Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise

Rotary Club of
Santa Cruz Sunrise

Santa Cruz Sunrise

District 5170

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Back Nine Grill & Bar
555 Highway 17
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
United States
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The Sunrise Rotary Club crossed TWO finish lines on Saturday, September 29th at the 2018 Jon and Ken's Most Excellent Adventure Bike Ride  ... one for the end of the bike ride and one for their fundraising goal!   Over 60 riders arrived for a finish line party at Lighthouse Bank, complete with pizza, prizes, and some beverages after their 200 mile, 3-day quest along Highway 1.  Despite the fatigue, sore muscles, and sunburn, there were smiles to be had everywhere!

The Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotarians are on target to raise over $100,000.00 in their fundraising efforts for Leo's Haven, Santa Cruz County's first inclusive playground for children of all abilities.   LEO’s Haven at Chanticleer Park will be a playground uniquely designed to provide all children access to the benefits of play while teaching the vital lessons of compassion, awareness, and acceptance.  A place where all children can belong.   This year's ride was the culmination of a two year fundraising effort to support building the playground, which breaks ground on Saturday, October 13th at 10 am at Chanticleer Park.   
On Saturday, August 18th, Sunrise Trash Collectors were at it again.    This occasion marked the 400th bag of trash collected -- Wow -- that's well over a ton of trash!  In addition to the trash pickup, there was some good-natured "trash talking" among the participants throughout the morning.  As usual, unique "finds" were to be had, including a $1 bill (there was club speculation, however, that Jon Winston may have planted the dollar out there earlier in the morning to inspire other Sunrisers to participate in the future...but Jon strongly denies it!).   The group was once again treated to a delicious brunch provided by Mr. Winston.   Stay tuned for future trash pick-up dates,  as you too, could become a Sunrise Roto-Trasher!
 July of 2018 brought some major changes in the top leadership spot for the  Sunrise Rotary Club.   Camilla Boolootian has taken over the helm as the President of the Club and has some huge "shoes" to fill from the  2017-18 President,  Rick Hofstetter.   A special " dynasty debunking" party was held in July to honor Rick and to thank him for all of his efforts as President.   When asked about some insights that he had regarding his tenure as President, Rick commented, "It was FUN... yes, some work too.  But, what a great way to spend more time with everyone in the Club. The position "forces" you (in a good way) to be involved in pretty much everything the Club is doing... I liked that.  The only advice I have for Camilla would be to not freak out over the flood of emails she's going to get this year."
Camilla  is no stranger to leadership and responsibility.  Camilla spent twenty years working in advertising, leaving to take a position as the development director for Pacific Collegiate School where she spent four years. Today, Camilla is a regional fundraiser for the American Red Cross. She is past president of Leadership Santa Cruz County, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. She served as an ambassador for the Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Board of Directors for Santa Cruz Montessori. 
She lives in Santa Cruz with her husband Mark, who was also her college sweetheart!   They have two sons, fine young men they love and adore. On weekends, Camilla can be found walking trails, or performing community service work with the Red Cross or her Rotary colleagues.
After being deployed by the Red Cross in response to Hurricane Sandy, Camilla attended her first Rotary meeting as a guest speaker, where she spoke of the amazing work of the Red Cross humanitarian efforts and the inspirational commitment of volunteers during times of disaster. That led to an invitation to join Rotary, an invitation she quickly embraced after seeing the commitment to community service and fellowship of Rotary members.
Camilla's goals for her Presidency are simple.  She  wants to increase exposure for the Club in sharing all of the amazing things Sunrise does for others and the community.   She also wants to increase membership in the club by creating more opportunities for outreach.    "I'm looking forward to this amazing adventure.   I feel prepared and ready for the work that needs to be done."  
 Another Sunriser has made the news for outstanding contributions to the community.    Hot on the heels of Jon Winston's District award from last week, Mary Gaukel Forster was recently honored at the 2018 Central Coast Heroes Breakfast which was held last Friday, June 15th at Twin Lakes Church.   American Red Cross Heroes are ordinary people whose actions embody the values of the Red Cross, and demonstrate the potential that is in all of us.  Whether they’re stepping up during a medical emergency to provide assistance, or helping others through a lifetime of volunteerism,  these heroes reflect what is best about our community.   Mary was presented with this year's Education Hero award.  Education has been Mary's passion both in her career days as well as her post-retirement endeavors.   In  Forster’s household, retirement is a running joke. She may be even busier than she was during her more than 40 years as an educator and administrator, a career in which she regularly went above and beyond to help local English learners and continuation schools. In “retirement,” Forster is the executive director of Your Future is Our Business, an organization that links local and regional employers with Santa Cruz County schools and, in the process, improves students’ employment prospects. Forster is also involved with the Transition Age Youth Program for the local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization, the Youth Violence Prevention Taskforce, and Santa Cruz County’s 5-year Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program.
The Sunrise Rotary Club is certainly proud of our fellow Rotarian, Mary Guakel Forster, the 2018 Central Coast Education Hero!
The 2018 Rotary District 5170 Conference this year included a presentation of one of the highest awards to our very own Sunrise Rotarian,  Jon Winston.   At the Saturday night banquet,  Jon was presented  with the Richard D. King Award for his dedication and service.   Twelve Sunrise members were in attendance at the banquet where Jon was presented with this much deserved award.   When asked what their favorite part of the conference was, our members overwhelmingly responded that  it was was watching Jon to receive this award from Past Rotary International President Rick King himself.  Incoming Sunrise  President, Camilla Boolootian said,  "The District Conference was a great event. There  were phenomenal speakers and amazing workshops, but by far the best part was watching  Jon receive the Richard D. King Award.   It was pretty special and  we are extremely proud of him."
Jon Winston hosted Camilla Boolootian, Sue Gochis, and Mary Anne Kramer-urner on Wednesday, May 23rd for some ClubRunner training.   "Fin" the cat made several guest appearances during the night.     Gourmet snacks and delicious white wine were provided as well.   The team is ready to serve!

Nine brave souls spent a recent Saturday morning participating in the Sunrise Rotary, 2018 Adopt a Highway Cleanup Program.   This was the 20th Highway Cleanup since the program started 7 years ago!  The group spent the morning collecting several bags of trash and the event culminated with a gourmet quiche meal provided by our very own, "King" Jon Winston.    The most interesting item found was a racy DVD (the title of which shall not be named,  but let's just say that we are glad the finder was over 21!).

The Sunrise Rotary Club recently supported the establishment of the new performing arts theater located at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. The Performing Arts Theatre, known as the Colligan Theater, consists of 250 seats in an intimate setting to allow for locally produced theatre. The Sunrise Rotary Club donated $10,000 to the Board of Directors, (as a sustaining member) support the construction of the theater.
In addition to this donation, the Sunrise Rotary Club contracted with a local Concrete “artistic” Contractor (Tom Ralston Concrete) to design, create, and build a unique curved and circular concrete bench which anchors the outdoor circular Terrace encompassing the public gathering space. The design of the bench is exceptional in that it showcases a bronze swirling octopus (Sean Monaghan, Bronzeworks) embracing a stylistic and industrial Rotary Wheel! It is a fascinating and remarkable design. In addition, on both sides of the bench the artist provided a bronze Rotary Wheel emblem, commemorating Rotary International.
The project was finished in December of 2015, and the bench is dated as such under the bronze Rotary wheel. The Sunrise Rotary Club hopes that many future generations will find the bench an attractive and pleasing addition to the unique Tanner Arts Center village.

Wondering what Rotary is all about?   It's hard to describe in 34 seconds, but this video will give you a good idea! 

For more information on our club, one of 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world, feel free to peruse our website. You'll find much more information at the Rotary International website.

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Jon & Ken's Most Excellent Adventure 3-day Ride
The 1-Day Rotary Rides

Thank you and congrats to all who participated in this year's epic Rotary Rides.  The 3-Day riders raised over $100,000 for LEO's Haven.  Great fun was had while funds were raised for our 1-Day charities at the Finish Line Party.

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President Camilla Boolootian recognizes Steve Strong, Carl Primavera and Rebecca Zeilon as our November 2018 Rotarians of the Month for their brilliant work organizing the Bike Ride 1-Day Event and 3-Day Finish Line Party.

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