5030 Conference “Opening Doors to Rotary” Excerpt
It’s been a tremendous year for Community Service, providing more than $70,000 in grants to area charities, benefiting more than 20 nonprofit organizations with donations for hunger relief, affordable housing and mental wellness, each affecting youth, seniors, and other in-need populations.
The Sammamish Rotary Club’s signature event, the 14th Annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake was the most successful to date, resulting in nearly $150,000 in net revenue to support local nonprofit organizations, international humanitarian projects and educational scholarships. The event hosted over 15,000 patrons and provided volunteer opportunities for 400 community members, mostly youth, who volunteered over 12,000 hours!
Our club is 41 members strong (6 new members this year!) and busy serving the community by volunteering at: Rotary First Harvest, Sammamish 4th on the Plateau & Concert Series, YMCA Eggstravaganza, The Hope Festival, and Habitat for Humanity. Partnering with the Issaquah Rotary, we provided an exciting day of racing for kids with mental or physical challenges at the Challenge Series Race. And coming up, a new event – Community Scavenger Hunt on June 24th.
Led by the Sammamish Rotary Club, nonprofit organization Songea’s Kids is partnering with Rotary Clubs on the Eastside to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Tanzania through the building of Hope Village. Village projects include two wells, a Rotary Health Care Center, and a Rotary Global Grant for the Hope Village Clean Water Project. Exciting collaborations include Eastside Rotary Clubs: Emerald City, Des Moines Normandy, Issaquah, Federal Way, Kent, Freemont and Seattle 4 and the Rotary Clubs of Oklahoma City and District of Santa Rosa in CA. In addition, the club is currently partnering with Agros, International to support the La Bendicion community in Nicaragua. Sammamish Rotary donations support the village water well and piping and potable water requirements.
The Eastlake High School Interact Club has been busy supporting the local community by volunteering for food drives, park cleanups, nonprofit fundraisers and of course Nightmare at Beaver Lake. The EHS Interact led the production of the annual Hope Festival for vulnerable individuals and families on the Eastside and served over 1,000 people supplying food, clothing, toys, hygiene products and dental services and coordinated over 400 volunteers. Two EHS Interacters, Tyler Zanganglia and Nate Verboort were featured speakers at the District 5030 2018 Conference held in April and shared their Interact journey and future goals as they head off to college.