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Library Restroom Painting Project!

The next time you're downtown and feel the need to "go", stop by the now-beautiful restrooms at the Bishop branch of the Inyo County Library.  Thanks to the efforts of Phil, George, Nancy, Dee, Tom and President Elect Ramona the formerly grotty restrooms were given a nice cleaning, priming, and fresh paint.  If I left any names out, my apologies.  


Our fearless Commander . . .

Library Restroom Painting Project! 2013-11-24 00:00:00Z

Huge thanks to everyone who helped with Safari--and most of us helped in one way or another.  It is almost pointless to try to list people--but huge thanks to Jeff,Don,Phil, and John  for leading tours (especially Jeff . . . ); Tom Hallenbeck and his crew for helping with bar (including Phil, Eric, and Will);  everyone who bought munchies for Friday; everyone who helped set up and clean up--just EVERYONE!  We had one of our best turnouts ever for Saturday night, too.

Of course, our fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Bishop, which happens to meet at Noon, did an amazing job on everything they touched.

We also got great reviews from our guests--especially some folks who had never been here before.


SAFARI!! 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z
September 18 Meeting!

Well, your loyal editor has misplaced his notes from last week--but I know we had a great program from Double Eagle Lodge and Spa, and June Lake.  The really good news is that June is opening again this year (and kids will ski free!).  Also, keep your eyes peeled for information about June's Winter festivals--snow and ice carving, winter triathalon, and more!  Pray for snow, and then visit June!

September 18 Meeting! 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Meeting!

Last week we had a great program from Susie Decker (actually, I'm not sure if she is a Susie or a Suzie, so my apologies if I got it wrong).  She's the activities director at the Bishop Care Center, and she gave us some insights into the services provided there--it is a lot more than most people think! Not only do they provide quality care for many seniors, they also have a very active rehabilitation unit for folks who need it.  We have a Club Assembly coming up this week--please join us to learn about what we're up in the immediate future and help make plans.


Last Week's Meeting! 2013-09-08 00:00:00Z
Happy Labor Day!

We hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend--we've got the Fair, we've got the Destruction Derby, we don't have too much smoke (thank goodness!)

Last week, we had a very nice program from Kelly, Nick, and Kaitlynn, our RYLA participants this past summer.  They showed us a great video about the experience, and promised to help us recruit young people for next year.  All three were genuinely impressed by the week-long experience and benefited by the personal growth that it provided.


We also had our "official" welcome party for inbound RYE student Andrea "Musu" Musumeci.  Andrea is joining us this year from Catania, Sicily.  Be sure to say "Hi" and make him feel welcome to our great community.  Apologies for the less-than-great photos this week.  That's what you get for hiring such cheap help.


Happy Labor Day! 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z
Soup Kitchen Thanks!

Wonderful turnout at the Soup Kitchen last Friday.  Ed, Donna, and RYLArian Kaitlynn all helped, so did MC, Phil, Joanne, Tom and some non-Rotarians whose names we failed to record.  It was fun as always--even if Tom "overseasoned" the ratatouille.  If I forgot to list anyone who came and helped--sorry!  Don't forget, we're at the Methodist Church the first Friday of every month, and the cooking starts around 10:00 a.m.

Soup Kitchen Thanks! 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z
July 31, 2013--Our Official Visit from DG Vicki

The club enjoyed our official annual visit from our District Governor--this year,Vicki Puliz from the Rotary Club of Sparks.  The Board and the "junta" had a working dinner meeting with Vicki Tuesday evening, and then the entire club heard from her at our regular meeting.  Accompanied by "First Sherpa" (her husband) Tim and Assistant Governor Randy Van Tassell, Vicki presented two clubs members with some special recognition--our 2013 Quiet Rotarian Eric Butner, and our 2013 Energizer Ed Morse.  Vicki spoke with us about Rotary's polio eradication efforts, the great work that our Foundation is doing world-wide, but more importantly showed us that she was tuned into our club's activities and talked about many of the great projects we are working on locally.

The day was capped with a candy auction, where homemade candy from Mark Leiser (Rotary Club of Fallon) was auctioned off to benefit the Rotary Foundation.  I don't want to tell you how much was raised, because if our club auction brings in the most, we get more candy--so we don't want everyone else knowing where the bar is set (that is, if we set the bar.  Vicki was being very discrete).  President Elect Ramona and Past President Dianne were the successful bidders--thank you for your generosity. 

Pictured below are DG Vicki and Tim with their new Mule Days stuff, and then our lucky candy bidders.




July 31, 2013--Our Official Visit from DG Vicki 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z
Update on Officers

With our unexpected leadership change, we've slowly but surely been getting our officers for the year lined out.

Ed Morse has graciously agreed to be our Service Projects Chair.  This doesn't mean that Ed is in charge of all the service projects (although he has a lot on his plate with Roses, Soup Kitchen, and the Library) but it does mean that he is our first point of contact for new service project ideas, and will be "riding heard" on all projects to make sure that they are moving forward.

Tawni Thomson will be our new Public Image Chair, but Julie will still be helping out with all the tasks of making our club known throughout the community.

MC Hubbard will be transitioning into the Treasurer's job.  As I think everyone knows, our "Treasurer for Life" John Halfen is planning to retire soon.  The plan is to make this a transitional year, with MC taking the reigns officially in about January.

Eric Butner has stepped up to help as our Membership Chair--but don't forget that Membership is everybody's job.  Eric will be coordinating our efforts to make sure that the club stays fun and relevant for our members, and to attract new members.

Finally, even though she may not know it yet, everybody wants Joanne Parsons to stay on as our Fun Committee Chair.

If you would like to be more involved, you don't need to wait to be asked.  Talk to one of our Past Presidents and we'll find a job that is right for you!

Update on Officers 2013-07-27 00:00:00Z
July 24, 2013 Meeting

With our July 24 meeting, we started acting like a Rotary Club again.  We had two guests from the community--Lynna Walker from the Inyo Arts Council seeking volunteers to help with set-up at Millpond Music Festival (we'll be talking about making that an official club project, but anyone can volunteer by calling Lynna at the Arts Council number) and Krista Cooper, a local Cross-Fit Coach, who shared about her Fostering Fitness 4 Youth program (see below).  The Bishop Rotary Foundation is assisting in this be providing financial services for monies collected.

We also had a very brief update from our three RYLArians--Kelly Pfeiler, Nick Alexander, and Kaitlynn Kelly.  They'll be back for a "real" program in August, but they expressed their thanks to the club, and came back enthused and excited.

A few reminders about our weekly meetings:

The program for coordinator for each month will remain the "keeper of the key".  Again, the idea is that the monthly program coordinator will commit to being at our meeting site by 7:00 a.m. to make sure the doors are open, and to make sure that they are there to welcome our speaker.

"Timing" of our meetings:  the breakfast pickup person will try to have the food at our location at 7:00 a.m. (when the key should be there, too).  Social time starts at 7:11 (our official start time) and the bell will ring at 7:30 for the regular meeting and program.  We will continue to make every effort to conclude our meeting no later than 8:30 a.m. 

Please "police" your area at the end of the meeting--we need to leave the conference room in the same condition as we find it each week.  The hospital is very generous in allowing us to use the venue, so let's keep it nice!



July 24, 2013 Meeting 2013-07-27 00:00:00Z
Thanks to Sunday's Rose Crew

Thanks to everyone who got up early on Sunday morning to help with a rose clean up.  We had (and I hope I remember everyone) Ed, Phil, John Helm, Joanne, Ann, Nancy, Dan, George, Eric and Tom.

Here's just part of the crew working hard.


Thanks to Sunday's Rose Crew 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z
New Gates Foundation Match to End Polio NOW!
Make history today: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match 2 for 1 every dollar Rotary International commits up to $35 million to polio eradication through 2018. Donate $5, it becomes $15. Donate $100, it becomes $300. Take action and help end polio now. http://ow.ly/mUX3u.

Photo: Make history today: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match 2 for 1 every dollar Rotary International commits up to $35 million to polio eradication through 2018. Donate $5, it becomes $15. Donate $100, it becomes $300. Take action and help end polio now. http://ow.ly/mUX3u

New Gates Foundation Match to End Polio NOW! 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z
We're Starting a New Rotary Year on Wednesday!

Even though your newsletter editor has been cavorting through Spain (eating tapas, drinking sherry, etc. etc.) the new Rotary year is starting.  Be sure to turn out on Wednesday, July 10 to start things off, and to give a big howdy and "thank you" to "President for a day" Dan!  Hopefully your newsletter will be back to normal (whatever that is) next week.  July 14 is still scheduled to be a big day--rose maintenance in the morning, and Bernadette's demotion in the evening.  Don't miss out on all the Rotary fun.


This seems to be a little bit like Mule Days, only different. Cool poster, though.


We're Starting a New Rotary Year on Wednesday! 2013-07-08 00:00:00Z
RI Convention in Lisbon

This year's RI Convention was fabulous--outstanding speakers like Jane Goodall, Celine Cousteau, and our new favorite African hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal.  The entertainment was fabulous--world-acclaimed musical talent.  An thousands of Rotarians from around the world.  Next year you can join the Rotary world in Sydney, Australia, starting 1 June 2014!



RI Convention in Lisbon 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z
Greetings from Lisbon!

The Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon!  Tom & Nancy say "Hi"--photo courtesy of Jon Greene (Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise).

The Convention is just getting under way, but it is already proving to be a great venue with great presentations.  Wish you here!

Greetings from Lisbon! PDG Tom Hardy 2013-06-23 00:00:00Z
June 19 Meeting

Great meeting on June 19, despite the fact that we had a PDG leading it.  A load of announcements, lots of prosperity dollars flying around, and a great presentation from Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley.  In addition to telling us about the communities and issues in the far South of Inyo County, we also learned that Matt and and our own Past President and Second District Supervisor Jeff Griffiths are the vanguard of some sort of strange movement by the State of Ohio to take over Inyo County.  We're just not sure why Ohio wants to take over Inyo County.

Don't forget we're "dark" on July 3!

Also don't forget that "Over Easy" may be a little intermittent the next couple of weeks since your regular editor will be at the RI Convention, and then taking some vacation.  But everyone enjoy!




Jeff and Matt hatching their Ohio take-over plot.


June 19 Meeting 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z
June 12 Meeting

June 12 was our regular club assembly.  Mark your calendars for July 14--not only will it be Bastille Day, but we will be trying to beat the heat and do some major Rose work at 7:00 a.m., and then that evening at 6:00 we'll officially be demoting Bernadette (at Phil and Cheryl McDowell's home).  Also, if you didn't sign up at today's meeting, talk to Jeff about volunteering to arrange our program speakers for a month during the coming Rotary year.  Remember, great speakers and great programs make our weekly meetings great!

We also had a very special drop in visit from all nine of the California District High School Rodeo Queens, and this past year's State Queen.  They were all in town for the California State High School Rodeo Finals.  Our club is one of several groups and individuals who help fund a scholarship for the State Rodeo Queen.



June 12 Meeting 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z

Bishop Sunrise was well represented at the Bishop High Awards Assembly last Wednesday.  Thanks to Ed Nahin (from the Rotary Club of Bishop) here is a great picture of Past President John and Julie doing the honors.  I wasn't paying attention but I think that Ed presented a scholarship in Big Pine, too.  Big Thanks to the Scholarship Committee chaired by Phil McDowell.


Here is the complete list of recipients:

Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Awards



Bishop Union High School:


1.       Madison Pauly                                            $3,000

2.       Lizbeth Santana                                              $3,000

3.       Corey Thomson                                               $3,000 

4.       Raquel AnaKalea                                            $2,000

5.       Kyle Batchelder                                               $2,000

6.       Sivonna Connor-Becket                                  $2,000

7.       Monique Jaurequi                                            $2,000

8.       Dakota Brian Winkler                                       $1,000

9.     Justin Dagenhart                                              $1,000

10.     Justin Dohnel                                                 $1,000

11.     Hope McIndoo                                                $1,000

12.     Allison Lewis                                                   $1,000

13.     Sarah Stryffeler                                               $1,000

14.     Joseph Aaron Reftevold                                  $1,000

15.     Samuel De La Mora                                        $1,000

16.     Julianna Marie Guido                                      $1,000

17.     Kylie Oney                                                    $1,000

18.     Evan Richman                                                $1,000

19.     Shanae Raquel Vega                                      $1,000

20.  Zackary Alan Kaiser                                         $1,000

21.  Ricki Willey                                                       $1,000  a year for four years, through

                                                                                           the Bishop Rotary Foundation.



Big Pine Unified School District:


1.  Kaitlynn, Su-Wha-he Barlow,                        $3,000

Lone Pine High School:


1.  Chelsea Mae Chapliere                                $3,000

2.  Gladis Sebastian                                         $1,000



Scholarships 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z
Soup Kitchen Thanks!

Thanks to George, Ramona, Rick, Will, Tom, and (I think) Eric for helping out with the al fresco Soup Kitchen at the Methodist Church on June 7.  Because of the High School Senior Class lunch the soup kitchen was held outside on the patio, and we had a great time creating picnic food.  Not sure how many customers showed up, since your editor had to head for Independence after throwing together the macaroni salad.  Our monthly Soup Kitchen stint is always fun, and a great, easy way to give back to our community.  A huge thanks to the good folks at the First United Methodist Church for coordinating the program, and to Roberta, our supervisor, for tolerating the eccentricities of Sunrise Rotarians.

As always, apologies if I forgot anyone . . .

Soup Kitchen Thanks! 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z
NEW MEMBERS . . . Sort of

On May 22, former Sunrise Rotarian Wynne Benti proudly re-joined our club, along with George Booth, Past President of the Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes.  Welcome back to the world of Rotary!


NEW MEMBERS . . . Sort of 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z
President Bernadette Joins Bequest Society

At a very special reception honoring Rotary Foundation supporters at our District Conference, Club President Bernadette was officially welcomed into the Bequest Society.  To become part of the Bequest Society, a Rotarian must include the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to the tune of at least $10,000.00--that's a bunch, but you don't have to pay it until you're gone, and it becomes part of the Foundation's permanent Endowment fund--so you know that you will be promoting world peace and understanding FOREVER.  Congratulations, Bernadette!  And thank you for your support of OUR Foundation!


President Bernadette Joins Bequest Society 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z
May 22 Meeting!

Everybody and everything was at Sunrise Rotary this past week.  We had a visiting Rotarian (Dana from Chico); we had a visiting California State High School Rodeo Queen (Taylor); we had Interactors (Sorry, forgot to write down names); we had Giacamo back to tell us thanks; and we had Seymour Do More.  See below.  Seymour is the official BLM Mascot, and is a North American Pronghorn (not really an antelope, but close).  This is Seymour's first visit to Bishop, and he's in town for Mule Days.  We also had updates about High School Rodeo, the Kid's Fishing Day in August that Eric is helping to organize, Bernadette shared the great success of what started out as "Bishop or Bust" and ended up with over 9600 bras at the District Conference, and we still had time for Eric's craft talk about his work at the Reno Air Races every year (helping on the crew of an unlimited P-51 Mustang, which is pretty cool).  Once again, Bishop Sunrise Rotary proved that if you snooze, you lose.


May 22 Meeting! 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z
High Sierra Ultra Marathon Aid Station

While some of us were at Conference, more of us were helping out with the Intake 2 Aid Station for the High Sierra Ultramarathon.  Thanks to new (sort of) member Wynne  for posting pics on Facebook, and to new member (but not new Rotarian) George for being in at least one of the pictures.  Since your newsletter editor was at the Conference, he doesn't know for sure who was there, but is pretty darn sure that John Halfen and Ed were there,and Dianne, too.  Thanks to everyone else--we'll get you featured in next week's Over Easy is someone tells me who was there.


High Sierra Ultra Marathon Aid Station 2013-05-19 00:00:00Z
District Conference 2013

Our first District Conference as members of District 5190 was great!  The "Free the Girls" project, initiated by our club and President Bernadette came to a stunning close with over 9,600 bras collected! That's a lot of bras (in case you're wondering). We really needed the Puliz Moving and Storage Truck to help collect the haul (thank you DGE Vicki and First Sherpa Tim) .  Clubs from all over the District adopted this project and did an amazing job.  Also, less important than that, PDG Tom was more of a presence that he planned on by not only organizing the Rotary Jeopardy performance at the Saturday night plenary session, but also by stepping in at the last minute to present all of the District awards--which kept him busy for every single plenary session.  All of the District RYE students attended, including Ber, for a great program of their own. Nancy was out and about helping with the bras, judging the Club Displays, and enjoying the activities.  Our colleagues from the Rotary Club of Bishop won first place for club displays, with an amazing booth promoting Sierra Safari.  The turnout from all over the District was great and it was huge fun. Make your plans to attend the 2014 District Conference and celebrate our Club, our District, and Rotary!  


And this was just a fraction of the bras that we collected!

District Conference 2013 2013-05-19 00:00:00Z
May 1, 2013 Meeting

Our May 1 meeting featured a craft talk from new member Tawni Thomson, Executive Director of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau.  She gave us a great overview of her background, and the important work that the Chamber does both locally and in promoting our area to visitors.  Don't forget that when you are serving as a Speaker Coordinator that craft talks are GREAT weekly programs--ask a member (new or old) to talk about what they're doing.

Phil also reported that the Scholarship Committee is up and running--applications are in and they'll be working on their decisions.

The club has also received membership proposals for George Booth (Past President of the Mammoth Lakes Noon Club) and former member Wynn Benti.  The Board will be considering them officially next week.

RYE Student Ber also announced that we will be hosting a new incoming RYE student from Italy this fall!  Kammi will have more details soon.  Don't forget that we're always looking for host families, and Kammi can give you all the details.

Don't forget that this coming week, May 8, is our regular monthly business meeting.

May 1, 2013 Meeting 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z
Bishop Sunrise Earth Day 2013
Bishop Sunrise Rotarians Ann Fulton, Joanne Parsons, and Eric Butner helping to plant new trees at the Bishop City Park--just a small part of the 2013 Bishop Sunrise Rotary Earth Day festivities

Bishop Sunrise Earth Day 2013 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z
Buckley Ponds Habitat Work Day



Photos by Kammi Foote of the Buckley Ponds Habitat Restoration.

Buckley Ponds Habitat Work Day Daniel Brady 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z
Interact Club organizing a fundraiser for BUHS Track & Field

BUHS Interact Club will be hosting the Chipmunk Canyon Run/Walk on April 6 to raise money for the Track & Field team. Sign ups are at BUHS.

Image Image: http://www.garyyoungphotography.com

Interact Club organizing a fundraiser for BUHS Track & Field Vickie Taton 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z
Rotary Bishop Sunrise welcomes new members.

 Welcome Ann Fulton, Mark Flippin, Cheyenne Stone, and Tawni Thompson (who couldn't make the photo-op)!



Rotary Bishop Sunrise welcomes new members. Vickie Taton 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z
March 6th speaker: Inyo County School Superintendent Terry MacAteer

Terry MacAteer and Alyssa Toomey were speakers at the March 6th meeting, filling us in on several innovative ways Inyo County schools are helping kids learn math and writing skills (using iPod touches and laptops), and educating us on the educational tournaments sponsored by various service clubs. Bishop Rotary Sunrise voted on the spot to sponsor the Geography Bee to be held later this year, and the Science Fair next year. We also committed ourselves to sponsoring a Math Bee once it has been developed. To test your own Geography skills, go try the geography bee online at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/


March 6th speaker: Inyo County School Superintendent Terry MacAteer Vickie Taton 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z
April 2013 Soup kitchen

Next soup kitchen Friday is April 5th, 10 am to about 1 pm.


 Many thanks to those who worked the March soup kitchen!

April 2013 Soup kitchen Vickie Taton 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z
Rotary 5190 District Assembly extended to all club members

The 5190 District Assembly, scheduled for April 20, 3013 at the Atlantis in Reno, is open to all club members.

Many exciting changes have been made this year including Quick Start sessions to give attendees the opportunity to explore an area of interest that is different from their Discussion Track.  Also additional Discussion Tracks have been added including one for New Members to Rotary.

For more information: http://www.rotarydistrict5190.org/

For registration: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1200499

Rotary 5190 District Assembly extended to all club members Vickie Taton 2013-02-09 00:00:00Z
Bishop Sunrise Unveils New Vision Statement

Bishop Sunrise Rotary:  Our growing club fosters future leaders, creates positive change in our community, and lends a hand to people in need at home and beyond our borders.  Wake up and join us!

Bishop Sunrise Unveils New Vision Statement 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z
Visioning Recap, Committees, and Assignments

Wednesday's meeting was a productive one, with President Bernadette giving an excellent powerpoint presentation on the goals we set at the end of last year. After the review, the action items were to establish committees and assignments for the short term and long term projects and goals which are listed below.

If you aren't yet involved with any of the projects below, but would like to be - just contact someone on the committee. Many hands make light work.

Visioning Recap, Committees, and Assignments Vickie Taton 2013-01-10 00:00:00Z
Library update
Any Rotarian interested in assisting Ed with the library project should plan on attending the December 18 Friends of the Library meeting at 3 pm at the library. Please contact Ed for more information.
Library update Vickie Taton 2012-12-14 00:00:00Z
Every Rotarian Every Year
Tom Hardy presented past president John Halfen with the Every Rotarian Every Year banner for 2011-2012, representing 100% membership participation. Great job, everyone!
Every Rotarian Every Year Tom Hardy 2012-12-14 00:00:00Z
Off and Running at the 2012 Bishop Rotary Santa Mile!

A Great Day for a quick run and to raise awareness about "End Polio Now"!  Thanks to the Noon Club for all the work in putting it together this year!

Off and Running at the 2012 Bishop Rotary Santa Mile! 2012-12-09 00:00:00Z
Sunrise Rotary to assist Salvation Army with Bell Ringers at KMart

Bishop Sunrise Rotary will be out and about with bells on this holiday season, helping the Salvation Army with the kettle project. Look for Rotarians on Saturday, December 15th in front of KMart.

10 - 12 pm: Tom and Nancy

12 - 2 pm: MC and Ramona

2-4 pm: Jeff and Dan

4-6 pm: Phil/Hank and Yvonne/Henry

6-8 pm: Bernadette and Vickie

Sunrise Rotary to assist Salvation Army with Bell Ringers at KMart Vickie Taton 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z
Holiday Party

The holiday season brings lots of things to do for Sunrise Rotarians, from wrapping and delivering Wish Tree gifts to ringing the bell for the Salvation Armu kettle, but we also have time for fun and fellowship.  On FRIDAY, December 14, we will enjoy a another festive party at Phil & Cheryl McDowell's.  Great potluck food, another White Elephant gift exchange is planned (can't wait to see what gets unwrapped and nabbed from person to person!), and there will be no shortage of merriment and cheer.


Holiday Party 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z
2nd Annual Bishop Rotary Santa Mile!
This Saturday, December 8, both of Bishop's Rotary Clubs will get together for a fun Santa mile run--right before the Bishop Christmas parade.  Hearty runners will dash from the City Park to Clark Street, where they turn around and will dash back to the Park.  All the proceeds will benefit the many charitable projects of the clubs.  It is great fun getting both clubs together for a project and a big thank you to Jeff Griffiths (from Sunrise) and Mike Gable (Noon) for putting this event together.
2nd Annual Bishop Rotary Santa Mile! 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z
New Meeting Location Effective November 7, 2012
Commencing with our meeting on November 7, 2012, Bishop Sunrise Rotary will be meeting at the Northern Inyo Hospital Conference Annex at 2957 Birch Street.  PLEASE NOTE this is not on the main hospital campus; it is in West Bishop near the corner of Birch and Grandview, near JKB School.

We hope to see you soon!
New Meeting Location Effective November 7, 2012 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z

 The Rotary Club of Bishop and The Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise welcomed Rotarians from California, Nevada, and even Texas to the 55th Annual Sierra Safari the weekend of September 28-30, 2012.  The crowd enjoyed a fun cocktail party and gathering on Friday Night at the Sierra Lifeflight Hangar at the Bishop Airport (trust us, it's a great location); a fabulous Dinner at the home of Kay and Terry O'Brien on Saturday, the famous trout on Sunday, and excursions and relaxing on Saturday.  It was a great time--we can't want until next year.  Thanks to everyone who helped--and it was just about everyone!

Safari! 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z
Shelter Box

The ShelterBox you sponsored
has made a difference.

August 21, 2012

Dear Rotarians,

One year ago, you provided a family in the Horn of Africa with shelter and life-saving equipment at their greatest moment of need. Thank you.


With your help, ShelterBox responded to what many reports stated was the worst drought in 60 years in the Horn of Africa, which sparked a severe food crisis. Families were not only fleeing drought and subsequent famine, but also the increasingly unstable situation in Somalia. ShelterBox provided assistance to more than 8,500 refugee families in Kenya and Ethiopia.


We thought you would enjoy hearing from ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Rebecca Ridgeway and Ingrid Criddle as they reflect on their time in Kenya and Ethiopia delivering the aid you supported:


Watch the Video

Every year, ShelterBox provides support to families around the world who have survived the tragedy of an earthquake, tsunami or other disaster. Working with supporters like you, we are able to provide tents, cookware, blankets, stoves, water purifiers—all the equipment necessary to allow families to begin rebuilding their lives. From Haiti to Japan, from the U.S. to the Horn of Africa, our green box has come to represent hope. 


Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to families affected by the drought, conflict and famine in the Horn of Africa. 

Emily S. Sperling
President, ShelterBox USA

Shelter Box Kammi Foote 2012-08-23 00:00:00Z
Speaker Chris Keith - The Inyo Belly Project
Rotary thanks Chris Keith for speaking at the August 22, 2012 meeting about the Inyo Belly Project.

What is the Inyo Belly Project?

The Inyo Belly Project is a personal food adventure began in the fall of 2011. Based in Inyo County, Chris Keith is exploring the various types of food productions, markets and dining establishments that can be found in the region while traveling to and fro on his duel sport motorcycle.

It all started with a simple question: What happens to the cattle in the area?

To learn more, visit the blog: http://inyobellyproject.blogspot.com/ 

Speaker Chris Keith - The Inyo Belly Project Kammi Foote 2012-08-23 00:00:00Z
New Sergeant at Arms - Eric Butner
Congratulations to our new Sergeant at Arms - Eric Butner!

New Sergeant at Arms - Eric Butner Kammi Foote 2012-08-23 00:00:00Z
August Soup Kitchen
As has become our custom on the first Friday of the month, the Bishop Sunrise crew assisted at the Methodist Church soup kitchen.  This community program is sponsored (of course) by the First United Methodist Church, any many different service clubs, churchs, and organizations take part by cooking, serving, and cleaning up on assigned days.  Helping out in August were Ed and Donna, Phil, Craig, Yvonne, and Tom (our apologies to anyone overlooked).  Linda Anisman was our kitchen coordinator.  We were busy enough helping that we forgot to get any photos--but it was a great day of service.  Mark you calendars--the First Friday of every month we're there.
August Soup Kitchen 2012-08-05 00:00:00Z
Demotion Dinner
John Helm received his official Past President Pin and in additional he was honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship:



Phil McDowell received the prestigious Rose Award:


New President Bernadette presents John with his "Every-day" Past President pin:

Demotion Dinner Kammi Foote 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z
2nd Annual End Polio Now Fundraiser at the Reno Aces game!


Rotary District 5190 End Polio Now Fundraiser

Date: Sunday Aug 26th 1:05pm first pitch, Gates Open at 12:05pm, Reno, Nevada

Tickets: $20 per person

To Purchase Tickets, send checks (payable to D5190) to:

Cheryl Zarachoff, Treasurer
P.O. Box 2175 Stateline, NV 89449
For credit card sales call 775-588-1142

Rotarians - bring your spouses, children, and grandchildren
Come join in one of America’s favorite pastimes of catchy
songs, hotdogs, peanuts, fellowship and sun.

“Let’s Play Ball”

2nd Annual End Polio Now Fundraiser at the Reno Aces game! Kammi Foote 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z
Special Schedule for July!
As we begin our new Rotary year, we have a slightly modified meeting schedule the first two weeks of July.  First off, as you probably already guessed, we didn't meet on the 4th of July--it was a holiday!

We will also NOT be meeting on July 11, 2012.  Instead, please come to a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Bishop at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Whiskey Creek.  Not only will this be a joint meeting with the Club that usually meets at noon, but it will also be the annual meeting of the Bishop Rotary Foundation.  Since we'll all be at that meeting, we'll be dark on July 11, 2012.

Finally, don't forget that on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. we'll officially be demoting John, and promoting Bernadette--an event not to be missed.  That fiesta will be at Joanne Parson's home--if you need directions, just ask!

We'll be back on our regular schedule on July 18, 2012 at 7:11 a.m.
Special Schedule for July! 2012-07-05 00:00:00Z
Our own Vickie Taton, along with husband Jim, will make a presentation to the club on May 9th extolling the property that they manage during the summer months, Vermillion Valley Resort.  Be sure to make it to this Wednesday's meeting to learn about this exciting resort, just on the other side of the crest from us.

VERMILLION VALLEY RESORT PRESENTATION - May 9 John Helm 2012-05-05 00:00:00Z
Don Kunz of the Bishop Fire Department provided an update for the club about the 4th of July Fireworks program at the airport.  The Fire Department puts this program on each year, but is challenged this year due to funding constraints.  Don explained that the choreographed show costs nearly $30,000 to produce, and that ticket sales from cars entering the airport generates only about one-half of that amount.  The balance has historically been provided by donations from local area businesses.  At least one large local donor has backed out this year and the Fire Department is encouraging everyone in the community (including Rotary club members) to inquire of businesses they have an affiliation with, if they would be interested in supporting this community event.

4th OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW IN JEOPARDY John Helm 2012-05-05 00:00:00Z
And the winner of the Rising Sun Award is...
Bishop Creek Farms!


Bishop Creek Farms is a new market garden enterprise with two gentleman farmers behind the plow. This is our first season farming commercially in the the Owens Valley and we intend to start small and grow to manageable small size with about ten acres under continuous cultivation using sustainable, organic farming methods. In addition to that Bruce and Steve offer home delivery of fresh organic produce!!

Questions: 760-937-5266 or bruce.willey@gmail.com, stevencbaldwin@yahoo.com

And the winner of the Rising Sun Award is... Kammi Foote 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z
Rotary thanks Speaker - Friends of the Inyo

Founded in 1986, Friends of the Inyo is a Bishop, CA-based non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation, exploration and stewardship of the region's public lands, made possible through member support, grant funding and federal agency partnerships.

Rotary thanks Speaker - Friends of the Inyo Kammi Foote 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z
Earth Day was a Great Success!
Dee Younger (and family) deserves a big THANK YOU for envisioning, coordinating and promoting this great event for our community! To view photos and videos of the event, visit http://bloggingbishop.com/node/2069 & http://bloggingbishop.com/node/2068 

Earth Day was a Great Success! Kammi Foote 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z
Tom Hardy Receives His Paul Harris times 7 Pin
Tom Hardy, distinguished Bishop Sunrise member and District Governor for Rotary District 5260 was presented his Paul Harris times 7 pin at Wednesday's meeting.  Each increment of Paul Harris recognition equates to $1,000 donated to the Rotary Foundation.  Well done, Tom!   You continue to be an inspiration to us all. 

Tom Hardy Receives His Paul Harris times 7 Pin John Helm 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z
Rotary Thanks Speaker - Dan Brady
Dan Brady, Bishop Rotary Sunrises' very own Sergeant-at-Arms did double duty this week and was our presenter as well.  Dan informed us about the coming installation of Smart Meters for SCE customers.  These new meters will provide a number of benefits, including being able to alert customers about their energy usage.  The program hopes to reduce overall electricity use, which should help the environment, and maybe even our pocketbooks.  A fitting presentation to complement Earth Day month.

Rotary Thanks Speaker - Dan Brady John Helm 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z
District Conference Coming Up on June 8 and 9, 2012
I hope that you're all planning on attending District 5260's "Farewell Conference" on June 8 and 9, 2012.  Please join me at the beautiful Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, California and we celebrate our past and prepare for our future.  Lots more information can be found at www.rotary5260.org.  Space is limited this year, so register soon!
District Conference Coming Up on June 8 and 9, 2012 Tom Hardy 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z
Rotary thanks Speaker - Sierra Conservation Project
Sierra Conservation Project

Brian Robinette of the Sierra Conservation Project provided an overview of recycling opportunities in the Bishop area, and an update on some new laws that may affect local businesses at the March 21 meeting.  The new laws impose recycling requirements on some businesses that have not had to recycle to this point.   The Club was pleased to learn that the Sierra Conservation Project does not count empties (wine bottles, beer bottles, etc.) when picking up recyclables from homes, and that recycler's anonymity is maintained (ha ha).

Rotary thanks Speaker - Sierra Conservation Project John Helm 2012-03-24 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise Thanks Speakers - Bishop Creek Farms

Steve and Bruce from Bishop Creek Farms gave a fascinating presentation about their farm and the local produce that is made available in our area.  Besides describing the virtues of locally produced produce (as opposed to the mass-produced kind available in our supermarkets), they also described a very interesting, small-scale, on-line venture capital program they're involved with to raise the needed money to expand their farm this year.  You can learn more about their funding program at www.kickstarter.com, then enter Bishop Creek Farms in the search box.  Their presentation was so successful that two new clients were signed up that morning.
Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise Thanks Speakers - Bishop Creek Farms John Helm 2012-03-18 00:00:00Z
Brent Bregoff becomes a Paul Harris Fellow
Congratulations to Brent Bregoff the newest Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise! 

A Paul Harris Fellow is a distinction shared by men and women in more than one hundred nations, many of whom have made significant contributions to world peace and understanding.

When Paul P. Harris, the founder of Rotary, died in 1947, Rotarians the world over honored this remarkable man by creating this "living memorial" of Paul Harris Fellows. Contributions made by Paul Harris Fellows make possible scholarships which advance the work of the Rotary Foundation, one of Paul Harris’ favorite projects.  Contributions also make possible various grant programs that fund World Community Service projects and local projects that are also supported by the foundation.

The Rotary Foundation fosters better international understanding by granting scholarships to young men and women throughout the world for study outside their own countries, and by sponsoring exchange groups of young professionals who meet with and learn from their counterparts in other countries.

Anyone who furthers these efforts by contributing, or who has had given in his or her honor or memory, $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation, is named a Paul Harris Fellow.
Brent Bregoff becomes a Paul Harris Fellow Kammi Foote 2012-03-10 00:00:00Z
Thank you to speaker Vicki Simpson with Inyo County Probation Department
Vicki Simpson of the Inyo County Probation Department provided information on the Every 15 Minutes Program, which is a  production put on by local agencies that targets teen drivers and the ramifications of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  The club watched the moving and very sobering video produced with the help of local students. According to the Inyo County Coroner, Leon Brune, this program has drastically reduced fatal accidents in Inyo County.

Thank you to speaker Vicki Simpson with Inyo County Probation Department Kammi Foote 2012-03-10 00:00:00Z
Rotary thanks February Speakers Suzanne Rizo & Emily Casabian
Rotary thanks February Speakers Child Support Director, Suzanne Rizo and Emily Casabian for informing members of the benefits of Child Support Services in the Eastern Sierra. To learn more about this program you can visit their website at http://www.inyocounty.us/CSS/ .

Rotary thanks February Speakers Suzanne Rizo & Emily Casabian Kammi Foote 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z
Presidents Elect
Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise President Elect, Bernadette Lovato meets with RI President Elect Sakuji Tanaka at Far West PETS

Presidents Elect Kammi Foote 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z
Rotary thanks February Speaker - Jeff Griffiths

Our very own Immediate Past President Jeff Griffiths was our program on February 15--filling us in on the status of foster care programs in Inyo and Mono, including the new CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program that is set to launch this summer, the Inyo County Mentoring Program, and the new "Adopt-a-Bin" program to help provide emergency supplies for foster kids. A great program, and a great way to help in our community.

Rotary thanks February Speaker - Jeff Griffiths Kammi Foote 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z
Earth Day 2012

Earth Day 2012: We need you!

Ideas, Volunteers, Vendors, Informational Boths, Entertainment (any kind - bands, performers, etc.) Use this event as one of your fundraisers, let's do this!
To top it all off we're at the Park this year!
Call: (760) 872-4655 (Dee) or Email: bloggingbishop@gmail.com

When: Sat., April 21 (10am-4pm)
 Bishop City Park
 $25 a booth, $15 non-profit
Questions/Vendors/Ideas: (760) 872-4655

Earth Day 2012 Dee Younger 2012-03-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise Welcomes New Member

Rotary of Club of Bishop Sunrise welcomes new member - Craig Clayton.


Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise Welcomes New Member Kammi Foote 2012-02-09 00:00:00Z
John Halfen becomes a Paul Harris Fellow


Paul Harris was born in Wisconsin. At age 3, when his family fell on hard times, they moved to Vermont to live with Harris' paternal grandparents. He attended Princton University, the University of Vermont, and theUniversity of Iowa. For the next five years, he worked odd jobs for a newspaper as a salesman and a reporter, on fruit farms, as an actor and cowboy, and on cattle ships that traveled to Europe. Harris would settle in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, where he lived until his death in 1947.

He began his law practice in 1896 in Chicago. In 1905, Harris organized the first Rotary Club "in fellowship and friendship" with three clients, Silvester Schele, Gustavus Loehr, and Hiram shorey . His initial goal was to create a club of professional and business men for friendship and fellowship. Early on, Harris realized that Rotary needed a greater purpose. While Harris served as president of the Chicago Rotary Club in 1907, the club initiated its first public service project, the construction of public toilets in Chicago. This step transformed Rotary into the world's first Service Club.

Harris had great ambitions for the growth of Rotary, and very early in the organization's history new clubs were started, first on the west coast, and then all over the US and in Europe.



John Halfen becomes a Paul Harris Fellow Kammi Foote 2012-02-09 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise Welcomes New Member

Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise welcomes new member - Eric Butner.  Eric is a long time resident of the Eastern Sierra. When he is not busy working at Union Bank he is out capturing the beauty of the area in photographs.



Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise Welcomes New Member Kammi Foote 2012-02-09 00:00:00Z
Did you make a New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight?

To lose weight and help the animals in the Inyo County Animal Shelter, please consider volunteering at the Inyo County Animal Shelter as a dog walker. It is good for the body, mind and soul. For more information please visit the Inyo County Animal Shelter website: http://inyocountyanimalshelter.com/about/ or contact Nancy Hardy.




Did you make a New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight? Kammi Foote 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise helps Sponsor Girl Scouts

The Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise was honored to help sponsor the Bishop Girl Scout Troop to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The local Girl Scouts were thrilled to be a part of this unique 100th year  celebration!


Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise helps Sponsor Girl Scouts Kammi Foote 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Community Reads Kick-Off Event - January 27, 2012

Community Reads was started in Inyo County to generate awareness of illiteracy while creating a unique opportunity for discussion and learning. Inyo County residents are encouraged to join together to read and discuss one book annually to foster the exchange of ideas. The 4th Community Reads book selection is "Between a Rock and a Hard Place", the 127 Hours story by Aron Ralston. 

  "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" is a moving account of strength and survival. Ralston presents the full story behind the 2003 event that became worldwide news: his self- amputation of his right arm after it was caught between a boulder and a canyon wall during what began as a routine hike in the canyons of Utah. An experienced climber, Ralston, 28, writes about his nightmare in gripping prose. His story of survival is truly thrilling.

The Kick-Off event begins begins Jan 27: with speaker Peter Croft  at the Mt Light Gallery 5:30- 7:30PM


Community Reads Kick-Off Event - January 27, 2012 Kammi Foote 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise thanks Speaker Susan Cash

Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise thanks Susan Cash for giving us an update on Inyo County government.


Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise thanks Speaker Susan Cash Kammi Foote 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Rotary thanks Speaker Ivonne Bunn

Thank you Ivonne for sharing your experiences as a coordinator for the celebrities at the Lone Pine Film Festival. Who knew that so many films and commercials were filmed in Inyo County? Learn more at the following website: http://lonepinefilmfestival.org/


Rotary thanks Speaker Ivonne Bunn Kammi Foote 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Inspiration shared by Tom Hardy

Inspiration shared by Tom Hardy Kammi Foote 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Hospice of the Owens Valley

Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise thanks Marga Foote of the Hospice of the Owens Valley for speaking about this amazing volunteer hospice program in the Owens Valley. To find out more about the Hospice of the Owens Valley please visit the following link http://www.nih.org/getpage.php?name=hospice


Hospice of the Owens Valley Kammi Foote 2012-01-15 00:00:00Z
Roses - Set your calendars for the next clean-up January 21, 2012
A hearty bunch of Sunrise Rotarians at the end of another successful Roses Cleanup session. Thanks go to Phil and Ed for providing the pickup trucks and to Tom, Nancy, Bernadette, Dee and John for filling them up with tumbleweeds.
Roses - Set your calendars for the next clean-up January 21, 2012 Kammi Foote 2012-01-07 00:00:00Z
First Annual Christmas Fun Run

Be sure to come out and show your support for the first annual Christmas Fun Run

Saturday December 3, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Chamber of Commerce just prior to the 44th Annual Christmas Parade. All proceeds go to the Rotary Clubs of Bishop for funding of scholarships, middle/elementary school supplies, international disaster relief supplies, soup kitchen assistance, Christmas presents for those without, etc... Prizes include beer and wine, Wilson's Eastside Sports gift certificates, sunglasses, Mule Days package, and a signed photo. Register at Sage to Summit, or before the race (starts at 8:30a.m.). Don't forget to wear your Christmas costume!

For more information contact Jeff Griffiths


First Annual Christmas Fun Run Kammi Foote 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z
Giacomo Timbrello sings to Rotary!

The speaker for the November 30, 2011 meeting was Bishop High School senior Giacomo Timbrello. Giacomo is holding a benefit concert at the BUHS auditorium on December 6, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the BUHS band program.  If you didn't purchase your ticket at the meeting it is not too late - you can still buy tickets at the Window Fair or at the door.


Giacomo Timbrello sings to Rotary! Kammi Foote 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z
District Governor Visits Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise

Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise Welcomes District Governor - Tom Hardy


Thank you Tom for representing our club so well throughout the district!


District Governor Visits Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise Kammi Foote 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z
The Rising Sun Award
In case you missed it on Facebook:
More important than a Governor's visit was honoring our inaugural recipients of the Rising Sun Award for innovation, sustainability, and integrity in business--congratulations to the Secret Sandwich Society!
The Rising Sun Award Dee Younger 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z
November 9th Speaker - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terence McAteer

On the Wednesday November 9th meeting, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terence McAteer gave an informative presentation about Inyo County schools. In addition Dr. McAteer announced that the subject of the 4th annual Community Reads Program will be “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”., the 127 hours story by Aaron Ralston. Aaron will be speaking about his book to students and the community on March 6. You can read more about the Community Reads Program by visiting the following link: http://www.inyo.k12.ca.us/content.aspx?ID=625&title=Community%20Reads .

A motion was made that the club donates $250 to the Community Reads Program to purchase books for this event as a community literacy project.


November 9th Speaker - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terence McAteer Kammi Foote 2011-11-10 00:00:00Z
The Rising Sun Award
The Inaugural Recipient of the Rising Sun Award is.....The Secret Sandwich Society !
The Rising Sun award recognizes a local business that benefits our community by demonstating Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability.  The Secret Sandwich Society provides healthy lunch options for residents and visitors to Bishop, and utilizes an innovative on-line method to receive orders.  Recognition of the inaugural Rising Sun recipient will be presented at the meeting on November 16th. Please be sure to attend and show your support to this innovative new business.
The Rising Sun Award Kammi Foote 2011-11-07 00:00:00Z
Mark Your Calendar!

Rotary Club of Bishop to Welcome District Governor

November 16th is the date for the District Governor's visit to our club.  In case you've been out-of-the-loop lately, the District Governor is none other than our very own Tom Hardy.  Please make sure to include the Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club meeting on your schedule for the 16th.  We want to show The Guv a great time, and a great turn out on the 16th. 


Mark Your Calendar! Kammi Foote 2011-11-07 00:00:00Z
Club President Visits Chile

Welcome Back Club President John Helm!


Club President, John Helm, poses by a commerative Rotary plaque in the hotel at Portillo Chile (the only hotel at Portillo Chile) during a recent trip to South America to sample skiing on the other side of the hemisphere.  Unfortunately, President Helm's Spanish is "muy malo" and, therefore, he has no idea what the plaques say.  They seem to be some kind of reverential notice to a PDG (looks like they do things the same in South America as here in Norte America). 


Club President, John Helm, poses by the result of a local Rotary project in the town square in Santa Cruz, Chile, during a recent trip to South America.  The photo proves once again that Rotary projects don't always have to be glitzy to be of value to the community



Club President Visits Chile Kammi Foote 2011-10-12 00:00:00Z
The "Last Percent" Video

We have never stopped at 99% and we will not stop until polio is eradicated!

The "Last Percent" Video Kammi Foote 2011-10-12 00:00:00Z
PeaceBuilders Program

Thank you to speakers Jean & Betsy for your informative presentation on the PeaceBuilders program

All Rotarians are encouraged to contact Jeff Griffiths at panajeff@hotmail.com to sign up to be a PeaceBuilders celebrity on the Bishop Elementary School campus and announce the daily PeaceBuilder code. 

What is PeaceBuilders?

PeaceBuilders is a science-based, research-validated violence prevention curriculum and professional development program for grades pre-K to 12. Its essence is a common language - six principles, taught, modeled and practiced. These same principles set behavioral expectations, reduce aggression, and transform the climate and culture of any environment to one which is cooperative, productive, and academically successful.

PeaceBuilders is managed by PeacePartners, Inc., owned and operated by John and Michelle Molina and based in California. With more than a decade of experience working with PeaceBuilders and at-risk youth in public education and administration, Michelle knows the intricacies of this research-validated program.

PeacePartners nationwide corporate team is composed of dedicated individuals with experience working with at-risk youth in education, administration and related fields ranging from the Department of Corrections to curriculum development.

PeaceBuilders Program Kammi Foote 2011-10-12 00:00:00Z
Better Late Than Never

Jeff Griffiths was awarded the sought after and highly coveted Past President Pin at the October 5, 2011 Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise Breakfast. Thank you Jeff for your outstanding dedication and leadership!


Better Late Than Never Kammi Foote 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z
And the winner of the Rising Sun award is....

The Secret Sandwich Society!

I would encourage all Rotarians to join in congratulating Kymberlee for being the first recipient of this prestigious award!


Who is The Secret Sandwich Society?

If you're a customer, well then, you're a member! We serve quality lunch prepared in Kymberlee's Good Karma Kitchen,  wrapped in eco-friendly packaging, delivered within Bishop city limits by bicycle! 

Good food - good for you - and planet-friendly:  that's what we mean by consumption with a conscience!

We'll deliver your lunch by bicycle to Bishop, California [city limits] addresses free of charge for all on-line orders placed by 10 AM!  Our pick-up window is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 AM - 1 PM . Where is our window? It's on the North Main Street Alley between Joseph's Bi-Rite, Alex Printing, and the Police Station! Look for a big smiley face! See you here!

And the winner of the Rising Sun award is.... Kammi Foote 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Brave the Rain for International Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Day

Rotarians Jeff Griffiths and Bernadette Lovato brave the rain on Wednesday October 5, 2011 to walk Owen and
Harvey Griffiths and Austin Younger to school to show
 support for a healthy community

Learn more about this event on the official Intenational Walk to School Website http://www.walktoschool.org/about/index.cfm 
Rotarians Brave the Rain for International Walk to School Day Kammi Foote 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z
Bishop Sunrise Rotary did it's traditionally excellent job hosting the Friday evening Governor's Reception at this year's Sierra Safari.  Not only did we see a great turnout from Rotarians in the "Southern reaches" of District 5260, but we were also joined by a contingent from the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians, and by District 5190 dignitaries District Governor Alan Cain, his wife Jeanne; DGN Vicki Puliz and husband Tim.   Here are Tom and Bernadette bravely staffing the bar.  Thanks to everyone who helped with food, set-up, and clean-up--and especially to Susan for keeping it organized.
Safari! 2011-10-01 00:00:00Z
Inyo County Domestic Violence Council Symposium


Thank you Ginnie Bird for your touching presentation about domestic violence. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend the Inyo County Domestic Violence Council Symposium on October 13, 2011 with guest speakers Sarah M. Buel and Mike Agnew. Sarah M. Buel was called by NBC "One of the five most inspiring women in America" For more information please contact virginia.bird@inyocourt.ca.gov or 760-873-5217.



Inyo County Domestic Violence Council Symposium Kammi Foote 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z
Communities United for Recovery


Thank you to speakers Mary Brown and Karen Kong for your informative presentation about addiction. All Rotarians and community members are invited to celebrate & honor those individuals who have overcome their addiction to drugs and/or alcohol & have begun their new lives in RECOVERY!   


Communities United for Recovery Kammi Foote 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z
Bishop Sunrise Rotary Sponsers Annual Pie Eating Contest

Thank you Dee Younger and Jeff Griffiths for helping to make the annual Pie Eating Contest at the Gold Ol' Days celebration a success!


Bishop Sunrise Rotary Sponsers Annual Pie Eating Contest Kammi Foote 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z
Short & Sweet Gourmet Cupcakes and Confections Guest Speakers

Thank you to Seanna and Renee of Short & Sweet Gourmet Cupcakes and Confections, our guest speakers for the Wednesday September 14, 2011 meeting, for sharing your unique and delicious business model with us. Good luck in your future endeavors!




Short & Sweet Gourmet Cupcakes and Confections Guest Speakers Kammi Foote 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z
Shelter Box Arrives!
The ShelterBox purchased by Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise was delivered to Kenya

Rotarian support currently contributes an estimated 50% of ShelterBox donations. Around 5,000 rotary clubs worldwide have supported ShelterBox since it was launched.

ShelterBox 16160 that was purchased by the Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise was delivered to Kenya earlier this year. Accor
rding to the USAAID Disaster Assistance website, on January 28, U.S. Ambassador Michael E. Ranneberger declared a disaster due to the effects of a drought. Priority needs included water, food security, and livelihoods assistance.

Shelter Box Arrives! Kammi Foote 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z
Sunrise Rotary "Sneak Peek" at New Hospital
Bishop Sunrise enjoyed a very special meeting on July 20 when we met at the new Northern Inyo Hospital building for a tour.  Big thanks to our Treasurer for Life and NIH Administrator John Halfen for arranging the visit to what will be a "state of the art" facility in our town.
Sunrise Rotary "Sneak Peek" at New Hospital 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z
Welcome New Rotarian Kammi Foote
At our first meeting of  the new Rotary year, Bishop Sunrise proudly welcomed our newest member, Ms. Kammi Foote.  Kammi is a life-long Inyo County Resident, and the Inyo County Clerk Recorder.  Welcome Kammi!
Welcome New Rotarian Kammi Foote 2011-07-06 00:00:00Z
Your leadership team for 2011-12 discussing important Rotary Stuff
Actually, it was a fifteen second photo opportunity, but at least we had the RI President Elect's attention for a little while at last January's International Assembly in San Diego.  On to a great Rotary year in 2011-12!
Your leadership team for 2011-12 discussing important Rotary Stuff 2011-06-29 00:00:00Z
Demotion and Roses!

President Jeff, showing that he is no slouch, showed up Saturday morning to help with the Roses, even after being the subject of a festive demotion party Friday night at laws.

We had a great turn out on Friday to send Jeff on his way and to see new President John  take the Helm (get it?).  Bernadette was also introduced, officially, as our President Elect to serve in 2012-13--Congratulations and thanks to Bernadette.

Saturday morning saw (if I get this right), Phil in command of the rose clean up and elm tree demolition effort, with help from Jeff, Jim, Dan, Bernadette, Dee, and Tom. (If we missed anyone, our sincere apologies, but as we know, record keeping is not our thing). 

Demotion and Roses! 2011-06-25 00:00:00Z
$25,000 for Inyo County Scholarships

Bishop Sunrise Rotary honored 23 graduating students from Inyo County with a $1,000 scholarship. Thank you to our great scholarship committee of Phil, Bernadette, Yvonne  and Joanne.  It was a difficult task as there were so many great applications.   Thank you again.

Winners for this year are:  Bishop - Jonathan Barbieri, Jessica Biehl, Mohini Bhakta, Shayna Citrenbaum, Andrew Hallenbeck, Kyle Hiroyasu, Bradley Hooker, Kristen Howell, Niki Inafuku, Ben Ono, Aaron Puls, Jesus Beltran-Robledo, Bianca Rios, Melissa Robledo, Josie Rogers, Ann Stickells, Amanda Stryffeler, Trevor Taylor, Sarah Tillemans and Emma Brown. 

Big Pine - Ronnie Dena

Owens Valley - Cassie Waterson

Lone Pine - Kara Valdon 

Continuing 4-year $1,000 a year scholarship:

Amanda McCartney and Brandon Griffiths.


$25,000 for Inyo County Scholarships Sue Cullen 2011-06-06 00:00:00Z
Demotion Dinner Date Change!

Please save the date of Friday June 24th for our annual demotion dinner.  This years dinner will be held at Laws Railroad Museum.   Coctails at 6:00 pm Dinner at 7:00 pm.

This should be a great time to welcome our new president John Helm our new District Governor Tom Hardy.

Everyone will be billed $35.00 and includes one guest. 


Demotion Dinner Date Change! Sue Cullen 2011-05-31 00:00:00Z
RI Convention 2011 in New Orleans!

Greetings from New Orleans, host of the 2011 RI Convention.  Just to prove that no matter how far you get from home, some things stay the same.  And Nancy and Tom thought they were going to miss the Mules this year.  Already a great turnout for the preconvention meetings--and the entertainment for the opening session on Sunday this year includes Michael Martin Murphey (also of Mule Days fame) and Lacy J. Dalton.  True, it's not as good as being in town for Mule Days, but it is pretty cool.  More pics later!

RI Convention 2011 in New Orleans! 2011-05-20 00:00:00Z
Bishop Sunrise Rotary to Host Industry & Community Roundtable
On Wednesday, May 11th from 7:10AM - 8:30AM at Whiskey Creek in Bishop, the Kern Community College District, Associate Chancellor of Economic & Workforce Development, John Means, and the Director of Workforce Development, Bob Hawkes, will be holding an Industry & Community Roundtable hosted by the Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise. 
Bishop Sunrise Rotary to Host Industry & Community Roundtable Jeff Griffiths 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z
Rotarians At Work Day - Part Two
Two  great projects for Bishop Sunrise members.  The second project was to lay pavers at the Fish Slough & Chalk Bluff Kiosk.   This was a community event sponsored by the BLM.  Those in attendence were members form AAPL, Friends of the Inyo, Kyle Goin Masonry and members of the Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club.  Sunrise members included Tom, Phil, John Helm, Beth & Ed and Susan.  Next time you are in the area please check out our handy work.
Rotarians At Work Day - Part Two Sue Cullen 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z
Rotarians at Work Day, Part Uno
Rotarians at Work Day saw two (count 'em) projects for Sunrise Rotary.  First, up a hearty band made up of Phil, Dan, Dee, John Helm, Glorianna, Joanne, Nancy and Tom--along with Interactors Ariel Willy and Brandon Hooker showed to work on the infamous Rotary Roses.  The morning cost Tom $25.00, since he bet that no Interactors would make it out of bed at 7:30 a.m. to help!
Rotarians at Work Day, Part Uno Tom Hardy 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z
Earth Day 2011

Bishop Sunrise Members were busy on the 1st Earth Day Celebration.  Dee orgranized the event which gatherd a great crowd.   Lots of music, dancers, food and crafts.   MC was at the Mule Days Booth,  Tom & Nancy did the Inyo County Dog Rescue booth,  Julie gave  out books at the Coso Geothermal booth and Susan represented Laws and the Desert Mountain R C & D. In attendence was Phil and Don.  It was a fun day and great to see so many Sunrisers in attendence.

Earth Day 2011 Sue Cullen 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z
RYLArians Visit April 13 meeting
We were privileged to hear from Corey Thomson, Shane Thomson, and Taylor Hartshorn, the three young people whom we sponsored for this year's District 5260 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program.  All three described the weekend long leadership training as a valuable, life-changing event.  Helping to build tomorrow's leaders is only a small part of what Rotary does for our community and our world.
RYLArians Visit April 13 meeting Tom Hardy 2011-04-15 00:00:00Z
Bishop Sunrise Turns 13 Years Old

Bishop Sunrise turns 13 years old on April 22, 2011.   We should all be very proud of the good we have done for our community and our nation.  Linda, Diane and Phil also celebrate their anniversary as charter members.

Happy Birthday Bishop Sunrise! 

Bishop Sunrise Turns 13 Years Old Sue Cullen 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z
President Elect John at PETS
Our incoming Club President, John Helm, completed a pretty intense weekend of training at the 2011 Southern California Nevada President Elect Training Seminar at the LAX Marriott.  John was joined by literally hundreds of Presidents Elect from all seven Districts in Southern California and Nevada for a series of small group discussion sessions, outstanding insirational speakers, and some very dubious presentations by DGE Tom Hardy.
President Elect John at PETS Tom Hardy 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z
More From Nepal . . .
Bishop Sunrise Rotary's assistance to the Rotary Club of Narayani Mid-Town in Chitwan, Nepal has helped to build this new toilet block for the BOP School in Jyotinar.  Rotary Foundation Alum Becky Rosen, a teacher at Round Valley Elementary School and the students there raised nearly $1,000.00 to help with construction.  Great job, Becky and Round Valley Elementary!
More From Nepal . . . Tom Hardy 2011-02-01 00:00:00Z
Bishop Sunrise Welcomes New Member

This past Wednesday, District Governor Elect Tom Hardy inducted Vickie Taton as a new member of the Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club. 

Vicki Taton works with he Sierra Business Council.  Welcme aboard Vickie.  Vickie put our club on face book. 

Bishop Sunrise Welcomes New Member Sue Cullen 2011-01-30 00:00:00Z
Congratulations to Tom Hardy

Rotary International District 5260 has announced that Tom Hardy, Past President of the Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise, who was named District 5260 2012-2013 Governor Nominee in 2010, will step forward into the 2011-2012 District Governor Elect position. Hardy will be replacing Janette Crawford who felt required to resign for personal reasons. Crawford was in line to take over as District Governor of the Rotary District in July 2011.

Congratulations to Tom Hardy Sue Cullen 2011-01-17 00:00:00Z
Bishop Sunrise is now on Facebook!

Follow your favorite Rotary Club on Facebook!  You can become a fan of the Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise and follow all the exciting new developments, projects and members.  Just click on THIS LINK TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

We'll be posting stories and pictures about club meetings and activities, and letting folks know about upcoming meetings.  In just a couple of days, we have fans from literally around the world! 

Bishop Sunrise is now on Facebook! Tom Hardy 2011-01-07 00:00:00Z
Your Rotary Foundation . . .

Happy Holidays!  All that I want to say this week is that it is not too late to make a year-end, tax deductible contribution to your Rotary Foundation.  At this time of year, what could be better than giving the gift of better understanding and friendly relations among the people of the world?

Have a great holiday season, and we'll be back with more Rotary Foundation news in January!

Want to donate more than $25.00 per quarter to your Foundation (or make a gift to the Permanent Fund?)  Contact me at tom@hardyplace.com, or donate directly with your credit card at www.rotary.org (and click on "member access").  It's easy!

Your Rotary Foundation . . . Tom Hardy 2010-12-09 00:00:00Z
Christmas for Local Foster Children
Bishop Sunrise donated $300.00 to purchase Christmas presents for local foster children.   The foster care program is also in need of foster care providers.  There is a shortage of foster parents, which means many of the children are placed out of our county.  If anyone is interested, please talk to Jeff.
Christmas for Local Foster Children Sue Cullen 2010-12-04 00:00:00Z
Check out the "New Look" at Bishopsunriserotary.org!

We've upgraded the look of our club website!  When you get a chance, check out the "new look" of Bishop Sunrise Rotary at www.bishopsunriserotary.org.  It is also a lot easier to access RI news and information, and some internal changes are making it much easier to our dedicated Secretary to input membership data.

Speaking of membership data, when you go the website, take an extra minute to log-in (it's easy) and follow the instructions for updating your own membership data--you can make sure that your address, email, and telephone is up-to-date.  Remember, the general public does NOT have access to your membership data--only your fellow Rotarians, and only for the purpose of contacting you regarding Rotary!

Check out the "New Look" at Bishopsunriserotary.org! Tom Hardy 2010-11-20 00:00:00Z
Convict Lake Restroom Dedication
 Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club was proud to gather with members of the Mammoth Sunrise, Mammoth Noon, and Bishop Noon Rotary Clubs, as well as Forest Service representatives on August 18, 2010 to celebrate the completion of a handicapped accessible restroom at Convict Lake.
Convict Lake Restroom Dedication Jeff Griffiths 2010-08-27 00:00:00Z
Donation to the Bishop High School Football Team

At our recent meeting the club voted to contribute $300 to the Bishop High School Football Team.  This donation will help purchase uniforms.  The football team has to fund raise for all of their expenses.

As of this week Bishop has been rated #1 in their CIF league.  Go Broncos!


Donation to the Bishop High School Football Team Sue Cullen
A Thank You from the "Unloaded"

The Bishop Drug Court softball team, the "Unloaded" enjoyed a championship season this year--literally, winning their division championship in the City softball league!  On September 8, team manager and recent Drug Court graduate George Nerren visited the Club to express the team's thanks for our financial and other support during the year.  So, congratulations to the Unloaded, and our best wishes to all the Drug Court participants as they work at maintaining sobriety!

A Thank You from the "Unloaded"
World Polio Day

Mayor Jeff Griffiths and the Bishop City Council officially proclaimed October 24th as World Polio Day.  The United Nations and governments around the world are joining in making similar proclamations.

The Bishop Rotary Clubs have been the local voice creating awareness and educating the citizens of Bishop about the vital importance of eradicating polio worldwide. Rotary brings 105 years of history to this standard and helps with today's challenges including disease, illiteracy, poverty, lack of clean water and much more. The Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Bishop are among 34,000 Rotary clubs located in more than 200 countries worldwide.

World Polio Day Julie Faber
Want to help with our Nepal School Project?

Bishop Sunrise Rotary has started a fundraising effort, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Narayani Mid-Town, Nepal, to benefit a school in Chitwan, Nepal.  You can find a more detailed story by scrolling down the page.

If you would like to help, make your check payable to the Bishop Rotary Foundation, and note "Nepal School" on the memo line.  You mail your check, or deliver it during regular business hours, to Tom Hardy, Hardy & Place, 106 South Main Street, Suite 201, Bishop, CA  93514 (upstairs above Mountain Light Gallery).  Your contribution is tax deductible, and you will receive a a receipt from the Foundation.

Thanks for your help!

Want to help with our Nepal School Project?
Girl Scout Help

As y'all know, Bishop Sunrise recently donated $300 for the Girl Scouts fundraiser to help save the Girl Scout hall.  This past Saturday, the Girl Scouts hosted a fun run at Laws, and our Club provided much-needed hands on help! Karen served as the timer for the event, while Yvonne assisted with "traffic control", and Dee and son Aaron manned the aid station at the far end of the 10K.  Tom bravely plodded along, winning the "fat old guy" division of the 10K (that's not true--he might be old and fat, but there was no division for old fat guys).  Each year the Girl Scounts need to raise $4000 to keep the Scout Hall functioning, and it is great to do our part.


Girl Scout Help Sue Cullen
Nepal School Project Moving Forward

Bishop Sunrise Rotary is moving ahead full-speed with its plans to work with the Rotary Club of Narayani Mid-Town in Nepal.  Tom is emailing with Club President Keshav Bhurtel in Nepal, where plans are being worked on for an additional classroom, drinking water, and toilet facilities for the school located in Jyotinagar, Nepal.  We hope to have more details soon!

We also have a very, very special fundraiser in the early planning stages--stay tuned for more!

This very special project grew out of last Rotary year's Group Study Exchange trip to Nepal, and is a great example of how Rotary can bring together people on opposite sides of the world.

Nepal School Project Moving Forward
Summer Camp

   At last weeks meeting the club voted to donate $300.00 to help send a foster child to summer camp.  The foster boy is from Inyo County but is living out of the area.  Hopefully our donation will make a difference in his life. 

Summer Camp Sue Cullen
District Governor Drew Frolich Visits Club

Our regular meeting on July 28 brought an inspirational visit from District Governor Drew Frolich.  Drew is close to setting a record in getting out to visit all the clubs in District 5260 as quickly as he can--taking with him his vision of Bigger, Better, and Bolder Rotary Clubs.  He reminded us not only of Rotary's success in its drive to eliminate polio, but also the great works of Clubs around the world to promote health, literacy and world peace.

At the board meeting after our regular club meeting, he reinforced the importance of spreading the good word of Rotary.  Growing our club is not just about getting more members, it is about sharing the value that we all receive from Rotary with our friends, colleagues and business associations--so get out there and invite a couple of new folks who share our organization's core values of service, intergrity, fellowship, leadership, and peace and understanding.

District Governor Drew Frolich Visits Club
A very special meeting this Wednesday

This coming Wednesday, we have a "don't miss" meeting.  Becky Rosen, whom we sponsored on this year's outbound GSE team to Nepal will be here to tell us about her incredible adventure--and also a little bit about how her school kids are already helping fellow students in Nepal.  Here's a little preview:

A very special meeting this Wednesday
Montreal 2010-An International Experience

This year's RI Convention in Montreal can only be described with another "Wow"!  The RI Convention is the premiere showcase of Rotary's talents and successes from around the world, coupled with brilliant speakers from both in and outside Rotary.  In addition to fabulous entertainment from Celtic Thunder, Russell Watson, and Cirque du Soleil, we enjoyed speakers ranging from Rotarian Rocky Evangalista, who has spent his life caring for street children in the Phillipines, to Greg Mortensen, who has spent his life building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, to Dolly Parton who is using her fame and resources to promote literacy through her "Imagination Library", to Queen Noor of Jordan, a tireless advocate for peace and sustainability.

You can click on this link to see a story from RI about incoming RI President Ray Kilingsmith's plans for this Rotary year.

Make your plans to attend the 2011 RI Convention in the revitalizing city of New Orleans, from May 21-25, 2011.

Montreal 2010-An International Experience Tom Hardy
24 Hour Ball Tournament nets $1,200
A big thank you to Dee, Blogging Bishop.com and Mountain Apparel for hosting this all night tournament and for donating the proceeds of $1,200 to Bishop Sunrise Scholarship fund.  Thank you Dee for your dedication to our community scholarship program.
24 Hour Ball Tournament nets $1,200 Sue Cullen
Welcome GSE Team from Nepal!

Once again, the Bishop Rotary Clubs welcomed an outstanding team of young professionals from abroad to our community--this time from District 3292--Nepal!  The team, lead by Rajendra Shrestha, enjoyed visits to many local businesses and health care providers to learn more about their vocations.  We were also privileged to host them at a wonderful potluck dinner at Leslie & Randy Nixon's.  A big highlight was the team's visit to Round Valley Elementary School to visit the class of outbound team member Becky Rosen.

While the team was not able to present at our Club meeting this year, many Bishop Sunrise Rotarians took advantage of going "dark" to visit at the Bishop noon meeting, and to make the really early rise to visit with Mammoth Sunrise!

Thank you most of all to Rotary District 3292 for sending us such a wonderful team from whom we learned so much--but thanks also to the many Rotarians who hosted the team and helped to show them our wonderful community.

Welcome GSE Team from Nepal! Tom Hardy
Fun for the Kids at Good Ole Days

This year, Sunrise Rotary didn't even pretend we were trying to make money at Good Ole Days--instead, we were just there to help everyone have a good ole time.  After the kid's games (ably run by our own President Jeff Griffiths), the youngsters lined up for the pie eating  eating contest!  Good times were had by the kids; their parents seemed a bit more dubious.   

Fun for the Kids at Good Ole Days
Recipient of the Presidential Citation

You're always welcome at the Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise,  Recipient of four consecutive RI Presidential Citations.

Recipient of the Presidential Citation