Enews for January 10, 2008

Mark Your Calendars

January 10 – Club Board Meeting – Postponed from an earlier date. Officer nominations, review of financial reports and budgets and preparation of semi-annual report to Rotary International. 4:45 p.m., Grand Street Center.

January 17 – “Rotary Shares” High School Speech Contest – High school students will compete in the annual District 5320 contest. The club winner will advance to the area semi-final. 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center

January 24 – “Craft Talk” by Rae Shirer – 2008 Laws Affecting Business – Rae will review the California and federal laws taking effect in 2008 including employment and tax law changes.

A New Year, A New Resolve

Orange Sunrise members returned from the holidays in full force for our January 10th meeting. President John Bouyer led a general business meeting and club assembly to review the club’s upcoming “hands on” projects and to take suggestions from the membership for additional projects to be explored. Ideas included an afternoon of reading in local schools for “Read Across America Day”, partnering with other community groups to perform home repairs for senior citizens, sorting and packing items for the Second Harvest Food Bank, and a Sunday night dinner for homeless families at the Grand Street Center.

The club also discussed participating in the Learning for Life “Workability Days” and sponsoring a team again this year for the Elwyn California “Bowl-a-Thon”.

In addition to these “hands on” opportunities for service, members proposed opportunities for community grants including scholarships for members of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, increasing support for students participating on speech and debate teams, providing temporary canopies for local school facilities and making contributions to improve local parks.

With so many members proposing ideas and sharing their enthusiasm, we will have plenty of opportunities to serve our community! Tune in here for future details.

Register Online for A Weekend of Fun!

Don’t miss the District 5320 annual conference, set for February 22, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Following a luncheon and workshops on Friday, the event takes off Friday night with the always fab “Hospitality Night”. Orange Sunrise will join with the Rotary Club of Fountain Valley to co-sponsor a booth celebrating the port of New Orleans, in keeping with the conference theme “Ports of Call”. Saturday’s festivities include workshops on the doings of Rotary, as well as presentations on such topics as chocolate! One low registration fee of $25 gains entry into the Hospitality Night and all workshops. Tickets for luncheons, the Saturday Governor’s Ball and Sunday’s brunch are sold separately. For tickets, head over to the district website, www.rotary5320.org

Sign Up and Save!

The Rotary International Convention comes to Los Angeles in June of 2008. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend an International Convention without the cost of airfare and hotels! 40,000 Rotarians from around the world are expected to attend. Don’t miss the inspiring and educational programs, presented by top speakers from many nations. Visit the House of Friendship and meet Rotarians from across the country and across the globe. Visit the Rotary International website today!


Rotary Foundation Thought

Rotary Foundation Thought is about the Paul Harris Society. The Paul Harris Society is a district-administered recognition for those who elect to personally contribute US$1,000 or more each year to the Annual Programs Fund. Started three years ago by Past District Governor Wayne Cusick in District 5340 in San Diego, USA, societies have now been adopted in more than 80 districts worldwide. Individual districts handle all associated recognition for this program, however, the Trustees recently endorsed the Paul Harris Society, and TRF is developing a standard wearable recognition item. Paul Harris Society contributions are eligible towards Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor recognition.