Hello Sunrise Rotarians! I am excited for the 2021 – 2022 Rotary year. There is no better way to spend your Wednesday morning than at Sunrise Rotary. Our club is filled with business and community leaders that truly care about making the world a better place.
The Rotary International theme for this year is “Serve to Change Lives”. I cannot think of a more appropriate theme than this for Sunrise. We are, and have always been, focused on service and making a difference in the Springfield community (and beyond). Rotary International President Shehkar Mehta has three primary goals for the Rotary year including: increasing membership, a Rotary Day of Service, and a focus on diversity (especially empowering girls). We will be working to incorporate these goals into our work at Sunrise during the year.
We have several planned initiatives this year including the promotion of the Rotary Outdoor Activity Movement (ROAM). ROAM is addressing the community red flag issue of obesity by getting those in the community moving. I’m really looking forward to enhancing our partnership with United Way of the Ozarks. United Way’s Day of Caring and Rotary’s Day of Service are going to align bringing significant benefit to the Springfield community. Sunrise will continue our second year of a three-year partnership with the Ronald McDonald house in 2021 – 2022. Additionally, we are partnering with the Springfield Workshop as the recipient of our District Simplified Grant to build a new greenhouse. Finally, we will embark on a Club Visioning exercise to lay out the strategic direction of Sunrise Rotary for the next several years.
It is truly an honor and privilege to lead Sunrise during the 2021 – 2022 year. We are focused on assisting local non-profits, raising money for international projects, and furthering the eradication of Polio. As a Peacemaker Club we are also exploring ways to bring peace locally and internationally.
There will be challenges this Rotary year as COVID continues to create health related issues locally and worldwide. However, we will find ways to overcome this challenge and bring service to our community. I could not be prouder to be part of such a great club.
Chris Jones, President
Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise 2021-2022