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Third Grade Dictionary Project

We have always appreciated that youth are important, and literacy is essential to thrive in your life. Since 2006 we have purchased and delivered nearly 27,000 reference dictionaries to every third grade student in the Gilbert Public Schools. These student dictionaries include much more than a dictionary, but have sections on geography, mathematics, and science and are an aid to the teacher and students in the classroom.This is our major commitment to youth education and development in the Gilbert community.

Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory

2005 represented the centennial year of Rotary International, and clubs were challenged to identify a project in their communities to commemorate the event. We identified an astronomical observatory as being a permanent and purposeful project in recognizing Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self. Win Pendleton, a retired astronomy educator and member of the club led the project. We partnered with the Town of Gilbert Riparian Instituteand its Director and Rotary Club member, Scott Anderson, to build the observatory at the Riparian Preserve. Rotary Club member Steve Padilla’s company, Hunter Contracting, acted as the general contractor. The East Valley Astronomy Club (eastvalleyastronomy.org), an all-volunteer organization with an educational presence in the area, operate and maintain the facility.

The GRCO is owned by the Town of Gilbert and operated by the Riparian Institute.The facility opened October 21, 2006 and is still serving the community from its site near Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads.The observatory is open every Friday and Saturday evening at nightfall year round weather permitting. Since first light, over 74,000 visitors have “put their eyeballs” to the telescope.

Gilbert Senior Breakfast

For the past 30 years we have provided a holiday breakfast and program between Thanksgiving and Christmas for senior citizens in the community at the Gilbert Senior Center. Campo Verde High School’s strolling strings music ensemble entertains the guests at the event with holiday music.

High School Scholarships

For over 30 years we have provided a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior to start a college education, usually within the Maricopa Community College system.