An organization that stands for friendship, fellowship charity and good times. It stands for busy, worldly men who take the time to give those less fortunate a helping hand. It stands for warmth, strength and shared laughter.
To facilitate and encourage lifelong friendships while performing charitable works on behalf of children in need.
History of the Roosters
By Crow Editor Doug Davidson
The year is 1977, the space shuttle makes its first flight and Star Wars is the largest grossing movie. From 1974 to 1977, the social and charity activities increased to such proportions that one of the attorney’s suggested that they incorporate as a Mutual Benefit Corporation, similar to a college fraternity. This would limit liability and allow certain tax deductions, but what to call the organization? “How about using the English word for Chanteclair?” The name Roosters was adopted and on February 16, 1977, Roosters was incorporated.
In 2010, John Trapani became President of Roosters:
“It was my privilege to serve as President of the Roosters during the year of 2010. I had wonderful experiences while in that capacity beginning with the outstanding group of Board members I worked with during my administration. I was able to learn from experienced Roosters like Jeff Smith (Immediate Past President), Chad Kearns (Vice President with multiple roles as a Rooster),Troy Smith (who continued as Treasurer from the prior year), Michael Cipolla (Membership Chair & Past President) and Randy Fine (Social Chair & ’09 Rooster of the Year). The Board also had others with less experience as a Rooster, but with commitment, enthusiasm and a willingness to participate that has carried over to our current Board: Lou Gardner (Public Relations Chair), Steve Smith (Charity Chair) and Stan Smith (Speakers Chair).
While the news during 2010 focused on the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, Wall Street being occupied by demonstrators, the death of Steve Jobs and the Charlie Sheen implosion, the Roosters Board of Directors achieved new milestones. Besides Randy Fine’s Board responsibilities, he oversaw the inaugural OC Food & Wine Celebration. This was a first for the Roosters as we did not use an event planner thus generating additional proceeds going to the Roosters. It was a tremendous success and paved the way for what has become an annual fundraiser. Near the end of my presidency, I was able to negotiate with Old Ranch Country Club to donate the Club’s property, personnel and services for this two day extravaganza.
Another major undertaking was the resurrection of the Roosters Golf Tournament. The day of the tournament we had to turn 24 players away as we had used all the course golf carts. Due to its popularity this has become an annual contest. The Board further realized that much of the success of the Roosters is because of the support we receive from our significant others. With that in mind, my wife, Ginny, was instrumental in initiating a number of activities among our ladies aimed to getting them involved and more personally connected with Roosters.
These achievements don’t come easily. They require time, energy, reaching out to others and a spirit of giving back to those less fortunate. We need to nurture these feelings with our current and future members. I challenge all of us to embrace these ideals, be involved and continue to keep the Roosters the Premier Charity Organization, which reaches out to support children in need and at risk in Orange County.”
Jeff Scheibner, Roosters President
2013 was a memorable year for the Roosters. It was my honor and privilege to serve as president of the wonderful group. Two milestones that I was particularly proud of were giving away a ( then) highest amount ever to our charities – $270,000. We were also named the top Philanthropic group of Orange county – it was great being recognized by our peers in front of 900 people at the Disneyland hotel. I’m very proud of our group.
John Hinson, Roosters President
2014 was a tremendous year for the Roosters Foundation and an interesting year for the USA and the world in general. John Hinson took the reins as Roosters President following a strong year by his predecessor, Jeff Scheibner.
The U.S. economy picked up steam as the stock market and housing prices continued to rebound from the Great Recession that began in 2008. Interest rates were near all time lows and gasoline prices dropped by one-third in the last six months of 2014. Among others, we lost one of John Hinson’s favorite comedians, Robin Williams.
We witness a number of things worldwide that also impacted the U.S. including the spread of Ebola and the rise of ISIS.
The Roosters Foundation raised a record amount of money through fund raising efforts including Roosters Orange County Food & Wine Celebration™ and our golf tournament, Golfing for Kids netting over $175,000 between the two events. We were blessed to receive a $200,000 grant again from the Windsong Foundation. In turn, Roosters provided 3,000 food boxes, which fed 30,000 people, at our 19th Annual Holiday Food Drive; we gave away 45 grants to Orange County charities serving abused and at-risk children. Between our cost for the Food Drive and the grants, Roosters funded or donated over $300,000 to the Orange County community.
We also had a lot of fun at various social events throughout the year reinforcing our mission statement “To facilitate and encourage life-long friendships, while performing charitable works on behalf of children in need.”
To quote the 1980 Daily Pilot article on Roosters, “IT IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR MEN TO GET A FRESH START WITH NEW INVIGORATING FRIENDS. THE IDEA TO FORM THE ROOSTERS TOOK SHAPE WHEN SHARP EXECUTIVES DECIDED TO BRING TOGETHER MEN WHO WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY.”
They may not remember our names, but they will never forget what we have done.