The Cayucos Rotary Club will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this year and the little club that could, continues to grow with some 27 current members and a growing record of public service projects.
“Today, Cayucos Rotary enjoys the reputation of a club as ‘People of Action,’” said founding president Sherry Sim. “The Cayucos community does look to our club to lead when new projects arise. It’s truly a compliment.”
The club held its 5th Annual Masquerade Ball March 17 at the Cayucos School auditorium, raising thousands of dollars for its 25 various causes and community projects.
The club has come a long way since 2008, and has had its own non-profit foundation for some four years. Projects that began in that first year, like beach and community clean ups, the Lost at Sea Memorial celebration, support of Cayucos Elementary’s many programs and Rotary International’s fight to eradicate polio, continue on today.
In addition to scholarships for high school students, the club also sponsors programs to empower kids to acquire mediation skills and exemplify higher ethical conduct, said Sim. Recent projects include support for veterans with PTSD, and rehabilitating cabins and upgrading facilities at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School.
Future projects include beautification of Cayucos by installing “environmentally-friendly and architecturally-attractive” public benches, and planting more trees.
At the recent ball, the club kicked off its newest program of scholarships for music students at Cuesta College, when a trio of musicians performed for the audience and were given $1,000 scholarships on the spot.
Sim added, “Cayucos Rotary is able to carry out these good works through the generosity and support of our community friends, like Tobin James who has supported the club since 2008, and continues to be the club’s exclusive wine provider for the club’s annual fundraisers.”
The club also acknowledged Dale Kaiser Real Estate, Sim Real Estate, Rabobank, Envoy Mortgage and Edward Jones Financial, as well as Ronald and Robyn Clark for their sponsorships, and the local merchants and community members whose support are “invaluable.”
Cayucos Rotary, Sim said, looks forward to “Being an Inspiration” to Cayucos and beyond. For more information about Cayucos Rotary, or to contribute to its projects, see: www.CayucosRotary.org.