Rotary Club of Murrieta
Rotary Club of Murrieta has dedicated themselves to "Service Above Self," and their programs benefit the Murrieta community and MVUSD students andstaff in countless ways.
In recognition of the long-standing support and opportunities the Rotary Club of Murrieta provides to district students and staff, the Rotary Club of Murrieta was awarded a Superintendent's Circle of Excellence award in June, 2016.
Community Service Projects
- Field of Honor — This unique project centers around a mass display of American flags at the city’s Town Square Park during Veteran’s Day week (Nov. 5-12). The first event was in 2009 and featured 1,200 flags. It now includes more than 2,200 flags. A variety of activities occur during the week, including, for the first time an opening day 5K event called Run Forrest Run as well as artists painting patriotic images in chalk, a candlelight choral concert, the traditional Marine Corps birthday recognition, Rotary Day at the Field and some 3,000 fifth graders from area schools making a field trip to the flags. Special sections honor those from the area killed in action in recent wars, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and historic flags. Proceeds from flag sponsorships support completion of the Murrieta Through Time history monuments the club is erecting in the park.
- Child Spree — The club raises funds and helps staff the annual back-to-school program operating through the Salvation Army. In-need kids are invited to an exclusive shopping time at the J. C. Penney department store, during which they select clothes and other school items up to a pre-determined level. It greatly aids self-esteem.
- Food for Those in Need — The club supplies turkeys and volunteers in support of its Interact Club at Murrieta Mesa High School, which coordinates an early Thanksgiving meal for the community. Members also contribute packaged foods and money each month that is turned over to local food pantries.
- Teacher Service Grants — This program provides small grants to local teachers to augment classroom needs.
- Literacy — The club annually provides a significant sum of money to buy materials for special reading and math programs in Murrieta schools. This program seeks to raise up under achievers to grade level before they move on to middle school.
Vocational Service Projects
- Scholarships — The club is a major contributor of scholarships to graduating seniors from Murrieta high schools who are preparing for lifelong vocations through colleges and vocational schools.
- Music Competition — The club stages a competition each year for high school-age musicians as a way of encouraging young people to pursue musical careers. The contest offers cash prizes and entry into a district-wide competition.
- Vocational Service Awards — This program annually recognizes high standards from public safety and educational employees.
- 4-Way Speech Contest
Youth Service Projects
- Interact — The club sponsors active Interact clubs at Murrieta middle and high schools. Interact is Rotary’s service club for those ages 12 to 18. Club members run their own programs and are encouraged to do at least two service projects each year, one with an international flavor. This offers them leadership experience and opportunities for service. They also participate in the adult club’s activities.
- RYLA — Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. This is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship and personal growth through an intensive training program done at a weekend camp each spring. The club identifies a number of high school juniors (about 12) who have already demonstrated leadership abilities to send them to the camp. The camp attracts more than 500 of the best and brightest.
- PRYDE — Personal Rotary Youth Development Experience. Another youth camp, this one, also in the spring, for seventh graders for a weekend interacting with approximately 250 others in activities developing self-leadership skills as they grow to lead others.
- Model UN — We live in an increasingly complex and hostile world. This program offers high school teams from the greater San Diego region an opportunity to practice diplomacy and peace-making. Two-person teams represent a country during mock United Nations debates and decision-making. The club will seek out at least three teams for Model UN this year.
- Student of the Month — The club supports this chamber of commerce program’s scholarship offerings and recognition of students who achieve despite hardships.
- Dental Screenings