Club Information

Cedar Rapids Sunrise

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
On Line
Cedar Rapids, IA
United States of America
We are meeting Live On-line. Write to our email address above to obtain a Link.
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CR Rotary West Big Drop - Consider entering the contest.  Sunrise Rotary club won $5,000 last year!   The "Drop" is Aug 15 at the new Olympic South Side Theater. Every dollar raised goes to HACAP kids' foor programs and Van Buren school. 
If you want to donate 'winnings' to Sunrise Rotary enter Sunrise Rotary in the "West Member who referred me" box here   
Details of their beneficiaries are here:

When Matthew 25 transforms a home, they transform a life.

Sunrise Rotary members can join Matthew 25 - our community service partner and meeting host - by serving during TRANSFORM 2020. 
Signup is encouraged for Sunrise Members individually, or join up with another Rotarian on your own schedules. 
During Transform Week, volunteers help homeowners in the Taylor and Time Check neighborhoods with home repair and maintenance projects that they aren’t able to complete on their own. Grants, donations and sponsorships allow Matthew 25 to do these home repairs at no cost to the homeowners.
This year the work and volunteers will be organized to minimize contact and maintain distances.   Information and signup: 
Our club meetings are On Line at this time. 
If you want to visit our On Line meetings Thursday mornings 7-8 AM, send us an email.  Tell us about yourself and send a request for Zoom meeting link to
After public meetings are allowed, we will meet again at Matthew 25 in Cedar Rapids.
It is with sadness that we inform you that the 2020 Make A Wish golf outing has been postponed until May 2021. 
Thank you for your past participation in the Cedar Rapids Sunrise Make A Wish Golf outing.  Without sponsors and participants like yourselves we would not be able to host such a successful event.
Each year our Make A Wish golf event raises enough money to grant three children their wishes.
Our event may be postponed, but the needs of Make A Wish have not diminished.  Cedar Rapids Sunrise Rotary will continue to support this event and we hope you are able to also.
If you have already registered or sponsored the 2020 event we will contact you directly and offer you two options.
  1. Designate your sponsor fee or registration fee as a 2020 donation to Make A Wish.
  2. Roll over your sponsor fee or registration fee as a 2021 participant.
With no response, we will accept your Make A Wish donation for 2020.
Thank you again for your generous support of this great cause and we will see you in 2021!
Matthew 25 is our Community Service partner in Cedar Rapids.  We have continued to support their projects in the area, including Transform Week - improving homes in the Taylor School area. 
Our Rotary Foundation District Grant assisted Matthew 25 on 2 projects: improving Community Garden food storage refrigeration and the Groundswell sound system.   Those projects were completed in early 2020. 
Read the Matthew 25 Newsletter for more news about our partner.  Here. 
Karen Nemecek was presented the 2019 Cedar Rapids Sunrise Rotary “Service Above Self Award” given annually to a club member who has contributed, in a unique and significant way to the club and values of Rotary. 
Nemecek has been a member of Sunrise Rotary for 11 years and has served the club as  treasurer and board member.
Nemecek, grew up in NE Iowa on a farm near West Union and attended Turkey Valley HS. She graduated from Luther College with a degree in biology and Coe College with a degree in accounting and business administration. She is a CPA and a Director at CliftonLarsonAllen Cedar Rapids.
Phil Hershner  has been named the Darrel Berry Rotarian of the Year by the Cedar Rapids Sunrise Rotary Club.  This award goes to the individual member who has embodied the Four Way Test and what it means to be a Rotarian.  Through their contributions and service, Sunrise Rotary has benefited from their positive impact.  The annual award is named to honor Sunrise Rotary's first president and founding member Darrel Berry.
Hershner has  been a Sunrise Rotary member for 12 years.  He serves as the Program Chair and is on the Sunrise Rotary Board of Directors. 
Hershner is a Wealth Management Trust Advisor at U.S. Bank in Cedar Rapids.  He is a Cedar Rapids Kennedy graduate and attended the University of Iowa and University of Iowa College of Law.
Rotary 4-Way Test
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

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


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Youth Protection Officer
Programs Chair
Foundation Chair
District Grant Writer
Membership Chair
Social Chair
Student Chair
Linn-Mar Chair
Service Chair
International Chair