A brief summary of what Yerington Rotary did during the July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 year.
Rotary Year in Review

Scholarships for local students continue to be our major program.   Because of the number of worthy applications we received from this years graduating class our scholarship committee not only awarded the usual three 4-year scholarships ($4,000 each) and the usual two 2-year scholarships ($1,000 each) they awarded six 1-year scholarships ($500 each).  We probably can’t afford to do that every year but we tried to react to the high number of very qualified applicants for our regular scholarships.  

Youth programs is another emphasis for Yerington Rotary.   We sent 7 YHS juniors to  RYLA camp last summer.  This is a Leadership camp and these kids came back ready to assume a new role in the community.  They formed the basis for a new club at YHS (Interact) that raised several hundred dollars for Rotary’s “End Polio Now” campaign and they also organized a community talent contest held at the Jeanne Dini Cultural center.  New this year a couple of programs were introduced.  We sent six 8th graders to a version of RYLA designed for younger students.   We also sent several young people to an “Outdoor Skills Camp” where they were introduced to a variety of activities (fishing, hunting, camping, guns and archery).  Of course, our “Student of the Month” program continued and honored 16 YHS students (selected by the YHS faculty).  Finally our foreign exchange program sent a local student (Kristopher Ross) to Taiwan for a year and we hosted a student (Valentina Stevens) from Chile.

We provided financial support to many local agencies.  Donations were made to the Mason Valley Food Bank, the Lyon County Library summer reading program, the Boys and Girls Club summer reading program, the Jeanne Dini Cultural Center, the 4th of July celebration, the Lyon County Museum, the new Nature Trail at Wilson Canyon and several others.

Our BBQ crew worked at many community events through the year.  We served at the Lyon County sesquicentennial celebration, the Boys and Girls Club awards night, a couple of Little League baseball events and many more.  Our bartending crew also worked at several events.

Yerington Rotary is proud of its contributions to our community and expects to continue to support local groups and projects as well as the international efforts of Rotary International.