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Thursdays at 6:15 PM
Smith Flat House
2021 Smith Flat Road
Placerville, CA 95667
United States of America
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The Rotary Club of Placerville is hosting our first ever "Rotary in the Vineyard" at Saureel Vineyards.  Join us Sunday, September 22, 2024, from 4 to 9 pm for a gourmet dinner, fine wine, and live music.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Union Mine & El Dorado High School Scholarships, CASA El Dorado, Trees for Troops, Coats for Kids, Community Improvements & much more. Check out our Facebook or Instagram pages for more information.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite (Rotary in the Vineyard Tickets, Sun, Sep 22, 2024 at 4:00 PM | Eventbrite) or in person at: the Office of Terrie Prod'hon, CPA, 768 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite 300, Diamond Springs, CA or The Paint Spot, 1303 Broadway, Placerville, CA.
The Rotary Club of Placerville was formed on May 8, 1944.  The club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sacramento. The Club will be celebrating our 80th year with a gala event at the Sequoia Mansion in Placerville.  The club previously held meetings at that location when it was the Elks Lodge and later the Bee-Bennett House.  The gala takes place on Saturday, April 20th at 6pm.  If you were affiliated with the Rotary Club of Placerville and would like to attend, please reach out to club secretary, Kim Smith.  
Recruitment for the EDC Civil Grand Jury begins in March through mid May.  Applications for the 2024/2025 term can be found at www.edcgov,us/grandjury.
The Rotary Club of Placerville earned the Rotary Citation for club year 2019-2020.  The citation is the most significant award a Rotary club can earn from Rotary International.  The citation is earned by setting and achieving a variety of goals for the given club year.  Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in our community.  This is the second year in a row that the Rotary Club of Placerville has earned this award.
The Rotary Club of Placerville is putting together a service day at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.  The event will take place on Saturday, 19 September from 8am until 5pm.  In addition to the four Rotary Clubs on the western slope of El Dorado County, we have invited the Kiwanis Club of Placerville, the Active 20-30 Club, Placerville Soroptimists, and the Mother Lode Lions.  If you are a member of a service club and would like to help out, please contact us!  The fair has been hit hard by the Covid crisis and have many projects.  Most involve cleaning garden beds, pruning, and weed eating.  More info to come.
The Rotary Club of Placerville hosted their first ever virtual meeting in the 76 year history of the club on Thursday, April 9th.  Twenty-three members and guests joined on "Go to Meeting" to hear words from Supervisor-elect Wendy Thomas on the COVID-19 crises and the future of El Dorado County.  Supervisor-elect Thomas also updated us on her husband's, City of Placerville Vice-mayor Dennis Thomas, recent bout with the coronavirus.  In addition to members of the Placerville club, we were joined by our Area 6 Assistant Governor, the assistant governor of Area 5 from District 5190, and two other members of the Rotary Club of Cameron Park. The club will continue this format every other week.   
 The Rotary Club of Placerville is sponsoring a fundraising pasta dinner for El Dorado County First Responders at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Friday, December 27th from 4 to 8pm.  Proceeds will benefit EDSO, PPD, CHP, and El Dorado County Fire. No tickets are required.  This is a donation only event.  Give what you can to help out benevolent agencies such as the El Dorado County Sheriff's Posse.
Ever wonder who put in the "Welcome to Placerville" sign and flagpoles?  How about all those oleander plants at the fairgrounds?  How did Rotary Park come about? How about that basketball court at Benham Park? Follow the link to read about some of the great things the Rotary Club of Placerville has done in the past to make our community better.
The Rotary Club of Placerville has a 75 year history of doing good in the world and doing good in Placerville.  The linked article is a brief synopsis of the many projects taken on by our club.  It is from a few years ago so does not include the beautiful metal sculptures along Highway 50, the refurbishment of the caboose at Spring St, or our fundraiser for the victims of the Camp Fire.
   Placerville Rotary Club President Kurt Raffetto traveled to Chico on Thursday with Ron Thompson and Gordon Vicini to present a check to the Paradise Rotary Club for $100,000.  Accepting the check on behalf of the Paradise Club was President Brian Gray.  Over 90 percent of the Paradise Club members were directly impacted by the fire. The presentation was met with profuse thanks and applause.
     The check was a result of the Rotary Club Pasta Feed Fundraiser held on November 25th at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.  Placerville and El Dorado County citizens stepped up in a big way to help their neighbors to the north.  Donations came in from as far away as Idaho and Arizona.  Donations from the event totaled $91,000 with the Placerville Club making up the difference to reach $100,000. 
     The Paradise Club will use 100 percent of the funds to benefit those impacted by the fires.  While no specific plans are currently underway, the Placerville Rotary Club will keep in touch and find out how our generous communities’ dollars are spent.
     The Rotary Club of Placerville would like to again thank the generous contributors, volunteers, and corporate sponsors that made this fundraiser possible and such a tremendous success. For those still wishing to contribute, funds may be made out to The Rotary Club of Placerville and sent to PO Box 488, Placerville, CA 95667.
The citizens of El Dorado County (and beyond) stepped up to our donation effort for the victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise and surrounding Butte County.  Over $88,000 has been donated to the cause.  We expect this to increase in the days ahead. The funds will be awarded to Rotary District 5160 and the Rotary Club of Paradise in the near future.  Presentation dates are currently being coordinated.  Donations are still coming in and we hope to have all collected by 6 December. Thank you so much to Gordon Vicini and crew for the wonderful food.  The farms and ranches of the Apple Hill Growers for the delicious desserts and wineries of the El Dorado Winery Association for the adult beverages.  Barsotti Family Juice Company took care of the crowd with non-alcoholic juices and some great hard cider.  Thanks, too, to Red Hawk casino for the water for our crowd of nearly 1,500 people. If you couldn't attend but still want to contribute, you may mail a check to The Rotary Club of Placerville, PO Box 488, Placerville, CA. 95667. Thank you!
The Placerville Community has lost an icon.  Joe Stancil passed away recently but left a legacy of making the community a better place.