What We Do For Our Community
Bass Lake Trail
EDH Rotary has committed $10,000 for the construction of the "Rotary Loop" trail at Bass Lake Park in El Dorado Hills. This work involves 6 miles of trail, which will create a 'Rotary Wheel' path around chapparal that will also be housing various outdoor environmental & educational components.
Interpretive Trail on New York Creek Nature Trail, Community Park
The New York Creek Nature Trail is a 1.5 mile long trail that offers a peaceful and shaded walk under the oak trees that line New York Creek. The trail runs from Community Park along Harvard Way to Art Weisberg Park, across from Jackson Elementary School. EDH Rotarians, Interactors and our RYE student partnered with the EDH CSD to install several interpretive signs along New York Creek nature trail. These signs provide information about our community's eco system.
Vaccination for COVID-19
EDH Rotarians volunteered at two COVID vaccination clinics along with firefighters, and other professionals.
Jeff Mitchell Memorial Field
The Jeff Mitchell Memorial Field honors Sacramento County Deputy Jeff Mitchell. The field offers a Little League tournament-sized field. It’s located at 831 Redwood Lane, next to William Brooks Elementary School in El Dorado Hills.
A sculpture of three oversized baseballs greets entrants to the field in memory of the sacrifices of all public service members that have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Since 2002, we have sponsored Interact Club at Oak Ridge High School, a club for high school students dedicated to providing opportunities to participate in meaningful and fun service projects. Student volunteers take part in a variety of events around the community (and internationally) to create a difference while emphasizing the importance of friendship, leadership, and teamwork. Interact memberships averaged 60 members in 2021-22 providing more than 30 hours of volunteer service per month.
Supporting Local Education
Supporting youth, especially through education, is one of the primary goals of Rotary. Several times a year, we honor outstanding local students at our weekly meetings. We provide scholarships to local students, send local students to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening) camp, and offer year-long scholarships to study overseas through the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills is proud to award several annual scholarships Oak Ridge High School students that demonstrate a high-level of "service above self.” While honoring these students, we have discovered many talented, passionate, and most importantly community-focused young men and women. Our hope is that we can help our future generations continue to prosper while encouraging them to continue to have a heart of service along the way.
Boy Scout & Cub Scout Troops
EDH Rotary partially supports Boy Scout Troop 645 which offers opportunities for boys ages 11-17 to experience the great outdoors, fun activities, provide community services, and grow in leadership skills through a structured advancement program. Activities include participating in community service projects to foster a community mindset.
EDH Rotary also provides support to Cub Scout Pack 465. They work to build character through fun learning experiences—from exploring natural habitats to building model cars, boats and trying sports like archery or telling stories around a campfire.
Major contributions to funding the construction of the EDHCSD TEENZ Center. The TEENZ Center is a dedicated safe space for youth in the community to interact, have fun, get help with homework, and participate in activities such as the Teen Center Olympics. Our Club provided $105,000 dollars to make this a reality.
Senior Citizen Activities
Prior to COVID, each December, the El Dorado Hills Rotary honored our seniors by providing and serving a buffet Ice Cream Social as part of the Senior Holiday Luncheon, a a catered lunch served by the firefighters. The Oak Ridge Jazz Band played big band music for dancing.
In 2022, the Ice Cream Social took place at the Senior Center in February for as part of the annual Valentine’s Lunch.
Due to COVID protocols, rather than a dessert bar for creating sundaes, Rotarians made them to order and served them at their tables. It is an event enjoyed by all!
Annual Holiday Breakfast
Every Christmas Big Brothers and Big Sisters put together a shopping trip for their Little Brothers and Sisters. The children go shopping with local law enforcement for holiday gifts of toys and clothes. The El Dorado Hills Rotary Club provides a pancake breakfast for the children, their families, and first responders. And, of course, Santa Claus is there to share the joy.
First Responder Recognition
Each year, Rotary recognizes a Firefighter of the Year and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (CHP or EDSO). Recipients are nominated from their respective fire and law enforcement Departments. Recipients are recognized as a person that best exemplifies the positive characteristics of a member of the fire service/law enforcement community with a notable record of service and achievements. Although not an award for heroism, this award is presented to the individual that has given selflessly of themselves in support of the department, the fire/law service in general and the community.