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La Mesa Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:15 AM
Marie Callender's Restaurant
6950 Alvarado Rd
San Diego, CA  92120
United States

(858) 204-8983
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Disaster Relief Items Needed
In Flood Areas with no power: generators; solar powered lights, cell phone chargers; batteries of all sizes; transistor radios; camping stoves, camping kits; lighters and matches; freeze dried meals
In Earthquake Areas with power: good quality work gloves; dust masks
All Areas: ; chlorine bleach/disinfectant; powdered baby formula; baby diapers (all sizes); medications; first aid supplies; cleaning supplies; strong trash bags; sunscreen; hats with visors; utility knives; socks (all sizes); closed toe foot wear; bleach; Large tarps; toiletries; women's personal products; mosquito netting; mosquito repellent; Rain ponchos; building supplies and hand tools
Home Page Stories
Hugo and Manuela opened their beautiful home up to host our holiday party.  And what  a spread we had!  Good food, good company, and good cheer.

We were treated to performances by Diego Hills Charter High School students! 


A true holiday miracle - men doing the dishes.  Just kidding, Paulo and Aaron!  Thanks to all the helping hands, cleanup was done in no time!




Chaired by Dianne Crawford of the Southeast San Diego club, our club held a strategic planning session to make our club even better.  Through brain storming and collaboration with Dianne, we came up with excellent ideas and new inspiration. 


The membership group discussed ideas on how to retain members and recruit new members.


The branding group discussed how to improve our visibility to the public and how to help make members feel a part of that brand.


The projects group discussed the projects that we've done and how to get ideas for new projects.


The rest of the projects group.

Happy 30th anniversary, La Mesa Sunrise Rotary!  Still going strong and this close to eradicating polio!
We held our annual pumpkin carving event at Harriett Tubman Village Charter School on Thursday October 26.  28 wide-eyed third graders each picked out a pumpkin.  Most of them were children of immigrants so this was their first Halloween pumpkin ever.  Betty Howland, Clara Harris, John Stremlau, Bill Pogue, and teachers helped cut the pumpkins and scoop them out.  The kids were instructed to bake the seeds with butter for a delicious snack.  At the end, several kids asked in high-pitched voices "can I take the pumpkin home?"  LMSR club member and principal Ryan Woodard, assistant principal Rachel McCoy, and SEI Specialist and Rotarian Elisa Williams stopped by and talked with the students while they carved.  The finished pumpkins were sprayed with lavender soap to preserve them for more than three weeks.  Our members felt very enriched by this activity and the kids loved it!








Our flash garage sale raised $1,675 for La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club's hurricane and earthquake disaster relief fund.  Thanks for all who donated, shopped, and helped out!  And thank you, Jeff and Fern, for hosting this once again and putting in umpteen number of hours working on this!  When's the next garage sale?

What a happy energetic team! 


Here were the contestants for the Most Fabulous contest.  Love that hair, Fern!


Christine knows she's fabulous.


Our fabulous new member Dave!


Items were in demand.  Marta and Daisy duked it out over this blouse.


If you sit on it, you pay for it, Floyd.


For this Rotary year our Rotary International President Ian Riseley has requested that every Rotarian throughout the world plant a tree.  Today La Mesa Sunrise Rotary checked that request off the list.  In conjunction with Groundwork San Diego Chollas Creek's EarthLab and the muscle of  80 Navy personnel and students from local schools, we planted 40 fruit trees.  Thank you for the collaboration, everyone, to "make a difference" in our tiny part of the world!  If you would like to learn more about Groundwork San Diego, check out 


President Betty and Christine with the fine folks in uniform. 




Thank you, students!


What a cheery looking team.


Students hard at work.


We could never have done it without the Navy folks.





On September 29, 2017, parents, students, and members of the community attended a very special ribbon cutting celebration to mark the exciting opening of Harriet Tubman Village Charter School's Fab Lab. Fab Lab is an incredible science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) lab equipped with state-of-the-art learning tools and technologies. Thanks to the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the support of the students, parents, staff, community, and others, Harriet Tubman was one of five schools across the country to win the Fab School Labs contest. They were awarded a $100,000 grant to provide a rigorous learning environment that will prepare students for high demanding colleges and careers.













We held our third annual afternoon tea fundraiser on Saturday September 9 at Noah Homes, honoring 4 outstanding members of our community.  It’s always a heartwarming experience knowing that there are kind, generous people out there humbly serving communities here and abroad.  Dr. Asa Morton leads teams of eye care specialists to Guatemala through Helps international.  Jane and Ron Tomczak are the founders of Challenge Ranch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing horseback riding lessons, team building activities, support, and encouragement to underprivileged children throughout San Diego.  Jeffrey Sitcov is the founder of Doors of Change which has helped place over 1,800 San Diego homeless youth ages 12-17 in long-term safe housing.  Dr. Elizabeth Jones is the founder of Foundation for the Children of the Californias, whose goal is to improve the health and nutrition for children through the operation of Hospital Infantil de las Californias.
We are very grateful to Noah Homes for once again allowing us to use their facility to host this event.  Noah Homes is itself an admirable community model, providing exceptional lifelong residential services and opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Another successful and fun event under our belts! 
Click on the link in the right column of our home page for more photos.

Dr. Asa Morton, Jeffrey Sitcov, and Jane and Ron Tomczak.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Elizabeth Jones was unable to attend.


Opportunity drawing


Photo booth, complete with hats


Arguably our cutest server Oliver attending to Lady Manuela


Edda, Alix, and Elly looking fabulous


Janet, et al looking just as fabulous


A big hand to all of our servers and our incomparable inimitable Christine


Susan and Rita voted Grant as best server (but they're biased). 

Love Peace Happiness: Poems From the Heart

Join us in celebration of Love, Peace and Happiness while supporting your own Rotary Foundation with this Fundraising Opportunity.  

La Mesa Sunrise Rotary would like to partner with you in selling our first collection of 62 "original" poems in book form. 

     Contact Fern Hall at regarding purchases and questions. 


Our 16th annual bowling fundraiser is now under our belts.  It seems like our past president and member Doug Smith hatched this idea just a few years ago!
Our friendly check-in staff of Bobbi, Muff, and Laurel
Elly putting the final touches on our poster board.
Diane, our accomplished seller of opportunity drawing tickets, and Floyd, our accomplished photographer.
Elly, Gwen, Jo Ann, and part of Team Morrow



Team DeHaven 


Robert and Jo Ann with Interactors Venus and Alice


Peggy and Fern with an opportunity drawing winner!

Our Rotarians at Work Day this year involved fixing up Canine Corners Dog Park at Harry Griffen Regional Park in La Mesa.  La Mesa Sunrise Rotarians and other volunteers all helped put in a very productive day!  In addition to the tasks listed below, we provided 2 picnic tables and 4 benches, did a bit of tree trimming, and wrapped wooden posts with rubber mats to protect running dogs from injuring themselves.
Go, team!
Corrugated aluminum roofing panels were screwed onto the pergola tops for shade.
Eroded soil was shoveled back and the walking path was cleared.  Bricks were placed to prevent future erosion.  A new storage box with a lid was installed at the front entry.
Our president hard at work cleaning chairs.


Isabel helping out with weeding.


Lisa and significant other


Tad removed the mailboxes which were housing black widow spiders.  We provided 3,000 poop bags and 2 pooper scoopers and installed stainless steel buckets for watering stations.


HELP WANTED - sorting books for the Liberia Book Drive.
When: EVERY Saturday morning 8-noon
Where: on the frontage road of SDSU, Canyon Crest Dr, on the north west corner of the parking lot
Please don't forget to bring water and sun protection and anything else you may need, such as a chair etc.
This is the container that needs to be filled!
Robert Saah working hard sorting books.
Go, team!
Keep up the hard work!
The book drive for Liberia is a collaboration of 4 groups or individuals: Compassion for African Villages; Richard Makau, President of the El Cajon Sunset Rotary Club; Lily Alba, one of our own RotarKidz; and Robert Saah. a member of the Saah family from Liberia who our club sponsored beginning in 2008.  School children in Liberia are desperate for textbooks.  They need our help and our aim is to gather 130,000 schoolbooks by the end of July and ship them to Liberia in August.
Check out the flyer for details!

Our Rotary District 5340 Model United Nations, patterned after Winnipeg Rotary’s MUN and started by our District's Pathways to Peace Committee 13 years ago, is the only one in the US.  Several hundred high school students from over 59 high schools engaged in simulated United Nations activities for an entire weekend.  Each school team was assigned a country to represent that was not part of their personal family heritage and issues were debated.  This year we had 4 students from Peru, Honduras, and Costa Rica - Joel, Aryani, Gabriela, and Ricardo.  This year's Model UN event was held on April 8 and 9 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.










The Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise had the privilege of making a small contribution to an inspiring event that was the brainchild of a Helix Charter High School student:

Uniting for Common Ground

Police and La Mesa youth have more in common than one might think.  Historically the youth have not always felt safe around law enforcement and police have not always understood the lack of respect they have observed from youth.  One student remarked, “We’re afraid of the police because we don’t trust what they will do!”  The police commented, “All the youth have to do is to follow our direction.”  The students were not convinced the police had their best interest in mind and believed the police were there to hassle them rather than help.

A Helix Charter High School Resident Leadership Academy decided to take action to resolve these fears and address the misunderstandings between youth and law enforcement.  Under the leadership of Helix High Senior Asia Duncan, the students joined together with the La Mesa Police Department (LMPD) and the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) to design an opportunity for open dialogue and active listening between youth and law enforcement where both sides heard each other’s concerns and addressed fears and frustrations. 

Rotarians from around the district met at the Feeding America Distribution Center to help sort food, repack bulk foods, and fill bags to help families in need
Our very own Cindy and Susan.
Feeding the Homeless at the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach 
Jeff, Muff, Peggy, Fern, Elena, and Ivan making our famous stone soup chili.
Never the same recipe (because there isn't any), but delicious every time!
We also served Christine's delicious cornbread muffins.
Isabel, Muff, Bobbi, Elena, and Fern
Celebrating the tradition of escorting the old president out and ushering the new president in, the Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise held its annual In & Out party at the home of the ever-gracious Jeff and Fern Hall.  Thank you for the hospitality, Jeff and Fern!
Hugo looked great, as did Madame Finemaster Peggy
Goodwill ambassadors Janet and Jimmy
Our newest member Elly with incoming president Lynn
Edda, Floyd, Marlene, Mindy and Mike
Clara with our very own incoming District Governor Marilyn
Tad, Marilyn, and hostess/past president Fern
Ana with our newest Rotar-Kidz Makai and Anjali
Soon-to-be past president x 2 Manuela with incoming president Lynn
Incoming board members Elly, Bobbi, Jo Ann, David, Laurel, Betty (Incoming president-elect), Fern, Manuela, and Lynn
Another successful bowling fundraiser with plenty of camaraderie!
Our fearless planners Fern and Christine
Jo Ann, Muff, and Peggy at the check-in table
Fern and students
Janet and Christine
Hugo, Dolores, and Jimmy
Hi, John!
Nom nom nom, David
Cheers, Grant!
Mike, et al.
Team Morrow
Betty, Cindy, and team at the cosmic lanes
I think someone had a birthday at this lane.
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary wins the best hospitality suite at the district conference once again!
Great job, team!
Lynn, Bobbi, Ana, and our head planner extraordinaire Edda
Lynn and Muff manning the table
Edda and Manuela with one of our samba dancers in the background
Muff, Lynn, and Elly learning how to make mechanical hands
Muff and Betty
Happy group dinner
Our event this year involved working with the San Diego River Park Foundation in Santee.  We teamed up with the La Mesa Noon club and Interactors and planted native plants along the San Diego River channel.  Christine provided breakfast and the La Mesa Noon club provided lunch afterward.  Fun was had by all! 

Bobbi and Muff were the welcoming gate keepers.

Group photo!  Thanks all you hard workers!


Stepping stone makers



Our Rotary District 5340 Model United Nations, patterned after Winnipeg Rotary’s MUN and started by our District's Pathways to Peace Committee 12 years ago, is the only one in the US.  Several hundred high school students from over 59 high schools, including two from countries outside of the US, engaged in simulated United Nations activities for an entire weekend.  Each school team was assigned a country to represent that was not part of their personal family heritage.  Issues were debated, such as “Shall Syria be appointed as a voting member to the UN Security Council?”.  The event was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel on April 9-10. 

Groups of students formed caucases.  With the camera is Lloyd Sabin, Helix High social science teacher and tireless MUN coach.

Enthusiastic Helix Charter High School students

For the first time ever, 2 students from Costa Rica participated in MUN.  Here they are with their hosts President Manuela Bump-Murillo and Assistant District Governor Hugo Murillo.  This will be the start of a great tradtition!

Hugo and Manuela with La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club's soon-to-be first District Governor Marilyn Sanderson.

Feeding the Homeless at the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach 

Fern took charge of the stone soup chili makings, with Susan, Laurel, Diane, Edda, and Jeff helping.

Bill managed to escape being in photos by being the photographer.

Ana and her kids, Edda, and Susan are ready to serve!  As soon as the bowls and utensils arrive, that is.

Edda and Fern.  That's Christine's cornbread muffins. 

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