CSRC supports the Chili Cookoff

The 3 day Chili Cookoff is Lakeside's biggest annual charity event. Last year nearly 500,000 pesos was raised to be split by 9 local charities.  In order to contribute to the success of the Cookoff, we run the Mexican food booth and also work behind the scenes in the supply distribution for all of the vendors and operations of the three day event.  We are proud to be one of the cookoff's beneficiaries as our "split" goes directly to support other community groups in our area.
CSRC supports the Chili Cookoff 2020-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

WASH teaching in Ojo de Agua

The 52 children in the primary school continue learning about potable water and keeping the sources of water safe. This week, the teachers also received training about the benefits of filtered water and in return, received Mexican made, low maintenance, filter system for their classrooms. Thank you Lakeside Charities, A.C. and Aipromades for your partnership in these programs!
WASH teaching in Ojo de Agua 2020-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Chapala Sunrise finds Clean Water!

Posted by Barb Wilson
The Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club has been working for three years to bring clean water, on a consistent basis, to the village of Ojo de Agua on Lake Chapala. This tiny village of 300 people has only had access to water during the rainy season, from streams off of the hillside.  Nevertheless, when we tested the stream water it was rated as one of the purest sources around the Lakeside.  Working in partnership with the local municipal government of Poncitlán, drilling began early this month and a clean, water was found at 200 feet.  The source appears to be sufficient to supply the village.  Further testing of the water must be done by the State Water authorities.  
Our Club has applied for a Global Grant, with international partner clubs of South San Francisco, Lincoln, CA, Fountain Hills, AZ and Winnipeg West, Manitoba to fund the holding tank, and distribution system and home water filters, throughout the village. In the meantime, club members are teaching water and sanitation classes in the village, using United Nations approved Project Wet materials.
Chapala Sunrise finds Clean Water! Barb Wilson 2020-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotarians take action in other areas of Mexico

Posted by Barb Wilson on Dec 14, 2019
Susie Lindeman was recently recognized by our District for her work to prevent Hepatitis C.  She travelled to Morelia, Michoacan to work with Rotarians to support this important effort, in a campaign called Hepatitis 0 (zero).
Sunrise Rotarians take action in other areas of Mexico Barb Wilson 2019-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Winnipeg West Rotary Club donates $1500 Canadian

Posted by Barb Wilson on Dec 13, 2019
The Rotary Club of Winnipeg West, as part of their international outreach, has joined with our Club to raise money for water projects in Ojo De Agua.  Recently they sent a check for $1500 CDN which equals over 27,000 pesos.  Rotary Clubs around the world work together to help the less fortunate have better health, education and economic opportunities.  This is another example of the power of the 1.2 million members of Rotary.
Winnipeg West Rotary Club donates $1500 Canadian Barb Wilson 2019-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Action - Playground Rejuvenation

Posted by Ralph Byrd on Dec 05, 2019
At the November 21st meeting, Ken Amendt talked about a children's playground he had come across in the village of La Pena east of Chapala. Ken along with the local Pastor, and a group of children cleared the playground of weeds and debris. Now with funding from our club and matching funds from one of our club members, the playground equipment is going to receive a coat of paint to liven this playground up for the children.
Rotary in Action - Playground Rejuvenation Ralph Byrd 2019-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Our New Diabetes Club project

Posted by Barb Wilson on Dec 04, 2019
Mexico has the highest rate of diabetes in the world.  Our local community is no exception.  Club members, in coordination with the Chapala Municipal Clinic, are leading diabetes education and support classes, once a month.  This month's class had 19 people attend.  Attendees can have their sugar levels tested and people who need medical attention or can not afford needed medications are referred to the Municipal Clinic.
Our New Diabetes Club project Barb Wilson 2019-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

WASH teaching in Ojo de Agua

Posted by Barb Wilson on Dec 04, 2019
Two of our Rotary members have begun a series of 7 lessons about water and sanitation in the primary school in Ojo de Agua.  UN approved Project Wet materials are being used.  Students are learning about healthy habits, spreading of germs and the importance of clean water. Through a grant from Lakeside Charities, Chapala Sunrise will also provide water filters for the classrooms and liquid soap containers for the bathrooms.  In the meantime, we are having fun with the kids!
WASH teaching in Ojo de Agua Barb Wilson 2019-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Heart 2 Heart

Posted by Ralph Byrd on Dec 02, 2019
Our 100y100 coordinator, Enrique Garcia, has reported that our project is still in the mix.  For anyone who has missed what we have applied for, we are hoping to support The Chapala Municipal Clinic with 2 Vital Signs monitors and an Ultrasound Monitor for the clinic's Emergency Room.  The total project cost is $132,000 pesos.  A good description of the Heart to Heart program and the 100y100 projects can be found here: https://www.rizones30-31.org/news/heart-2-heart/ .  Keep your fingers crossed!  For the 100 project slots available, our district alone presented 160!  
Heart 2 Heart Ralph Byrd 2019-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Help Our Sister Club Sell Wreaths!

Posted by Ralph Byrd on Dec 02, 2019
Let's help our sister club promote their Christmas Wreath Sale.  The Rotary Club of Fountain Hills has helped with our projects and now we have the chance to return the favor!  Click on the Download File Link, "Christmas Wreath Sale" on the left of this page to display a pdf flyer with descriptions and pricing.  Feel free to repost this information.  Every little bit helps.
Help Our Sister Club Sell Wreaths! Ralph Byrd 2019-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Dream Beauty Academy Kigali, Rwanda

Posted on Nov 24, 2019
Teaching young women to become cosmetologists
In this war torn country, the Dream Beauty Academy along with the Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club provides a graduation kit of tools of the trade so that each graduate can now make a living.   Creating self worth and a career path in these young women makes a big difference in this African country.   One hundred dollars ($100 US) buys a graduation Kit for each student.
Dream Beauty Academy Kigali, Rwanda 2019-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Chapala Sunrise celebrates 30 years of Women in Rotary

Posted by Ralph Byrd on Nov 22, 2019
History of Women in Rotary
Until 1989, the Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International stated that Rotary club membership was for males only.
In 1978, the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, USA, invited three women to become members. The RI Board withdrew the charter of that club for violation of the RI constitution. The club brought suit against RI claiming a violation of a state civil rights law that prevents discrimination of any form in business establishments or public accommodations. The appeals court and the California Supreme Court supported the Duarte position that Rotary could not remove the club's charter merely for inducting women into the club. The United States Supreme Court upheld the California court indicating that Rotary clubs do have a "business purpose" and are in some ways public-type organizations.
This action in 1987 allowed women to become Rotarians in any jurisdiction having similar "public accommodation" statutes. In October of 1987, the Rotary Club of Angels-Murphys D5220 inducted three women and in spite of threats to quit Rotary by some of the older male members - none did. Two of these three women went on to lead the A-M Rotary Club as president and one those has just completed over two years as charter president of the Angels Camp Centennial Rotary Club (a club which which is very proud of its 50% female membership). That president has completed 19 years of perfect attendance.
The RI constitutional change was made at the 1989 Council on Legislation, with a vote to eliminate the "male only" provision for all of Rotary. Since that time, women have become members and leaders of clubs and districts throughout the world.
Barb Wilson presents our newest female member, Velia Unzueta, with a pin to celebrate Women in Rotary.
The Rotary Club of Chapala Sunrise celebrates 30 years of Women in Rotary Ralph Byrd 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

CSRC helps local artisan's fair

Posted by Barb Wilson on Nov 10, 2019
Nine Rotarians pitched in with a lot of physical labor to help take down the booths, tables and chairs at the annual Feria de Los Maestros.  The coordinator of the Feria was very appreciative of our willingness to do the unglamorous job of "clean up", especially when the other volunteers were exhausted after three days of work.
Other Rotarians also pitched in over the three days weekend by hosting artists for 3 days at their homes, announcing ( bilingually) stage events, and helping with admissions.  Truly a weekend of "Service above Self".
CSRC helps local artisan's fair Barb Wilson 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

We donate 20,000 MXP for play area roof to local school

Posted by Barb Wilson on Sep 28, 2019
On September 27th, our Club donated 20,000 pesos to Escuela Foraneh #1 Jose Vasconcelos in Chapala for a permanent playground roof that protects from the rain and sun as students play and assemble outside.  This secondaria (middle) school is inner city with little space for students to congregate outside the classroom.  The parent club has been working for three years to raise the funds for this project and our donation gets them nearly to the top.  We hope that other like minded people and clubs will donate to help finish off this project.
We donate 20,000 MXP for play area roof to local school Barb Wilson 2019-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

Aipromades and Rotarians teach about garbage

Posted by Barb Wilson
Our environmental partner, Aipromades, is following through on a commitment to our "adopted village" Ojo de Agua. In a community assessment last October, villagers identify clean water and sanitation as their top priorities.  We are providing workshops for villagers and kids, over 5 Saturdays, on the identification, collection, disposal, recycling, composting possibilities in the village.
Aipromades and Rotarians teach about garbage Barb Wilson 2019-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary and Rotaractors Join Forces in Chapala 2019-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

Frank Ewer steps up as President of the Chapala Sunrise Club

Frank Ewer and a new Board of Directors were sworn into office at a Changing of the Button ceremony of on July 1, 2019 at Manix Restaurant.  More the 50 people attended the lively party in which Hector España Ramos thanked this 2018-2019 Board before he turned the gavel over to our 2019-2020 President.  Frank and his Board committed to making positive change in our communities.  Past President Hector España Ramos and Beverly Denton received Paul Harris Fellowship awards for their extraordinary service to the Club.  A delicious dinner, music and dancing followed. 
Frank Ewer steps up as President of the Chapala Sunrise Club Barb Wilson 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Barb Wilson travels with Rotary to Africa to End Polio Now

As part of the effort by Rotary International to eradicate polio, Club Secretary Barb Wilson spent 10 days in Ghana in October, giving polio immunizations and working on school renovations in remote villages. Ghanaian and Nigerian Rotarians and community health workers, teamed with 20 North American Rotarians to help ensure that more than 500 babies and toddlers received not only life-saving polio drops, but other vaccinations and health checkups.  The Rotarians were treated as celebrities.  The village chief kicked off the event and women dressed themselves and their babies in their best outfits, despite torrential rains and long muddy walks to the site.  No Rotary funds were used for the travel expenses of the North American volunteers.
Barb Wilson travels with Rotary to Africa to End Polio Now 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Free medicine!

From right, Rotarians Graham Paull, President-Elect Hector Espana, Sheila Paull and Chapala Municipal Clinic Administrator Dr. Sergio Ibarra.
Combine the season of giving with Rotary’s year-long mission of service above self, and good things happen. 
On November 20th, President-Elect Hector Espana participated with a delegation of Rotarians to several Lakeside clinics and hospitals to distribute 60 boxes of medicine.
The medication, for treatment of hypertension, antibiotics and painkillers, was procured by Guadalajara Rotarians Dr. María Teresa Zambrano and Dr. Juan José Rodriguez Bravo from a lab that contributed it with the stipulation that it go directly to clinics to treat local patients free of charge.
 A caravan of Rotarians went from the Chapala Municipal Clinic to the Red Cross to the Jocotepec Community Hospital, where grateful caregivers received the donated medicine. 
Chapala Sunrise Rotary thanks everyone involved in making the project happen.
Free medicine! 2017-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
URGENT DONATIONS NEEDED 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

Polio Dinner October 27

Chapala Sunrise and Ajijic Rotary Clubs
Friday, October 27 2017 ..... 5 pm - 9 pm 
Hotel Real de Chapala, Ajijic
Tickets are $450p at Diane Pearls, and from any Rotary Club member.
Members are asked to please sell 8 tickets (a table) to make this even a success and support Rotary's efforts to END POLIO NOW !
Dinner includes a three course filet migñon meal ( or vegetarian option.)  There will be Live Music and  "The  Great American Songbook" with Dancing.  
Cocktail Attire
Polio Dinner October 27 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Save the date 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Members to Visit Our Projects On July 27th – Regular meeting cancelled

Chapala Sunrise members are taking to the roads at Lakeside on July 27th, in lieu of their regular meetings.  We will be visiting projects that we have finished, and some that we are considering.  The projects on the visitation list include a proposed water storage project at the village of Ojo del Agua, the Lunch Program at the Mescala Community Center, Dormitory renovation & Proposed Playground equipment project at Love In Action, our completed Chapala Prepa Kitchen Project and the Have Hammer Woodworking training school for youth.
Members to Visit Our Projects On July 27th – Regular meeting cancelled 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Wine and Cheese on August 4th, no club meeting August 3rd.

There will be a membership party on August 4th at the home of Blair Ferguson from 5-7:00.  His fabulous home is in Rancho del Oro, West Ajijic on the corner of Rio Chamela (just east of La Huerta Tuesday Market event center) and Rio Amazonas at #17B.  Bring a friend or anyone who is interested in Rotary.  There will no be pressure to join, but there will be a bit of pressure on our members who are competing for a bottle of “good tequila” by bringing the most friends.  Mix it up and have some fun!
Membership Wine and Cheese on August 4th, no club meeting August 3rd. 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Centennial Olympic Park, Rotary Convention in Atlanta 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Ajijic Dental Project

Bill Wilson and Hector España visited the Ajijic Dental Clinic at the Centro Salud Ajijic on Saturday.  They met with Dr. Miguel Villaseñor Calvillo to learn about the services that the clinic offers.  The clinic offers basic dental service such as cleaning, filling and tooth extractions. Our club has donated more than $1000 U.S. to meet more complicated needs such as prosthetics, dental surgery, and medically necessary orthodontics.
Ajijic Dental Project Barb Wilson 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard

Posted on Jul 13, 2017
The Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club's annual Changing Of The Guard was held Saturday night at Manix Restaurant. The outgoing Board of Directors was recognized for their work during the past year and the new Board, headed by new president Bill Wilson, was inducted.
Changing of the Guard Blair Ferguson 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Mujer sin Cancer Representative Speaks at January 19 CSRC Meeting 2017-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Bernie St. Louis Speaks at CSRC Meeting Dec. 8 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Mohan Peddinani Rao Speaks at CSRC Meeting Dec. 1 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Cesar Rubio, Manager, O&A Speaks on Post-Trump Mexican Economy at Nov. 10 CSRC Meeting 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Tlaquepaque Rotary Leaders Speak at November 3 CSRC Meeting 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs Clear the Air at Local Carpentry School 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Ben White Speaks at Oct. 27 CSRC Meeting 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Yoli Martinez, President of Lakeside Red Cross, Speaks at Sept.29 CSRC Meeting 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Frank Ewer (Lakeside Assistance Group) Speaks to Sept.22 CSRC Meeting 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Climate and Solar Energy Expert Donald Aitken Speaks at the Sept.16 CSRC Meeting 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Chapala Firefighters (‘Bomberos’) Get Help with Training and Equipment from Venice, CA Rotary Club 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Chapala Director of Public Safety Lic. Adan Dominguez Leon Speaks at the Sept. 8 CSRC Meeting 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Artist Javier Zaragoza Speaks at Sept. 1 CSRC Meeting 2016-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
CSRC Project in Africa Thriving 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 4140 Breakfast in Guadalajara, Aug. 27 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Chapala Technologia School Speakers at Aug.25 CSRC Meeting 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
An Additional Paul Harris Award to Sheila Paull 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Aug. 11 CSRC Meeting: Jack Prins Speaks on His Adventures in WWII and Graham Paull Wins a Paul Harris Award 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

Dr. Celia Sigala Speaks to CSRC at Aug.4 Meeting

Posted on Aug 08, 2016
Dr. Celia Sigala has been a researcher for the last 35 years in Mexico City.  She has a Doctorate in Chemistry and her company Ariel Laboratories has developed a treatment for skin conditionsa and injuries such as burns and abrasions.  
Dr. Celia Sigala Speaks to CSRC at Aug.4 Meeting 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
July 21 CSRC Meeting – New Member Harry Bublin and NATO Europe Talk 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0

Marvin Golden Speaks at July 14 CSRC Meeting

Marvin Golden of Lake Chapala Real Estate, one of the most successful brokers in the area gave a talk about real estate sales at Lakeside. He has seventeen sales agents and four staff and training new people. Across Lakeside, there are a total of about 120 sales agents and 14 brokers.
Marvin Golden Speaks at July 14 CSRC Meeting 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
July 7 CSRC Meeting Opens with Flag Ceremony and President’s Vision 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
July Brings Management Changes at CSRC and at the Rotary District Level 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
June 30 CSRC Meeting Includes SAFE Scholarship Fund Presentation and Speech on Proposal for a Local Kidney Dialysis Facility 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
ProCardio 21 Presentation at CSRC Meeting 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Alkaline Water Presentation at CSRC 2016-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Tepatitlán Hosts the Last Rotary District 4150 Luncheon 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
CSRC Celebrates President's Birthday 2016-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Three New Members Inducted to CSRC 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Jack West Speaks at May 5 CSRC Meeting 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
CSRC Lunch at the Chapala Preparatory School 2016-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
CSRC Robotics Education Group Meets 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

Dr. Arturo J. Sáenz Quintanilla Speaks at April 21 CSRC Meeting

Arturo J. Sáenz Quintanilla, MD, an attending and associate neurosurgeon of Centro de Neuro-radiocirugía at San Javier Hospital, spoke at the April 21 CSRC weekly meeting in Chapala. The topic was advanced treatment options – including minimally-invasive gamma knife therapy – for patients with neurologically-based tremors, including those caused by Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Arturo J. Sáenz Quintanilla Speaks at April 21 CSRC Meeting 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 4140 Governer-Elect Attends CSRC Dinner at Beer Garden Restaurant

Posted on Apr 07, 2016

CSRC members and friends gathered for dinner at Chapala’s Beer Garden Restaurant on Thursday, April 7, with over 50 in attendence. Among the guests was the Governor-Elect of Mexico’s Rotary District 4140 Ricardo Preciado Partida, accompanied by his wife Acela Navarro Preciado. (District 4140 will replace the current District 4150 in July.)

With good food and drink, music and a stunning lakeside sunset view, a good time was had by all.


Left to right: CSRC member Juan Marquez, Gov.-Elect Ricardo Preciado Partida, CSRC President Sheila Paull and musician Hunberto Solono.

Rotary District 4140 Governer-Elect Attends CSRC Dinner at Beer Garden Restaurant 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Lakeside Woman of the Year (Music, Arts and Culture) Sheila Ruof Reveives Her Award at a Special Rotary Presentation 2016-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

New Kitchen Opens at Chapala Preparatory High School

Posted on Mar 29, 2016
Earlier his month, the new kitchen facility at the Chapala Preparatory High Schoolwas officially opened – on-time and under-budget – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by teachers and students at the school, Sheila Paull and Walter Thornton from CSRC,President Javier Degollado of the Municipio de Chapala, Juan Ramon Alvarez Lopez (Director of the Chapala Regional Preparatoria) and Javier Espinoza De Los Monteros (a representative of the Rector of the University of Guadalajara).
New Kitchen Opens at Chapala Preparatory High School 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Mr. Hammer 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Mel Gross Speaks at January 28 Club Meeting 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Women: Power of Life Program 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Chapala High School Kitchen Project 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
The 2016 International Women’s Day Golf Classic 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
2016 International Women's Week Celebration in Lakeside 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Wheelchairs for Jalisco Project 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

Members and Guests Learn to Prepare Global Grant Requests

Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club members and guests received training on why and how to prepare requests for Rotary International "Global Grants.   The seminar was presented by Mr. Lorenzo de Blois (front left in the photo below) of the Jocotepec Rotary club.
Members and Guests Learn to Prepare Global Grant Requests 2015-04-04 00:00:00Z 0

Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club - Diversity in Action

Buenos dias!

We are extremely proud that our club membership reflects the many nationalities living in Chapala, especially the Mexican community.

Please join us for desayuno (breakfast) - the door is always open!

Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club - Diversity in Action Anne Drake 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0