Posted by Noel Stack on Aug 26, 2020

(Courtesy of Mountain Democrat: Noel Stack)

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ meetings might look more like “The Brady Bunch” intro these days but its mission has not changed — serve the community.

Members have missed gathering for breakfast every Wednesday morning but they haven’t let their meal funds go to waste. For the last several months money that would normally pay for eggs and bagels instead went to The Upper Room Dining Hall in Placerville, which serves the homeless and anyone else who needs a good meal. Food is served 365 days a year.


Honorary EDH Rotarians and the expert chefs behind West Coast Events, David Maestas and Jan Parker, took delicious food to the nonprofit April through July— barbecued chicken, bratwurst, homemade salads and much more. With Rotarians’ funds, they provided 2,979 meals.

“I think the best part of it was the quality of the meals was excellent,” said Upper Room Executive Director Charles McDonald at a recent Rotary Zoom meeting. “Our guests enjoyed it.” “We are glad to be able to donate and help,” said EDH Rotary Club President Aaron Palm.

EDH Rotary/West Coast Events’ donation is one of several acts of goodwill for which McDonald said he’s very grateful. COVID-19 put a lot of pressure on the organization — volunteers backed out, demand for food (now served to-go) went up and fundraisers were canceled. 

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