Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
La Mesa Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Hooley's Grossmont Center
5500 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
United States of America
We will meet at Hooley's in Grossmont Center the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. Send an email to Ivan Alba if you would like to attend, or watch our Facebook Live Stream at
Club Executives & Directors
Meeting Tech/Co- President
Club Board/Co-President
District Communication/Co-President
Club Foundation Chair/Co-President
Club Meetings/Co-President
Director of Programs
Director of Youth Services
Board Director
Board Director
Board Director
Home Page Stories
Our club has decided that the second Friday of every month will be an opportunity to meet in a more social way. Instead of meeting at Hooley's in Grossmont Center in the morning, we choose a location (either an establishment or someone's house) that Friday. It is a wonderful opportunity to re-establish our bonds between us and bring prospective members to our club to meet us in a more relaxed atmosphere. In honor of Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16), we themed the social gathering with festive Mexican food, drink and decor. We hope you will join us at one of our future Social Meetings. Keep an eye on the calendar where we will post our next one (Carrie and Kendal Nakao's place is scheduled for October).
4 of our members attended this year's District 5340 conference. They were Manuela and Hugo, Elly and Betty. Only Elly was there for the Friday night wine tasting, dinner and live auction to support Polio Plus. It was an absolutely picture perfect weekend! 
The conference took place on Saturday and began with a continental breakfast, followed by a deeply moving tribute to the "First Responders" from our area in honor of the sacrifices they make every day to keep our people and our nation safe. There was a video to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 followed by singing God Bless America in unison. 
After we settled into our seats, there were many presentations about the great projects taking place in our district on behalf of other people in countries outside of ours. Next was a delicious lunch and time to chat with friends. After lunch, there were more learning opportunities, and then some time to work on a service project string wire and crimping it to create WAPI (water purification kits, play Corn Hole on the beach with Rotoract, or shop around Coronado.) This was followed by a delicious salmon dinner accompanied by a good band of musicians, and later dancing. On each table were two bottles of un-corked wine for us to share! 
It was fun to meet up with friends from other clubs, have some good conversations about collaborating, and be inspired to do more good things together!
We are excited to announce our newest member's induction to our club! Please welcome Marco Samaniego. Marco is a longtime friend and neighbor of Ivan and Elena Alba, and expressed his deep commitment to engaging in our projects and his enthusiasm is boundless!
August's service project was making clay "seed Bombs" with narrowleaf milkweed seeds. We will let them dry, package them, and sell them so that people can throw them into fields to grow the proper type of wild milkweed to help
Monarch Butterflies migrate.
 Instead of a standard Breakfast meeting, each month our club has a service day. This month it was held on Sunday, July 25th. Club members met at the Learn For Life/ Diego Hills Central location on 54th street. Some of us walked around the surrounding area to clean up trash, and oh my, there was a LOT of it! Unfortunately, we did not take photos of the area before we cleaned it, but we filled 1/2 of a commercial dumpster! Some of our other members worked inside of the school to sort donated clothing, stock the school pantry shelves (which our club funds) and assemble items for the children of the students who attend Diego Hills. This activity counted as attending a meeting. 
We had a great Post-Pandemic Reunion at Hooley's Irish Pub and Grill where we gathered outside to eat, drink and listen to live music! Some people came who we have not seen on our Zoom meetings at all! It was a wonderful evening of hugs and conversation. We plan to have a social event like this one every month. If you'd like to get to know our club members, this is a great way to see if our club might be a good fit for you! We will be posting on the calendar section where we will be meeting next month. Contact Ivan Alba if you'd like to be included and are not a member of our group (yet.)
Our Club held our traditional "In and Out" party at the home of Ivan and Elena to celebrate the end of Elly Dotseth's Pandemic year as Club President, and to welcome the new "Leadership Team" of past Presidents who will share the responsibilities of leading our club this coming Rotary Year. Elena Lujan-Alba will be the Board Chair; Betty Howland will handle all District Communications; Elly Dotseth will keep the website up to date; Ivan will manage the technological aspects of running our regular meetings; Christine will advise as she is the Chair of our Foundation.
Rotarians at Work day our Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise  joined the Rotary Club of La Mesa and the Rotary Club of El Cajon Evening to clear weeds, move large rocks and level the ground to receive a layer of mulch. Additional garden beds were constructed and filled with soil. The transformation took lots of hard work, but the end result was awesome! Rotary team work!

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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 meeting in person and are interested in growing the membership. We continue to use Facebook Live to broadcast our meetings, which can be accessed any day, at any time. 
If you think you might be interested in becoming a Rotarian, please come join us at a few meetings to see what we are like.
If you are still interested, please send an email to Board Member Lisa Youngflesh (Club Secretary). She will bring your interest to the Membership Committee and you will be promptly contacted for an interview.