The Rotary Club of Green Valley, (Henderson), was chartered February 3, 1992, with thirty members. The first president was David Sanchez and Renata’s, at that time Henderson’s only upscale restaurant, was our meeting location. Four of the original members, Melinda Margolis, Jim Frey, and Larry Bettis remain a part of our club today.
One of the first projects undertaken by the club was the sponsorship of the High School Senior All-Star Soccer games. Members Art Plunkett and Jim Frey were the first coordinators. The eighteenth annual competition was recently held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) with the Rotary Club of Green Valley as the title sponsor. For many years, this event was the signature project for the club.
In 1994 the club moved its location from Renata’s, which is now a bowling alley and sandwich bar, to The Country Inn, located at the corner of Mountain Vista and Valle Verde. The restaurant had an excellent room for meetings and the food was great. However, five years later the restaurant closed; it was demolished and it is now the site of a CVS pharmacy. The leadership of the club searched for a new location, finding The Terrace on Warm Springs Road, staying there until Fall 2007. In September 2007, we relocated to the Wildhorse Golf Club, where we currently meet.
Over the years the Rotary Club of Green Valley has been a supporter of many community projects and groups, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sewell Elementary School, Hope Link (formerly Henderson Allied Community Advocates), Opportunity Village, the Shade Tree Shelter, Child Focus and the Henderson Animal Shelter.
Our club has been very active at the District level, having sponsored four members to Group Study Exchange teams, a GSE Team Leader, and four Ambassadorial Scholars. Every year the club sponsors four participants to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA); two each from Silverado and Green Valley High Schools.
International projects include refurbishing an ambulance that was sent to Armenia, helping to fund an elementary school project in Chile, supporting tsunami relief in Southeast Asia, and purchasing wheel chairs for disabled children in Mexico. The club also partnered with several other Rotary clubs in establishing a dental clinic in Tanzania, Africa. Recently, Green Valley Rotarians helped to provide relief to Australian wildfire victims and earthquake victims in both Haiti and Chile. Our club has also been active in supporting Rotaplast, an international effort assisting in cleft palate repair for people in third-world contries.