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Rotary Expresses its Gratitude to the Community at Thanksgiving

Without the support of the wonderful members of this community, we could not fund the many projects Cambria Rotary takes on each year.  Locally, we sent a $250 donation to the American Legion Post 432 to purchase gift cards for local service men and women currently serving overseas.  We also sent a $500 donation to the SLO Food Bank which, because of inflation, is struggling to provide holiday food for families in need.  We funded 11 scholarships for local high school students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, an intensive experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where young people can develop leadership skills while having fun and making connections.   

     Internationally, we have funded over $5,000 to provide oxygen to patients in India hit hard by the pandemic, $1,000 to Shelter Box, an organization that supplies emergency disaster relief, and provided scholarships for two high school students to attend Grace Center in Zambia. The Center helps young women at risk for sexual exploitation and early marriage by training them in vocations where they can find employment, such as computer work, tailoring, and food preparation.  A long list of projects remains which we will be working to fund in the coming months.  Without your support, many of these efforts would not be possible.

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Santa is Arriving Soon!

Each year the Rotary Club adopts children during the holiday season and provides them with gifts to put under their Christmas tree.  The kids fill out “Letters to Santa” listing what they would like for Christmas, usually toys, and what they need for clothing items and shoes.  Club members adopt one or more of the children and donate some, if not all the items they request, and then wrap and deliver them to Santa.

     On Saturday, November 13, Miguel and Judy Sandoval organized just such an event in San Simeon.  The kids gathered for games, face painting, hot dogs, hot chocolate, and other goodies, as well as help from Rotary members with writing their letters to Santa.  A big shout out goes to artist Sara Blair-Field for spending hours painting kids’ faces, to San Simeon community member Jill Mauer for helping to set up and manage the hot chocolate bar, and to the Rotarians who participated in this event.

     The Letters to Santa is a project funded through donations to our current Holiday Gifting & Giving Online Auction that support projects such as this one.  Please visit  the auction site at:

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Cambria Rotary Already has Started Your Holiday Shopping for You

You cannot turn on the news or open a newspaper without seeing warnings about shortages and supply chain issues ahead of the upcoming holiday, but no need to worry.  Rotary Club members have spent the past few months shopping and packaging their purchases into beautiful gift baskets ready for the gifting and giving.

     The Holiday Gift and Giving online auction will run from Friday, November 12, until midnight on Cyber Monday, November 29.  There are baskets for the kiddos, for pet lovers, art baskets, baskets for foodies and for those who love to entertain.  If that is not enough to complete a holiday gift list, there are over 50 gift certificates for local restaurants, shops, services, and experiences, as well as wine lovers gift packs.

     To being your holiday shopping into the comfort of your home while supporting Cambria Rotary, visit the Holiday Gift and Giving auction site at:  The Auction items will be available for pick up in Cambria from Wednesday, December 1, through Saturday, December 4.  The Rotary Club cannot provide shipping for gift baskets and wine packs, but gift certificates can be mailed upon request.

     Thanks to our many friends, neighbors, and supporters, Cambria Rotary’s Holiday Wreath and Greenery Sale has been a great success.  As of this week, there were only five Noble Fir Wreaths still available so, if you have not ordered one as yet, check out to see if there are any wreaths left.  It is because of fundraisers such as these that Cambria Rotary can to continue to support community service projects such as scholarships for local high school seniors, the Santa Lucia Middle School trip to San Francisco, the book program for the Cambria Grammar School third grade, and the community-wide food programs for students and their families.