Rotary’s Satellite STARS Launches Service Projects

Members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and its satellite branch STARS discuss service projects Wednesday from left, Rotary Past President Jim Nesmith, STARS members Melissa Metcalf, Christi Windle, James Chrobocinski and Laura Loy, and Rotary President Troy Hughes and Service Director Skip King. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos attended a meeting of its satellite branch STARS Wednesday to discuss a variety of service projects coming up in the next few weeks and months. The group met in a conference room at Zia Realty Group.

Service projects include a fundraiser at Bandelier, formation of a Natural Helpers group at Los alamos Middle School, youth activities with the Nature Center and Teen Center, Interact at Los Alamos High School and much more.

The idea of STARS was born in 2012 by a few local individuals who believed in the principles of Rotary, but due to busy schedules, couldn’t regularly make it to noontime meetings. Out of their need for more flexibility grew the idea of STARS – that anyone should be able to provide Service To All through a Rotary Satellite Club.  Thus STARS was created as a satellite branch of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Anyone unsure of how much time they can commit or where they might fit in with Rotary is invited to check out STARS. This is the club for anyone and everyone and members can get involved at any level.

STARS is all about working together to do good in the name of Rotary, while meeting great people and just plain having fun. Community members with ideas for service to the local community, across the country or around the world are invited to share their ideas with STARS to help bring them to fruition.

STARS meets every first and third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Zia Realty Group at 15th and Central Avenue. Visit STARS’ facebook page for more information and a calendar of meetings and events, or email for more information.