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---------- District 5300  PO Box 1875 Covina, California 91722 ----------

--- Friday, April 29, 2016 ---

Meeting Location

South Hills Country Club
2655 S. Citrus Street
West Covina, CA 91791
Tuesdays @ 7:15AM

Covina Sunrise Rotary was chartered on April 2, 1982 born from the inspiration of Barney Ingram, a long time member of the Covina Rotary Club. Since its inception, Covina Sunrise Rotarians separated themselves from the crowd with their enthusiasm, entrepreneurship, and commitment to making a difference. Not unlike a fraternity / sorority that prides itself on fellowship, this club does more than most others of similar size to fight poverty, ignorance, and disease through its many charitable activities, not the least of which is Operation Santa Clothes.

Our President
Sal Chatfield, President


Operation Santa Clothes - 31,389 kids say "Thanks":

paypal_donateOSC Kids letterThis year, CSR has clothed another group of children in our flagship Operation Santa Clothes program and has now clothed an amazing 31,389 kids at the West Covina K-mart store! We have also been able to provide over $50,000 in scholarships in seven high schools. OSC began in 1994 serving 73 children from one Covina school. The project focuses not only on provided clothing, but given self esteem, character development, and a sense of caring to these kids. See our Santa Clothes page for more information. If you’d like to help and make a financial donation to this program, please click the DONATE button above.

 Another Party - The Country Fair!

srr_thumb_2015We’ve been doing our annual fundraiser parties for many years - BUT!!! We came up with a new theme: “Country Fair" with a western flavor to be held again this year at the Hurst Ranch in West Covina (google it) on Saturday, May 21st at 6pm! We'll still have Big Band Theory playing plus other bands and artists, great food and drink all included in the ticket plus fantastic live and silent auctions. The great Shrimp Boat will be there along with the chocolate fountain and dozens of food booths. Specialty wine, tequila, and other booze tasting - all free with admission. srr_thumb_2015As always beer and wine flows freely and the Gambling Hall will be rolling! This is a great event that is tons of fun and raises money for Operation Santa Clothes so come out and join us next year on May 21st, 2016 with a theme of "County Fair"! We also have a limited number of Premium Tables available for your group to get in on the action PLUS you can become a VIP sponsor of the event! Right Click the image on the right and select "Save Link As..." for a copy of the Sponsorship Form to get started.

 Texas Hold-em Tournament

2010TexasHoldEm_thumbIn September, we held another fabulous fundraising party that benefits our Operation Santa Clothes project. The Eighth Annual Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament took place at A1 Party & Event Rentals in Covina. These Tournaments are great successes both financially and in fostering the fellowship that CSR is known for. A $100 buy in includes the game, fine food, fun and drinks. A “learners” table is available for those that aren’t ready to jump into the fray and non-gambling guests can partake of all the food and drink for just $35. Fabulous Prizes are awarded to the winners and everyone is guaranteed a great time. Call (626)732-9827 to reserve your seat early and plan on getting in the game at the next party!

 LA Clippers VS Lakers - First Row Tickets!

lakers-nicholsonCan't get much closer to the floor than this! CSR has raffled off another pair of seats to a Los Angeles Clippers game in row #1 center court (say "Hi" to Jack Nicholson)! The game was against their arch enemy the Lakers and it was a rout! The fundraiser is limited to 100 tickets and brings in $10,000 to our Operation Santa Clothes Project. The winning ticket is drawn at an exclusive party at Azo Vino accompanied by food and drink in February. Get tickets from a CSR member or at Azo Vino in Covina so you can join us at the next party!

 Interactors Go To Horse Heaven!

HHHWell, that’s almost right. The Interact Club of CSR has just created another great project, starting back in 2013. About 50 of them got on a bus to the “Heavenly Horse Haven” in Anzo to do work on upgrading that facility. Fences were mended, barns painted, animals fed, and a lot of fun and camaraderie was developed. Besides helping a great cause at the Haven, the trips prove to be a great esteem builder for the Interactors, many of which had never been on a farm before. See pictures and more info HERE.

 Interact Club - Growing Wildly!

interact_club_meeting-250x187CSR has sponsored an Interact Club at Covina High School. Launched only a few years ago, their membership has soared over 200! An Interact Club is intended to introduce high-schoolers to the tenets of Rotary. Besides exposing them to the benefits and rewards of active philanthropy, it presents many avenues to leadership training, personal development, and pride in their community. Through a variety of fundraisers, the group has raised funds to supplement their never ending enthusiasm to work on their projects. These include not only community based efforts, but International endeavors as well. Checkout their website HERE

Chili Cook-Off:

Chili-Cook-OffCSR had another great event to raise funds for our projects: The First Annual Chili Cook-Off was held on Sunday, July 22nd 2012 from 2:00 to 5:00pm and will be continuing annually (duh). The big event was at Covina’s Azo Vino Gift Gallery & Wine Bar 144 W. Badillo Street. A $5.00 tasting fee entitled guests to unlimited chili tasting along with bread and salad. Drinks were available from the bar. A dozen contestants put out a great sampling for everyone and prizes were awarded in several categories. A perpetual trophy will be maintained with the grand winner’s name on it and gift certificates to Chili’s Restaurant were given to the winner of each of four categories. For more information or to register your chili for next year, contact Shannon Hidalgo at (626)221-4486.

 Hands on - San Gabriel Valley Cleanup!

SantaFeDam_cleanupCSR has partnered with the San Gabriel Valley Mountains Regional Conservancy to clean up the recreation area in Santa Fe Dam park. A few dozen Rotarians and Interact Club members took a Saturday morning in March 2011 and removed huge amounts of undesirable plants and trash and replanted the area around the visitor center. The Conservancy is responsible for overseeing the protection and effective use of the San Gabriel Valley’s natural resources.

 Interact Club helps at LA Food Bank

video_buttoninteract_members_xmasThe Covina High School Interact Club has just finished doing some volunteer work for the Los Angeles Food Bank. The Interact Club is sponsored by Covina Sunrise Rotary and has been a hugely popular organization on campus. At around 150 members, they work on philanthropic projects throughout the year and echo the tenets of Rotary. A few CSR members joined in this year at the Food Bank project and you can see a brief video clip of the action by clicking the button above. To see a big image of the Club’s current membership, click here.

Northview HS Baseball Car Raffle:

66 Mustang and NV Team thumbOn October 19,2010, the SGV Tribune ran a front page report about an extraordinary philanthropic action. A man named Joe Hernandez (from Solo 1 Kustoms car shop on Azusa and Arrow) had decided to donate his 1966 mint Mustang (worth $40k-$50k) to the Northview High School baseball team. The team has been trying to raise funds for major improvements to their field and funds are not possible with current fiscal conditions. Joe sympathized with their plight and wanted to help them out. Covina Sunrise Rotary heard about this great gift for a good cause and honored the team, their coach, and Joe at our regular meeting on November 16 with a donation and bought a bunch of tickets too.

 Passing of a Great Man

DillibeOn Monday, January 18th, 2010, Covina Sunrise Rotary, the community and the world lost a phenomenal man, Emeka Dillibe. Succumbing to cancer only two months after being diagnosed, Emeka leaves us shocked at how a person so young vital, and altruistic could be taken so quickly.
   Emeka was born in Nigeria in 1973 to a Rotarian family: his father was a District Governor. Emeka grew up and became a Rotary Interactor before moving to the US to study in New Mexico. He moved to California, married his wife, Chika, and got a degree in Criminal Justice and Computer Information Systems at Cal State LA. He started his current business,
Careprovider.Org in Covina to help disadvantaged and troubled youths in the community
   He is held in the utmost admiration and respect in CSR as one our finest members and as an icon of respectability, honor, and all that we should aspire to. He will be sincerely missed as a truly great man.

 Baseball Champions of 2009!

CSR Baseball Team - thumbvideo_buttonCovina Sunrise exhibited their amazing athletic prowess in the Rotary Invitational Series - a baseball challenge versus the Covina (Noon) Rotary Club. In the end, our “Boys Of October” showed amazing skill and spirit as they ended the season undefeated. The pitching went the distance with no hitter and the team’s quality was evident with no errors recorded. The final game of the season was won when the Noon Club had to forfeit due to lack of players. In true sportsmen spirit, CSR stoically accepted the championship title! To see the winning team, click the Image for a larger view. And you’ll also want to checkout the related video, “Making of the Image”.

 CSR Gets Their Hands Dirty:

Rowland Convalescent thumbCovina Sunrise just finished working on a local community project that really was “hands on”. We spent a Saturday morning at the Rowland Convalescent Home doing a major cleanup and upgrade of the inner courtyard. Huge amounts of dead plants and tree trimmings went out, and beautiful new plants and garden decor items transformed the area into a pleasant garden. Residents and staff alike were ecstatic with the changes. Robert Avila initiated the work at the Home, and Pam Pomeroy headed up the team that did all this great work. Click on the photo to see all the Rotarians that helped out with this project.

 CSR Gets Top Award at District Conference:

0 conference-thumbCovina Sunrise co-hosted a hospitality suite with the Covina Noon Club at the District Conference this year. This has become a tradition with the Clubs and has led to a series of the most memorable and must-attend gatherings at the conference for many years now. WIth a theme of “Arabian Caravan”, Covina once again showed their hospitality with a lavish food table and extensive bar for all to share, this year adding a bit of Nubian drumming and dancing that helped the Clubs take home the coveted “Spirit Award”. Click here for some photos and a few movies of the event.

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