Author Archives: Glenn Chitjian

About Glenn Chitjian

President of Orange Plaza Rotary 2021-22

Nigeria Nears a Polio Milestone and Rotary is There

End Polio NowEVANSTON, Ill. (June 10, 2019) — Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) address the final—and most pressing—challenges to ending poliovirus transmission, and as Nigeria approaches three years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, bringing the Africa region closer to polio-free status.



Our Annual Arbor Day Spectacular!

Saturday Orange Plaza Rotary, family, and friends participated in the City of Orange Arbor Day tree planting event! 15 Laurus nobilis ‘Saratoga’ trees donated by West Coast Arborists were planted on E Palmdale Ave. Our club volunteered alongside Cub Scout Pack 850, Southern California Edison, Utility Tree Service, and local residents of the Criterion HOA. Thank you to the City of Orange for hosting this event!

Together Rotary Champions Our Community

Orange Plaza Rotary was honored tonight alongside the fellow Orange, Orange North and Villa Park Rotary clubs as the Community Foundation of Orange Community Champions! Thank you so much for this recognition! (That’s our club President Kristen Davis in the middle!)

Since 2002, the Community Foundation of Orange has invested more than $1.5 million in programs and over $80K in grants to create a lasting resource, building civic investment and community involvement. Learn more about CFO and the strategic partnerships they form with Rotary clubs and others on the CFO website.

Riseley to the Challenge

When 2017-2018 Rotary International President Ian Riseley announced the Presidential Theme for this year of service, he placed special emphasis on the care of our environment, noting the effect that environmental degradation and global climate change have on the world’s most vulnerable populations.

President Risely issued a challenge that each Rotary club could embrace as their own: to plant as many trees as they have as members of their Rotary club.

Recently, Orange Plaza Rotary completed that challenge, planting several trees on the campus of El Modena High School in Orange.  Previously, the club had planted trees at Fletcher Elementary School, providing welcome shade to students there.

With 14 trees now growing in the California sun, we are proud that our efforts will benefit students for years1

To learn more about the work of the Rotary Club of Orange Plaza, please join us at one of our Wednesday “happy hour” meetings.  Just click here for our calendar of meetings and events.

On the Ground in Cambodia

We received a couple of nice thank you notes from our partner, Stop Hunger Now, letting us know that our pre-packaged meals were shipped to hungry families:

It is with great pleasure that we announce the destination of the Rise Against Hunger meals you helped package on 1/20/2018. A shipping container, holding 285,120 meals, has been sent to Cambodia for our partner Salesian Missions. If you happen to receive more than one of these announcements, your meals have gone to impact multiple partners.

Salesian Missions is an organization that nourishes lives through food assistance and other services in Cambodia. To learn more, please visit our partner/country spotlight on the Impact Stories tab and click and drag on our World Aid Map at

Ending hunger is only possible if we continue to grow the movement. We encourage you to share the news about this shipment. Since 2005, volunteers like you have helped us distribute over 310 million meals worldwide. We can end hunger by 2030, but we can’t do it without you.

Please visit our website and continue your involvement. Consider making a donation, planning another meal packaging event (at your place of worship, school, company, civic club, etc), joining our advocacy efforts, or even inviting us to speak to a group. Share your experience with us at

Keep up the great work and spread the word – #2030IsPossible.

Joel Boucher, Program Manager

We are proud to work with this organization to fight world hunger.  To participate in our next packaging event, watch our calendar!