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2019 Chili Cookoff Event
The annual CSR Chili Cookoff was held on March 3, 2019 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 Shannon Hidalgo took Peoples' Choice Award with her spicy concoction. And the Judges Award was inscribed with the name of Bill "Bull" Hubbert. The "Bull" appropriately took the coveted prized due...(read more)
President Shannon Kicked Out!
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
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. He became Club President in 2000 and served many years on the Board of Directors in many capacities. He was present at nearly...(read more)
2018 Country Fair Success!
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
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)
CSR has scheduled its annual major fundraiser for this spring! Formerly themed as the Country Fair. this year the event will have an updated focus and is named Disco At The Barn. The date has been set at June 8th, 2019 and will run from 6pm to 10pm. Most of the great features of the Country Fair will still be present: the free wine & beer, dozens of great restaurants, gambling house, live and silent auctions, and many more. This year will have the '70s theme reflected in the music, dress code, and decor. Tickets are just $65 and are available from any CSR member. Drop us a note on our Contact page if you'd like more info or tickets.
This year, CSR has clothed another group of children in our flagship Operation Santa Clothes program and has now clothed over 35,000 kids at the West Covina K-mart store! 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 for more information.
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. Gus Gavilanez 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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