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Rotarians take on two new projects

Trash pick-up on Arnold Drive and scholarships for SRJC Fire Academy
Rotarians take on two new projects
Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotarians and friends cleaned up the stretch of Arnold Drive from Chauvet Road to Martin St. on Saturday, Feb. 12. Front, left to right, Jeffery Hess, Nicki Artieres and Jimmy Galvin. Back, left to right: Barney Watkins, Sanford Smith and Mark Fernan.Photo by Ann Q. Peters

By Ann Q. Peters

If you see someone piling orange garbage bags on the side of Arnold Drive, don’t assume the worst. That’ll be the results of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood’s most recent cleanup of Arnold Drive between Chauvet Road and Martin Street. Granted, it’s not a heavily littered road, but the first cleanup back in November filled several of the county’s heavy-duty, extra-large bags. February’s haul was somewhat lighter. Groups that adopt a stretch of county road are instructed to leave what they’ve collected in an obvious location and let the county know where to pick up and dispose of the garbage. The club has committed to cleaning up the road quarterly for the next two years at least, in February, May, August and November.

This Rotary effort is a great complement to the Glen Ellen town clean-up that the Glen Ellen Forum organizes twice per year. The next Glen Forum town clean-up will be Sunday, March 6. Meet at the Glen Ellen Post Office at 9 a.m. if you would like to join in.

Your local Rotarians have also just established a $1,500 scholarship for people who live or work in Sonoma Valley to attend the Fire Academy at Santa Rosa Junior College. The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood SRJC Fire Academy Scholarship will be awarded through the SRJC Foundation, which will choose the recipient and distribute the funds on the club’s behalf.

Funds for this scholarship come from the Club’s Vocational Service Committee, one of six “Avenues of Service” in Rotary. The other five areas are Community Service, Club Service, International Service, Youth Service, and the most recent avenue, Environmental Service.

If any of this sounds appealing to you, check out the club at one of our upcoming meetings. We’ve returned to meeting via Zoom since January, but hope to go back to in-person gatherings at the Kenwood Depot very soon. Either way, the meetings are the first and third Wednesday of the month, starting at 5:30 p.m. Zoom meetings last one hour – a half hour of club business followed by a speaker. Live meetings are an hour and a half, with social time, eating and drinking from 5:30 to 6, club business from 6 to 6:30, and then the speaker from 6:30 to 7. There is also a Zoom option thanks to the Depot’s excellent audio-visual equipment.

Speakers vary and cover a wide variety of topics. Coming up on March 2 is Kenwood School Principal/ Superintendent Nate Myers. March 16 will be Dee Schweizer with the California Civil Grand Jury Association, and then on April 6, Sonoma County First Districtict Supervisor Susan Gorin will speak.

To attend a meeting, in person or via Zoom, please contact club president Ann Peters at [email protected] For more information about Rotary International, go to There are over 1.2 million Rotarians in over 46,000 clubs around the world. For information about the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, go to