim. Coordinates with Special Events Committee to add an element of fun and entertainment to club socials.
Committees provide fundraising support for our major initiatives
Responsible for identifying worthy projects in the community. These projects may be both large or small in scope and will require active involvement of club members. Committee assists in organizing and coordinating activities to successfully complete the projects.
Coordinates, organizes and conducts the Annual Auction and Raffle where our Club raises money to support projects and grants identified and approved by our Modesto Rotary Foundation.
Annually coordinates the Fairview School Read-In. Works collaboratively with SCOE to coordinate the selection and presentation of the Annual Teacher of the Year Awards.
Plans and coordinates the Annual Senior Stride to Breakfast event, which is a Senior-oriented fitness and information outing in September.
Committees spearhead fundraising and planning for our global service efforts
Disseminates information to the Club about the Rotary International (RI) Foundation and its activities; promotes the annual International Foundation Dinner. Informs members of International projects and progress. Promotes Paul Harris Society and Benefactor Giving, educates members about Planned Giving opportunities, promotes “Every Rotarian Every Year” giving.
Recruits Ambassadorial Scholarship candidates for the District program.
International Service Committee (ISC) members identify urgent needs and implement heath and humanitarian projects throughout the world in partnership with other Rotary Clubs. Projects include hands-on work opportunities, travel and interaction with Rotarians in other countries, International Night Fundraiser, Liaison, support, and management for various programs; Group Study Exchange Team recruitment and coordination.
Manages and recruits for short-and long- term high school student exchange programs.
Committees provide for career knowledge and development
Coordinates high school job shadowing, Vocational/Career Pathways Scholarships, and vocational presentations by members to the Club. coordinates activities to select and honor the Club Distinguished Service Award recipient.
Committees support local youth in meeting their personal and education goals
Administers $9,000/yr scholarship program. Members conduct student interviews, make selections, transport and accompany finalists to a Tuesday lunch meeting.
Rotarians mentor a senior student from Elliott Alternative Education Center up until graduation and beyond. The Rotarian and student meet twice or more a month. The focus is on education, social and life skills and the world of work opportunity.
Committee members act as advisors for Rotary at the High School level, complete with self-government and their own community service projects.
Committee organizes annual trip to the Santa Cruz Boardwallk for Jr. High students who achieve “good citizenship” performance goals in 7th & 8th grade. Members occasionally responsible to transport and introduce students at lunch meetings.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp (RYLA) is open to high school juniors who currently are, or anticipate being, in a leadership position at their school eg. student govt, clubs, activities, etc. Committee members interview, screen and select finalists and assist with transportation to camp.
Speech Contest or High School students on a subject related to ideals of Rotary. Cash prizes are awarded annually. Committee recruits students and manages the annual competition.