Club Information
Cedar Rapids Sunrise

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe
201 3rd Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
United States of America
We are meeting "in-person" at Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe. Order your breakfast on your way into the meeting, as our guest!
Home Page Stories
  • Programs/Events: 
Dec 7:  No Meeting. Our Christmas Party is Dec 7 at Biaggi's Ristorante - call Lynette or Theresa about it.
> Dec 14: Our regular meetings resume at Matthew 25.  Doug Francik shares his Honor Flight experience.

> December 21: Join us to hear Ron Corbett VP Economic Development for the Economic Alliance. Here his news! 

> December 28: No Meeting at Matthew 25
  • Recently: 
    > November 30 our our Members enjoyed serving the weekly Freedom Foundation noon meal as 83 clients enjoyed Sicilian Pasta! 

    > December 2 our Members rang the bell for The Salvation Army Christmas fundraising campaign.
  • Sunrise Rotary Members:  "Meeting Duties List" is updated below.  Check for your dates.
  • Flight to End Polio:
    • Many Rotarians and friends welcomed pilots and heard the stories on Aug 30. 
      Fundraising continues: 
       Donate Here to End Polio
      Check their Facebook Page.
  • Program/Speaker suggestions are always welcome.  Contact Phil Hershner or email
  • We hold our weekly meeting at 7am Thursdays at Matthew 25 201 3rd Ave SW. Cedar Rapids.   All are welcome!
    Rotary Business Advisory Roundtable 
    Tuesday, October 17th - 12:00 - 1:00 PM - Biaggi's 
    Speaker Patrice Carroll
    President & CEO ImOn Communications
    Please register and pay for your meal here:
    "My Life Story and Lessons Learned"
    Patrice has been a leader in the telecommunications industry for more than 30 years.  She served as Group Vice President of Business Development and General Manager of Advanced Technology Services at McLeodUSA, Senior Vice President of Communications Services Engineering at WorldCom Communications and Vice President of Enhance Service Engineering at MCI Communications. 
    Patrice has been named among the telecommunications industry’s Top 100 most powerful executives and Most Powerful Women every year since 2020 by Cablefax Magazine.


    After nearly 90 days they are HOME!!!!

    Cedar Rapids Gazette front page article April 9:  Read or Print PDF

    Use this link to Donate!   Contribute to Rotary Foundation - Polio Fund! 
    Read their story, see photos, share the Facebook page with friends.
    Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels raised awareness for polio eradication by piloting a single engine aircraft all the way around the globe! 
    Peter and John departed from Cedar Rapids, Iowa May 5, 2023 in a Cessna T210M (single engine) airplane. Along the way, they attended events and encourage support of ending polio forever throughout the world.
    YOU can promote the completed flight, start conversations, and encourage Polio funds for Rotary with friends and strangers!  
    Rotarians and friends in D6000 and D5970 are promoting awareness and this fundraising effort. Donations will go toward PolioPlus Fund. 
    Peter and John arrived home July 30 and are reunited with their spouses!
    The crowd moving out to greet the brave Rotarian pilots!

    Scramble for Kids May 25 was a great event on an ideal-day for golf!  25 foursomes completed their rounds, a great Texas Roadhouse BBQ dinner, and boosted our Silent Auction.   The final report will come soon.  We enjoyed the company of some FHF families at dinner!   Their board worked the even through the day. 

    The event benefitted and raised awareness of "Families Helping Families" (FHF) serving in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas AND Sunrise Rotary. 

    Families Helping Families is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Read more here.

    A round of golf included included:

    • Beat the Pro Drive

    • Hole in One Contest

    • Chipping Contest

    • Putting Contest

    • Prizes

    • Silent Auction

    • Texas Roadhouse BBQ Supper  

    Sponsorships including on-course business signs.

    Watch for Event Photos soon on our Cedar Rapids Sunrise Facebook Page and look for Sunrise Rotary Golf to return in May 2024

    Sunrise Rotary awarded these THREE grants.  They were funded 50% by our fundraising and 50% by the Rotary Foundation.
    • Catherine McAuley Center.   Equip their new childcare center, enabling parents to learn without distractions. 
    • Abbe Health/Aging Services.  Prepare at-home older adults to use tablets to connect to others. 
    • ChildServe Coralville.  Assist with purchasing Speech Therapy Apps to help non-verbal children. 
    Sunrise Rotarian volunteers engaged on completing these projects AND volunteered with the organizations in their critical work. 

    When asked this morning, "why are you a member of the Sunrise Rotary?" here are some member responses:

    -"I like the impact we have locally AND internationally"
    -"Carrying out service above self."
    -"I like the local service projects and the community relationship that comes from serving."
    -"It's an opportunity to grow in leadership and make a difference in the lives I care about."
    - "Interpersonal development, networking, and making a difference."
    -"Learning about local organizations and the services they provide this community."

    We invite you to be part of the exciting service projects, amazing network, and morning breakfast meetings. If you are interested in learning more, please message us! Visit our Sunrise Rotary Facebook Page to learn more!  Contact us at


    Doug Francik
    Dec 14, 2023
    My Honor Flight Experience
    Ron Corbett | VP Economic Development
    Dec 21, 2023
    Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
    Dec 28, 2023
    Week Between Christmas and New Year's
    Kimberly Dickey; NextEra Energy
    Jan 25, 2024
    NextEra Duane Arnold Solar project
    Join Great People at Rotary! 
    Are you looking for a way to engage in the Cedar Rapids area community?   Serve alongside some great Rotarians!   
    Check us out.  Visit our weekly meetings, any Thursday morning at 7:00 AM.   Just walk in - breakfast is on us.  Matthew 25/Groundswell Cafe.  201 3rd Street SW, Cedar Rapids IA
    Contact us directly.   Click to Email or our Membership Chair, Eric Harris
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