Paul P. Harris
Founder of Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need to their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. The Cathedral City Rotary Club was founded in 1956.
Chartered in March 1956, it is the mission of the Rotary Club of Cathedral City to support local and international humanitarian and community service projects using the talent and resources of its member volunteers, who work with other local nonprofit and civic organizations to make Cathedral City and the entire Coachella Valley a healthy, safe and enjoyable place to live.
For over 60 years, the Rotary Club of Cathedral City has worked to assist our local communities improve the lives of our residents and to enable our students to gain the training and education needed for their chosen career path. Our members volunteer in education and literacy programs, medical assistance missions, micro-lending and cross-cultural exchange programs.
There are five areas of service in Rotary:
Community Service –A forum for speakers from local business, government, nonprofit, and professional organizations; sponsor Annual Veteran’s Day Healing Fields
International Service – Access to thousands of Rotary Clubs worldwide through youth and friendship exchanges; Clean Water Project in India; Oduoro Village education, Uganda; South American medical assistance missions; Shelter Box Nepal earthquake relief
Vocational Service – members serve on various nonprofit boards and assist in mentoring, teaching, work experience and internship programs for local schools
Youth Service – PRYDE (Personal Rotary Youth Development Experience) for 7th graders and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) for 11th graders leadership camps; Cathedral City High School Rotary Interact Club & Scholarships for graduating seniors; funding as needed for local school programs and for students to travel to competitions such as SkillsUSA regional, state and national contests, Nelly Coffman Middle School, Aqua Caliente Elementary School Rotary Early Act Club; Cathedral City Elementary School, California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Food Pantry, and support for local music and speech contests
Club Service – Rotary Interact Club at Cathedral City High School; leadership training programs for adults; peace fellowships, friendships with like-minded humanitarians, co-sponsor events with Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club, and the Palm Springs Unified School District
Rotary Club of Cathedral City is managed and run by volunteers. Officers and a Board of Directors are elected each year to serve from July 1 to June 30. We follow Rotary International By-Laws guidelines and Roberts Rules of Order.
Financial support comes from fundraising events planned and implemented by the members of the Rotary Club of Cathedral City. Members of the Rotary Club of Cathedral City pay dues and make annual donations every year to the Rotary Foundation. Our club applies for grants from the Rotary Foundation to fund specific projects, such as the Cinco de Mayo celebration for the Senior Center.
Founded in 1905, Rotary International's people of action use their passion, energy, and intelligence to take on sustainable projects. From supporting literacy and peace to clean water and improved community health and sanitation, Rotarians are always working to better our world. For example, Rotary has been working to eradicate Polio worldwide; with the help of the Gates Foundation, we are close to accomplishing that goal.
Rotary International is a global service organization of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers, where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, improving our own communities and ourselves and bringing hope to millions of people throughout the world.