Rotary International President Ian Riseley and area Rotary Club leaders will join Santa Rosa Junior College Superintendent/President Frank Chong and other members of the SRJC community in a tree-planting ceremony and check presentation. Rotary Clubs of Santa Rosa are donating $10,000 to the SRJC Fire Relief Fund to help students, faculty and staff who have lost their homes recover.

The event is part of the local Rotary Clubs’ fire relief effort to honor and support students, faculty and staff seriously impacted by the October North Bay fires.

The planting ceremony will include a Valley Oak sapling, dubbed the Rotary Phoenix Tree. The sapling came from, and will be in the same location as, an oak that was felled during a storm in 2014. The planting will be a symbolic celebration of renewal and hope, as well as a celebratory acknowledgment of the 100th anniversary celebration of the college, which will take place throughout 2018. The event is sponsored by Rotary International and the Rotary Clubs of Santa Rosa.