stand down webAfter a plentiful Christmas, you may be cleaning out your closets to make room for new clothes; what should you do with the clothes you no longer need? You could make a difference in a Veteran's life! On January 4th, 2020, Escondido's five Rotary Clubs will work together to collect clothing for homeless veterans  in front of the Escondido City Hall.

We will be collecting men’s and women’s new and used clothing, including jackets, sweatshirts and shoes of all sizes along with blankets, towels and new underwear and socks to be given to needy veterans during the North County Veteran Stand Down Thursday, February 6th through Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Green Oak Ranch in Vista.

It is the fourth year that the combined Rotary Clubs in Escondido have teamed up for the New Year’s clothing drive, which is timed to take advantage of folks cleaning out their closets after the holidays.

Clothing donations will be given to AMVETS and brought to Green Oak Ranch for the North County Veteran Stand Down, an annual four-day event that provides essential services to homeless veterans from across San Diego County to receive much-needed services in a safe, drug-free and secure environment.

Most Needed Used Items:

  • Business Casual Clothing For Job Interviews
  • Plus-size clothing
  • Jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Shoes
  • Blankets
  • Towels

Most Needed New Items:

  • Men’s Underwear (500 pair)
  • Men’s Socks (500 pair)
  • Women’s Underwear (100 pair)
  • Women’s Socks (100 pair)

Former Rotary International President Barry Rassin has been using social media to appeal for help for his home country, the Bahamas, after Hurricane Dorian hit the island nation.

Grand Bahama Island has 5 Rotary clubs and is a valued part of Rotary District 6990. Rotary International District 6990 has secured a 181-foot ship and begun the efforts to fill four (4) 20-foot containers with needed supplies to aid in the Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts. Rassin wrote: “The Bahamas Rotary Disaster Committee has already had meetings and is ready as soon as possible to help our country. They have an account set up for donations. Rotary District 7020 has also met and have a disaster fund which can accept some donations. Hurricane Dorian is the worst ever to hit land and is still creating devastation. We will need all hands on deck to help us restore the islands.”

According to the International Red Cross, 45% of homes on Grand Bahama and the Abaco have been severely damaged and destroyed – roughly 13,000 properties, and the United Nations has predicted that 60,000 people will need food and clean water.

The Escondido Rotary Club Is Stepping Up, Too

If you would like to make an individual contribution to the Bahamas Rotary Clubs Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts, please give your cash or check made out to Escondido Rotary Foundation, and note “Dorian Hurricane Relief”, to Mike Freet, Johnny Watson, or Christine Montan.  We will combine this with the ERC donation of $1,000 from the International Service budget for 2019-20 and forward to Rotary International Donor Advised Fund #574, Rotary Relief Fund Abaco and Grand Bahamas.  This will be matched by The Rotary Foundation 1:1 and double our gift.

Please complete this by Friday, September 20.

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Escondido Rotary Club will be sponsoring 13 - 15 High School Juniors to this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. We need volunteers to attend in April as Facilitators, and particularly women volunteers. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities. Check out what it means to be a facilitator and sign up HERE.

Read more: Change The Future As A RYLA Facilitator

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Escondido Rotary Club has been participating in a Small Grant Project in Monrovia, Liberia. The $12,000 grant was the result of raising $6,000, which was matched by District 5340. Escondido Rotary Club contributed $3,000, which was possible because of Coeur De Cuisine. The project is to buy books, supplies, desks, chairs and a generator for a school being built in Monrovia. Construction began in October, and should be ready for occupation and learning in 2018. Good job Escondido Rotary club!

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Thousand Smiles Foundation proves life-saving surgeries and related health care for FREE to underserved children so that they can eat properly, speak normally, be more accepted in their communities to live normal lives. The next clinic is February 2nd and 3rd. Registration is open through January 31st.

Read more: Thousand Smiles Clinic Feb. 2-3

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