Enews for June 4, 2008

Mark Your Calendars

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 – Host Hospitality Night! – 50 guests from 11 countries will be guests of the Rotary Clubs of Orange during the Rotary International Convention. Guests will arrive by bus at the Orange Library and History Center, take a tour of Old Towne architecture and shopping, and finish the evening with dinner at PJ’s Abbey. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event! Dinner tickets $25. Contact: rae_shirer@orangesunriserotary.org

Andrea Seu Receives Interact Leadership Award

Orange Sunrise Rotary Club presented El Modena High School senior Andrea Seu with the 2008 Interact Leadership Award at the school’s assembly on May 28th. Andrea is the President of the Interact Club on the El Modena campus. Interact is Rotary’s youth service organization. Interact members perform hundreds of hours of community service each year. The El Modena club has served holiday meals at the Orange Senior Center, participated in cleanup days at the beach and in Santiago Creek, donated books to elementary school children through the “Reading by 9” program, improved the nature center on the El Modena campus and walked to raise funds to combat AIDS. The Interact Club at El Modena is sponsored by Orange Sunrise Rotary Club.

Andrea was presented with a $1,000 check recognizing her leadership and committment to community service. She was also honored by the school for her more than 200 hours of community service and will wear a special gold cord at graduation. Andrea will attend Cal State Long Beach in the fall, where she will study nursing.

Photo: Andrea Seu (left) with presenter Rae Shirer

Family Food Force Delivers!

Eight local families received large cartons of canned goods, pasta, rice, peanut butter and tuna fish delivered by Orange Sunrise Rotarians on May 30th. The “Family Food Force” program is a new quarterly effort by Orange Sunrise, which has traditionally provided food items during the December holiday season. The expanded program is designed to reach more families in need throughout the year.

Orange Sunrise past-president and YMCA CEO Dolores Marikian identified the families in the El Modena area most needing our assistance. Incoming Community Service Chair Joe Colombo spearheaded the morning of shopping at the Orange County Food Bank. Joe’s family members pitched in to assist with this task and to help sort the goods into eight separate delivery bundles.

The delivery team then took over. YMCA staff delivered to two families, while Orange Sunrise members John Bouyer, Rae Shirer and Joe Spiegelberg visited six families in the El Modena neighborhood.

The next “Food Force” event will be in September.

Orange Sunrise Receives “Governor’s Membership Award”

Membership Chair Bryan Kerl took the stage on June 3rd during the Governor’s Transition Dinner to receive the “Governor’s Membership Award” for his outstanding efforts this year. Under Bryan’s leadership, 7 new members were inducted into Orange Sunrise–a 33% increase in membership.

Orange Sunrise posted the second-best membership results of all clubs in our District. Bryan assured everyone attending the dinner that he will continue to focus on bringing new members to the club and will assist incoming membership chair Joe Spiegelberg as we build on this success.

More Kudos for Orange Sunrise Members

Members Teri Snyder, John Bouyer and Rae Shirer were also thanked for their service during the Governor’s dinner. Teri has served as the District Vocational Chair, with special emphasis on literacy efforts. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of the “Reading by 9” children’s book drive for many years. But this year, the job has grown to a “mountain”! All Rotarians attending the International Convention in Los Angeles are asked to bring children’s books with them. As Rotary attempts to establish a Guiness book record for the world’s largest book drive, Teri has personally collected thousands of books from clubs and members for delivery to the storage location and convention

Teri will continue to serve the District next year as Literacy Chair, a new position, while Fountain Valley Rotarian Cheryl Westley steps into the Vocational Service position.

John Bouyer was recognized for his roles on both the District Advisory Committee and the District Finance Committee. Although the theme at the dinner was Governor Brainerd’s inability to stick to a budget, we are told to say that this was not John Bouyer’s fault in any way.

Rae Shirer received a service award for chairing the November 2007 Rotary Foundation Dinner.

More Member News!

Member and Interact Advisor Rebecca Martinez has been promoted and will be the new Vice Principal at El Modena High School this fall! El Modena teacher Christine LeFever will take the lead as advisor to the El Modena Interact Club. Congratulations Rebecca!

Members Tracey and Jason Curtis announced that they are expecting their first child in December! We take this “family of Rotary” thing very seriously!

Teri Snyder recently returned from a trip to England which she described as “wonderful”!

Dolores Marikian will soon head off to Alaska for a family vacation, while Joe Colombo also hits the road for his annual tour of America’s hot spots.

John Bouyer will be traveling to Mississippi, where he is now constructing two homes to replace those destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Making Up is Easy to Do!

With more than 30,000 clubs around the world, Rotary welcomes you! When you are traveling or on vacation, try out a new Rotary Club and make some new friends! You can search for Rotary clubs online at www.rotary.org

Back at home, makeup those missed meetings at one of our “sister” clubs in the city of Orange. Orange North meets Tuesdays at noon at PJ’s Abbey, while the Orange club can be found Thursdays at the Turnip Rose, where they serve a terrific lunch buffet. For more meeting days and times in our District, check out: