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 poilio eradication effort.
While serving the community is the primary scope of our Club, equally important is the sociall 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 Patricia Harvey at (626)374-1939 or use our Contact Us page.
---- Tricia Vagt
Current News Items
The Field Of Valor is a new project for the Covina Rotary Club and has proven to be a smashing success. We held our first Field of Valor in 2012 at Sierra Vista Middle School in Covina and this year's event was held from November 9th through 17th 2013. Daily events honored our brave soldiers. Those participating as a Sponsor helped us to assist local families of our Active Duty Military, Veterans, and the Ontario USO. Each flag honored an active duty military or Veteran soldier. Event Sponsors had the ability to designate the name and branch of service for the respective number of flags. Flag Sponsors were able to designate individual flags to honor a brave soldier for $35.00 each. For more information, contact us or click here to download the brochure. To see the event, you can download the Powerpoint presentation or view all the pictures in our photo gallery. You can also visit our project website at www.CovinaFieldOfValor.org.
We had our Seventeenth Annual Fun Run on Saturday March 23rd, 2013 at our new location: South Hills High School in Covina. It featured a one mile run for the kids and novices as well as a 5k run for those more adventurous. All funds raised support Teacher Mini-Grants for Covina - Valley and Charter Oak Unified School Districts along with other community service projects. This year's event will be held on Sunday, April 27th, 2014. Everyone always has a great time at this event and we look forward to seeing you at the next run! Call Jon at 626-915-7006 or send an email HERE for more information. Go to our Events page for a copy of the registration form. You can also register online HERE. If you're interested in being a sponsor or having a booth at the event, get the form HERE.
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 2012 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.
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!
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. Our major fund raiser is the Fun Run, which is held in April. The date for the next Fun Run will be determined shortly. We will have a “Polio Plus” event this fall, and a Covina Playhouse event early as well.
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, our Saint Patrick’s Day party, an occasional evening of dinner and a play in L.A., smaller dinner parties at members’s homes, parties catering to members with children. For the holidays, we host our traditional family oriented Christmas luncheon, an adult evening social, and other events that happen to catch the interest of our members.
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