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Best Club 2016

The Best Little Club in O.C.

So this happened…

The members of Orange Plaza Rotary attended the Saturday luncheon at the annual Rotary 5320 District Conference and then hung around for District awards afterward.  Oh, how we cheered as our friends in San Clemente Sunrise and Anaheim Hills captured the flag for best project in Community, Youth and International Service!  We patted ourselves on the back when we received a Public Image citation and a well-earned Presidential Citation but, truth be told, we were just a wee bit disappointed.

Yes, our motto is “Service Above Self”, but if we are honest with ourselves, we have a competitive spirit running through our tight-knit group.  We headed out into the afternoon sunshine, vowing to do better next year.

And then the sun went down, and the lights came up, and dinner was served.  We danced, we ate, and we drank.  Just a little.  Not enough to miss our big moment when Governor Padilla announced Orange Plaza Rotary as the best small club in Rotary District 5320!

After the shock  wore off, we got a good night’s sleep.  Now we’re ready to do it all again.

‘Cause yeah, we are a little club, but kind of a big deal.

 

 

 

Peace Month

Our Commitment to Peace

Sixty million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution, and 90 percent of armed-conflict casualties are civilians, half of them children. Through service projects, fellowships, and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns, members train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Members also pursue projects to address the underlying structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Learn more about Rotary’s dedication to peace through service:

https://www.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/peace-and-conflict-prevention-resolution

Sabrina at 2016 Peace Conference

2000 Attend Rotary World Peace Conference

Three members of Orange Plaza Rotary and two students from the El Modena High School Interact Club were among the hundreds of attendees at the Rotary Presidential Peace Conference held January 15th and 16th at the Ontario Convention Center.  The Conference was the first of 5 Presidential Conferences to be held this Rotary year, but the only one focusing on peace and conflict resolution.  It was also the only conference to be held in North America.

Organized by the six Rotary Districts of Southern California and Nevada, the event drew high profile speakers, including actress and activist Sharon Stone, who addressed the crowd on Friday afternoon.  Breakout sessions for Rotarians highlighted the many areas where conflict resolution techniques are vitally needed, including schools, businesses and communities around the world.  The sessions were lead by Rotarians and leaders from dozens of nonprofit organizations which partner with Rotary to build peace.

On Saturday, nearly 400 high school students from numerous Rotary-sponsored Interact clubs attended a separate conference focusing on peace and conflict resolution issues in their own lives.  In addition to discussion sessions, Interactors joined together in service, packing more than 17,000 meal packages for the organization Stop Hunger Now.

The Orange Plaza team returned home with new ideas for introducing conflict resolution techniques in our community and local schools.  Both Rotary and Interact look forward to working closely together in the future.

 

Vocational Service

Sharing Our Skills – Vocational Service Month

In January, Rotarians observe “Vocational Service Month”. Vocational Service is one of the Four Avenues of Service that Rotarians travel, including Community Service, International Service and Club Service. Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Of course, this object of Rotary applies to every service project, whether at home or internationally.

Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.

 

Prescription Bottles

Making a Difference in Malawi

UPDATE FROM THE MALAWI PROJECT– DECEMBER 20, 2015 – AFTER REACHING MORE THAN 1 MILLION PILL CONTAINERS THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. The Malawi Project Board of Directors has turned its attention to (1) famine relief, (2) getting medical supplies, including 30 kidney dialysis machines, to Malawi as well as another shipment of over 500 wheelchairs and, (3) gaining the funds from contributors to build a new birthing center south of the capital city of Lilongwe. Thank you for your support of the pill container program and please continue with us on future projects.


Like all Rotary clubs, Orange Plaza is a part of Rotary International.  This world-wide network of more than 30,000 clubs helps even small groups like ours create successful partnerships and serve the poorest of the poor in developing nations.

One of those partnerships is with the Malawi Project, working to improve lives in that African nation.  The programs of the Malawi Project align well with the six areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation, especially health care, vocational development and education.

The Malawi Project began a simple, successful program to provide prescription pill bottles to hospitals and doctors in the country.  You can help!  Donate your clean, empty bottles* by bringing them to any Orange Plaza Rotary meeting or event.  We will do the rest, shipping them to the Malawi Project for you.

For more information about the Malawi Project, visit their website: http://malawiproject.org

*Be sure to completely remove all labels!  A dip in boiling hot water should loosen them right up.

 

 

Disease Prevention Month

Fighting Disease and Ending Polio Now

Rotary’s top priority is the eradication of polio, but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can’t afford to pay for health care.

Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.

Learn more about our work to prevent and eradicate disease on the Rotary International website.

Stop Hunger Now 2015

Ending World Hunger

On October 17th, 40 volunteers fed 11,448 people.  In only 2 and a half hours.

How did they do it?  By working together to package meal kits in partnership with Orange Plaza Rotary and Stop Hunger Now, an organization that ships meals around the world.  The meals packaged at the October event will be shipped to the Philippines and Vietnam.

Volunteers set up and disassembled packaging stations and equipment, filled bins with raw ingredients, scooped ingredients into meal bags, weighed and sealed the bags, boxed and stacked them on pallets, and loaded the pallets and equipment onto a truck.

Children as young as 4 participated as “runners”, carrying completed items to the next station.  Teams worked together, chatting and laughing as they enjoyed a day of service to others.

Why did they do it?  Stop Hunger Now meal packets will serve as a lifeline for these communities.  Education paired with the meals equals sustainability for communities, allowing them the freedom to focus on larger issues.

Stop Hunger Now partners with service organizations, businesses, and faith communities around the world.  The Orange Plaza Rotary event was funded, in part, by a district grant of The Rotary Foundation, which paid the cost of each meal: only 29 cents!

To learn more about the Stop Hunger Now program, visit their website, or visit Orange Plaza Rotary at an upcoming meeting.  You will be glad you did!

Check out more photos on our Flickr page!

 

 

Members of Orange Plaza Rotary with 2015-2016 District Governor Kevin Padilla

A Rededication to Service

Orange Plaza Rotary celebrated another year of service over dinner with family and friends at Orange Hill Restaurant on June 24th. The club, which marked its 30th anniversary in March, completed numerous youth and community service projects during the the 2014-2015 Rotary year.

These projects and more will continue, under the leadership of President Tracey L. Curtis:

  • Mentor Meals – this partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce matches at-risk high school juniors with adult mentors to discuss career and academic issues.  The program will begin its third year at El Modena High School in September.
  • Interact Leadership Program – also at El Modena High School, the Rotary sponsored Interact Club is open to all students on campus. Interact members provide service and support for numerous nonprofit events around the county each year.  Orange Plaza Rotary will expand its efforts with Interact this year, adding a mentoring and leadership skills program for student members.
  • Police Explorer Recognition – Orange Police Explorer Post 266 is a nationally-recognized unit, instilling discipline, self-confidence and leadership skills in its teen members.  Members of the program (a part of the Boy Scouts of America system) often struggle with difficult personal issues including poverty and the threat of homelessness.  Orange Plaza Rotary, in partnership with Orange Rotary and the Rotary Club of Orange North, will offer additional cash scholarships to assist Explorers as they continue in their studies and careers.

These and other service projects are funded by the Annual Orange Plaza Car Show, a premier Southern California event.  The 22nd Orange Plaza Car Show is scheduled for April 17, 2016.

At the club’s June event, Rotary District 5320 Governor Jim Paddock presented member Jack Sappington with a bejeweled pin in honor of Jack’s $5,000 donation to The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation manages donor funds, directing them into projects around the world to improve water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development in third world countries.

Orange Plaza Rotary is a network of neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.  The club meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 307 E. Katella Avenue, Orange.  For more information, visit the club website: http://OrangePlazaRotary.org.

 

 

Members of the Rotary Clubs of Orange Plaza, Orange North, Huntington Beach, eClub of the West and Yorba Linda Sunrise gather to celebrate the successful Edenvale project.

Clubs Partner in International Service

Members of five Rotary clubs met with Orange Plaza Rotary on July 30th to celebrate the success of the Edenvale School renovation project, funded by a Rotary District 5320 grant.  The project was spearheaded by Orange Plaza Rotarian Amy Bippus, who pulled together the support of other clubs to contribute time, money and talent.

The $18,000 project renovated school restrooms and provided much needed school supplies for elementary school students in Edenvale, South Africa.  Amy personally traveled to South Africa to deliver supplies and tour the campus.  Her report to the combined clubs was inspirational!