THE ROTARY FRIENDS PROGRAM
To receive Wallis C. and Mildred S. Jones grant funds during the Rotary year, a Rotary Club must assist and work with an organized high school age youth group who will participated in the event. Suggested groups include: Interact, Scouts, Explorers, ASB, JROTC, religious groups etc…
The funded project must involve the youth group and members of the Rotary Club in visiting, assisting, helping or interacting with community senior citizens or handicapped citizens. Details of the project must be explained in the application.
The youth group leader or appropriate designee, and your Rotary Club’s liaison are to be involved in the following stages of that project:
- Development of the Project
- Monitoring expenditures of the project funds.
- Ensuring that the project helps and assists senior or handicapped citizens to live more satisfying and fuller lives.
- Verifying that the project was performed by submitting a final report/summary to District 5330.
It is recommended that the project conclude with some type of public recognition ceremony involving Rotary, the youth group, and the recipients. If a ceremony is held, it may include:
- Presentation of a commemorative plaque.
- Local press release and pictures.
Innovative events may warrant forwarding a press release and pictures to District 5330 and Rotary International.
Projects must take place during the Rotary year in which they are funded.
TYPES OF PROGRAMS FUNDED
Temecula Rotary Noon Club along with Temecula Valley H.S. Interact with elderly handicapped patients at a local hospital. Program involved fixing and cleaning 48 Wheelchairs and then a celebration BBQ with entertainment.
Lake Arrowhead Rotary Club along with Rim-Of-The-World H.S. Interact held a holiday celebration at a skilled nursing facility, which included carol singing, gifts, decorations and snacks.
Banning Rotary Club along with Banning H.S. Interact held Christmas festivals for the elderly at 3 different convalescent homes.
Beaumont Rotary Club along with Beaumont Community Interact Club conducted a “senior’s prom”.
The Rotary Clubs of Big Bear along with Big Bear H.S. Interact Club inspected, fixed, and/or installed smoke detectors for the needy in a modular retirement village.
The Rotary Clubs of Yucca Valley along with the Yucca Valley H.S. Interact Club held a holiday “senior’s dance”.
Hemet Sunrise Club along with Hemet H.S. Interact held a winter festival at the Valley Christian Home.
Riverside East Club continuing senior project, providing blankets and educational information throught District 5330.
Centennial H.S. held a Senior Citizens Prom.
Hemet H.S. held a winter festival at a local nursing home.
Rim-Of-The-World H.S. Wallis Jones Christmas Party for seniors at a nursing facility.
Rotarian Wallis C. Jones, a charter member of the Rotary Club of San Bernardino East (now Highland) gave a substantial amount of money to Rotary District 5330 Foundation for “Rotary Friends” program. This program requires that high school age youth participate and interact with senior citzens and/or handicapped individuals. The information regarding this program is explained in this application. Your Rotary Club must participated with the youth group to receive Wallis C. Jones “Rotary Fridends” funds.
Application for a grant project should be submitted between September 15 and October 31 each Rotary year. Projects will be reviewed for approval after the closing date. Applications may be submitted by mail, email or delivered to:
Anne Marie Duncan
535 W. State Street, #G, Redlands CA 92373