In the November, the club held its annual Music at Skypark appreciation dinner and supporting sponsors, vendors and bands were present for the presentation of a check of $20,000 to Beth Hollenbeck, the Scotts Valley Unified School District Music Director. The club also performed another highway clean-up on its adopted stretch of Highway 17 southbound. Coming up, the club will join with its sponsored youth club to buy gifts for the annual Big Brothers, Big Sisters holiday lunch at Shadowbrook on December 7. Club members will wrap the more than 80 gifts and provide Santa and his elves to distribute the gifts at the luncheon. The club will help set up the SVEF Christmas Tree lot and volunteer hours to sell the trees.
The club’s December 4 guest speaker will be Supervisor Bruce McPherson, and the December 11, Assemblyman Mark Stone.
The club meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday at Bruno’s BBQ. The second Wednesday of each month is an evening meeting at Bruno’s at 6:30 pm. All are welcome.
Scotts Valley Lions
This month, club members participated in their ongoing Highway 17 Adopt-a-Highway Clean Up project. Additionally, members will also work on the holiday food drive for Valley Churches United.
October and November is World Sight Conservation month, and club members handed out white cane lapel stickers at donation locations in town.
Meetings are open to all, on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 a.m., at Scotts Valley Senior Center, 370 Kings Village Road.
Scotts Valley Rotary
The Scotts Valley Rotary Club has been busy. The club inducted five new members and helped wrap donation barrels for Second Harvest Food Bank. Club members will feed about 80 needy people a full Thanksgiving meal the day before Thanksgiving at Mountain Community Resources in Felton. The club thanks Bruno's BBQ, Mollie's Country Cafe, Malone's Grille, Santa Cruz Moose Lodge 545 and the Modern Woodmen of America Youth Club to help make the dinner happen.
The club will sponsor a local Boy Scout Troop again and a new Interactor Service Club at Scotts Valley Middle School.
The club is working on their second annual Santa's Workshop for the Rebele Family Shelter in Santa Cruz and club members raised money to purchase gifts for the children at the shelter to “shop” and wrap for their parents. Each child will also receive a Christmas stocking. Kmart donated to the cause.
Rotarians will also adopt a family for Christmas through the Valley Christmas Project. The club continues with their PIF (Pay It Forward) project where they perform random acts of kindness. The club meets each Monday at Bruno's BBQ at 12:15 p.m.
From December 4 through 9, SLV Rotary Club will have a fundraiser at Mama Mia’s in Felton. Purchase a gift certificate and a portion of the total certificates bought will be donated to the club.
December 11 the club will donate items it collected for the District Governors gift to Mountain Community Resource. December 18 at 12:15 p.m. is the club’s holiday luncheon at Mount Hermon Conference Center. Cost is $15 and reservations are requested at 464-0201.
Speaker Schedule for December: December 4, Club Assembly; December 11, To be announced; December 18, holiday luncheon; December 25, no meeting.
The club meets each Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. in Birch Dining Room at 37 Conference Drive in Mount Hermon Conference Center. Cost is $10.
Valley Women’s Club
The Valley Women's Club is sending out an end-of-the-year letter, available at www.valleywomensclub.com, that summarizes the past year and looks forward to 2014. Among the accomplishments was the honor of being recognized as a Community Hero by United Way in their Community Assessment Project, for the club’s work protecting and restoring the watershed.
In January, the club’s Women's Issues Committee will present a performance by dancer and historian Lois Ann Flood based on the life and impact of Isadora Duncan — a woman who threw off society's restrictions of the early 1900's and had an enormous impact on liberating dance and expanding its importance in the arts. The free performance is at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19 at Park Hall in Ben Lomond.
Non-profit or service organizations are encouraged now to apply for grants to share in the Redwood Mountain Faire's proceeds in exchange for helping with the May 31 and June 1 event. Local bands may apply to play at the Faire and artists and artisans may apply for booth space at www.redwoodmountainfaire.com.
- Contributors to this column are Jim Melehan, Kiwanis; Karen Shipley, Lions; Jackie Maurer, Scotts Valley Rotary; Priscilla Weiss, SLV Rotary; Nancy Macy, Valley Women’s Club.