Community Projects

District Rotary’s Ethics-in-Business Finalist, 2021: Sea Ranch Building Supply. Stacy and Chris Atkinson, the District Governor, and Gualala Rotary President Annan Paterson

Community Projects

Gualala Rotary’s goals for 2021-22 are to raise $10,000 to support community projects as well as local education.

Ethics in Business Award, 2021 : Sea Ranch Supply

Gualala Rotary nominated the Sea Ranch Supply for a District Rotary “Ethics in Business Award” and they were chosen from among 70 entries from Northern California as one of three finalists. Sea Ranch Supply was noted for its open communication about its COVID protocols,  using social media effectively to keep the public updated. Putting principles into practice, Sea Ranch Supply closed their operations when needed for COVID safety, at a significant financial cost to their small, family business. They opened back up as soon as possible to get their customers again supplied so that the customers would not lose needed income. In short, Sea Ranch Supply put the health of their employees and customers first. For this, the Gualala area community was grateful and Gualala Rotary was pleased to nominate the business for this coveted regional Rotary award.

Project Santa

Now in its 31st year, each December Gualala Rotary teams up with the Lions Club and Soroptomists to fund raise and provide gift certificates for adults to local food markets, and holiday presents for children and young people. Over 200 families, who would otherwise would be left out of the holiday spirit, receive something to make their holiday just a little bit brighter. If you would like to support Project Santa, you may send a check in any amount to Project Santa, c/o Gualala Rotary, P.O. Box 1166, Gualala, CA 95445.

Surf Super’s 65th Anniversary

In October 2021, Surf Super celebrated its 65th anniversary with surprise checks of $6500 to several local organizations, including Gualala Rotary. Their generosity will go to our Scholarship programs. Thank you, Surf Super!

Employee of the Month Program 2019

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To strengthen our community, each month in 2019 Gualala Rotary honored an outstanding employee who lives and works on the Redwood Coast. (Due to COVID, our program was in hiatus in 2020 and 2021.)

Each Rotarian has the chance to nominate an employee who has shown professional excellence, consistently outstanding customer service, and the willingness to go “above and beyond” to meet the needs of customers. Those selected are honored at one of our monthly evening dinners, accompanied by a $100 “thank-you” check.

Employees of the Month 2019
Jan Bastian Gualala Super Market
Eileen Buell The Physical Gym
Javier Chavez Action Network
Ramona Mariscal Point Arena Elementary
Mary McCann Sea Ranch Lodge
Shasta Rasmussen Point Arena High School
Rick Rogers Gualala Post Office
Evan Ruczak Jr.’s Home & Auto
Amanda Sanchez The Ranch Cafe
Jesus Sanchez Surf Super Market
Nicole Sanchez Gualala Hotel
Norma Zamora Housekeeper
Theresa Zettler RCMS
Marty Trieb and Jesus SanchezRick Rogers and Jim DeWilder
Amanda Sanchez and Jim DeWilderJohn Rickards and Mary McCann
Rich Hughes and Shasta RasmussenScott Carson and Ramona Mariscal

During the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, Gualala Rotary provided direct support to owners and workers in several businesses along the Redwood Coast who worked hard to keep services going during the lockdown. Below are: Thai Kitchen in Anchor Bay, The Bakery in Sundstrom Mall, and The Vue restaurant.

Art in the Redwoods

In August of each year, Gualala Rotary directs throngs of traffic into and out of Gualala Arts Center for their annual, multi-day Art In The Redwoods.

Medical Support: the Helicopter Pad

We made a substantial financial contribution for the helipad at Redwood Coast Medical Services in Gualala. This allows quick transport to Santa Rosa hospitals for patients with life-threatening emergencies.

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