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News: 10/15/2020

Local Rotary Club helping with COVID, fire relief

The fervent prayer of every Rotary Club president is “Please don’t let the club fall apart on my watch!” The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, under the leadership of 2020-2021 President Kyle Fisher, is still very much alive, albeit virtual, and working to provide support for COVID relief and now fire relief as well. The club meets, via Zoom, on the first and third Wednesday of the month, at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to attend a meeting, contact Kyle at Visitors are always welcome, as are new members.

Earlier this year the club held a fundraising drive taking advantage of a $10,000 matching grant, and raised over $20,000 for COVID relief. They also received two grants totaling $4,400 from Rotary District 5130, and a $2,000 grant from the Jack London Yacht Club. In addition to those funds, the club had monies from the previous year, which they have also been disbursing. The club is brainstorming ways to hold a virtual fundraiser in the late spring of 2021 so they can do more. Stay tuned.

COVID relief funds

Redwood Empire Food Bank: $5,500 for hunger relief
Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS): $4,800 for a commercial dishwasher and COVID compliance; $4,000 for homeless support
FISH (Sonoma): $6,350 for utilities and rent relief
Teen Services Sonoma: $2,000 to support distance learning for high school students; $1,850 for Lovin’ Oven program
Kenwood School: $2,000 for school lunch program (free lunches for low-income students)

Fire relief funds

Sonoma Ecology Center and Team Sugarloaf: $5,000 for vegetation management to reduce fire risk in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. (This grant was awarded before the Glass fire.)

Volunteer opportunities

Food Distribution, first and third Friday of the month, 9-10 a.m. at Jack London Village. Help give out food provided by the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

SOS food program for the homeless at The Grange in Sonoma, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information about the club or to make a donation, go to or contact Kyle Fisher, To learn more about volunteering, contact Barney Watkins at

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