Covina Sunrise Rotary Club

The Jewel in the Crown of Rotary...

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Board of Directors

Robert Avila

Vice President

Barbara Brusca

Director, Community Service

Don Crouse

Chairman, Paul Harris Foundation

Dennis Duncan

Executive Director

Leslie Gonzalez

Director International Service and Membership Development

Shannon Hidalgo

President

Bill Higley

President Elect

Bill Hubbert

Treasurer

David Little

Executive Director - Tex Everson Humanitarian Foundation

Galen Metz

Director Public Relations

Jon Pomeroy

Director - Operation Santa Clothes

Pam Pomeroy

Director of Membership

Cicero Salmon

Director Youth Services

Judy Starns

Secretary

Terry Wysocki

Webmaster


Past Presidents

82-83 Richard Curly Jr.

83-84 Robert Jennings

84-85 Gerald Gaynor

85-86 Armando Favela

86-87 Howard Raff

87-88 Tim Burlingame

88-89 Henry Morgan

89-90 George Bradley

90-91 Bob Remy

91-92 Joe Geiselmann

92-93 Al Marino

93-94 Tom Miller

94-95 Richard Adams

95-96 Ed Cooper

96-97 Roman Morales

97-98 Michael Catania

98-99 Roger Gama

99-00 Dennis Duncan

00-01 Hugh Ledford

01-02 Mimmo Femino

02-03 Shirley Von

03-04 John Pellizzon

04-05 Judy Starns

05-06 Owen King

06-07 Terry Wysocki

07-08 Wes Uptergrove

08-09 Galen Metz

09-10 Bill Hammett

10-12 Galen Metz

12-13 Lone Sorensen

13-14 George Fuller

14-15 John Espinoza

15-16 Sal Flores-Chatfield

16-17 Robert Avila

Membership Directory

Robert Avila - Jeweler

Vice President

Robert has been a Rotarian for nearly ten years and is a past director of community service and club service. He is the Club's USC Trojan Football advocate as well as being a general sports nut (he flies to a Dolphins game every year and is a baseball / football coach). He is a gemologist and jewelry designer for his Covina store "Constantine Creations" and designs jewelry for Mark Victor Hanson (author of "Chicken Soup For The Soul"). Besides being president for 2016-17, Robert claims his best achievement is having a great wife and four healthy sons.

Diane Bonner - Real Estate / Property Management

Diane was born in the small town of Sanborn, Iowa, where she lived on a farm during early childhood.  As a life-long athlete she competed in track and field in high school and was a cheer leader there as well and in junior college.  She has enjoyed a very diverse professional life during which time she has worn many “professional hats”.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Secondary and Special Education credentials at Cal Poly Pomona and began her career in the L.A. Special Schools, teaching battered, abused, and neglected wards of the court.  Upon moving to Northern California, she acquired her Real Estate Broker’s License while working for Foremost McKesson’s construction division, later selling new homes and procuring financing for them.
 
Throughout the years Diane has operated and continues to operate a property management business.  After returning to Southern California, she finished the last fourteen years of her teaching career in the Charter Oak Unified School District, serving as the district-wide literacy coordinator as well and earning San Gabriel Valley Woman’s Club “Reading Teacher of the Year”.  She served in numerous leadership roles in the school community and achieved success as an advocate, innovator, and consultant.  She authored her school’s Edukashunal Phood Thaut and The Revisionist news letters.  Her writings have been featured in the Los Angeles Times and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.  Her first book title Why Bullies Are Cowards, has just been published.  These writings were intended to ultimately serve one purpose; that of bettering the lives of our children.

Barbara Brusca - Retired

Director, Community Service

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Barbara was married in 1961 and has two sons from her first marriage. She divorced in 1980 and moved to California where she became General Manager, Art Director, and one of the owners of Spectrum Decorators which decorated souvenir glassware and ceramics for gift shops in all the major theme parks and hotels. She was married the second time to her husband, Tom for 30 years, who passed away in July 2014. She is happy to be retired and now lives with her five Shih Tzus and enjoys time crafting with friends.

Joel Camacho - Real Estate Agent

Joel is one of CSR's newest members, sponsored by Sal Chatfield. Details to follow as they become available...

Sal Flores-Chatfield - Insurance

A member of CSR since 2010 (and president in 2015-16), Sal has jumped in with both feet and become a highly valued player in the works of the Club. A top model and spokesperson for cosmetic surgery, he now has a hard time cashing his Social Security checks.

Don Crouse - Tire Dealer

Chairman, Paul Harris Foundation

Don is a Charter Member of the Club and has distinguished himself with perfect attendance since 1982. In addition to serving on the board, he's a former Rotarian of the Year and Paul Harris Fellow. Arguably, the best "whiner" in the club, he is an avid fan of muscle cars, road runs, drag racing, and anything automotive. A graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona, he's been married for over 35 years and has two sons.

Carlos Duarte - Restauranteur

Carlos is a relatively "new" member, having joined in 2017. He spends most of his time running the lounge/restaurant Brew & Meatball Co in Covina.

Tom Dumont - Restaurant Supply Wholesaler

Tom just joined CSR in 2015 and got lucky by not being required to sell fundraiser tickets for his first year. Interestingly, he has been cursed all his life with continually being out of focus, much to the consternation of his high school yearbook photographer. He was sponsored into CSR by Sal Chatfield, which should not be held against him.

Dennis Duncan - Optometry

Executive Director

Dennis is a past president of the Club and plays an instrumental part in organizing ticket sales for The Auctions and other CSR fundraisers. He has been a member for over 18 years and in his spare time enjoys working with the Boy Scouts of America, skiing and collecting first edition books by John Steinbeck.

John Espinoza - Printer/Copier Sales/Service

A member since 1961, John has been instrumental in creating the Interact Club of Covina High School, a club that introduces teens to the spirit of Rotary. John runs a semi-successful printer and copier business in his spare time when not busy as a professional Polka instructor...

Brenda Fernandez-Lango - Education

A member since June 2015, Brenda has served as principal dance instructor to the President of Guatamala as well as being credited with conceiving the design of the triangle building at Cal Poly Pomona. Her favorite color is neopolitan and she wears only dolphin-free clogs.

George Fuller - Retired Educator

George joined CSR in 2010 along with his wife, Marsha. After a twenty-year career teaching and coaching in Covina Valley Unified schools, he left the San Gabriel Valley to pursue a variety of positions in educational administration elsewhere in California, retiring from the San Mateo County Office of Education in Redwood City. Becoming a hobbyist woodworker in his leisure required a return to gainful employment: machinery, tools, and lumber are all expensive. The output of his workshop, most frequently furniture for his daughters, is not generally aimed at a profit. So, to support his bad habits, he has worked locally including substitute teaching, retail furniture sales, and in printing.

Marcia Fuller -

Marcia joined CSR in 2010 along with her husband, George (above). Married to George for 48 amazing years and the proud parents of 2 wonderful daughters, 2 terrific sons-in-law, and 4 "great" grandchildren (2 B & 2 G, from 9 to 18 years old)! Her shady past includes involvement with Little Miss Softball, Girl Scouts, HS girls volleyball referee, various garden clubs, and education (38 years). She taught for 21 years: 1st, 5th, 7th, & 8th (Math, Science, Social Skills and Home Ec) and has enjoyed traveling, skiing, camping, reading, collecting cookbooks, growing things, and converting to a drought-tolerant garden.

Leslie Gonzalez - Computer Engineering

Director International Service and Membership Development

Leslie is one of CSR's youngest members and has decided to join CSR to "...bring a sense of decency and sobriety to the Club". So far, results are mixed amid rumors that she has certain ties to the city of Las Vegas.

Bill Hammett - Printing & Design

Since fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming President of CSR back in 2009-2010, Bill now spends his leisure time on the links or at Starbucks. He and his wife Sue run a smooth operation at Grand Printing and he enjoys having the title of “PAST President”.

Shannon Hidalgo - Banker

President

A member of CSR since 2010, Shannon was born and raised in La Puente. A Covina resident for 13 years, she worked in financial institutions for 33 years, 21 years with Pacific Western Bank. Currently VP/Branch Operations Manager of Covina Office, she is married to her husband Eddie for 18 years with four children (Krista, Frankie, Randy, Jennie) , 3 grandchildren (Marissa, Gavin & Logen ) and the family dog, Fiona. Her hobbies include cooking and trying new recipes, camping, going to the river house and vacationing with her family.

Bill Higley - Civil Engineer

President Elect

Bill came to CSR by way of volunteering with the Operation Santa Clothes project. He was actually asked to join OSC due to the fact that he hangs out at K-mart every day anyway, and this gives him the opportunity to satisfy his community service hours requirements.

Bill Hubbert - Pharmacist

Treasurer

“Bull” (his Club nickname for many years) is a Charter Member of CSR since its founding in 1982 and has been Club Treasurer for about as many years as well. He attended Covina High, Mt. Sac, and the USC School of Pharmacy which led to his partnership in Rose Pharmacy for 30 years. Semi-retired, he now has time to pursue his avocation: the American Old West and in particular, the Indian Wars. He spends time reading and researching the subject as well as traveling to visit historic sites with his lovely wife, Mary.

Hugh Ledford - Retired

A charter member of CSR, Hugh claims his best achievement was becoming arguably the "most fun" president of the millennium (2000-2001). He has served the club as secretary and assistant district governor as well. A local boy and graduate of Covina High, Hugh is a 6th generation Californian. He is an avid (some say wicked) golfer, a model car collector, and a master gardener. Keeping Rotary in the family, his wife, Lina, is a member of Covina's "other" Rotary club.

David Little - Finance Director

Executive Director - Tex Everson Humanitarian Foundation

David is affectionately called "grasshopper" by his fellow members because he rubs his legs together a lot. This could also explain why he has experienced wedded bliss for years beyond what could be expected at his age.

Al Marino - Financial Planning

Al married his wife Nancy in 1971 and has a daughter, Danielle. A member of CSR since 1984, he served as a board member, then club secretary (under George Bradley and Howard Raff), and ultimately, as Club President. A former phys.ed. teacher with a doctorate from UCLA, he coached South Hills HS gymnastics to CIF championship in 1972 then went on to Cal State LA where he served as Gymnastics Coach, Kinesiology Professor and Associate Athletic Director for 12 years. During that time, he was awarded NCAA Division 1 “Gymnastics Coach of the Year” (1974). In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, he was the manager of the Gymnastics Award Ceremonies. After leaving the educational sector, he became (and still is) Managing Partner at Diversified Securities Inc. in West Covina. He now enjoys wooden boats, doo wop music, backpacking and hiking.

Galen Metz - Wine Bar & Art Dealer

Director Public Relations

After retiring from a 25 year career with Eastman Kodak, Galen opened the Azo Vino Wine Bar and Gallery in Covina where he exhibits and sells fine "objets d'arte" as well as great wines and beers. As a nationally known speaker on business and marketing practices, he served as Chairman of the West Coast School of Photography Board of Trustees and now serves on the Board of Directors of the Covina Downtown Merchants Assoc. As member of the Professional Photographers of America, he received the degree of Photographic Craftsman in '92, the PPA National Award in '96 and is one of only 25 recipients to receive the prestigious Paul Kennedy Award for Professional Photographers of California. He serves as an industry advisor to Through Each Other's Eyes, using photography as a medium for education and cultural understanding involving eight countries. He's a founding member and serves on the Board for the Living American Masters Photographic Project which researches, documents, and archives North America's greatest photographers. In his free time he enjoys motorcycle touring and you may recognize him as our auctioneer for the High Heels and Handcarts auction, the World War II Victory Party and Bootlegger’s Ball (which he chaired).

Henry Morgan - Retired

Henry distinguishes himself as a charter member with perfect attendance. He is a past president (seventh), District Governor's Executive Asst (02-03), and basks in the notoriety of being the club's oldest member. Born in La Jolla, he served in the Navy during WW2, received a degree in Physics from Pomona College, then spent 36 years with IBM. Besides serving as past Councilman and Mayor of Covina, he has been active on many boards and commissions including AQMD, Regional Water Quality, Sanitation Dist., Foothill Transit, Pres. League of Calif. Cities, and is current Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society. Henry says besides being married over 50 years with 6 kids and 11 grandchildren, his best achievement is longevity. His hobbies include cooking, history, politics, gardening, and selling tickets and raising money for almost anybody who asks.

Dave Nemeth - Flooring Sales

Dave joined CSR back in the Pleistocene Era, took a few years off, and has decided his life could not be complete without CSR. Hence, he has rejoined his brethren and sisterns in September 2015. To commemorate the occasion, he has purchased a pair of long pants.

Manny Perez - Real Estate

Manny (as his mother called him) has been in the Club since 7:35AM. That’s a common fact ascribed to the man known for his spectacular, albeit delayed entrances. Now a successful businessman in the real estate industry, rumor has it that he previously was a body double and stand-in at Desilu Studios in Hollywood.

Jon Pomeroy - Water Conditioning

Director - Operation Santa Clothes

Jon is the Club’s “Finemaster” and weekly brings terror to the membership as he relentlessly doles out fines. The offenses range from the absurd to the sublime but it’s amazing just how entertaining an event like someone’s birthday or anniversary can be. On the serious side, Jon has been in the Club since 1982 and is the founder and Executive Director of the Operation Santa Clothes project.

Pam Pomeroy - Retail

Director of Membership

Pam graduated Loyola Marymount and, after working on campus briefly, married Jon "The Finemaster" in 1972. They started working at Rayne Water Conditioning in Covina in 1978 and bought the business in '89 which they run to this date. In February of '98 she joined with Jon again by becoming a club Member and the driving force behind the Operation Santa Clothes program. The program has clothed over 20000 children and Pam can rightly claim this as her best achievement. Besides her avocation with antiques, she enjoys gardening, traveling, reading and planning the next High Heels And Handcarts Auction. Her personal antique collections are on display at their offices in addition to the 1500 snowmen that are brought out for the holidays.

Robert C. Potter - Insurance

A former roller derby star, Robert brings his talents to CSR as chairman of the Attendance Committee. At home, he spends time with his cats and maintains a library of NASCAR romance novels. He is a well respected consultant and speaker in the hair care industry and has authored several books in the field, earning a Pulitzer with his latest: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow".

Cicero Salmon - Executive

Director Youth Services

Cicero is one of our newest members, having joined in 2016. He was sponsored by President Sal and accordingly all details about his life are classified.

J.P. Sazon - Mortgage Broker

John is reputedly one of the wealthiest members of the Club after recently winning a spectacular jackpot in the CSR weekly raffle. A benevolent cost-cutter, he requested that the Club not waste money filing a 1099 to the IRS for his winnings. Currently a player in real estate, he formerly designed, manufactured and produced rotating baskets that are used in raffles.

Lone Sorensen - Controller

Lone grew up in Denmark, and after graduating from high school, embarked on a 6 months vacation to the United States - and is still here. After traveling around in the US, she settled in the Covina area.
She has served CSR as a member of the Board and as a Past President. Lone provides accounting services for several clients in the commercial real estate industry.

Barrey Staggs - CPA

A Rotarian since 1989, Barrey was hatched in Tennessee then packed up the bags and moved to Beverly (well, actually Covina) Hills, that is. He did manage first to stick around for his degree in Accounting at University of Memphis before heading out to see the world. He's formerly the manager of accounting at WR Grace Co., the CFO of an engineering firm, and became a parrothead while working in Trinidad for a few years. A long time fan of curling tournaments, Barrey now vacations in his mountain retreat and still spends time on his Harley. Back in 1987 he married June, who tried to talk Barrey out of getting a bike, but now rides with him on her own Harley.

June Staggs - Accountant

June is an ex-patriate of the British Empire who came to America to join Rotary. Besides helping her husband with math problems at their business, she spends time as a cheerleader for the Pahrump flag football team. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Discretion prohibits further discussion of her extra curricular activites.)

Judy Starns - Real Estate

Secretary

A member since 1998, Judy has been on the Board, the community service committee, and is a past President.. She started her own company and just retired after selling it. In her "spare" time she keeps very busy with crafts, gardening, and always changing something at home. Evidently enjoying more free time, she says her best achievement, besides raising four sons, is finally having retired.

Terry Wysocki - Computer Technologies

Webmaster

Terry is a past president (2006-2007) and has been in the club since March 2001. Raised in Michigan, he joined the Army in '67, then moved to California to continue his education. He worked 12 years for the LA Sheriff then went into the private computer sector. Now when not working with computers, he rides a Harley with his wife, Sue, who is a Past President of the Covina Rotary Club. He's also a professional musician and has played drums in the White House. His latest hobbies are his 120" home theater / automation system, Pop Tennis and his addiction to all things Android.


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CSR Fresh Squeeze 2003-07-01.pdf