Kelseyville Rotary Making a Difference

October was a busy month for the Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise, including hearing many interesting and informative speakers. Dan Balfe from the Santa Rosa Rotary Club shared information on his Club’s international project, Hands to Honduras Water Project. Mireya Turner, Director of the Lake County Community Development, gave an update on the Community Development Department in the County. Finally, Marie Schrader from the Lake County Theater Company joined our Friday morning meeting to talk about the Theater Company and their current production, “9 to 5 the Musical.”  

The fun didn’t end with meetings. Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise participated in numerous community events in October:

  • Sponsored the Mike Riley Memorial Hike for Hospice event
  • Participated and raised funds with Lakeport and Clearlake Rotary Clubs for the Paul Harris Dinner and Auction that brought in nearly $15,000 in donations to the Rotary Foundation
  • Gave out 140 helmets to the community during the Heroes of Health event
  • Handed out goodies and supported the Trick or Treat on Kelseyville Main St.
  • “Why” book distribution to all 3rd graders in the Kelseyville School district

Hospice Durable Medical Equipment Lending Closet Project

This year’s major project is the creation of a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Lending Closet for Hospice Services of Lake County. The Lending Closet will enable individuals to borrow medical equipment such as hospital beds, crutches, walkers, etc., rather than having to buy the equipment. The project is a joint effort between the Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Lakeport, and Hospice Services.

In September, the Clubs broke ground and started the site prep to be ready for delivery and placement of two storage containers. The storage containers that will serve as the Lending Closet arrived in October, and prep work was started to get them ready for painting. Members of the two Clubs will continue to work on painting, adding a façade, and building shelving inside to make the Lending Closet a reality.

Kelseyville Rotarian Tom Dodd identified the need for this project after a member of his immediate family needed a hospital bed. Tom noted, “Getting a prescription to purchase or rent medical equipment may take weeks to acquire, is not readily available in Lake County and is expensive. We couldn’t find anything locally and even getting a bed from Santa Rosa was a chore.”  

Janine Smith – Citron, Director of Development for Lake County Hospice, said, “We are grateful to learn that the Sunrise Rotary Club in Kelseyville is motivated to support the Loaning Closet program being launched by Hospice Services and Lake Palliative Care to help us meet the needs of community members by providing a storage container to serve as a “closet” to store DME equipment.”

As we head into November, Kelseyville Rotary is pleased to announce a fun, engaging and diverse lineup of speakers for the month.

  • November 3rd at 7 am at the Saw Shop – Tom Boylan the Rotary District Governor for 5130. Boylan provided updates on the 5130 Rotary District and discussing specific initials and goals for the future.
  • November 9th at 5:30 pm at A+H (Rotary After Dark) – Faith Hornby spoke on Heart Health. Hornby brought a local cardiologist from Adventist Health and a representative from Lake County Blue Zones as well as a grateful patient, to discuss the importance of heart health and advancements for our communities.
  • November 17th at 7 am at the Saw Shop – Kendall Fults will be sharing the art and the wonders of stained glass.
  • November 28th, Kelseyville Rotarians will be hosting a “Rotary Homecoming Give Thanks Potluck.” Past and future Kelseyville Rotarians are invited to attend. We also will be starting the internal donations for our annual fundraiser as part of the theme of giving thanks.
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