Francisco Fernandez, who has been a Wilshire Rotary Club member for four years and served as vocational chair for two years, was recently elected president,
“I am honored to continue Wilshire Rotary’s long history of community involvement,” said Fernandez, a real estate investor.
As vocational chair, the Rotarian organized a dictionary distribution program in which more than 750 books were hand-delivered to students at area schools. He also organized speech, music and art competition programs. “Rotary provides art, dance and speech contest opportunities to area high school students. First place contestants can win up to a $1.000 scholarship.”
He attended the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal in June, with 25,000 Rotarians representing clubs from 225 nations. “I was able to see the power of Rotary on the world stage,” he said. “It is the largest service organization in the world dedicated primarily to one goal: to help make the world a better place.”
At the local level, Wilshire Rotary is involved in a broad cross-section of service projects “We help out at food kitchens and Meals on Wheels, and we have been a proud supporter of a number of projects that benefit Homeboy Bakery,” he said.
“We also participate in the Larchmont Fair and Taste of Larchmont, and host a pumpkin patch and Christmas tree lot on Larchmont Blvd.,” said Fernandez. “We’re very appreciative of our neighborhood’s strong support of these sales which are critical to helping to support our service activities throughout the year,” he added.
Fernandez and his wife, Mercedes, a physician, reside in the Cahuenga Pass. Their daughter Pilar is a sophomore at Occidental College; Paloma will be a senior at Immaculate Heart High School in the fall.
International Rotary projects include an ongoing fight to eradicate polio, as well as efforts to supply wheelchairs, eyeglasses, medical services and supplies, potable water systems and sanitation to those in need throughout the world.
Fernandez says he’s grateful as president to continue to contribute to Rotary’s goal, and he invites community members to consider joining the Club, which meets every Wednesday at noon at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles.