4th of July Schedule
7:00 am - The Hungry Duck Run offers a 5k and ½ Marathon course through the Brighton area. Proceeds from the Run fees benefit Hunger Programs in Livingston County. You should register ahead for ease of check-in, but you can also register the morning of the event.
9:30 am - The Duckling Dash allows the kids 10 and under to run for fun up Main Street in Brighton following the Sunrise Rotary Duck on his (or is it her?) 4 wheeler. No registration required and no charge, just show up at the corner of Main Street and St. Paul Street in DT Brighton beginning at 9:15 am.
10:00 am – The Brighton Independence Day Parade steps off from “Old Scranton” at the top of the hill overlooking DT Brighton and proceeds through town and to Brighton High School. The 75+ entries include Veterans, Floats, Music, Classic Cars, Trucks and Tractors, Fire Trucks, Area Businesses, Church Groups, Public Officials and Non Profits. You MUST pre-register to march in the Parade which is organized by the Brighton Area Fire Department.
11:15 Am – The Great Duck Race is a Brighton 4th of July tradition. More than 3,000 numbered rubber ducks are dumped in the Millpond and scurry toward the finish line. If yours is one of the lucky first 3 to arrive, you’ll win $2,500, $1,000 or $500 cash. Proceeds from The Great Duck Race go to fund grants and programs, both local and international of the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation.

July 4th Sponsorship Commitment Form - CLICK HERE

July 4th Sponsor Levels and Beneficiares - CLICK HERE

We Own the Day! Jim Gilmore 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Midnight in the Tropics 2018 Nancy Johnson 2017-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2017

No, It's Not Your Grandfather's Rotary!

Celebrating our "Moms and Daughters" in Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club and their achievements!
Linda Barnwell (Charter Member and Past President); Sara Barnwell (Treasurer of LSRC Board of Directors, LSRC Foundation Board); Brenda Ochodnicky (Charter Member, Past President, Past Assistant Governor), Cheryl Ochodnicky (LSRC Board of Directors, Past Treasurer, and an Upcoming President), Donna Gehringer (Chair of Programs and Speakers) and soon to be inducted, Jenny Nash.
All leaders in our community and in Rotary!!! We are proud of our Moms and Daughters!
(These women have had many leadership roles in Rotary...above is a mention of just a few)
Leadership Women in Rotary
No, It's Not Your Grandfather's Rotary! Nancy Johnson 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0 Leadership,Women in Rotary

The Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club is preparing for another exciting year of July 4th celebrations in Brighton. 


For the parade ONLINE registration form (preferred):  CLICK HERE
To print the parade registration form:  CLICK HERE 




Register online (link above) or print registration form (link above) and return completed signed form with check (if applicable) payable to BAFA. Mail to BAFA, 615 W. GRAND RIVER AVE., BRIGHTON,  MI 48116. For additional information call 810-229-6640 or email
July 4, 2017 in Downtown Brighton Nancy 2017-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

President Elect Training (PETS) 2017 in Kalamazoo, MI

Livingston Sunrise - PE - Brenda K, Tipton, PN - Tim Williams PND - Cheryl Ochodnicky
Brighton - PE - Terry Gill
Fowlerville - PE - Matt Martin
), PN - Rich  Ralston (behind Mike Horan)
Hartland - PE - Mike Horan
Howell - PE - Sandie Cortez

PETS Training 2017 Nancy Johnson 2017-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
District Conference on Mackinac Island Nancy Johnson 2017-03-18 04:00:00Z 0


Supporting the Youth of Livingston County

This year's beneficiaries are The Connection Youth Services, Reaching Higher and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County.
February 11, 2017
6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Cleary University, Howell, Michigan
For more information or to buy tickets, go to!
MIDNIGHT IN THE TROPICS, 2017 2017-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
May your Christmas be filled with the peace, love & joy that matters so much to Rotary!
Click HERE to watch a Christmas video from a Rotary Club in Ireland that will make you SMILE (insert LSRC faces...).
Merry Christmas! 2016-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brenda K Tipton
On September 24, the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club participated in a work day at Horses' Haven in Howell, Michigan a horse and large animal rescue.
Horses' Haven in Howell Brenda K Tipton 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Angelo Caruso

Jim Gilmore to Serve as Vice Governor

Rotary International has asked districts to get in the habit of naming a vice-governor to look after a district, should the district governor become incapacitated unable to serve for any reason. See here for more information: unlimited-e-clubs
Ideally, the DG nominating committee is involved with the formal appointment process. This did not happen for us last year so we are currently without a vice-governor.
I’m feeling pretty good again today, but I think it’s a good idea to comply with the request for leadership backup, so I have named Past District Governor Jim Gilmore as vice-governor for the remainder of the 2016-17 Rotary year.
Jim was a terrific district governor for us and continues to stay well-informed about district activities and developments. I’ve also asked this year’s nominating committee to officially nominate a vice-governor for the 2017-18 year when they meet later this year.
Jim Gilmore asked to serve as Vice-Governor Michael Angelo Caruso 2016-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary, You Are Asked? Jim Gilmore 2015-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore on May 16, 2015
Do you carry Rotary to your vocation?
How about a simple way to do this...Do you wear your Rotary pin on your lapel EVERY DAY? Or just on Fridays and at Rotary events?
Wear Your Pin EVERY DAY Jim Gilmore 2015-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
The World's Greatest Meal To Help End Polio Now 2014-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore on Jul 09, 2012
We Rocked...and looked soooo good doing it in our new shirts!

Over 650 runners (150+ more than the previous high); Close to 80 entries in the Parade (double last year) and close to 3,000 ducks in the water...all organized by OUR ROTARY CLUB!

As usual, the committee chairs receive the first accolades: Lynda Chase (Run), Corey Laber (Parade) and Dave Franz (Race). But it was not possible without the hard work of the entire club.

George Watts, Dave Wanlass, Annmarie Stanesa, Aaron LaCross, Roger Haslick, Frank Sadowski (it was great to see Frank), Lee Halsted, Mark Newton, Steve LaCommare, Janine Teagarden, Rennia Dombrowski (Thanx, 5/3!), Jeff Schreiber (Mr. Security), Bryan Bradford, Luanne Bibbee, President Kate, Captain Wayne Perry and First Mate Jim Lawrence, Tom Archer (6 hours in the duck suit!)...just to name a few. Many pulled double or triple duty with the Run and/or Parade and/or Race.

Thanx to the spouses who gave up their 4th to make this a success: Debbie Perry, Mel Laber, Jan Bradford, Laurie Watts, Larry Lawrence...and Annmarie's Mom, Wayne's son Mike and Jeff Schreiber's son.

As usual, we learned alot and have lots of ideas to make things better next year; and as much chaos as we see from the inside of such an event...from the outside we look so organized. We received a number of compliments on the street afterwards about how well the day went and the great job we did.

We Own the Day...and We Rocked It!
What A 4th of July! Jim Gilmore 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luanne Bibbee on May 07, 2012
Livingston County Rotary Club congratulates the winners of the 2012 Four-Way-Test Essay Contest:
1st place winner - Hayden Rupert, of Highlander Way Middle School, Howell. Prize: Apple IPad
2nd place winner - Riley Mehki, of Hartland Middle School of Ore Creek, Hartland. Prize: Kindle Fire
3rd place winner - Magdalene Pritchett, of Fowlerville Junior High School. Prize: Kindle...

Livingston County Rotary Clubs Announce Essay Winners Luanne Bibbee 2012-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County presented $5,400 Mark Newton 2012-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County presented $5,400 Mark Newton 2012-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Livingston Sunrise Rotary Helps Vet after Storms Bryan Bradford 2011-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore on Jul 05, 2011

The Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club honored Buzz Elliott, radio personality from WHMI, by making Buzz a Paul Harris Fellow. The honor was presented to Buzz just prior to the Brighton 4th of July Parade by Jim Gilmore, Past President of the Club and District 6380 Governor Nominee.

Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club Honors Buzz Elliott Jim Gilmore 2011-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore on Jul 04, 2011

Where do we start with the kudos for another successful 4th of July? Not only did we put on a flawless community event enjoyed by thousands; we also raised over $20,000 for the good works of our club both here in Livingston County and throughout the world.

There are a few we need to mention even though they are always the ones who avoid the attention as they go about their tasks.

We Owned The Day - July 4, 2011 Jim Gilmore 2011-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore on Jun 29, 2011

Good food, good friends and a relaxing atmosphere marked Saturday night at The Howell Nature Center as Presidents Linda Basista and Jim Lawrence presided over the 7th Annual Livingston Sunrise Rotary President's Night Celebration.

Annmarie Stanesa provided lovely centerpieces and PE Kate Lawrence organized the evening.


Rotarians Honored at President's Night Jim Gilmore 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore on Jun 05, 2011

President Jim Lawrence announced the Chairpersons and Task Captains for the 4th of July festivities in Brighton, Michigan.

The entire day is organized by the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club.

Chairpersons included the following:

Sponsorships – Bryan Bradford, Chuck Thompson & Tom McFarland


Hungry Duck Run – Jim Lawrence & Lynda Chase


Duckling Dash – Steve Gronow


Parade – Jon Curtis


Duck Race – Eric Righetti


Waddlesworth Livingston – Tom Archer  


WE OWN THE DAY Jim Gilmore 2011-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Livingston Sunrise Rotary July 5 Parade 2010 Mark Newton 2011-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore on May 17, 2011

Did you ever want to deal exclusively with businesses that adhere to the 4 Way Test?

Did you ever wonder if there was a Rotarian nearby that was a roofer, plumber, insurance agent?

The Rotary Business Directory will help you find that Rotarian.

In addition, you need to get your business registered in the Directory so that fellow Rotarians can find you. 

Visit this new site today and get registered. The faster we can populate this Directory, the faster we can be doing business with our fellow Rotarians. 

Rotary Business Directory Introduced for SE Michigan Jim Gilmore 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Livingston Sunrise Rotary Presentation Mark Newton 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Livingston Sunrise Rotarian in the News Jim Gilmore 2011-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore

Why I am a Paul Harris Fellow

Following is an article from Zone 22 Publication about The Rotary Foundation written by Elly Contreras-Vermuelen. Isn't it funny how we perceive things differently when we don't have all the facts?
Why Am I a Paul Harris Fellow? Jim Gilmore 0
Rotary 2014 District Conference Kathryn Wutz 0
Posted by James Watters
...and we don't just say that because the residents don't complain. Here is the Letter to the Editor that Jim Watters so deftly wrote summarizing the project and those who contributed.
Cemetery Cleanup a Huge Success James Watters 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore
Howell Nature Center was once again the site of the Livingston Sunrise Rotary President's Night this past Saturday. Once each year, we gather for an evening of fellowship and celebration of the accomplishments of the just completed Rotary Year.
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Posted by Jim Gilmore
Thanks to the loyal hard work by Lee Halstead every week and at every event, we have this site which has a nice history of pictures from the last several years...check it out:
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Posted by Jim Gilmore
By D6380 RIO Merle Loch of Sterling Heights Rotary Club

Every year we announce the new "theme for the year. " Have you ever wondered how this all came about? Or have you wondered who picks it...or why...?
Rotary International Annual Theme - Origins Jim Gilmore 0
Posted by Jim Gilmore
Do YOU know that June is Rotary Fellowship Month?? Do you know what the Fellowships are?? Might you be interested in joining one of these?

The Rotary Fellowships program fosters international fellowship, friendship, and service among Rotarian interest groups.

You can connect with Rotarians in other areas of the world who have similar hobbies or interests, share ideas and develop service projects. Join an existing Global Networking Group or start your own, and then tell your fellowship stories at club meetings.

Check the Downloads Section of our website below for a list of Fellowship possibilities..I am sure you will be surprised.

I was...I just joined the USFGR...go figure!
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Posted by Jim Gilmore
In an incredible attempt to appease a large number of people, we have given our Duck a full name.

Ducktor Waddlesworth Livingston

The controversy arose when the two names tied for popularity at the Board level and the club voting.

In a compromise move that surely satisfied the 4 Way Test, Duckmaster Emeritus Jim Lawrence announced the new name at a Rotary meeting last fall.

Now, instead of hearing,"What's the duck's name?" we'll hear, "What's that duck's name again?"

Maybe we'll just shorten it to Dee-dubya-el.
Meet Dee-Dubya-El Jim Gilmore 0
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