Since the start of 2009, eight community organizations and school groups have been awarded more than $6,000 in grants from the Lakewood Rotary Club and during the 2008-09 fiscal year the Lakewood Rotary Partners organization contributed another $7,100 to local groups. Between the two organizations, a total of $13,400 has been distributed.
Steve Mazoff, chairman of the Rotary club‚Äôs community concerns committee, said the grants range between $300 and $1,500. In addition, the club has pledged $5,000 in additional funds to help re-equip the Clover Park Technical College Early Care & Education program. The building housing this program was destroyed last year when it was hit by arson. Thae building is currently under construction.
The Rotary Partners group also made grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 during its fiscal year.
According to Mazoff, three grants were approved last week and the grant checks have been delivered to the grant winners this week.. They include the Clover Park School District Elementary School Emergency Fund – $1,000; Greater Lakes Mental Health – $1,000; Lakewood Area Shelter Association – $1,000.
Others that received funds include: Tacoma Area Literacy Council – $750; Western State Hospital Christmas Gifts Fund – $500; Caring for Kids – $1,500; Lakes High School PTSA Reading Program – $300; and CPTC Foundation Holiday House – $300.
The Partner‚Äôs grants, according to President Kris Quinn, were as follows:
Caring for Kids – $1,000; Reading is Fundamental – $1,000; Clover Park Technical College Foundation Scholarship Fund and Pierce College Scholarship Fund – $750 each; $500 each for Family Renewal Shelter, Food Connection at St. Leo‚Äôs, Lakes Area Fish Food Bank and Lakewood Area Shelter Association. Washington Women‚Äôs Education and Employment (WWEE) – $450; Taoma Area Literacy Council and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association – $350 each; Lakewood Boys & Girls Club – $250 and Rotaplast International – $200.
Lakewood Rotary is a 125-member service club composed of area business and professional men and women. The club meets each Friday noon at Tacoma Country & Golf Club. In addition to local giving, members have contributed more than $700,000 to the Rotary International Foundation which is leading the world effort to eradicate polio. The club was also instrumental in the 6-day construction of the Playground @ Ft. Steilacoom Park in 2005.
The Lakewood Rotary Partners is an organization comprised of spouses of members of the Rotary Club. The Partners meet monthly at homes of individual members.