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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.   

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Our service contributions include:


· Raising more than $38,000 for Make-A-Wish through our “Wish Upon a Par Golf Outing” in May

· The award of scholarships to Linn-Mar and Kennedy students for higher education

· Installation of an emergency generator at Camp Hitaga, a local Campfire USA facility

· Sponsoring outbound and hosting inbound Foreign Exchange Students

· Administering Polio vacations in India

· Starting a “Rotaract” Club; a Sunrise sponsored Rotary group based at Mount Mercy University

· Traveling to Mexico to participate in the Rotary District 6000 Xicotepec Project

· Funding and on-site support for Las Trincheras El Salvador school construction project

· Salvation Army bell ringing

· Volunteering at the Pribyl Rotary Golf Outing for Cedar Rapids area youth

· ……and many other service projects along the way


Our group’s culture of doing the right thing, supporting each other, and stepping up to successfully tackle any challenge allows our forty plus members to accomplish a lot. It also makes it easy to become a connected and active Rotary member from the first day you join. This is evidenced by the number of young professionals who have joined our group over the last couple years and established a Sunrise Rotary New Generations Group. We hope to continue to grow our club, and all we ask of our members is to:


· Be an active participant

· Help us grow our club

· Contribute to the Rotary Foundation


It’s that simple! We also offer different memberships and dues options.

And if the accomplishments above aren’t enough to sway you, then well, we also like to have fun. We have been known to participate in wine tastings, golf outings, Christmas parties, baseball games, monthly gatherings at local establishments, boat rides, etc.

Choosing the right Rotary club is important. Each area club has a different character. We invite you to come to breakfast on us, to get a feel for our club. We meet at Elmcrest Country Club on Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. You just might find yourself coming back.

Phil Hershner
President, Sunrise Rotary 2013-2014
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