Enews for July 29, 2008

Mark Your Calendars

July 30 – Reading by 9 at the OC Fair

July 31 – Craft Talk! Joe Spiegelberg introduces “Maude Asbury”, 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center

August 7 – Speaker David Young, Anaheim Fire Captain, will discuss “Fire Safety in the Workplace”, 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center

August 28 – Local Attorney Michael Penn will share his experiences in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, 5:30 p.m., Grand Street Center

August 28 – Car Show Planning Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Grand Street Center

August 30 – Rotary Day with the Angels! – Tailgating at 3, game at 6:00 – Come watch the Angels take on Texas!

One Day, One Family, One New Home

Six members of Orange Sunrise traveled to Tijuana, Mexico with “Familia Corazon” to construct a one room house for family of four.

23 year old Jose Guadalupe Rivera Elizondo works full time for Familia Corazon and his wife Beatriz Susana Quiroz Laguna is a secretary for the organization. They have two children, five year old Jose Antonio Rivera Quiroz and two year old Melany Alexandra Rivera Quiroz.

Jose’s father, a retired government worker, was able to buy lots for each of his children. Finally, Jose was able to build a new home!

Jose and Antonio joined the 30 Corazon volunteers, including Rotarians, YMCA of Orange volunteers, and the friends, family and co-workers of local college student Natalie Baddorf, who pulled together this team.

The 16 by 20 foot house was built of simple 2 x 4 framing and plywood, with a loft space for the children to sleep and a small private room for Jose and Beatriz. The home has no running water, but includes a counter top for food preparation and space for the family’s propane stove.

Orange Sunrise Rotarian Joe Colombo wrote a special report on the project for the club, including additional pictures. For Joe’s report, click here.

To learn more about the work of Familia Corazon, visit their website, www.corazon.org.

Five Easy Pieces

Updated membership recruiting materials have arrived! All members are encouraged to take a few of each item to help spread the word about Rotary! Here are five suggestions to work a “membership minute” into your day:

1. Wear Rotary every day! Do you only wear your pin on meeting day? Don’t miss the opportunity to tell someone about Rotary when they notice your pin and ask “What is that thing???”

2. Carry the “What is Rotary”? wallet brochures. These are business card sized and fit easily in your wallet or bag. They are the perfect response to the person who asked “What is that thing???” (See step 1.)

3. Display the Rotary wheel decal. Every member received one of these when they joined Rotary – where is yours? Is it on the window of your business? On your car? Display the wheel in a creative, open space, so someone will ask you, “What is that thing???

4. Invite a guest with the new “Start with Rotary” invitation cards. These newly designed cards are business card sized, with bright, fun graphics. On the flip side, you can jot in the date of the next Orange Sunrise meeting and hand it to that person who dared to ask “What is that thing”???

5. Follow up with the “You’re Invited Brochure”. This tri-fold brochure fits easily in a standard envelope for mailing to your future Rotarian friend. The brochure describes the specific programs of Orange Sunrise Rotary and includes meeting and contact information.

These supplies are available at every club meeting. So pick some up and invite someone to Rotary!

Focus on Fundraising

This month’s district training seminar is all about fundraising! All members are encouraged to attend the FREE seminar, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., August 12th at the Doubletree Hotel. New ideas and great old ones will be shared.

Orange Sunrise is adding two small fundraisers this year to benefit the Rotary Foundation. While the Annual Orange Plaza Car Show provides the club’s operating budget each year, Orange Sunrise members have also voted to increase our contributions to the Foundation through these additional projects.

President Bryan Kerl outlined these projects at our July 24th meeting.

The first will be our participation in the City of Orange “Treats in Streets” event in October. Bryan asked the club for suggestions on what to sell or services to offer at this Halloween-themed community event. These ideas will be further discussed at future meetings.

Bryan also provided the framework for throwing our first annual “Sweetheart Sock Hop”, tentatively set for February 2009. This 50s themed event will be held in Grand Center gymnasium. A special planning meeting will be announced soon to move this project forward.

Make Up on the Golf Course!

Many Rotary clubs in District 5320 meet at golf course country clubs and some can be found in yacht clubs. It’s summer, so why not enjoy a Wednesday sunset at the beach with the Newport-Balboa Rotary or play a few holes after breakfast with Yorba Linda Sunrise? Enjoy all our unique District has to offer! For meeting days and locations, visit the District website: