Rotary Club of San Mateo Sunrise

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Welcome to our Club!

San Mateo Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
Crystal Springs Golf Course
6650 Golf Course Drive
Burlingame, CA , CA  94010
United States
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Dr. Ian Tong tells us about an innovative way to deliver medical care...via your can connect with a live MD and get a diagnosis and care...all for $40 for 15 minutes. Check out Doctor on Demand.

Marine biology professor Shari Bookstaff talks about how she learned live and strive after life altering brain surgery.

Allen Calvin addresses those in attendance at our meeting on Feb.6 and we were treated to stories and anecdotes about his personal relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King. We learned about things that most people don't know about him. He also commented on the recent movie "Selma". To hear his presentation, go to the videos section and click on 2/6/15. It should not be missed.

Sylvia Lopez was inducted this morning as the newest member of our club. She is the Director of Operations at the San Mateo Area Chamber Commerce. Welcome to our club Sylvia!

A panel of financial experts presented to us this morning. Mari Hethcoat, Ed Elliot, Gloria Guzman, Dave Stormont and Jake Bursalyan. It was moderated by Ken Housley. The discussion with the panel will continue at next week's meeting on January 16 at 7:30am.

Member Sebastian Steinbach talks about his search for classic cars in California. He currently looks for classic german cars to buy and sell to collectors in Germany. Watch the full presentation from our meeting links.

Matthew Anderson talks to us about the subject of human trafficking and how an organization that he is involved with helps victims. Freedom House is a non-profit that helps victims recover and rebuild their lives from this terrible situation. Learn more at

Six of our club members rode in the Indoor Ride to End Polio event on Sunday morning at the 9am "Spin" class at Crunch Gym in San Mateo. It's not too late to make a contribution in the fight to end Polio in the world. Contact us if you would like to donate.

Our club participated in the Annual Bay Area Ridge Trail Service Day by helping to restore and maintain a stretch of the Skyline Trail near Huddart Park.


Taking a break from sorting food at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos. We helped to finish the shift in record time thanks to Rotarians Mike and Derrick along with friends Dave, Carliza, Ricky and Derrick's son Dre. Come out and join us next time.


Dr. David Anzaldua discusses the advances in stem cell research and the many uses of this new technology.


A reception for In Coming President's was held at the Academy of Art Automobile Museum in SF on Sunday, Sept. 28. It was a chance for the 2015-16 Presidents from District 5150 to meet and discuss their clubs, their challenges and their goals. There was also a presentation by the 2015-16 District Governor, Leah Lambrect and a Rotary International Peace Fellow, Heather Murray. The museum had a fantastic collection of classic cars that we all were able to enjoy.



Kirk Hoefer from the Golub Group talks to us about the current financial markets and the trends today. He also gave us some market predictions based on past market history.

 Join us at a food sorting event on Saturday, September 20 from 9am to noon at the San Carlos facility. Rotarians and Friends of Rotary please join on us on this great opportunity of community giving and fellowship. ​RSVP to reserve a spot. Contact Mike Wong at 650-619-6346.  

The completion of the Apostolic Church Playground Project that our club contributed to is this Saturday, September13. Come out and see how fantastic it turned out.

Their volunteers will be putting the finishing touches on the project by installing the chain link fence on the project from 9:00 – 12:00. Thank you to each of our members for your contribution for the Apostolic Church Playground Project.  You can see from the two attached pictures what a change it made.  Please join me at the project Saturday from 10:30–12:00 and see what your generosity accomplished. Guests are invited to attend as well.
President Jim Rochotte
Apostolic Assembly Church, 721 Donahoe St. East Palo Alto, CA
It is directly across from IKEA, to the East.

Past President Nancy was give a rousing "celebratory" debunking today at our meeting. Nancy was a roving reporter for RBS and her task was to ask people what they thought Zumba was. From hair growth to energy drink, the guesses were varied but funny. Everyone had great time. Thank you Nancy for a great year.
Sebastian get inducted at the 8/29/14 meeting and is welcomed as our newest member of the San Mateo Sunrise Rotary Club. Welcome to the club Sebastian. You will be a great addition.


Our Foundation voted to support these local charities: Phase2Careers, Kids and Art and Project Crescendo. Check our their good work at,,               

2014 Tour de Peninsula


It was a beautiful day down in Sunnyvale for the 5th Annual Putt Your Heart Out Miniature Golf Tournament where we hosted 72 kids from the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club to fantastic day at Golfland USA. After enjoying the course and all it's fun and tricky features, we all went to a nearby park for a picnic lunch and then prizes for all the kids. It was a wonderful day. Special thanks to San Mateo Credit Union as our major sponsor.

We honored 60 high school juniors from Aragon, Hillsdale, San Mateo and Serra High School for their community service work at the 2014 High School Heroes Awards Banquet. These students are doing wonderful things in their spare time to help people and projects both locally and internationally. It was our pleasure to honor them for their comittment and dedication.

Food Sorting at Second Harvest Food Bank. We had a group of club members and volunteer friends help out at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos. We helped sort out canned and packaged food items. We had a great turnout Saturday morning for this important community service event. Mike Wong organized Derrick, Dan, Jim, Liana, myself (Jerry Grainger), along with Helen Park and Dr. Carliza Marcos and her son, Ricky, who volunteered to do a couple of hours of sorting and handling food for the Second Harvest Food Bank, in San Carlos.

The place is a huge warehouse.
They feed over a quarter million people per month.
Less than 5% of these 253,000 people are homeless.
More than 50% of them are low income,
but a great many of them do not qualify for food stamps.
Mostly they are the working poor.

More than 50 volunteers showed up to move and sort donated food for processing and distribution to the recipients.
Additionally, there is a volunteer staff of another dozen or so, to help, guide and direct the participants.

This is real work, and a real and necessary contribution to assisting the less fortunate in our community.
This is the kind of Service Above Self that we, as Rotarians, can take pride in helping to perform.​

We participated in the City of San Mateo's Eggstravaganza by once again serving pancake breakfasts. On the Saturday before Easter, we held our Funny Bunny Pancake Breakfast. We had numerous club members helping out along with a crew of volunteers. It was a beautiful day and soon Central Park was full of kids and families. We served over 400 breakfasts and those that had one were treated to a fantastic breakfast of hot pancakes, eggs and sausages. We also had coffee, orange juice, hot chocolate and tea available. We had a raffle for some great prizes and it was a lot of fun for everyone. Thank you to all of the members who helped out and to our wonderful volunteers.​

On March 15, we had a parking lot sale to raise money for our club's projects. All members donated usable items from their houses, garages, sheds, storage lockers and even from neighbors and friends. We had a whole parking lot full of items that drew people to come out to see if anything caught their eye. There was a large variety of items from books, computers, toys, furniture and sports equipment. We even had donuts and coffee for the early shift of volunteers and early shoppers. All in all, we had a great time connecting with shoppers, giving them great deals of items and making a few bucks for our club. Special thanks to club member Jake Bursalyan for letting us use the parking lot in front of his office. Also to Dan Bergeron, who did the most hauling of items than anyone.

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Upcoming Events



Feb 27, 2015
Dr. James Hutchinson, M.D.
Discussion with Dr. James Hutchinson, M.D.
Mar 06, 2015
Lisa Lang
CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates
Mar 13, 2015
Lily Steinbach
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
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