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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.

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.  

Rachael Powell - Matthew Turner Elementary

Jessica Chiacchiero - Robert Semple Elementary

Chad Pound - Liberty High School

Candice Crismond - Benicia High School

Lisa Schroers - Joe Henderson Elementary

Corinne Kozlik - Benicia Middle School

Charlene Bekowies - Mary Farmar Elementary

Jack Bell Merit Awards


May 2023
Benicia High School

June 2022
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.

Support of Local Sports' Teams


March 2022
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!

This event has passed for academic year 2021-22.


March 2022
Benicia High School Golf Teams


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.  

March 17, 2023

Other Supported Endeavors 2022-2023

The Rotary Club of Benicia supported these needs this past year:

$400 - Ukraine donation

$500 - Night of Honor (Police)

$500 - Special Olympics of Northern California (Bike the Bridges)

$1475 - Benicia High School Girls' Soccer

$1088 - November Holiday Meals via Benicia Community Action Council

$900 - December Holiday Meals via Benicia Community Action Council

$1000 - Little Flock Children's Home

$500 - Kenya Deflouridation Project via Rotary Club of Davis

$500 - Night of Honor (Firefighters)

$5000 - SafeQuest Solano

$1500 - Liberty High School Jack Bell Merit Awards

$1500 - Benicia High School Jack Bell Merit Awards

$8000 - Liberty High School (for positive behavior intervention and support,  mentor program, field trips, club supplies, Principal's discretionary fund, graduation, etc.)

$2705 - purchase of two AEDs (one for Benicia Middle School - in collaboration with Kiwanis)  & one for Benicia Yacht Club


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.

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