RIP Dave King, Isaiah’s Rock, Peace Conference, Business Expo and Big Brothers Big Sisters

RIP Chino Rotarian Dave King

October was a productive, yet sad month for the Chino Rotary Club. We lost member Dave King who passed away due to pancreatic cancer. The Chino Champion wrote a great article about the impact Dave and Charlene King have made on the Chino Community which I encourage you all to read here –

Dave and Charlene King from Isaiah's Rock and the Chino Rotary Club

Chino Rotary Club Feeds Needy Families with Isaiah’s Rock

Our Rotary Club was fortunate enough to visit Dave, his family and Isaiah’s Rock one last time before he passed and donated $2,000 to the organization. Our club worked at Isaiah’s Rock on Wednesday, Oct. 11 to provide food for needy families in the Chino Valley. It’s amazing how many lives Dave and Charlene King have impacted because of their kind and giving hearts.

You can watch this video of us helping needy families with Isaiah’s Rock –

Chino Rotary Club helps serve needy families with Isaiah's Rock

Chino Rotary Club Attends Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Dale Bright, Lorraine Sacca and Melinda Robbins set up a booth at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and met lots of new potential Rotarians.

Gene Hernandez Moderates and President Zeb Welborn Speaks at Rotary District 5300 Peace Conference

Zeb Welborn was chosen as one of the speakers at the District 5300 Peace Conference where he spoke on the Impact and Uses of Social Media on Peace Building – Read the speech Zeb Welborn gave at the Huntington Library here –

Zeb Welborn's Speech on the Impact and Influence of Social Media on Peace Building at the Rotary District 5300 Peace Conference at the Huntington Library

Chino Rotary Club Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters came to the Chino Rotary Club to share how they are helping make young peoples lives better by providing mentors to them. Chino Rotarian Chris Foster is on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Arianna Fajardo became a Big Sister last year when Big Brothers Big Sisters came to speak to our organization.

We gave $500 to help support Big Brothers Big Sisters on October 4 during our regular Chino Rotary Club meeting.

Chino Rotary Club Donates $500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Arianna Fajardo Wins Putting Contest and a Bottle of Chardonnay from Los Serranos Country Club and Kevin Sullivan

Our Meet & Greet was held at Los Serranos Country Club on October 25 where we held a putting contest, thanks to Kevin Sullivan, for a bottle of Chardonnay. Arianna’s putt was the closest and she took home the bottle for her efforts.

Congratulations Arianna!

Arianna Fajardo Wins Chino Rotary Club Putting Contest


The Impacts and Uses of Social Media on Peace Building

I was born in 1981. My parents bought our first computer, a Commodore 64 when I was five years old. I was a part of the first generation to grow up with computers.

For my business, I work with passionate business owners to help them use computers and the internet to get more customers. Through my passion for golf, I wrote a book called The Social Golf Course and developed a niche in the golf industry. I joined the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce to help local businesses. And, I joined the Chino Rotary Club to make an impact in my community.

For some reason, I found myself getting involved in dying industries. Golf, on a global scale, has been in decline since 2005. Chambers of Commerce and Rotary clubs have not faired any better. I’ve been compelled to work in these industries because I feel I can identify missed opportunities by these organizations.

In speaking with business owners, Rotarians, or folks from the generation before me about social media I usually get one of three responses:

  • I hate the all about me nature of social media
  • What do I care what people had for dinner?
  • There is too much negativity and crazy people on social media

Which category do you fall into?

Social Media is Amazing

I used to teach high school history, and one of the videos I would show my students was the 100  Most Influential People of the Millennium. Do you know who was #1?

Johann Gutenberg

Gutenberg invented the printing press which allowed for the spreading of ideas. The first use of the printing press was for the Gutenberg Bible. One hundred and eighty copies were made and it took twelve people three years to make them.

Today, we have access to information in an instant. We live in an amazing time. When we look at social media we often see the negatives associated with it and fail to see the positives.

When I left teaching, I began my entrepreneurial career by starting a tutoring business. My sister built my first website and I started to learn how to market my business online. I got involved in a group of educators on Twitter through a Twitter Chat called #EdChat and I can honestly say I learned more in the 6 months I participated in #EdChat then I did in my 4 years of college, my year in the credential program and my 4 years of teaching.

Social media is drastically changing the way we live and influencing human behavior in an unlimited amount of ways. Doctors from across the world can troubleshoot in an instant. Inventors can have access in real-time to new thoughts and ideas on a product or project. Medical researchers can drastically increase the development of life-saving programs and projects.

Rotarians can have an impact too.

We can make social media what we want it to be.

As Rotarians, as influencers, it’s important to be involved. We think of social media as being self-serving or about food or about its negativity because that is what dominates the social channels today. But, we have the ability to change the narrative by being present.

How Can We Use Social Media to Build Peace?

We need to use social media to promote the good in the world, to get people involved and influence others to want to do the same.

The Ice Bucket Challenge

Zeb Welborn's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

In the Summer of 2014, the ice bucket challenge took the world by storm driving massive awareness to the cause it supported – ALS.

During the challenge there were:

  • 4.4 million tweets using the #IceBucketChallenge hashtag
  • 1 billion YouTube views
  • 10 billion Facebook video views

In talking with companies I share statistics like these and the question I get asked 9 times out of 10 is:

Zeb, these mentions and video views are great, but what’s the return on investment. What’s the ROI?

The campaign raised $220 million dollars for ALS. During the first 31 days $100 million was raised. During the same time period in 2013 ALS raised $2.5 million.

ALS made 40 times more as a result of this clever social media campaign and – the best part about it – it didn’t cost them a thing.

They just needed to be creative.

How to Use Social Media to Build Peace

Today, I’ve been asked to give you some practical tools you can apply to use social media to grow peace. The great thing about this is that every single one of you has the ability to impact and influence our fellow humans. I want to share with you a simple tip to help you know what to post on social media.

Spread Your Mission:

One of the greatest things I’ve learned about the internet is its ability to attract like-minded people from across the globe with each other.

I remember early on in my entrepreneurial career going on a run with my brother and I was telling him how great the internet was and how easy it was to connect with people who share our passions. He said, “That’s great Zeb, but what if my passion is ferret racing.”

When I got home I looked up ferret racing in Google and sure enough if the first thing that came up was a festival in the North East that conducts ferret races every year. Not only does it gets people that share the same passion together, someone was making money from their ferret racing passion.

I know what to post on social media because I have identified five passions in my life. These are things that promote goodwill, peace and making the world a better place. By posting my involvement in these areas I’m connecting with others who share these same values with me.

Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

I’m the average of the people I’m connected to on social media.

Here are my five passions:

  • My family
  • Helping passionate business owners become successful
  • Golf
  • Educating and learning
  • Helping my community

If you’re thinking about how you can use social media to build peace choose something peaceful to promote and share that experience with others. I promise you will connect with people who share your core values and will make you a better person along the way.

Social Media Tips to Help Make the World More Peaceful

One of the opportunities I have today with you all is to help inspire change in Rotary District 53oo which I hope will have an impact far beyond this room.

In that vein, I have three tips I’d like to share with you:

Do Stuff:

I had no intention of joining the Rotary Club. A good friend of mine, Dale Bright asked me to join repeatedly and I politely declined every time he asked. He even offered to pay for my first years dues and I eventually joined because I knew how bad he wanted me to.

But, my first two years of being a Rotarian left me wondering what we were doing. We met every week, listened to a usually boring speaker of which half of our members would fall asleep and we’d go our separate ways.

Every picture we took on social media was the speaker standing behind a podium talking to Rotarians. Nothing screams exciting like a guy standing behind a podium.

Speaker at Chino Rotary Club

The best way to make your online presence look exciting is to do stuff.

This year, instead of meeting weekly at the Chino Community Building to hear some boring speaker while we take a nap, we’ve been doing a community service project once a month. The team leading the project will speak to our Rotary Club the first meeting of the month, the second meeting is providing hands-on work in our community, the third meeting is a social outing and the last meeting of the month is reserved for a dynamic speaker.

Because we are doing a wide array of things we demonstrate to our community that we’re being proactive in making a difference in our community.

Chino Rotary Club helps serve needy families food with Isaiah's Rock in Chino.

Document & Share:

If a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound?

If a Rotary club serves its community and nobody knows about it does it make a difference?

As Rotarians our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

How ethical is it to remain silent? As Rotarians, our biggest responsibility is to influence others to aspire to these worthy endeavors. If we aren’t promoting what we do then we’re failing our mission as Rotarians. Social media is influencing human behavior more than anything has since the beginning of human history. Being absent from those channels is unacceptable.

Document and share your efforts.

Chino Rotary Club visits Chino Valley Unified School District CARE Closet


Rotary was founded on the concept of collaboration. The founders identified the importance of surrounding themselves with others who aspired to the same ideals. Collaborating on projects and working together not only advances our mission but it expands our impact and our reach.

On social media, collaboration expands our reach exponentially. Our Facebook page has 1,000 followers and because of Facebook’s algorithm only 6% of people on average would see our post. By collaborating with members in our community, businesses and non-profits our posts are routinely seen by 3 to 10 times more people than are following us. Our impact extends far beyond ourselves.

Chino Rotary Club visits the Inland Empire United Way

What is the ROI?

Now you might be saying to yourself. That’s great Zeb. You’re getting a lot of people viewing your content. They’re clicking the like, comment and share button, but what does that do for you?

Our Rotary Club, at it’s peak, had nearly 100 members. When I joined we had 14. And our Rotary Club is not alone. Many of you represent clubs in this room whose memberships have plummeted. Retaining members in today’s environment is no easy task.

District Governor Raghada Khoury is visiting our club on November 15 to install 9 new members.

Our video on the CARE Closet received dozens of responses asking where they could donate clothing as they had never heard of the problem.

Since becoming president, I’ve had three requests come through our website asking to become members. I went back to the holder of our website thinking that these messages must have been missed from previous years, but they weren’t. People are seeing what we are doing and want to get involved. This needs to be done Rotary wide.


Social media is a tool. It is neither good nor bad. It is how people use it that makes it good or bad. A perfect example of this is what happened to the Dancing Man.

This was a picture taken of a man dancing at an event he attended and alongside the picture was a caption that read,

“Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”

The creator of this post and the replies that immediately followed were not used to build peace. But then, something interesting happened.


A woman on Twitter with the user name @CassandraRules asked to identify the man so they could throw a huge dance party in Los Angeles. Someone set up a GoFundMe campaign which raised over $40,000 to fund the anti-bullying event.


In the end, #DancingMan got his party in Los Angeles. The money raised went to funding anti-bullying campaigns and the world was made a better place.

Social media can be used for evil, just as easily as it can be for good. The original poster used it for evil, the thousands of women, businesses and companies that came together used it for good. If the good is absent from the conversation what happens to our world?

I’d like to leave you with one last thought:

The world is what we make it. Let’s make it a great one.

CARE Closet, $61,000 Student Scholarship & Chino Day at the Fair

The Chino Rotary Club did a lot of good in September. We worked the CARE Closet, attended Chino Day at the Fair and secured a Global Grant for our sponsored student, Anna Casalme to attend the University at Edinburgh in Childhood Studies for $61,000.

We started the month visiting the CARE Closet, a program run by the City of Chino and the Chino Valley Unified School District. Through the program we helped prepare clothes and supplies for homeless and needy families in the Chino Valley.

The video we shared on Facebook and YouTube received thousands of views and had dozens of people ask for the address so they could donate clothing and supplies to the CARE Closet. Thank you to Arianna for arranging the opportunity to work with the CARE Closet.

Watch the video here –

Chino Rotary Club Visits the Chino CARE Closet for the CVUSD

Jack Parra, a retired Anaheim PD Captain spoke to us about Self-Defense, we attended Chino Day at the Fair and…

Thanks to Chris Foster, Gene Hernandez and Melinda Robbins for helping secure a Global Grant for Anna Casalme. Anna reached out to us back in February asking if we would sponsor her to be a global grant recipient. Our club agreed to offer her a scholarship of $1,050 and she was nominated to receive a Global Grant from Rotary International which she received!

Anna, a Chino Hills resident, is now attending a Masters Program in Childhood Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. A great job by Chino Rotarians, our Rotary District 5300 and Rotary International for helping Anna get a Global Grant.

Journalism, United Way and $14,400 Distributed at the Chino Rotary Club

August was another busy month for the Chino Rotary Club as we worked with the Inland Empire United Way and distributed $14,400 in checks to worthy charities. Melinda Robbins spoke about human trafficking and the Rotary International Convention. And Larry Welborn spoke about Why Journalism is Important.

On August 2, Larry Welborn, my father and hero, a retired journalist for the Orange County Register came to speak to the Chino Rotary Club about Why Journalism is Important.

Larry Welborn Speaking at the Chino Rotary Club about Why Journalism is Important

Larry Welborn Speaking at the Chino Rotary Club

My Dad discussed the main four reasons journalism is important. Those reasons are:

  • to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves
  • to bring out the truth
  • to make your readers care
  • to make a difference

On August 16, the Chino Rotary Club visited the Inland Empire United Way to take a tour of their facilities. The United Way does a lot for our local community including manning the 211 call center and collecting food and clothing for needy families.

Several Rotarians stuck around to write cards for terminally ill children to help brighten their day.

We shot this video to document our visit: Chino Rotary Club Visits the Inland Empire United Way.

Chino Rotary Club Visits Inland Empire United Way

Chino Rotary Club Visits Inland Empire United Way

On August 23, Melinda Robbins shared her experience at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA where they focused on one of the biggest issues facing our world today, human trafficking.

And on August 30, we distributed $14,400 to five different local charities: Boys Republic, the Chino Rotary Club, Love Them All Foundation, Priceless Pet Rescue and The Let It Be Foundation.

The Southern California Charity Golf Classic Raised $14,400 for Local Charities

The Southern California Charity Golf Classic Raised $14,400 for Local Charities

Want to get involved in the Chino Rotary Club? Email Chino Rotary President Zeb Welborn at

LinkedIn, Social Media Q&A and Live Videos with Zeb Welborn

LinkedIn, Social Media Q&A and Live Videos with Zeb Welborn

Learn how to use LinkedIn, get your questions answered about social media and learn how to use live videos to grow your business with Zeb Welborn and the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board.

LinkedIn, Social Media Q&A and Live Videos with Zeb Welborn

LinkedIn Fundamentals Workshop

Date: August 31, 2017

Location: City of San Bernardino- 2nd Floor – 201 N. “E” St., San Bernardino, CA 92401

Learn how to use LinkedIn to network more effectively and grow your business. This workshop will teach you how to use LinkedIn to maximize your business reach, make new contacts and keep your current contacts in the loop. Learn to Create/Update your profile, engage in LinkedIn Groups, publish posts, discover new prospects, write/receive recommendations and more.

Register here – LinkedIn Fundamentals Workshop

Q&A Social Media Workshop

Date: September 28th, 2017

Location: High Desert Americas Job Center – 17310 Bear Valley Rd., Suite 109, Victorville, CA 92395

Get your questions answered when it comes to social media. Bring your laptop and ask all your social media related questions. Learn the most effective strategies in growing your business using social media sites like Facebook, twitter, Instagram etc.

Register here – Q&A Social Media Workshop

Hands-On Workshop with Live Videos

Date: November 30th, 2017

Location: Ontario Chamber of Commerce – 3200 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite 130, Ontario, Ca 92395

Learn to market your business using live videos. Live videos are the hottest, newest thing in social media to grow your business. Learn a formula to help you sell more products using live videos. During this workshop we will help you create a script for your own live video which you can use to sell your products and services.

Register here – Hands-On Workshop with Live Videos

Welborn Media’s Five Passions – Follow Our YouTube Channel

Welborn Media is making an effort to produce a lot more videos to educate, entertain and inform our followers.

Our first video, Welcome to Zeb Welborn’s YouTube Channel, shares our five passions and what you can expect to see from the videos we create in the future will be.

Zeb Welborn's YouTube Channel

Our plan is to create videos that:

  • Help support passionate business owners become successful
  • Grow golf
  • Show good people doing good things in our community
  • Educate and inspire others to make their dreams a reality

Our most recent videos are:

Whether you’re a business owner, potential business owner, community member, family, friend, or golfer, we hope you’ll follow along our YouTube Channel to get regular tips, ideas and discussions around those topics.

Will you subscribe to our YouTube Channel? – Subscribe Here.

Charity Golf Tournament, Softball Tournament, District Governor Visit at the Chino Rotary Club

The new Rotary term started July 1 and we got to work right away serving our community. In July, we:

  • Donated $500 to the Love Them All Foundation and played in their Annual Softball Tournament
  • Met with District Governor Raghada Khoury and other local Rotary Clubs at Chino Concerts in the Park
  • Raised $14,401.87 at the Southern California Charity Golf Classic for Boys Republic, the Chino Rotary Club, the Love Them All Foundation, Priceless Pet Rescue and The Let It Be Foundation.

The Love Them All Foundation Softball Tournament helps raise funds to benefit children and adults with disabilities to play organized sports and participate in social activities.

Watch the Chino Rotary Club video from the event –

Chino Rotary Club at the Love Them All Foundation Softball Tournament - Jeff Werner, Rick Bui, Anthony Verches

Rotarian Jeff Werner gives $500 to the Love Them All Foundation on behalf of the Chino Rotary Club

Raghada Khoury visited the Chino Rotary Club along with other Rotary Clubs at Chino Concerts in the Park. It was great getting together with fellow Rotarians to learn about each others clubs and create opportunities for us to collaborate with one another.

Zeb Welborn, Matt Ballantyne, Raghada Khoury District 5300 Governor, Raghada Khoury with local Rotary Club Presidents at Chino Concerts in the Park

District 5300 Governor, Raghada Khoury with local Rotary Club Presidents at Chino Concerts in the Park

We also raised $14,401.87 at the 3rd Annual Southern California Charity Golf Classic held at Los Serranos Country Club. Rotarians Zeb Welborn, Rick Bui and future Rotarian, Anthony Verches organized the golf tournament.

Organizers of the 3rd Annual Southern California Charity Golf Classic at Los Serranos Country Club - Anthony Verches, Ron Capps, Jan Edwards, Zeb Welborn, Lynnette Brown, Karon Mulligan

Organizers of the 3rd Annual Southern California Charity Golf Classic at Los Serranos Country Club

It’s been a productive first month for the Chino Rotary Club and we hope to keep that momentum going for months to come.

Please remember to bring a guest at every Chino Rotary Club meeting.

Thank you all for everything!


Rotarians Melinda Robbins and Lorraine Sacca at Chino Concerts in the Park

Rotarians Lorraine Sacca and Melinda Robbins at Chino Concerts in the Park

Make a Difference with the Chino Rotary Club

Making a Difference with the Chino Rotary Club

This year our Rotary Theme is Making a Difference.

When I first got started in business about six years ago, I attended a Millionaire Mind Seminar in Phoenix with my sister and business partner Lacey. During these seminars they do a bunch of rah-rah stuff to help get you out of your comfort zone and one of the assignments they gave us was to write a song that embodied who we are.

I remember my song went something like this: “I want to make a difference. I want to make the world a better place. I want to make a difference…” And after I did my little performance to my small group including my sister I remember her saying something like, “Ahh, I get it now.” In that moment, I felt she understood me. So, for me, it’s fitting that this year’s theme is Making a Difference because it defines who I am and the impact I want to have on our community.

Installation of Zeb Welborn as Chino Rotary Club President for 2017/2018

As I was preparing for this year I invited a guest to every Rotary meeting I attended and with every guest and every member here, I asked the same four questions.

  • What do you like about the Chino Rotary Club?
  • What don’t you like about the Chino Rotary Club?
  • How can the Chino Rotary Club help you?
  • How can you help the Chino Rotary Club?

Why Become a Rotarian?

Today, I want to ask you one question – Why?

  • If you are a current Chino Rotary member tell me why you are a Rotarian in the comments below.
  • If you ever thought about becoming a Rotarian, tell me why you would consider becoming a Rotarian in the comments below.

As you’re thinking about it, I want to tell you why I joined the Chino Rotary Club.

There are multiple reasons I became a Rotarian. The biggest reason was being asked repeatedly by Dale Bright, owner of Dale Bright’s Auto to join. But, internally, I signed up because I knew I could better serve my community with others than I could alone.

I wanted to give back, but more importantly, I wanted to experience giving back in different ways to serve my community.

And, I wanted to be moved. I wanted to participate in Rotary moments that moved me, inspired me and let me know I was making a difference.

#1 Goal for 2017/2018 is to Increase Membership

In speaking with all of our members and prospective members, I created one goal for my Rotary Presidency in 2017 and that is to more than double our membership from 17 to at least 34 members.

To do this, I’ve asked our club to focus on a few things:

  1. bring a guest to every meeting
  2. attendance matters
  3. make our Wednesday meetings more friendly
  4. do community service
  5. connect more with each other

Continue the Chino Rotary Club Legacy

The Chino Rotary Club has a rich history in serving the Chino Valley area and I want to continue those efforts, but our club has declined in membership from close to 100 members at its peak to 17 today. Our lack of membership has limited our impact on our community and has put the Chino Rotary Club in danger of failing.

An increase in membership solves current problems facing our club and gives us the opportunity to make a difference in our community.

Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk recently said, “Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I want legacy, influence, and impact.”

This statement embodies my personal philosophy on life and why I wanted to become the Chino Rotary President for 2017/2018.

I want to make a difference. I hope you do too.

Will you join me?

Installation of the Board of Directors at the Chino Rotary Club