Club Information
Cedar Rapids Sunrise

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:00 a.m.
Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe
201 3rd Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
United States of America
We are meet at Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe. Order your breakfast on your way into the meeting, as our guest!
Home Page Stories
  • Programs/Events: 
> June 13: Jaye Kennedy - CEO Waypoint Services has much to share about this organization, their missions and accomplishments. 
> June 20:  Rob Peters - Director at Americans for Prosperity: Transmission lines are needed for new generation sources.  Who will bid to build them?  How is the lowest cost for rate payers reached?
> June 27:  Bob Schell is given the gavel by Lynette Markofski, as we being our new Rotary year July 1.  Come share in our accomplishments.   Look at our year ahead!  
  •  Recent Highlights: 
> May 30:  Rotarian Dave Ver Woert spoke about "Health Care Reform 10 years later".  Much has happened! 
Program/Speaker suggestions are always welcome.  Contact Bruce Lindholm or email
We hold our weekly meeting at 7am Thursdays at Matthew 25, 201 3rd Ave SW. Cedar Rapids.   All are welcome!
Sunrise and West Rotary Clubs joined the Shakespeare Garden volunteers April 20 for a clean up effort. 
The Shakespeare Garden is our 2024-2025 Linn County Rotary Community Project, funding major improvements and supported by ALL Linn County Iowa Rotary Clubs! 
See the metal feature to be raised and installed over a circular brick area


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!

Great News from our District Governor:

I am excited to share that the 120th Rotary International Convention will be hosted just to our north in Minneapolis, MN May 26-30, 2029!

More than 15,000 Rotary members and participants from around the world will gather in the Twin Cities to connect, learn from each other and various experts, and share ideas for bringing positive, lasting change to communities across the globe. 
Along with our sister District 6000, I have expressed to the host committee that D5970 will assist where needed. In my visits this year I have spoken about how RI Conventions have influenced me personally and how they show the impact Rotary has around the globe.
I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity, when it’s so close, to experience what a difference Rotarians make worldwide!
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


Rob Peters - Americans for Prosperity
Jun 20, 2024 7:00 AM
Transmission Line bidding cost: Right of First Refusal
Lynette Markofski and Bob Schell
Jun 27, 2024 7:00 AM
Sunrise Rotary Year End Review and Gavel Pass!
Lynette Markofski and Bob Schell
Jun 27, 2024 7:00 AM
Sunrise Rotary Year End Review and Gavel Pass!
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
Share your profile with us using this Profile form. It is limited to our Membership Chair and Club Secretary. 
Not sure yet which club to consider? Start your inquiry at our Rotary Leads portal and we will talk and point you to one or more clubs.  
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