Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

La Mesa Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Zoom
0000 Zoom
La Mesa, CA 91942
United States of America
Join to chat until meeting begins at 8am. Send an email to the President if you would like an invitation to join us via Zoom.
Club Executives & Directors
President
Executive Secretary
Past President
Secretary
Treasurer
Director
Director
Director
Interact
Foundation (TRF)
Bulletin
Director
Director
Membership
Peace
Program
Fundraising
Speech Contest
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Foundation
 
Home Page Stories
During the recent months of the COVID19 pandemic, most restaurants were closed. In the re-opening, many things have had to be changed, including the meeting space where we had just moved. It will only allow for 8 people to be in the room at this time. For now, all of our meetings are taking place on-line via Zoom. If you are interested in attending one, please send an email to our President, and she can send you the link. Our meeting time and day of the week has changed. Most members are not wanting to meet on-line first thing in the morning, so we are trying to find a time that most members can attend our Zoom meetings. Please continue to check this website for updates.
As I begin my year as Club President, Sunrise has taken on a new meaning. It is the dawn of a new reality that none of us expected! So, welcome to meetings on Zoom, community projects being done while keeping 6 feet apart and wearing face masks, and doing the best we can to stay connected. We have not been meeting in the mornings for breakfast, we can't exchange hugs, but we are meeting! Over the past few months we have worked in small groups to harvest citrus and now avocados from numerous people's private orchards, and distributes thousands of pounds of fresh produce to food banks in El Cajon, Santee, Jewish Family Services, Salvation Army, churches and other places that pack food for people in need during these times of unemployment and isolation. 
We will continue to donate our time, our funds and our energy as we connect in new ways. The new theme of our Rotary International President Holger Knaacht is "Rotary Opens Opportunities." We have a lot of exciting opportunities to connect with speakers and new club members who might not have been able to attend one of our "regular" meetings, but can now join via Zoom. We can find speakers from other nations, hold committee meetings without having to leave our houses, and save the money we would have been spending on meals, to spend on community projects instead. Let's embrace the change!
--Elly Dotseth
 
Jeff and Fern Hall with Chico  
A great article has been written about Fern and her life that includes her recent work organizing and energizing our club's efforts to harvest citrus fruits during this pandemic.
Here is a link to the story. Please read it, this is one amazing family! https://www.sdjewishworld.com/2020/06/14/fern-platt-hall-lives-a-life-of-good-deeds/
Fruit picking and distribution
 

 We are no longer able to meet together, and the health crisis has come home to us in the manor of COVID-19. How can fresh produce make a difference?
Members of the club have stepped up. On Thursday, April 16 (as an early Rotarians At Work effort) we harvested over 500 pounds of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons and limes from members’ gardens and donated the fruit to several locations including: the Santee Food Bank, La Mesa 1st Methodist Church’s Fresh Start program, Noah Homes, Homeless Encampment, the East County Transitional Living, the Bradley Convalescent Home (see photos attached), and La Mesa Senior Citizens. We encourage other Rotary clubs, or other people to do the same. People learn from example. Club President Jeff Hall said, “When Fern and I put a basket of oranges out in front of our house with a sign that said, ‘Fresh-take one,’ other neighbors started to do the same. People walking by thanked us, some left notes, and one lady took a picture of our little free fruit stand and said she is sending the picture back home to Germany.”
What can a piece of fresh fruit do? Besides tasting good, and filling some nutritional needs, it “builds goodwill, and better friendships, and is beneficial to all concerned.” No, we can’t be physically together, but we can reach out to our neighbors and friend in many other ways such as this. We are reminded of a saying from my Boy Scout days, “Do a good deed daily.” So, reach out to your neighbors and friends who are home alone, make a phone call, text, email or send a home-grown sweet orange. Just reach out and do your part to help in whatever way you can whether it be big or small.

 
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Donate to LMSR Foundation
The Rotary International Foundation funds International Grants. Our own La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Foundation funds our own club projects.
If you prefer to mail a check, you may make it out to La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Foundation and address it to La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club,  P.O. Box 3277, La Mesa, CA 91944.
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How to Join our club
We are now meeting on-line using Zoom technology. This has made us realize we need to find new ways to attract members and keep ourselves connected.  In the past, new members would attend our breakfast meetings, but we cannot do that at this time. So we are asking you to please contact our President by email, and she will direct your inquiries to someone on our  Membership Committee who can guide you in the process. Please click the blue text to read more about Rotary International and find out what our mission is. In partnership with Rotarians from all over our planet, you will find an active group of committed friends, joining together to help solve some of humanity's most pressing problems.