Thank you for visiting our Sunrise Rotary site. We welcome you to join us almost every Wednesday morning at Twin Oaks Country Club at 7 am. Every now and again, we meet offsite at other exciting locations. Please click on the Events tab above just to make sure. Our Rotary Club numbers remain pretty consistent every year. Our Board of Directors decided several years ago, that we want to remain a relatively smaller club. We are like the people at Cheers, “Where everybody knows your name.”
Our Sunrise Rotary Club is currently working with the local Ashley House, formerly Regional Girls Shelter, in meeting their needs. We contribute to several other local charities also, whether it is hands-on work, or contributing money. We are proud to call ourselves Rotarians because we continue to help eradicate polio around the world. We are giving so that others may have clean drinking water, buying mosquito nets, helping to clean up Joplin following the May 22, 2011 tornado, and so much more. 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.
Mrs. Jean Gruetzemacher Presidential Address
It’s a very exciting time for Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise. The FY2017 Board members have eagerly accepted their positions and hit the ground running. The engagement of Sunrise Rotary club members has been building over the past few years and will continue to set new benchmarks throughout 2016-2017. Historically, the number one reason Rotarians leave their Rotary Club is lack of engagement. Working together, we can prevent that from happening at Sunrise Rotary.
As your President, it is my goal to make sure every Sunrise Rotarian serves on at least one committee. By regularly attending weekly meetings, you get to know your fellow Rotarians and meetings are much better when we have a full house. Sunrise Rotary genuinely welcomes all guests and visitors. Enjoy the camaraderie of the club and leave the weekly meetings feeling glad you attended. We learn more about each other, what is happening in our community and how we made a difference. Equally important, we are having fun working and laughing together.
Setup up a My Rotary account at Rotary.org and review the goals and service opportunities within our/your club. This is an excellent way to find a project to support through your time, talent, knowledge or donations of cash or in-kind items.
Your gift to the Rotary Foundation help projects around the world and also provides grant dollars for our club’s own projects within our community. The Foundation is celebrating its 100th year and we will embrace the achievements made. Perhaps during this 100th year celebration, we will also enjoy knowing polio has been eradicated from the face of the earth. We know once it has been extinguished, vaccinations will continue for another three years to insure there is no return.
Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise was recognized globally with the Rotary International Significant Achievement Award for 2015-2016. The Significant Achievement Award states, “Your club has made a meaningful impact in the life of your community and your project represents the very best work in your district and the Rotary world.” The recognition is signed by K.R. Ravindran, President of Rotary International 2015-2016.
The Rotary International strategic plan states “Rotarians are leaders who act responsibly and take action to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.” As a club, we are representative of this statement through projects that include our efforts at the Ashley House, the middle school recognition program and participation in international projects to provide clean water supplies. And we have fun in the process. In 2016-2017, Sunrise Rotarians will choose the organization to sponsor for the upcoming year(s). Together we can help to improve the lives of those we serve.
I am truly honored for the opportunity to serve as president of our club and work side by side with you during the 2016-2017 year.