Sunrise Rotary Bulletin March 24, 2016


President Rich Aeling opened the meeting with the familiar ‘gong’ of his recently-found Bell…



Brian Murphy led the Pledge of Allegiance and Jack Anderson offered an invocation.


Visitors and Guests:


Ralph Tavares introduced his guest Bob Portillo


Elena Karoly introduced her niece Angel (currently enjoying spring break)


Photos of the Week:


A photo of our delivery of goods and supplies to Fisher House at Camp Pendleton; supplies valued at over $1200, donated by our members were donated… Great Work All!!


A photo of the Pontoon Boat donated to Dixon Lake and the City of Escondido to accommodate handicapped fisherman. Launched on March 12, the event received great press in the Union Tribune, thanks to outdoor writer, Ernie Cowan.


Photo of our members at the District 5340 Training for officers held last week at USD.


A flier announcing our Dinner Meeting on April 7 featuring the Mount Kilimanjaro trek by George Beitner and Jim Ponder along with information about our project at ‘Flying Kites’ orphanage in Kenya.  All are welcome, cost is $35 per person. The evening begins at 5:30 PM with dinner at 6:15 PM.


Photos of our Rotarians at Work Project at Mountain View Park. 60 plus workers were engaged in cleanup at the Park 


Photo of the flier announcing the Art Center Gala “Dancing with our Stars”, featuring our own Kevin Svetich and Mike Morasco. Saturday night April 2 is the date; Kevin shared some photos of his ‘training’ sessions.

President Rich announced a donation of $1,000 to the Arts Center for Mike and Kevin’s fundraising goals for the event. 


President Rich announced District 5340 tickets for various Padre games; the first being April 6 vs. the Dodgers. Tickets can be obtained through Kevin Forrester at




Anniversaries and Birthdays:


March 28; Jeff and Cathy Johnson



Dates to Remember:


March           31-April 3    Mexicali Project


April            3        Hwy 78 Club hosting Mariachi Festival at the CCAE; Tacos, Tequila                 and Concert for $75

        7    Evening Meeting; Kilimanjaro and Flying Kites Orphanage, $35 per                 person            

        8    Bunco at the Muehl’s        

        15         Gulls Hockey Night

                15-17  RYLA; Facilitators all assigned

                30        Rotarians at Work Deux

                30     Bonsall Rotary Wine, Brews and Blues; CCAE i R


June            16    President Rich’s Demotion


High Fives and Announcements:


Gloria Leffler shared the hospice condition of Past President Art McCullough. Gloria also presented President Rich with a ‘bell’ and dual purpose bottle opener from her recent ‘business’ trip to Vegas…


Past President Mike O’Malley brought a gift from his recent trip to New Orleans; a ‘Pig Slayer’ tee shirt from the “Swine Bar’.  Way to pick the high-end joints Mike…


Elena Karoly announced that she had gained her 100th supporter of the Go-2-Grow Teen Center; and announced a fundraiser at Plan 9 Ale House on Tuesday March 29.


Richard Agnew announced the Rotary Business Directory is up and running…


Brian Murphy proudly announced that one of his wood furniture pieces has been invited to show in a competitive exhibit to be displayed at LAX; Congratulations Brian!


John Sawtelle announced the Bonsall Rotary Club Wine Brews and Blues event.


Jeff Johnson announced the planning is underway for the Grape Day 5K event; new date to be announced…


Andrew Aguirre announced that the Boys and Girls Club has received a grant from Major League Baseball tied in with the All Star Game; they will be building a ‘Tee-Ball’ park near the Mitchell Branch Facility in Grape Day Park.


Jack Anderson announced that our Four-Way-Test Speech Contest winner, Evan Santos would be speaking on March 24 at Carlsbad Rotary’s evening meeting.


Pictured; Evan Santos as a second place finisher at Carlsbad Rotary. Next contest is semifinals at San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club on April 6.





Jeff Johnson introduced Stacy Ellison, the Executive Director of the Escondido History Center. Stacy spoke about many of the activities of the Center in Grape Day Park and some of the changes being contemplated by the organization.

Part of the new effort is to enhance community awareness of the History Center and its various facilities in the Park.


There is also planning underway to change a few things about the Grape Day celebration traditionally held the Saturday after Labor Day. Plans are underway for a late afternoon/evening event to take advantage of the late September weahter. The event will also include more music and ‘adult’ activities.


Stacy also spoke about the Center’s efforts to digitize the thousands of photographs they have of Escondido’s history; essentially making them available on line. 


All-in-all, there are many new and exciting things planned for the community as it remembers, and re-lives Escondido History.


Pictured; Stacy Ellison of the History Center with Jeff Johnson



Opportunity Drawing:


$18 for Lunch:    Andrew Aguirre


$133 Big Pot:    Linda Bailey… Sorry!!