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

The owner of Welborn Social Media and the founder of The Tutoring Solution.My goal is to help business owners share the passion they have for their business with as many potential customers as possible.By helping passionate people achieve their dreams I am helping to create a society of passionate leaders that will help inspire others to make their dreams a reality.

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

Three Reasons Why You Must Monitor Your Personal Brand

The owner of Welborn Social Media and the founder of The Tutoring Solution.My goal is to help business owners share the passion they have for their business with as many potential customers as possible.By helping passionate people achieve their dreams I am helping to create a society of passionate leaders that will help inspire others to make their dreams a reality.

My dad, Larry Welborn, has been a reporter at the Orange County Register for 40 years.  For as long as he could remember, he knew he wanted to be a journalist.  I asked him how he knew he wanted to become a journalist at such a young age and he gave me many of his reasons, but one of the ideas he liked most about being a journalist was that if you got your article published, you could see your name in print.

Today, everyone can see their name published across the Internet.  Our times have changed and the novelty of having your name in print has worn off because now you can have your name, your picture, a video online which is now communicating to the rest of the world what you and your name are all about.

Personal Branding Zeb Welborn

Zeb Welborn

Personal branding is one of the biggest changes that has occurred in our economy during the past decade.  Before the internet, for the most part, people lived anonymously. Now, people are able to create a reputation for themselves, for better or for worse online.  Personal branding is a critical component towards living a successful life in today’s economy.  Learn how to make sure that people are talking about you online . . . and when they do . . . make sure they’re saying something good!

Imagine you’re applying for a new job.  Your employer has a choice between two candidates.  In performing his/her due diligence, your boss performs a Google search on both candidates.  Candidate A has no to little information about them online; Candidate B, has continually written articles, posted YouTube videos and engaged with others on the way to developing a strong online reputation in their field.  As an employer, which one is going to be more appealing to you?

It doesn’t apply just to job interviews, it applies to business relationships.  If you’re a business owner, a sales representative or someone who deals with customers on a regular basis, make sure your online profile is not hindering your relationship with your customers or potential customers.

As the host of the Defining Success Podcast, I’m continually working to manage and monitor what is being said about me online and to make sure that when any customers or potential customers look me up online they will see how committed I am to my career.  The Defining Success Podcast demonstrates that I’m someone who is eager to become successful and understand what it takes to make success happen.  My credibility since starting the Defining Success Podcast has gone through the roof and I’m continuing to expand my efforts to increase my personal brand.

If someone does a Google search for me online they will see that I’m the host of the Defining Success Podcast, owner of Welborn Media, owner of 19th Hole Media and owner of the Tutoring Solution.  They will see that I’m very passionate about success and education.  If a company hires me, they know that I am going to do a great job, they know I work hard and they know I’m someone who gets things done.

A friend of mine called me last week, because someone had set up a fake Twitter profile and they were using this profile to poke fun at everything he was doing. They made him look really bad. But when you searched for his name, this fake Twitter account was the first thing that showed up.  He asked what he should do and I advised him to focus on building a personal brand around the positive things you do for others.  Trying to contact Twitter or any online platform to remove information posted online is difficult, time-consuming and often times doesn’t work.  Your best way to beat negative comments about you online is to be proactive and make sure what’s being said about you online are the things you want people saying about you online.

When my Dad began his career as a reporter, the most recognition he could hope to get was having a byline in a story he had written.  Today, videos, pictures and social media platforms can all represent who you are as a person online.

Personal branding is essential in todays day and age, and everyone should be aware of what is being said about them online.

To find out more about personal branding and how you can manage your reputation online listen to Episode 53 of the Defining Success Podcast titled, Personal Branding by Zeb Welborn.

If you’re concerned about your personal brand take the time to Google your name with potential keywords people would use to find out more information about you.  Make sure your personal brand is aiding and not hindering your goals.  If people are saying positive great things about you online then you’re on the right track.  And if they’re not . . . then it’s time to make changes to ensure that they are.

A Team Welborn Media Father’s Day

Lacey and her brother Zeb Welborn founded Welborn Media. She has designed and launched websites, several projects, marketing materials, a podcast, a book and more. Her passions include her family, her friends, creating things and helping businesses grow.
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Welborn Media sponsors Team Welborn Media in the Fast and Furious Bowling League at Chaparral 300 in Chino Hills. The team consists of our very own Zeb Welborn plus Larry Welborn, aka Maddog, aka Dad; Annie Welborn, aka Mom; and Rocky Welborn, aka Bro; plus Grandma, aka Coach. We could not have chosen a better team to sponsor, not only because the members of the team happen to be close to my heart, but also because they were the league winners! Just one more way Welborn Media is connected to winners.

After the official season ended our league went to sweeps in the third most visited casino and resort destination in Nevada. That’s right, exciting Laughlin. Sweeps happened to fall on Father’s Day weekend. Larry, aka Dad, is truly the heart of the team. He is clutch, our most consistent player, always putting up big numbers. At sweeps on Father’s Day weekend, we knew we had to make it special.

The team plus Coach Grandma was definitely making the trip to Laughlin, but we didn’t know for sure if I (Lacey), or Larry’s sister’s Aunt Holly and Aunt Lindra would be able to come. When the time came the whole crew made it. That plus the fact that Team Welborn Media would be presented 1st place at the Fast & Furious Bowling League awards ceremony ensured that our dad would have a great Father’s Day. Zeb had an idea to make it even better. Our gift to dad would be custom Team Welborn Media Bowling Jerseys. As the designer, I was put in charge of the task.

I wanted something that represented the spirit of the team, something that spoke to the intensity and drive they have, something that would help with one of the most important assets in head to head competition . . .intimidation. It took a while to get it just right.

I took inspiration from each player.

Larry, aka Maddog


Rocky, aka Bro


Zeb, aka president of Welborn Media


Annie, aka Momma


Grandma, aka Coach


The Final Design


We surprised dad with the jerseys just before the tournament. He loved them. He wore his jersey all weekend along with his warm smile. Dad had a wonderful time in Laughlin with his family cheering him on in the most stylish shirt he’s ever worn (well since the 70s anyway).

The Whole Gang in Laughlin

The Whole Gang in Laughlin

What do you think of the jerseys? Who is easiest to recognize?

Read about Zeb’s bowling experience, The Perfect Game.

The Perfect Game | Welborn Media Wins 2013 Fast & Furious Bowling League!!!

The owner of Welborn Social Media and the founder of The Tutoring Solution.My goal is to help business owners share the passion they have for their business with as many potential customers as possible.By helping passionate people achieve their dreams I am helping to create a society of passionate leaders that will help inspire others to make their dreams a reality.

When I let it go, I knew it was good.

The blue and yellow swirled ball rumbled down the lane, hit the pocket, and sent all 10 pins exploding in different directions.  So excited, I yelled and gave a fist pump.  I turned around to see my dad, mom, brother and grandma screaming, yelling and applauding.  I hugged them each, one by one . . . we were all teary-eyed at what had transpired.

A moment I will never forget.

Zeb Welborn's Perfect Game

Zeb Welborn

In September 2012, Welborn Media sponsored the Welborn Media bowling team in the Fast & Furious Bowling League at Chaparral Lanes in Chino Hills, CA.  The Welborn Media bowling team consisted of myself; my dad, Larry; my mom, Annie; my brother Rocky; and our honorary team coach . . . my grandma, Lenore.

My parents had bowled in leagues when I was extremely young and my brother and I had played for just a few months in the previous season . . . For all intents and purposes we were new to the game.

We somehow managed to stay atop the leader board for the entire season, but many teams were within striking distance going into the final week. We had just a 2.5 game advantage over two very talented teams.

During the season we managed to rack up some incredible performances.

  • My brother, Rocky bowled a 705 series with my Uncle Steve and Aunt Brenda looking on in amazement.
  • My mom, Annie scored a 728 handicap series while bowling in front of her sister, Cathy and her husband, Robert as witnesses.
  • My dad, Larry always came through in the clutch.  In one memorable outing, the pressure was on, we needed him to get three straight strikes in order to win, so he did.

As for me, I saved my clutch performance for the last match of the season.

In bowling, the last week of the season is called position week, where the teams closest to each other compete against one another to determine their final placement in the league standings.  We had to set up a pre-bowl because my brother, Rocky, was going to be out of town for a wedding.  To win the league we needed to beat the Ball Busters while also securing enough points to make sure that One Time Split didn’t sneak in and steal the title from us.  Our season was on the line.

I prepared more diligently than I had before, trying to figure out the lanes during our practice bowling, the right amount of curve on the lane.  I got dialed in.

My 1st game started off with 3 straight strikes, all perfectly placed in the pocket.  In the 4th, I let the ball go a little too late and it hit the back side of the headpin . . . a “brooklyn” as they call it, but the pins still fell.  Frames 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 went by like a blur as I continued to pile up the strikes.

In the 10th and final frame I let my first ball go . . . another perfect ball.  It hit, the pins exploded but one pin was left standing . . . the 10 pin.  Slowly one spinning pin began making its way from the left side of the lane to the right – headed towards the 10 pin . . . My family and I were screaming for it to hit.

It missed.

The wayward pin slid right by the 10 pin. I turned around, dejected, knowing I had missed my chance for a perfect game.  As I was looking over to my family — they suddenly burst out, cheering uncontrollably . . . Somehow, the 10 pin had fallen.  My perfect game was still intact.

Before I was able to remain fairly calm. To avoid jinxing the game or adding pressure my team had been containing their enthusiasm, but after such a close call they revealed their extreme excitement. Now, I was nervous. My hands and my body were shaking after the intense low and high of that previous ball.  I continued on. I lined myself up for the next throw and fired it down the lane for my 11th strike in a row.

For the 12th and final ball, I stood for a moment, gathered myself. I walked to my spot and let go.

A moment I will never forget.

Two weeks later we headed to Laughlin for Sweepstakes, the big, end of the year tournament which took place this past Father’s Day weekend.

Team Welborn Media in Laughlin Perfect Game

Team Welborn Media in Laughlin

It was a great weekend spent with my brother, his girlfriend, my sister, her boyfriend, my parents, my grandma and my Aunt Holly & Aunt Lindra.  My dad won a poker tournament, we all won some money, spent some great quality time together and had a fantastic time bowling with a spirited group of our loved ones cheering us on.

Walking into the awards ceremony, 4 trophies were positioned on the table at the front of the room – all 4 were for us:  1st Place – Welborn Social Media.

During the awards ceremony Rocky won the highest handicap series, my Mom tied for the highest handicap series for females, our team had won the highest team scratch game and I won the highest scratch game of the season with a 300 – a perfect game.

Welborn Social Media wins 2013 Fast & Furious Bowling League at Chaparral Lanes. Zeb Welborn bowls a perfect game.

2013 Fast & Furious Bowling League Standings

Looking back on my perfect game I can see the faces of my dad, my mom and my brother – sheer joy.  I’ll never forget walking to the table behind the alley to give my grandma a hug – a tear streaming down her face.  And I’ll always remember the love, excitement and support I felt that day – perfect.

Some may be able to say they’ve bowled a perfect game, but I think I’m alone when I say that I’ve bowled the perfect game.