Enews for May 1, 2008

Mark Your Calendars

May 15 – Youth Focus – El Modena Interact members and the 2008 RYLA participants will discuss their experiences and plans for the future. 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center.

May 17 – Rebuilding Together OC Work Day – Orange Sunrise members will spend the morning refurbishing the home of a local elderly resident.

May 22 – Orange Police Explorers -Members of the Orange Police Explorers will discuss the year’s activities and be honored for their work at the 14th annual Orange Plaza Car Show. 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center.

May 29 – District Governor John Brainerd – Join us for a special presentation by Rotary District Governor John Brainerd, who will discuss his year as Governor, his recent trip to South America, and his hopes for the future of Rotary. Bring a guest! 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center.

June 5 – ROP Recognition – 4 students and 4 instructors from the Central Orange County Regional Occupational Program will be honored for their outstanding work. 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center.

June 12 – Relay for Life – American Cancer Society – Come hear about how you can participate in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Teams forming now! 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center.

June 16 – Home Hospitality Night – The three Rotary Clubs of Orange, Orange North and Orange Sunrise will host a special joint event for attendees of the Rotary International Convention. 60 guests will visit Old Towne for historical walking tours, special presentations at the Orange Library and History Center and dinner at PJ’s Abbey! 5:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m., Old Towne Orange.

June 26 – Outdoor Education Center – Learn how this group promotes awareness of our environment and conservation of resources. 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center.

June 28 – Demotion Dinner and Officers’ Installation – A celebration of the past year of achievement before new President Bryan Kerl takes the gavel and swears in new officers for 2008-2009. 5:00 p.m., Disneyland USA.

There’s More!

Bring a guest to the May 29th meeting, as this will be our final “Membership Mixer” of the Rotary year. Bryan Kerl will throw his last bash as Membership Chair before taking office as Prez. The meeting will focus on the good we do in our community, with our District Governor attending as special guest. Ask someone!


May 30th we will be sending out the “Family Food Force” to shop for four local families and make deliveries of groceries and pantry supplies. A trip to the food bank may take place on May 29th, with teams delivering on the 30th. More details to be announced.


We are forming a team to travel to Mexico to partner with “Familia Corazon” for a “build day”. Local college student Natalie Baddorf is putting together the group of 30 to 50 volunteers to make the trip on July 19th. All you need: a passport, a hammer, a pair of gloves and a good attitude. Sign up with John Bouyer for the carpool.

14th Annual Car Show Draws Thousands to Old Towne

Over 400 classics, customs, hotrods & streetrods rolled into the Orange Plaza on April 20th. 15,000 spectators enjoyed two live bands, great shopping, terrific food from our local restaurants and famous Old Towne hospitality.

Trophies were presented by Miss City of Orange, Emily Brandenburg, and famous Hollywood auto designer George Barris. Thank you to Randy Morton of Rock ‘n Roll Custom Paintworks and all of our sponsors for making this show our best ever: Villa Ford, Orange Community Bank, Selman Chevrolet, Oxygen Services Company and more than two dozen other vendors and sponsors.

Need more car show facts? Visit the show website at www.orangesunriserotary.org/carshow.

“Virtual Food Drive” Takes a Test Spin

The Community Action Partnership recently launched a new concept in giving: the Virtual Food Drive. To refill the empty shelves of the Orange County Food Bank, the call went out to Rotarians in District 5320. Many clubs conducted traditional food drives on April 26th, “Rotarians at Work Day”. Orange Sunrise (recovering from car show muscle pulls and other ailments) tried out the new online system. Together with 5 other clubs in the District, more than $1,000 was raised in cash donations. Thank you to everyone who sent emails to friend, relatives and business associates to help in this effort!