History of Markham Sunrise
The Markham Sunrise Rotary Club was formed in 1997 to provide service to the Markham community.
 
The Markham Sunrise Rotary Club is one of twenty-five thousands clubs throughout the world with over one million members, both women and men, striving to help people in need, trying to improve health where disease is rampant, where poverty exists, and providing cultural and educational exchanges to further the ideal of World Peace and Understanding.  There are 55 Rotary Clubs in our District.
 
We are strong supporters of our Markham-Stouffville Hospital and local organizations that help the elderly, the infirm, the functionally disabled, and the families and youth of our community.
 
We strive to make "community" an important part of Markham's social fabric by the organization of local events such as the Markham Santa Claus Parade and Markham Rotary Ribfest.
 
In co-operation with other Rotary Clubs worldwide, we regularly assist third world countries by providing much needed services, the most prominent being the PolioPlus Program that, since 1985, has had as its goal the global eradication of Polio by the year 2005. 
 
"We need your skill, talent, passion and expertise to help us develop and accomplish projects that make a difference to your community."
 
In the last four years we have focused on supporting Youth in Markham through organizations and schools who show great initiative by going outside the box. This included funding for the Milliken T.E.A.M. Program and specifically for the Milliken Mills High School Organic Vegetable and Community Butterfly Garden.
 
We have also funded the Living Room project for Evergreen Hospice which is a non-profit agency providing supportive care to people of all ages in Markham and surrounding area who are dealing with a life threatening illness or bereavement care for family and friends.
 
This program gives clients a time away from home and away from their health issues and difficult treatments. It is a supportive space in which to gather, share and talk with people who really get what they are going through. In fact, onocologists in Markham are very aware of the value of this special support option for their patients and Evergreen received more and more referrals every week.  With our support Evergreen can expand this program and address the wait list faster and open up the services to patients of all ages.  We also serve lunch once a month to these participants and get to know them a little better.
 
360 Kids was our focus for 2017.  We have raised funds through a bootcamp at one of our Rotarians' gym, and used the donations we received at the 2017 Ribfest toward the 360 Kids Mill Street Project. 
 
In 2018, our charity of choice is the Markham Stouffville Hospital, in support of their Dr. Bear Program.  The Dr. Bear Program is a surgical pre-admission program, to provide psychological preparation and support to reduce the stress associated with hospitalization and surgery for children.