The Rotary Club of Las Vegas West mentors students and provides books, computers, clothing, food and shoes to at-risk children in the Las Vegas Valley. We also offer scholarship opportunities and grants to students and teachers.
The club partners with Helen Jydstrup Elementary, Twin Lakes Elementary, and West Prep. Club members play active roles in school affairs and attend school assemblies and award ceremonies.
Our club also participates in many other worthy community service activities, including the Santa Clothes project that buys clothing and other items for needy children at Christmas.
Annual School Grant
Each year our club makes a major grant to one of our sponsored schools. This grant is to be used by one of the club’s five partnered elementary schools to create a long-lasting educational foundation for students.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership camp for high school juniors put on by Rotarians belonging to the same district. District 5300 sends between 300-400 students to experience an exciting and energetic weekend of workshops designed to teach them the values of leadership, ethics and Rotary’s motto: Service Above Self. The students are split into groups to attend the camp’s happenings consisting of mostly experiential labs and motivational speakers. In addition to learning valuable life skills, students ultimately build friendships that last a lifetime.
District 5300 Teen Leadership Camp
Teen Leadership Camp (TLC) is a program designed similarly to RYLA for eighth grade students. District 5300 sends between 300-400 students to experience a fulfilling weekend of workshops and events that improve leadership and communication amongst the future leaders in our communities. Students explore exactly what it means to put Service Above Self, and how leadership can change the world.
The Rotary Club of Las Vegas West distributes mini-grants ranging from $200-$500 each, with the purpose of assisting teachers in the classroom enhance their educational programs. Examples of activities supported by recent mini-grants include school gardens, accelerated reading programs, hands-on material for science classrooms, arts supplies, an oratorical competition and digital technology for documentary projects, portfolio assignments, etc.
Dan Stover Music Awards
The Rotary Club of Alhambra, in the year following the death of Dan Stover, established a Music Scholarship Program in his name. The program was proposed, organized, and championed by a new Rotarian, Christine Montan, who was Alhambra’s first woman Rotarian. Ms. Montan recognized and appreciated the contribution that Dan Stover had made as a Rotarian, musician and person. From these beginnings, the Dan Stover Memorial Music Scholarship program, “graduated” into a District program. A generation of talented, young musicians have participated and had the opportunity, in the name of Dan Stover, to compete against their peers and earn funds to further their musical education with the scholarship awards.
Our members play active roles building homes for the needy in Mexico, and other global projects of Rotary International. Members have traveled to Mexico to assist in projects like building houses and operations to repair cleft palates. In another international project, our club helped raise money to replace a mini-van used by the Motse wa Tsholofelo day-care center and pre-school in Maun, Botswana. It was falling to bits from hard use on the rough roads of Africa’s remote Kalahari Desert. Our club also donated to help transport books to the Great Lakes College in Uganda.