Rotary Club of Yakima Sunrise

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Yakima Sunrise

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802 E Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA  98901
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Our club is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds to support local charities and initiatives that support Yakima area children and families.
Each year our Sunrise Rotary club invests thousands of dollars in local programs that support area youth and help build our community. Our club typically provides grants ranging from $500-5000.  We have helped teach kids to swim, supported disadvantaged kids at summer camps, funded local reading programs, invested in after school programs, and assisted other intiatives that make a difference for area youth.
This year's application is due on February 27th.  Application materials are on our website.    If you have questions about this year's Sunrise Rotary grant funding please contact us.

Many of us use the New Year as a good time to set some goals and get going on bettering ourselves. Imagine Scholar, Samkeliswe, or Sami, continues to demonstrate that "go get 'em" spirit everyday, inspiring all who hear her story.
For those new to Sunrise, Imagine Scholar is a highly intensive youth development and education program operating in an underdeveloped region of South Africa. Through an rigourous nine month application process, Imagine Scholars find the brightest, curious, high achieving youth who--given the right opportunities--will one day change the face of South Africa.
Founder and executive director, Cory Johnson, visited with Sunrise Rotary on Wednesday, providing us with an update on our sponsored student, Sami, as well as the Imagine Scholar program as a whole.
Sami is now 14, and continues to excel in learning and leadership. She developed and is now implementing a reading program for younger children that is growing and achieving great success. She is not only teaching children how to read, but is also getting books for them, a huge task in the rural areas of South Africa. Sami continues to dream of becoming a pediatrician, but now wants to be a pediatrician who teaches reading too!
As the Imagine Scholars program continues to grow, now with 8-10 full time staff, Cory has launched an advocate/intern program. These new programs offer upper level college students, retired people, and just about anyone with the desire to help opportunities to fundraise, recruit other advocates, and even travel to South Africa to assist in programming at the Imagine Scholars facility.
Change in South Africa can only happen from within, and Imagine Scholars is creating the leaders of South Africa's tomorrow. For more information, or to contribute to Imagine Scholars, please visit their website .


Our application cycle for Molly Davis Memorial Scholarships is now open.  Help us spread the word!  Students can visit for more information and application materials




Our club did a great service recently through Operation Santa.  Here are some pictures from the event - we provided gifts for kids from over 60 foster families within our community

Some of may think we know a lot about beer but we don't know nearly as much about it as Tim Kostelecky, John I Haas' Technical Services Manager.  Tim has spent his 39+ year career in the industry and told our club a great story about how the local hops industry is booming due to our passion for IPAs and other hoppy beverages. 
Craft brewers are popping up across the country and taking market share from the mega breweries.  They now account for 14 percent of domestic market share and exports are surging.  For the hop industry this is huge.   Craft brewers can use 10 times the amount of hops in their pale ales and IPAs compared to a Miller or Budweiser.
The brewing renaissance has also fueled big changes in hop production.  The craft brewer wants aroma hops, the varieties that impart nose and flavor to an ale.  Bitter hops, the former mainstay for brewers are less popular.  There has also been an explosion in development of new hop varieties.  Citra, Mosaic and are just a few new hop cones entering the market today.  Craft brewers are now also working hand in hand with hop growers to perfect unique varieties that give their ales a unique signature.  Fremont Ales offers a pale ale with Cowiche Canyon hops.  I recently had a Citra IPA.
It's refreshing to see good ale and beer choices proliferate.  Before prohibition smaller pubs and breweries were common in America.  They offered places where the community could mix and enjoy a locally crafted ale.  They didn't drive automobiles back then though... so just remember to drink responsibly. 

We were very pleased to be finished with our annual raflle fundraiser.  Our club raised over $60,700 this year.  Thanks to everyone who sponsored and pitched in to make this year's raffle a record succuss

The winners of our 2014 raffle aree:
  • Chevy Cruze                               Bruce Moorer
  • Gasperetti’s flowers for a year       Mike Battle
  • YAC Fitness year membership        Alfonso Dabalos
  • BBQ Grille                                  October Brost
  • Valley Cycling gift certificate         Michelle McNichols
  • Mercy Movie passes                     Connie Falon
  • Pearl necklace                            Jess Uriostegui
  • Westwood Golf for a year             Marcia Cavender
  • Seahawks tickets                         Mike Stobie
Proceeds from our raffle will be used to support local youth oriented charities and programs such as:
Operation Santa
Camp Primetime
Learn to Swim
Rotary Speech Contest scholarships


Mailing Address:  PO BOX 1590 - Yakima, WA  98907


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