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The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza / Rancho Santa Margarita del Sol
 
Celebrating more than 30 Years of Service!
Come Join Us Doing Good in the World.
 
 
1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7AM
Tijeras Creek Golf Club
29082 Tijeras Creek
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
92688 Map
   
 
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Thousands of men and woman are currently deployed for our country’s protection throughout the world. 

Back home, the families of these faithful Marines are often left in need of groceries, clothing, incidentals and other extraordinary expenses for the holiday season.

The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza/RSM del Sol has joined hands with the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA for a sixth year to bring some much needed relief and support for these families during the holiday season.

Additionally, we are helping the Armed Services YMCA childcare,after-school tutoring and mentoring programs on the Camp Pendleton base which are crucial to these children who are often suffering with issues due to their parent’s absence.

This year we will be providing 250 fully cooked hams and $50 commissary gift certificates for these families of young Camp Pendleton based Marines. 

100% of your contribution will help these families enjoy a holiday that many of us often take for granted.

 
 
What an informative morning, thank you Lisa Bartlett, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, representing our Fifth District for keeping us abreast of the City's much-need infrastructure projects.
 
Bartlett's spearheading of the revitaization of the Dana Point Harbor, the OSO Bridge Connector project to the 241, a new homeless shelter, a proposed business model for the John Wayne Airport and a new animal shelter are validation of her effectiveness in leadership.
 
 
It will be here BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!
 

The annual 4th of July Parade and Festival is fast-approaching and we are CALLING ALL SPONSORS to get involved in this fun-filled community event.

For interested SPONSORS, we made it easy for you; just click the following link and sign up online:

http://www.rotary4th.org/sponsors/

Sponsoring businesses will be provided a pop up tent, table and chairs in the sports park after the parade.

Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile, invite your friends and family to make this our best year yet!

 
 
Charlie Ware unfolds the history of the O'Neill family, early ranchers in South Orange County. The presentation focused on the development of the Mission Viejo Company, the Rancho Santa Margaria Company and Ladera Ranch.
 
Thank you Charlie Ware, Director of Community Development for Rancho Mission Viejo Company, we appreciate the discussion you precipitated at our bi-monthly meeting yesterday.
 
 

 

Alan Sherman, Speech Contest Chairman, is shown here with three 2016 Speech Contest winners!

From left to right:

Alan Sherman, Speech Chairman...
Varsha Nair, First Place winner
Paige Hanoka, Second Place winner
Katie Bui, Third Place winner

The contest was judged by three judges from the Toastmasters Club, great job Varsha, Paige and Katie. Thank you Alan for Chairing this special, annual event.

 
 

 

Our Coto de Caza & Rancho Santa Margarita del Sol Rotary Club is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Ethics in Business Awards Breakfast.

This year we are excited to honor Mike Conte, Regional Vice President of South County Bank.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to participate in this esteemed occasion. Our gathering will be held at:

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Tijeras Creek Golf Club
29082 Tijeras Creek
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

In recognition of Mike Conte, a portion of this $35.00 event will benefit Rotary International’s End Polio Now Program.

Reservations are due by Monday, October 5, 2015. Contact Karen Hume at karenhume@att.net to secure your spot.
See you there!

 
 

 

Cox Connect

Rotary Members (L to R) Dean Keller and Jim Bastian during a filming interview for Cox Communication's "Cox OC Connection" public affairs show about our 2013 "Families Left Behind" Marines support project. Tuesday November 5th

 
 
Bott to Provide an Update on OC’s Toll Roads Going Cashless & the State Route 241 Tesoro Extension Project

The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza / Rancho Santa Margarita announced that Jeff Bott, senior public affairs and community relations representative for the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), will speak at its 7 a.m. meeting on Thursday, June 5 at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. He will provide an update on Orange County’s toll roads transitioning to cashless payment methods and will address the status of the State Route 241 Tesoro Extension Project.


“We are honored to work with Jeff Bott of the Transportation Corridor Agencies to bring the members of the Rotary and the local community an update on how OC commuters can expect to be affected both currently and in the future,” said Derek Godfrey, president of the Rotary Club of Coto de Caza/Rancho Santa Margarita. “We encourage both members and non-members to join us for breakfast and learn more about the agency’s projects and their impact on Orange County.”

Bott has worked for the TCA, a public agency that built and operates the largest network of toll roads in California for the past 19 years. As senior public affairs and community relations representative, he is responsible for communicating to the public about The Toll Roads. As a resident of San Clemente, Bott serves on the Board of Directors for the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce and was elected chairman for 2010. He is an alumnus of Cal State Fullerton and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

The meeting includes breakfast and is open to the public for $15 per ticket. The event is free for Rotarians. Reservations can be made through Karen Hume via email at karenhumeatt.net. 

 
 

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7 AM Speaker - Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens at Tijeras Creek Golf Club  May 01, 2014 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM

The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza & Rancho Santa Margarita announced that Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will speak at its meeting on Thursday, May 1 at 7 am. at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Hutchens, who became Sheriff in 2008, will discuss the state of the department, current state of law enforcement in Orange County, special challenges the department faces, and issues unique to the RSM and Coto areas.  Hutchens is on the front line keeping our families safe, and we are grateful  that she is sharing her breadth of knowledge about law enforcement in Orange County to answer questions that people might have, said Derek Godfrey, president of the Rotary Club of Coto de Caza Rancho Santa Margarita. ‘This is a great chance for both members and non-members to learn about issues that directly affect the safety of our communities.”

Hutchens’ 30 year career in law enforcement includes counterterrorism training in Israel, FBI National Academy training, participation in the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program at Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. In her six years as Sheriff of Orange County, Hutchens has made numerous changes to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department with the goal of restoring the department’s core values and making crucial shifts to ensure citizen safety. The meeting includes breakfast and is open to all members of the Rancho Santa Margarita Coto de Caza community.

Tickets are $15 and reservations can be made  through Karen Hume via email at karenhume@att.net. Payment will also  be accepted at the door on the day of the event.  

 
 

Honoring David Hanna, Owner of Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar

An award created to recognize a local business leader who navigates their enterprise using the highest ethical standards, is sensitive to community needs and adheres to Rotary’s 4 Way Test.

The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza & Rancho Santa Margarita del Sol is pleased to present the 5th Annual Ethics In Business Awards Breakfast

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Place: Tijeras Creek Golf Club
29082 Tijeras Creek
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Time: 7:30 a.m.  Cost: $35.00 per person or Tables of 8: $280  (Checks payable to Rotary del Sol)

Reservations due by October 11th

Donation to Rotary International’s End Polio Now Program  made in recognition of David Hanna

For more information contact Karen at karenhume@cox.net  or call 949-584-9981

 
 

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It's one of the most inspirational moments at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® When the sun goes down, hundreds of luminaria light the way under the stars to remember those lost to cancer, those fighting cancer, and those who have fought cancer and won. This ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and perseverance with which we all continue to fight. 

The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza/RSM del Sol has joined hands with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life to raise funds to fight Cancer.  Support our Coto RSM Rotary Club Members Relay Team with a Donation to Cure Cancer.

Join us for Relay For Life of Rancho Santa Margarita, Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00am,  Central Park behind the Bell Tower / City Hall

Please come out an walk “anytime” during the Sat. 9;00am – Sun. 9:00 am “Walk –A- Thon”.

 
 

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July 4, 2013 - Rotary Club Of Coto de Caza / Rancho Santa Margarita to Host Annual Coto De Caza 4th Of July Parade & Country Fair

The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza/Rancho Santa Margarita will bring families together this 4th of July and uphold the tradition of annual festivities with Coto de Caza’s 32nd Annual 4th of July Parade and Country Fair. Friends, family and the community can celebrate Independence Day with great food and activities from water slides, carnival games and bounce houses to a beer garden for adults. Starting at 10 a.m., the celebration kicks off with a parade starting  at the corner of Plano Trabuco and Coto de Caza Drive and ending at the Country Fair housed at the Sports Park in Coto de Caza.

 
 
James Littlejohn to Discuss Importance of After School Care for Children and Teens
 
COTO DE CAZA/RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. – The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza / Rancho Santa Margarita announced that Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley Executive Director James Littlejohn will speak at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
 
 

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Calling all High School Students!

Rotary 28th Annual Speech Contest

Thurs. Feb 20, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tijeras Creek Golf Club, RSM

Contact:  Alan Sherman, Speech Contest Chair  a.sherman2004@cox.net  

2014 Theme: The Rotary 4-Way Test:

Of the things we think, say, or do:

FIRST: Is it the TRUTH?

SECOND: Is it FAIR to all concerned?

THIRD: Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

FOURTH: Will it be BENEFICIAL TO ALL CONCERNED?

Rotary Guiding Principles

Eligibility The contest is open to any high school student in good standing currently attending a high school located within the Coto RSM Ladera Ranch, Trabuco Canyon or Lake Forest area served by Rotary Club del Sol. Any high school student in good standing from a public (including continuation or alternate high school) or private high school can participate. The local Rotary Club may have as many contestants as they wish for their club contest. However, there will be only one club winner sent to the Semifinal.

Length:  From 4 to 5 minutes with a 30 second grace period. Thus, a speaker will be disqualified if he/she speaks for less than 4 minutes or more than 5 minutes and 30 seconds.

Awards: Certificates will be furnished to all participants in our local and Semifinal contests. The winners of the club contests will participate in the Semifinals. The winners of the Semifinals will go on to the District Contest to compete for one of three scholarships and an invitation to speak at the Rotary District 5320 Conference in Temecula, California, May 3, 2014

Factors to be considered in judging the speeches include:

50%-Content (speech development, effectiveness and speech value)

ALL CONTESTANTS MUST SPEAK ON THE TOPIC OF THE FOUR-WAY TEST OR THEY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED

30%-Delivery (physical, voice and manner) 20%-Language (appropriateness and correctness)

District Semi-Final Contest: Saturday March 15, 2014
District Final Contest: Saturday April 5, 2014

 
 
Thousands of men and women are currently fighting for our country’s protection in Afghanistan. Back home, the families of these faithful Marines are left in need of groceries, clothing, incidentals and other extraordinary expenses for the holidays.
 
The Rotary Club of Coto de Caza/RSM del Sol has joined hands with the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA for a fourth year to bring some much-needed relief and support for these families during the holiday season. Helping the Armed Services YMCA childcare, after-school tutoring and mentoring on the Camp Pendleton base is crucial to these children who are suffering issues due to their parents’ absence. 
 
This year we will be providing 250 fully cooked hams and commissary and grocery gift certificates for these families.  100% of your contribution will help these families enjoy a holiday that many of us often take for granted.  The Boy Scouts of America Troop 636 and the local high school Interact Clubs are helping us collect donations outside local grocery and club stores.
 
Please make all tax deductible donations payable to:
 
The Rotary Foundation of Coto de Caza / Trabuco Canyon
P.O. Box 81072
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
 
 
 
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Calling all High School Students Vocalist!

Rotary 29th Annual Vocal Contest
Thurs. Feb 27, 2014 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dove Canyon Golf Club, RSM (Dove Canyon)

Contact:  Alan Sherman, Vocal Contest Chair  a.sherman2004@cox.net

ELIGIBILITY
Eligibility The contest is open to students currently attending a high school located within the Coto RSM Ladera Ranch, Trabuco Canyon or Lake Forest area served by Rotary Club del Sol. Any high school student in good standing from a public (including continuation or alternate high school) or private high school can participate. The local Rotary Club may have as many contestants as they wish for their club contest. However, there will be only one club winner sent to the Semifinal.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SINGER OF THE YEAR PROGRAM
The program is designed to encourage high school students as they develop the art of solo singing.  Singers will compete in one of four divisions and at three levels.
The preliminary competition will take place at the local Rotary club level.  Each club is responsible for selecting the candidates it wishes to sponsor.  The semi-final will be held on March 15, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal Street, Orange, and the three top performers in each division will compete in the finals at Trinity Episcopal Church the following Saturday, March 22nd.

Semi-finalist singers are expected to commit from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 15, 2014 for competition and listening to others.  Finalist singers are expected to commit from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014 for the same.

COMPETITION

  1. CLASSICAL: Opera and art songs; female and male categories
  2. MUSICAL THEATER: Broadway show tunes, operettas, movies; female and male categories

ACCOMPANIST: A solo pianist will accompany all selections.  An accompanist will be provided on the day of competition.  No recorded tracks will be permitted.

SHEET MUSIC: Two copies of all selections must be provided for the adjudication on the day of competition.  All music will be returned immediately following the event.

JUDGES: Preliminary competition is at the discretion of the local Rotary club.  Semi-final competition will be adjudicated by music faculty and other adjudicators the local area.  Final competition will be adjudicated by a visiting guest professional.

Each contestant at the semi-final will sing one selection, no more than five (5) minutes long
Finalists will sing two contrasting selections, totaling no more than ten (10) minutes.

FINAL:         March 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Orange
(RECEPTION FOLLOWING)
FIRST PLACE WINNERS WILL PERFORM AT THE DISTRICT 5320 CONFERENCE ON SATURDAY MAY 3, 2014 IN TEMECULA, CA

 
 

BallPark Pizza Owner and Founder Recognized for Contributions to Rancho Santa Margarita 

COTO DE CAZA/RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (October 31, 2012) – In recognition of his contributions to the community, the Rotary Club of Coto de Caza/Rancho Santa Margarita del Sol will honor Jim Poettgen, owner of BallPark Pizza, at the 4th annual “Ethics in Business Award Breakfast.” The event will take place Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center in Rancho Santa Margarita. The “Ethics in Business” award was created to recognize a local business leader who conducts business using the highest ethical standards and makes a significant positive contribution to his/her community.

 
 
 
 

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