Posted by Rich Boccia on Nov 21, 2019
District Governors Van Tassell and Gabriel helped us welcome 3 new members to the club. From left to right are Caitlin Crunk, sponsor Talene Shabanian, Stacy Comfort, sponsor Joanne Hunt and Maureene Fakinos
NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED Rich Boccia 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Boccia on Nov 21, 2019
Talene Shabanian, Community Services Director, is being given The Quiet Rotarian Award by Randy Van Tassell, District Governor 2019-2020, Rotary International District 5190 and Jeff Gabriel, Assistant Governor.
President Rich Boccia said during the presentation "Talene started working at Mammoth Hospital in Human Resources and the leadership team quickly realized that Talene has much more to offer the health care district and appointed her as the Foundation Manager two years ago. Her colleagues and the folks at the Auxiliary believe that she is the perfect fit for the position.Talene is a quiet leader and knows when to step up and take charge and for that Talene, we would like to recognize you with our Quiet Rotarian Award".
Robert Sharp received The Making a Difference Award from Messrs. Van Tassell and Gabriel. Rich noted "Robert is the Vice-President of the Eastern Sierra Community Bank and travels between three offices in the Eastern Sierra in his all road vehicle with his best friend Walter. His background in finance has made him a tremendous asset to our Club and Board of Directors. We all appreciate Robert for who he is and what he does for us – thank you Robert".
AWARDS FOR ROTARIANS Rich Boccia 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt on Oct 25, 2019
Interact students Emma and Lizetta Ankringa brought Polio fundraising money to our Rotary Club to donate to Polio Plus. The students had a Polio Pig Bank to collect money over the year. Also present are President Rich Boccia and Youth Services Director Joanne Hunt.
INTERACT STUDENTS DONATE TO POLIO PLUS Joanne Hunt 2019-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt on Oct 07, 2019
Our Interact students were doing a team building event. Lower the hula hoop to the ground with 2 fingers from each student  Great participation and building our team.
INTERACT STUDENTS TEAM BUILDING Joanne Hunt 2019-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Sep 07, 2019
Rotary members of the afternoon shift at the last aid/refreshment station of Mammoth's Grand Fondo, a long distance bicycle ride, served up lots of goodies for the riders. Pictured are Dennis Brown, Talene Shabanian, Joanne & Bing Hunt.  The first shift included Rotarians Jim Clark, Lois Klein and Luan Mendel.
ROTARY SUPPORTS THE GRAND FONDO Dennis Brown 2019-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 22, 2019
Gloria Solorio is receiving her first college tuition payment of $10,000 from our club's Scholarship Program. She is a graduate of Eastern Sierra College Center in Mammoth Lakes and will be attending UC Davis majoring in Psychology. Presenting the check is President Sheryl Saari.
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT Dennis Brown 2019-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt on Aug 20, 2019
Please join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of our club in more than 30 years of service to Mammoth Lakes. All past, present, and potential Rotarians are welcome!
CLUB REUNION PICNIC Joanne Hunt 2019-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Aug 02, 2019
Rotarians Sheryl Saari Luan Mendel, Gary Sill and Jim Clark are hard at work collecting parking fees for the Bluesapalooza event from August 2nd to the 5th. This was a major fundraiser and the results were record setting. Kudos also to the team leader, Rich Boccia.
FUNDRAISING AT BLUESAPALOOZA Dennis Brown 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
ED FORSTENZER's PAUL HARRIS AWARD Sheryl Saari 2019-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jun 23, 2019
Rotarians Sheryl Saari, Jim Clark, Lois Klein, Gary Sims and Dennis Brown were primed and ready to hand out refreshments to the over 1,200 runners in the 2019 Mammoth Half Marathon. Runners started this stunningly picturesque race through Northern California’s High Sierras at roughly 9,000 feet above sea level, and followed a route that ran along a combination of trails and mountain roads — including stretches around lakes and across a bridge.  This was the 6th annual running of the marathon.
ROTARIANS WERE READY FOR RUNNERS Dennis Brown 2019-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luan Mendel on Jun 08, 2019
Rotary members Jim Clark, Joanne Hunt, Bing Hunt and Luan Mendel support Mono County's Health and Safety Fair by cooking up some great free hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone. This event provides information about the community resources available about car seat installation training, bike rodeo, children’s bike helmets, children’s books, vision checks, face painting, music, and much more!
ROTARY SUPPORTS THE HEALTH & SAFETY FAIR Luan Mendel 2019-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt on Jun 03, 2019
One of our auction items sold at the club's Gala Ball last October was the Children’s Fireman’s Birthday Party.  The winner, Noah, and 7 friends enjoyed a tour of the fire station directed by Chief Frank.  They had the opportunity to have a hands on experience of all the equipment and trucks. It was so fun to hear all the questions they had about the jobs of firefighters.   Then they enjoyed pizza and cake in the kitchen and lounge area of the fire department.
CHILDREN'S FIREMAN's BIRTHDAY PARTY Joanne Hunt 2019-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Boccia on Jun 01, 2019
Our Club took the lead with the Water Station at mile 38 for the East Velo Pamper Pedal event this past Saturday. We provided snacks to 80 plus riders with club member Byng Hunt playing host as the riders came through.
SUPPORT TO PAMPERED PEDAL EVENT Rich Boccia 2019-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 23, 2019
President Luan Mendel presents Dennis Brown, Webmaster, with an award from District 5190 for Club Website SuperStar in the Small Club Division.
WEBMASTER GETS DISTRICT AWARD Dennis Brown 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luan Mendel on May 09, 2019
President Luan Mendel presents Dave Hines with his 5th Paul Harris sustaining award. He holds the record for our club. 
DAVE HINES' PAUL HARRIS AWARD Luan Mendel 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Boccia on May 08, 2019
The club's Finance Committee met to develop the 2019-2020 Club Budget. Thank you Gary Sill, Amy Graham, and Luan Mendel.
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETS Rich Boccia 2019-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Boccia on Apr 25, 2019
Mathew O'Conner, Executive Director of Wild Iris, was our guest speaker today.  The organization has been serving the Eastern Sierra since 1981 and is dedicated to promoting a safer community by empowering and restoring the independence of those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Their vision is for non-violent relationships based on dignity, respect, compassion, and equality.
WILD IRIS GUEST SPEAKER Rich Boccia 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Mar 28, 2019
Tanya Bekandam, manager of the town's new Starbucks, spoke to us about her background and how she manages the new Starbucks and its involvement with the community.
STARBUCKS MANAGER GUEST SPEAKER Dennis Brown 2019-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheryl Saari on Mar 15, 2019
Sheryl Saari and friends attended the Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Rotary Club of Bishop where she is collecting lots of
points in our Rotary Wheel contest
ROTARY WHEEL IN BISHOP Sheryl Saari 2019-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes is hosting its 10th Annual No Limit Hold'em Poker Tournament on April 4th, 2019 at 6 p.m at LAKANUKI, in the Village.
$100.00 By-In = $6,000 in Chips
$50.00 Add-on = $6,000 in Chips
Re-Buys during play until the 4th Round: $25.00 = $2,000 in Chips
when your Chip count falls below $1,000
This charity event is for a worthwhile cause. Most of the proceeds raised is for our Mammoth High School Senior Scholarship Program, which provides FREE TUITION for the selected student who attends Cerro Coso College and attains an AA Degree and FREE TUITION for his/her Junior and Senior years at any University of California or any California State University or University of Nevada, Reno school.
Your participation is a true gift and the Tournament is a lot of fun. Good food and drinks
1. Registration at LAKANUKI starts at 5:00 pm on April 4th, 2019
2. To Register on-line and pay by credit card, please click here
 or at the link in UpComing Events at top of the right hand column of this page.
3. To register over the phone, please call
Mike Bornfeld at 760-934-1688 or
Gary Sill at 661-478-3803
Posted by Dennis Brown on Feb 28, 2019
Luan Mendel presents the Paul Harris Award to first time recipient Sheryl Saari.
A NEW PAUL HARRIS RECIPIENT Dennis Brown 2019-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheryl Saari on Feb 14, 2019
Mr. Mike Hammers' Mammoth High School Choir serenaded us today at the Rotary luncheon.
ROTARY VALENTINE SERENADE Sheryl Saari 2019-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jan 24, 2019
Luan Mendel presents the Paul Harris Award to first time recipients Dave Easterby and Jim Clark
NEW PAUL HARRIS RECIPIENTS Dennis Brown 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jan 24, 2019
Jeremy Goico, owner of Black Tie Ski Rental Delivery, made a very interesting presentation to our Club about his business and his management style to provide a high level of customer service to local and visiting skiers and boarders in Mammoth Lakes. Jeremy was also Past President of the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
JEREMY GOICO'S PRESENTATION Dennis Brown 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jan 10, 2019
The Master Craftsmen - First Lego League team, comprised of 4 students from Mammoth Unified School District, made a presentation to our Club about their development projects and their recent success in winning first place in a robot building & demonstration competition in Reno, NV. The team also showed us a demonstration of how their virtual reality tool could be used to assist astronauts to maintain physical and mental health while on board the International Space Station (ISS).
Above are Owen Call, Jude Howell, Jack Leonard and Wade Perry and the display they used in their winning presentation.
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jan 10, 2019
Our Rotary Club presented to the Master Craftsmen – First Lego League team a check for $1,000 to help them continue with their development programs and future field trips and competitions.
Presenting the check is President Luan Mendel together with coaches and mothers Drea Perry, Cara Leonard, and Elise Howell.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT BY ROTARY Dennis Brown 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Dec 13, 2018
Luan Mendel presents Rich Boccia with his first Paul Harris Award.
PAUL HARRIS AWARD Dennis Brown 2018-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luan Mendel on Oct 24, 2018
President Luan Mendel recently noted: "I believe I speak for all involved in saying the Diamond Masquerade Ball was a rousing success. The food and music were terrific, our celebration of Jack Copeland was a lovely moment for everyone present, and attendees successfully bid on an amazing assortment of silent and live auction items. Watching Chief Al Davis bump and grind as part of his sales pitch for "A Day at the Range with the Chief" was worth the price of a ticket all by itself. The event was also, of course, a fundraiser, and it appears from an early tally of income and expenses that we made in the neighborhood of  $6,000. Many thanks to Rich Boccia and his committee that planned event, to those who helped with set up and clean up and the event itself, and to all who attended. Well done, Mammoth Lakes Rotarians!"
Below of the left is Robert Sharp, Vice President of Eastern Sierra Community Bank, presenting a donation check of $2,500 to the event and on the right is Jack Copeland receiving this year's Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes.
SUCCESSFULL FUND RAISER Luan Mendel 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Aug 09, 2018
Sheryl Saari presents a permanent badge to our newest member, Talene Shabanian, who is responsible for fundraising at Mammoth Hospital.
OUR NEWEST MEMBER Dennis Brown 2018-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luan Mendel on Jul 19, 2018
Calvin Forsythe, 2016 recipient of our college completion scholarship, received his first check from club president Luan Mendel on July 19th. As required by the terms of the scholarship, Calvin successfully completed two years (and two A.A. degrees) at Cerro Coso Community College and was accepted as a transfer student at San Diego State University. The club will provide financial support for Calvin's junior and senior years, and we look forward to following his progress toward a four-year degree.
Posted by Luan Mendel on Jun 21, 2018
At the Mammoth High School awards breakfast on June 8, Rotary awarded its 2018 scholarship to Priscila Yanez, and our 2017 award recipient, Gloria Solorio, and President Rich Boccia are in the photo with her.
Rotary also presented two recipients of the 2018 Bea Tomko Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to graduating Interact members. The recipients are Meaghan Thompson and Hope Reeves; Tanner Bissonette, also graduating, was Interact President for 2017-18, and Joanne Hunt and Robert Sharp, Interact coordinators are also in the photo.
MAMMOTH HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS BREAKFAST Luan Mendel 2018-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 13, 2018
On Saturday, we grilled hot dogs for the people at the Community Health and Safety Fair that was at Shady Rest Park.
HEALTH & SAFETY FAIR 2018-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
HWY 203 CLEANUP Jon Robertson 2018-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Apr 30, 2018
On April 30, 2018, our club sponsored a Candidate Forum for all people who are running for election for offices of Mono County Superintendent of Schools, Town of Mammoth Lakes Council Member and Mono County Supervisor - 1st & 5th Districts. The event was very well attended and was hosted by Rich Boccia, our President, who acted as moderator. 
CANDIDATE FORUM FOR JUNE 5th , 2018 ELECTION Dennis Brown 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luan Mendel on Mar 14, 2018


Each spring the Rotary Youth Instrumental Music Contest takes place around the world and right here in Mammoth Lakes. Our local contest was held on Thursday, March 8, and club members were treated to performances by four young musicians from Mammoth High School. Junior Guy La Borde placed first in the competition with an original composition on the guitar. Tyler Goodwin, also a junior, played the tenor sax and took second. Sophomore Barrett Mannetter claimed third place with his performance on the alto sax, and another sophomore Cardiff Smith, a trumpet player, took fourth place.


The young men were fortunate to have three local professional musicians judging their performances. We are grateful to Mike Dostrow, Joe Gray, and Chuck Scatolini for generously giving of their time and expertise to encourage and support budding musical talents here in our community. We are also indebted to MHS music teacher Michael Hammers (not pictured), who encourages jazz band members to enter the competition and allows us to use his music classroom for the event.


Also in attendance were Rotarians Sarah Carmichael, Dennis Brown,  Luan Mendel (organizer of the event),  and Jim &  Shannon Clark.






2018 MUSIC CONTEST WINNERS Luan Mendel 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luan Mendel on Feb 05, 2018
 The Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes is now accepting applications for the 2018 Youth Instrumental Music Contest. The local contest is open to high school students (grades 9-12) or home-schooled students ages 14-18. Students may choose any musical selection and play it on the instrument of his or her choice. Our local contest will be held on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the music room at Mammoth High School. Cash prizes are award for first, second, and third places, and the winner advances to the area and district level competitions. Contact Luan Mendel at for more information and entry forms.
2018 MUSIC CONTEST Luan Mendel 2018-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jan 01, 2018
At the 129th Annual Rose Parade, the Rotary float was awarded the Princess Award for the most outstanding floral presentation among entries 35 feet and under in length. Rotarians from District 5190, including Mammoth Lakes, participated in making the float and walking in the parade. 
ROTARY FLOAT AT PASADENA ROSE PARADE Dennis Brown 2018-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 14, 2017
Judy Bornfeld, President of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary, presents a 2nd check to Rich Boccia for $8,000 to be distributed to other local Rotary clubs to give to victums of the various California wild fires. This money came from the 1 day sales of  the Castoff thrift store and was more than matched by the Auxiliary. With Rich and Judy is Rich's wife, Diane.  The presentation was made at the club's annual Christmas Party at Nevados Restaurant in Mammoth Lakes.
Posted on Oct 12, 2017
Rich Boccia accepts a check for $10,000 from Judy Bornfeld and Karen Curry of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary who donated the proceeds from their Hurricane Relief Fundraiser. This fundraiser was comprised of 2 days sales at the Castoff thrift store and the Auxiliary then matched those monies. The Auxiliary chose our Rotary club to forward these funds to the local Rotary clubs in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico to distribute them to those people most in need who were devastated by the hurricanes.
Posted by Dennis Brown on Sep 11, 2017
Luan, Lois, Dennis, Gary & Sarah get ready to serve up the goodies at the Gran Fondo cycle event. Our illustrious leader, Rich, is behind the camera.
SERVICE TO GRAN FONDO EVENT Dennis Brown 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor Doug McDonald and his wife Karen on a hike with Byng & Joanne Hunt at Convict Lake.
Replies from Doug and Karen after the trip:  Doug said "So enjoyed our time with you and the Club! Rotary with Altitude on the Edge of Greatness!" and Karen said "Thank you Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes - it was wonderful to make new Rotary friendships! A great visit with you, looking forward to our paths crossing again."
Bill Taylor receives the Service Above Self Award from Doug McDonald, during his District Govenor's visit to our Club.
SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD Rich Boccia 2017-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Jim Clark receives the Quiet Leadership Award from Doug McDonald during his District Govenor's visit to our Club
QUIET LEADERSHIP AWARD Rich Boccia 2017-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Hayes on Jun 18, 2017
Rotarians manned the aid station at Hidden Valley Rd. for the Mammoth 1/2 Marathon on Fathers Day morning.
MAMMOTH HALF MARATHON SUPPORT Cynthia Hayes 2017-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Hayes on Jun 08, 2017
Thanks to our fantastic volunteers who came out last Thursday and cleaned up Highway 203♥️
HIGHWAY 203 SPRING CLEANUP Cynthia Hayes 2017-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Hayes on Apr 15, 2017
Allison Robinson of Bishop Rotary, Hope Reeves, junior MHS and Luan Mendel, President Elect, Mammoth Noon Rotary. Congratulations to Hope who won the speaking contest. She now advances to the District 5190 competition on May 20th in Reno. Congratulations Hope and Good Luck! — with Luan Beaty Mendel.
ROTARY SPEAKING CONTEST  WINNER Cynthia Hayes 2017-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luan Mendel on Mar 31, 2017
Each spring Rotary clubs around the world invite young musicians to participate in a series of competitions that begin in their local clubs and progress to a national event. These instrumental music contests were created to give young people opportunities to develop and showcase their exceptional musical talents. 
On March 29, the Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes hosted its club-level competition, which featured four talented young musicians. Winner Ari Schuldt played Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor on the piano, while second place finisher Guy LaBorde played an original composition on the bass guitar. Melanie Moyer, who took third, played Gabriel-Marie’s La Cinquantaine on the violin, and Cardiff Smith played Haydn’s Surprise Symphony Variations on the trumpet. 
All four competitors received prizes, and Ari Schuldt advanced to the next level of competition. The audience and judges were inspired and entertained by the music these young people created. Congratulations to all!
MUSICIAN CONTEST WINNERS Luan Mendel 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Hayes on Feb 16, 2017
John Urdi, Executive Director of Mammoth Lakes Tourism, is today's speaker.
JOHN URDI PRESENTS PROGRAM Pat Hayes 2017-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Hayes on Feb 09, 2017
Kevin Kian presents today's program about his new position as Executive Director of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation.
KEVIN LIAN PRESENTS TODAY'S PROGRAM Pat Hayes 2017-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 26, 2017
Robert Sharp, our newest member, Vice President of Eastern Sierra Community Bank, receives his Rotary pin and badge from Lois Klein.
ROBERT SHARP RECEIVES HIS PIN Pat Hayes 2017-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
JOHN ROBERTS RECEIVES HIS PIN 2017-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheryl Saari on Jan 01, 2017
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IF YOU'RE BUYING ON LINE, USE SMILE.AMAZON.COM Sheryl Saari 2017-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Hayes on Dec 03, 2016
Don Sage receives his Paul Harris Level 4 award from President Sheryl Saari
DON SAGE's PAUL HARRIS AWARD Pat Hayes 2016-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Hayes on Aug 26, 2016
Mammoth Lakes Rotarians exchanging flags with our new friends from Belgium - fun stuff!
VISITING ROTARIANS FROM BELGIUM Cynthia Hayes 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Hayes on Jul 21, 2016
 President Sheryl Saari and District Governor John Sullivan presenting the Quiet Rotarian award to Luan Mendel
President Sheryl Saari and District Governor John Sullivan presenting the STAR award to Don Sage
DISTRICT STAR AWARDS FOR ROTARIANS Cynthia Hayes 2016-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jul 06, 2016
Our incoming President, Sheryl Saari, invited past Mammoth Lakes Noon Rotary Presidents to attend our luncheon and tell us about their experiences and accomplishments as Presidents.
Starting in the front & center are Bob Tomko, our club's founder in 1981, and his wife Bea. Then from left to right are Neil McCarroll (2005-2006), Don Sage (2001-2002), Michael Bornfeld (1998-1999), Rodger Guffy (1992-1993), Chuck Tomajko (1997-1998), Bill Taylor (2014-2015), Nancy O'Kelly (1996-1997), Byng Hunt (2003-2004), Sandra Hageman (2015-2016), Linda Wright (2011-2012), Rick Liebersbach (1986-1987) and Rick Phelps (2012-2013).
This is 35% of the club's Presidents spanning 35 yrs. of existence!
CELEBRATING 4TH OF JULY IN MAMMOTH LAKES, CA Dennis Brown 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Hageman on Jun 09, 2016


Good afternoon Rotarians and Friends,
I am very excited to announce the two newest Rotary scholarship recipients.

The first award was presented to a member of MLHS Interact Club. This award recognizes a graduating student who has been involved in the Rotary Interact Club while exhibiting high standards in leadership and community service, along with a strong academic performance.

Alexis Brode is our Interact scholarship awardee. Alexis has been an active member of Interact by participating in school and community (local and international) service projects during high school. She has helped raise funds for people in need. She exhibits strong leadership skills and is a pleasant young lady with great potential. Alexis lives the true spirit of Rotary.

The second award was designed to compliment the Mammoth Lakes Foundation Scholarships for MLHS students continuing to Cerro Coso Community College. Our scholarship provides an award to a student attending Cerro Coso with plans to continue onto a four year college. The award will FULLY pay tuition for the final two years of the degree at any Cal State or UC campus, or UNR.

Calvin Forsythe is our first recipient of this award. He has repeatedly given back to our community through volunteering to numerous sport and festival events, and at our local hospital. He has helped raise funds for various community service organizations. Calvin has an outstanding academic and athletic track record. He has been a role model to younger athletes. Calvin is a local kid with a local heart. We will likely see him back in our community after completing his degree. We can count of him to continue to give back in the true spirit of Rotary.

Congratulations to both of our awardees. And, a big thank you to our committee members and membership for their role in making these awards happen. We should feel very proud of these accomplishments.





2016 ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS Sandra Hageman 2016-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Hayes on May 13, 2016
Wonderful fireside chat with a great group of people. Thank you to our hosts, Tony and Sheryl Taylor❤️
Tony Taylor and Sandra Hageman introduce our newest members; Sierra Bourne, Craig Burrows, Casey Piercey and Kevin Lian
Welcome friends❤️
FIRESIDE CHAT FOR 5 NEW MEMBERS Cynthia Hayes 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Boccia on May 06, 2016
The 2016 Pamper Pedal is an all-ladies ride hosted by the men of Eastside Velo. The ride started on May 7, 2016 at the Elks Park in Bishop and concluded 36 scenic miles later back at the Park. This was the 10th anniversary of this ride, and the Pamper Pedal is celebrating by honoring the first year's event with the theme "Back to the Bedroom." 
Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club supported the event by providing refreshments at the Round Valley checkpoint. Helping out are Craig Schmidt, Dennis Brown, Gary Sill, Jim Clark and Rich Boccia (the photographer).
And some of the riders at our stop
PAMPERED PEDALS SUPPORT Rich Boccia 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Hayes on Apr 25, 2016
Thank you to those who helped with our "Rotary at Work" project last week. Our clean up team: Bill, Don, Dennis, Linda, Rich, Sandra and two of our newest members, Kevin and Sierra. We collected quiet a few bags of trash along our part of the road that was no longer covered by snow.
CLEANING UP OUR COMMUNITY Cynthia Hayes 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Watson on Apr 09, 2016
The  April 9th house build in Tecate was great.  Our lead builders, Tom and Nancy, along with Pete and Mike kept us on track.  We built a house with a bathroom and were finished by 4 pm.  The weather was cool and cloudy, perfect conditions, and it didn't start raining until after we crossed back over the border into California.  Some of us enjoyed a Tecate Beer in the hotel parking lot afterwards, and almost everyone attended the festive dinner at Por Favor Mexican restaurant afterwards.  There were no problems with the project and everyone but Tom Lake from South Pasadena had their passports crossing the border.  I understand he groveled and humbly apologized for being dumb when confronted by the immigration officer at the border and they took pity on him and let him back into the country. 
Kathy Watson from South Pasadena took over 900 photos and will put together a program and send it to both clubs. 
Thanks to everyone who participated in making this joint Mammoth Lakes-South Pasadena project a success.  A special thanks to Johanna Bishop from Bishop for once again leading the Bishop Interact contingent.  Finally, a huge thank you to Pat Hayes, ably assisted by Cynthia, for putting all of this together.
Dan Watson
Rotary Speech Contests: The Area 13 Rotary Youth Speech Contest will be held at Astorga's Mexican Restaurant (2206 N Sierra Hwy) in Bishop on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 pm. Parents and Rotarians are invited to attend contest, and we need a couple of volunteers to help judge the speech contest. Please let Luan Mendel if you are available to help with either event.
ROTARY SPEECH CONTEST Cynthia Hayes 2016-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY DISTRICT 5190 CONFERENCE Cynthia Hayes 2016-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Hayes on Apr 05, 2016

If you are interested in learning more about Rotary, please sign up for My Rotary on, then click on My Rotary if you have not already created an account. It only takes about a minute to do.

We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more.
SIGN UP FOR MY ROTARY Cynthia Hayes 2016-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Hayes on Feb 03, 2016

We are less than ten weeks away from heading to Tecate to build a house! It is time to register with Corazon. You cannot go if you haven't registered with them.

If you have not previously participated in one of these projects, there is a two-step process. First, you must register with Corazon as a new volunteer. Once you do, you will get an email back from them saying that you are a registered volunteer. Then you must register for our project on April 9.

If you are new to Corazon, you need to do the following:

Go to ""

Click on "Volunteer Now", then "New Volunteer Profile"

Proceed to fill in the profile and complete all sections; when completed, select "submit"

Once you have registered, then go back to, select "Volunteer Now".

Click on "volunteer log in" instead of "new volunteer profile"

Fill in April 2016 in the space, or advance forward each month until you get to April.

There are several projects scheduled for April, 2016. Register for the one that is being sponsored by Mammoth Lakes Rotary, project number 00011581.

There are currently 14 Mammoth Lakes Rotarians/family and 25 South Pasadena Rotarians that have expressed interest to me in participating. So far only 15 people from both South Pasadena and Mammoth have registered. Currently, no Interact kids have registered from either Mammoth or Bishop. Joanne and Anneke – please update me on who will be participating, thanks.

PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL ONCE YOU'VE SIGNED UP FOR OUR PROJECT. I keep track of that and it lets me know a confirmed number.

Also, we need volunteers to drive to Tecate from the USA. Several have volunteered, I need a couple more to volunteer.

I have reserved a room at the Best Western Plus La Mesa, (619) 466-0200 or online at They have a limited number of rooms, first come first served. This location is pretty good, however you may stay anywhere you wish.

We will have a team dinner after the build on Saturday night at Por Favor in El Cajon.

I will be sending more information, list of what to bring, etc.

AND DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR PASSPORT OR PASSPORT ID (Note to self!) US Customs no longer allows entry without a valid passport.

Any questions, or if you have someone you'd like to add, or need to back out, please get hold of me.


Patrick A. Hayes, PE
General Manager
Mammoth Community Water District
Tel (760) 934-2596, Ext. 238
Fac (760) 934-4080
1315 Meridian Blvd.
PO Box 597
Mammoth Lakes CA 93546

BUILDING A HOUSE IN TECATE, MEXICO Pat Hayes 2016-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Hayes on Sep 30, 2015
A fine looking crew braved the elements for the Highway 203 clean-up today. And yes, it is snowing on Mammoth Mountain. (l-r) Don Sage, Sandra Hageman, Marshall Rudolph, Linda Wright, Dennis Brown, Luan Mendel, Joe  Hageman, Bill Taylor, Tony Taylor, and Jim Clark.
CLEANING UP HIGHWAY 203, OUR ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY PROJECT Cynthia Hayes 2015-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Join Wild Iris for the screening of the short film titled "ReMoved". The screening will take place at the first annual Hope Outloud event, October 9th at Eagle Lodge from 6:30-9:00 pm, and on October 23, 2015, at Inyo Council for the Arts in Bishop, from 6:30-9:00 pm. The screening of this powerful short film highlighting the devastating effects of domestic violence on children, and the need for foster families and CASA’s in our community. Tickets are $15 and include the screening, a glass of beer or wine, appetizers and a Dutch auction raffle ticket. Tickets may be purchased online @, or by calling 760-873-6601.
WILD IRIS UPCOMING PROGRAM Cynthia Hayes 2015-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Geoff McQuilkin, Executive Director of the Mono Lake Committee presented at our noon meeting. The Mono Lake Committee is a nonprofit citizens' group dedicated to protecting and restoring the Mono Basin ecosystem, educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use, and promoting cooperative solutions that protect Mono Lake and meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas.
MONO LAKE COMMITTEE PRESENTATION Cynthia Hayes 2015-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Here's our Noon & Sunrise Rotarians getting ready for the 4th of July parade with Jim Clark's 1936 Dodge pickup truck in the lead, followed by:
4TH OF JULY IN MAMMOTH LAKES Dennis Brown 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome our new member, Sean Easterny (with the red ribbon on her badge).  Presenting her the new membership materials are her sponsor Linda Wright, Membership Chairman Tony Taylor, and President Bill Taylor.
NEW MEMBER SEAN EASTERNY Joanne Hunt 2015-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt
Lupita Garcia receives her new Mini IPad from President Bill Taylor after winning the 4 Way Essay contest.
Also show congratulating Lupita is Joanne Hunt.
4 WAY TEST ESSAY WINNER Joanne Hunt 2015-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Great Fireside Chat at Tony & Sheryl Taylor's home. What a perfect way to share what Rotary is all about. We welcomed in 3 new members. Megan & Jason Herbst, and Robin Roberts pictured here with President Bill Taylor and Pres-Elect Sandra Hageman
FIRE SIDE CHAT FOR NEW MEMBERS Tony Taylor 2015-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
A HOUSE IS BUILT IN TIJUANA, MEXICO Joanne Hunt 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt on Oct 22, 2014

Emily Hartman, Interact treasurer, together with Joanne Hunt, shared money raised selling root beer floats at the high school for Polio Plus. Don Sage passed the hat to increase the funds to $210. Good job everyone for such a great cause.


Interact Club Raises Funds for Polio Plus Joanne Hunt 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Taylor on Jul 26, 2014

Rotarians Ed Forstenzer, at the grill, and Linda Wright, with her "Dirt Pie" in a flower pot, serving dinner to participants of the Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra's annual Sierra Cycle Challenge event. The Dirt Pie is actually a desert, made with Oreo cookies and pudding. It was yummy!


Rotarians Serving Dinner for DSES Sierra Cycle Challenge participants William Taylor 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jul 16, 2014

Mammoth Lakes Rotarians served lunches to volunteers who set up the 26th year of the Mammoth Jazz event this week.  These volunteers, mostly people who live here, help every year in getting the various venues prepared for the many attendee to this major summer music event.


Rotarians Serving Lunch to the Volunteers at Mammoth Jazz Dennis Brown 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jul 06, 2014

ImageImageThis year, Rotarians from both the Noon and Sunrise parade marched in the Mammoth Lakes 4th of July Parade with Jim Clark's 1936 Dodge pickup truck decked out in the Summer Fun decorations. Announcers along the parade route helped advertise our Rotary motto, "Service Above Self" and the work we do in the community of Mammoth Lakes.

Rotarians in the Mammoth Lakes 4th of July Parade Dennis Brown 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt on Jun 08, 2014


The  Interact Club at Mammoth Union High School just received a Presidential Citation for Vicky Puliz, Govenor of Rotary District 5190.

Posted by Dennis Brown on May 02, 2014

Members from Mammoth Lakes Noon and Sunrise joined Bishop Noon and Bishop Sunrise together with members of Interact Clubs in Mammoth Lakes and Bishop to build a house for a deserving family in Tecate.  Also joining the group was District 5190 Governor Vicki Puliz and her husband, together with a number of other Rotarians and other volunteers.  ImageThis is the 3rd year in a row that we have done this. Checkout the great pictures taken by Kathy Watson on her web site here

Posted by Joanne Hunt on Feb 27, 2014

The Interact Club decided to bring a top inspirational speaker to MHS for their school project this year. Tyler was one of the speakers at a leadership camp, RYLA, that they attended last summer. Tyler spoke to the high school, middle school, and community school. He also spoke to the parents at night with help from the Booster Club. Everyone got a lot from his presentations. 

See more about Tyler at

Interact Club hears from inspirational speaker Tyler Durman Joanne Hunt 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt on Nov 06, 2013



Mammoth Lakes Noon Rotary recognized Sabrina Clevenger as Academic Student of the Month for October for Science.  Her teacher, Cheryl Hart said she is an outstanding student that has gone above and beyond basic requirements to take the most challenging classes offered at MHS.  In her 4 years at MHS she has bee one of the top students in all of her honors and AP classes. One of Sabrina's characteristics that stand out most is her drive to understand a problem or concept rather than just getting the right answer.  On a personal level, Sabrina is enthusiastic, curious, mature, giving, and helpful to staff and students.  She is highly regarded by her peers and our teaching staff.

Sabrina Clevenger, Academic Student of the Month at Mammoth High School Joanne Hunt 2013-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt on Aug 25, 2013

In 2010 the MAMMOTH HIGH SCHOOL Interact decided to create a picnic area on the island in front of the school.  Since the students would sit on the large rocks, they thought it would be a great place for a patio.  The first project was putting in area of pavers.  Joanne & Byng Hunt presented the school with a beautiful bench built by Brian Jones.  The next year they added to the project with steps and a walk way.  Last year they purchased a picnic table.  This year started off with artificial grass placed next to the patio.  Interact students and Rotarians worked together to make this such a special project.  Each year the Interact Club wants to continue to improve the patio project.



Posted by Dennis Brown on Aug 21, 2013

Our luncheon program today was about Mono County Department of Education's Choose Civility Initiative, given by Dan Watson and Bill Michael.  For more information about this program, go to and, on the top bar, click on Choose Civility Initiative. This will take you to 3 other pages of information.

There is also a story on the home page by Dr. Stacey Adler, Ph.D, Superintendent of Schools, who's pictured below, about this program.


Mono County's Choose Civility Initiative Dennis Brown 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on Jul 09, 2013

Here's our Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club entry in the 4th of July Parade.  Carrying the "Rotarians at Work" banner are Bill Taylor (left) and Tony Taylor - (not related) on the right.  Driving his 1936 Dodge pickup truck is Jim Clark, and riding in the truck bed is Gary Boyd, our new President for 2013-2014. Passing out candy to the kids are Sheryl Saari, in the red hat, and Fred Anderson.

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4th of July Parade in Mammoth Lakes Dennis Brown 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Hunt on Jun 22, 2013
The RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp was held this year in Portola, Ca. at the Grizzly Bear Camp.  Since the two Mammoth Lakes Rotary Clubs have joined Rotary District 5190, we were able to attend the 5 day conference.  Between the Noon Rotary (2 students), Sunrise Rotary (1 student) and the Interact Club (1 student) we were able to sponsor 4 juniors from Mammoth High School.  Joanne Hunt also attended as a counselor representing our club.

Guest speakers were brought in each day to work on self enlightenment and develop leadership skills.  We also participated in the Ropes course which included group activities to develop trust and teamwork on low level activities.  Then we advanced to the high wire, Alpine Tower and Zip line on the forth day.  Even Joanne participated in the advance activities.

Evening fun included Mental Olympics, a Candle light ceremony and Square Dancing.  It was exciting to see the students learn how to square dance.  The final night was regular dancing and signing autographs.




Mammoth Students attend a RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp Joanne Hunt 2013-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Brown on May 28, 2013




"Celebrating the Family of Rotary"

with our Group Study Exchange group from India!!!

GSE is an "international exchange program for young professionals"...

This delightful group of young professionals came to Mammoth on Saturday and

we've been showing them the sites and exchanging cultural knowledge and experiences....

Today we see them off...on their way to Bishop next, then back up to Reno Nevada..and home!!!



Picture and story borrowed  from Kathy Watson's web site:

OUR 2013 VISITING GSE TEAM FROM INDIA, AT BODIE STATE PARK, CA Dennis Brown 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
THE HOUSE IS BUILT IN TECATE, MEXICO Dennis Brown 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Cleanup on Highway 203 Dennis Brown 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Students Raise Funds from Box Tops - Help Collect Tops Joanne Hunt 2012-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Phelps on Aug 22, 2012
Our speaker this week is Stacey Corless.  Stacey, a former Rotarian, runs the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation and will bring us up to date on its mission and activities.  
Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation Rick Phelps 2012-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Richard Phelps 2010-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Richard Phelps 2010-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Phelps on Sep 19, 2010
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Mark Your Calendars! Richard Phelps 2010-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
About Our Club Dennis Brown 0
Posted by Dennis Brown

Working with Corazon, Inc. for a 2nd year in a row, Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club (Noon) is planning to build a house in a day in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico on May 18, 2013, for a deserving family.

We need volunteers.  Please contact Dan Watson, Project Coordinator at if you're interested.  Read on for more details.


Our RYE Student & his host family is our program this week. Rick Phelps 0