Upcoming Club Events

1st TGIF Party for Jul 28
at the home of Pam & Brian G.
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

August 26, “On the Runway”
New Major Fund Raiser  Save the Date

 

                                         
  • On the Runway, August 26th 6pm, Paradise Airport

    On the Runway, a new fun and exciting fundraiser for the Northern California and The Rotary Club of Paradise. Held at the Paradise Airport on August 26th this event will feature vintage and classic cars of all makes and years, historic and modern airplanes adorned with beautiful ballerinas. There will be a several no host beverages including great wines, beers and other delights available along with tasty foods and music while guests enjoy the beauty of the Sutter Buttes and the Sacramento Valley in the Distance. Bid on the many silent auction items while sipping on your beverage. Proceeds help the Rotary Club of Paradise provide the many projects and services for our community and world and the Northern California Ballet . Don’t miss this fabulous event. Click this link to purchase your tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/on-the-runway-tickets-34131533335 and get ready for this fun and worthwhile event.

  • Paradise Rotary Club Adds 15 New Members

    David CooperDespite nationwide trends where service clubs and fraternal organizations are shrinking at an alarming rate the Rotary Club of Paradise is growing. It’s newest member, David Cooper, a longtime Chico accountant was inducted into the club at our last meeting. The Club has added 15 new members in the last 12 months. “With 88 members our Club has the manpower and connections to make a real difference in our local community” said current Rotary President, Trudi Angel.

    David is just one example of why people join Rotary. David moved to Paradise after retiring from a career as an accountant. David is no stranger to giving back to his community. He is a former member and past president of a Chico area Lions Club. David and his wife Trish, the Bank Manager of the Oroville Bank of America, are looking forward to making new friends and serving their local community by joining Rotary.

    Other new members to the club this year include, Travis Barker – Tri-Counties Bank, Vince Clarkson – Hudson’s Appliance, Donna Colosky – PUSD Superintendent, John Gliha – Fundraising Consultant, Ken Jones – Black Bear Diner, Phil Koenig – Retired Hardware Sales, Ann and Bill Martin – WLM Construction, Dina McSpadden – Screen and Window Shop, Andrea Reid – Retired IBM Project Manager, Jack Rockwell – Retired Auto Dealer, Chuck and Patty Rough – Retired Town Manger and John Waterman – Ebay Power Seller.
    Several of the new members joined under the Club’s new Dual Membership Program where two members connected via some sort of business or personal relationship are full members and jointly count as one member for attendance.

    The Rotary Club meets every Thursday, noon at the Lutheran Church on Skyway just above Terry Ashe Park.
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  • Paradise Past Presidents Party

  • Paradise Rotary Refurbishes Bus Stops

    Bus Stop Photo

     

    Paradise students who ride the bus will find newly repaired and painted bus stops when school reopens. With help from their friends, the Paradise Rotary club has cleaned, repaired and painted 14 local bus stops. The Lions club installed the bus stops years ago and contributed funds for the service project. In partnership with local organizations like the Paradise Irrigation District and Pacific Gas & Electric, PG&E and PID helped prepare the bus stops by hosing down the bus stops using their water trucks.

     

    Paradise students also got involved.  The Ridgeview Rangers, a group of students from Ridgeview High School dedicated to community service, and The Paradise Interact Club (Rotary Club for High School Students) helped repaint the bus stop shelters.

     

    Rotarian Bob Di Pietro, who led the Rotary effort said that the project couldn’t have been achieved without the help of the community. The Rotary Club of Paradise meets every Thursday, noon at “The Place”  the Paradise Lutheran Church next to Terry Ashe Park.

     

    Shown from the left are Paradise Interact President Louise Norris-Smith, Rotarian Robert DiPietro, and Rotary Foreign Exchange Student Paulo from Mexico.
  • Paradise Rotary 2015-16 Elementary School Mini-Grant Awards

    Mini Grant Presentation to Ponderosa jan 15-16Paradise Rotary President, Dana Gajda presenting a Mini-Grant award check to the second grade teachers at Ponderosa Elementary School. Originating from the Paradise Rotary Foundation, a grant of $1144.58 was presented for the purchase of charging stations for use by second graders at the school. Ponderosa was one of 6 elementary schools to receive the grants including two Charter Schools.

    Paradise Rotary has had the Elementary Mini Grant Program for a number of years. Over time it has evolved, but starting in the 2012/13 school year the club split up $4000.00 based on the number of students in each classroom that applied. That year Rotary focused the grant at the 5th grades, the next year 4th and so on until this year when it was the 2nd grade students turn for their share of the $4000.00.

    The Rotary Club of Paradise was chartered in 1946 and is celebrating it’s 70th year serving our local community with numerous service projects. The Club meets every Thursday Noon at the Lutheran church on Skyway.

    Thanks to Ron Jones. Andrea Reid. and Arthur Pollock (the photographer). for helping with the presentation.

  • Save the Date: October 15, 2016, Paradise Rotary presents the 5th Annual Steak and Lobster Affair.

    Paradise Rotary presents the 5th Annual Steak and Lobster Affair. Great food prepared by Chef Hobart and lively entertainment make this a night to remember. Tickets go on sale in August from Wells Fargo Bank (Paradise), PIP Printing or any Paradise Rotarian.

     

    Steak and Lobster top half of tickets

  • Paradise Rotary / Paradise Chamber Mixer

    Thursday at 5:30 PM
    2 days from now · 46°F / 41°F Rain
    5667 Clark Rd, Paradise, California 95969

    (530) 877-4107
    Polish your elevator speech, grab a handful of business cards and a colleague or two, and join members of Paradise Chamber and Paradise Rotary for some after hours networking and nibbles.
  • Paradise Rotary Crabfeed, 30 Jan 2016, 5:30pm

    Rotary Crab Feed 2016 outlets

     

    Save the date, Jan 30, 2013, 6pm, for the world famous, at least in here in Paradise, Paradise Rotary Crabfeed. This years super fun party features all you can eat fresh dungenous crab, shrimp, tri-tip, salad, bread, desert and a no host bar to keep the party going. There will be a silent and live auction, 50/50 raffle and live music after the feast.

    Costumes are optional but if you want to have even more fun, this years theme is Flower Power so put on your hippy costumes and bring your friends for a great time.

    Tickets are$60.00 but if you purchase them before 31 December you save $5.00. Tickets are available from PIP or Wilson Printing, Wells Fargo Bank-Paradise, A Stitch Above and any Paradise Rotarian.

    Last years party sold out so don’t wait. get your tickets now and don’t miss out on this year’s party.

  • John Gliha Rejoins Paradise Rotary Club

    John Gliha

     

    John was “taken under the wing” of the Bainbridge, New York Rotary club in his teen years after both his parents passed on. The Club guided him to Interact where he learned his most valuable life lesson. As John puts it, “I learned from them the value of community service, the value of how an organization can make a change in one person’s life and how that can have a ripple effect throughout vast areas.” His career path was directly influenced by an awareness of and a focus on how fund raising has a huge impact.

    John began his journey by wanting to become a violist. He studied with the principle violist of the Philadelphia Symphony and Joseph Ingle. Even before college he began to develop neuropathy in his hands and feet. His secondary education started at Oswego State, he moved to ASU, then Iowa State University studying Music History. His thesis was to be on the acculturation aspects of tracing the Asian Haiku across the land bridge into Native American music. He became a music librarian, but through his work was drafted into the Capital Development Office during ASU’s transition from a teacher’s college into a research institution. While there, he worked on a 5 year, $75M capital campaign. After only 4 years it was completed and had raised $135M. At that point he learned that when a capital campaign is completed, you’re out of a job.

    Next John moved on to ISU to work on a campaign that closed with $150M. Then he was recruited by Marts & Lundy, a professional fund-raising consultancy, where he worked for 5 years. He determined his pay (too low) was not on par with his productivity, so he moved on. He did more capital campaign work, sold insurance (AFLAC), and ended up at Butte College to head the Butte College Foundation.
    Today he’s a Rotarian, Mason, President of the Paradise Scholarship Foundation and is Past President of PPAC. He also works with the Butte Community Action Agency, the Scottish Society, and Paradise Symphony. John feels that all that has come before in his life can be attributed to his first Rotary experience from a local Rotary Club.

  • Travis Barker, Tri Counties Branch Manager, Joins Paradise Rotary

     

    Travis Barker was born in Paradise, CA at Feather River Hospital in 1978.  He is a Third Generation Paradise Resident with his Grandmother being in the first graduating class at PHS.  He attended Paradise Public schools and graduated from Paradise High School.   He then went on to Butte College and Chico State, majoring in Social and Behavioral Science.He married his wife Amy at age 23 and has been married for 14 years.  They love to travel and spend quality time together and with family.  They became foster parents 6 years ago and fostered 7 children in their home during that time.  Travis and Amy were  given the opportunity to adopt their first son, Joseph, from foster care last year.  They are currently in the adoption process of adopting their second Son, Noah, which will be finalized in November.

Lunch Meetings

Thursdays, 12:00

“The Place” Paradise Lutheran Church

780 Luther Drive

Paradise, CA

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Upcoming Programs

07/20 – David Vodden, Thunderhill Raceway

07/27 – Club Assembly

08/03 – Linda Waller, Junior Leadership

08/10 – Phil John, Paradise Ridge Fire Safe Council

08/17 – Possibly Feather Falls Brewery

08/24 – Carrie Powers, Butte Baby Steps

 
  • Paradise Past Presidents Party

  • Paradise Rotary Refurbishes Bus Stops

    Bus Stop Photo

     

    Paradise students who ride the bus will find newly repaired and painted bus stops when school reopens. With help from their friends, the Paradise Rotary club has cleaned, repaired and painted 14 local bus stops. The Lions club installed the bus stops years ago and contributed funds for the service project. In partnership with local organizations like the Paradise Irrigation District and Pacific Gas & Electric, PG&E and PID helped prepare the bus stops by hosing down the bus stops using their water trucks.

     

    Paradise students also got involved.  The Ridgeview Rangers, a group of students from Ridgeview High School dedicated to community service, and The Paradise Interact Club (Rotary Club for High School Students) helped repaint the bus stop shelters.

     

    Rotarian Bob Di Pietro, who led the Rotary effort said that the project couldn’t have been achieved without the help of the community. The Rotary Club of Paradise meets every Thursday, noon at “The Place”  the Paradise Lutheran Church next to Terry Ashe Park.

     

    Shown from the left are Paradise Interact President Louise Norris-Smith, Rotarian Robert DiPietro, and Rotary Foreign Exchange Student Paulo from Mexico.

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  • John Gliha Rejoins Paradise Rotary Club

    John Gliha

     

    John was “taken under the wing” of the Bainbridge, New York Rotary club in his teen years after both his parents passed on. The Club guided him to Interact where he learned his most valuable life lesson. As John puts it, “I learned from them the value ...

  • Travis Barker, Tri Counties Branch Manager, Joins Paradise Rotary

     

    Travis Barker was born in Paradise, CA at Feather River Hospital in 1978.  He is a Third Generation Paradise Resident with his Grandmother being in the first graduating class at PHS.  He attended Paradise Public schools and graduated from Paradise High School.   He then went on to Butte ...

  • Paradise Rotary Welcomes New Member, Andrea Reid

    <a href="http://www.paradiserotary.org/wp-content/uploads/Andrea-Reid click here to find out more.jpg”>Andrea Reid
    Andrea was born in New Jersey and grew up in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Alaska in a U.S. Air Force family with a sister and a brother.  Andrea’s first marriage to a school teacher, took her around ...

  • Meet Donna Colosky, One of our newest Rotarians

    Donna ColoskyBorn in Vancouver, British Columbia, the youngest of four children Donna attended neighborhood public schools. Upon High School graduation she attended Community College and then the University of British Columbia where she earned a Bachelors of Music Degree in 1984. She subsequently earned her teaching certificate ...