The Quingoma School in Lauro de Freitas in Bahia, Brazil, is the only school serving some of the most impoverished families in the area. The school was in desperate need of new kitchen furnishings for the new kitchen they had built. They serve hundreds of meals to the children daily and teach cooking classes to families. Our Honorary Member, Paulo Costa received a request for financial assistance to help purchase this much needed equipment. We are a small but determined club! We quickly worked to solicit donations from our club members, Fallbrook (donated more than 1/2 of their DDF) and Escondido Rotary clubs (also in District 5340),  and the Caster Foundation (thanks to Manuela Bump-Murillo and Christine Evans for their tireless efforts)  . We were eventually able to send  $10,000!  Now, the school will be able to complete the purchase of a bread oven, which the students and parents will use to bake bread. The hope is that they will be able to sell anything extra that they bake.
 Just look at what an amazing difference we have all made!!
Quingoma School Lauro de Freitas Brazil Elly Dotseth 2018-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Join us on December 3rd, 2018 from 6-9 pm to hear from survivors, law enforcement, and local groups. Crosspointe Life Church, 8809 La Mesa Blvd. La Mesa California, 91942

What is sex trafficking?  Why are San Diego youth especially at risk for becoming victims?  Join us for an evening with Fernando Huerta, the California Department of Justice Task Force Commander at San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, two survivors of sex trafficking, and Barbara Johnson from Innocence Lost.  Rotary and other local organizations such as City Hope are cooperating to make this event a catalyst for action in our communities.

We especially invite youth and parents to learn more about healthy and unhealthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse and manipulation. For more information on Sex Trafficking in San Diego visit this website:



Rotary Forum: Ending Sex Trafficking in San Diego Elena Lujan-Alba 2018-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Thank you to everyone who donated both time, table settings, food, labor, auction and opportunity drawing items and bought tickets to make this years' Afternoon Tea Fundraiser such an amazing success! Thank you to Noah Homes for letting us use your wonderful facilities too! We celebrated Brittany Catton Kirk, who has created Sunlight Retreats for Victims of Rape; Luke and Alex Tchang for the amazing work they have been doing to teach on-line as well as interact personally with orphaned girls living in Grace Girls' Home in Sri Lanka; and Simona Valanciute who is the Executive Director of San Diego Oasis, an enrichment program for people over the age of 50.
We were treated to live music performed by the musicians of the Diego Hills High School Band, delicious finger sandwiches, scones and small dessert items served by many of the men in our club, with assistance by some staff members of Harriet Tubman Charter School and Rotaract members of the SDSU Rotaract club. There was both black tea, and herbal tea, poured ably from multiple ceramic teapots, and all of the table settings came from members' china. This event is surely a labor of love! 
Afternoon Tea 2018 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
What an amazing event! Elena Lujan-Alba, Manuela Bump-Murillo,  Elly Dotseth (and her husband Mike) from La Mesa Sunrise, and Elana Levens-Craig from the Santee /Lakeside Rotary Club flew to Toronto, Ontario (Canada) to attend the Rotary International Convention. They roomed together in an AirBandB within walking distance of the convention venues. The plane trip there was very late, but we happily got to our destination at last! We were all able to participate in stadium sized ceremonies, break out sessions (to learn more about how we can "Be The Inspiration") learn about our incoming RI President, listen to international speakers praising the good work of Rotary International, and having a great time visiting the Hall of Friendship! Elana went to a lot of big events and thoroughly enjoyed telling us all about it! After the convention, Manuela was met by her husband Hugo, and they joined Elly and her husband Mike on a bus tour to visit Niagara Falls, do a little wine tasting, and learn more about the cultural differences between Canadians and US Citizens. To see some photos, please click on Read More
Rotary International Convention Toronto Tales Elly Dotseth 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elly Dotseth on Jul 08, 2018
 The mission of Rotary is service! 
Project proposals can now be submitted to the Projects Committee Chair (Elly Dotseth.) This committee will meet every three months (or as needed,) to review submissions. If the submissions have all of the necessary information, and they meet the Rotary International guidelines for "avenues of service," they will be brought to the Board of Directors for approval. Once approved, if funds are available, they will be funded. Most of these will be funded by our LMSR Foundation. Every effort will be made to present these projects to our membership at our Friday meetings, to ensure you all are informed and have the opportunity to either donate funds, or help with the activities themselves (or both!) The more donations we receive to our LMSR Foundation, the more projects can be funded. If you want your donation applied to one of these projects, please inform Christine Evans in writing when you give your donation!
District Grants for larger proposals are currently only available for our club through our District Designated Funds (DDF). The deadline to apply for DDF is July 31
Please click on Read More for the application form if you need it.
Committees Update Elly Dotseth 2018-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Bill Pogue Scholarship Winners from Helix Charter High School  Three brilliant young women have been accepted to three different University of California campuses to begin their freshman year in the fall. Please read their application essays here as well as their lovely thank you letters! Just "click" on the Read More button
Helix Charter High School LMSR Bill Pogue Scholarship Winners 2018-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elly Dotseth on May 24, 2018
The Bowling Fundraiser was a great success! Those of us who knew we would be unable to bowl ourselves, purchased a lane for others who wanted to join the fun, and others bought lanes and pulled together teams of their own friends and family members. There was pizza, beer and soda included in the price, and two games for each team. Not only did we earn money to put toward our projects in the community and beyond, but those of us who participated really did have FUN!
Thank you to everyone for donations of prizes, organizational labor, and participating in all ways to make this event come together so well!
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Bowling Fundraiser 2018 Elly Dotseth 2018-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians at Work Day 2018 Elly Dotseth 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Manuela Bump-Murrillo on Mar 07, 2018
On Thursday, March 1 Hugo Murrillo and Manuela Bump-Murrillo delivered a $2,500 donation from our club, La Mesa Sunrise Rotary, to the Cartago Rotary Club in Costa Rica.  We also delivered reading-glass frames to children, men and women.  Of the money delivered, $2000 will be used to provide mammograms to 35 women from Cartago that have been on a two-year waiting list.  The remaining $500.00 will be used to pay for lenses for children's reading glasses.
International Assistance to Costa Rica Manuela Bump-Murrillo 2018-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, March 1 Hugo Murrillo and Manuela Bump-Murrillo delivered a $2,500 donation from our club, La Mesa Sunrise Rotary, to the Cartago Rotary Club in Costa Rica.  We also delivered reading-glass frames to children, men and women.  Of the money delivered, $2000 will be used to provide mammograms to 35 women from Cartago that have been on a two-year waiting list.  The remaining $500.00 will be used to pay for lenses for children's reading glasses.
Glasses and Mammograms for Cartago, Costa Rica Manuela Bump-Murrillo 2018-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Dec 08, 2017
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!



December Holiday party 2017 Laurel Nishida 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Dec 08, 2017
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!



Holiday Party Laurel Nishida 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Dec 06, 2017

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.

Strategic Planning Session Laurel Nishida 2017-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Nov 12, 2017
Happy 30th anniversary, La Mesa Sunrise Rotary!  Still going strong and this close to eradicating polio!
30th Anniversary Picnic Laurel Nishida 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Pogue, Laurel Nishida on Oct 26, 2017
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!








Pumpkin Carving at Harriett Tubman Bill Pogue, Laurel Nishida 2017-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Oct 14, 2017

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.

Flash Garage Sale Laurel Nishida 2017-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Oct 13, 2017

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.





Tree Planting Project Laurel Nishida 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Sep 29, 2017

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.













Fab Lab at Harriet Tubman Village Charter School! Laurel Nishida 2017-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Sep 09, 2017
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). 

Third Annual Afternoon Tea Fundraiser Laurel Nishida 2017-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
4 WayTest Elly Dotseth 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Books are on the way to Liberia Laurel Nishida 2017-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on May 12, 2017
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!

2017 Bowling Fundraiser Laurel Nishida 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Apr 30, 2017
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!
Help needed for the book drive! Laurel Nishida 2017-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Apr 30, 2017
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!
Book Drive for Liberia Laurel Nishida 2017-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurel Nishida on Apr 09, 2017

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.









Model UN 2017 Laurel Nishida 2017-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fern Platt Hall on Oct 21, 2015


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.
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Poetry Contest   Fern Platt Hall 2015-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
The Alba Family travels around the world to learn and serve Bobbi Warren 2015-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Jeffrey Hall Aaron Landau 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
David Ballesteros Aaron Landau 2014-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Manuela Bump-Murillo on Aug 20, 2014

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

"Sounds For Hope" Fundraiser Manuela Bump-Murillo 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Liaison with Ecuador David Ballesteros 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Partners in Ecuador David Ballesteros 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Informative and Inspiring: Fireside Chat Mary Scanlon 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Scanlon on Jul 13, 2014


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.
Fashionista President: La Fin du Monde Mary Scanlon 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Scanlon


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. 
This Is My First Time Mary Scanlon 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Scanlon


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!
Interact and Rotary Team Up Mary Scanlon 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Supports Noah Homes Ivan Alba 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Forum: Ending Sex Trafficking in San Diego Elena Lujan-Alba 0