America Supporting Americans (ASA) is a nonprofit organization designed to form a bond between American citizens and American soldiers abroad. Members of the Westlake Sunrise Rotary send cards, letters and packages to soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as sailors serving on the USS Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier. The local ASA chapter sent more than 2500 cards and letters and over 500 care packages last year. Our troops really look forward to receiving packages from home. They love knowing that we remember them and appreciate their sacrifice.
This year, the Westlake Sunrise Club will hold the Rotary & ASA Appreciation Month in May. Rotarians regularly bring items to club meetings throughout the year. Saleem Saleem, a local Rotarian and owner of RMS Printing, donates all of the printing needs for this project. ASA holds several packing parties each year to box the items collected. A number of volunteers meet to pack and ready the boxes for shipment. Volunteers from the community are always welcome to participate.
The Chapter also holds card signing parties to write Valentine’s Day and Christmas cards for the troops. Local schools, Scout groups, senior living homes, the Goebel Adult Center, the Brimhall Teen Center and City recreation centers participated in this labor of love. The cities of Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village work with ASA in supporting our troops. Drop off locations for donations are at the Recreation Center in Agoura Hills and at the Goebel Adult Center in Thousand Oaks. For more information or to volunteer call Jim Sumner at 805-377-3322.