Yearly Archives: 2009

Orange Sunrise Completes Year in Service

Orange Sunrise Rotary completed a successful year of service with one final project – delivery of holiday food baskets to four local families.  Each quarter of the year, the club selects struggling families in the El Modena area of Orange to receive groceries and pantry supplies.  Club members shop for the food, other members sort it into boxes for each family, and a third team makes the afternoon delivery.

Sue Hayes sorts food for delivery

The families also received small, potted pine trees decorated for the holiday season.

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Orange Sunrise Celebrates with Family and Friends

Orange Sunrise Rotary celebrated the holiday season with two parties gathering family and friends.

Family of Rotary

On Saturday,December 12th, members and their families dined at the Tartan Room in Orange and exchanged small gifts including a Christmas kitten jigsaw puzzle, a set of flashlights for every occasion and a singing, dancing, reindeer

The Tartan Room reserved a private room, which was beautifully decorated for the season.

Rotarians and their families enjoyed prime rib, steak and crab, chicken or salmon, as well as delicious coconut cake.

At our regular meeting on Wednesday, December 16th, we welcomed members of Orange North Rotary and the El Modena Interact Club for our holiday open house.  Orange Sunrise members provided a potluck buffet of hot entrees’, appetizers and desserts.  Holiday music was provided by the Orange High School Chamber Singers and a great time was had by all!

Holiday Open HOuse

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El Modena Interact Joins Literacy Project

Members of the Interact Club of El Modena High School in Orange joined Orange Sunrise Rotary to prepare new childrens books for donation to the El Modena Community Center.

Interact and Rotary literacy project

At the December 9th meeting, Interact board members described their club’s plans for service projects during the 2009-10 school year.  The club is very active, with 55 members.  Projects include serving meals during a holiday dinner at the Orange Senior Center, book drives and food collection for the local food banks.

The two clubs pasted “Reading by 9″ stickers in the front of more than 500 books, identifying them as donations of Orange Sunrise Rotary.  The books were then delivered to the El Modena Community Center library for use in their early reader program.

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Orange Sunrise Partners with Corazon for the Holidays

Corazon volunteer Cindy Stephen attended our November 18th meeting to collect dozens of bags of goodies headed to Mexico and holiday parties to be thrown by Corazon in several small villages.

Rotarians donated toys for 6 year old boys and teenage boys, as well as gifts for men and women. The kids will receive smaller items since their houses are so small and they have no storage. Women really appreciate comfort items such as blankets, gloves or scarves to keep warm. They also like household items such as dish towels or cooking utensils. Men will be receiving inexpensive tool sets at Big Lots and other useful items.

Orange Sunrise partners with Corazon’ each year to build homes in the Tijuana area.  For more about Corazon, visit

Corazon Holiday Drive 2009

Rotarians join Corazon volunteer Cindy Stephen, to provide gifts for impoverished villages in Mexico. Pictured from left: Rotarian Sue Hayes, Cindy Stephen, Samantha Marikian, Rotarians Tim Hufler and Kevin Hogan.

Rotarians Honored for Foundation Giving

Curtis PHFTwo new Paul Harris Fellows, Tracey and Jason Curtis, were recognized for their contributions to Orange Sunrise Rotary and to The Rotary Foundation at a special dinner held November 4, 2009.  The event was attended by Assistant Governor Ken Caplin (Rotary Club of Orange North) and District 5320 Governor Bret Gerdes, who pinned each new Fellow with the special PHF insignia.

President Rae Shirer (left) and sponsor Joe Colombo present Paul Harris Fellow recognition to Jason and Tracey Curtis as District Governor Bret Gerdes (center) looks on.

Tracey was honored for raising more than $440 for the campaign to End Polio Now by selling tickets and hats to the Angels baseball fundraising event held in August.  Jason is one of the masterminds behind the Orange Sunrise “Thursday Nite Cruise” at the Village of Orange, which has raised $5,000 for The Rotary Foundation since July of 2009.

Certificates of Recognition from the Rotary Foundation Trustees were presented by Orange Sunrise member Joe Colombo, their membership sponsor, himself a Paul Harris Fellow.  Joe was recognized as a “plus 1″ Fellow and presented with a new pin in honor of his fundraising efforts for the Foundation.

Members Teri Snyder (Paul Harris “plus 2″), Rae Shirer (+2) and Dolores Marikian (+1) were also presented with new pins for the contributions.

Each level of recognition represents $1000 donated to the Rotary Foundation in the name of the honoree.

Club Foundation Dinner
Teri Snyder received her Paul Harris “plus 3″ recognition from Governor Bret Gerdes.

Orange Sunrise members Joe Colombo, Jason Curtis, Kevin Hogan and John Bouyer lift one-half of the roof rafters to be hoisted onto the top of the new room addition.

Orange Sunrise Completes Tijuana Home

Orange Sunrise Rotary partnered with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster and the family and friends of Mark & Cindy Stephen to support the work of Corazon, Inc. in the Cumbres area of Tijuana. On September 26th, club members traveled to Mexico to complete a room addition for a family of six.

The Bautista Castro family has been working with Corazón for a couple of years to earn the 500 hours of service credit needed to qualify for the addition. Although they had previously earned the 16 x 24 foot home built by Corazon and its partners a few years ago, they did not have enough space to sleep comfortably. The household consists of 45-year-old Francisco, 40-year-old Sandra (Sandra is currently the Corazon Community Representative of Cumbres) and their sons 24-year-old Josue, 19-year-old Jesus, 18-year-old Natanael and 16-year-old Francisco. The mother is originally from Sinaloa and the father from Guadalajara, they have been living in Tijuana for 19 years.

Orange Sunrise contributed $500 toward the $4,000 needed for project materials. Nine members and Rotary volunteers worked onsite from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the supervision of Corazon staff. At the end of the day, Sandra and her mother were thrilled as they helped with the final painting and cleanup.

Despite current conditions in Mexico, Orange Sunrise has committed to continuing its support for the work of Corazon and plans to return to Cumbres for a third project next fall.

Rubio’s Joins Thursday Nite Cruise

Rubio's Cruise NightRubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill is now a sponsor of the weekly Thursday Nite Cruise, raising funds for The Rotary Foundation.  Rubio’s donates 20% of the net proceeds. joining neighbor Fatburger in supporting Orange Sunrise Rotary.

More than 100 car owners bring their classic, customs, hot rods, street rods and “rats” to the Village of Orange parking lot each week.  Car enthusiasts support The Rotary Foundation by chowing down on great hamburgers, onion rings, fish tacos and the occasional cerveza.

Since it began in July, the cruise quickly became a tradition, with many returning every week.  Car owners bring their own chairs, to sit, chat and share their love for the automobile.

As of August 30th, more than $2,400 has been raised for The Rotary Foundation.  On September 24th, Orange Sunrise began collecting items for “Operation a Bit of Home” as well.  The donated DVDs, hygiene supplies, sports and recreation items, snacks and other goodies will be packed and shipped to Freedom Rest in Iraq by Orange Sunrise members.

Because of the generous support of Fatburger, Rubio’s and the car loving community, the Thursday Nite Cruise will continue all year long!  Current hours are 5:00 to 8:30 at the Village of Orange, 2318 N. Tustin Ave., Orange, California.


Family of Rotary Beats the Heat

Rotarian Chris Hale and her husband Rick opened their Santa Ana home to the Orange Sunrise Rotary family for a potluck pool party on Sunday, August 30th.

Members brought their children and grandchildren to splash in the rock-lined pool while the adults enjoyed conversation and a view of Orange County from the hillside backyard.

Rick prepared delicious tri-tip on the grill and everyone enjoyed the steak with a variety of salads and desserts contributed by other members of the club.

The party was a great way to keep cool on a day when August temps reached nearly 100.  Thank you Rick and Chris for your hospitality!

Pool Party

John Bouyer provides ferry service to son John L. and Samantha Marikian.

Angels Night 2009

Rotary Days with the Angels Raises Thousands for the Rotary Foundation

Local Rotarians sold more than 1,100 tickets to the August 29th Angels baseball game, raising nearly $20,000 to End Polio Now!

Clubs in Rotary District 5320 worked together to sell the discount tickets.  In turn, the Angels organization donated one-half of each ticket price to the Rotary Foundation.  Rotarians also sold Angels baseball caps, specially embroidered with the “End Polio Now” logo.

District 5320 was joined by Rotarians from neighboring districts as well and everyone kicked off the day of fun at a tailgating party under the “Big A” in the stadium parking lot.

Orange Sunrise set up camp with a huge RV and variety of party foods and beverages.  After everyone had their fill of fun and heat (temperatures were in the high 90s!), all headed in to watch Anaheim Hills Rotarian Sterling Gary deliver a ceremonial first pitch.  Rotarians were also happy to see frequent video promotion of Rotary on the stadium’s big screens during the game.

Unfortunately, the Angels lost the game to the visiting Oakland As.  But there’s always next year – the Angels are already committed to hosting a Rotary day again during the 2010 season!

Fatburger Donates $1000 to End Polio Now

Fatburger CheckFatburger of the Village of Orange presented Orange Sunrise Rotary Club with a $1,000 donation to End Polio Now during the “Thursday Night Cruise” event in July.  Fatburger donates 20% of the proceeds each week to Rotary causes.  So far, the weekly classic car night has raised nearly $2,000 for the Rotary Foundation.

Fatburger and Orange Sunrise Rotary will continue their partnership to raise funds for charitable projects benefitting the local community and our public schools.  The successful “Thursday Night Cruise” will run through October at the Fatburger location a 2318 N. Tustin Avenue, Orange.  Cruise hours are 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  There is no charge to show or view the more than 120 classic cars, hot rods and street rods on display.