At our June 26th meeting, we disbursed our funds collected at our annual Fire and Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival. This is by far the favorite meeting of the year for most of us in Circle City Rotary. Over $22,000 was given away to local non-profits. And all of the books that we collect year round were given to Sue Nichols, the librarian at Rosa Parks elementary school in Eastvale. We can’t wait till next year’s Fire and Ice Festival on Sat. February 29th, leap year, to be bigger and better than ever, so we can give even more away!!
To find out more about our Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.
On a nice and cool morning, 15 Rotarians plus some of their friends and family, helped turn an Inspire Life Skills yard in Eastvale into a home to be proud of. This was a huge effort put in by all the folks that showed up and lent a hand. All of the grass, and some dead hedges were torn out and a lovely drought tolerant landscape was left in its place. Everyone started to arrive around 7:00 a.m. with work gloves, shovels, a sod busting machine, iron rakes and a can do spirit!! It took a little over 5 hours of hard work and perspiration, but well worth it in the end. We even had a few of the men who live in the home come out and lend a helping hand. In total we had 25 wonderful volunteers to help dig out, and plant, and rake all morning until the job was done.
We had coffee from Starbucks, breakfast burritos from Miguel’s and donuts from Kristi (Inspire Life Skills co-founder). So there was lots of fortifications on hand. New edging was put in place, to separate the planters from the gravel. And a variety of drought tolerant plants were put in the planters. The planter dirt was then covered in mulch to help keep water from evaporating too quickly. A drip system was put in place for the plants and trees. The lawn was replaced by low maintenance gravel. Kristi was very appreciative with the job being done, and told me this was going to cut down on their water bill tremendously. We at Circle City Rotary were more than happy to help out. There were a few aches and pains later in the day when the job was finished, but no one regrets spending a part of their Saturday morning in helping out in this worthwhile cause. All materials and plants were donated by our Rotary club.
To find out more about Circle City Rotary Club service projects, please visit our website at www.circlecitycorona.org.