Give back, join Rotary

October 3, 2018

LAUGHLIN — Residents looking for ways to help out are encouraged to attend a meet and greet for the Rotary Club of Laughlin beginning 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Big Horn Cafe in the Laughlin River Lodge, 2700 S. Casino Drive.

Rotary Club of Laughlin is the organization in the background supporting youth with secondary education scholarships, student leadership training and teacher classroom grants while joining larger, global initiatives to eradicate polio, provide wheelchair and crutches to impoverished areas, building homes in rural Mexico and meeting other basic human needs.

“The Rotary Club of Laughlin does many things to contribute to the local community,” said club president Cassandra Cyril. “We sponsor youth attending leadership camps and conferences, award scholarships and support the schools with their endeavors.”

Additionally, the club raises money to help the food bank and have done a food packaging event, Cyril said.

The group doesn’t only act locally.

“We support many international projects also,” said Cyril. They have worked on the Purple Pinkie Project designed to eliminate polio. They have sent individuals to Caborca, Mexico to administer immunizations and have donated to hurricane relief projects and water sanitation projects, she added.

Cyril recalled when she began with the Rotary Club of Laughlin in 2015.

“Once I learned about all the good the club does locally and the organization does internationally, it was impossible to stay way,” Cryil said.

The club has wishing wells along the River Walk behind several casinos. Money from the wells is used toward local projects.

The club has a youth related branch, Interact Club. Rotary Club members support Interact Club, which sees high school students involved with community and global projects also. The club is open to students in seventh-grade through seniors in high school.

Interact Club recently received the Presidential Citation Award for 2017-2018 from the Rotary District Gov. Jim Erickson. Jason Zenefski, Interact Club president, received the award.

The award is given to clubs who go above and beyond in community and school service and in promoting excellence amongst its members.

Interact Club was able to triple the amount of donations received during their event for the Purple Pinkie Project, raising $94.25. Every dollar purchases three vaccines.

Interact Club also participated in the Red Sand Project to raise awareness of human trafficking. Students have been involved with a variety of projects and community events such as Wings and Wildlife and the Community Achievement Awards.

Finalists for the CAA’s were recently announced and among them is Zenefski, who is nominated for the Connie Davis Youth Citizen of the Year Award.

Through the years the club has seen many changes. About a dozen committed Rotarians continue to work together to accomplish an assortment of projects that contributed to improving lives locally and globally.

Recently, the club has restructured dues to make joining more affordable and relaxed weekly meeting attendance requirements.

Those interested in making a difference are encouraged to attend the meet and greet.

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