Join us for the Chino Valley Rotary Golf Tournament

Enjoy a relaxing day of golf while making a difference in your community. There will be a raffle, auction, food and much more! This yearly tradition has become a highlight for so many local golfers and their friends. Join us and other leaders in the community as we tee up and raise some some money for the Rotary Club of Chino.

Monday, August 28, 2023 @ 7:30am
📍 El Prado Golf Course
6555 Pine Ave.
Chino, CA 91708

Scramble Format Golf Tournament
**Registration will begin at 6:30 AM, with a shotgun start at 8:00 AM!**

Early Bird Pricing: $125 (Purchase tickets by August 14)
Regular Pricing: $169

Registration Page

Chino Valley Rotary Club offers life-changing leadership opportunity for high schoolers with all-expenses-paid RYLA program

Chino Valley Rotary Club offers life-changing leadership opportunity for high schoolers with all-expenses-paid RYLA program

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a nationally-recognized leadership program.  The Chino Valley Rotary Club will be bussing four 10th and 11th graders to Camp Cedar Crest in Running Springs where they will stay overnight from March 24 to March 26.  Our Chino Valley students will collaborate with other students from the Rotary International District 5300 area, which covers Southern California and parts of Nevada.  During the all-expenses paid three-day seminar, students will develop leadership skills, gain self-confidence, and learn about various issues in our communities.  
To apply, students and parents must access our online registration system and select Chino Valley (779) from the dropdown menu.  The application deadline is March 6.  Two boys and two girls will be selected by committee and notified the following week. Application link: 
Anyone with questions may contact the Rotary Club at
Chino Valley Rotary Club offers life-changing leadership opportunity for high schoolers with all-expenses-paid RYLA program

Be the Inspiration with the Chino Rotary Club

Last year our Rotary Theme was Making a Difference.

At the start of the year, one million people in Honduras lacked access to safe drinking water, 1.6 million people did not have sanitation facilities and very few rural locations were treating their water to make it safe.

Anna Casalme, a student from Chino Hills, interested in pursuing an MSc in Childhood Studies from the University of Edinburgh with a focus on child and adolescent health, was seeking financial assistance to get the medical training she needed to help mothers and children.

In Tijuana, Mexico 649 people were preparing to take part in a program designed to develop mentors, and indigenous leaders to run projects, identify needs and create tailor-made programs for those needs turning a village into a community.

And I was asking each of our members the same 4 questions.

  • What do you like about Rotary?
  • What can be improved about Rotary?
  • What can Rotary do for you?
  • What can you do for Rotary?

Based on that feedback, we set one goal – to double our membership – from 17 members to 34.

In order to do that, I asked our members to commit to doing a few things for our Rotary Club.

  1. Bring a guest to every meeting
  2. Attendance matters
  3. Make our meetings more friendly
  4. Do more community service
  5. Connect more with each other

Bring a Guest:

We conducted a membership meeting at the beginning of the year and during that meeting I asked us to identify the organizations and individuals who should be a part of the Chino Rotary Club. And I got to work making sure we invited those people/organizations to our club.

  • Arianna Fajardo, Management Assistant from the City of Chino
  • Lea Fellows, Assistant Superintendent from the Chino Valley Unified School District
  • Delinia Lewis, Community Resource Manager at California Institution for Men
  • Ray Marquez, Councilman for the City of Chino Hills
  • Jonathan Monroe, Detective/Corporal for the Chino Police Department

Rick Bui proactively invited:

  • Anthony Verches, President of The ESV Group, Inc.
  • Regina & Eric Price, Realtors at ReMax Champions

And Arianna Fajardo invited:

  • JV Cuasito, a Realtor from Keller Williams


Attendance Matters:

At the beginning of the year I printed out a sheet which had all of the clubs in the local area, the times they met and encouraged our members to make up meetings at other clubs.

We have a member in our club who has 55 years of perfect attendance. When Kevin Sullivan started his streak of perfect attendance my parents were in junior high school.

But, in addition to attending our regular meetings, it’s also important to attend the events that bring a bigger picture to Rotary. Gene and Louise Hernandez travel the globe attending Rotary events throughout the year. Our District also regularly puts on training events and fellowship events which help show the global impact Rotary has on the world.

CP Phan, Linda Perla, Rick Bui, Chris Foster, Dale Bright and Anthony Verches all spent time attending District events this year to bring back powerful ideas to our Rotary Club.

Rotary District 5300 Foundation Gala

And lastly, while attendance is important we must remember the true mission of Rotary, service above self. Danny Bozart, who couldn’t make it to several meetings, is the General Manager of a $40 million steel plant in Chino and he travels on a weekly basis. It’s not possible for him to make it to every meeting, but he makes every effort to make our Wednesday meetings. In fact, last week he told me he was in another part of the United States on Wednesday, but when a meeting cancelled, he took the redeye flight to get home just so he could make our Rotary meeting.


Make Our Meetings More Friendly:

This year we did a few things to help make our meetings more fun. We continued Melinda’s Meet & Greet events and expanded on them. This year we

  • Tried and failed to escape from a room
  • Hit golf balls at Los Serranos
  • Hung out at Chris Foster’s House

Chino Rotary Club tries to Escape from Room

Of all the things I think our Rotary Club can stand to improve the most, being more friendly is at the top of the list. We have some amazing people in our Rotary Club who are all volunteering their time to make a difference. As a club, we’re often quick to criticize, and rarely take the time to thank each other for the work we’ve all done to make our communities better.

As Leadership Expert, Robin Sharma said, “Be slow to criticize, and fast to appreciate.”

There are so many things competing for our time today that if we feel valued and appreciated, especially as volunteers, we’re more likely to continue. If we feel our efforts are not valued, it’s easy for us to spend our time somewhere else.

I’d also like to use this as an opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the time, effort and energy you put in to make all our lives better.

Do More Community Service:

To be honest, when I joined our Chino Rotary Club, I was confused.

I thought we were a service club meaning we went out and provided service for those in need. And, after my first year in Rotary, we really didn’t do much in terms of hands on activities. But, in surveying our members, I understand that that was something that used to happen a lot more often and we just moved away from it as a club.

Every member I spoke with said they enjoyed those and so, as a way to attract more members, I asked our current membership to take the responsibility of planning a hands-on service project each month.

Chino Rotary Isaiah's Rock

Chino Rotary Club Together We Rise

  • Dale Bright and Arianna Fajardo organized our Stepping Up for Boys program to help Chino Valley Unified School District elementary school students prepare for junior high school

Chino Rotary Club Stepping Up for Boys

  • Melinda Robbins, Anthony Verches and Rick Bui helped organize and distribute bags for human trafficking victims via the Every One Free program

Every One Free Chino Rotary Club Human Trafficking

  • Narvee Intarachote and Anthony Verches helped to plant a tree in honor of Dave King outside the Chino Community Building

Chino Rotary Club Dave King Tree

Connect More with Each Other:

In the middle of the year we instituted a mentor/mentee program with the idea to get more connected with one another. Each of our new members had the opportunity to choose a mentor from our established members.

There was no specific format or procedure to follow, other than to connect with one another and learn about each other.

Prior to this year, my Rotary moment was building a home for a needy family in Tecate, Mexico. But, I think the thing I’m most proud of this year is connecting our members with one another to do some remarkable things.

  • CP Phan and JV Cuasito were starting a podcast together
  • Chris & Daphne Foster hired CP Phan to do their maternity photos
  • Rick Bui and Al McCombs toured Chino and Rick started a Go Fund Me Campaign to try and get people to donate to create an Al McCombs Biography
  • Linda Perla and Gene Hernandez went to Mexico to work on Rotary Project Hope
  • Regina’s daughter Abby sung the National Anthem at the Love Them All Foundation Golf Tournament

But, probably my favorite story was with Kevin Sullivan and Linda Perla. Kevin called up Linda and asked her to attend an event he was scheduled to speak at because he needed a ride. Turns out the event was The Southern California Tennis Association was hosting a Hall of Fame ceremony for Kevin’s best friend, Rod Laver. Billie Jean King, Michael Chang, Tracy Austin and Pancho Gonzalez were also honored. And here was 21-year-old Linda Perla at the head table with these legends of tennis, all thanks to Kevin Sullivan and Rotary.

Chino Rotary Club Mentor Mentee

We Made a Difference

We raised $28,960.06 this year. We gave $2,000 to Isaiah’s Rock, $500 to Make a Child Smile, $500 to the Chino Cultural Center, $1,500 to the YMCA, $500 to Big Brothers/Big Sisters, $500 to the Love Them All Foundation, $500 to Gold Star Moms, $150 to the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Public Safety, $250 to Together We Rise, $2,650 to CVUSD Teachers via the Debbie Wilson Teacher Mini-Grants, $2,286.62 to Every One Free, $500 to an Eagle Scout Pole Project, $500 to the Boy Scouts, $156.44 for the Crombie Allen Awards, $1,200 to TLC, $1,200 to RYLA, $750 to the Academic Decathlon Team at Don Lugo, $750 to the Dan Stover Music Contest, $625 to the 4-Way Speech Contest, $3,262.68 to the Stepping Up for Boys program, $1,050 for Anna Casalme’s Global Grant, $500 for the SuperBuild project, $500 to the Rose Parade Float, $1,000 to the Honduras Water Project, $500 to the District 5300 Peace Conference, and $1,000 to the Polio Plus program totaling $30,314 distributed to the charities we support.

But, I think our biggest impact came form the things I mentioned at the beginning.

At the beginning of the year, Gene Hernandez was working on Rotary Project Hope, a program to train community leaders through engaging and replicable leadership courses. Those who attended trainings were then given the opportunity to create these leadership trainings for their communities creating a sustainable project that will impact thousands. Member Linda Perla made the trip down to Mexico with Gene to see these courses in action and said it was phenomenal.

Watch the video –

Rotary Project Hope Gene Hernandez Chino Rotary Club

Thanks to Melinda Robbins, Gene Hernandez, Chris Foster and Raghada Khoury, among others, Anna Casalme received a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship for $61,000 to attend the University of Edinburgh to study Childhood Studies and impact the lives of mothers and children wherever she ends up … Hopefully right back here in the Chino Valley.

Anna Casalme Chino Rotary Club

And lastly, 21-year old Linda Perla took it upon herself to introduce the Honduras Water Project to our club, other clubs across the district and to our District. Thanks to contributions from our club, other clubs and the District, the Global Grant was funded for $500,000 to provide water for 31 schools in Honduras. 

Members of our club helped to contribute more than $600,000 in financial support to worthy causes. Not only did we contribute with our pocket books, but we also contributed with our hands in the activities I mentioned previously.

I’m extremely proud of the work we did this year. I’m proud to be a Rotarian. And I hope you’re proud of the work we did this year too.

2017/2018 Chino Rotary Awards

Thank you to all our Chino Rotary club members who “Made a Difference” this year. Below is a list of the Chino Rotary Club Award Winners for 2017/2018.

  • Membership Award – Rick Bui
  • Vocational Service Award – Anthony Verches
  • Club Service Award – Melinda Robbins
  • Youth Service Award – Mike Faherty
  • International Service Award – Gene Hernandez
  • Membership Growth Award – Arianna Fajardo
  • Public Image Award – Lorraine Sacca
  • Community Service Award – CP Phan
  • Foundation Award – Dale Bright
  • Above & Beyond Award – Linda Perla
  • New Member of the Year Award – CP Phan
  • Rotarian of the Year Award – Rick Bui

Be the Inspiration

To leave you with one last thought, the theme for this year is Be the Inspiration. We can create the world we live in, but we have to “inspire” others to join us as we can’t do it alone.

I’m excited to pass the reigns over to Chris Foster as I know he will be the inspiration we need to make our club even better in 2018/2019. Thank you all for being a part of this journey with me. I’m truly grateful.


Zeb Welborn and Chris Foster Chino Rotary Club

PS – One last thing. My sister, Lacey and I, realize how bad our Chino Rotary Club website was. Since that’s our business, we figured we’d redesign the Chino Rotary Club website. Would love to get your thoughts on our new website –

If you know of any other Rotary clubs who could use a better website, tell them to reach out to Zeb Welborn at