Paonia Colorado, USA • District 5470 • Chartered 1922
Meets Thursday Noon, Paonia Town Hall
214 Grand Avenue, Paonia, Co
The Rotary Club of Paonia was chartered December 20, 1922 and had the distinction of being the smallest town with a Rotary Club in the United States! The Club grew to 30 members where it stayed for many years, but recently has been growing and now boasts almost 40 members!
The longest serving member joined in 1959. Over the past decade, Rotary Club of Paonia has formed its own foundation, raised $40,000 for a Centennial Project, grown high school scholarships from one at $500 to ten at $2,000 each, raised $6,000 for Rotary International’s Polio Eradication Project, raised its service budget to $40,000 (excluding TRF donations), earned the Rotary International Significant Achievement Award in 2010 for its Free Lunch for Needy Kids Program, continues to fulfill Rotary’s Dictionaries for 3rd Graders Program in all North Fork Valley schools and is currently working on a program encouraging locally grown foods to be served in area schools.
This year the Rotary Club of Paonia received its first Rotary International Matching Grant, working side by side a host Rotary Club in Jamaica, West Indies to provide 124 gardens at local schools and homes and serve a free nutritious breakfast each morning to undernourished children; to date serving over 20,000 breakfasts!
The Rotary Club of Paonia is proud of its local fundraisers, often seen as “friend raisers” that include an Annual Pancake Breakfast and Bountiful Brunch. For a small club, the Rotary Club of Paonia enjoys a reputation for actively supporting its community and international concerns.