Welcome to Sunnyridge! Founded in the City of Brea in 2014, Sunnyridge is the second chapter to exist within the Orange County district and really started its current growth. Currently, Sunnyridge stands strong as one big family due to our uniquely small size. This allows us to pay more attention to our members, new and old, easing the formation of close bonds. Despite our size, our passion for this foundation is second to none. We always make sure to give it our all during events, constantly trying to one-up ourselves in the process. Together we can pull through any situation, without even considering the option of giving up. Sunnyridge is a chapter where everyone is given the opportunity to truly expand their knowledge about society; with our main mission of helping every member find their role in society. With the help and knowledge gained by the Hwarang Youth Foundation, we wish to expand Hwarang in order to make changes, big and/or small, in order to change for the better. We believe that there will always be people who suffer, people who are silenced, and people who are in need. We are determined to help these people and improve their lives. We want to continuously promote compassion and excellence to the members of our organization as they start their path as both intelligent and experienced leaders with a mission to make our society better. In a larger context, the world cannot be changed so easily, but our goal is to make these changes little by little because even the smallest change makes a big difference. To put it concisely, our small yet extremely passionate chapter strives members to develop members into highly capable and skillful leaders of society, and will continue to do pass on this goal to our newer.
My name is Kate An and I am the current president of Sunnyridge. Having undergone drastic changes in the past year, including COVID, a chapter merges, and a rush of new members, Sunnyridge is still continuously growing to become a stronger community. Our regular volunteer activities include frequent local park cleanups, recycling, sandwich making for homeless shelters, and more. While our chapter has always been one of the smaller chapters within Hwarang, we have shown fierce determination in both our participation in activities and our close relationships with one another. For the past three years that I have been a member of Hwarang, I have seen and learned so much about giving back to our local communities as well as invaluable leadership experience from my active participation in Sunnyridge. We have always been a tight-knit chapter, and I plan to ensure that the same atmosphere is preserved throughout my term. My goals for this year and for this chapter in the long term are simply to ensure that every member feels welcomed as part of a family, thoroughly enjoys their experience in Hwarang, and is able to grow to become a determined leader. Our chapter, Sunnyridge, is one of the smaller chapters of Hwarang, but what we lack in numbers, we make up for our much more closely knitted community. Aside from annual Hwarang events, our regular chapter activities involve cleanups at local parks, recycling, sandwich-making for the homeless, and more. My experience in Hwarang has been nothing but rewarding, and this year as President, I plan to work to my best ability to improve our Sunnyridge chapter and its significance in Hwarang.