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Chula Vista-Eastlake

Making a Difference

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
TBD
Chula Vista, CA 91914
United States of America
Contact us for more information at RotaryClubEastlake@gmail.com We are currently meeting online in Zoom during COVID. Message us for the link.
I am often asked by family members, friends, and colleagues, "Sam, what is Rotary?" My response is simple, Rotary is a service club and leadership organization with local and global reach. I am grateful and honored to be voted by my fellow Rotary Club of Chula Vista-Eastlake friends and members as Club President for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.
 
The Rotary Club of Chula Vista-Eastlake is known as the FUN club. We have fun while serving the community, making long-lasting friendships, hosting fabulous social events, giving out meaningful grants and donations locally and globally, and upholding the Object and Guiding principles of Rotary, which could be summarized in three words - Service Above Self.
 
To learn more about Rotary, please contact me or any club member. The world needs more Rotarians. We need you!
Home Page Stories

Celebrating the new Rotary year! 

Out with the old and in with the new ;)
Awards were given for Rotarian of the Year and participation.
Sam is warmly welcomed for his new 2020-2021 year! We cant wait to see all the cool stuff he as planned for us.
  

Our club has had an incredible run of guest speakers who have helped inform, educate and even entertain us. From Alex Montoya of A-MOtivational Communications, to James A. Floros, the San Diego Food Bank's President/Chief Executive Officer, to Edith Sanchez Cruz of Big Brothers Big Sisters, each of our guest presenters has left a powerful impression upon our members and guests. Club member Susan Kaplan also stepped into the speaker’s role as she shared an update on the Watoto WemaClub member Susan Kaplan shares an update about our work with a Kenyan foster home. Centre, a foster home in Kenya that our club has supported with District matching grants. In recent years, our club has funded the purchase of an oven for the home’s bakery program. The teenagers who age out of the school lack job training skills. The oven bakery program provides skills training. We've also supported other orphanage needs, and look to grow our partnership. Susan brought this partnership opportunity to our club after having spent time at the foster home herself. With a "can-do" nature, youthful spirit (she reminds us she is our youngest member) and ability to keep members well fed at meetings, Susan Kaplan is October's Rotarian of the Month.

Part of expanding our outreach includes sharing Rotary activities and causes with the local community. Chula Vista Elementary School District employees supported Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake and the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise. We raised nearly $700 from an employee BBQ and potluck lunch in advance of World Polio Day. Polio seems a distant memory in the United States. Younger generations may know little if anything about the disease. Yet, for much of the developing world, polio was a very real threat until recently. Today, two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We were proud to collaborate with our sister club, and help bring awareness to the local community about the fight to end polio once and for all.

Perhaps there is no greater symbol of our nation than our nation’s flag. The red, white and blue is instantly recognizable, and an enduring reminder of our country’s core values of freedom, liberty and justice. As Rotarians, we start each meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Yet, in our club’s hotel meeting room, where we gather each Tuesday, there was no flag in the room. So our club decided to donate a U.S. flag and flagpole to the Residence Inn by Marriott for the meeting room. At our first meeting with the new flag, members Sandy Aldana and Kingston Stark (photo left), who are each military veterans, led our club in the Pledge of Allegiance. It was a great way to start the meeting, and gave our members a tremendous sense of pride. Rotary has its fair share of symbols as Veterans Sandy Aldana and Kingston Stark led the Pledge of Allegiance with our new flag.well. Our club recently purchased a Rotary stand-up banner. It includes our club name, the iconic Rotary wheel logo, and basic information about our meeting day. The new banner, too, is a symbol of pride for our club. Recently, our executive board took a photo (right) with the new banner. There is both power and pride in the symbols on display at our meetings. We encourage you to reflect on the feelings and values that each of these symbols evoke.

 

Armed with pincers and biodegradable trash bags, a dedicated group of club members, family, and Friends of Rotary helped clean the Bayfront at the Chula Vista Marina. The event was part of Team Up to Clean Up with the Living Coast Discovery Center and took place on the National Clean Up Day Saturday, September 14. Participants were shocked at the amount of trash pulled from the shoreline, and the kinds of items collected. The items picked up from the shore and park area included plastic bottle caps, styrofoam and styrofoam packaging material, a child’s diaper, cigarette butts, paper waste, plastic waste, and more. One of Kingston Stark’s children even found a rusted 10-pound metal weight. The event organizers noted the toxicity of cigarette butts in particular to marine life. We are proud to have been part of this service activity to help preserve our beautiful Chula Vista Marina.
A special thanks goes out to Antwon Lincoln, one of our guest speakers, who is the organizer of TEDxKids and TEDxChulaVista. The locally organized events are connected under the umbrella TED talks, which took public speaking to viral status with its recorded speaker presentations on YouTube. Antwon was both inspiring and motivating as our speaker in August. He shared how the Chula Vista Elementary School District’s annual Speech Contest grew into the TEDx events. Now, with TEDxKids, student speakers have the opportunity to reach a world audience. Our club is a sponsor of TEDxKids, thanks to a club grant and District 5340 matching contribution. The funding, while small compared to larger corporate sponsorships, is like a seed. Our partnership will grow, much like a seedling that takes off once rooted, Lincoln told the club. The TEDxKids and TEDxChulaVista events are scheduled for next Spring. 
 
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  • Anthony Millican
    September 8
  • Mauricio Torres
    September 29
 
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