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ROTARY RECEIVES GRANT FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS ROTARY DISTRICT PROVIDES FUNDS TO ASSIST COMMUNITY NEEDS The Rotary Club of Avalon has received a match- ing Rotary District 5320 Simplified Grant to assist low income community members with the cost of boat transportation for medical or social services that are not available on the Island. The Rotary Club applied for this grant earlier this year. It was denied at first, but later was awarded after a better understanding of community circumstances and needs. The Rotary Club of Avalon provides up to $1,500. Rotary District 5320, which covers Orange and Southern Los Angeles County, provides matching funds. The grant monies will provide up to 43 round- trip boat trips for qualified community members need ing medical or social services on the mainland. Avalon Rotary actively contributes to the better- ment of our Island community by donating to local community charities. Avalon Rotary raises money Letter to the Editor Booster Club funds not for yoga/fitness center Editor's note: The following is in response to an article " titled "Yoga enthusiast calls for non-profit fitn. ess center" on page 10 of the April 6 edi- tion of the Catalina Islander. Avalon School Booster Club has received a number of calls from donors who were confused and upset by the article published April 6, 2012, regarding a proposal for a yoga/fitness center. In the article, Jessica Parisi is quoted from her mission state- ment as saying that, "There is a substantial amount of funds held by the Avalon Booster Club for the construction of a public pool, and that these funds could be di- rected to the construction of this facility...(a Yoga One Love center with a pool.)" While the Boosters assume she must have meant, "could be" to sug- gest this as an option, that is not the way her statement is being interpret- ed by many donors. The Boosters have had several calls from donors who misunderstood this to mean that the Booster Club's pool money "can" be used for this project - as if this has already been allowed. Some even assumed that Parisi .was part of the Booster Club, and was presenting new plans for which their donations would be used. Un- derstandably, they were very upset because the pool in the yoga cen- through its fundraisers to contribute to local residents for Thanksgiving and Christmas, offer local Ava- lon High School students' scholarships, and support projects at the Catalina Island Museum, the Avalon Schools, the Avalon Veterinary Clinic and the Cata- lina Island Medicab Center. Avalon Rotary also or- ganizes and fundraises for the popular USC Trojan Marching Band's participation in Avalon's Fourth of July parade. In addition, Avalon Rotary Club supports -international aid to Mexico and Haiti. The Rotary Club of Avalon is just one of over 32,000 Rotary Clubs around the world in over 200 countries. Rotary International was founded in 1905 as both a busi- ness networking and community service organization. Avalon Rotary offers its membership a chance to network with local business leaders.It also offers com- munity service opportunities for the Island, as well as projects such as feeding the hungry and contributing to international efforts to eradicate polio. For mem- bership information, call Rose Ellen Gardner. "THE WRITE STUFF" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at ed@cinews.us. ter plans falls far short of providing the uses for which the funds were raised. At this time, the Booster Club has no association with Parisi or Yoga One Love, and was never contacted or consulted about the use of our funds.. To be clear, con- trary to what the article says, pool funds cannot be directed toward the plans proposed in the Islander. Currently, the Booster Club is working closely with the city of Avalon and Santa Catalina Re- sort Services (formerly called the Santa Catalina Island Company) to identify a space for the already conceived aquatic center. We are closer right now than we have ever been in negotiating for a space. Therefore, it is extremely impor- tant that we get the correct infor- mation into the public's hands. The Booster Club's funds can only be used on an aquatic cen- ter that will deliver, as promised, a wide range of activities and uses--serving a broad spectrum of the community, coupled with the ability to host a wide variety of events. The funds held by the Booster Club were donated in or- der to build an aquatics center to serve both the school and the com- munity with specific features and functions: Competition for swim- ruing and water polo, recreational swim, therapy, learn-to-swim pro- grams, masters swim, senior swim, aquatic fitness, scuba lessons, and family fun zones. There are spe- cific aquatic features planned that will accommodate these uses. At a minimum, the aquatics cen- ter will build a one-story building to house pump equipment, lockers, bathrooms, and offices. Ideally, a community cenier group can raise WOMEN'S NINE-HOLEGOLF TOURNEY CATHY SWEENEY TAKES OVERALL FIRST PLACE LOW GROSS HONORS The Annual Memorial Golf Tournament was held last Thursday at Catalina Island Golf Course. This nine-hole eveRt was sponsored by the Catalina island Women's Golf Club. Overall First Place Low Gross Honors went to Cathy Sweeney. First Place Low Net Winner in the White Flight was Ellen Hodge, and .First Place Low Net Winner in the Red Flight was Sue Bray. Elena Maria (White) and Sue Bray (Red) won both Longest Drive and Closest to the HoJe in their,respective flights. Cathy. Sweeney (White) and Pat Hoefs (Red) won for lowest number of putts. Two golfers were recognized for pars earned in the [qund: Cathy Sweeney with six pars, and Sue Bray with four pars, After the tournament, the golfers went to Antonio's for lunch and awards. Women golfers who are Island residents or regular'visitors are invitedto join the Catalina Island Women'sGolf Club. Play Days are scheduled for each Thursday morning. Call the Go course at (310) 510-0530 for more information about relly schedulecl activities for ocal women golfers. In July, tlib W-gmen's Golf Club will once again sponsor a major fundraising scramble tournament to Support women's health. funds and get suplort to add addi-  This year all proceeds will be given to our own Catalina Island tional features to this building, thus Medical Center Foundation. All men and women golfers are creating E much-needed commu- i-.,::P.ouraged to participate in this fun scramble event. nity center. We applaud Jessica's .................................. pro shop. efforts to garner support for a fit- " - ness center on the Island. " : If there are any questions about the Avalon School Booster Club or the Catalina Island Aquatics Center, please direct them tom Kathleen Hill Carlisle, president; Avalon Booster Club at (310) 510- 0844 or email avalonboosterclub@ gmail.com. Kathleen Hill Carlisle, Avalon l: OPEN FOR THE SEASON Descanso Beach Club is open while being transformed  to feature luxury cabanas, Descnmo r.*sh, a beach dale sholNe serving ice cream, sandwiches, salads and espresso areations, as well as exciting retail stores. DESCANSO THE CATALINA iSLANDER ............................................................................................................................................. Friday, April 13, 20:1217