Yearly Archives: 2009

Rotary Families Attend July 3rd Celebration

Orange Sunrise Rotarians headed to Fred Kelly stadium on July 3rd for the City of Orange Independence Day celebration.  Members munched on bratwurst at the YMCA booth and wandered about listening to live bands as they sampled the crafts and food presented in nearly 20 other booths on the El Modena High School campus.

JohnLJohn L. and John R. Bouyer wait for the show to to begin.

Rotary kids John L. Bouyer and Samantha Marikian enjoyed the giant inflatable slides and bounce house before everyone settled into the stadium for music and fireworks.  The Orange Community Chorale of Santiago Canyon College, fresh off a trip to perform at Carnegie Hall, presented a program of patriotic favorites, alongside a large-screen video show.  Finally, it was time for fireworks!  The show was timed to recorded music building up to a spectacular finale.  The annual celebration is a great way to kick off Independence Day!

July 3rdJoe Colombo celebrates with nephews Aidan and Dustin and sister Karen.

Cruise Night to End Polio

Orange Sunrise Rotary has teamed with Fatburger for a weekly Thursday night car cruise to raise funds to End Polio Now.

Cruise NightEvery Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fatburger will donate 20% of its proceeds to Rotary causes. Street rods, hot rods, classics and customs will be on display in the Fatburger parking lot at the Village of Orange, 2318 N. Tustin Avenue, Orange, CA.  Fatburger and other mall merchants will giveaway t-shirts and other free prizes each week.

The first cruise on July 2nd drew more than 3 dozen enthusiastic car owners, who all promised to “tell a friend”.  This event will grow quickly, so come on out and see the free show and have a burger!

“All Aboard” as New Officers are Sworn In

Orange Sunrise celebrated a successful year of service and inducted new officers at a champagne brunch at Orange Hill Restaurant on June 28th.  Incoming Assistant Governor Ken Caplin (RC Orange North) attended with his friend Kathy and Orange Sunrise members brought family and friends to enjoy the “all you can eat” seafood buffet.


Acting 2008-09 President John Bouyer reviewed the club’s accomplishments before presenting service awards to the committee chairs.  John also presented Joe Colombo and Howard Glasser with perfect attendance pins (2 years and 8 years).


Rae Shirer was inducted as “Captain” (President) of the Orange Sunrise ship, with John Bouyer taking the helm as “First Mate” (Past President).  Tracey Curtis agreed to keep the ship’s log as Secretary and Joe Colombo took on the role of Purser (Treasurer), a job he learned in the U.S. Navy.  Jack Sappington was drafted as Navigator (Director at Large) despite his refusals and threats to go AWOL.  PDG Grant Engle conducted the induction “ceremony”.  New prez Rae then presented new pins to committee chairs and officers.  For her own service to the club, Rae received a paper hat and a bottle of “Two Buck Chuck”.  Oddly, these same items were already in the back seat of her car.

15th Annual Orange Plaza Car Show

Car ShowThe 15th Annual Orange Plaza Car Show was held on April 19, 2009.  More than 425 classics, customs, hotrods and streetrods were on display, vying for more than 30 trophies. Crowds were estimated to be between 10,000 and 12,000 attendees.

The car show is the primary fundraiser for Orange Sunrise, providing the operating budget for the following Rotary year.

The show is a joint project of Orange Sunrise and the YMCA of Orange.  The YMCA and other community organizations operate vendor booths where they sell water, t-shirts and other items to raise money for their own community programs.

The El Modena Interact Club provides volunteer support, as do the Orange Police Explorers, and the Orange Innerwheel.  Each of these organizations share in the profits of the show, either directly through sales of items at the show, or through the financial contributions made by Orange Sunrise Rotary to them throughout the year.

The show is also supported by local businesses who are vendors at the show and by the Orange Plaza merchants.  A “poker walk” contest encourages spectators to visit local businesses around the Plaza area.

Enews for January 1, 2009

Mark Your Calendars!

Jan 8 – Guest Speaker Bruce Sievers – “An American in Love with His Country”

Over the last 30 years, Bruce Sievers has spoken to more than 7,000 groups all across America, including hundreds of state, regional and national conventions. He has spoken to nearly 700 individual chapters of Rotary International, as well as 8 District Conferences. At the District 5300 Conference in Long Beach in the year 2000, Mr. Sievers was honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

He has been invited to the White House to present his program for President Gerald Ford, President Jimmy Carter, President Ronald Reagan, and President George Bush. President Ronald Reagan, along with the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, awarded him the George Washington Medal of Honor for his presentation entitled “An American In Love With His Country.” Toastmasters International has bestowed upon him the prestigious Communication and Leadership Award. The Daughters of the American Revolution honored him with the National Medal of Honor. He has been featured in People Magazine, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and more than 150 other publications across the country. He is an author who has published five books, and he has just completed a screenplay. He was a Green Beret in the Army. He is a devoted husband and father of five boys. All this he has accomplished by his unabashed advocacy of a single theme…the joy of being an American.

Jan 15 -Guest Speaker Oliver Winn – Dr. Winn, a professional engineer, will speak about the management of energy as our fossil fuels dwindle.

Feb 12 – “Make Dreams Real” High School Speech Contest

Hundreds Attend Community Science Night

Orange Sunrise Rotary provided financial support and volunteers for the annual “Community Science Night” held November 14th at Santiago Canyon College. The college partners with the Orange Unified School District to provide a hands-on science fair for elementary school children and their families. Twenty four rooms on the campus were devoted to inquiry- centered science activities. More than 2,400 persons attended the event!

Toys for Door of Faith Orphanage

Orange Sunrise Rotary has been blessed with babies! Our Rotarians have welcomed five new children in the last five years. The sixth, Tiffany Jo, was born to members Tracey and Jason Curtis on December 9th! In anticipation of Tifffany’s arrival, Orange Sunrise threw a baby shower on November 13th. In addition to bringing gifts for our newest family member, Rotarians collected new and gently used baby clothing, toys and supplies. A SUV load of goodies was delivered to the Door of Faith Orphanage, which operates a home in Tijuana, Mexico, just in time for the new toys to arrive for Christmas!

Operation a Bit of Home Continues

For the third year, Orange Sunrise Rotary participated in “Operation a Bit of Home”, shipping snacks, hygiene supplies and entertainment to our troops overseas. By December 31st, twelve priority mail boxes of goodies had been shipped to “Freedom Rest” serving our troops in the Middle East.

Orange Sunrise Hosts Holiday Open House

No year is complete without Rotary fellowship. Orange Sunrise invited the Rotary Club of Orange North, the El Modena Interact Club, community partners who we have worked with side-by-side during the year, family and friends to our December 11th holiday open house.

Entertainment was provided by the Orange High School singers as the crowd enjoyed holiday food and special beverages! Visitors viewed displays depicting several of the projects we have highlighted in this edition of the “Juice”.