Sunday, January 31, 2016

Amador Upcountry Rotary providing dictionaries to schools

This is the sixteenth year that the Rotary Club of Amador Upcountry have presented dictionaries to third graders at Pioneer, Pine Grove and Christian Elementary schools.  Rotary Clubs throughout Amador Country provide over 400 fully illustrated Macmillan dictionaries per year.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Rotary clubs of Amador County launch Marketing Awareness Campaign

Amador County—The four Rotary Clubs of Amador County are launching an awareness campaign, focusing on how they make a difference in our community. The clubs include Amador Upcountry, Ione, Jackson and the Plymouth-Foothill areas. The key messages of this campaign will build on Rotary values, and connecting through friendship and action.  Amador County Rotary Clubs offer fun and vibrant environments that provide members the opportunity to contribute both their professional and life skills to the betterment of the community in which they live.  

The campaign will include print advertising, radio and TV spots, interviews, news articles, and social media, each with an emphasis on the importance Rotary places on serving our local community. Rotarians’ volunteer work projects will be highlighted, and will provide examples of sustainable contributions, to the Amador County way of life.

Each club meets weekly and invites anyone interested to attend and explore the world of Rotary. For more information, on meeting locations and time, visit the Rotary Clubs of Amador County at  Links to each individual club with additional information are available on the site. For more information on Rotary International, logon to

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp holds fundraiser for Amador Stars

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp held a fundraiser to raise funds for a local non-profit agency called Amador Stars. Amador Stars which stands for Support, Transportation, and Resource Services is a vital part of the support system for cancer patients in Amador County. They have numerous volunteers that donate countless hours to this organization making it possible for them to provide assistance to many cancer patients throughout Amador County. Chemotherapy patients are able to get advice on where to buy wigs, and how to take care of them. STARS offers free wigs to those in need as well as scarves and head wraps.
STARS also oversees providing free transportation to cancer patients that need rides to their chemotherapy and radiation treatments. They transport patients to Sacramento, Stockton, Lodi and throughout Amador County to attend these appointments.  All money raised by STARS stays in Amador County for local cancer needs, except for a small portion that is donated to cancer research. Youth Correctional Counselor Deborah Brady and three fire Fighters delivered a check for $1000.00 to this organization. They were very grateful for our donation, and expressed sincere appreciation for our thoughtfulness. Dick Robinson a STARS Board Member and Liz Powers Office Manager graciously accepted our donation.  Pine Grove Camp has also provided community service to STARS by cleaning the local fairgrounds after the big walk to fight cancer each year, one of their major fundraising events. Unfortunately, this year the Camp-Out for Cancer had to be cancelled due to the local Butte Fire. This was a major loss for their organization, so getting donations this year was even more important.
Editorial and Pictures by YCC Deborah Brady

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

PGYCC's New Year’s Eve Bingo Bash

On Dec. 31st  Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp Held our annual Brady’s Bingo Bash. The Bash is held to show appreciation for all of the hard work the guys put in throughout the fire season. They work long hours in extreme conditions at times to help save people’s land and homes.
The evening started out with some great food. We served curly fries, chicken strips, chicken wings, mini burritos, egg rolls and nachos. The guys enjoyed the food immensely and were ready to play bingo. YCC Brady called out numbers for three hours of non-stop bingo action. YCC Nguyen was giving out the countless prizes as YCO Ali was busy taking pictures of everybody throughout the night in the Photo Booth with props to take pictures. Everybody had a great time, especially the winners of course!

Mike Roots
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
PO Box 1040       
13630 Aqueduct-Volcano Rd.
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Division of Juvenile Justice
(209) 296-7581
fax: (209) 296-5241

Monday, January 18, 2016

Rotary Club of Jackson "Trivia Challenge" - Sat Mar 12

ROTARY CLUB OF JACKSON PRESENTS 2016 TRIVIA CHALLENGE – Saturday, March 12. Form a team, test your brain power, compete for cash prizes up to $500, and have fun!
Trivia Challenge is at Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street, Sutter Creek. Check-in 2–3pm, Challenge 3–5 pm. Entry fee: $100 per team (4 people max, ages 18 and up). Spectators: $10 each (supervised children OK). Finger food provided. Cash bar for adults.
Proceeds will help send more kids to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards),
Rotary’s multi-day leadership experience for high school juniors.
Space is limited. Register now! For more information, a registration form, and complete rules: visit or email or phone 209-217-8126.

12th Annual Bunco for Breast Cancer: "The Wonderful World of Imagination" - Fri April 1

Mark your calendars for April 1, 2016! Our theme is "The Wonderful World of Imagination". Help us create a magical room full of beloved characters from cartoons and fairy tales. Use your imagination..let it take you away!
For more information, please contact Amador STARS at 267-1246.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp: A Christmas to Remember

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp Fire Fighters and staff united together this year to make the holidays more special for three wonderful families. Together we raised $2800.00 to make the holidays much brighter for these families.
On 12/23/15 and 12/24/15 YCC Deborah Brady, along with four Pine Grove Fire Fighters, visited the homes of these three very deserving families to deliver gifts, food and clothing to them. All of the children were very delighted to see the beautifully wrapped packages coming to their door.
The parents were very grateful and moved to tears by the generosity of the camp. It was a very rewarding experience for all of us. The guys that delivered the packages said that it felt really good to them to see that the money they donated make the families so happy. One of them commented that it felt really good to give back to others, because he knows how it feels to go without things you need.
Photos and editorial by YCC Brady

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Spirit Of Christmas at PGYCC Brings Christmas Tree Bliss and the Hope Of Snow

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp (PGYCC) has a long standing tradition of annually searching for and picking out just the right Christmas Trees to cut and deliver to CDCR staff and youth.  PGYCC is honored to share such a wonderful tradition with the finest members of CDCR-Division of Adult Institutions and Camps and CDCR-Division of Juvenile Justice.
In celebration of the successful Christmas Tree quest, PGYCC held its timeless Christmas Dorm Decorating Contest.  This year, each of four Fire crews received a similar amount of Christmas decorations and instantly came up with creative themes.  For ten days, each fire crew was allowed to create a wonderland of inspiration derived from cherished childhood memories.  The top winner went to “It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas” with a close second place to “It’s a Dr. Seuss Christmas”.  Each crew worked diligently on their displays to be judged by staff.  After judging was complete, all guys received ice cream cones provided by the Educational Team. As the magic of Christmas abound on the dorm, so did the talk of snow in the chilly night air.  A White Christmas on Christmas Eve was shared by all at “The Grove”.

Pictures and editorial by YCC Perrin