Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Dec 4

The Event is listed on this page. Open and signup for a hour shift.  3pm and 7pm shifts are open as of Wednesday morning. 
Bring a friend or family member(s) to join you.   
We are ringing at Fareway Foods, Town and Country Shopping Center, 3717 1st Ave SE
Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Dec 4 2021-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

A Great Fall Fundraiser! 

Thank you for all who supported our Fall Fundraiser Event!   
Almost 70 attended in-person.    Many items were donated.   We shared fellowship, information about Rotary, enjoyed good food, Bingo, and 50/50. 
Lynette Markofski and her volunteers made the event run smooth.   We will review the event, highs/lows, and results for a report. 
We have tentatively raised $6,165.
A Great Fall Fundraiser! 2021-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Prospect Meadows Completes 2021 Season

Prospect Meadows Sports Complex has completed another season, the first "full" season since Covid-19 hit us.
All Metro Rotary Clubs are contributing to the project on a 5 year donation plan as a joint project for every club.   Jack Roeder, President/CEO prepared this 2021 report, as he shares the impact of Prospect Meadows on our community and groups who used the facility. 
There are commemorative balls available for the Rotary Wall shown below, if you wish to make a donation
Prospect Meadows Completes 2021 Season 2021-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Fall Fundraiser Nov 5 2021-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Community Blood Drive Nov 8 - 13 2021-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
K9 Acres Tree Planting - Complete! 2021-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Highlights - 

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing by our Members and Friends - Dec 4.  3 PM and 7 PM shifts are "Open" for you to sign up!
  • Sunrise Rotary holiday party-  Dec 9 at 6pm at Biagi's.  Sign up join us on the Event page. 
  • Club Meeting Dec 23 is still "on" with a theme or speaker to be determined.  Watch for an announcement! 
  • Fall Fundraising Auction Nov 5 -  Thanks to everyone who joined and supported Sunrise Rotary's projects. 
  • Our weekly meetings are at Matthew 25 201 3rd Ave SW. Cedar Rapids.  Zoom is not offered except by advance request. 
Highlights -  2021-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary Grant Applications

Sunrise Rotary has been awarded these THREE grants.  These will be 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 10 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 will be engaged to complete these projects AND to volunteer with the organizations in their critical work. 
Sunrise Rotary Grant Applications 2021-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Blood Drive Report

Thank you all Rotarians and friends for donations.  Donating from our group since the end of May brought in 15 donations! Our in-center drive will help up to 60 patients.
Inventories are VERY low this month.  There is a critical need for O-, O+, A-, A+, and B+!   Thank you for donating this summer.  Donors will really make a HUGE impact. The week before our drive actually had the lowest turnout of donors since the beginning of the pandemic.  So our week could not have come at a better time. 
Missed the drive?  Donate by starting here  
Rotary Blood Drive Report 2021-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

3 Sunrise District Grants - Time get working! 

Three grants are approved. We will have a lead Rotarian on each grant as we work as a team, together. 
  • Catherine McAuley Center - Child care facility for children of immigrants, while their parents are in classes. Mary Schell leading this today.
  • AbbeHealth/Aging Services - Connecting the older folks in our commuity to others with technology. We need a Leader.
  • ChildServe - Providing learning/testing tools for this organization to serve their kids. Rachel Rigdon leading.
Our Board will review the budget and the Fall Fundraiser results to activiate the next grant project.
Volunteering is an essential parts of these grants and our club:
  • Volunteering members with the 3 grant organizations. The engages us with serving our community. 
  • Raise your hand to lead our Community Service projects. Doug has led us well to this point. 
Catherine McAuley Center child care room looks like this today.  Immigrant clients need this room updated for children during their classes.  New tables and chairs, security cameras, and tablet electronics will be ordered soon, for better care of the kids.
3 Sunrise District Grants - Time get working! 2021-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

Matthew 25 Transform Week 6/21-25

Sunrise Rotary is a community service partner with Matthew 25.
Transform Week 2021:
Matthew 25 gatheed 300-400 volunteers to help 22 low income homeowners with repairs in the Taylor and Time Check areas. "Transform a Home, Transform a Life".  Read more here
Sunrise Rotary joined the effort this year to volunteer at our community service partner. Thank you Rotarians! 
Matthew 25 Transform Week 6/21-25 2021-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

Megan Lenss - Exchange Student Update

Megan joined us to update us on her journey and plans on July 29. Megan Lenss was our Outbound Rotary Exchage Student to Spain around 2017.  Read about her progress and next step:
Megan was a University of Iowa Presidential Scholar.  In addition to this rare distinction, Megan has now won a Fullbright Scholarship.  Her graduate studies will be in Oceanography in Tromsø, Norway!!
Megan Lenss - Exchange Student Update 2021-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Make-A-Wish Golf Fundraiser

We had a great day July 8!   Thank you everyone for your time and donations! 
100 Golfers.  32 Sponsors.  Funds 2+ Wish-kids raised!
Make-A-Wish Golf Fundraiser 2021-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Duck Pluck - The Last Week!

This is the last week to purchase these Quackers! Pay by credit card.
This year’s “Duck Pluck” will take place on May 1, 2021, virtually.  The winning ducks will be plucked out of PDG Michelle Bell’s hot tub during the District Conference!
Here’s how it works:
  1. Each club and individuals from that club will be represented by a single duck in the race.
  2. The first three ducks to be plucked will be the winners.  Once the winning three clubs have been determined a computer pick at random will occur to choose one winner of a Paul Harris Fellow designation for each of the three winning clubs.
  3. Each club participating in the race will receive Foundation Paul Harris Fellow points for the full amount of dollars contributed by the club through the purchase of ducks.
Ducks are $5 each with all funds contributed to The Rotary Foundation.  CLICK HERE  Pay on-line $5.42 each to cover the credit card fee.  
Questions?  Phone:  319-361-8527        Email: 
Rotary Foundation Duck Pluck - The Last Week! 2021-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual District Conference April 20 - May 1

Are you ready for the Rockin’ in Rockwell City virtual 2021 District Conference? The conference will be held via Zoom on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 2021. Join on-line when you are able... 
If you need an incentive, check out these three reasons to attend this year’s virtual conference:
  • It’s a virtual conference this year due to COVID-19. That means no need to dress up, travel, or spend additional money on your trip. Win, win, win! 
  • The conference committee has lined up a great set of speakers. Keynote speaker and lifetime Rotarian Michael Angelo Caruso’s interactive presentation will pump you up for Rotary, your career, and your daily life. Get a sneak peek at his expertise at
  • Take away new perspectives! Every time a bunch of Rotarians get together, even virtually, we always generate exciting points of view, engaging ideas, and wonderful ways to give back. Through the presentations, breakout Zoom Rooms, and more, you’ll get the chance to meet and greet fellow Rotarians - safely.
  • Sessions will be recorded for listening later as well. 
We hope to see you virtually at the conference. Register today on the district website
Virtual District Conference April 20 - May 1 2021-03-10 06:00:00Z 0

International Project - India Burn Clinic

Our Rotary District is asked to support creation of a state-of-the-art Tissue/Skin Banking Facility in Jaipur, India.  There is a grave need for this in Northern India, where none exists.  A demand exists because of frequent kitchen fires due to loose clothing and unsafe kitchens. 
Sunrise Rotary is doing a 'virtual pass the hat' for any amountChecks payable to The Rotary Foundation or cash will be collected. Just call or email Bruce Lindholm, Grants cooridator, to arrange a pickup of your donation by February 28. 
"Rotary Club of Jaipur Midtown" is partnering with our District.
International Project - India Burn Clinic 2021-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Sunset Social Sledding Report

The first annual Sunset Sledding Social was a blast. 
The snow was fast, the moon was full, the warming hut was hot, and about a dozen members, spouses and 2 kids gathered. 
Our Foundation Chair and President were caught on video at their downhill launchings:
Sunset Social Sledding Report 2021-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Dave Murray Paul Harris Fellow Award

Dave Murray has earned his Paul Harris Fellow +4 Award!   Thank you Dave, for all your years of contributions to the Rotary Foundation's work in Cedar Rapids, the USA and the World. 
Dave recieved his new pin and certificate in-person at our February "Sunset Sledding Social" from Foundation Chair Bob Schell. 
Dave Murray Paul Harris Fellow Award 2021-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

John Heneke Paul Harris Fellow Award

Sunrise Rotary is thankful and announces our latest Paul Harris Fellow Award.   John Henke was presented his PHF+1 this week.
Foundation Chair Bob Schell and President Mary Schell presented his new pin at John's Munson Electric office.
Thank you John for supporting Rotary in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, across the USA and the world!  
John Heneke Paul Harris Fellow Award 2021-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Send in your Sunrise Rotary Grant Ideas 

Imagine who we can help!   Sunrise Rotary has a history of awarding District Grants to local and international organizations. Who can you nominate?
Our next application will be due by June 2021.  The grant will be presented between September 2021 - June 2022.  This page gives basic District Grant information.   The linked documents may be updated slightly for our next Rotary year. 
Contact Bruce Lindholm first to review your idea for our Local District Grants list.
Send in your Sunrise Rotary Grant Ideas 2021-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

Dec 15: Dan and Debbie's Creamery and Dairy

December 15th we heard former Rotarian Josie Rozum, explaining recent dairy innovations a Dan and Debbie's farm operation.  I hope to have a video link she shared, in a future Bulletin. 
Josie Rozum showed us her family's dairy operation and talked about Dan and Debbie's Creamery where products are developed, produced and sold. 
Its a family operation, from growing the cattle feed, the dairy cow herd, to their dairy products you purchase at HyVee. 
Dec 15: Dan and Debbie's Creamery and Dairy 2020-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

A Great December 10 Beer Tasting

Thanks to the many (27 tickets sold) who supported and joined our December 10 beer tasting.  We heard the stories of the 6 beers we tasted. Iowa Brewing Company has a creative crew with a number of unusual techniques to produce their products. 
We have completed 2 tastings.  Over $1000 has been raised in a fun way!   Thanks to Thew Brewing and Iowa Brewing Company. 
Supporting our local businesses and Sunrise Rotary!  All the profits are available for Sunrise Rotary programs, including college and RYLA scholarships for H.S. students. 
Join us next time! 
A Great December 10 Beer Tasting 2020-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Foundation Rotary Rush is ON!  Dec > Feb

District 5970 “Rotary Rush” is on!  For the last few days of  February the District is offering a significant incentive to all Rotarians who give to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund.    Contact Bob Schell now to see how close you are to your first or next "Paul Harris Fellow level".  
Foundation Rotary Rush is ON!  Dec > Feb 2020-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Lynette Markofski is Rotarian of the Year!

We congratulated Lynette Markofski with her Sunrise Rotarian of the Year Award!  Lynette leads our club social and "fun" programs. She invents new activities and forums to enable our member-to-member connecting.  We appreciate her fun loving outlook on life and brings that to our club activities! 
Nate Kass - Club Secretary presents the award to Lynette in October. 
Lynette Markofski is Rotarian of the Year! 2020-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation 2 Sunrise Rotary Grant is Completed! 

We are happy to announce the Foundation 2 Sunrise Rotary Grant is complete!  
3 new laptop computers were delivered to the Foundation 2 youth shelter in September.  These are used for school work and to communicate with families. 
The staff was pleased to expand their capabilities with more students learning remotely.  Rotary President Mary Schell, Foundation Chair Bob Schell and Grant coordinator Bruce Lindholm are shown below. 
We presented the payment to Matt Hayworth of Iowa Solutions, and the computers to the Foundation 2 Project Manager.  Katie Curtis was present, for coordinating the grant at Foundation 2 and taking the picture. 
Foundation 2 Sunrise Rotary Grant is Completed!  2020-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Metro Rotary Service Project – 9 AM, Oct 10 – Cedar Lake Trail


The CR/Marion/Linn Rotary clubs will be working together on the Cedar Lake Trail Cleanup Oct 10 from 9am - 11am. Perhaps a social at the Sag Wagon will follow!
Kindly register here as a GUEST.  (Not essential to participate.)
The city will provide tools. Bring gloves. You may want to purchase and bring a litter grabber. Work will include litter pickup, spreading mulch, sand-leveling at the kyack area, and trees/bushes trimming. 
Meet near the in-ground brick Rotary Wheel at the park near H Ave NE, on Shaver Road.
Metro Rotary Service Project – 9 AM, Oct 10 – Cedar Lake Trail 2020-09-07 05:00:00Z 0

September 10 Program: Clubfoot Solutions

Clubfoot Solutions - A Rotary Service Story

Clubfoot treatments have had a home in Coralville and Iowa City for many years.  We learned about the 70 year history of this treatment, and the global reach it has today.  This is a program helping thousands in many countries. 
From the Clubfoot Solutions Managing Director, Todd Becker:   "Rotary has done so many wonderful things for our clubfoot mission at Ponseti International and Clubfoot Solutions.  We are truly blessed to have Rotary as a partner helping these clubfoot children around the globe. "

The Rotary Action Group for Clubfoot and shows more information:  Donations are also welcome here. 

September 10 Program: Clubfoot Solutions 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

CR Sunrise Rotary Meetings are On-Line!

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 and the facility is ready, we will meet again at Matthew 25 in the Groundswell area. 
CR Sunrise Rotary Meetings are On-Line! Bruce Lindholm 2020-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Blood Drive - (Date to be Set)

CR METRO Rotarians and Friends! 
The date and time will be re-set, due to the derecho storm.  Mississippi Regional Blood Donation Center (address below) is reserving slots for a Rotary Blood Drive.
A decision to donate your blood can save a life. The process is safe and doesn't take a lot of time.
Rotary Blood Drive - (Date to be Set) 2020-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Karen Nemecek honored with Service Above Self Award

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.
Karen Nemecek honored with Service Above Self Award Dan Kuempel 2019-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Phil Hershner 2019 Rotarian of the Year

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?
Phil Hershner 2019 Rotarian of the Year Dan Kuempel 2019-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
International Convention Photos and Videos 2018-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Passing of the gavel

We had a wonderful Annual Meeting today where we heard from Michael Rozum recount the many activities and accomplishments of Sunrise Rotary during the past year.  Jon Fitch is taking on the Presidential duties for the up coming year.  Thank you Michael.  Jon, we look forward to working together as a team to fufil the Rotary Four Way Test.
Passing of the gavel 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Phil Hershner-Double Paul Harris Fellow Recipient 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

Barb Randall- Beloved Rotarian and Athlete

Barb Willis Randall, a well-known and loved Rotarian to all metro area Rotary Clubs, shared her journey that ultimately led to her successful athletic career. From working with her older brother in the back yard taking ground balls, to being offered a volleyball scholarship at the University of Iowa-all the way to making the USA volleyball team, and even being inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame-Barb is a rock-star!

We meet at Matthew 25 on Thursday mornings to hear from different community members over coffee and breakfast. Message us if you are interested in learning more.

Barb Randall- Beloved Rotarian and Athlete 2017-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Metro-wide Rotary meeting on November 9th

Good morning Rotarians,
As a reminder, we will not be having a regularly scheduled meeting next Thursday, November 9th.  Instead, there will be a Metro-wide Rotary meeting at the Downtown Club Monday, November 6th at the DoubleTree.  The meeting is Noon – 1:00 PM with the lunch buffet being ready by 11:30.
Mary Beth Growney Selene is our speaker and her presentation is,  "The Rotary Foundation- a Living Legacy" in honor of November being Foundation Month.
There is a registration link for all clubs on the DT website.  It is on the left side of the page, under "Upcoming Events".  Click on the meeting title and it will take you to a registration page. You will register using the GUEST tab and please include our club name in the comments section.
The cost of the meals are $17 for full buffet and $12 for salad bar.  Since our club builds the cost of meals into our membership dues, you will not have to pay for lunch unless you do not normally eat breakfast at our meetings.  If that is the case, you will need to reimburse our Club for the cost of your lunch ($17 or $12).
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and have a great rest of the week!
Metro-wide Rotary meeting on November 9th 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

October 19, 2017 Rotary Chili Cook-off

We are auctioning off some wonderful items such as ski passes in Colorado, a condo in Cocoa Beach, and a years worth of car washes at Sparking Image Car Wash as well as raffling off an IPad! All are invited!
October 19, 2017 Rotary Chili Cook-off 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

Circle Computer Resources 

Today we welcomed David Smigel, President of Circle Computer Resources (CCR) in Cedar Rapids, to speak about the I.T. management service CCR offers to businesses in the community! Annie, our exchange student from Mexico also updated us on how her time in the U.S. is going. Mornings meeting downtown at Matthew 25 are a wonderful time! Thanks to The Early Bird for catering such a delicious breakfast spread. Next week is our Rotary Chili Cook-off at the El Kahir Shrine in Hiawatha. We will NOT have our Thursday morning meeting, but instead celebrate at chili cook-off.
Circle Computer Resources  2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary now meeting at Matthew 25  2017-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Why we are in Sunrise Rotary

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


Why we are in Sunrise Rotary 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

Iowa Mission of Mercy

This morning we welcomed Sara and Karen with Iowa Mission of Mercy to speak. The Iowa Mission of Mercy is a large scale, two-day community dental clinic where dental professionals and general volunteers donate their time to provide free oral health care to individuals who face barriers to receiving dental care. A full-service field dental clinic with 100 dental operatories is set up and patients are treated on a first come, first served basis. Since the first Iowa MOM in 2008, almost 13,000 patients from all areas of the state and beyond have received free dental care totaling almost $8.5 million.
The 2017 Iowa Mission of Mercy will be held September 29-30, 2017 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Please join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Iowa Mission of Mercy!
Iowa Mission of Mercy 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Chili Cook-Off 2017-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

Sunday Drive with Wayne Anderson 

The story of Sunday Drive
"While shooting photos for an assisted living facility memory unit, I was approached by a wonderful gentleman who apparently knew me for many years. Of course we had never met, and we struck up a short, friendly conversation. At one point I asked “Do you get out much?”. He replied “No, we can’t really leave the building.” I asked the facility director who explained how, for their safety and facility limitations, the folks in the memory unit were rarely allowed out. “What if they could get away without leaving the building?” I asked. From a chance encounter, the Sunday Drive project began."

Wayne Anderson shared his Sunday Drive videos with us, which are designed for people living with Alzheimer's, dementia, autism, brain injury and folks in assisted living. More about the creator of Sunday Drive at

Sunday Drive with Wayne Anderson  2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
John Rappels off the Iowa Building for a great cause!  2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Please Welcome Annie from Mexico! 

Today, our Club welcomed our new foreign exchange student, Annie! Our Club put together a welcome package and included things that represent Iowa and Cedar Rapids. We are excited to have her join our meetings and get to know her on a deeper level. Annie is from Mexico. We also heard Nick Ford speak about Cedar Bayou Aquatic Center and Water Park that is coming to Cedar Rapids in 2019! Cedar Bayou Park is an integrated aquatic campus destined to be built and located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The park will incorporate an indoor and outdoor water park along with competitive, therapeutic, and recreational components to provide a uniquely disperse aquatic experience for all ages. You can learn more about it here: 
Please Welcome Annie from Mexico!  2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Blaster Bog at Flood the Run 

Sunrise Rotary members gathered at Ellis Park on Saturday, August 12th for the annual Flood the Run fundraiser benefitting Matthew 25 and The Salvation Army! This 2.7 mile water run was all the more fun with Sunrise Rotary members blasting runners with their super soakers! We even has some members run the race and go down the giant slip-n-slide at the end! 
Blaster Bog at Flood the Run  2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Ralph Smith

District Governor, Ralph Smith, spoke to the Sunrise Rotary about the value Rotary brings to each member's life. Rotary is a wonderful way to impact your community and make long-lasting relationships with other Rotary members. Pictured is Governor Ralph Smith with the current Sunrise Rotary Board members. 
District Governor Ralph Smith 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

John is rappelling off the Iowa Building for a good cause!

Heartland YFC is proud to host the first ever Over The Edge event in downtown Cedar Rapids on Saturday, August 19th, where volunteers will rappel the side of the historic Iowa Building. Our very own member, John Henecke has bravely volunteered to represent Sunrise Rotary as well as join other Rotarians from CR Downtown, CR West and CR Daybreak for this event. There are two ways that we can show John the support he deserves:

Click here: and pledge money to help John achieve his goal of $1,000 by August 19th.

Attend the event on Saturday, August 19th and cheer him on as he rappels down the Iowa Building. That is the same morning of the Cedar Rapids Farmer’s Market so it will be a fun and exciting atmosphere.

John is rappelling off the Iowa Building for a good cause! 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Spotlight

The fabulous Megan, joined by her family and host sister, joined us for our Thursday morning meeting. Megan presented about her time in Vigo, Spain as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student and gave insight into the power of independence and growth that comes when your eyes are opened to new cultural experiences. As a Club, we are honored to sponsor such a thoughtful, bright, and impactful young woman!
Rotary Youth Exchange Spotlight 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

Transform Efforts Accomplished

Last week, Sunrise Rotary joined local nonprofit, Matthew 25, in their efforts to revitalize the SW side of Cedar Rapids. Sunrise Rotary took on multiple projects to build up the neighborhood including painting, siding, and re-shingling a garage roof as well as painting a porch for two area women. Within the week, Sunrise Rotary truly took ownership of the garage and porch project, and finished! Rotarian's also helped lay flooring in a home and paint a basement. Giving back is the foundation of our Club! 
Transform Efforts Accomplished 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Please help welcome our new President, Michael Rozum 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Scholarship Award Winners and 2017 Paul Harris Fellows 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Wish Upon A Par Golf Outing 

Oh what a day! The weather could not have been more perfect. Check out our Facebook Page to see photos of the golfers and the festivities that took place! After a full day of golf, we celebrated with a meal from Texas Roadhouse, dessert from Kathy's pies, and a program featuring Katie, our Make A Wish child, and Lew Montgomery. Photographer Wayne Anderson took professional photos throughout the day. Click the CD to see the photos! 
Wish Upon A Par Golf Outing  2017-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Make A Wish Golf Outing 

Our Make A Wish Golf Outing is May 25, 2017 at Hunter's Ridge Golf Course in Marion. This golf outing grants up to 3 wishes for Make A Wish Iowa children and truly allows lives to be impacted! We would like to thank our Event Co-Sponsor-Evergreen Packaging, our Hole-In-One Sponsor-Stonfield Investment Advisors, Inc, and our Golf Cart Sponsor-Dan's Overhead Doors and More for making this event happen! We still have a few more opportunities to be involved, so contact us if you're interested in learning more.
Make A Wish Golf Outing  2017-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Young Parents Network

Brian Stutzman joined us this morning to teach us more about the incredible resources at Young Parents Network. YPN has been impacting families, empowering generations, and serving the Cedar Rapids Community since 1985 with all kinds of resources for expecting mothers, new parents and childcare education. Thank you for all you do for this community!
Young Parents Network 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

YMCA with Bob Carlson, Rotarian Abroad, and New Member!

Bob Carlson joined us back at Elmcrest Country Club to speak about the YMCA. "The YMCA continues to experience tremendous growth in many ways. As a result we look for opportunities to reach out to the community. The outcome of this is the development of the largest project we've ever undertaken in the history of the organization-the new Marion YMCA." On another note, one of our own Sunrise Rotarian's, Mary Schell, visited the Rotary Club in Ireland while she was abroad! Lastly, our newest Sunrise Rotary member, Bob Schell, officially received his name badge today! 
YMCA with Bob Carlson, Rotarian Abroad, and New Member! 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Brain Training with Courtney Axline.  2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary nominated Volunteer of the Year for Matthew 25!

Matthew 25 recognized Sunrise Rotary as their Volunteer of the Year for their dedication to serving the community through their partnership with Matthew 25. Sunrise Rotary wrote a grant to secure a walking tractor for Matthew 25, built the vegetable station that Matthew 25 uses to sell organic produce at the Urban Farm at NewBo City Market, rehabbing homes and participating in their annual Flood the Run fundraiser. We love our partnership with Matthew 25 and were totally honored. 
Sunrise Rotary nominated Volunteer of the Year for Matthew 25! 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Theater Cedar Rapids featuring Katie Hallman 

This morning, Sunrise Rotary had the pleasure of sharing the morning with Theatre Cedar Rapids' new Executive Director, Katie Hallman. Katie enthusiastically shared with us her decision to move back to Cedar Rapids from New Orleans, as well as her excitement for the upcoming shows and programs offered at TCR. Check out their website to learn more.
Theater Cedar Rapids featuring Katie Hallman  2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0


SAVE A LIFE! Thanks to Carrie Stewart and Rose Hedges from UnityPoint Health, we as a club now know the signs of a heart attack and how to perform CPR! Also, Happy Birthday to the Rotary Foundation! We celebrated with early morning cupcakes 
SAVE A LIFE! 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Please Welcome our Newest Member, Bob Schell!  2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Hiawatha Library-Janeal Weeks

This morning we were able to learn more about the Hiawatha Public Library and all of the amazing resources they bring to the community as a whole. Janeal Weeks, the library director, was able to give us more insight into the services the library provides to Linn County. Did you know 75% of their patronage is from Cedar Rapids? Amazing. They are looking to expand to fill the great needs of the library, which is currently bursting at the seams. If you are interested in learning more please contact Janeal at or visit the library website at
Hiawatha Library-Janeal Weeks 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Prospect Meadows-Jack Roeder 

Jack Roeder with Prospect Meadows joined us for our Thursday morning meeting today. Prospect Meadows is an up and coming baseball and softball complex in Cedar Rapids for Perfect Game to utilize. The build out will hopefully begin in September!
Prospect Meadows-Jack Roeder  2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Urban Farm Production Manager at Matthew 25 

Today, Sunrise Rotary met at Matthew 25 and learned about the urban farm goals and projects taking place this year from the urban farm production manager, Eric Christianson! The Club worked hard to secure a grant for a walking tractor, that will ultimately make operations at the urban farm more smooth and efficient. Eric was able to show the Club the piece of equipment. Matthew 25 also announced that Sunrise Rotary was chosen as the Volunteers of the Year for their work on numerous projects including: painting a home, building a vegetable stand at NewBo, helping out during the flood of 2016, participating in Flood the Run and so much more!
Urban Farm Production Manager at Matthew 25  2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

Eastern Iowa Health Center 

Last Thursday, Sunrise Rotary got to tour the Eastern Iowa Health Center. Joe Lock, the President and Chief Executive Officer of EIHC, was able to speak about the amazing new space and how it is conducive for their mission.
Eastern Iowa Health Center  2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Raygun- Wake up and smell the crunch berries!

Posted on Feb 16, 2017
Sunrise Rotary got to tour the most unique and quirky T-shirt shop in Cedar Rapids this beautiful Thursday morning! Raygun stays up to date on current events in Cedar Rapids and notices the quirks that make Cedar Rapids what it is! We were so thankful to learn more about this awesome shop! 
Raygun- Wake up and smell the crunch berries! 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
Indian Creek Nature Center 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

Bob Schmidt with Chik-fil-A

Posted on Jan 18, 2017
Bob Schmidt, franchise operator of the Lindale Chik-fil- A, joined us for our weekly Thursday morning meeting! And everyone walked away with one of these. EAT MOR CHIKIN!
Bob Schmidt with Chik-fil-A 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

Programs & NEW Locations for Jan-Feb 2017 Club Meetings

Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Be sure to watch our Programs list for January and February.   We are OFF-SITE in February visiting Rotarian businesses and not at Elmcrest Country Club during their remodeling.    
Download a copy of the programs and locations for these 2 months...HERE

Programs & NEW Locations for Jan-Feb 2017 Club Meetings 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

Dan and Debbie's Creamery

Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Today Josie Rozum, Marketing and Operations Manager at Dan and Debbie's Creamery, joined us for our Thursday morning meeting. Josie shared all the incredible work that goes on at this family-owned dairy farm from milking 150 cows each day, to making hand-crafted ice cream! Their cheese curds can be found in local Hy-Vee stores, and soon their milk too! Josie brought some delicious chocolate milk for use to try. We are happy to learn more and support local, family-owned businesses in this community, and are thankful for the incredible products they share with us.
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Merry Christmas! 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0

ImaginArt in the Alleys

Karen Hoyt from the Marion Arts Council joined us for our Thursday morning meeting and shared with us ImaginArt in the Alleys! ImaginArt in the Alleys will bring life, vitality and art to Uptown Marion alleyways, while creating a second entrance for businesses along 7th Avenue. The project will transform the alleys through a combination of infrastructure improvements and the installation of creative projects. It is a collaborative effort between ArtPlace America, the City of Marion, and the Marion Chamber of Commerce. Read more about this incredible project here:…/city-…/imaginart-in-the-alleys
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Annual Christmas Celebration 

The annual Sunrise Rotary Christmas party was great fun! Rotarian's and their family and friends sang Christmas Carols, and played Christmas charades all over a wonderful meal! We have a great time serving together and celebrating together. If you are at all interested in learning more, please let us know!
Annual Christmas Celebration  2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0

The Salvation Army Bell Ringing 

As Sunrise Rotary members rang the bells outside of the Hy-Vee on Edgewood Road, each was greeted warmly by Hy-Vee shoppers who would drop off dollar bills and loose change with a "God Bless You, or a Merry Christmas!" Our club feels very thankful to be living and serving in such an incredible community that truly cares about the individuals and families within it!
The Salvation Army Bell Ringing  2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Playtime Poppy Children's Theater 

Do you know the Playtime Poppy Song? Then you might as well sing along! Thank you to Kristen for joining us for our morning meeting, and teaching us all about the incredible shows and education happening at Playtime Poppy Children's Theatre! A few of the upcoming shows include Elf Jr. The Musical beginning December 1, and Stellaluna at Washington High School in April. 
Playtime Poppy Children's Theater  2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

November: Rotary Foundation Giving Time!

November is great month to consider your Rotary Foundation gift.  We are in the 100th Year of the Rotary Foundation!   End of 2016 tax deductable donations are now!
Here are some helpful documents:
Contact Todd Anderson with any questions!


November: Rotary Foundation Giving Time! 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

15th Annual Fall Auction Turnout

Sunrise Rotary held their 15th annual Fall Banquet, and what an incredible turnout it was. We met our goal of raising $10,000! Thank you to everyone who spent the evening with us eating great food, bidding on great prizes, and raising money for charity. People walked away with ski passes, cabin getaways, a hog, and more! All of the money raised goes towards local area nonprofits Habitat for Humanity and Matthew 25 who serve Cedar Rapids through home building projects, as well as local high school scholarships and youth leadership programs. We had an absolute blast! Thank you to El Kahir Shrine Center for hosting us. Thank you, Justin Roberts, for emceeing the event! 
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Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center 

November 10, we had the privilege of learning about the incredible services Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center offers to Cedar Rapids families. With a mission to empower choices for life through christ-centered education and support, they have services in place to help before, during and after pregnancy. Thank you to Michelle and Kylee for joining us for our Thursday morning meeting! Find out more about them by visiting their website:
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center  2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Please Join us for our Fall Banquet!

We as a club are feeling very thankful that the flood didn't have the catastrophic affect on homes and businesses as projected. Feeling even more thankful for all of the community members who gathered together and made sure that necessary evacuation and sandbagging efforts were taken to ensure the protection of so many homes and businesses. As we move forward, though minor, some downtown organizations and homes incurred minor set backs and expenses because of the water that did reach them. Please consider coming to our Fall Banquet to raise money for some of these organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Matthew 25. For $20 dollars a ticket, you will be fed and can bid on silent and live auction items that will support organizations listed above as well as local high school scholarships and international programs. 
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The Mayor of Marion, Nicolas Abouassaly

The Mayor of Marion, Nicolas Abouassaly, excited us about the city of Marion at our meetings today. Also, a giant HAPPY BIRTHDAY to two of our Rotary members Diane Beach and Brittney Clark!
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Scott Olson

Did you know Cedar Rapids ranks as the #1 best place in America to raise a child? or that it's ranked as the 6th best place to start a business? Scott Olson knows, and proudly reminded us of all of the incredible reasons why. Scott Olson, AIA, CFM, SIOR, Broker Associate, Skogman Commercials Group at the Penthouse Member, and Cedar Rapids City Council member was our guest speaker this morning. Rotarians walked away feeling encouraged, empowered and truly proud of the city we all call home. Just as we do every meeting, club president David Stoltenberg handed Olson the Rotarian 4-way test coin as thanks for joining us!
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His Hands Free Medical Clinic

Dawn Brouwers,the Executive Director of His Hands Free Clinic was our engaging guest speaker today! She informed us of all the incredible medical care the clinic is providing for those without medical insurance in Linn County.

Our next service project is September 9th at Habitat for Humanity, however you do not have to be a Rotary member to come hang out with us that day! We still have slots available if you're interested in participating in the Build Day, and meeting some awesome area professionals!

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Sunrise Exchange Student Leaves for Spain 

Megan, our Sunrise Rotary Youth Exchange Student, is headed to Spain in just 18 days! She will be attending high school and living with a host family. To hear about it from Megan herself, watch the video below.
We had an excellent presentation from Jennifer Pruden about CVNB and all the exciting things happening there! 
Sunrise Exchange Student Leaves for Spain  2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Club Receives District Grant

Posted on Aug 11, 2016
Every Thursday morning we have fantastic speakers and exciting announcements. This week was no exception! Michelle Bell, the District Foundation Chair, presented a $3,500 grant award to the club! Special thanks to Todd Manternach for all of his efforts writing and coordinating the grant! The grant will benefit Matthew 25 and be used for a walking tractor for the Urban Farm. We also had Hannah, a junior at Kennedy High School, share about her incredible experience at the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Conference. We concluded our meeting with Susan Corrigan speaking on behalf of Saint Martin Land Company. 
Club Receives District Grant Eden Youngberg 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Matthew 25: Transform 2016 Week

Sometimes, when Matthew 25 transforms a home, they transform a life. Sunrise Rotary was an active part of the transformation by serving during TRANSFORM 2016, a week devoted to working with volunteers to rehab homes, revitalize neighborhoods, and do various construction projects in the Taylor Neighborhood.
Drywall, painting and siding projects were completed during Transform 2016 week.  Thank you Volunteers!! 
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Welcome to Sunrise Rotary - Cedar Rapids!
Dave Stoltenberg- Club President

Who are we? 
Sunrise is a group of professionals who come together to make a collective difference in their lives by learning more about area business’s, services, and activities that makes our community strong.  Our group is small enough that you will know everyone, and large enough to truly accomplish many great things in and around our community. We work hard.  We play hard.  Our weekly Rotary meetings are informative.  Our Social gatherings are fun and inclusive.  And above all, the causes that we support with a helping hand, fundraising, or donations gain the greatest benefits from our member’s efforts.

One of the most important aspects of Rotary is the official motto of Rotary “Service Above Self”. Sunrise prides itself in the many ways we fulfill this motto.

This 2 minute video highlights the value of Rotarians and Clubs. Check it out and Click to View
Welcome to Sunrise Rotary - Cedar Rapids! Dave Stoltenberg- Club President 2015-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

This Week

Posted by Bruce Lindholm on Mar 10, 2015
Cedar Rapids Titans Football! Saturday March 28
Colorado Ice 7:05pm US CELLULAR CENTER  $22 per ticket  
We are planning a Titans Football Game on March 28 as a Sunrise Social Outing.  Last year we did this, the seats were great and the game was fun.  Last week we passed around a signup sheet and will do so again this Thursday.  You could also indicate that you are interested an click to reply by email > HERE.  Please let me know how many will be in your party. 
We will collect the money for the tickets on Thursday, March 23. 
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks,
Phil Hershner
This Week Bruce Lindholm 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Creating New Club Bulletins from Previous Versions 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0

"The Duty Roster"

Posted on Jan 19, 2015

Can't serve? Just ask someone listed below to swap dates.

 Front Table & Raffle Item   Greeter & Invocation
Jan 22 - Nathan Kass Jan 22 - Phil Wasta
Jan 29 - Dan Kuempel Jan 29 - Jonathan Wilke
Feb off Site - No Duties! Feb off Site - No Duties!
"The Duty Roster" Bruce Lindholm 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Fall Auction - Club Member Information and Documents

Posted by Rebecca Feiereisen

This story is only in the Club Bulletin. 

Documents to Click Open and Save:

Donor Request Letter is HERE  Customize and sent this letter to your donors.

Donor Receipt Letter pdf is HERE.  The Word document Letter is HERE.  Send this donation receipt to your donors.  Include a personal thank-you note!

Auction Details: How will the donations be handled? Where do I bring the donation and the Login Sheet?  Read this file HERE

Bid Item Login Sheet is HERE  Turn this in WITH the Donated Item.  Make the Bid Item Description VERY CLEAR as this is what the Bidders will use to understand and bid. Include expiration dates on Coupons and Gift Certificates or Cards.  Include "good for" dates for events, hotel rooms, theater and concert events.

QUESTIONS? Talk to Rebecca, Adam, Stephanie and their 2014 Auction committee.

Register yourself and Guests

Use the Auction Event on our Home Page, or in the Club Bulletin to Register you and your guests!  Or do it now and click HERE

2014 Fall Auction - Club Member Information and Documents Rebecca Feiereisen 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Governor Kathryn Fahy 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Sunrise Rotary!

Image  Welcome to Sunrise Rotary!     Image

If you are looking for a group of fun loving and hardworking professionals who care about their fellow Rotarians and their community, then Sunrise Rotary is for you.  Sunrise is small enough to really get to know one another, but big enough to accomplish a lot for our community and beyond.  We also have a lot of fun along the way.  We meet at Elmcrest Country Club (1000 36th St NE Cedar Rapids) Thursday at 7:00.  Come Join Us!


I encourage you to look on the left side of the Home Page at the lineup of speakers we have scheduled in the coming weeks.  You will find speakers who are leaders of our community, from local companies, non-profits and public institutions presenting programs that cover a wide variety of topics that we hope you will find entertaining, educational and inspirational.  We also schedule “off campus” tours of businesses, non-profits and new building projects several times a year taking advantage of our smaller sized club.    


One of the most important aspects of Rotary is the official motto of Rotary “Service above self.”  Sunrise Rotary prides itself in the many ways we fulfill this motto.   

This 2 minute video highlights the value of Rotarians and Clubs. Check it out and Click to View

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Year End Recognition for Sunrise Rotary

Posted by Clayton Cubbage on Jun 25, 2014

Today Sunrise celebrated accomplishments in this Rotary Year, new milestones, new achievements and thanking special Rotarians for their service.   See details in this file: Accomplishments

Our 2013-2014 Rotarian of the Year is Theresa Michelson!  Theresa stepped up and energetically supported many programs through the year, and most recently lead our Club Meetings while President Clayton was recovering at home from his injury.   Thank you Theresa!

Jim Bell received the Service Above Self award this year.  Congratulations Jim!

We also are sharing the letter from Sunrise Rotary to the home Club and District of our Korean exchange student, Justin Kim.   Justin and their club lost many young friends in the ferry disaster this spring. See our Facebook Page photo of the quilt sent home with Justin.

Thank you all Rotarians for your service and for your Rotary Foundation support at a new, high level!

Year End Recognition for Sunrise Rotary Clayton Cubbage 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

Like Sunrise Rotary on Facebook!

Posted by Josie Takes on Apr 30, 2014


Stay up to date on the latest and greatest that Sunrise Rotary and it's members are doing!

Like Sunrise Rotary on Facebook! Josie Takes 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Cedar Rapids Blue Zone Project - A Simple Way to Help!

Posted by Josie Takes on Jan 30, 2014

I have been meaning to push this message to all of you, but I wanted to just say how great it was to see the interest there is within our Sunrise Rotary Club about the Blue Zones Project. I think that Kim Jass (Marion East Rotarian) did a remarkable job talking about the project, and I really do hope that you learned a lot from her. Kim is a full-time employee with the YMCA in Marion, and is a volunteer for the Blue Zones Project. She does this purely out of passion for the initiative, which is the same reason I love being involved with the project.

There are so many simple things that we can do every day to make ourselves healthier. Some as simple as taking the stairs over the elevator; or parking further away from the doors at a store. It’s so easy for people to neglect their health because they are so busy. 
Cedar Rapids Blue Zone Project - A Simple Way to Help! Josie Takes 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Exchange Student - Sean Pilcher's Blogsite from Spain Bruce Lindholm 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Membership Minute - Propose New Members Roger Worm 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

Outbound Student - Alyssa Christian - in France

Posted by Bruce Lindholm on Aug 27, 2012
Aug 28 news from Alyssa's mom, Wendy:

Alyssa has arrived in France, all safe and sound and with all of her baggage :)!  She was met by both her first and third host families at the airport which was very sweet.  Waiting for her to skype me with all of the details of the trip!

Alyssa's blog will be here, after she settles in...
Outbound Student - Alyssa Christian - in France Bruce Lindholm 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0

Bradd Brown Recognized as Past President

Posted by Bruce Lindholm on Jul 27, 2011
July 28 we again recognized Past President Bradd Brown (2010-2011) for his year of leadership.  President John (2011-2012) awarded Bradd a plaque and his Past President badge and Rotary pin.  Thank you, Bradd!
Bradd Brown Recognized as Past President Bruce Lindholm 2011-07-28 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Diane Beach!

Posted by Bruce Lindholm on Jun 06, 2011

Diane has retired from 40 years of teaching, the last 30+ teaching music at Bowman Woods Elementary School.

Diane was recognized by Sunrise Rotary, for her education career, as a teacher to many music students, and her Rotary Service beginning with her charter membership in Sunrise Rotary. 

Diane's recognition included a Paul Harris Fellow recognition on June 2. 

Thank you, Diane! 

Congratulations Diane Beach! Bruce Lindholm 2011-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Camp Hitaga Cleanup Day a Success Mark Krause 2011-03-21 15:53:27Z 0

Sunrise Raises $800 for Chile Earthquake Relief

Posted by Mark Krause on Mar 21, 2011

Thanks to the generosity of Sunrise Rotarians, $400 was donated by members for Chile Earthquake Relief to be matched by $400 from the Sunrise Benevolent Fund.  

$800 will be sent to the Rotary Club in Chile to build a temporary house for 1 family.

Rotary WORKS!

Sunrise Raises $800 for Chile Earthquake Relief Mark Krause 2011-03-21 15:53:09Z 0
All Cedar Rapids Clubs "running" the Senior Olympics Bruce Lindholm 2011-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
CR Downtown Club meeting at Scottish Rite Temple Bruce Lindholm 2011-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Learn How Sunrise Rotary Works Bruce Lindholm 0
Sunrise Rotary Supports Rotary Foundation Todd Maternach 0

Club Meeting at the Oakland Road HyVee on April 3

Posted by Josie Takes

Sunrise Rotary will be heading down the street to the HyVee on Oakland Road for a tour and presentation in place of the regular club meeting. You won't want to miss this one!

Please RSVP for this tour, as the HyVee chefs and dieticians will be putting together a special healthy breakfast spread for our group! If you are not going to get breakfast please indicate that in the comment section as you sign up.

As always, we encourage you to bring a guest! RSVP no later than Monday, March 31 at noon.   Click here to RSVP. Josie Takes at


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Sunrise Rotary 2014 Scholarships Awarded

Posted by Katie Mulholland

Sunrise Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids announces our 2014 Scholarship Awards.  

Four $500 scholarships are based on well-rounded high school students, serving their school and their community in the spirit of Rotary. "Engage Rotary/Change Lives!"

Congratulations to:

Michele Wasta - Kennedy High School
Erika Serbousek - Kennedy High School
Claire Tupper - Linn-Mar High School
Jan Hendrickson - Linn-Mar High School.

For Sunrise Members only, here are details of these 4 outstanding recipients:   Biographies


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News Flash!

Posted by Bruce Lindholm

CR West Rotary “Flapjacks for Backpacks” – Join and support fellow CR West Rotarians on Saturday March 8 for their Pancake Breakfast, raffle and silent auction.  Funds will be used for over 2000 HD Youth Center School Backpacks this fall.  7:30 – 11:00AM, Sat March 8, at the Scottish Rite Temple on A Ave NE.  More information: Click.

Make-A-Wish Golf Event – time to focus for success.  Get your team donation updates to Phil and Clayton.  Sell 10 more tickets by Thursday.  – Only  3 months until Tee Off! (A prospective member sold 30 tickets last week, unwrap the plastic!) Remember, each member should have the goal to get one golf foursome and one sponsor in addition to selling the tickets to support the goal of reaching $45,000.  Thanks for all your efforts thus far.

Please review the District Conference Details – April 24 a NewBo reception, April 25-April 26 (‘til Noon) in various downtown venues.  This is followed by the “100 Years of Cedar Rapids Rotary” celebration dinner at the Double Tree on April 27.  See the Event on this page to learn more and register.  

Make-A-Wish Award – Make-A-Wish has awarded Sunrise Rotary an “External Fundraising Event of the Year” award for the 2013 Wish Upon A Par Golf Event.  The $26,015 raised put us in second place to a Mason City group who raised $41,799.  Hitting our goal of $45,000 this year just may be enough for first place this year!  If there ever was a Team that would rise to the occasion it would be Sunrise Rotary!  Congratulations to everyone!  If you would like to attend the Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Gala click here:

Rotaract @ Mt. Mercy U? – Adam Kaefring’s team has been working with a club at Mt. Mercy regarding starting a Rotaract Club sponsored by Sunrise Rotary.  Contact Adam to help.

Cedar Rapids Titans Sunrise Outing – Larry Guthrie will have your tickets at the meeting March 6. Game is on March 8th at the US Cellular Center.  Kick-off is at 7:05 p.m.  Larry’s email:

Volunteers Opportunity – The Marion Rotary Club needs volunteers to man water stations for the Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes on April 13, 2014.  Sign up for as volunteers using the EVENT on this page.  We need 10 to 12 volunteers per station.  Sunrise is signed up for one (1) water stop station on the Marion Marathon website.  Please get signed up on the Sunrise website. 

Outbound Exchange Student 2014-2015 – Sunrise will be co-sponsoring Mia Montathaci with Metro North as our Outbound Foreign Exchange student.  Mia will be going to Spain.

Recruit RYLA candidates!  Sunrise will send 1-2 students: Details are here. Candidates are in their HS Sophomore or Junior year now.  Many students have 'raved' about the experience and leadership skills gained by attending. Talk to neighbors, your kids, their friends, about this fantastic 1 week camp.

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"The Duty Roster"

Posted by Bruce Lindholm

Can't serve? Just ask someone listed below to swap. 

 Front Table & Raffle Item   Greeter & Invocation  
Mar 6 - Josie Takes Mar 6 - Diane Beach
 Mar 13 - Phil Wasta Mar 13 - James Bell
Mar 20 - Jonathan Wilke Mar 20 - Mike Brain
Mar 27 - Roger Worm Mar 27 - Bradd Brown

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El Salvador Project - Sunrise Rotary Partnering with Daybreak Rotary

Posted by Clayton Cubbage

El Salvador Kids

Sunrise is supporting and partnering with Daybreak Rotary for their El Salvador International project. I am very excited to have the opportunity to support and partner with a successful local club, while at the same time achieving our club goal of participating in an international project.

Our club has responded to Member's giving and provided a match for this project.  

Check on the Las Trincheras school construction project on the ESNA Village Network Facebook Page here:!/pages/ESNA-Village-Network/114656785229495

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Welcome to Sunrise Rotary!

Posted by Clayton Cubbage

ImageWe welcome you to our Sunrise Rotary Website! 


Hi, I'm Clayton Cubbage, the Sunrise Rotary Club President.


If you are looking for a group of hardworking professionals who care deeply about their fellow Rotarians and their community, then Sunrise Rotary is for you.  It is truly like having breakfast with your extended family every Thursday morning at Elmcrest Country Club.  As the Thursdays pass by with one amazing speaker after another, you might find yourself wondering, how did we accomplish so much while having so much fun?



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Meet District Governor John Bender

Posted by Bruce Lindholm


"On behalf of Rotary International President Ron D Burton, and his wife Jetta, I want to welcome you to Rotary District 5970. Located in the northern one half of Iowa with 54 clubs, we have nearly 2900 inspired Rotarians. The makeup of the District ranges from clubs almost 100 years old, to a recently chartered New Generations club."

"President Burton’s theme for 2013-2014 “Engage Rotary-Change lives” is so simple, yet so powerful!  The dictionary states that engage means, employ, occupy, involve, engross, absorb, take part, or appoint.  What does it mean to you!"


Meet our District Governor, John Bender; just Click here for more information. 


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Meet Rotary International President Ron Burton

Posted by Bruce Lindholm

When we realize what we can achieve in Rotary – when we really engage Rotary – that’s when lives change. We change the lives of the people who need us. That is inevitable. And along the way, our lives are changed as well. That is also inevitable. That’s what our theme is all about in 2013-14: Engage Rotary, Change Lives.

It’s time to open our eyes to the potential each of us has through Rotary. Rotary lets us reach higher, do more, and be a part of something larger than ourselves. No matter how much we give to Rotary, we get more in return. And that, too, is inevitable.

View Ron Burton's message each month: here.     Read President Burton's biography: here.

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Paraguay Rotary Club - Sam Krause's host club

Posted by Bruce Lindholm
Mark Krause's son, Sam is our 2011-2012 Outbound Exchange Student, spending this school year in Paraguay.  The Krause's visited Sam in March.  We hope to have Sam join us and share his experience, perhaps in May.   From Mark's trip he shared these 2 photos...
Paraguay Rotary Club - Sam Krause's host club Bruce Lindholm 0
Theatre Cedar Rapids Rises from the Flood Bruce Lindholm 0
Rotary Historic Moments Bruce Lindholm 0

Check out Kim Feldman & Sage Satterfield Blogs

Posted by Bruce Lindholm
Our 09-10 exchange students both have blogs running.   See "Club Links" on the left side of our Home Page.  Post replies to encourage these courageous kids!
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Sunrise President Change Rob Rolfes 0

Scholarship Fundraiser - Thank You!

Posted by Mark Krause
A heartfelt thanks to all who were able to attend our Scholarship Fundraiser.  I know it is a busy time of year and there are many things asking of our time. 

We still ended up with approximately 40 people and I am excited to announhce that we raised $532 for our Scholarship Fund!  We raffled off six different baskets (if you need any Kennedy wear just see Bradd Brown), raffled five "special" bottles of wine, eat a bunch of good food (the Krause's will enjoy the rest of the cheesecake this evening), and most importantly raised money for one of our great causes. 

The gants weren't too bad and the rain held off until Saturday morning.  Thanks again to everyone.  I look forward a many more events as this year moves along.

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7/08-6/09 Year Club Accomplishments Bruce Lindholm 0
New Member Roger Worm Deb Kintzle 0

Details of the 2009 GSE Team

Posted by Bruce Lindholm

Here are the details of our District 5970 Outbound Group Study Exchange team.   You will have an opportunity to meet this entire team at our District 5970 District Conference, May 1, 2 - at Kirkwood Community College.

Members of the outbound group study exchange team to Italy held their first planning session January 24-25 near Waterloo. The team will leave May 9 for district 2030 in northwest Italy in and around the city of Turin. Team members and their host clubs are, from left to right,  Kelli Stoa, Marion; Ruth Buck, Waterloo Crossroads, team leader; Jim Vowels, Waverly; Katherine Brown, Cedar Falls;  and Stephanie Hildbrand, Dubuque.

Details of the 2009 GSE Team Bruce Lindholm 0
Meet Our District Group Study Exchange Team Bruce Lindholm 0
Sunrise Rotary Flood Relief Update Kirk Wilkie 0
2009 Make-A-Wish Fundraiser a Success! Kirk Ulveling 0

Read Our Rotary International Student's Blogs

Posted by Mark Krause
Check out the "blogs" of our TWO overseas students under the "Club Links" on the left of our Home Page.    Nick Barnes is our FIRST Ambassadorial Scholar and in a Rotary sponsored graduate program in Hajfa, Israel.   John Erusha is our 16 year-old Xavier High School student spending a school year in Resistencía, Argentina.  Check back frequently for their updates.  Be sure to post Comments of encouragement from Sunrise Rotary and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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All-City Rotary Flood Project

Posted by Kirk Wilkie
The seven metro Rotary clubs of Cedar Rapids have set a goal to help, at a minimum, 250 of the hardest-hit families with a voucher that can be redeemed for the major appliance they need most.   Read
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Lin-Mar High School Scholarships

Posted by Rob Rolfes
Ryan Helling and Jenna Holtz were selected as the scholarship winners of the Joe Pacha Scholarship sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club. Each received a $500.00 Check.
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Paul Harris Recognition

Posted by Todd A Anderson
On April 24, Ken Kolek joined Cedar Rapids Sunrise Rotary to present 6 new Paul Harris Fellowships (PHF) and 3 PHF+1.
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Sunrise Rotarian of the Year

Posted by Bruce Lindholm
The 2007-2008 Rotarian of year is Rob Rolfes. Cedar Rapids Sunrise Rotarian of the year was selected based on -
1.  "Service above Self"
2.  Who exemplified "Lead the Way"

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