by | Aug 26, 2023


What is the Durable Medical Equipment Lending Closet?

It is a program that will be housed and ran by Hospice Services of Lake County where individuals can rent medical equipment vs having to buy. Getting a prescription to purchase or rent DME may take weeks to acquire. This project will serve as a bridge for individuals experiencing these situations and more.  Rotary Club of Kelseyville and the Rotary Club of Lakeport are making this dream project a reality for our community.


The Rotary Club of Lakeport has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the local community by proudly serving as a sponsor for “Every Beat Counts.” This fundraising event, designed to make a significant impact on the healthcare landscape, is set to provide Adventist Health with a cutting-edge 3D cardiac ultrasound machine. Through their generous support, the Rotary Club of Lakeport underscores its dedication to enhancing the quality of healthcare services available to the residents of Lakeport and the surrounding areas. Their involvement in this critical endeavor not only showcases their philanthropic spirit but also highlights their commitment to the well-being of the community they call home. In joining forces with “Every Beat Counts,” the Rotary Club of Lakeport is making a profound difference in the lives of countless individuals and exemplifying the true essence of community service.

Community Helping The Homeless

In times of sorrow, our community truly shines.
The homless shelter residents experienced the tragic loss of one of their own. When local service organizations heard of this tragedy, they were quick to come together to try to find a way to show support shelter residents in any way they could.
Leaders from Early Lake Lions Club of Lakeport, California, Kiwanis Club of Lakeport, California, Lakeport Elks Lodge 2704, Lakeport Rotary, and United Christian Parish of Lakeport joined hands to serve a comforting dinner to our shelter residents and staff f5rom Sunrise Special Services Foundation. Supervisor Michael Green also attended to show his support to many of the most vulnerable residents in his district as they mourned the loss of one of their own. The kindness and compassion shown by these leaders helped to bring solace to residents during this difficult time.
We are deeply grateful for the generosity and camaraderie of these wonderful organizations. Together, we continue to show that our community is not just a place we live, but a family that cares for one another.

Heroes of Health & Safety Fair – 2023

The Rotary Club of Lakeport has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the community by generously providing funds for the Heroes of Health and Safety Fair. This thoughtful contribution will enable the organizers to purchase bicycles that will be gifted to children attending the event. These bicycles not only serve as a token of appreciation for the young attendees but also promote a healthy and active lifestyle. The Rotary Club’s support not only exemplifies their dedication to fostering a safer and healthier community but also underscores their belief in empowering the next generation. Their generosity is sure to make a significant impact on the children’s lives, bringing smiles and a sense of joy to the Heroes of Health and Safety Fair.

Mike Riley Memorial Hike for Hospice 2023

We are thrilled to announce that The Rotary Club of Lakeport is proudly sponsoring the upcoming Mike Riley Memorial Hike for Hospice taking place on October 8th! This event promises to be a heartwarming and purposeful day, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.

🏞️ What is the Mike Riley Memorial Hike for Hospice? 🏞️

The Mike Riley Memorial Hike for Hospice is an annual event dedicated to honoring the memory of Mike Riley, a beloved member of our community who left us far too soon. Mike was a passionate advocate for hospice care and the compassionate support it provides to those facing life-limiting illnesses.

This hike is a celebration of Mike’s life and legacy, and it serves as a fundraiser for our local hospice organization. It’s a day filled with unity, remembrance, and the beautiful backdrop of our Lakeport surroundings.

Maui Fire Relief Fundraiser – 2023

Rotary Club of Lakeport’s Maui Fire Fundraising Event Raises Over $3,500

The Rotary Club of Lakeport is thrilled to announce the remarkable success of its recent fundraising event, held on Wednesday, August 24, at the enchanting Wine in the Willows in downtown Lakeport. The event not only brought the community together in a spirit of camaraderie but also raised over $3,500 in funds to support those affected by the devastating Maui Fire.

The Rotary Club of Lakeport extends heartfelt gratitude to everyone who generously contributed to the Maui Fire Fund. This outpouring of support is a testament to the incredible unity and compassion of the Lakeport community. These funds will play a vital role in aiding the recovery and relief efforts for those affected by the fire’s impact.

A significant highlight of the event was the silent auction, where an array of unique items and experiences were generously donated by local businesses and individuals. The Rotary Club of Lakeport would like to express sincere appreciation to the following donors for their invaluable contributions to the silent auction:

  • Chasewater Wines
  • Lake County Theatre Company
  • Clear Lake High School Culinary Department
  • Herb Lingl
  • Management Connections
  • Anna Sablone
  • Flowers By Jackie
  • Tanner Mansell
  • Fixin’ It Up With Sandra
  • Flawless Skin
  • Lucci Art
  • Back Stage Magazine
  • Brassfield Winery
  • Scully Packing Company
  • Boatique Winery
  • Gail Salituri
  • Ripe Choice Farm and Catering
  • Tom and Ruth Lincoln
  • R Vineyards
  • John Zirelli

Their commitment to supporting the community and their willingness to contribute to the auction played a significant role in the event’s success. Their generosity embodies the spirit of cooperation and empathy that Lakeport stands for.

Wine in the Willows prepared a sumptuous charcuterie board for the benefit’s guests to enjoy in addition to offering beverage sales. In addition to the generous contributions generated by the silent auction, Cinamon Vann, owner of the wine bar and community gathering place, contributed all tips plus 20% of the evening’s sales to the Maui Fire Fund. 

The Rotary Club of Lakeport looks forward to continuing its mission of service and giving back to the community. The success of this fundraising event further emphasizes the positive impact that collective efforts can achieve.

Clear Lake High School Senior Class Trip – 2023

The Rotary Club of Lakeport has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to inclusivity and community support by generously sponsoring the senior trip for Clear Lake High School seniors, ensuring that no one is left behind. Their dedication to providing this opportunity not only reflects their belief in equal access to enriching experiences but also showcases their deep-rooted commitment to the youth of Lakeport. By stepping in to make this trip possible for all students, the Rotary Club has not only created lasting memories but has also imparted a valuable lesson in unity and solidarity. This act of kindness is a shining example of how the Rotary Club of Lakeport continues to be a cornerstone of support and opportunity for the community’s youth, promoting a sense of togetherness and belonging that will resonate with these seniors for years to come.

KPFZ Sponsorship – 2023

The Rotary Club of Lakeport continues to be a pillar of support for the local community by generously sponsoring the public radio station, KPFZ. This partnership reflects the club’s commitment to promoting the arts, education, and community engagement. By extending their sponsorship to KPFZ, they not only help keep this vital source of information and entertainment on the airwaves but also contribute to the cultural richness of Lakeport and its surrounding areas. The Rotary Club’s dedication to fostering a well-informed and connected community through their sponsorship of KPFZ demonstrates their unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of the people they serve. Their support ensures that the community can continue to enjoy the diverse programming and informative content that the station provides.

Westside Community Park Sod Laying – 2023

The Rotary Club of Lakeport exemplifies its dedication to community service through its recent project at Westside Community Park. The club, in a remarkable display of unity and commitment, undertook the task of laying sod at the park, transforming it into a lush and inviting space for everyone to enjoy. This act of service not only beautifies the park but also promotes outdoor recreation and strengthens the sense of community. The Rotary Club’s tireless efforts in enhancing Westside Community Park not only enrich the lives of the local residents but also showcase their enduring commitment to making Lakeport a better place for all. Their dedication to fostering a green, vibrant, and inclusive environment is truly commendable, and it sets a shining example for others to follow.

Shakespeare At The Lake Sponsor – 2023

The Rotary Club of Lakeport once again demonstrates its steadfast commitment to enriching the cultural life of the community by sponsoring “Shakespeare at the Lake,” a captivating and free event that brings the timeless works of the Bard to the shores of Lakeport. This sponsorship not only enables the event’s organizers to offer high-quality performances to the community but also ensures that everyone, regardless of their means, can experience the magic of live Shakespearean theater. The Rotary Club’s unwavering support for this cultural endeavor underscores their dedication to making the arts accessible to all and fostering a sense of togetherness within Lakeport. “Shakespeare at the Lake” is a testament to the club’s belief in the transformative power of the arts to inspire, entertain, and unite the community in a celebration of literature and culture.

Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt 1923 to Present

The Rotary Club of Lakeport’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, a beloved tradition that first began in 1923, is a testament to the enduring spirit of community and celebration in Lakeport. For nearly a century, this cherished event has brought joy and excitement to generations of families, as children eagerly scour the grounds in search of colorful Easter eggs. It represents a beautiful connection between Lakeport’s past and its present, a time-honored tradition that continues to bring smiles to the faces of young and old alike. The Rotary Club’s steadfast commitment to organizing this event year after year not only fosters a sense of togetherness but also reflects their dedication to creating lasting memories for the community. It is a true testament to the Rotary Club’s enduring legacy of service and community enrichment.

Christmas For Victim Witness Program 2021 – Present

The Rotary Club of Lakeport extends its warm-hearted generosity to the children in the Victim Witness Program during the holiday season, bringing the spirit of Christmas to those who may need it most. Their thoughtful act of providing Christmas presents to these children not only brightens their holiday but also reminds them that they are cared for and valued by their community. This act of kindness exemplifies the Rotary Club’s commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those facing challenging circumstances. By ensuring that these children have a memorable and joyful Christmas, the Rotary Club of Lakeport continues to be a beacon of compassion and support in the community, demonstrating the true meaning of the holiday spirit.

Hospice Community Garden – 2019

The Rotary Club of Lakeport has once again showcased their commitment to community betterment through their installation of a community garden at Hospice Services of Lake County. This remarkable initiative not only adds natural beauty to the hospice facility but also creates a tranquil and therapeutic environment for patients, families, and staff alike. The garden serves as a space for reflection and solace, fostering healing and comfort during challenging times. The Rotary Club’s dedication to enhancing the quality of life in Lakeport is evident in their thoughtful actions, as this garden project embodies their belief in nurturing both physical and emotional well-being. It is a shining example of how the Rotary Club continues to sow the seeds of positive change in the community they serve.

Christmas Boxes – 2019

The Rotary Club of Lakeport spreads holiday cheer and embodies the spirit of giving by distributing Christmas boxes filled with essential food items to those in need. Their selfless act of providing these boxes not only ensures that families in the community have a hearty meal during the festive season but also demonstrates the true meaning of Christmas – coming together to support one another. The Rotary Club’s commitment to alleviating hunger and brightening the holidays for less fortunate individuals underscores their dedication to making Lakeport a caring and compassionate community. Their Christmas food box initiative is a heartwarming reminder that, during the holiday season, kindness and generosity can truly make a world of difference in the lives of those facing adversity.

Community Benches

The Rotary Club of Lakeport has once again enhanced the quality of community life by providing welcoming benches at Westside Community Park. These benches, a symbol of unity and shared space, offer a place for residents and visitors alike to rest, reflect, and enjoy the natural beauty of the park. The Rotary Club’s dedication to creating comfortable and inviting spaces in the heart of Lakeport highlights their commitment to promoting social interaction, relaxation, and well-being for everyone. These benches will undoubtedly serve as a lasting testament to the Rotary Club’s ongoing efforts to make Lakeport a more vibrant and connected community, one bench at a time.

Tree Planting After Valley Fire – 2017

In the wake of the devastating Valley Fire of 2017, the Rotary Club of Lakeport emerged as a beacon of hope and resilience by spearheading a tree-planting initiative. Their dedicated efforts to replant trees not only symbolize nature’s ability to regenerate but also represent a powerful act of community healing and restoration. The Rotary Club’s commitment to this endeavor serves as a testament to their unwavering support for the local environment and their resilience in the face of adversity. These trees, now taking root in the scorched landscape, stand as a living testament to the strength and unity of Lake County, a reminder that from destruction, new growth and hope can emerge.


The Three Horses – 2017

The original idea of installing sculptures came when my wife and I (Bruce Maxwell) stopped at the Valle Travel Stop and Chevron in the crossroads community of Valle, AZ. I brought the idea to the Lakeport Rotary Club during my year as President (2017-2018). They immediately embraced the concept and the rest is history.

The welding to reinforce the sculpture was done by Chuck Hayden who works for Joe Szupello at AAMCO Transmission, Lakeport.

Credit for selecting the horses theme should be given to Julie Kelley of City Fitness.

The sculptures were purchased through Lou Ann Bauer of Bauer Interior Design, Kelseyville. I was unable to find a reference to the actual artist or company where they were purchased but they did come from El Paso, TX and were made by an artist in Mexico.

The wildflower seed mix was purchased from LeBallister’s Seeds in Santa Rosa. It will take two years for all the seeds to sprout. So this year the main flowers you see this year are the California Poppies.

The project was funded in part with a $2,750 grant from the Rotary District 5130.


Soper Reese Community Theatre Renovation – 2016

The Rotary Club of Lakeport has once again demonstrated its dedication to the cultural vibrancy of Lakeport by undertaking vital renovations and repairs at the Soper Reese Community Theater. Their commitment to this iconic community venue not only preserves its historical significance but also ensures that it continues to serve as a hub for artistic expression and community gatherings. The Rotary Club’s involvement underscores their belief in the transformative power of the arts and their unwavering support for the local arts scene. These renovations and repairs will undoubtedly enhance the theater’s functionality and aesthetic appeal, creating an even more welcoming space for the community to come together and enjoy the rich tapestry of performances that the Soper Reese Community Theater has to offer.


In the heartwarming spirit of international goodwill and community service, the Rotary Club of Lakeport embarked on a meaningful journey to Ensenada, Mexico in 2016. Their mission? To provide much-needed shelter to an orphanage in need. With compassion and determination, the dedicated members of the club worked tirelessly to put two sturdy roofs on a dormitory at the orphanage. This selfless act not only protected the children residing there from the elements but also showcased the power of individuals coming together to make a tangible difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The Rotary Club of Lakeport’s journey to Ensenada in 2016 was a testament to the organization’s commitment to service and a shining example of how communities can come together to create positive change on a global scale.

Hospice Memory Garden – 2014

The Rotary Club of Lakeport has showcased its profound commitment to compassion and support by creating a Memory Garden at Hospice Services of Lake County. This beautiful and contemplative space serves as a place of solace and remembrance, providing comfort to families and patients during challenging times. The Memory Garden, with its serene atmosphere and carefully tended flora, becomes a symbol of the enduring love and cherished memories that Hospice Services aim to honor. The Rotary Club’s dedication to establishing this meaningful garden is a testament to their belief in fostering a sense of peace and reflection within the community, particularly in moments of profound loss and grief. It stands as a touching reminder of their commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Lakeport, one garden at a time.

Westside Park Community Projects

The Rotary Club of Lakeport has been a pivotal part of the Westside Community Park in Lakeport. From their website:

ROTARY FIELDS I & II: This area is two plus acres of natural turf sports fields used primarily for youth and adult soccer. Also included are one-half acre of paved parking, a picnic area with two tables, the beginning of the Forbes Creek Trail with two exercise stations and a permanently installed porta-potty.

The Rotary Club purchased the irrigation supplies and the monument sign that identifies the fields. Fundraising purchased the trees and developed the picnic area. Sutter Lakeside Hospital purchased the exercise equipment which was installed by the Kiwanis Club of Lakeport. All of the fundraising, construction management and volunteers were lead and supervised by WCP. There were so many donations of time, materials, equipment and labor in those early days that we do not have a total project cost.

Pictured Here: In 2007, the Rotary Bicycle Pump Track was constructed by the Rotary Club of Lakeport.

The Rotary Club of Lakeport gives back to our community with community service projects!

Pearl Harbor Memorial Mast – 2002 to Present

The Rotary Club of Lakeport has undertaken a deeply honorable endeavor by installing the Pearl Harbor Mast, a poignant memorial to honor and remember all those who perished at Pearl Harbor. This tangible piece of history, an actual mast from a ship, stands as a solemn tribute to the brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during that fateful day in history. The Rotary Club’s meticulous maintenance of the mast to Navy standards is a testament to their unwavering commitment to preserving the memory of these heroes. This memorial serves as a powerful reminder of the courage, valor, and resilience displayed at Pearl Harbor, while also highlighting the Rotary Club of Lakeport’s dedication to fostering a sense of patriotism and remembrance within the community. It stands as a lasting symbol of gratitude and respect for those who gave their lives in service to our nation.