Jim Yanoschik, director
Making Murrieta better Community service includes the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in Murrieta.
Projects planned for the Rotary year include….
- 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.
- Valentine’s Dance for Special Needs Adults — an annual Valentine’s dinner/dance for special needs adults, staged in cooperation with the City of Murrieta.
- 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.
- Murrieta Through Time — The project has constructed four large monument structures at Murrieta Town Square that are now being artisically enhanced to reflect important periods in Murrieta’s history.
- Teacher Service Grants — This program provides small grants to local teachers to augment classroom needs.
- Literacy — The club annually provides a significant sum on 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.