Service Projects

The Club's Members takes on numerous projects within the community each year in support of the Club's Mission Statement.

One of the Club's favorite activities is the presentation of Dictionaries to third graders throughout the greater Buena Vista area. Club members travel to Avery-Parsons Elementary School and Daren Patterson Christian Academy in Buena Vista as well as elementary schools in Leadville and Fairplay to present the dictionaries. This service activity has been performed by the club for the past 9 years. (Photo Courtesy of Jim Mills Photography)

In September of 2009 the Buena Vista Rotary Club, in association with the Salida Rotary Club, held a fundraiser known as Double Haul. Double Haul consisted of a Fishing Derby preceded by a Dinner and Silent Auction. This fundraiser raised more money than any other ever held in the Arkansas River Valley. A portion of the BV Club's proceeds was to be provided to the Boys and Girls Club. At the left, Club President Larry Soukup is shown presenting Scott Erchul, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County, with a check to support this great endeavor.

Each year the local Salvation Army solicits volunteers to ring the bell and collect donations at locations around the town of Buena Vista during the Christmas Holiday Season. For the past several years Rotary and Interact Club members have donated their time to this worthwhile endeavor. At the left we see two Rotarians and three Interact Club Members attempting to keep warm while ringing away in front of City Market.


Every spring and fall the Members of the Rotary Club and its associated Interact Club clean a two mike stretch of Highway 285 south of town. This fall over 15 individuals turned out to clean the ditches along the roadway of trash deposited there by tourists and locals alike as they speed north and south. The good turnout was credited to a strong sense of civic duty by those that participated and the promise of an ice cream treat at the end of the morning's hard work.


Recently a number of Rotary Club of Buena Vista members, along with a member from the Salida Club, were seen helping to build the Habitat house which is going up on West Main St.  The house is a duplex and is being built using the latest in construction techniques and including enhanced insulation properties.



Additional Service projects include: Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Scholarships for graduating seniors, Garbage cans and new electrical service in one or more of the parks around town, Facilitates the "Balloon-a-Vista event annually, Provided initial funding for the Arkansas Valley Low Vision Center, and many more.

In addition to the local service activities, the Club supports a number of Rotary International projects. These activities include:  RI Foundation that supports the world-wide Polio Vaccine program (POLIO PLUS) aimed at stamping out Polio throughout the world, orphanages around the world, water purification projects in third world countries, literacy programs, and hunger relief programs; Group Study Exchange that this year will see a group from Ireland visit the Clubs in our district; Juarez, Mexico orphanage visit along with members of the Interact Club.

Rotary Club of Buena Vista, CO                                       
P.O. Box 1501, Buena Vista, CO  81211