Garage Sale
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club
Fundraiser to support our community charitable projects
When: Saturday, March 16
Where: 6210 Lake Shore Drive, 92119
Costume jewelry, electronics, household items, small kitchen appliances, collectibles, children’s clothing, and other items for kids, adult clothing, shoes, books, and more!
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 The Dude wants YOU
“Big Lebowski” Costume
              Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6 pm
                                   Parkway Bowl, 1280 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon 
           $55.00 per bowler / $220 per team of 4
Singles will be assigned to a team of four.
Cosmic Bowling  ONLY 8 LANES AVAILABLE!!
           $260 per team of 4
Bowling TEAM PRIZES:  First place & Runner Up
Each Team of Four Receives
  • Two Games with Ball and Shoes
  • Large Pizza
  • Two Pitchers of Beer or Soda
  • One Opportunity drawing ticket (more for sale!!)
“White Russians” will also be available.  (The Dude’s favorite!!)
ALL PROFITS BENEFIT programs of the
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation  
 Book drive for Compassion for African Villages-Liberia
 Homeless outreach- East County Transitional Living,
Helix Charter HS & Learn 4 Life Charter Schools Scholarships
Harriet Tubman Village Charter School-educational and facility support
Outstanding Community Members Awards
Earthquake & Hurricane relief; Donations to School Music Programs,
Vision tests and eye glasses here and abroad,
Donation of wheelchairs to people in need in Costa Rica, Water filters in Guatemala,
Polio eradication world-wide and much more!
If you are unable to play but would like to make a donation choose that option on Paypal button.
Bowling Options
Big Lebowski Bowling  Fundraiser Fern Platt Hall 2019-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Introduced by Bill, our speaker Joe Sigurdson- is one of the co-founders of Boys to Men He is a community leader for over 30 yrs.& is proud of 30 yrs of sobriety. Boys to Men Mentoring, started in 1996 as a nonprofit organization that is committed to creating communities of dedicated men who are able to guide and support at-risk, often fatherless, boys on their journey to manhood. Every week,  mentors show up at middle schools, high schools, and community centers to give teenage boys a community of men who listen, encourage, and empower them. Over 75% of the boys currently in the program are growing up without a father. The community based mentoring approach gives boys a
variety of positive male role models who show up consistently, tell the truth about their struggles as men, ask the boys what kind of man gifts, support them when they mess up,
and encourage them to become the man they want to be. They are currently involved with 41 schools and there are hundreds on the wait list. Joe emphasized;  "It’s not for everyone needs it, it’s for everyone that wants it." 92% of the boys going through the program are successful at straightening out.
They raise over $600,000.00 a year with several fundraising
events to run the program.
Boys To Men Peace Award 2019-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
This year, we will be applying our energies to raise funds by applying for a Global Grant  to work in partnership with another non-profit, to bring clean drinking water to more than 40% of impoverished family homes on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Rotary's areas of focus include Water and Sanitation, and if ever there were a worthy project, this is it! We will be looking for a Rotary Club in another other country to co-sponsor this grant. In addition, we will be asking for monetary donations from other clubs in our own district.
DigDeep once performed their work in areas of Africa, that are in need of a way to store and use water where no infrastructure exists. They were shocked to realize that there are places even in the United States of America, where large populations often on Native American Reservations, live in nearly the same conditions! There are many reasons for this problem. On the Navajo Reservation, the water tables which once served as a source of clean, fresh water, were badly polluted by uranium mining done during the "Cold War." It is now poisoned. DigDeep has many, many more homes to serve, and they need all the help they  can get. This is not the first Global Grant for this program.  YouTube has a great PBS Video showing the project that was started last year with the help of another group of Rotarians in Arizona.This organization has been a godsend to the Navajo people living on the reservation! We are truly excited to do a project here in our own country!
Navajo Nation Reservation Project 2019-02-18 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! 
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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