How we support our community.
Benicia Rotarians are INVOLVED in our community -- raising funds for local and international projects, providing local student scholarships, supporting local youth sports programs, promoting school horticultural programs, and recognizing outstanding teachers in our community. We are also involved with other Benicia programs -- helping out and having fun, too. Scroll down to see various events and projects in which our club participates.
Moore Magic Foundation Grants
This foundation was created by Mr. Steve Moore, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Benicia, and his daughter, Marissa Moore-Magic. The foundation supports graduating seniors and previous graduates of Liberty High School in Benicia. The purpose of the grant is to provide financial assistance to students to support educational goals, career goals or employment.
Teacher of the Month
We value education. Every year, our club recognizes an outstanding teacher from each of the schools in Benicia Unified School District. Each teacher awarded a nice certificate, $100 for use in his/her classroom, and Benicia Downtown Dollars for personal enjoyment.
Jack Bell Merit Awards
Benicia High School
Liberty High School
Annually, our club presents this award to deserving graduating seniors. This year, our club selected six students — three from Benicia High School and three from Liberty High School.
Jack Bell, who is an active member of our club here in Benicia, was the founding president of our club in 1966. This annual award is presented in Mr. Bell’s honor for his years of community service above and beyond. Students who apply and are selected for this merit award are presented this award based on qualities such as academic achievement, community service, leadership abilities, or need, and who also plan to attend either a two-year or four-year college.
Besides recognition and a certificate, there is also a $500 cash award to be used by each recipient for whatever they need.
Fall and Spring
Solano County Nights of Honor
Twice a year, the Rotary Clubs of Solano County present a Night of Honor to recognize the Officers of the Year from Solano County Law Enforcement Departments (fall) and Solano County Fire Departments (spring). It is a great night of recognition and honor for those members who serve in these roles in our communities.
October 10, 2023
Corporal Aaron Damm
Police Night of Honor Benicia Award Recipient
August 12, 2023
This outdoor event began in 1963 with a few collectible and antique stores displaying their items on tables outside St Paul’s Church. It has grown into 300 select antique and collectible dealers from all over the country and the thousands of loyal fans. We now span the entire 11 Blocks of First Street in the historic town of Benicia with beautiful views of the Carquinez Strait. The show offers connoisseurs and new collectors alike an opportunity to examine and purchase items that include period furniture, decorative antiques, vintage textiles and fashion, pottery, porcelain, pink and blue depression glass, paintings, prints, jewelry, clocks, watches, treen and much, much more. The fair gives the public a rare opportunity to ask questions from knowledgeable dealers and witness firsthand the rare history of our great country.
July 29 & 30, 2023
The popular summer event is back with a splash! Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, microbrew tastings, arts & crafts marketplace, delectable gourmet foods, and kids’ activity area.
Support of Local Sports' Teams
Benicia High School Soccer Teams
Our Annual Golf Tournament is our club's greatest annual fundraiser. As part of the manpower needed to support the actual day of the event, both the BHS Soccer and BHS Golf teams help our club members with the logistics of such a tournament. Some of the money we raise at the tournament is presented to these sports team for their use throughout their athletic season. Thank you, BHS Soccer and BHS Golf, for your annual help!
Benicia High School Golf Teams
Other Supported Endeavors 2022-2023
The Rotary Club of Benicia supported these needs this past year: