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
  • Families Helping Families - "Scramble for Children" Golf Fundraiser Event saw a BEAUTIFUL day for 25 foursomes on May 24!
       - Thank-you golfers and sponsors!  

  • Speaker June 1: Cedar Rapids Community Orchestra: Doug Elam and Doug Steinmetz
  • Program/Speaker suggestions are always welcome.  Contact our Program Chair- Penny Foy or email
  • Welcome back Sunrise Rotarian Doug Francik from his May 24 "Honor Flight" !

  • We hold our weekly meetings at 7am Thursdays, at Matthew 25 201 3rd Ave SW. Cedar Rapids.   All are welcome! 

    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 benefited "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 next week on our Cedar Rapids Sunrise Facebook Page and look for Sunrise Rotary Golf to return in May 2024

    We congratulate Theresa Mickelson earning a

    "Citation for Meritorious Service" from the The Rotary Foundation.
    Presenting are District Foundation Chair John Wasta and District Governor Don Meyer! 
    Congratulations and THANK YOU Theresa!


    CR Gazette front page article April 9:  Read or Print PDF


    Track their Progress Here:  Enter flight # N732WP
    May 24 they are in Germany!  
    Use this link to Donate and to Track the Flight!   Contribute to Rotary Foundation - Polio Fund! 
    Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels are raising 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 will attend events and encourage support of ending polio forever throughout the world.
    YOU can promote the flight, start conversations, and raise Polio funds for Rotary with friends and strangers!  
    Rotarians and friends may order a t-shirt to support the flight around the world to end polio .
    Rotarians and friends in D6000 and D5970 are promoting awareness and this fundraising effort. Donations will go toward PolioPlus Fund. 
    Our in-bound Rotary Exchange Student - Alvaro - arrived August 21 2022 from Argentina.  He is attending Cedar Rapids Kennedy HS.  
    He working on his classes, and finished his remote Argentina class. He is equipped as any teen is, with a KHS Activity App/Pass, a cell phone Sim card, and his CRB&T "teen" bank account we support.  His English skills improved a lot!  He is a delightful, happy young man. 
    Rob and Sara his current and second family.  Lynette and Andy will host him in May -June. 
    Alvaro completed the winter wrestling season.  Now he is in Track.  His USA Bus Tour with exchange students begins mid-June! 
    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


    Clayton Cubbage
    Jun 08, 2023
    Tour - New Plumb Heart Center - Ryan Companies - details to come
    Steve Hershner
    Jun 15, 2023
    Linn County Trails Association
    Nikki Wilcox, Communications & Marketing Director
    Jun 22, 2023
    Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance update
    Jack Roeder and Angela Jordan
    Jun 29, 2023
    Propect Meadows Sports Complex update
    Passing of the gavel
    Jul 06, 2023
    Dr. Tawana Grover, Superintendent
    Jul 13, 2023
    Cedar Rapids Schools
    Andy "Caygeon" Junkin, Stubborn.Farm
    Jul 27, 2023
    Working Better with Co-workers and Family
    Malia Gudenkauf
    Aug 10, 2023
    New Business Startup - Handling Finances
    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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