The signature SERVICE project of the Rotary club of Sterling is the "Sterling Community Chest."  For decades, the club has led this local fundraiser for the community. The members literally go door to door to every house in the community during November and hand out donation letters and ask citizens to contribute to the fund which serves as the main sponsor for most all the local nonprofits, such as Red Cross, scouts, hospice, Salvation Army, Food Bank, and even funds the rotary dictionary project.

 

The 2019 list of causes is below.  Members of Sterling Rotary will be delivering to local homes in Novemberr a donation letter. 

We thank you for your generous support.

 

Charities

 

Donation Form

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Shelter Box

Sterling Roteary Club in partnership with Lyons Rotary and Ellinwood Rotary have contributed $1,000 to purchase a Shelter Box.

ShelterBox provides tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives after chaos of disaster and conflict. When people are plunged into crisis, normality is suspended. But good, quality shelter can cut through the chaos. ShelterBox started as a small organization in rugged West Cornwall in the UK and have grown to make a big impact across the world.

ShelterBox is project partners with Rotary International, whose aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world. By working together with Rotary, ShelterBox is able to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that they can support more communities in desperate need of shelter. Rotarians and Rotary groups across the world support ShelterBox in a variety of ways, from raising funds to providing support on the ground during response to a disaster. This partnership enables ShelterBox to cross boundaries and cut through red tape to reach even the most remote communities.

Turkey Carving

Each November the Sterling Rotarians pick up the Turkeys and Ham for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Sterling College.  Each Turkey, usually 24, is skillfully carved by the Rotarians, ready for the Community Dinner on Thanksgiving.

The 38th Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner.

The free meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in the Sterling College cafeteria inside the Student Union building, 125 W. Cooper Ave., Sterling.

Those in attendance will get to enjoy turkey, dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes, gravy, ham, green beans, relishes, French bread, desserts and drinks.

Guests may bring desserts and salads.

While the 500 to 700 dinners will be provided for free, cash donations will be accepted.

Canned goods, soaps, detergents and paper products will be collected for area food banks.

Individuals are encouraged to bring guests.

The dinner is provided by several organizations in Sterling, including the Boy and Girl Scouts, Rotary Club, Silver Threads, Presbyterian Manor, Sterling College cafeteria staff and area churches.

 

DICTIONARY PROJECTDictionary Project

Children need their own dictionaries to be able to develop their writing and reading skills and become resourceful learners. Personal printed dictionaries can give all children access to information they need to be successful in school.

This is the premise on which the The Dictionary Project, a non-profit organization promoting literacy with the vision of assisting all students to become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students a gift of their own personal dictionary, was founded. [www.dictionaryproject.org]

Thanks to the Sterling Rotary club, who has participated in The Dictionary Project for more than a decade, third grade students throughout Sterling School District received personal dictionaries. The books are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. 

 

Each December, Sterling Rotary purchases and personalizes dictionaries for every 3rd grade student in Sterling School District. Students are given a brief introduction to Rotary when they are presented with their dictionaries. Contact Marcia Diasio at First Bank for more information.