The Rotary Club of Venice-Marina, a community service organization in its 66th year of service to the local community, is the recipient of a $25,000 bequest from the estate of longtime club member Adiba Shaby, who passed away in 2006.

Tom Ryan, director of administration for the Rotary Club, called Shaby a “real Rotarian” who had a project each year that gave scholarships to needy students in the Venice and Marina del Rey communities.

“She organized a fundraising dinner every year. It was a big thing to her. She smiled as she made sure her fellow Rotarians bought tickets and supported her efforts,” Ryan noted.

The Adiba Shaby grants will be directed to local schools and youth organizations, with up to ten grants anticipated to be awarded in the coming year, according to the Rotary.

“Adiba wanted her money to be spent quickly,” said club president Don Culton, who announced the grants at the club’s July 17th meeting. “She was a practical lady and Rotarian and a very special person.”

The Venice-Marina service organization emphasizes support of schools and sponsors several events that encourage student excellence at Venice High School. The club looks for college graduates to sponsor for Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships, which help send hundreds of students overseas to study each year, Culton said.

The Venice-Marina club also works with Rotary clubs in other countries that provide assistance for primary and secondary education.