Camarillo Grove Park is getting some help from the Camarillo Rotary Club following the devastation caused by last year’s Hill Fire.

A Rotary Grove is being dedicated as a perpetual activity where the club will plant trees, allowing donors to honor and remember loved ones while helping with fire recovery.

Club members got the idea for a Rotary Grove when volunteers were called into action sandbagging trails and sites threatened by flooding after the fire. “Everyone tries to figure out what they can do to make a sustainable difference after a disaster. While sandbagging was important as an effort to save those trails, a Rotary Grove of trees will be a more long lasting benefit that we can enjoy and feel good about,” says Jay Berger, this year’s Rotary membership chair.
Last year, Rotary International began a worldwide campaign aimed at protecting the environment and curbing climate change, Berger explained. The President of Rotary International challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members, noting “trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.”

The community is invited to participate in the Rotary Grove dedication ceremony which also celebrates Earth Day. The event will start at noon, Wednesday, April 24 in the picnic area of Camarillo Grove Park north of Highway 101 near the Camarillo Springs exit. Lunch is $15. Please RSVP by calling Jay Berger at 805-485-2865.

Camarillo Grove Park is managed by the Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District. Rotary is a worldwide volunteer organization with more than 1.2 million members in 200 countries. Rotarians provide humanitarian services and build goodwill and peace in communities around the world. Camarillo Rotary meets every Wednesday at noon. For more information, see