Carmel Valley Rotary Club – What We Do!


Our Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger; fight pollution; improve health through water quality and sanitation; provide education through scholarships and vocational training; promote peace through communication and friendship; and eradicate diseases like polio internationally as well as providing funds and volunteers for a free family clinic in Seaside.






Partners in Community Service (PICS)

Seven local schools are each given Rotary Club Grants of $1,000-$1500. Their student councils select a community charity to donate to after researching and evaluating their programs. The students then make their award donation publicly at a special luncheon.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Two high school junior girls and two junior boys are selected for the leadership skill they have exhibited and are given a one -week scholarship to attend a Rotary-sponsored leadership camp in Northern California called Camp Royal. There they meet and network with other gifted youth and hone their leadership skills in preparation for college and a life of contribution to society.


Rotary Interact Club

Interact high school students create and conduct their own community and international service projects. They are supported and coached by Rotary club volunteers and high school and college staff liaisons. CSUMB has an active Interact Club formed under this same basis.


Carmel High School and Carmel Valley High School Scholarships

Each year, deserving senior high school students, based on their academic achievements and service to the community are granted Rotary scholarships for college expenses and/or for vocational training. 


Top 100 Dinner

The top 25 student scholars in each class at Carmel High School are hosted to an annual special awards dinner with their parents. Recognition for academic and citizenship achievements are awarded. A nationally recognized inspirational speaker is invited by the Rotary Club to address the students.


Monterey County Food Bank

Assisting the Monterey County Food Bank, Rotarians regularly distribute food to the needy. The Rotary Club also gives the Food Bank a large monetary donation each year.


Tularcitos Elementary School Community Free Flu Vaccination Clinic

Working with the Monterey County VNA and Tularcitos the club sponsors Free Flu Vaccinations for the Carmel Valley Community!


Annual Community Based Project

Each year the club works with a Carmel Valley community group on a one time specific project that benefits the community.  Projects vary from landscaping projects to construction work to vehicle speed safety signs.  Partnership projects enhances the community experience and helps provide for a quality environment for the valley's citizens. 



The Rotary Club of Carmel Valley clears the litter and debris from two miles of Carmel Valley Road.  Carmel High School Rotary Interact Club joins the Rotarians in this community service.


RotaCare© Monterey Peninsula 

Rotarians support the Family Health Clinic in Seaside for free weekly medical services for the needy. The Rotary Club of Carmel Valley donates funds and volunteers to this humanitarian outreach.


The Safe Blood Africa Project

The Rotary Club has already established 22 blood banks in African hospitals that are helping to save 16,000 lives per year. The Safe Blood Africa Foundation has started a "Train the Trainer" hospital training program to expand and sustain the practice of modern transfusion medicine in Nigeria. We also join with the Global Network for Blood Donations, local and regional blood banks to increase blood donations in California and worldwide.  Two blood mobiles have been sent to Nigeria by our Rotary District 5230 – a combined effort of District wide Rotary clubs.


Safe Water

Unsafe water is the primary cause of death in developing countries. Carmel Valley Rotary sponsored the construction of a clean water tank in a remote village in Ecuador and built 5 wells and water systems for 5 secondary schools in Nigeria.


Wheelchair Foundation

With the goal to provide a free wheelchair to every child, teen and adult worldwide who needs one, but has no means to acquire one, Rotarians are distributing special rugged wheel chairs to children and adults in developing countries throughout the world.





Annual fund raising events involving the community.


Annual Fund Raising Prime Rib Dinner Gala

Once each year, usually in March, the club's primary fund raiser is held at the Community Center at Palo Corona Regional Park on Carmel Valley Road.  The Prime Rib Dinner Gala includes a buffet, live music, dancing, silent auction, and raffle opportunities!


Laguna Seca Raceway

Rotarians enjoy selling and scanning tickets and helping customers at Laguna Seca Raceway events.  The Laguna Seca SCRAMP Foundation contributes money to the Club's community education projects. Did we mention it's a whole lot of FUN too?


Pacific Repertory Theater 

Rotary Club members and their friends enjoy reserving seats at the theatre as they attend the theatrical performances in Carmel with a special advance party featuring local wines and hors d'oeuvres. Pac Rep contributes funds for our projects.  


Tony Willemsen Reading Project

Throughout his life past Carmel Valley Rotarian and former District Governor Tony Willemsen loved to help those less fortunate than himself.  Fostering an early interest in reading among the youth of our community was one of the many ways he chose to do so.  Through his generosity the Tony Willemsen Reading Project was born.  Each year our Rotary club donates to local area schools funds to promote reading skills in young students. With these basic reading skills developed at an early age, students benefit from a lifelong tool that is the very basics of learning.  With these reading and learning skills their future education and the world of possibilities open to them become accessible.  The added benefit is throughout the student's life time their choices will be better informed because of their ability to read and explore their options. 



The Rotary Club of Camel Valley

    A great way to give something back to your community and

have a lot of fun while doing it!


 Service above self!



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