The Cambria Rotary Club (CRC) is once again sponsoring a blood drive in honor of the late Dave Melendy.  Melendy was a graduate of Coast Union High School, an administrator of the Cambria Community Healthcare District (CCHD), and the 12th paramedic licensed in the County.  The drive will be held on Thursday, June 16, in the Peacock Room at the Cambria Pines Lodge.  Reservations are encouraged and can be made at:  vitalant.org/.

     The nation remains in the midst of a blood shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic, affecting the supply at County hospitals where patients depend on blood donated from community volunteers.  Hospitals receive blood from Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, and give it to patients every day—for emergencies, as part of cancer therapy, for surgery, and for treatment for burns or blood disorders.  Vitalant has seen a 10% decline in Central Coast donors in the past 12 months compared to the year before.  There were 58,000 fewer individuals who gave blood in 2021 compared with 2020.    

     Coast Union High School counselor Samantha Brossette has highlighted the students who recently attended Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).  Cambria Rotary was pleased to sponsor eight local students to attend this year’s event.  At last Friday’s Rotary meeting, some of the students relayed their experiences and thanked the Club members for the opportunity.  In addition to classes on diversity, public speaking, ethics, and how to become a better leader, the students began lifelong friendships.  CRC members could not be prouder of these amazing students. The future is in good hands.