This year, CSR has clothed another group of children in our flagship Operation Santa Clothes program and has now clothed over 35,000 kids with new clothes! 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 giving self esteem, character development, and a sense of caring to these kids. You can help with a tax deductible donation here. See our Santa Clothes page to make a donation or for more information.
CSR does a Corona Kickout!
Member News • Jul 20th, 2020 • 0 Comments
On June 27, 2020, incoming CSR president Cicero Salmon opened the kickout party hosted at Robert Avila's house. Social distancing was suggested and it offered "...Libations, food, entertainment, jokes, prizes and more. An enjoyable casual get-together to celebrate the end to Bill Higleys presidential term." Although masks were optional, it appears that all came through without a single Covid-19 case!
Augmenting the weekly meetings on Zoom conferencing software, CSR has now resumed its weekly live meetings, now held at Azo Vino wine bar in Covina. Plans for future activities are tentative,...(read more)
CSR DARK - Corona Virus!!!
Member News • Mar 15th, 2020 • (updated: Mar 17th, 2020) • 0 Comments
It is with heavy heart, we must report that starting on March 18, 2020, the mighty Covina Sunrise Rotary Club will not be having its regular meetings for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, it has been decided that our upcoming events, including the Disco At The Barn (May 16th) are now cancelled.
It was inevitable. In the first few months of 2020, CSR was off to a great start, planning events, inducting new members, having a great time... then it happened: The world started going insane from a microscopic visitor from Wuhan,...(read more)
2020 Chili Cookoff Event
Fundraisers • Feb 15th, 2019 • (updated: Mar 17th, 2020) • 0 Comments
The annual CSR Chili Cookoff was held on March 1, 2020 this year at the Azo Vino Wine Bar at 678 S Citrus Avenue in Covina. The event started at 1:00pm and ran through 5:00pm. Prizes were awarded for Judges Pick and the Peoples' Choice in addition to having the winner's name inscribed on our perpetual trophy. This year Barbara Brusca took Peoples' Choice Award with her spicy concoction. And the Judges Award was inscribed with the name of Cherri Walsh, who took the Judges...(read more)
President Shannon Kicked Out!
Member News • Jul 2nd, 2018 • (updated: Jul 5th, 2018) • 2 Comments
June 30, 2018 marked an end of the line for the Sparkle Princess. A year of life at the top of CSR had come to completion for president Shannon Hidalgo at a spectacular kickout party in her honor. The event was held on the last day of her reign so as to celebrate every last drop of the year she has so magnificently presided over. Shannon ended the year in the same infectious spirit that she started it with. Every meeting was pervaded with her unlimited enthusiasm and sparkling manner....(read more)
The Passing of a Great Man
Member News • Jun 12th, 2018 • (updated: Jan 30th, 2020) • 2 Comments
On June 8th, 2018, Covina Sunrise Rotary suffered a monumental loss - one of our own, Hugh Ledford, left us peacefully in his sleep. Although Hugh has been fighting for his life at City of Hope for several years, his time had come to pass. Hugh has been a Charter Member of CSR from its origin in 1982 and was a keystone of its existence ever since. [download slideshow] He became Club President in 2000 and served many years on the Board of Directors in many capacities....(read more)
2018 Country Fair Success!
Fundraisers • Mar 14th, 2018 • (updated: Jun 12th, 2018) • 0 Comments
The 2018 Country Fair was held at 6:00pm on Saturday, May 19th this year. It was the 25th year CSR has held its major annual fundraiser. The event primarily provides funding for our Operation Santa Clothes and the Tex Everson Humanitarian Endowment. As has been the rule for the past few years, we held it at the Hurst Ranch in West Covina. This year's Fair followed the successful lead of past years with the return of 25 local restaurants, free beer and wine bars, the great Big Band Theory...(read more)
High Heels and Hipsters
Member News • Mar 21st, 2018 • 0 Comments
On March 20, 2018, the "Ladies of CSR" decided to recognize the 30th anniversary of women being allowed in Rotary. Basically asking the male members of CSR to walk a
mile few steps in their shoes. With help from district members, a collection of high heel shoes and feather boas were distributed to the guys. Not all opted to don the distaff garb, deciding that a $60 alternative "donation" to the Rotary Foundation would be worth the possibility of a pulled hamstring. Some of the "dancers" seemed strangely experienced in...(read more)
2018 Chili Cook-Off Winners!
Fundraisers • Jan 23rd, 2018 • (updated: Feb 23rd, 2018) • 0 Comments
"It's the coldest winter on record" we've all heard on the news! Accordingly, to help solve the nation's chillblains, on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 our annual Chili Cook Off competition was held downtown at Casa Moreno - 223 N Citrus Avenue in Covina. The CCO series has been well received in past years by the cooks AND the community of tasters. This year, Galen Metz defended his sweeping victory of last year with his exotic concoction by taking the People's Choice Award. Newcomer Cherri Walsh...(read more)
Pauly's Project: Making a difference - Together!
Fundraisers • Oct 24th, 2017 • (updated: Nov 20th, 2017) • 0 Comments
On Sunday, November 19, 2017, CSR created a group service club project in conjunction with Pauly’s Project to give back to the homeless in the skid row community of Los Angeles. Skid Row is no longer just a "row". A huge 54 block section of downtown Los Angeles has been the generally accepted limits of the area. Dozens if not hundreds of camps are set up in this area each with a dozen or so tents clustered. Our day saw us traveling with a caravan of cars to several of...(read more)
Thunderfest 2017/Rotary Beer Garden
Fundraisers • Oct 23rd, 2017 • 0 Comments
Thunderfest 2017 was held downtown Covina on Saturday, October 21. Covina Sunrise Rotarians were on site at the Beer Garden volunteering all day to set up, sell tickets, check ids & issue wrist bands, pour beer and more beer and tear down as well! A big thank you to all club members, family and friends that helped and a HUGE thank you to Galen and Kathy Metz for their tireless efforts. Without them, there would be no beer garden! Another successful community event and fundraiser!
Rotary Social Hour !
Member News • Oct 23rd, 2017 • 0 Comments
Covina Sunrise Rotary hosted our second Rotary Social Hour on October 17 at City Grill in Covina! All who joined in had a great time eating, drinking and socializing with fellow rotarians and guests. Thank you to Joel Camacho for setting the night up. Watch for news on our next Rotary Social Hour in the next few months.
CSR proudly donates to Covina PD K-9 Unit!
Member News • Oct 13th, 2017 • 0 Comments
At our weekly meeting on Tuesday, October 10,on behalf of Covina Sunrise Rotary, President Shannon presented Chief John Curley from Covina Police Department with a check in the amount of $1000 for the K-9 Unit! Chief Curley was also our featured Speaker of the Week! We are proud to support our community!
Annual Family & Friends Picnic
Uncategorized • Sep 26th, 2017 • (updated: Sep 27th, 2017) • 0 Comments
A fun day was had by all who attended our Annual Family & Friends Picnic on Sunday, September 17 at Gladstone Park! The weather was perfect, the food provided by Me 2 You BBQ and sides by the club members was delicious. The kids had a blast playing in the playground and the adults enjoyed a relaxing afternnoon visiting and soaking up the day! Covina Sunrise Rotarians know how to throw a picnic!
CSR donates to Packages of Love!
Member News • Aug 21st, 2017 • 0 Comments
Covina Sunrise Rotary donated 4 boxes of personal hygiene products for Packages of Love drive, headed up by Covina Mayor Jorge Marquez. The mayor attended the club's Tuesday morning meeting at South Hills Country Club on August 15 to accept the donations. President Shannon said "I'm so proud of our club for stepping up and helping with this charitable cause!".
2017 Covina National Night Out
Member News • Aug 4th, 2017 • (updated: Aug 9th, 2017) • 0 Comments
Covina Sunrise Rotary proudly participated in the recent National Night Out event put on by the City. We represented our club and rotary well with our Rotary EZ up and Unbelievable T-Shirts!
Club members enjoyed a great, although hot and stormy, night visiting with locals, including Mayor Jorge Marquez, that stopped by our booth to find out what we are all about and enter our wine raffle.
Stay tuned for information on our next big event!
President Avila's Kickout Party
Member News • Jun 30th, 2017 • (updated: Aug 10th, 2017) • 0 Comments
On June 24, 2017 ol' President Avila was semi-ceremoniously discharged from his lofty office as CSR President. The event was held at the home of Ms. Shannon Hidalgo who coincidentally was kicked IN as Robert's successor. The party was fully booked as revelers consumed massive amounts of food and quaffed assorted libations, followed by a roast-like program to certify the passing of the gavel. The program continued with a video tribute to Robert's year (see it HERE) as well as a reprise video of his performance in a sequence...(read more)
2017 International Convention
Member News • Jun 30th, 2017 • (updated: Aug 10th, 2017) • 0 Comments
The 2017 Rotary International Convention took place June 10-14 in Atlanta, Georgia (state, not the country) and CSR showed up in force! Five members of our club attended!
Country Fair 2017 - "Oh, What a Night"
Fundraisers • May 30th, 2017 • (updated: Aug 11th, 2017) • 0 Comments
Annual Chili Cook Off 2017
Fundraisers • Mar 6th, 2017 • (updated: Aug 10th, 2017) • 0 Comments
On Sunday, April 2, 2017 our annual Chili Cook Off competition was held at Arrow Lodge Brewing at 720 E. Arrow Highway "C" in Covina (between Barranca and Grand). Many attended for an unlimited chili tasting from our lineup of competitors. There were prizes awarded for the People's Choice as well as a winner selected by our panel of judges. This year Galen Metz took BOTH awards with his spicy concoction. There were also great raffle prizes awarded throughout the event. Stop by to enjoy a fine craft beer from...(read more)
OSC Fundraiser at Pomeroy Station!
Fundraisers • Jan 20th, 2017 • (updated: Aug 10th, 2017) • 0 Comments
Pam and Jon Pomeroy hosted a fundraiser for OSC at the grand opening of "Pomeroy's Station" - A Museum of Oil, Advertising and Memories. The event was on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 4-9pm. Very few people have ever had the privilege of viewing the incredible Pomeroy Oil Collection and now it has been expanded with an amazing collection of memorabilia. The existing oil collectables have been supplanted with an amazing amount of artifacts from yesteryear. Everything from soda bottles to Burma Shave signs bring back memories of days long...(read more)
- CSR does a Corona Kickout!
- CSR DARK - Corona Virus!!!
- 2020 Chili Cookoff Event
- President Shannon Kicked Out!
- The Passing of a Great Man
- 2018 Country Fair Success!
- High Heels and Hipsters
- 2018 Chili Cook-Off Winners!
- Pauly's Project: Making a difference - Together!
- Thunderfest 2017/Rotary Beer Garden
CSR has a new home - right here in Covina! We now meet every Tuesday morning at 7:15 at the Covina District Field at 220 W Puente (west of Citrus). Our new digs are in the new Conference Center, on the 2nd floor in the South Hills room. If you'd like to join us for a free breakfast there, we'd be happy to show you what we're all about. Just drop us a note on the Contact page!
CSR is a proud sponsor of a new, online FREE Reading program for kids in K-6. The program is compatible with most Internet browsers used by desktop and tablet computers. Anyone can easily sign up for the program free through our website. Just click on the logo above to get to the signin page for the program.
The goal is to enhance the literacy skills of English language learners of all grade school ages. The FREE reading program will help improve English reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and much more! Currently there are over 110,000 kids enrolled! If you have or know children of grade school age, check out the program - we believe it can really help improve literacy in our youth.
Besides the growth of the "R Futures" Club as a subsidiary of CSR, our membership keeps growing. Peter Arredondo being our newest inductee. Check him out along with info on all our members on the About Us page. Drop us a note on our Contact page if you'd like to visit us for a free breakfast and see if you'd be interested in joining us as well!
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