The presents are waiting for Santa to give out at the BCR A Place to Grow Christmas Party! Each year, Burbank Noon and Burbank Sunrise get together and host a Christmas Party and dinner for the Developmentally disabled clients of BCR who also provide us with a wish list of presents that members purchase to be given out buy Santa. There is also mush singing and dancing with Pia the Elf!!
Members enjoyed a fabulous evening aboard the Battleship Iowa as Rotary District 5280 help its annual Foundation Gala. We were treated to a tour of the ship and a flyover by the Tiger Squadron, followed by an exciting water display by the LA City Fire boats! In addition to having a lot of fun, we raised money for Rotary!
Several members of our club enjoyed a beautiful night at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach for the annual District 5280 picnic! There were cardboard boat races, Korean BBQ, a Chili cook off, karaoke, and much more!! Our club entered a chili into the chili cookoff made by your bulletin editor, Janice. We didn’t win but my feelings weren’t hurt because the winning chili was VERY good and he gave me some pointers for next year!! The cardboard boat races were amazing!! Some sank right out of the chute while others made for very efficient craft!! Our neighbors at Glendale Sunrise took second place out of 18 boats! They promised to tutor us on boat design so we can make our own club boat for next year!!! We may need paddling lessons too! The evening ended with karaoke headlined by the Stacy’s amazing daughter, Annie! She even got salsa lessons from Julio!!! If you missed it this year, you’ll have to make plans for next year!!
Rotarians from both Sunrise and Noon Clubs took part in the Burbank Housing Corporation’s Back to School Event on August 6th! We volunteered stuffing 520 backpacks for kids K-12 that might not be able to afford them!! Sunrise Rotarians spent the event day putting temporary tattoos donated by Cartoon Network on the kids for a fun day!
Julie came down from the great north…ok, Cambria, to join us at a fundraiser in support of DEBO Inc., a nonprofit engaged in helping Ethiopians break the cycle of poverty through education, clean drinking water, health education, and reforestation. We enjoyed tea, finger sandwiches, scones, and scrumptious desserts for this great cause!
Family Promise of the Verdugos is a non-profit organization providing assistance to homeless families with children. Working in partnership with local faith-based congregations and other community resources; Family Promise provides food, shelter, counseling support and job readiness training resulting in self-reliance and a more stable future for situationally homeless families. Our club is a proud supporter of Family Promise and several of our members support Club 365. For just $1 a day, our contributions allow them to provide shelter, food, and case management for our situationally-homeless families. Several of us attended a mixer held at Nickelodeon Studios in Hollywood on July 15th. Look for the Empty Bowl fundraiser Sunday, September 25, 2016 at St. Finbar Catholic Church in Burbank, CA (11:30 am to 2:30 pm). Tickets are $30 and are available on their website or contact Juan Guillen. They will also be available the day of the event!
Burbank Sunrise Rotary was represented by President Janice and Treasurer Lee at the 2016 Rotary Convention in Seoul, Korea. They made many new friends and discovered a lot of new projects to consider. They even had tea with Past Rotary International President 2008/2009 DK Lee!!
Lee and Phyllis were proud to present the Woodbury University Rotaract Club with a plaque commemorating their charter!! Special thanks to Phyllis for starting and mentoring this new club!! These amazing young men and women are the future of Rotary!!
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends.
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