Sunrise Rotary of Covina

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Holiday Breakfast 2021

Member News • Jan 9th, 2022 • (updated: Feb 17th, 2022) • 0 Comments

Sunrise Rotary had its 2021 Holiday Party in December and Santa Claus came and a good time was had by all. For some unbeknownst reason our regular meeting location was locked up when we arrived for our annual Christmas Breakfast. With some lightning quick thinking and some good restaurant friends we were able to relocate to Millie’s Restaurant for our Holiday Bash. The kids were worried that Santa Claus would not be able to find us but lo and behold he showed up with a big bag full of presents....(read more)

CSR commits to support the Juticalpa Water Project

Member News • Aug 16th, 2021 • (updated: Oct 5th, 2021) • 0 Comments

Covina Sunrise Rotary has submitted a Letter of Commitment to support the Juticalpa , Bay Islands, Honduras Water Project.  The project is spearheaded by Roatan  Rotary Club and Fair lawn Rotary Club.  Here is the link if you would like to lean more about this worthy project.



CSR donation to YWCA SGV Wings

Member News • Aug 16th, 2021 • 0 Comments

Covina Sunrise Rotary proudly donates $1,000 to YWCA SGV Wings program to support women and children affected by domestic violence!



Stockings for the Troops

Member News • Feb 17th, 2021 • 0 Comments

Covina Sunrise Rotary prepared 144 Stockings for troops stationed overseas to be received in time for Christmas 2020. The holiday-style stockings were filled with socks, beanies, gloves, candy, beef jerky, gum, chips, soup, Nutrigrain bars, cookies and hand sanitizers, The soldiers, currently stationed in South Korea, were very appreciative as can be seen in the below photos. Covina Sunrise Rotary has been involved with the Stockings for Troops program for several years now and it has been very well received by the troops, especially this year...(read more)

CSR supporting our community volunteers during the pandemic!

Member News • Nov 9th, 2020 • (updated: Dec 28th, 2020) • 0 Comments

Since March, Covina Sunrise Rotary has been showing our support for community volunteers and essential workiers by providing lunches to these very deserving community heros!

Lunch recipients include the Nursing staff at Citrus Valley Health Center, Officers of Covina Police Department and the Volunteers assisting  in food pick up and distribution Fridays at Project 29:11 Food Bank.  CSR has also been a large contributor of goods as well as volunteers at the Project 29:11 food bank in Covina.

CSR does a Karaoke Kickout!

Member News • Jul 20th, 2020 • (updated: Aug 24th, 2020) • 0 Comments

On June 27, 2020, incoming CSR president Cicero Salmon opened the kickout party hosted at Robert Avila's house. Social distancing was suggested and it offered "...Libations, food, entertainment, jokes, prizes and more. An enjoyable casual get-together to celebrate the end to Bill Higleys presidential term." Although masks were optional, it appears that all came through without a single Covid-19 case!

During these difficult times, CSR has continued its philanthropic activities, the latest being strong support for the Project 29:11 foodbank in Covina.  And practicing measures to protect our members, our weekly...(read more)

CSR DARK - Corona Virus!!!

Member News • Mar 15th, 2020 • (updated: Aug 5th, 2020) • 0 Comments

It is with heavy heart, we must report that starting on March 18, 2020, the mighty Covina Sunrise Rotary Club will not be having its regular meetings for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, it has been decided that our upcoming events, including the Disco At The Barn (May 16th) are now cancelled.

It was inevitable. In the first few months of 2020, CSR was off to a great start, planning events, inducting new members, having a great time... then it happened: The world started going insane from a microscopic visitor from Wuhan,...(read more)

President Shannon Kicked Out!

Member News • Jul 2nd, 2018 • (updated: Jul 5th, 2018) • 2 Comments

June 30, 2018 marked an end of the line for the Sparkle Princess. A year of life at the top of CSR had come to completion for president Shannon Hidalgo at a spectacular kickout party in her honor. The event was held on the last day of her reign so as to celebrate every last drop of the year she has so magnificently presided over. Shannon ended the year in the same infectious spirit that she started it with. Every meeting was pervaded with her unlimited enthusiasm and sparkling manner....(read more)

The Passing of a Great Man

Member News • Jun 12th, 2018 • (updated: Jan 30th, 2020) • 2 Comments

On June 8th, 2018, Covina Sunrise Rotary suffered a monumental loss - one of our own, Hugh Ledford, left us peacefully in his sleep. Although Hugh has been fighting for his life at City of Hope for several years, his time had come to pass. Hugh has been a Charter Member of CSR from its origin in 1982 and was a keystone of its existence ever since. [download slideshow] He became Club President in 2000 and served many years on the Board of Directors in many capacities....(read more)

High Heels and Hipsters

Member News • Mar 21st, 2018 • 0 Comments

On March 20, 2018, the "Ladies of CSR" decided to recognize the 30th anniversary of women being allowed in Rotary. Basically asking the male members of CSR to walk a mile few steps in their shoes. With help from district members, a collection of high heel shoes and feather boas were distributed to the guys. Not all opted to don the distaff garb, deciding that a $60 alternative "donation" to the Rotary Foundation would be worth the possibility of a pulled hamstring. Some of the "dancers" seemed strangely experienced in...(read more)

Rotary Social Hour !

Member News • Oct 23rd, 2017 • 0 Comments

Covina Sunrise Rotary hosted our second Rotary Social Hour on October 17 at City Grill in Covina!  All who joined in had a great time eating, drinking and socializing with fellow rotarians and guests.  Thank you to Joel Camacho for setting the night up.  Watch for news on our next Rotary Social Hour in the next few months.

CSR proudly donates to Covina PD K-9 Unit!

Member News • Oct 13th, 2017 • 0 Comments

At our weekly meeting on Tuesday, October 10,on behalf of Covina Sunrise Rotary,  President Shannon presented Chief John Curley from Covina Police Department with a check in the amount of $1000 for the K-9 Unit!  Chief Curley was also our featured Speaker of the Week!  We are proud to support our community!

CSR donates to Packages of Love!

Member News • Aug 21st, 2017 • 0 Comments

Covina Sunrise Rotary donated 4 boxes of personal hygiene products for Packages of Love drive, headed up by Covina Mayor Jorge Marquez.  The mayor attended the club's Tuesday morning meeting at South Hills Country Club on August 15 to accept the donations.  President Shannon said "I'm so proud of our club for stepping up and helping with this charitable cause!". 

2017 Covina National Night Out

Member News • Aug 4th, 2017 • (updated: Aug 9th, 2017) • 0 Comments

Covina Sunrise Rotary proudly participated in the recent National Night Out event put on by the City.  We represented our club and rotary well with our Rotary EZ up and Unbelievable T-Shirts!

Club members enjoyed a great, although hot and stormy, night visiting with locals, including Mayor Jorge Marquez,  that stopped by our booth to find out what we are all about and enter our wine raffle.

Stay tuned for information on our next big event!

President Avila's Kickout Party

Member News • Jun 30th, 2017 • (updated: Aug 10th, 2017) • 0 Comments

On June 24, 2017 ol' President Avila was semi-ceremoniously discharged from his lofty office as CSR President. The event was held at the home of Ms. Shannon Hidalgo who coincidentally was kicked IN as Robert's successor. The party was fully booked as revelers consumed massive amounts of food and quaffed assorted libations, followed by a roast-like program to certify the passing of the gavel. The program continued with a video tribute to Robert's year (see it HERE) as well as a reprise video of his performance in a sequence...(read more)

2017 International Convention

Member News • Jun 30th, 2017 • (updated: Aug 10th, 2017) • 0 Comments

The 2017 Rotary International Convention took place June 10-14 in Atlanta, Georgia (state, not the country) and CSR showed up in force! Five members of our club attended!

Shannon Hidalgo, Leslie Gonzalez, Brenda Fernandez-Lango, Pam & Jon Pomeroy enjoyed meeting fellow Rotarians from all over the world at the Georgia World Congress Center!  Among the many highlights of the trip was the more than 2 hour photo shoot in the fellowship hall where the CSR members would invite other Rotarians to join in the group photo.  Some photos had...(read more)

Rayne For The Holidays!

Member News • Dec 1st, 2016 • (updated: Aug 15th, 2017) • 0 Comments

On November 24, 2016 Rayne celebrated its 22nd year of serving Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who might need a place to go.  Many of the guests have been coming for years. This year 682 meals were served, complete with turkey, ham, stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes, corn, salad, fruit cocktail, rolls, cranberry sauce and of course, pumpkin pie.  With live music in the “dining room”  and face painting for the kids it’s the place to be.   A large tent was set up to house the clothing and household goods collected throughout...(read more)

District Governor Visits CSR

Member News • Aug 26th, 2016 • (updated: Aug 15th, 2017) • 0 Comments

Basking in the shade of the new CSR easy-up, the DG, Luciano de Sylva and his wife Hazel display the booty bestowed upon them by his nibs from the coffers of CSR (the CSR flag and a t-shirt). Also visiting were AG Bill Longacre and EG Mark Barragan. Bill said of the 16 clubs he’d visited, ours was the best! The Club and the members were decorated in red, white, & blue as would be a typical meeting. The Two Skins did a rousing Grand Old Flag to start the...(read more)

President Chatfield Kicked Out!

Member News • Jun 30th, 2016 • (updated: Aug 15th, 2017) • 0 Comments

June 2016 saw the end of an empire. One that had flourished successfully under the guiding hand of Sal Flores-Chatfield, taking CSR to a new level. He initiated the "Rotary Moments" where members pointed out an event that was impacted by their association with the Club. His year had witnessed the growth of the Club, particularly with the inclusion of the R'futures Club for the millenials. Other projects, such as the Rosarito Project where backpacks and shoes were distributed, went very well. The Club's fame was exemplified by the huge...(read more)

2015 Kickout of President Espinoza!

Member News • May 14th, 2016 • (updated: Aug 15th, 2017) • 0 Comments

In May of 2015, President John Espinoza gave up the gavel and handed it over (eagerly) to incoming prez Sal Chatfield. Normally this would have been a great story but everyone there was sworn to not saying anything about that night, ever again. Make up your own story.

Ack! Who would have thought that just entering a small amount of text like that would cause the webpage to include the images that appeared down below in this post. I have to just enter some text here so you'll have to just...(read more)


Latest News


New Associate Members

Our newest Associate member is Ms. Nancy Leal. She has been and Associate Member of CSR since 2023, working on our projects and attending meetings. Associate Members are able to join CSR with lesser requirements on attendance and financial participation in order to fit their needs better and still allow them to work with fellow Rotarians to help the community. Welcome aboard, Nancy!

Checkout our our digs!

We have a great home right here in Covina! We meet every Tuesday morning at 7:15 at the Covina District Field at 220 W Puente (west of Citrus). Our meetings are held in the new Conference Center, on the 2nd floor in the South Hills room. If you'd like to join us for a free breakfast there, we'd be happy to show you what we're all about. Just drop us a note on the Contact page!

Free Reading Program for Kids!


We are a proud sponsor of a new, online FREE Reading program for kids in K-6. The program is compatible with most Internet browsers used by desktop and tablet computers. Anyone can easily sign up for the program free through our website. Just click on the logo above to get to the login page for the program.

The goal is to enhance the literacy skills of English language learners of all grade school ages. The FREE reading program will help improve English reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and much more! Currently there are over 110,000 kids enrolled! If you have or know children of grade school age, check out the program - we believe it can really help improve literacy in our youth.

Operation Santa Clothes

Our flagship Operation Santa Clothes program has clothed over 35,000 kids with new clothes! We have also been able to provide over $50,000 in scholarships in seven high schools. OSC began in 1994 serving 73 children from one Covina school. The project focuses not only on provided clothing, but giving self esteem, character development, and a sense of caring to these kids. You can help with a tax deductible donation here. See our Santa Clothes page to make a donation or for more information.

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