Orange Sunrise Rotary kicked off its 2012-2013 signature project with a packing party on December 12, 2012, filling 50 “Blessing Bags” for distribution to the homeless in our area. One-gallon zip-lock bags are filled with bottled water, snacks, hygiene supplies and other items to make life a little easier, if for only one day.
OSR will provide 365 Blessing Bags to the community and finished packing the remaining 315 at a club meeting on March 13, 2013. Members each keep several bags in their own cars, handing out the items to people they see while running errands or traveling.
Prospective members, neighbors, and family (even children!) participated in the project, which was brought to the club by President Tracey Curtis.
Orange Sunrise Rotary members joined hundreds of ghouls, goblins, princesses and Spidermen for an afternoon of trick-or-treating and games at the Orange Plaza on October 25, 2012. The annual “Treats in the Streets” event, sponsored by the City of Orange, provides a safe environment for children and parents. Local businesses provide treats and service organizations, schools and community groups set up game booths and sell food and drink. Music, a hay-ride, a costume parade and a costume contest complete the day. Orange Sunrise Rotary has attended for many years and operates a free bean bag game at the event.
Orange Sunrise held its second cruise night of the Rotary year on September 22nd at Tutto Fresco Italian Restaurant, located at the corner of Katella and Glassell in the City of Orange. Classics, customs, hot rods and street rods turned out for the event. Tutto Fresco donates 20% of all sales made during the cruise hours to Orange Sunrise Rotary. The club uses all of these funds to support The Rotary Foundation and the effort to End Polio Now.
On September 12th, Orange Sunrise Rotary members created a dozen fabric hearts that will be turned into pillows for grieving moms and families. The project benefited “A Heart to Hold“, a non-profit organization that distributes to pillows to those who have lost an infant during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Members cut out hearts of various sizes and then sewed them together to prepare them for stuffing with uncooked rice. Rice is used so that the finished pillow is the weight of the lost child.
For more information about how you can volunteer, visit the website, ”A Heart to Hold“.
For the second year, Orange Sunrise Rotary supplied 35 fully filled back packs to worthy students at Esplanade Elementary School in the El Modena neighborhood of Orange. School officials selected the students who receive packs filled with binders and paper, pens, colored pencils, markers, highlighters, rulers and more. Members filled the back packs at the club meeting on August 15, 2012 and Rotarians delivered the packs on August 21st.
With the polio vaccine! Orange Sunrise Rotary raised a total of $1,232 in September to support The Rotary Foundation efforts to End Polio Now. In addition to the car cruise night at Tutto Fresco restaurant, the club sold tickets to the Angels baseball game fundraiser organized by Rotary District 5320. Orange Sunrise was recognized for collecting the most donations during the pre-game chili cook-off.
A single dose of the polio vaccine costs approximately 60 cents. Polio is still endemic in 3 countries: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. To join the effort to eradicate polio forever, donate today!
Orange Sunrise spent a day sprucing up its meeting location on August 4, 2012. Club members painted the South meeting room at the Grand Street Center, a community facility owned by the First Presbyterian Church. The club has met at the Center since 2008. After the walls and trim were painted (the club split the cost with the church), Orange Sunrise member/flooring contractor John Bouyer installed new carpet and tile in the space. The room looks great!