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 of America
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In addition to donating their time and talents to the community through service projects, Sunrise Rotary Club members also give generously out of their pocketbooks!   In 2018, the club raised over $150,000 and gave it all back through the support of various projects, ranging from youth experiences to medical services to environmental initiatives.  Some of the recipients of club funds form last year include the following:
American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Cabrillo College Baseball, Camp Kesem, CASA, Expressivo Orchestra, Harbor High Baseball, Jacob's Heart, Kid Power, LEO's Haven at Chanticleer Park, Music in May, PolioPlus Worldwide Eradication Initiative, Rotacare, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Cruz PTA, Save our Shores, Second Harvest Food Bank, Senderos, High School Scholarships, Shared Adventures, Rotary Foundation, Teen Kitchen Project, Volcanes Sewing School, and Young at Heart -- Music for Seniors.
The club hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year including the Annual Firecracker 10K/5K/Kids 1K, Jon and Ken's Excellent Adventure 3-Day Bike Ride and 1-Day Inclusive Ride, The Largest Gathering of Skiing Rotarians, and the Wine to Water event.  The funds from these special events support both domestic and international Rotary projects including polio eradication, youth adaptive ski programs, clean water for remote villages,  scholarships for local students, youth leadership campus, Student of the Month program, and establishing adaptive playgrounds for children. 
In addition to fundraising, the club conducts local and global service activities throughout the year.  This year a contingent of Sunrise Rotarians lead a water and sanitation project in a remote village in western Uganda and participated in a Hurricane Relief project in Puerto Rico.   Closer to home, service projects include quarterly Adopt-a-Highway cleanups, beach and river levy cleanups, native plant restoration projects, Camp Harmon work days, Project Pajamas, Salvation Army bell ringing, Adopt-a-Family, and hands-on support of various local organizations such as Your Future is Our Business, Second Harvest Food Bank, CASA, Teen Kitchen Project, and the Homeless Services Center.
Sunrise Rotary also sponsors a local Interact club for high school students and a Rotaract club for college students and young professionals providing the tools and structure for them to learn the value and benefits of providing meaningful service to their community.   
It's through the selfless, energetic, and ongoing service attitude  which Sunrise Rotarians adopt in all their activities that has allowed this club to have a major impact on our community and beyond.  If you would like to learn more about the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club, please visit our website ( or contact President Camilla Boolootian at
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary partnered with Kasese, Uganda Rotary in a $36,000 Global Grant Project for water & sanitation project in the village of Lhuhwahwa.  Capitola-Aptos and Kampala-North Rotary Clubs also contributed funds.    In April 2019, Rotarians Jon Winston, Dr. George Bunch, and Peggy Pollard, International Committee Chair, and son Bruin Pollard visited the project.
Read about our trip here...
The cancellation of the annual competition for the  Largest Gathering of Skiing Rotarians (LGSR) event this year didn't deter a group of Sunrisers from  heading up the mountain for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding,  and fellowship.  These hearty souls braved the snow covered roads and intermittent snowstorms to create their own style of LGSSR (Largest Gathering of Skiing SUNRISE Rotarians).    In true Rotarian spirit, the snowboarders and skiers put aside their differences for the weekend to co-exist in peace and understanding.    A big thanks goes out to event organizer, Tom Hart and to Mark and Laura Junod for hosting this somewhat "suspect" group.   All are looking forward to returning for the  2020 event which raises money for the Adaptive Ski Program in Tahoe.
   Staying true to the Rotary mission of "enhancing the quality of life and human dignity," the RotaCare program continues to serve the Santa Cruz community.  RotaCare is a Rotary supported, volunteer alliance of medical professionals, organizations, and community members that offers free medical care to a population among  approximately 54,000 uninsured and underinsured residents of Santa Cruz County.
Every Tuesday, the Live Oak Senior Center at 1777 Capitola Road, is transformed into a fully operational medical clinic, complete with a waiting room, intake areas, and three exam rooms.  Operational hours run from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  The doors open at 5 pm and operate on a first come-first served model. Ron Sekkel, the Clinic Operations Manager, accentuated the philosophy of the program stating that "patients who need to see a doctor will see a doctor -- no patient is turned away!"  It is this type of commitment and passion that makes the clinic so special.   
The Santa Cruz RotaCare Free Medical Clinic was originally started by Area 7 Rotary Clubs, led by the original founder, John Fisher.  John's leadership was instrumental in shaping the clinic into the incredible service it has become.  Over twenty volunteers show up each Tuesday to support the program and approximately 15-30 patients are seen each week.  
As a Sunrise Rotarian, you might be wondering what YOU can do to support RotaCare?
Saturday, October 13th, was one of the busiest Sunrise Rotarian days of the year.  The morning began with  members showing up early in the morning at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville to prepare the barrels for the holiday food drive.   In about two hours, the work was completed and hundreds of barrels had been prepped.  
Then, the group headed over to Chanticleer Park for the Leo's Haven dedication.   The children had prepared a special musical performance of "This is Me" from the movie the Greatest Showman.   There was not a dry eye in the park!
Later that afternoon, the Sunrisers met at the Harbor for the Chardonnay II  Sunset Cruise.   The evening was perfect and many members even took the helm and piloted the boat!     Wine and appetizers were shared and a lot of fellowship and laughter rounded out the beautiful views of the shoreline.    This "Super Saturday" was a day to remember...  The next "social" event for Sunrise is the annual Christmas Party:  Black and White Soiree, on Thursday, December 13th at 5:30 pm at the Seacliff Room at Severinos.   

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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Firecracker 10k 
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President Camilla Boolootian 

Brian Parcelle
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary power point 
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Upcoming Events

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.

Mark your calendars: Thu Sep 28 - Sat Sep 30, 2019
Pre-Registration until 10/16/18
Full Registration will open Soon.


2019 registration will open soon!

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Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary
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1st Year Director
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2nd Year Director
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Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Youth Service
Charities & Grants
Club Trainer
Pledge / Thought of the Day
Second Harvest Food Bank
Speakers & Programs
Speakers & Programs
The Rotary Foundation
Speech Contest
We Care
Youth Protection Officer
Wine 2 Water
4 El Salvador
THANK YOU to all who
participated in this year's
Wine2Water for El Salvador.
help us bring clean
water and safe facilities
to rural El Salvador!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Kris Schilperoort
    May 2
  • bob Tanimoto
    May 5
  • Tom Crahen
    May 6
  • Jim Cumming
    May 8
  • Peggy Pollard
    May 14
  • Romney Dunbar
    May 16
  • John Gallagher
    May 22
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Jim James Cumming, Jr.
    May 8
  • Susie Kavanagh
    May 16
  • Ashley Braley
    May 22
  • Pam Hanson
    May 27
  • Peggy Pollard
    Dr. Bob Pollard
    May 2
Join Date:
  • Faris Sabbah
    May 10, 2017
    2 years
  • Roger Swenson
    May 19, 1998
    21 years

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Aug 06, 2019
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