The SV Chamber of Commerce will honor the Rotary Club of Scotts Valley at an awards gala on Nov. 2 at the Hilton Scotts Valley. The club has been active in the community since March 1, 1975. Currently under the leadership of president Carrie Birkhofer, 43 members are dedicated to “Service above Self.” The main object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, and to apply it to personal, business and community life.
The club mission is “Inspiring each other to take action – so that together we can change the world.” Major fundraisers are held to provide for the needs of the community and beyond. Having fun along the way is the frosting on the cake.
Reservations for Gala due by Oct. 28 - Call the Scotts Valley Chamber at 831-438-1010
Ongoing community service projects
Hosting service clubs in SV middle school and high schools and working with youth to mentor them as leaders in their schools and community.
Providing five scholarships annually to SV graduating high school seniors, plus 41 awards to middle school and high school achievers. Students are recognized for academic achievement, community service, performing arts and visual arts.
Providing grants to the four schools each year and sponsoring the back-to-school teacher appreciation breakfast in partnership with the school district.
Providing scholarships for up to four students for leadership training. (RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).
Volunteering time for city and non‐profit events, such as the city’s e‐waste program, the annual SV Art and Wine Festival, serving free watermelon at the 4th of July event and improving the campuses on beautification days.
Other projects include providing computers to low income students, assisting seniors with minor repairs, backpacks to kids, and gifts for homeless children and families during the holidays.
International service projects
The club works internationally by supporting the eradication of polio, providing medical and health services to a community in Guatemala, bringing water to villages and supporting children who have been burn victims. Sustainability Committee members diligently address the sustainability of the planet at all levels.
Rotary International honor for president Carrie Birkhofer
Another honor was bestowed by Rotary Area 7 Assistant Governor Jon Winston to president Birkhofer. He named her August President of the Month out of the 56 district club presidents, saying, “Despite being the president of Bay Federal Credit Union - making for a VERY demanding day job - Carrie has joyfully and passionately stepped up to her new Rotary presidential role. Her wisdom in planning, fabulous communication skills, realistic goal setting, inspiring leadership presence, soothingly calm delivery and effective delegation has her club firing on all cylinders.”
Scotts Valley Rotarians care deeply about the community and are honored by the recognition of both their organization and their president.
By June Smith