Pageant of the Arts

Pageant of the Arts is a Rotary Scholarship program in the Arts. It is for all high school students in the Los Angeles area and there are 4 categories: Music, Art, Dance and Speech. Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club working with Westchester Rotary Club sponsors a competition in early spring held at LA Arts Collective in Westchester. Winners are selected in each category to attend a meeting to perform for the membership and receive a small scholarship from the Rotary Club. The winners are then invited to compete in a much larger Rotary District Competition held at Loyola Marymount University where additional scholarships are awarded to the top 3 students in each category.

Vision To Learn

Rotary District 5280 has partnered with Vision To Learn since the fall of 2013. Rotary is a highly valued partner for Vision To Learn. To date, over 208,000 children have had their vision screened, over 25,000 children have been provided free eye exams and over 20,500 children have been provided free prescription eyeglasses as a direct result of Rotary’s involvement! Rotarians do the initial vision screenings at schools and events to determine which children will be referred on for a basic eye exam and if needed, glasses.  Then when the glasses are ready – Rotarians help to dispense the glasses . . . as one child said, ‘everything is not fuzzy anymore!’  Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary has been involved since the first Rotary and Vision To Learn project . . . anything that will help a child succeed in school and life is what the club and members have focused much of their energy on.  Working with Vision To Learn you really feel you have accomplished something impactful.


Teacher Mini-Grants is the largest and most successful program of the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club. The program is over 20 years old and in a joint effort with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, approximately 75 Mini-Grants are awarded each year to local area classroom teachers totalling $15,000 to $20,000. The Grants ranging from $75 to $400 are awarded to deserving educators to fund their creative and innovative projects in the classrooms. The principals of the winning schools are invited to an awards event held annually to receive the grant checks for their respective schools. Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club is very proud of having distributed more than $300,000 to local schools over the years. learn more

Career Day

The club sponsors a Rotary Career Day annually for high school students from the local area. These students have the opportunity to hear from a panel group of professional Rotarians from various occupations and careers. There is plenty of opportunity for the students to ask questions and discuss their interests as well as college and career goals with the Rotarians. Lunch is provided for all in attendance and it is a great day of fellowship and synergy between the Rotarians and students.
  • Teacher Eddy Awards

  • Speaker Books for Schools