Our Sunrise Rotary Club is currently working with I Pour Life, in meeting their needs and changing lives of our local youth. We also contribute to several other local charities, by either donating money or just good old fashioned hands-on work. We are proud to call ourselves Rotarians, an Int’l organization 1.2 million members strong and proud to be doing good around the globe: helping eradicate polio, providing clean drinking water, buying mosquito nets to slow down the spread of malaria, helping to bring hope to underprivileged youth, and more. You will also find us at the Norwest Project, Wilson’s Creek Middle School, and Rock ‘n Ribs to name a few projects on our radar. . If you have wanted to join a vibrant, active club who works to make sure others have a productive and healthy life, then join our Sunrise Rotary Club. We are looking forward to your visit.
Mr. Kenneth Homan Presidential Address
As the Rotary Foundation enters the second century of its existence the spirit of international giving and the connection with the global reach of Rotary is strong at Sunrise Rotary. For the past Rotary year, our club received banners for the “every Rotarian every year” Foundation giving award and for being a “100% sustaining member club” and had the second highest per capita giving to the Foundation in the 50 club district 6080. Our Club “gets it”.
My personal experience with a trip to India to participate in the National Immunization Day has served to bring the efforts of Polio Plus closer to home. I thank Sunrise Rotary for making that experience possible. It was an incredible experience for me and hopefully I have been able to share that experience with our club and impress upon them the importance of the Foundation’s efforts not only with Polio Plus but with several other Rotary funded international projects in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
“Service above self. One profits most who serves best”. We end each of our weekly meetings with those words. My challenge to the Club in this Rotary year is to take those words to heart. To understand that service has great personal reward. It is our job, as leaders of the club, to give members opportunities to serve. In so doing, they can indeed “profit” in ways that would not be open to them individually. In the process, we are impacting scores of deserving people in our community in ways that are meaningful and lasting.
Our members chose to make a commitment to iPour Life as the focus of our service for the next three years. We are very excited about the good things happening in their LifeStrengths Program and the positive impact they are having on so many of our at risk youths. Our vision to take a meaningful role in those efforts is taking shape and many of our members have already had the opportunity to witness and participate in the interactions that are changing lives. We are honored to be a part of their international efforts as well and look forward to the implementation of a substantial Global Grant received from Rotary International. In addition, we were approved for a Simplified District Grant. It is being used to rehab homes bought within the Northwest Project to afford families the opportunity to become home owners and strengthen the neighborhoods in that area of our City. That project is well underway with the combined efforts of more than 25 club members so far
With mixed emotions, we have ended our official efforts at the Ashley House. I can confidently say that after six years of involvement, we made a positive difference in the lives of many. Thanks, particularly, to our prior service chairs and G.R. Stovall who took a special interest in Ashley House and left a mark that will endure.
Our ongoing service projects continue to give our Club members opportunities to impact lives. Character Ed is a program that invites nine Rotarians into the Wilson Elementary school each month to teach and interact with the kids. We talk about concepts like pride, courage, leadership and share how important those traits have been in our lives and those of people around us. Middle School Recognition is one of our hallmark projects that brings the best of the best junior high kids to our clubs to be recognized for their outstanding contributions as judged by their teachers and administrators. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this exceptional group of kids. We will send two high school students to RYLA for a week to help ignite their leadership skills. We will sponsor both an incoming and an outgoing international exchange student. And, we continue to sponsor the Springfield Catholic High School Interact Club. What a remarkable and energetic group of kids. Thanks to Jean and Eric and Jimmey for all you have done there.
As the rolls of Rotary shrinks nationally, a sign of the times and the same for nearly all other service organizations, Sunrise Rotary is strong and growing. We consistently reach our goals for net new members in order to achieve the Presidential Citations. 2017-2018 is on track to do this again. We are having good fun, enjoying good fellowship and doing good works for our community. We are growing in Rotary.
Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”