Rotary Club of Chino
The Rotary Club of Chino is a service organization in the Chino Valley in Southern California.
What does your club do?
- Work with Rotary International to make the world a better place
- Find problems in our own community that we can address
- Work to solve problems both locally and globally
- Facilitate the coming together of hard workers and leaders within our community
Why should people engage with your club?
- To make a difference
- To be a part of a global organization that has been addressing challenges around the world for more than 110 years
- To network with other rotarians in the community
- To develop personally
The Chino Rotary Club did a lot of good in September. We worked the CARE Closet, attended Chino Day at the Fair and secured a Global Grant for our sponsored student, Anna Casalme to attend the University at Edinburgh in Childhood Studies for $61,000.
We started the month visiting the CARE Closet, a program run by the City of Chino and the Chino Valley Unified School District. Through the program we helped prepare clothes and supplies for homeless and needy families in the Chino Valley.
The video we shared on Facebook and YouTube received thousands of views and had dozens of people ask for the address so they could donate clothing and supplies to the CARE Closet. Thank you to Arianna for arranging the opportunity to work with the CARE Closet.
Watch the video here – https://youtu.be/ZR1SrwO4cl0
Jack Parra, a retired Anaheim PD Captain spoke to us about Self-Defense, we attended Chino Day at the Fair and…
Thanks to Chris Foster, Gene Hernandez and Melinda Robbins for helping secure a Global Grant for Anna Casalme. Anna reached out to us back in February asking if we would sponsor her to be a global grant recipient. Our club agreed to offer her a scholarship of $1,050 and she was nominated to receive a Global Grant from Rotary International which she received!
Anna, a Chino Hills resident, is now attending a Masters Program in Childhood Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. A great job by Chino Rotarians, our Rotary District 5300 and Rotary International for helping Anna get a Global Grant.
August was another busy month for the Chino Rotary Club as we worked with the Inland Empire United Way and distributed $14,400 in checks to worthy charities. Melinda Robbins spoke about human trafficking and the Rotary International Convention. And Larry Welborn spoke about Why Journalism is Important.
On August 2, Larry Welborn, my father and hero, a retired journalist for the Orange County Register came to speak to the Chino Rotary Club about Why Journalism is Important.
My Dad discussed the main four reasons journalism is important. Those reasons are:
- to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves
- to bring out the truth
- to make your readers care
- to make a difference
On August 16, the Chino Rotary Club visited the Inland Empire United Way to take a tour of their facilities. The United Way does a lot for our local community including manning the 211 call center and collecting food and clothing for needy families.
Several Rotarians stuck around to write cards for terminally ill children to help brighten their day.
We shot this video to document our visit: Chino Rotary Club Visits the Inland Empire United Way.
On August 23, Melinda Robbins shared her experience at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA where they focused on one of the biggest issues facing our world today, human trafficking.
And on August 30, we distributed $14,400 to five different local charities: Boys Republic, the Chino Rotary Club, Love Them All Foundation, Priceless Pet Rescue and The Let It Be Foundation.
Want to get involved in the Chino Rotary Club? Email Chino Rotary President Zeb Welborn at Zeb@WelbornMedia.com
The new Rotary term started July 1 and we got to work right away serving our community. In July, we:
- Donated $500 to the Love Them All Foundation and played in their Annual Softball Tournament
- Met with District Governor Raghada Khoury and other local Rotary Clubs at Chino Concerts in the Park
- Raised $14,401.87 at the Southern California Charity Golf Classic for Boys Republic, the Chino Rotary Club, the Love Them All Foundation, Priceless Pet Rescue and The Let It Be Foundation.
The Love Them All Foundation Softball Tournament helps raise funds to benefit children and adults with disabilities to play organized sports and participate in social activities.
Watch the Chino Rotary Club video from the event – https://youtu.be/SF6T6T8Swog
Raghada Khoury visited the Chino Rotary Club along with other Rotary Clubs at Chino Concerts in the Park. It was great getting together with fellow Rotarians to learn about each others clubs and create opportunities for us to collaborate with one another.
We also raised $14,401.87 at the 3rd Annual Southern California Charity Golf Classic held at Los Serranos Country Club. Rotarians Zeb Welborn, Rick Bui and future Rotarian, Anthony Verches organized the golf tournament.
It’s been a productive first month for the Chino Rotary Club and we hope to keep that momentum going for months to come.
Please remember to bring a guest at every Chino Rotary Club meeting.
Thank you all for everything!
Making a Difference with the Chino Rotary Club
This year our Rotary Theme is Making a Difference.
When I first got started in business about six years ago, I attended a Millionaire Mind Seminar in Phoenix with my sister and business partner Lacey. During these seminars they do a bunch of rah-rah stuff to help get you out of your comfort zone and one of the assignments they gave us was to write a song that embodied who we are.
I remember my song went something like this: “I want to make a difference. I want to make the world a better place. I want to make a difference…” And after I did my little performance to my small group including my sister I remember her saying something like, “Ahh, I get it now.” In that moment, I felt she understood me. So, for me, it’s fitting that this year’s theme is Making a Difference because it defines who I am and the impact I want to have on our community.
As I was preparing for this year I invited a guest to every Rotary meeting I attended and with every guest and every member here, I asked the same four questions.
- What do you like about the Chino Rotary Club?
- What don’t you like about the Chino Rotary Club?
- How can the Chino Rotary Club help you?
- How can you help the Chino Rotary Club?
Why Become a Rotarian?
Today, I want to ask you one question – Why?
- If you are a current Chino Rotary member tell me why you are a Rotarian in the comments below.
- If you ever thought about becoming a Rotarian, tell me why you would consider becoming a Rotarian in the comments below.
As you’re thinking about it, I want to tell you why I joined the Chino Rotary Club.
There are multiple reasons I became a Rotarian. The biggest reason was being asked repeatedly by Dale Bright, owner of Dale Bright’s Auto to join. But, internally, I signed up because I knew I could better serve my community with others than I could alone.
I wanted to give back, but more importantly, I wanted to experience giving back in different ways to serve my community.
And, I wanted to be moved. I wanted to participate in Rotary moments that moved me, inspired me and let me know I was making a difference.
#1 Goal for 2017/2018 is to Increase Membership
In speaking with all of our members and prospective members, I created one goal for my Rotary Presidency in 2017 and that is to more than double our membership from 17 to at least 34 members.
To do this, I’ve asked our club to focus on a few things:
- bring a guest to every meeting
- attendance matters
- make our Wednesday meetings more friendly
- do community service
- connect more with each other
Continue the Chino Rotary Club Legacy
The Chino Rotary Club has a rich history in serving the Chino Valley area and I want to continue those efforts, but our club has declined in membership from close to 100 members at its peak to 17 today. Our lack of membership has limited our impact on our community and has put the Chino Rotary Club in danger of failing.
An increase in membership solves current problems facing our club and gives us the opportunity to make a difference in our community.
Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk recently said, “Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I want legacy, influence, and impact.”
This statement embodies my personal philosophy on life and why I wanted to become the Chino Rotary President for 2017/2018.
I want to make a difference. I hope you do too.
Will you join me?
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