“Never see change as a threat, because it can be an opportunity to learn, to grow, evolve and become a better person.” – Rodolfo Costa.
Five years ago, my life changed forever when I joined Sunrise Rotary. Rotary has given me quite a few “Aha!” moments; you know, those kinds of moments that change you and make you grow into a different person…a better person. Being associated with some of the finest members in our community, who live by the 4-way test, who have fun and give generously is the best feeling and a constant reminder that we are right where we belong. I want to thank our Sunrise members for touching my heart and making life so much more meaningful and joyful. Our members consistently live out our motto: “Service above self. One profits most who serves best”. We may not know where life’s journey will take us, but one thing I do know is if you are a Rotarian your journey will be meaningful.
Each year, Rotary International President selects a theme and this year it is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.” It looks like we are well on our way to finding those opportunities as we begin a new three-year partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks. We are excited to serve this local charity in a variety of ways as we support their mission to improve the health and well-being of children and families in the Ozarks. Additionally, The Rotary Foundation continues its giving efforts to help eradicate Polio, which is close to being achieved. Amazing! And as soon as COVID-19 hit, our Rotary Foundation was able to provide disaster funds and grant money to contribute towards eradication of this disease. Sunrise is also working on an international project with the Cherkasy Rotary Club from Ukraine, where we have the opportunity to support their school for autistic individuals. How cool is that? Even in the midst of a world pandemic and quarantine because of COVID-19, Rotary still connects around the world. Just think of the possibilities the future has in store for those who are nimble and strive to think outside of the box.
Rotarians are people of action making a difference in the community. We walk with purpose and serve with passion. We are leaders and mentors who adapt to the times and continue to make a difference in the world even when things change. If you want to connect with other like-minded professionals, have a desire to serve the community, enjoy having a little fun and like to laugh, I invite you to be my guest on Wednesdays at 7am for a very SPECIAL Sunrise! Learn how we work, play and serve one another. As I write this, we continue our weekly meetings online through Zoom at, but look forward to gathering again at Twin Oaks when it is safe. Whatever way we are connecting, I encourage you to come visit and enjoy a cup of coffee! You never know, your life just may change forever.
Sunrise Rotary President 2020-2021