|Posted by Anne Siren on January 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM|
Pompano Beach – When visitors and residents drive down Federal Highway near the municipal golf course here, the city’s service organizations are prominently on display.
“It’s been a work in progress for about six years and was completed two or three months ago,” said Al Siefert, past president of the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach.
Rotary took the lead in constructing the monument which exhibits the logos of seven service organizations and has room for seven more. “There are some clubs in the process of getting their signs put up right now,” he said.
Rotary, the Exchange Club and the Pompano Beach Garden Club, along with a $10,000 contribution from the City Of Pompano Beach, funded the sign. “And contributions are still welcome,” said Joanne Nelson, Rotary’s executive secretary.
Siefert said the former logos were on an old chain-link fence that was rusty and needed replacing. It really looked bad. I’m glad the new one’s done,” said Siefert. “Now, it shows a person coming into the city that we have these civic clubs available. And lets people know when and where to meet,” he added.
Here are some of the clubs The Pelican reached this week.
Rotary Club of Pompano Beach
Fridays at 12:15 p.m.
Galuppis, 1103 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach
The reach of the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach is near and far.
In the Philippines, Rotary has funded over 100 cleft palate surgeries for children who could not afford the procedure on their own.
In Guatemala, the club paid for the purchase of two dirt bikes to help doctors deliver polio vaccinations to children. “We originally started with donating a generator for a dental boat [in Guatemala],” said Ian McCarver, chair of Rotary Foundation and scholarship chair.
The goal of Rotary International is to eliminate polio worldwide. “It’s a great program. We’re down to three countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. India was just certified as polio free,” said McCarver.
Closer to home, the group funds scholarships for students at Blanche Ely High School and Pompano Beach High School. It also helps the Boys & Grils Club and Woodhouse [a facility that helps adults who are disabled], most recently with the building of a new fence, and “In the past we’ve done Rebuilding Together, which is similar to Habitat for Humanity where you can go in an refurbish homes. We give anywhere from $15,000 to $35,000 a year to charities,” said McCarver.
Exchange Club of Pompano Beach
Wednesdays at 12 p.m.
LHP Yacht and Racquet Club, 2701 NE 42 St.
The Exchange Club’s mission is one focused on the needs of children. “Basically, we raise money for underprivileged or underserved children,” said President Robert Friedman. “It’s about child abuse prevention. That’s what we do. It’s sort of like a Rotary Club with a different slant.”
Two of the biggest recipients of the financial help given by Exchange are the Broward Children’s Center and the Children’s Healing Institute. “We give money to other places but those are our two biggest recipients and we only give money out locally,” said Friedman.
Exchange also assists Habitat For Humanity, various youth projects, partners with alumni from the National Football League and donates scholarship money through essay contests.
The Garden Club of Pompano Beach
at 12:30 p.m.
Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St.
The Garden Club of Pompano Beach is dedicated to promoting and encouraging horticulture-related activities in the city and beyond.
“Mainly we do a lot of activities aimed towards raising money for groups that we support,” said Gloria Scroggin, president of the Garden Club.
A portion of the money they raise funds camperships at Wekiva Youth Camp in Apopka. There, campers go through a program, sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, that teaches them to appreciate nature in Florida and “to get the kids interested in our world.”
The Garden Club also assists the Youth Garden Club at Pompano Beach Elementary School, awards scholarships for students studying ecology and plants trees for Habitat For Humanity and the Sample-McDougald House.
“The things we do in Pompano Beach are important,” said Scroggin.
Meets second Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m.
Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club, 2701 NE 42 St.
“Soroptomist means ‘Best for Women,’” said Sandy Johnson, president of the Soroptomist in Pompano Beach.
But, as Johnson puts it, her Soroptomist club isn’t just about helping women.
“We’re a bit of a renegade [group].”
While the organization supports causes like education for women in Afghanistan and gives college scholarships to women, it also focuses on helping other groups of people, especially children. The Soroptomists’ scholarships go to help women “so they’ll be better able to support their family in the future.”
“From the very beginning we’ve worked to help Woodhouse. We also work to raise funds for Broward Children’s Center and also the Children’s Health Institute.
“We try to keep everything here right here in the local area,” said Johnson.
Pompano Beach-Lighthouse Rotary Club
Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m.
Galuppis, 1103 N Federal Hwy.
A lot of the focus of the Pompano Beach-Lighthouse Rotary Club is on education.
“Our main project is dictionaries for third graders,” said Bill Zobus, secretary.
“We started with just one school and the project was accepted so well that we added more schools that year. Each year since then we have added a few more schools.” Now, the organization passes out 2,664 dictionaries to 126 classrooms in 18 public schools in Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek, North Lauderdale and West Park.”
Pompano Beach-Lighthouse Rotary Club also assists those living at the SOS Children’s Village with gift cards from Target.
Monetary donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs and Tomorrow’s Rainbow, an organization that helps children deal with the death of a family member.
But their charity isn’t confined to children. Members also donated help to tornado victims in Joplin, Mo as well as paralyzed veterans. “We’re always looking for things to do,” said Zobus.