|Paul David is president of the Menifee|
Rotary Club and general manager of the
Menifee Valley Athletic Club.
“Our motto is service above self,” David said of the 30-member Menifee Rotary Club that has been providing assistance to the area for 48 years. “We’re a service organization catering to the local community.”
David explained that this neighborhood association is an extension of Rotary International, a nonprofit organization that was originally founded to put an end to polio. Instead of focusing entirely on global needs, the Menifee Rotary spends its energy on community, vocational, and youth projects as well.
These service projects include fundraising for various causes, awarding student scholarships, making donations to academic programs, hosting signature city events like the Mayor’s Ball, providing hands-on work within the city, and more. They also host foreign exchange students and participate in a clean water project in Africa.
The club is especially dedicated to helping children and adolescents succeed. Menifee Rotary annually gifts dictionaries to third graders within the Menifee school district, hosts competitive music and speech contests, and sends students to a leadership training camp. “It’s one of the most rewarding things we do as Rotarians,” said David.
He stressed the importance of providing youth with academic outlets and rewards. “That’s our next generation,” said the father of two. “We have a responsibility to expose them to these different opportunities that are out there.”
David was originally approached to join rotary one and a half years ago. He said he agreed to be a part of the club because he “found this to be one of the most organized ways that money actually gets where it’s supposed to go.”
As the new president of rotary David has a list of 70 goals to accomplish. “My top three goals would be to look for qualified Rotarians, to get the word out about rotary, and to get more youth involved,” he said. He is currently planning to relaunch the club’s website to provide the public with more information.
When David isn’t spending his free time in rotary he works as the general manager and operator of the Menifee Valley Athletic Club with his wife Christine, who is the spa director there. “I feel that my main goal at the athletic club is to provide direction in terms of health, wellness and nutrition,” he said.
In between managing David enjoys getting to know his customers. “One of my most favorite and fun things to do is talk to people,” he said. This is one of the ways that Menifee Rotary learns about the community’s needs.
The club is always on the lookout for more local projects. “Menifee Rotary really wants to connect with our community,” said David. “We would love to be burdened with a to-do list.”
The Menifee Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12 p.m. at the Menifee Lakes Country Club. To learn more about rotary email David at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Menifee Valley Athletic Club call (951) 246-3530 or visit http://www.mvacelite.com.