The leader of Corona’s service organizations is the Corona Rotary Club and has been committed maintaining the Object of Rotary. Founded in 1923, the club has had as its primary local mission that of supporting youth and youth programs throughout the community. The following are several of the programs and projects that the club has undertaken over the years.
This program is named after a local physician, Dr. Root, and is designed to provide dental work for youth in the Corona area that have severe dental deformities and whose families could not afford the necessary dental services. Club members donate $2 per week and through these donations young people who could not afford the necessary dental surgery and services have had their mouths and teeth reconstructed and now can lead normal lives. The Rotary Club of Corona is grateful for the discounted services that have been donated by local dentists, doctors and hospitals.
Annually the club awards scholarships to seniors at all high schools located in the city of Corona. In programs ranging from one time grants to full four years scholarships the club has awarded over ½ million dollars to deserving students. In 2019, students from Corona High School, Lee V. Pollard High School, Orange Grove High School, Santiago High School, Centennial High School and John F. Kennedy Middle College High School received scholarships.
The Rotary Club of Corona members participate with other local organizations in beautification projects in the city of Corona. From 2018-2020 we have been teaming up with members of the James Project from Olive Branch Church to provide must needed home repairs and landscaping makeovers to homeowners that have been cited by the city of Corona for code violations but did not have the resources to make the needed repairs. Rotary is more than a local organization. It is International in scope and thus the Rotary Club of Corona has been involved in projects throughout the world since its founding. The following is a summary of some of the projects in which the club been involved.
Through a unique program which accumulates donations from all clubs, invests that capitol and returns the earnings back to the clubs to support worthy projects, the Rotary Foundation has distributed untold funds throughout the world. By matching funds returned from the Foundation the Rotary Club of Corona has undertaken many international projects. In recent years these projects have included:
- Drilling new water wells in Costa Rica in villages without them which allows the children to attend school instead of making the several hour daily walk to and from distant water wells to bring water to their village.
- Arranging for the transport of several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of donated medical equipment to hospitals and clinics in Malawi, Africa.
- Providing an ambulance and emergency medical supplies to a community in Costa Rica.
- Purchasing prosthetic devices for invalids in Russia.
- Delivering a defibrillator to a rural community in Costa Rica.
All Rotarian are most proud, that in addition to contributing to projects such as this, our donations to the Rotary Foundation have helped support the organization’s most ambitious project – the eradication of polio worldwide. Started in 1985, the project is very near completion. With only a few pockets of the virus still existing in the world, Rotary is putting forth a final major fundraising effort to bring the project to a successful conclusion.
Lest one thinks this is an organization whose only purpose is fundraising it is important to understand that we also do a lot of FUN raising. Most of the more than 100 members regularly attend the Friday luncheons because of the camaraderie and the FUN enjoyed. In addition to meeting on Friday’s the club has additional social activities throughout the year.