By Jim Lessenger
As the Benicia Rotary Club celebrates its homecoming and anniversary on Feb. 28, the members will be recalling the many civic projects it has participated in. We are no prouder than the association between the Club and Liberty High school.
As part of the 100-year anniversary celebration of Rotary International in 2010, the Club adopted Liberty High School and became, in essence, its Parent-Teacher Organization, providing financial support for various programs and student mentoring. Rotary support includes funding for field trips, classroom supplies, the Liberty High yearbook, college grants to deserving students and their graduation ceremony. Rotary also is actively involved in Liberty High’s career week activities.
Several Rotary members are student mentors. They work one on one with students to support them in completing their high school work and dealing with other challenges in their lives. Jim Trimble, retired Benicia Police Chief and a member of the Rotary Club, is one of several members who is a student mentor.