Informational Zoom Meeting

Our morning Zoom call provided lots of information. President Sophia shared the wonderful email we received from former high school scholarship winners! It was reported that students from Eastlake High have great things happening after completing their studies at SDSU and USC! DG Marta gave an update on District 5340 news, including Information about a number of virtual events on the calendar! We discussed a potential May service project honoring hospital lab workers in addition to our online auction for Trivia Night. Congrats to Rowena and Marta who were raffle winners! Please join us for our Zoom Bingo social on Saturday where some secret past members will be joining us!

Events Postponed, Optimism Prevails
At this morning's Zoom meeting, we discussed our disappointing news that our big events such as Trivia Night, Rise Against Hunger and the Orange Crate Derby are all postponed until next year due to the social distancing requirements. However there are still big things happening. Gina is hosting the kickoff for the Chula Vista Interact club tonight via Zoom and will be encouraging the youth of our community to do good from home! Gina also shared about the ear guards that her co-worker is making with the school's 3-D printer that Sophia will take to hospitals and facilities in our area. There are still many ways to serve!
COVID-19 Grant Update
We had an action-packed Zoom meeting this morning, welcoming back Rosy Vasquez, Executive Director of Community Through Hope. Last week our Rotary club donated $500 to CTH via our district COVID-19 grant. With that donation, they were able to purchase 800 pounds of nutrition to be distributed to those with food insecurities in the South Bay. In the past five weeks, Rosy reported that 43,000 people have received food through Community Through Hope. CTH is also in need of PPE to assist the unsheltered. They use approximately $200 per day just on gloves! Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary is proud to partner with this wonderful volunteer organization in our local community! Julius shared three opportunities that people can be doing at home while in quarantine! "Missing Maps" results in helping first responders locate community centers during a disaster. Another opportunity is working with the Smithsonian transcribing documents dealing with history , culture and art. Another opportunity is "Learning Ally" which helps with reading comprehension with children. Currently 67% of children read below proficiency level, and reading outloud to them helps to improve their skills. There are trainings available for all of these opportunities. Please see Julius if you are interested or check out these sites to learn more!
COVID-19 Grant Awarded
We met this morning for our fourth ZOOM meeting! President Sophia reported that our $250 matching grant from District 5340 has been donated to Community Though Hope! This $500 total donation will serve unsheltered community members with needed food and cleaning supplies to help keep them safe! Tom also reported that our $2500 donation to the Chula Vista Community Collaborative has been made as well. We look forward to seeing how they are currently serving our families in need during this time. Join us next week when Julius will present to us with a variety of remote volunteering opportunities!
First ZOOM Meeting
We held our first ever ZOOM club meeting!  It was wonderful to see everyone's smiling faces as we #STAY CONNECTED! We celebrated March birthdays, learned abut Jeff''s "Three Truths and a Lie" and received an update on our canceled projects such as Trivia Night, Rise Against Hunger and the Orange Crate Derby! We also welcomed Ben from Jewish Family Services who explained about the services the organization is now providing in this troubling time. In addition to providing financial assistance to families needing help with rent, mortgage, and childcare, Jewish Family Services offers a safe parking lot for the homeless and food distribution. 
Call to Action

Call to Action! Help needed!

Gina has been engaging in phone conferences with the County of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services Coordinator, the San Diego Food Bank Coordinator, and several volunteer groups from around the county to respond to the need of elderly, disabled and families with K-12 youth that are food insecure and unable to arrange transportation to pick up meals. 

We are going to begin a non-contact delivery system on Monday, March 23, and she is looking for a few individuals to receive calls and a few more individuals to pick up and deliver meals. Gina and her son will be running some delivery shifts in the South Bay. 

We will be considered essential volunteers, so we will not be restricted under the CA stay-at-home order. Volunteer drivers will NOT enter the Food Bank nor the homes of individuals. Deliveries will involve drive through pick up and doorstep delivery only. 

Please reach out to Gina at the new email if you or someone you know is interested, and you will be added to our communication chain. Please forward to other individuals or service groups that might be able to assist the County. Stay safe & be well!  

March Events Cancelled
President Sophia has just announced that all of our meetings, socials and club events will be cancelled for the month of March. We will re-evaluate the future when April gets closer! As DG Marta said, "“Being connected with each other is more important than ever. While we may be practicing social distancing, staying healthy means not falling into an unhealthy pattern of social isolation. Taking care of our emotional well-being, prioritizing self-care and staying engaged with the important people in your life are among the most critical things we can do right now."  So how are are you spending your days? Go to our Facebook page and post a picture and connect with your fellow Rotarians!
Trivia Night Postponed

With heartfelt sorrow, we announce that the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club has decided to postpone this Friday's Trivia Night XII to a later date. Please share this information with all of your teammates. Although there are no known COVID-19 cases currently in our area, we care about our community members and want to be sure that everyone is safe and enjoys the evening. We feel that it is in the best interest of our participants to limit the amount of interactions with others. Our hearts are broken but we want everyone to remain healthy.

So please change your calendar to Friday, June 19, and we will try again. We hope everyone can attend but we realize there may be conflicts! Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or concerns! Just think, you have three months to absorb more trivia!

Thank you for your understanding!

Gina Earns Her Badge
In addition to learning about CCI, tonight we also awarded Gina's blue badge and celebrated Nestor's belated birthday! President Sophia reported that she delivered 93 pairs of shoes on behalf of our club to Soles4Souls! We have a very busy month ahead with our Trivia Night fundraiser taking place next week!
Canine Companions for Independence
Tonight our Rotary Club went to the dogs! Annelese Brown and her facility dog, Helena, shared important information about the services provided by Canine Companions for Independence! While we were all thrilled to meet and touch Helena, Annelese shared about the process of obtaining Helena to assist patients in her job as a NP at the Naval Medical Center. We learned about the rigorous training procedures that the pups, dogs, and handlers must go through. Assistance dogs can perform a variety of skills and Helena demonstrated a few of her go-to commands!
Soles4Souls Donation
President Sophia dropped off our club's shoe donation for Soles4Souls this week! Come to our meeting this Thursday evening to learn the final count of how many pairs we contributed!!! We are meeting at 6 PM at the KOA Resort! See you there!
Trivia Night Registration
It is time to register for your eight-person team for our March 13th Trivia Night, sponsored by the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club.  Space is limited so sign up now! Remember that teams who are registered and paid for by March 1, 2020 will receive two free mulligans! Thank you for supporting our Community Benefit Fund so we can continue to do good works!  Please visit to registered online.
Learning about the Boy Scouts

For a change of pace this morning we met at ActivCare at Rolling Hills Ranch! We enjoyed Dave's Three Truths and a Lie, learning about his Ferrari and multiple parking tickets! Club member Mark Becerra who is District Commissioner with the Boy Scouts educated us about the relationship with Rotary and scouting for the past 110 years. Rotary has played a critical role, serving as partners since 1910. R.I. President Maloney attended the 2019 Scouting Jamboree in Virgina. Mark's involvement with the Boy Scouts made for an educational presentation about the multiple programs in our area and opportunities for our club to be more involved!

February Service Project
February Service Project! This month we are collecting gently used shoes which we will donate to Soles4Souls!
They can be shoes for children or adults, heels, sandals, boots, or tennis shoes! Your donations will provide relief, create jobs and empower others to break the cycle of poverty! Bring your shoes to our next club meeting or social by February 29! See President Sophia if you have questions. Please check out for more info!
Good Morning from CVSR!
Good morning from Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians! This morning we got an update on many service opportunities coming our way! This month we are collecting gently used shoes for Soles4Souls and we are also working hard on our big fundraiser next month... Trivia Night XII. Welcome home Dave Ruch and a warm welcome to another David visiting our club!
FBI -SD Citizens Academy Alumni Association
Last week we welcomed Becky Moreno-Estrada and Elizabeth Cox from the FBI San Diego Citizens Academy Alumni Association. This non-profit informs and supports victims in navigating the aftermath of crime and the criminal justice process with dignity and resilience. Housing, medical and legal assistance are just a few of the services provided. For more information please visit
Donations to Youth Alliance Coalition
President Sophia delivered our donations to the Youth Alliance Coalition which works with homeless youth in San Diego! Look at the impact we made! To find out how many boxes we provided come to this week’s Thursday night meeting!
South Bay Family YMCA
Another fun meeting this morning at Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary! We learned about the work done and programs offered by our local YMCA. Executive Director Laura Humphreys and Aquatics Director Anita Scott were here to give us the history and background of the YMCA and their own personal "Y" stories. Anita inspired us with her story of getting free swim lessons as a child, which then turned into her giving swim lessons to young girls in Kenya! The "Y" has worked with the CV Elementary School District on decreasing obesity, and also provides a vibrant pre-school and senior programs! We also enjoyed a small token from last week's visiting Rotarians from the Bahamas!
RI President Maloney

Rotary International President Mark Maloney and his wife Gay joined our club this morning along with five other Rotary clubs from the South Bay, in addition to a delegation from District 4100 south of the border. President Maloney joked about the challenges he faces of being involved in an international organization, yet emphasized that he is very thankful for the hospitality he has received in coming to San Diego for the International Assembly for the past 15 years. As each of the six club presidents shared about our projects, President Maloney commented that he is very familiar with many of them due to his many visits. He stated that being Rotary International President has been an incredible privilege and that there is nothing more fundamental than connecting with others. What other organization makes an impact with people across the globe than Rotary!?! Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary was proud to welcome President Maloney and his family!

Hospitality Night 2020
Hospitality Night 2020 brought fifty of our closest new friends from around the world to a special evening of friendship at the beautiful Bell home! We shared Los Chuchy's taco cuisine, classical  harp music, a challenging bingo game, and the love of Rotary. Congratulations to Mazen Alumran from the Kingdom of Bahrain for winning the interactive activity!  For more pictures
of this fun event, please visit our club photos or our Facebook page.
Trivia on Tap This Thursday
Please remember we are DARK this Thursday. Instead we will be socializing together that evening from 7-8:30 PM at Bay Bridge brewing (688 Marsat Court, CV) for their Happy Hour Trivia on Tap! We will be "researching: for and promoting our March 13th Trivia night!!! Contact Sophia if you are interested in attending!!
Youth Assistance Coalition
We had a packed meeting tonight celebrating Jeff and Michael's birthday, learning about the adventures of Gina during her "Three Truths and a Lie," and learning about the Youth Assistance Coalition. YAC Executive Director Heather Fitzgerald told us about the volunteer work that is having a positive impact on homeless youth in San Diego. Providing food, clothing, shoes and more, this wonderful organization also provides youth services, housing, educational and vocational support and training. For more info please visit their website at
Assisting CVESD Students
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary was proud to assist a cohort of seven schools from the Chula Vista Elementary School District by providing 800 ziplock bags for a service project! In November, the students assembled "Community Connect Bags," filling them with water, food, socks and toiletries which were given to people in need in our community. CVSR is proud to assist young people in their quest to give back!
Last Meeting of 2019
This morning's meeting, the last of this decade, was action packed! President Sophia gave Tom Miller his Paul Harris +4 for his support of The Rotary Foundation and we celebrated Dave Rossi's upcoming birthday! Our speaker, Amy Carstensen, taught us about "living with less." A professional organizer, Amy shared about the affects of a person who is living with a cluttered life and gave us suggestions on paths to take to declutter your life! Maxie Gluckman was on hand to update our club members on our global grant supporting Train for Change in Honduras.  #RotaryConnectstheWorld
Holiday Party 2019
Happy Holidays from Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary. Tonight we celebrated the holiday season at our annual party, this year at the beautiful winter wonderland at Mike and Rowena Bell's home. We enjoyed tasty Texas bar-b-cue, a fun gift exchange, and shared infornation about our holiday projects of supporting two adopt-a-families with Christmas cheer! DG Marta Knight received her own personalized DG pillow case with CVSR member "Elvis" Ryan Crawford.  For more pictures, please visit our club photos or visit our Facebook page!
Food Sorting and Packing
On Saturday Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians and some students from our Interact Club at Bonita Vista High School sorted five pallets of food donated by local schools. Eventually the completed food boxes will be given out to families in need via the Chula Vista Community Collaborative and Chula Vista Welfare Council for this holiday season! #Service Above Self
Friendsgiving and Food Bags
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians celebrated "Friendsgiving" tonight at Monica and Harvey's home! We put together ten Thanksgiving meal bags for the Chula Vista Community Collaborative to go to families in need. Each bag contained a $25 grocery store gift card and all the fixings for a delicious holiday meal! CVSR.... Connecting with our members and our community!
Free to Thrive

At today's meeting we learned about Free to Thrive, which offers a fresh start to victims of human trafficking. President and Managing Attorney Jamie Beck explained about the barriers these survivors face and how the organization provides legal services and connections to other supportive services to help them thrive. Cierra Robinson also shared about "Inspired Innovation" which brings education to those formerly incarcerated and impacted by the criminal justice system.  Paralegal and volunteer Dion Sayles McKinney inspired us with her stories!District 5340 will partner with Free to Thrive next year under the leadership of DGE Steve Weitzen!

Congratulations to CVSR
At the recent District 5340 Foundation Seminar, the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club received recognition from Rotary International with the 100% Giving Banner,  an award going to clubs that contribute a minimum of $100 per club member to the Rotary Foundation! We also received a certificate for our on-going donations to End Polio Now! Well done CVSR!!!
Who is Gina?
Tonight we enjoyed listening to Gina's "Who Am I?" as we learned more about our new member! Gina shared about her educational and career journeys and about the worldwide travels and passions that adds adventure to her life. Rochelle shared about BVHS's Interact Club's fundraiser to support Border Angels. Congratulations Barons! Stay tuned for numerous service projects coming up soon!
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween from Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary!
World Polio Day at the Brew Bar

Thank to to Alex, owner of the Brew Bar, and all of the CVSR club members who promoted and participated in our first World Polio Day event! We interacted with community members, educating them about the End Polio Now campaign and inviting them to learn more about our club! It was a fun day and we look forward to making this an annual event as we earn money to help eradicate polio!
Walk 4 Alzheimer's
CVSR members Jeannette, Sophia, Trish and Mila got together last weekend along with Brandon and pup Lucy to enjoy a leisurely three mile stroll through Balboa Park at the Walk 4 Alzheimer's!  All the money raised at this event stays in San Diego and helps families in need. 
End Polio Now Event
World Polio Day is coming up on October 24! Please support End Polio Now at the Brew Bar at 277 Third Avenue from 9am-9pm!
Let's connect with Rotarians around the world as we continue to battle against polio!
Rotaract Making an Impact
At today's business meeting we learned about Rotaract clubs from District Rotaract Representative Jessie Case! Jessie shared information about these determined young professionals and their projects that are dedicated to serving in our community and the across the globe. There are nine university or community-based clubs within our district. We learned about ways to support their fabulous projects! Thank you Jessie!
Bunco Night at CVSR!

Bunco Night at CVSR! Congratulations to our winners President Sophia, Dave Rossi, Mike Bell and Trish Rogers, the loser! Thanks to the Bell's for hosting this fun annual event!

Martha Returns from Nicaragua!
Tonight the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club celebrated Rotary International's Reconnect Week 2019 by welcoming back and inducting former member Martha Alvarez! Martha had moved to Nicaragua, but we welcome her back with her interests in socioeconomic issues affecting challenged individuals and environmental projects! We are glad to reconnect with Martha!
Ageless Living Lifestyle
At tonight's meeting we welcomed Rico Caveglia, a personal trainer who spoke about an ageless living lifestyle! Rico gave suggestions on seven essentials of ageless living: Beliefs, Breath, Drink, Eat, Eliminate, Move and Rest, and the immense importance of each of these steps. These are powerful in battling Alzheimer or Dementia, the 6th leading cause of death in seniors. A key factor is having FUN in life, just as we strive for in our Rotary club! For more information, please contact Rico at
Citizens'Climate Lobby
This morning we welcomed and enjoyed Carl Yaeckel, a representative from the Citizens' Climate Lobby. Carl explained about the bipartisan bill H. R. 763 before congress and this group of volunteers dedicated to fight climate change. The San Diego area is aware of the effects of climate change with our severe droughts and increased year round fire danger. If you would like more information about this group please visit their website "Inaction is not an option."
Sock Drive Success!!
A great start to the day with this fun group of Rotarians! President Sophia reported that our sock drive netted 512 pairs for homeless vets! Way to go CVSR!!! And look who paid us a surprise visit..... Martha Alvarez!!!! Welcome home!
Comedy in the Face of Adversity
Tonight we celebrated new members Mila and Gina's belated birthdays, learned about Mila during her "Three Truths and a Lie" and were reminded about the importance of laughter in our daily lives. Speaker Summer Golden told her story of recovering from cancer through comedy in her presentation entitled "Comedy in the Face of Adversity."
September Service: Socks for Veterans
With only one week notice, CVSR members brought in a hefty amount of new socks which will be donated this weekend at the GI Film Festival's Family Night! Partnering with "Courage to Call," our sock donation will be given to homeless veterans. Thanks to all club members and their family/friends who donated to this wonderful cause!
GI Film Festival
This morning we welcomed Claudine Casillas from KPBS who shared information about the upcoming GI Film Festival. The festival, which takes place September 24-29, in addition to a special event on September 6, will feature 34 independent story tellers for, by and about the military-veteran experience. Some are dramas, some documentaries, with a few shorts as well. Please go to for more information!
Five New Members Inducted
At a special meeting "Poolside at the KOA" President Sophia introduced five new members into our Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary family!  With the assistance of our own DG Marta Knight, Mila, Gina, Mark, Michael and Nestor received their Rotary pins and red badges. We are excited for these new Rotarians to share their passions and begin new projects to our service above self! Welcome to CVSR!
New Members Coming to CVSR
Congratulations to our new CVSR members Mark Becerra, Nestor Espinoza, Mila Cochran, Gina Woodard and Michael Brandt who attended a new member meeting tonight with Membership Chair Rochelle Carroll and Treasurer Tom Miller! They will be inducted at the Poolside at the KOA Social on Sunday! Welcome to Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary!
Successful Orange Crate Derby
Another successful OCD is in the books! A huge thank you goes out to all of the Rotarians and volunteers whose dedication made this a special weekend for families. Not only did we provide fun for the children and their pit crews and support teams, but we also gave groups (South Bay Pioneers, the I.T. Club and Key Club from Hilltop High School, and the Cross Country Team from Otay Ranch High School) an opportunity to get involved in their community by giving back. It was a perfect weekend to race! To enjoy more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.
Dog Park Approved!
We're all about the dogs! This morning we welcomed CV Council Member John McCann who shared about the new dog park which has been approved for Rohr Park. This 1 1/2 acre park will be separated for both large and small dogs! The city hopes to have it completed by the end of the year and all of our Rotary dogs are excited! 
Girls Rising Mentor Program
Tonight we enjoyed a lovely summer evening at the San Diego KOA Resort at our weekly meeting! We welcomed many guests, celebrated Chris and Rowena's birthdays, and played "Three truths and a lie." We welcomed our guest speaker, Brianna Mirabile, from Girls' Rising Mentor Program. This is a 501c organization that empowers at-risk girls to recognize value and pursue higher goals through women mentors. This successful program uses many outdoor events and goal setting to help these young ladies. For more info please go to
July Service Project:
School Uniforms
July service project update: Today was the last day to contribute school uniforms which will go to families in need through the Chula Vista Community Collaborative. CVSR members... making a difference in our community!
Learning About the IRC
This morning we welcomed Lida Dianti and Jessica Wawrzyniak from the International Rescue Committee. The IRC improves lives of refugees that have been shattered by conflict. In 2018 alone, 26 million people from forty countries received assistance from IRC throughout the world. One program, which also assists low income residents in our area, deals with career readiness skills and job training. CVSR looks forward to a strong partnership with the IRC. For more info, please visit
Christmas in July for President Sophia
It was Christmas in July for President Sophia as a package was delivered which contained the stolen Rotary bell. After unwrapping numerous wrapped packages, Sophia received her gavel, but her bell still appears to be confined. Will be she able to get it out in time for next week's meeting? Stay tuned....
Rotarians Are Super Heroes
Congratulations to DG Marta Knight and Club President Sophia Anguiano who led an exciting first meeting of the new Rotary year! We were inspired by stories of super heroes, complete with a visit from Elvis who reminded us that this year will be about "a little less conversation and a little more action." Congratulations to CVSR member Carole Eklund who received Marta's first Super Hero recipient pin! CV Sunrise Rotary.... people of action!!!
Celebration at the Governor's Dinner
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary was celebrating at last night's Governor's Dinner, marking the end to a fabulous Rotary year!  Not only was it announced that we earned the Presidential Citation with a Gold Presidential Distinction and a TRF Giving Banner, but our own Marta Knight became District Governor for 5340 and Sophia Anguiano became our youngest club president! We are looking forward to another fun year under their leadership. For more info and pictures from this entertaining evening, please check out our club photos of visit our Facebook page!
Celebration at Annual I/O Dinner
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary celebrated a wonderful inspirational year under the leadership of our Co-Presidents Rochelle and Chris Carroll at our annual Installation/Oustallation Dinner. Awards were given to members with perfect attendance in addition to new Paul Harris Fellows. We watched our year in review and reflected on much we accomplished.  Our Rotarian of the Year Award was presented to Trish Rogers.  DGE and club member Marta Knight swore in the new Board of Directors who will serve our new club president Sophia Anguiano. Together we will connect the world. For more photos of this fun event, please visit our club photos or our Facebook page.

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World Polio Day at the Brew Bar
Thank you the CVSR members and Alex, owner of the Brew Bar, who all contributed to our successful World Polio Day! We interacted with our local CV residents, giving them information about the End Polio Now campaign and inviting them to visit our Rotary club.  Many community its members were unaware that polio still exists. Thank you to everyone who helped out in promoting or attending this fun event!
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