Click the + next to each project to explore this section of our site and learn more about our projects, locally and around the globe.
You just never know where you’ll find a Rotarian–or a group of us–ready to pitch in to make our community an even better place!
Adopt A Highway
Adopt A Highway is a partnership with Washington State Department of Transportation, helps keep the entrance to our community clear of discarded debris.
Auction Assistance to Non-Profits
Our club’s auction efforts changed dramatically when we employed cloud-based software. And, with 20+ galas in our rear-view, we have a lot of hard-earned experience, processes, and documents that make our events run smoothly.
After turning an in-person gala into an online effort just about overnight as Covid-19 hit, a few of us got together and decided we could share what we know with other non-profits and give them a hand-up.
The result is a 3-year plan to work with local groups. Year one is about conversations: we learn about the organization, its goals, how it functions, experience, etc. and we share what we’ve learned, finding a new path together that solves problems, whether they be historical or avoiding pitfalls of the future.
In year two, we take a step back and shadow the organization’s auction team in using the tools and procedures we put together in year one, helping if needed. In year three, we’re close by but allowing the non-profit auction team to soar solo.
Of course, we stay in touch as needed. Our goal is to teach and remove ourselves over three years so we can help another group.
- email@example.com Software, data, forms, check-in/out
- firstname.lastname@example.org Procurement, bundling, staging of items (text, photos, in-person)
- email@example.com Post-auction organization, getting items to winners, day of event Rotarian volunteers
- firstname.lastname@example.org Project management, ensuring balls aren’t dropped, developing systems and documents, anything not covered by the others.
Book Donations to Schools
Our club donates books signed by our Program Speakers to local school libraries in their honor.
Christmas Angels Gift Trees
Christmas Angels Gift Trees is a partnership with our community to ensure no elementary school child goes without a gift on Christmas morning.
Continuing Education Scholarships for Local Seniors
Continuing Education Scholarships for Local Seniors are offered each year to Ilwaco High School and Alternative School graduating seniors. Students compete for the scholarships with an essay on Rotary’s 4-Way Test and use the funds when enrolled in a vocational program of study beyond high school.
Clothing for Kids
Clothing for Kids, a partnership with Ocean Beach School District, offers shopping days and a budget for students ages 13-17 in need of school clothes
Dictionaries to Local 4th Graders
Peninsula Rotary participates in the Dictionary Project, annually providing dictionaries to every 4th grade child in Ocean Beach School District
Luggage of Love: Helping kids in chaos
Luggage of Love provides comfort and dignity to kids in chaotic transition between homes. Our club manages the South Pacific County effort.
Rotary Wheel in our Community
Rotary Wheel in our Community promotes the presence of Rotary and its ideals locally. We proudly display the Rotary wheel logo on our projects.
Shop with a Cop
Shop with a Cop is our club’s partnership with Ocean Beach School District, Dennis Company, the Lost Roo, and local law enforcement organizations, along with support from BJsPetProjects.com, Bank of the Pacific, and the Cottage Bakery, to provide positive experiences for primary school youth who might otherwise have only negative experiences with authority.
Our time, talent, and treasure also support these local efforts
- Beach Cleanup
- Food4Kids Backpack Food Program
- Friends of Willapa Wildlife Refuge 4th Grade Education program
- Pack2school Backpack Supplies Program
- Peninsula Food Bank Support
- Peninsula Poverty Response Laundry Love & Covid Hub
- Toys for Peninsula Kids, a partnership with Pacific County Fire District 1, Long Beach Elks, Ilwaco American Legion
- Wellspring Community Network projects
- Tennis & Pickleball Lessons for Kids through Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort Tennis & Pickleball Center
- Luggage of Love, providing needed and comfort items to kids in transition
- Ilwaco High Seniors Safe & Sober Grad Night
Peninsula Rotary put together a little video to play at our key fundraiser, Arts & Adventures. Members and friends describe some of our many service projects. PENINSULA ROTARY LOVES KIDS!
Arts & Adventures
Arts, & Adventures is our big fundraiser annually. It typically includes silent and live auctions, some noshes, hijinx, and great camaraderie. This year’s event is online, with a silent auction April 11-17, 2021, and a Virtual Live Event on the 17th. Enjoy our virtual cocktail party and live auction alone or in a watch group! Registration
Christmas Projects Golf Tournament
Christmas Projects Golf Tournament is held each September at Peninsula Golf Course. Good times!
Fines & Brags
At the end of each meeting, club members have an opportunity to pay a fine to brag about… being in the paper, a grandchild’s graduation, or whatever moves them! Some members fine themselves a dollar a year on their birthday or wedding anniversary while others self-fine for a phone ringing during a meeting or not wearing their Rotary pin.
These funds are used by the club to pay operating expenses. That means every dollar raised in fundraising efforts are 100% used by our projects. When you give through our fundraisers, you know your gift will be at least 100% put into the project(s) you support. Sometimes, through grant writing, your dollars can be doubled. And when used on International projects, dollars are multiplied even farther!
"Getting to Know You" Auction
Grant Writing to Rotary
When Rotarians make gifts to The Rotary Foundation, those funds sit and earn interest for three years. The interest is used to run The Rotary Foundation and the principle returns to the Rotarian’s District.
Our District, 5100, runs on both sides of the Columbia River, from the coast into Idaho, with more than 70 clubs representing a diverse group with common goals.
Each club is entitled to make grant requests to the District, provided goals have been met in terms of making donations to The Rotary Foundation. The goal is set at $100 per Rotarian in the club, although it doesn’t matter which Rotarians contribute to meet that total goal, just that it is met.
Our club writes grants every round they are open, typically receiving as much, or more, than club members contributed to The Rotary Foundation. These funds power our programs and those we support.
Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort and Tennis Center hosts a pickleball tournament each year. Club members help out over the weekend of play and the Resort generously donates proceeds to our Peninsula Rotary Foundation for use with our projects. Isn’t that great of them?
Club Pickleball Clinic
Our club works on projects locally and internationally. Most involve children, and one of Rotary’s key areas of focus (see image, below).
We are especially interested in projects that
- help local kids and families;
- offer hands up rather than hand-outs;
- involve our club members.
We develop relationships with our partners, including follow-up on the results of our combined efforts, ensuring the funds we administer do the most possible good.
Partner with us!
We accept applications [pdf] year-round. For the best chance of funding, get yours in before July 1st as the bulk of our funds are distributed following a review of those applications at the beginning of our fiscal year.