• San Marino Motor Classic Gives $75K to Rotary Club


    by Mitch Lehman

    Aaron Weiss, co-founder of the up-and-coming San Marino Motor Classic, presented a check for $75,000 to Rotary Charities at the club’s June 19 meeting in San Marino Community Church, proceeds from the event which was held earlier this month in Lacy Park.

    The 2014 Motor Classic – the most successful in the four-year history of the event – has now donated more than $200,000 to the club in its brief existence.

    The Rotary Club of San Marino provides support to community organizations, local schools and international projects through San Marino Rotary Charities.

    For 2013-14, San Marino Rotary Charities has distributed more than $78,000, with $49,471 directly benefitting local schools, non-profits, Rotary youth programs, and an international project. A $10,000 contribution was made to the disadvantaged-youth wrestling program ‘Beat the Streets’ and an additional $19,351 was distributed to local schools for the annual teacher Mini-Grant program.

    Interested tax-exempt groups can apply for funding. An application is on the sanmarinorotary.org website.

    San Marino Rotary actively supports many programs for local youth which include providing books to underprivileged children, presenting the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to local high school juniors, and the Teen Leadership Camp for local junior high school students.

    Club members are involved in the local community supporting organizations such as the San Marino public and private schools, La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center YMCA and the Boy Scouts of America.

    The Rotary Club of San Marino was established in 1939 and has grown to over 100 members. It has become one of the most active Rotary clubs in the entire San Gabriel Valley and is a record-setting club in its support of the Paul Harris Foundation – created to honor Rotary’s founder.

    San Marino Rotary invites interested prospective members to attend its regular luncheon meetings, held every Thursday at 12:10 p.m. in San Marino Community Church’s Fellowship Hall.

    Parking is available in the lot south of the church. Meetings include a speaker discussing topical and relevant subjects which concludes promptly at 1:30 p.m.

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