Lawndale, CA – Today the Rotary Club of Lawndale hosted fire fighters from our local fire station, Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 21. Captain Mike Dodd, Robert Smith FFS and Clint Sanchez FF spoke to the club about the nature of their primary responsibility in responding to emergencies in our community as well as their efforts to assist our community through many other avenues as well.
Captain Dodd educated club members about the Rescue Youth Program that brings troubled students into the fire station after school to teaching them about what it means to be a fire fighter and the career opportunities the Fire Department offers as well as provide tutoring and mentorship. Additionally, club members learned about the Explorer Program for 15 to 21 year olds. The goal of this program is to provide participants with a sense of responsibility to his/her neighborhood through ongoing community related activities.
The Rotary Club of Lawndale looks forward to partnering with our local Fire Station crews on these and other potential programs in the future.
From Left to right; Ernie Villareal Lawndale Rotary Club President, Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain Mike Dodd, Clint Sanchez FF, Robert Smith FFS, and Shirley Glitzow Rotarian.
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Local Pastor, Brandon Cash spoke to our club today about his work with Baseball Chapel, The Los Angeles Dodgers and professional athletes in other sports. From the history of Baseball Chapel and Mickey Mantle to funny stories about bats, gloves and prayers, it was a very insightful and entertaining presentation today. Thanks Brandon!
Lawndale Rotarians continued their partnerships with the South Bay 25 Club to help Santa visit the children of Lawndale. The South Bay 25 club sponsors and organizes ten days of Santa traveling through the streets of Lawndale to visit children. Lawndale Rotary partners with South bay 25 to provide volunteers, Santa’s Helpers, to assist one night each year.
This year Lawndale Rotarians visited 17 stops through out the city, and more than 200 children had the opportunity to personally visit Santa, and tell him what they want for Christmas. It was a great evening of community, seeing children, parents, and neighbors coming together for a very special annual celebration.
Many of the local residents expressed their sincere appreciation for this continued tradition. One woman that brought her child to see Santa had only recently moved to Lawndale. Her excitement was evident as she asked if we do this every year, and told us she was very appreciative.
Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!
How can you help those displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines?
Join the Lawndale Rotary as we raise money to fund two Shelter boxes for families in the Philippines. Each Shelter Box provides a high quality tent that can house an extended family; a stove, thermal blankets, tools and other supplies to assist those displaced by the typhoon.
Rotary International has a long history of Partnership with ShelterBoxusa.org and the Lawndale Rotary is glad to be able to partner with them again to assist victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
To join us in our fund raising please click here .