Yearly Archives: 2014

A New Look in Old Towne!

OPR New (250x125)Orange Sunrise Rotary is pleased to announce its new name, effective July 1, 2014.  The Rotary Club of Orange Plaza will continue the tradition of service and leadership in Old Towne Orange.

Formed in 1985, Orange Sunrise Rotary met at breakfast for its first 20 years. But one day, club leaders looked around and saw that the club had many young members who were raising small children. Five babies were born into the “family of Rotary” in five years. For these young members, it was tough to get up and get their children ready for school and then get to a breakfast Rotary meeting. Now members come to the weekly meeting right after work, have some refreshments, visit with friends and hear an interesting program. At 6:30, the meeting adjourns and members head home for dinner with their families.

The Rotary Club of Orange Plaza is the organizer and sponsor of the Annual Orange Plaza Car Show, which celebrated its 20th anniversary year in April 2014.  Orange Plaza Rotary Membership Chair Howard Glasser points out, “Our new name reflects our long history in Old Towne and our commitment of service to the city of Orange and its residents.  But it also highlights a service club that changes with the times to meet the needs of its members and the people it serves.”

The club is now accepting new members in the fields of business, education and/or community leadership.  Guests are welcome to visit the club on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Street Center, 146 N. Grand Street, Old Towne Orange.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries.  For more information about the Rotary Club of Orange Plaza visit

Edenvale Update

Amy Bippus reports from Edenvale South Africa on the multi-club District Grant project to renovate restrooms and provide supplies to a local school:

Hi all! I wanted to give you a short update on the Busy Bee project. I’ll have more when I get back.

It was a resounding success! We had a great time going to the Edenvale Rotary Club meeting on Monday evening, then many of them joined us out at the Busy Bee School the next day. The school put together a nice presentation (I’ll have a video when I get back), we toured the newly renovated facilities, and then we handed out the kits – they were a VERY big hit – especially the Bic pens, the smiley face pencil bag, and the scented markers. I also bought 10 soccer balls for them, so they we excited. Here are some pictures in the meantime.

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4th Wednesday Rotary Network Night

Once a month, Orange Sunrise Rotary meets at a local restaurant for friendship and good food.

On February 26th, we enjoyed fellowship with our visitor, Stephen Wik, from the Cranbrook Lunch Rotary Club (Canada). Join us for a meeting sometime! We meet on Wednesdays at 5:30PM at the Grand Street Center. Garrett Wilkinson, Shane Cowan, Joe Colombo,Amy Bippus, Teri Snyder, Chris Hale, Howard Glasser,Ellen Finegold Glasser, Tracey L. Curtis, Jason Curtis— at Darya.


Newest Member Becomes Paul Harris Fellow

Orange Sunrise Rotary Garrett Wilkinson received his initial Paul Harris Fellow pin from Club President Amy Bippus at the club meeting on February 6th. Garrett was also presented with the certificate of award from The Rotary Foundation, recognizing the donation of $1,000 in his name.

The pandas projected onto his jacket during the ceremony reflect the international nature of Rotary International.


Edenvale School Project Underway

El Modena Interact President Annie Balius brought her club on February 1st to join Orange Sunrise Rotary, Huntington Beach Rotary and the Rotary e-Club of the West in packing school supplies for the Edenvale School in South Africa. The school supplies will be hand-carried by Orange Sunrise Rotary President Amy Bippus when she visits the school to view renovations there.

The renovations of the school’s bathrooms are funded by a Rotary 5320 District Grant. Five clubs contributed to the project.