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News: 08/01/2017

A busy summer for local Rotary

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Barney Watkins (left) of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood sits with day clients of Sonoma Overnight Shelter on new patio furniture donated by the club.

The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood has been busy serving the community this summer.

On July 4, the club held its annual Shindig in Plaza Park, a community event with food, music, kids games, and lots of fun. Along with all the other July 4 activities in Kenwood, the day was memorable.

On July 15, club members conducted a workday at Shaw Park along with Sonoma County Regional Parks staff, members of the Senior Sonoma County Soccer League, and the pro bono work of Mark Bunte, owner of Sonoma Valley Landscape. The project involves putting down a rock walking path across the back of the park, and protecting a large oak tree with a split rail fence to discourage foot traffic at the base of this 300+ year-old tree. The work isn’t complete yet so look for volunteers to be out there again at some point. This project is jointly funded by the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood and Sonoma Country Regional Parks Foundation.

Also in July, the club’s Community Service Committee Chair Barney Watkins delivered much-needed patio tables and chairs to Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS), a shelter in Sonoma that provides services for the homeless. The club also donated a number of sleeping bags to SOS last winter. “I am extremely grateful to the Rotary Club,” said Kathy King, SOS Executive Director.

The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 5:30-7 p.m., at the historic Kenwood Depot on Warm Springs Road. If you are interested in finding out more about what the club does and are interested in joining, come to a meeting. For more general membership information, contact Adam Reyes at

For more information about the club, go to

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Aug. 16 – Dustin DeMatteo. DeMatteo is programs director for Daily Acts, a non-profit working to create sustainable communities.

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