We all owe the Fundraising Committee a HUGE THANK YOU! You all have out-done yourselves! The concert, held at the Mission Trails Interpretive Center, was a big success both financially and entertainment-wise. We should change the word Fundraiser to Funraiser!


Portrait of Shakespeare
La Mesa  Sunrise Poetry  Contest
      Do you have a way with words?  Enjoy expressing yourself in the rhythmic language of poetry?  
           La Mesa Sunrise is hosting a Poetry Contest, open to all.  There are no age restrictions.
The themes are: Love, Peace or Happiness
Poems need to be original, unpublished and short (one page or less). 
The winners will be published in the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary “Little Book of Poems”.
Profits from the sale of the book will go to the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Foundation to do charitable works.

We give foster parents the night off while we feed and entertain their foster kids.  We end up being entertained as much as the kids!

Hugo, Manuela, Gail, Karen, and Aaron are ready to serve dinner.    

The wonderful staff of Child Welfare Services

Gail, Tad, Karen, and Clara having fun while working hard!

Floyd and Marlene


Our biannual garage sale fundraiser was held on December 12 at the home of Jeff and Fern Hall.  It's a day full of team work, camaraderie, and goodwill and it attracts top notch clientele.  Our current president Manuela found Rotary through our garage sale.  And the rest is history!  

A fun time for everyone!

Thanks, Christine and Manuela (and probably many others), for organizing this! 

Bill and Betty

Clara and Marlene

Bobbi and Muff

Marilyn and Clara

Betty, Christine, and Laurel

Clara, Manuela, and Molly 

Ana and Hugo

Jo Ann wearing a festive garage sale steal (a tree skirt!)

Soon-to-be inducted Carroll with Daisy and Bobbi 

Nice spread!

Mark and Alix


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. 

Nitya Timalsina was our guest speaker this week.  We first met her as a Helix High Interactor.  She has grown up into an absolutely inspirational young woman who learned that an individual can make a difference in this world.  Here is her presentation:  



Vibrant communities need many voices, and San Diego's young innovators are making themselves heard. Watch Nitya Timalsina, President & Founder of One Step Projects, discuss the future of service in San Diego.

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.

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


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
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.
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
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.

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. 


Helix High School’s Interact Club is a service organization sponsored by La Mesa Sunrise Rotary.  The club is vibrant and diverse, and students meet weekly with their advisor Ms. Irving and Rotary liaisons Bill Pogue and Jo Ann Bergquist. Dr. Pogue has been working with Helix Interact since 1998!


Seven year old Luke shuffled his feet and looked uncertain for a moment, then reached into the container of juice boxes and pulled out several.  He took a few steps and hesitated.  A homeless teen approached him and held out his hand.  Luke said shyly, “This is my first time,” as he handed the teen some juice. They both smiled. Luke’s aunt Jean Kerr had brought her nephews to the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary’s Friday evening event. Under the leadership of Ms. Peggy Davis, her Rotary club had teamed up with Urban Street Angels to distribute servings of chili, home cooked corn bread, and juice among homeless teens, as well as bags of dog food for their several canine companions in Ocean Beach, a community in San Diego.  That evening in March, more than a hundred bowls of tasty chili were distributed. 


The end of one world, Ivan Alba’s reign as President of La Mesa Sunrise Rotary, was honored Friday evening June 27 at our In/Out Dinner.  Ivan’s attachment to the color blue was duly noted, with special focus on his consistent attire.  Peggy Davis and Hugo Murillo  entertained the crowd with comments regarding the photo collage prepared by Bobbi Warren. Amidst the laughter, one thing was abundantly clear: Ivan has been an inspiring president and our club has grown exponentially under his leadership.

La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club is holding their third annual fundraising event to be held on September 27th at 6PM.  Enjoy appetizers and drinks on the terrace at the breathtaking Mission Trails Interpretive Center.  Then sit back and relax, as a quintet of internationally renown musicians, and dancers perform selections from Classical and Modern to Latin Beat.  Silent auction and desserts will round out this glorious evening.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to:  Sounds for Hope