Melinda Robbins (President)
Meg Yacawych (Secretary)
Dale Bright (Vice President)
The Chino Rotary Club was founded in 1925, twenty years after, the first club was established in Chicago, IL by four men seeking ways to foster business-social relations. That club grew into Rotary International, which today has 1.2 million members in 34,200 clubs around the world.
The Pomona Rotary club wanted to sponsor a club in Chino. Meetings were held during December of 1924 and January 1925 and the Chino club was chartered on the night of February 6, 1925 with 19 members.
The first president was Robert Condee of the Boys Republic. School Superintendent. B. McCall Aldridge was the second president and a chief organizer. The first meetings were held at Odd Fellows Hall at Seventh and D Streets and later moved to the Legion building at 10th and B, now the Community Building, where the club meets today at 12:00 p.m. Wednesdays.
“Service Above Self” is Rotary’s guiding light, together with its Four Way Test for business ethics. Rotarians are motivated by a desire to “give back” to their community as well as to uphold high standards in their business relationships.
As the oldest service club in the community, Chino Rotary has a long history of involvement and financial support for local programs particularly supporting young people, their physical and organizational activities and their school achievement.
Much of its charitable budget, administered by the Foundation of the Chino Rotary Club, is raised by an annual dinner and auction. Other funds, such as international projects, come from wine tasting parties and other events.
Physical projects of benefit to the community have been the flag poles presented at the opening of the Chino Civic Center, Centennial Square at Central and Washington Avenues, picnic tables at the Yorba-Slaughter Adobe, the clock on the city-Chaffey College tech building downtown and replacement trees at Chino High.
Service projects for young people include annual speech, music and essay contests, scholarships, achievement awards, leadership training, YMCA and scouting support, leadership and service awards at Boys Republic and the Chino schools’ foundation.
Numerous mini-grants have been provided to classroom teachers. The club supports community assistance agencies such as Neighborhood House and Isaiah’s Rock, and needy family services. Internationally, it has provided wheelchairs and helped with clean water projects, livestock for impoverished farmers, scholarships for girls in third world countries and homes for poor Mexican families.
Chino Rotary club
Jeff Werner (Treasurer)
John Demonaco (Past Pres)