The Ithaca Rotary Club marched in the Ithaca Festival Parade on May 30 with the newly created Interact Club from New Roots Charter School. More than 20 Rotarians and New Roots students carried signs showing Rotary Club projects and The Rotary Foundation's seven areas of focus down Cayuga Street, as hundreds of residents cheered us on. It was a fabulous event - and perfect weather!
 
The Ithaca Rotary Club is now accepting applications for the 2024 Community Grants program, which is intended to promote the quality of life in Tompkins County. The deadline to apply for a grant is Friday, August 2, 2024.
 
Our intention is to fund grants for the full award of $1,500. Small non-profit organizations are especially encouraged to apply. Grant recipients from 2023 are not eligible this year so we may support an increasing variety of worthy agencies.
 
 
Nearly 30 volunteers gathered on Earth Day in April to clean up a portion of Route 13. The volunteers collected about 40 bags of trash, including an assortment of discarded plastic, cell phones, beer cans and more.
 
Ithaca Rotary Club members were joined by two Rotary Exchange students, four Ithaca College Rotoractors and several community volunteers. Thank you to Rotarian Bob Gravani for organizing this semiannual event!
 
 
 

The Ithaca Rotary Club has awarded two $5,000 grants to nonprofit groups in Kenya and Costa Rica for projects that will tackle climate change.

Science Centre Kenya has used the grant to plant 1,250 fruit trees at 10 schools and teach an estimated 2,500 children about agriculture and climate change. The project will also help alleviate increasing food insecurity in the western part of the country.

In Costa Rica, the Mastate Charitable Foundation is developing a family-run fruit tree and vegetable farm that demonstrates a new model for food production, which reduces the reliance on agricultural chemicals while drawing carbon from the atmosphere.

 
Gail and Nathan Lyman, members of the Ithaca Rotary Club, received a 2023 Susan Blumenthal Pride of Ownership Award for the renovation of their home at 1322 East State Street in Ithaca.
 
The Lymans bought the house, at the southeast corner of Route 79, in 2007 and have steadily made improvements to the property, including adding gardens, a waterfall and fish pond. In 2023, their hillside garden was featured by the Garden Conservancy, including an education program discussing hillside drainage and wall construction by the contractor, Elrik McCheyne of GreenScene.
 
The bomb shelter at School #39 in Lviv, Ukraine has been completed and now offers a safe space for 700 students and community members during daily air siren raids.
 

Funding for the renovation of the 8,600-square-foot basement at the Lviv high school was funded in part by the Ithaca Rotary Club, which raised $31,000 for the project. The club’s funding included a $25,000 disaster response grant from The Rotary Foundation.

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