Club News - 3rd Qtr 2015
D Street Shelter Dinner - 31st August 2015
A great turn out took place this evening as fourteen Sunrise Rotarians an guest put together a themed dinner at the D Street Shelter. The theme was Hawaiian and guests were greeted with a Blue Hawaiian lemonade and a lei upon arrival.
Theresa Cesar had the crew buzzing to do the final preparations. Pulled pork, potato salad, stir fried rice with sausage, a fruit spear, and King Hawaii rolls. Dessert consisted of ice cream topped with pineapple, macadamia nuts, coconut, whipped cream and a strawberry.
To top off the wonderful meal served to about 50 guests, entertainment abounded. Two groups danced to Hawaiian music. What a wonderful treat!
District Membership/Foundation Seminar - 29th August 2015
District Governor Ellen Hancock and District Trainer Diana Barden planned and convened a seminar in Stockton to enlighten club and district leaders on two important facets of Rotary Service: Membership and The Rotary Foundation. Larry Sundram conducted three breakout sessions that covered several aspects of membership recruitment and membership retention. He pointed out that over the last five years the District’s total membership has decreased by 172, a staggering number given that during the same period the District has welcomed many new members to its ranks. He spent considerable time outlining various proven strategies for enhancing a club’s membership recruitment and retention.
Under the rather large umbrella of The Rotary Foundation a variety of breakout sessions were conducted. For those who lacked a basic understanding of the work the Foundation does, Susan Drake, District Foundation Chair, conducted a session on Foundation 101. Additional topics covered by others included water sanitation, a Polio update, how to write club and global grants as well as a myriad of subjects germane to the work that is accomplished by The Foundation. Of particular importance was a discussion of The New Foundation Process conducted by Tia Saletta.
The general feeling among participants was that the Seminar was a huge success, was well organized, well attended and served to impart important information relevant to Membership and The Rotary Foundation.
Homeless Connect Day - 25th Sep 2015
One day a year, Merced County Government Agencies and private organizations gather together in one location to provide free services to the homeless of Merced County. On Friday, September 25th, Merced Sunrise Rotary Club provided the meal that was served to those members of the community who were served. Over 450 hamburgers and 450 hot dogs were prepared and served at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Merced. There was SMOKE, FIRE and lots of FUN!
Members who participated:
Alan Arnold, Theresa Cesar, Ruth Alejo, Michelle Allison, Charlene Armstrong, Mike Cuchna, Bud Gantney, Butch Hughes, Rich Miller, Tim O’Neill, Cathy Paskin with spouse Eric & Frank Reed
Article written by Thresa Cesar
Rotary & Kids Against Hunger - 12 September 2015
On Saturday, September 12, 2015 the Area 8 Rotary Clubs hosted their “Rotary Day” project, which was a food packaging event for the Kids Against Hunger Organization. After having the opportunity to participate in a food packaging event at the District Conference last May, several members showed interest in hosting an event for our Rotary Clubs. This would be the perfect opportunity to showcase how our Rotarians, can “Be a Gift to the World”.
Susan Coston, Area 8 Assistant Governor, met with club presidents to organize the effort. Participating Rotary Clubs donated $4,000 to purchase the supplies to package 15,000 meals. However, when it was all over and done, they had actually packaged 20,000 meals! The meals will be shipped overseas within the next couple of weeks.
Over 150 volunteers gave up their morning to help with the packaging. Volunteers came from the following clubs:
North Merced Rotary Club
Merced Sunrise Rotary Club
Atwater Rotary Club
Merced Rotary Club
Winton Nuevo-Latino Rotary Club
Madera Rotary Club
UC Merced Rotaract Club
Atwater Interact Club
Winton Interact Club
Buhach Colony Interact Club
Merced High Interact Club
Article taken from the September 2015 issue of Rotary Times