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Cambria Blood Donors Needed

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.

Posted inEducation

Cambria Rotary Announces Four-Way Essay Contest Winners

The Four-Way Test of what people think, say, or do is a practice used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships:  Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build good will and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?  Each year, Cambria Rotary Club (CRC) challenges students to participate in the Four-Way Test Essay Contest.  The contest ensures that students not only write thoughtful essays but also experience the value of integrating ethics into everyday life. 

     This year, 25 students from Whit Donaldson’s seventh grade Language Arts class and 18 students from Laura Weaver’s high school English classes submitted essays telling of a situation in which the Four-Way Test would have helped them make a better decision.  A team of Club members read the essays and determined which would be awarded first, second, and third place in both the middle school and high school submissions.       

     Each student received a cash award and certificate of achievement.  After hearing the students via Zoom in the past few years, CRC was thrilled to have students and parents join the meeting in person last Friday.  CRC members could hear a pin drop as each of these students read their essays.

     We congratulate this year’s winners:

At the Middle School level:

  • 3rd Place, Kevin Merced
  • 2nd Place, Weston Gustafson
  • 1st Place, Dereck Quintero

 At the High School level:

  • 3rd Place, Ethan Wade, 11th grade
  • 2nd Place, Shanyra Cardenas, 11th grade
  • 1st Place. Sean Schalk, 9th grade
Posted inServices

Cambria Rotary’s Grand Raffle

After over two years of being stuck at home, are you ready to get away?  Cambria Rotary is holding their Grand Raffle right now and the winner has their choice of 8 fun travel experiences.  Each trip includes lodging and round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S.  Trip options include:  Charleston Luxury Getaway, 3-night stay in a deluxe room at the Belmont Charleston Place Hotel, Daily breakfast for 2, 2.5-hour private Charleston history and photo walking tour for 2, Dinner for 2 at Charleston Grill; Costa Rica Getaway, 5-night stay at Los Suenos Marriott (Playa Herruduro) or JW Marriott Guanacaste (Tamarindo), Daily breakfast for 2;  Explore Key West, 3-night stay at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel; New York Long Weekend, 3-night weekend stay in a standard guest room at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott of comparable hotel, 2 tickets to One Broadway show of your choice, $200 gift card towards dining at your choice of participating New York City restaurants; Fairmont Bermuda, 4-night stay in a standard Fairmont room at your choice of Fairmont resorts in Bermuda, Daily breakfast for 2; Fairmonts in Jasper & Calgary, 3-night stay in a junior suite at the Fairmont Park Lodge in Jasper National Park, 2-night stay in a standard guest room at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, Daily breakfast for 2;  New Orleans Jazz & Dining, 3-night stay in a standard guest room at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, Jazz Brunch or 3-course dinner with wine pairing for 2 at Commander’s Palace Restaurant, Behind-the-scenes tour of Mardi Gras World; New York Broadway, 3-night weekend stay in a standard guest room at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott of comparable hotel, 2 tickets to 2 Broadway shows of your choice. 

In addition, we will be awarding $1,000 to the second-place winner and $500 for third place.  Proceeds from the raffle will allow us to continue funding projects such as Feed the Needy, Polio Eradication, Disaster Relief, Basic education & Literacy, Scholarships, Promote Peace, Sustainable Clean Water and so much more. 

Tickets are $50 each and a maximum of 500 tickets will be sold.  Tickets are available through a Cambria Rotary Club member or at Viva CambriaRotary@gmail.com.  Winners will be selected at the Rotary Chamber Mixer on June 1.  Winners need not be present to win.