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West Calaveras Rotary Club President Mark Bettcher presents a $1,020 check to Liz Weaver of the Sheng Chi Foundation. West Calaveras Rotary Club President Mark Bettcher presents a $1,020 check to Liz Weaver of the Sheng Chi Foundation.

Rotary Club Helps Community's Youth

Tickets available for annual fundraiser - "Savour the Flavour"

The Rotary Club of West Calaveras is teaming up with Sheng Chi Training Center and the Sheng Chi Foundation to help an at-risk youngster in the community.

The club through its yearly Savour the Flavour wine tasting and live auction event raises money to support a variety of projects such as West Calaveras youth organizations, the Crisis Center, county library, Christmas Food Basket Program, Calaveras High School Interact Club and Fred Katz Scholarship Fund. The club recently donated $1,020 to the Sheng Chi Foundation to provide a one-year scholarship for a youngster to attend the training center and study martial arts.

The Sheng Chi Foundation is a California non-profit public benefit corporation based in Valley Springs, which was founded by Phil and Liz Weaver to help bring the benefits of martial arts training to those who need it most. This includes at-risk youth, veterans, and other individuals in need of physical and mental development. Information on the Sheng Chi Foundation can be found at and donations can be sent to 139 Main St., Valley Springs.

Liz Weaver said the scholarship would go to a young man who could not afford to attend the program otherwise. The at-risk youth has low self-esteem, was in foster care and has now been adopted. Martial arts training will be very beneficial to him since he has special awareness problems and it will help his coordination and cross-lateral motion.

The Rotary Club’s Savour the Flavour event is approaching. It is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, in Jenny Lind.

The fundraising event will feature a wide selection of area wines and olive oils, along with food including salmon on a plank. It is from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at Bear Flag Vineyard, 11488 Milton Road.

The cost of the event is $35 per person and tickets are available through Judy Allen at 772-2266.