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News: 11/15/2017

Rotary developing fire relief projects

The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood is working on fire relief projects to help address both the human needs of fire victims as well as environmental issues now facing the community due to the wildfires.

Transcendence Theater has chosen the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood as one of three recipients of monies raised from its Rise Up and Recover Fund, Transcendence’s ongoing fire relief fundraising effort.

In addition, over $20,000 has been raised internally within the club and from an anonymous Kenwood donor.

Money raised will go toward a number of efforts. Discussions are underway with Dunbar School about the club leading the effort to replace the school’s Kindergarten play structure, outdoor stage, and garden, all destroyed by fire.

The club has met with Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) staff to assist in its Emergency Watershed Protection program, which involves protecting Sonoma Valley streams and creeks by preventing toxic ash from moving off the burned home sites, capturing runoff that occurs, and securing burn sites until removal efforts start.

Homeowners who have lost homes near waterways can voluntarily participate in this program by calling the SEC at 996-0712, ext. 124, or emailing

The club has also been facilitating the delivery of gift cards to fire victims, generously donated by the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley, and helped organize the recent Nov. 12 community gathering in Kenwood, attended by 450 people.

Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self.” The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Kenwood Depot, 314 Warm Springs Road in Kenwood. For more information about the club, email For information about joining the club, contact Adam Reyes at

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