October Calendar
Check out our busy October schedule! If you have any questions, please contact President Sophia! Stay tuned for our Polio event on October 24 at the Brew Bar on This Avenue. More info coming soon!
 
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 AgelessLivingLifestyle.com.
 
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 www.citizensclimiatelobby.org. "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 https://gifilmfestivalsd.org/2019/ 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.
 
 
OCD Weekend is Here!
 
The Orange Crate Derby is here! We will be at the race all weekend helping our community have a fun family event. Check out the great article in the Union-Tribune newspaper. 
 
 
 
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 girlsrising.org.
 
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 www.rescue.org/sandiego.
 
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.
 
Pennies for Polio Part Two
 
At our final meeting of the Rotary year under the outstanding leadership of Rochelle and Chris Carroll, we filled our Pennies for Polio jar for the second time this year! Tonight's count was $432.52 making our grand total for the year  $790.62. Thanks to all of the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians who saved their spare change! Tonight we also completed our May/June service project of donating toiletries to Community For Hope, who provides services to the homeless in our community! Way to go CVSR! What a wonderful way to end this inspirational year!
 
Winding Up the Year

A small but mighty group of Rotarians got together for breakfast this morning for fun and a review of club bylaws! We only have one more meeting in this Rotary year under the Carroll leadership! We are still collecting toiletries for Community Through Hope and will fill our polio jar next week at our evening meeting! See you then!

 
 
Hamburg Send Off!
 
It was a Hamburg Send-Off party at this week's meeting where we wished Sophia and Jeff a wonderful trip to this year's convention! We had a special edition of Germany Team Trivia and each member was able to wave their own Germany flag as a salute to our travelers. We have Marta, Sophia and Jeff is position to bring back lots of new ideas to connect with the world!
 
KOA Care Camps Inspire Us
Mike and Rowena Bell shared about KOA Care Camps for children with cancer.  While at this camp, these children are able to participate in activities such as singing, hiking, archery, kayaking, soccer, and arts/crafts while being in the company of other children similar to themselves. There are over 125 non-profit care camps held across the US and Canada thanks to donations that were over 1.3 million dollars in 2018.  The American Cancer Society is no longer able to support these camps with funding since their money is all used for research. For this reason, KOAs across the US and Canada hold activities throughout the year to support camps.  This camp and the Bells are truly an inspiration!
 
Progressive Dinner Across Town
 
Rotarians out having fun! This afternoon we went through town at our annual progressive dinner party. Thanks to Monica and Harvey, Jeff and George, and Jeannette and Brandon for hosting our three courses. We had great food with great people! 
 
Financial Grants Announced
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to announce the following grants donated to both local and international organizations. Financial support comes from our Trivia Night fundraiser and member's Community Benefit pledges. Congratulations to KOA Care Camps, providing a camp experience to children with cancer; Community Through Hope, assisting the homeless in the South Bay; Doors of Change, working with homeless youth via the arts; Greater San Diego Reading Association, providing books to families with newborns; Gurmilan Foundation, providing scholarships and equipment for people with disabilities; Mary's Guest House, working with victims of human trafficking;  South Bay Pioneers, working with  recovery of alcohol and substance abuse; Kids 4 Our World, supporting local organic gardens and planting trees internationally; Quin Murphy Foundation, providing scholarships and raising awareness about healthcare; and Train for Change, pricing education to schools in Honduras. In addition to the three $1,000 high scholarships, this takes our donations to $15,000 this year! Congratulations to all the organizations we recognize that are doing inspiring work in our world.
 
Rise Against Hunger Event
Thank you to all CVSR club members, other Rotarians from the Route 78 club, our Bonita Vista High School Interact Club, the Girls Scouts, Club Chavista from Castle Park Elementary School and many community volunteers for supporting our Rise Against Hunger food packaging event this morning! Over 100 volunteers packaged 23,544 meals in under two hours! In the six years we have been supporting Rise Against Hunger, our small but mighty Rotary club has packaged 114,696 meals!!! For more pictures, please check out our club photos link.
 
 
 
A Night to Remember Prom
 
CVSR joined other Rotarians at the flower station at The Night to Remember Prom. It was a special evening making a difference in the lives of many young people, both the honored guests and their hosts! We passed out corsages and boutonnieres, making special memories at a wonderful event!
 
Books For Babies
Trish and Melanie greeted new mothers at Sharp Hospital Chula Vista  with our Books for Babies bags. Through a partnership with CVSR and the Greater San Diego Reading Association, we promoted literacy and the importance of reading to newborns and children before reaching kindergarten. Approximately 140 bags are given to new mothers and fathers at three local hospitals. Volunteers Elaine and Sam escorted us through the maternity department where we were greeted by Blanca Placides-Ayana, Manager of Maternal Infant's Services and the Nicu. Blanca thanked both organizations and stressed the importance of encouraging reading to your families.
 
Mayor Mary Salas Visits
This morning we welcomed Mayor Mary Salas to our morning meeting who shared about the new happenings in Chula Vista. We learned about the revitalization of the Vogue Theater and the former House of Munich which will add new excitement to booming Third Avenue. In addition we heard about the Bayfront Project, The Elite Training Center, the University, and a new deck to the library. Things are happening CV! We also welcomed our Trivia Night Master of Ceremonies, Clint Bell, who played Rotary Team Trivia after receiving our thanks! It was another inspirational meeting at CVSR!
 
 
 
 
Meetings at SD KOA Resort
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary is now meeting at the beautiful San Diego KOA Resort in their Board Room, located just off the pool deck.  We meet most Thursdays at 7 AM, but from time to time that could be changed to an evening event. If we have a weekend service project or social event, we could be dark that week. Please be sure to check on calendar at the link on our webpage to see where we are on any specific date!  We hope to see you soon!
 
Rotary Rocks at Bondfire
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary spent an evening creating inspirational messages on rocks while bonding at our  "Bondfire at the KOA."
Let us know if our works of art inspires you or touches your heart! #rotaryrocks
 
Trivia Night In the Books
Another successful Trivia Night is in the books! Thanks to everyone who worked or played to help us raise money for our community benefit fund! Congratulations to our new champions..... Faber 66.  Be sure to visit more pictures in our club photos section!
 
 
 
Serving Lunch At Ronald McDonald House
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians were people of action today we we prepared and served lunch at Ronald McDonald House! We sliced, we cleaned, we served, we swept and washed, in addition to having lots of smiles and laughs with friends! Thanks to all who came out to share the joy in our community! For more pictures, please visit our club photos section or our Facebook page!
 
796 pairs donated to Soles4Souls
 
 
With a few more donations coming in since Saturday, Dave Rossi made one additional stop before stopping at the Soles4Souls Distribution warehouse  to drop off a total of 796 pairs of shoes on behalf of Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary. Special thanks to Rotarian Chehad Elawar  who donated 468 new pairs of shoes. Wearing out poverty, one step at a time!
Stay tuned for our next service project! 
 
A Successful First Time Shoe Drive
 
 
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary collected 283 pairs of shoes in our first attempt to support Soles4Souls! Without knowing how many shoes Dave could fit into his van to deliver to the distribution center in Riverside,Ca., we held back on publicity this time around!  Thank you to the club members, their friends and family members, and those community members who saw our signs and Facebook post and quickly cleaned out closets to make their donations to wear out poverty! Dave will pick up additional shoes on the way to the center and we should be donating nearly 1000 pairs of shoes! Thank you CVSR!
 
 
Hospitality Night 2019
 
 
 
Last night the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club shared fun and friendship with over 50 of our closest friends from all over the world! We had guests from Chile, Argentina, France, Israel, Pakistan, Australia, Croatia, Canada, South Africa, Thailand, Japan, India and many from the USA. It is wonderful to share the spirit of Rotary and learn that all clubs and districts share the same issues.Thank you to Rowena and Mike Bell for once again hosting this beautiful event. For more pictures please visit our Facebook page.
 
 
 
The Gurmilan Foundation
 
 

Congratulations to Beto Gurmilan who earned our Inspiration of the Month Award for December! Beto shared his story of overcoming obstacles following a surfing accident at age 14 to living a full life with new passions! Beto currently teaches at the community college level and runs The Gurmilan Foundation which assists people with disabilities with necessary equipment, scholarships, and motivation. Jeanne Kearley introduced our new AG David Hoffman who will replace Jeanne in January! Another inspiring meeting at Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary!

 
Holiday Food Boxing
 
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians used their muscles and determination to pack 100 boxes of food for families in need on Sunday. The food boxes will be distributed to families in need by the Chula Vista Welfare Council. In addition the hard work of lifting and packing, CVSR also contributed the $500 needed to supply the boxes. Well Done!
 
Holiday Decorating
 
 
Rochelle, Chris, Sophia and Trish represented the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club on Saturday morning to decorate the hallways at Building 26 at Balboa Naval Hospital in conjunction with the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station! Hundreds of volunteers created a feeling of "home" for many of those returning from war with injuries. Check out the beautiful tree with the "Purple Heart" theme! Making a difference... it's what we do!
 
Donating Thanksgiving Bags
 
 

This week we put together ten Thanksgiving bags to be donated to families in need, identified by the Chula Vista Community Collaborative. Each bag contains a $25 grocery card and all the fixings for their special dinner on Thanksgiving! This was an inspirational way to begin the month of giving! #Makingadifference. It's what we do!

 
We Filled Our Jar!
In honor of World Polio Day, we challenged members to filled our Pennies for Polio jar! In true Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary spirit, we went over and beyond! Next week we will count our coin!!
 
 
 
 
Living With Polio
 

A very special thank you to Tish Caliger who joined us to share her personal stories of living wilh polio as we celebrated World Polio Day this week! While living in Panama with her family, Tish broke her arm while playing outside at age 10. She contracted polio while in the hospital! We were inspired by her personal challenges and stories of adapting to life with the ability to use only one arm. Congratulations to Tish on being named our Inspiration of the Month for October by Co-Presidents Chris and Rochelle! 

 
Making Dog Toys
Tonight the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club celebrated the end of summer with a social/service event at the KOA! In addition to sharing a meal with good friends, we created dog toys out of tee shirts. They will be donated to the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility who is speaking at our meeting this week!
 
 
 

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