International Service Chair Jack Sappington and past President Rae Shirer headed to Mexico on October 23rd to visit the Rotary Club of San Felipe, Baja California (Mexico). Orange Sunrise Rotary hopes to establish an ongoing relationship with the San Felipe club for service projects benefiting the people of Mexico. San Felipe President Terry Smith introduced the Orange visitors to the club of more than 20 members. Following the regular Monday breakfast meeting, Jack and Rae met with Terry, his wife (and Rotarian) Theresa, and service project chair Jack. More good things to come!
Orange Sunrise Rotary recently received a “thank you” letter from Door of Faith Orphanage in Mexico for its sponsorship of ten children in their care. The club donated funds to cover the expense of new shoes, school uniforms and school supplies.
Six quilts and baby throws were assembled by members of Orange Sunrise Rotary on October 12th to benefit the children served by Rotaplast. Rotaplast International is a non-profit humanitarian organization providing free reconstructive operations and treatment for children in need worldwide. Every year, hundreds of children receive surgeries to correct cleft lips and palates through the Rotaplast program.
The quilts created by Orange Sunrise members will be given to children receiving the surgeries. Orange Sunrise is collecting baby quilts for this project as well. If you would like to donate a baby blanket or quilt, please visit our regular meeting on Wednesday at the Grand Street Center or drop by the Thursday Nite Cruise at Fatburger.
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Orange Sunrise Rotarians headed to Tecate, Mexico on October 1st for the club’s 4th annual build day with Corazon. Each year, club members spend a day building a house or room addition for a worthy family in Mexico. Previous trips have been to the Cumbres village area outside of Tijuana. This was the first excursion to the “wine country” of Tecate.
Corazon is a non-profit organization that works with communities in Mexico. Families receiving homes must earn them by volunteering hours of service on other projects. The families must also secure the land for building the home.
Projects are funded by donations to Corazon. The project Orange Sunrise joined this year was underwritten by Traylor Brothers Construction.
The five members of the Felix Salazar family (including his wife, mother-in-law and two children) assisted with construction during the build day. The family also served a tasty lunch of stewed chicken, rice and beans to the volunteers.
We look forward to this opportunity for hands-on international service every year. Join us next October!
Orange Sunrise members joined the Rotary Club of Fountain Valley to help host the annual picnic for clients of Elwyn California. Elwyn provides vocational training and job placement for the disabled.
The picnic was held under drizzly skies at Lake Park in Huntington Beach. Fortunately, the clubs brought “EZ-up” tents and warm smiles.
Elwyn’s clients were treated to a hot dog lunch with all the trimmings and played several enthusiastic rounds of Bingo! Winners received key rings, water bottles and sunglasses.
Orange Sunrise volunteers included Rotary Youth Exchange Student Julia Molto Gomez and her host “sister” Amie Clay. Both are enrolled as seniors at Orange High School.
Orange Sunrise began a new, ongoing project collecting manufacturers’ coupons for military families around the world. Club members collected coupons from the mail, Sunday newspapers, neighbors and friends. At our September 21st meeting, we had a great time clipping and sorting while also laughing and sharing fellowship.
We encourage other Rotary clubs and organizations to join the coupon club! Manufacturers’ (“in store” and no restaurant coupons) can be used in commissaries and PX locations for six months after expiration! For more information, about how this works, visit this link.
Rotary District Governor Greg Owen (D5320) and his wife Val were special guests of Orange Sunrise Rotary on September 14th.
Greg and Val attend the monthly club board meeting, where the club budget was finalized for the 2011-12 year of service. Avenue of Service chairs then shared the club’s plans for community, international, and youth service as well as plans to support The Rotary Foundation.
The regular club meeting immediately followed with all members and guest Julia Molto, Rotary Youth Exchange.
Governor Greg provided the club with an update of the District’s efforts to increase awareness of Rotary through a public relations campaign. Greg’s business, Ability Tri-Modal, will cover 11 tractor-trailers with Rotary messages. The trucks will travel throughout California, Arizona and Nevada, carrying Rotary’s message for the next several years.
The Governor thanked the club for its service and noted the Orange Sunrise is model for successful fundraising in support of The Rotary Foundation. Orange Sunrise hopes to see Governor Greg and Val again soon at the Thursday Nite Cruise!
Past District Governor Herb Trumpoldt (RC Yorba Linda Sunrise) visited Orange Sunrise Rotary on September 7th to share his experience as part of a Rotary National Immunization Day in India this past winter.
With dozens of photos he took during the trip, Herb illustrated the unsanitary conditions of India’s poor, which contributes to the spread of the disease in that country. He also highlighted the cooperation of dedicated local community leaders, government, United States health organizations and Rotary to distribute thousands of doses of polio vaccine to India’s children.
Polio, practically unknown in the United States since the introduction of a vaccine in the 1950’s, is still endemic in four countries of the world: Pakistan, Afghanistain, India and Nigeria.
Rotary International has been committed to the eradication of this life threatening, crippling disease since 1985.
Orange Sunrise Rotary purchased and filled 38 back packs of school supplies for worthy students at Esplanade Elementary School in Orange. Club members filled the packs at a regular meeting on August 10th. The filled back packs were delivered to the school on September 1st.
Below, three young brothers receive back packs from project chair Jack Sappington (left) and President Howard Glasser:
Rotarian Chris Hale and her husband Rick opened their home on August 28th for a family swim party. Orange Sunrise members brought their children and partners to bask in the sun and enjoy a tostada bar and delicious desserts.
The party welcomed Rotary Youth Exchange Student Julia Molto from Spain. Julia will be staying in the home of Rotarian Leslie Clay and attending Orange High School with Leslie’s daughter Ami.