Avalon Rotary gets grant to assist community

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The Rotary Club of Avalon has received a $3,000 Rotary District 5320 grant to assist low-income community members with the cost of boat transportation for medical or surgical services that are not available on the Island.  

The Rotary Club of Avalon provides up to $1,500 and that amount is matched by the Rotary District 5320, which covers Orange and Southern Los Angeles County.  Last year, the Rotary also received this grant and it provided approximately 43 round trip boat tickets to many appreciative community members.

The Rotary Club of Avalon has received a $3,000 Rotary District 5320 grant to assist low-income community members with the cost of boat transportation for medical or surgical services that are not available on the Island.  

The Rotary Club of Avalon provides up to $1,500 and that amount is matched by the Rotary District 5320, which covers Orange and Southern Los Angeles County.  Last year, the Rotary also received this grant and it provided approximately 43 round trip boat tickets to many appreciative community members.

Rita Whitaker, past president of the Avalon Rotary Club submitted the grant application for this year and is extremely pleased that this 2nd year grant has been approved.

Community members, with a medical/surgical necessity on the mainland, will be screened by the social services and business office departments at Catalina Island Medical Center. For additional information please contact Dawn Sampson at the Medical Center at 310-510-0700.

Avalon Rotary actively contributes to the betterment of our Island community by donating to local community charities. Avalon Rotary raises money through its fundraisers to contribute to local residents for Thanksgiving and Christmas, to offer local Avalon High School students’ scholarships, and to support projects at the Catalina Island Museum, the Avalon Schools, the Avalon Veterinary Clinic and the Catalina Island Medical Center.  

Avalon Rotary also organizes and fundraises for the popular USC Trojan Marching Band’s participation in Avalon’s Fourth of July parade. In addition, Avalon Rotary Club supports international aid to Mexico and supports Rotary International’s End Polio Now Campaign.

The Rotary Club of Avalon is just one of over 32,000 Rotary Clubs around the world in over 200 countries.  All are dedicated to the creed of “service above self.”  

Rotary International was founded in 1905 as both a business networking and community service organization.  

Avalon Rotary offers its membership a chance to network with local business leaders as well as offer community service opportunities for our Island, as well as projects such as feeding the hungry or contributing to international efforts to eradicate polio.  For membership information, call Chuck Liddell.

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