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Rotary Club of Fallbrook distributes funds to 24 organizations

Rotary Club of Fallbrook made it possible this year for 24 charitable organizations to further their worthy work. On Thursday, March 10, the Rotarians held its annual funds distribution luncheon and announced that they were giving a total of $59,000 to support those efforts.

According to Fallbrook Rotary funds distribution chairman, Tom Koehler, 15 local nonprofit organizations and one international group accepted checks in person at the event.

"Rotary Club of Fallbrook raises funds throughout the year from member donations, endowment earnings, and their annual gala event – Lobster on the Green (held in September 2015)," said Koehler.

Koehler said Fallbrook Rotary raised more than $135,000 this year and in addition to the nonprofit distributions, provides college scholarships for Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) students, supports a Rotary youth leadership conference and the FUHSD Interact Club. Rotary also steadfastly contributes funds to eradicate polio internationally.

Historically, Koehler said, "The club’s largest single community gift to date occurred five years ago when [the group] donated $100,000 for the new youth room at Fallbrook Library."

Organizations that have received their funding thus far include: Boys & Girls Clubs of North County, Fallbrook Arts Inc., Fallbrook Music Society, Fallbrook Trails Council, Save Our Forest, Camp Pendleton Rotary Foundation, Foundation for Senior Care, Fallbrook A Leer Reading Program, Fallbrook Senior Center, Fallbrook Citizens Crime Prevention Committee, Fallbrook Beautification Alliance, Fallbrook Food Pantry, Ingold Sports Park, Live Oak Park Coalition, Fallbrook School of the Arts, Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital – Uganda, Rock Rose School, 1000 Smiles Mexico and Salvation Army. Four additional international recipients will be named in a few months after a selection and approval process is complete at the Rotary district level.

"The 70 members of the Rotary Club of Fallbrook, which was founded in 1946, expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the generosity and support of the Fallbrook and surrounding communities, which enabled them to raise more than $135,000 this year."


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