Welcome to the website of the greatest Rotary club in the world!

The Covina Rotary Club was founded in 1923 as one of the first Rotary Clubs in the San Gabriel Valley. Our Club is one of the oldest, most respected in the area and has served the community and the world while having a great time in the process.

The Covina Rotary Club is involved in local, community based service projects, providing both financial and hands-on support. We also support the Rotary International Foundation in its many projects around the world, including the "Polio Plus" global polio eradication effort.

While serving the community is the primary scope of our Club, equally important is the social aspect, whereby lifelong friendships are cultivated as we work and play together. We invite you to join us for lunch to find out if you'd qualify to be one of the best - a Covina Rotarian! For more information about becoming a member, call Brian Akers at (909)592-3595 or use our Contact Us page.

---- Tony Nevarez
President 2017-2018

News and Notes:

We are getting ready for our Twenty-Second Annual Fun Run and Health Fair on April 29th 2018 held at Covina Valley District Field (200 W. Puente in Covina). It will feature a one mile run for kids and novices as well as a 5k run for those more adventurous. All funds raised go towards Teacher Mini-Grants for Covina - Valley and Charter Oak Unified School Districts along with other worthwhile Covina Rotary charities projects. The event is a great thing for the whole family and we look forward to seeing you there!

Get more info at www.CovinaFunRun.com.

Helping Families Beyond Borders An International project founded in 2016 to assist the neediest families in a community in Tijuana, MX. In October 2016, 65 families, including 127 children, from a small village of La Morita received a "care package”, which consisted of a complete new outfit, a backpack and a blanket. These children represent a small part of the thousands living in the worst possible conditions at such an early age. This year in January 2017, 500 children received new toys for the Dia de los Reyes, in June 2017, 500 people received lightly used clothes. In July 2017, 19 students received educational scholarships which covered 100% of the cost of a local university for a 1 year period.

We ask for your support for these projects in an effort to bring some happiness to these families in some of Mexico's most troubled communities. It takes so little to bring a smile to children, your donation of only $60 will fully clothe one child and $400 will pay for a 1 year scholarship, but any donation will help this worthy cause. Please help us help those that need it most.
Covina Rotary Charities, Inc. is a 501(C)3 charitable organization (FEIN: 95-3244214). Make sure you print your receipt after donating to validate IRS deduction.

The Back To School Extravaganza project was founded in 2013 to provide kids living in need with new clothes and school supplies for their return to school after their summer break. The kids are selected by the school district and are taken to Target Store to select up to 2 complete outfits, undergarments, a pair of shoes and school supplies. Last year, we were able to assist 116 children. Our goal is to double the number of kids we service this year. However, we can't accomplish this without your donation. You can make a difference, please click on the "Donate" button to make your tax deductible donation. Your donation will ensure we can continue to help the children.
Covina Rotary Charities, Inc. is a 501(C)3 charitable organization (FEIN: 95-3244214). Make sure you print your receipt after donating to validate IRS deduction.

Our Endless Smiles Christmas project during the Holiday Season each year serves some of our neediest families in the area. Hundreds of children are treated to a party where they decorate cookies, do craft activities, are given books and toys, and get a picture with Santa! If you would like to support us in this project, please click on the DONATE button above to make a tax deductible donation.
Covina Rotary Charities, Inc. is a 501(C)3 charitable organization (FEIN: 95-3244214). Make sure you print your receipt after donating to validate IRS deduction.

The Field Of Valor, a major project for the Covina Rotary Club, has proven to be a smashing success. The 2017 Field of Valor ran from November 4th through the 12th, held at Sierra Vista Middle School in Covina. Daily events honor our brave soldiers. Those participating as flag sponsors help us assist the local families of our Active Duty Military, Veterans and the Ontario USO. Each of the 2000 flags honors an Active Duty military or Veteran soldier. Flag sponsors are able to designate individual flags to honor a brave soldier for $35.00 and varying levels of event sponsorships are also available. To learn more about the event, you can download the Powerpoint presentation or view the pictures in our photo gallery. You can also visit our project website at www.CovinaFieldOfValor.org.

Donations greatly appreciated!

You can dedicate a flag to a veteran of your choice, or you can be a sponsor of a block of flags. Or if you'd just like to help us support our Veterans with a little financial assistance, you can do either by clicking the DONATE button above. Remember, 100% of your donation goes directly toward helping the Vets! If you are dedicating a flag (for $35 donation), be sure to include information about the person you're honoring in Paypal. NOTE: There will be a box titled "Honoree Name, Rank, & Branch of Service" where you can provide this info.

On July 30th we held our annual Covina Rotary Chili Cook-Off! Featuring great chili, food, beer, games, and family fun, tickets were only $25.00 per person! We will also had games, raffles, and music the whole family enjoyed. Entries were judged by our panel of experts for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.


Educational Scholarship: One needy student per year for perpetuity will receive a $1,000 scholarship for attendance at Mt. San Antonio College. This is due to a $13,334 contribution from the Covina Rotary Club and $6,667 matching funds from the Bernard Osher Foundation. "We all realize that a fine education is a fundamental need for everyone in today's competitive world," says Dr. Jim Teal, the Covina Rotarian who spearheaded this project. "The benefits of Rotary largess are durable, long lasting, and important to our society." Lisa Sugimoto, Interim Executive Director of the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation stated that, "This gift makes it possible for one of our needy and deserving students to receive a scholarship that will help them progress to their educational goal. It is a gift of education, and a gift of hope." Pictured are Dr. Jim Teal, Lisa Sugimoto, and Craig Cerro, Covina Rotary Club Past President.

The Dan Stover Music Competition for high school seniors took place on March 8th at the regular lunch meeting. The winner of the contest goes on to the Rotary regional and district competition and can win up to $5000 top prize. Covina Rotary has sponsored top teen musicians for several years and has had champions go all the way to the District level. For more information, contact us.

Covina Rotary's "End Polio Now" Awareness Social was held on November 17th at the Azo Vino Wine Bar in Covina. $10 bought a wine/beer/soda with hors d'oeuvres and 15% of the evening sales of drinks AND merchandise were donated to the Rotary International Polio Plus eradication program. The Social was sponsored by Jim Speer, Past Rotary District Governor and RI Board Member. Rotary has been able to reduce polio cases by 99% worldwide to fewer than 1700 cases.

Weekly Meetings
We meet on every Thursday, at the South Hills Country Club in West Covina. Meetings begin at 12:10, and include lunch, social time and a speaker. If you would like to join us some time, please go to our Contact Us page and fill in the form. We look forward to meeting you!

Service Projects
In addition to offering financial support to various community based agencies, we also participate in many of the Rotary International sanctioned projects at the club and district levels, provide the man power for special local projects, and run several of our own Covina Rotary Club community welfare programs. These club programs are directed towards helping children, seniors, teachers, our troops abroad, and needy families at Christmas. The various programs are outlined in more detail in the projects link.

The events fall into three major categories:

Fund raising events help to supply the funding for our various charitable endeavors. Among others there are the Field of Valor in November and the Fun Run, which is held in April.

Rotary events that bring multiple clubs together are scheduled throughout the year. The annual District Conference is attended by a group from our club each year, and the International Convention is attended by our incoming President. There are also opportunities throughout the year to attend District sponsored events that provide Rotary education and leadership training.

Social events for our members and their families are scheduled throughout the year. We have a wonderfully cohesive membership that enjoys socializing as well as working together. The activities include our “Kick-out” party at the end of the year, an occasional evening of dinner and a play, and smaller dinner parties at members’ homes. For the holidays, we host our traditional family oriented Christmas luncheon, an adult evening social, and other events.

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