Twenty volunteers gathered at The Children’s Place on Saturday, June 13, for the Rotary Day of Service, a day where members of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica continue their “Legacy of Service” in the Santa Monica community. The Children’s Place is a part of The Ocean Park Childcare Foundation, a foundation dedicated to providing children of all socioeconomic backgrounds with quality early childhood education.

Rotary Day of Service co-chairs Tom Woods and Drew Fleming organized a day of painting and beautification.

“The idea is to implement an annual hands-on project that benefits and meets a real world need in Santa Monica, as well as raise the visibility of the work of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, and establish a Santa Monica ‘Legacy of Service,'” Woods said.

There was much excitement and a sense of pride as the volunteers transformed the appearance of the preschool.

On Feb. 1, 1922, the Santa Monica Rotary Club was officially chartered as Rotary Club number 1086.

Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary club members belonging to 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotary clubs address critical issues at home and abroad by providing health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, job training, youth development, and education to millions of people in need.

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