Dear Sunrise Rotarians and Friends - We sincerely hope you are all well and staying sane during this time of shelter in place.
We're thrilled to announce that beginning Tuesday March 31st we will resume our regularly scheduled meetings using Zoom.   Details will be emailed prior to each meeting.  As always, you can view the Speaker schedule below.  The weekly Zoom club meetings can be joined at:

   Sunrise Rotarians stand at the ready to assist all club, family or community members in need during this time.  

When physical meetings resume, we will be at our new venue:
DeLaveaga Golf Course Lodge
Pleases check back weekly for last minute updates.


Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise

Rotary Club of
Santa Cruz Sunrise

Santa Cruz Sunrise

District 5170

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
DeLaveaga Golf Course Lodge
401 Upper Park Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
United States of America
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Organizers of the 2020 Wine to Water Sunrise Rotary fundraising event for the clean water and sanitation project in the village of Lhuhwahwa in Uganda are claiming it was the best ever!    Peggy Pollard, champion for this Sunrise Rotary event, claimed, "It was the best Wine 2 Water fundraiser yet, a wonderful location, a bigger turnout, and a much smoother preparation and implementation!."    Fellow Sunriser, Mary Anne Kramer-Urner agreed, stating, , "Amazing!   And so much fun in the process.  Best year yet in my opinion."   

The sunny and fun Saturday at Bargetto Winery included a special guest appearance by John Bargetto, owner of the winery, who gave a history of the Bargetto Winery plus a donation of a wine tour package.   Attendees sampled marvelous home-cooked African Appetizers, courtesy of Patrice and Bob Keet and their team of Sunrise appetizer chefs.   Lhuhwahwa Village Director,  Stephen Masereka,  sent a video of the village's progress with the project and other updates.  
The event raised close to $9,000, which is almost double the amount from two years ago!  A huge thanks to sponsors, Mick's Automotive, AA Safe and Security Company, Mark and Laura Junod, Joe and Ann Ferrante, Cathleen Chandler-Eckhardt, Ethos (Meredith Keet), Santa Cruz County Bank, Anderson Behel Inc., J. Win Jewelry, Charles Baylis, Tony Nethercutt, Christoper Smith, Tom and Becky Hart, Rick Hofstetter, Lindsey Marks, MPress Digital Printing, and Bargetto's Winery.   
View the Video that was shown at the event here.      
Sunrise Rotarians attended the recent grand opening of LEO’s Haven inclusive playground at Chanticleer Park on Saturday, January 18th.  Sunrise Rotary has been a long-time contributor to the project since its inception.  From its rubberized surfacing, adaptive swings, and tactile features to its wheelchair accessible play structure and quiet entryways for those with sensory difficulties, LEO’s Haven was designed to be accessible for children of all abilities.   The event was full of laughter and smiles, but also created moments of tears of joy from parents who were able to watch siblings play together on a playground for the first time.   LEO’s Haven is truly an “inclusive” place. 
The grand opening event was the culmination of a 6 year journey filled with countless hours of fundraising events, planning meetings, workdays, and other labors of love. Karen Gosling, who has been credited as the inspirational leader for the Sunrise Club, stated  “LEO’s Haven is a magical place for all children and is a remarkable tribute to what can be accomplished when passionate, committed people get together.”  The Sunrise Rotary Club contributed in several ways: they installed the LEO’s Haven sign, designated the project as the beneficiary for several fundraisers including the annual Fire Cracker Race and the Rotary Bike Ride, purchased educational panels for the main plan structure, and encouraged their fellow Rotary Clubs to join the effort.   To date, the club has donated over  $190,000 to the project. 
Sunrise President Peter Truman commented, “LEO’s Haven is just one example of the type of amazing projects that Sunrise Rotary supports. It also serves as a testament to the power of collaboration among Rotary clubs toward a united goal.”    The next Sunrise event is the Wine 2 Water event at Bargetto's Winery on Saturday, February 8th from 1-4 pm.  This event supports the Sunrise Rotary international water and sanitation project in Uganda.   All are welcome. 
The fall of 2019 has certainly been a busy season for the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club.    First, the group hosted the 2019 Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Ride "Jon and Ken's Most Excellent Adventure",  which raised $100,000 for Jacob's Heart.   A check was presented at the November 5th Rotary Meeting.    Over 100 riders, volunteers, and supporters experienced the 200 mile ride  which culminated in the Finish Line Party at the Tannery.   Additional funds raised in the event will be used to support the Sunrise Charities and Grants program and  the Sunrise Rotary scholarship program.   Next, the club truly "gave" of themselves to support the Red Cross Blood Drive.   The club rallied around the event and many members already  signed up again for the next drive.   The 2019 Barrel Wrap to support Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Drive was next on the list as Sunrisers wrapped over 70 barrels during a Saturday morning gathering.   To cap it all off, the club partnered with the Cupertino Rotary Club to join forces on a Chardonnay Sailing Ride.   Networking and socializing was at the top of the agenda and accomplished!    As a final note, the Sunrise Rotary Club has seen a record amount of  growth  in new memberships this fall.    Hats off to all the members who have brought friends and coworkers to the meetings and events to expose them to  our fun and amazing club.  GO SANTA CRUZ SUNRISE ROTARY!   
The club looks forward to some future events, such as the Holiday Party, International Project planning, and the annual Ski Trip.     
The Sunrise Rotary Club meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 at the Back Nine Grill and Bar, 555 CA 17, Santa Cruz, CA  95060.  We encourage anyone interested in ROTARY to come and check us out!  

The #SleevesUP Campaign for Rotary District 5170 is going strong.   All Rotarians are encouraged to give toward the goal of 100 District 5170 blood donations by September 1st.   There is still time to meet our goal!   Even if you can't actually GIVE by September 1, you can still PLEDGE a donation now and then GIVE  during the months of September and October.   It still counts!   

Sunrise Rotarians Sue Gochis and Camilla Boolotian teamed up today at the  Red Cross in Santa Cruz at 2960 Soquel Avenue with #District5170!   Look how much fun they are having!  



Please make a pledge and schedule your appointment – Go to our special link:…/rotary-district-5170…/  and pledge to make your blood donation. Once you make a pledge, then schedule an appointment at an upcoming drive or fixed site near you. 

Don't forget to use the hashtag #RotaryDistrict5170 and #SleevesUp to encourage others to A) donate blood and B) make an appointment using this link.

Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Please join us and donate today!

As last year came to a close, I assessed the purpose and meaning of my life and contemplated some possible goals for the upcoming year.   The year was filled with a lot of activities and events, but the majority of my thoughts seemed to circle back to my involvement in my local Rotary club.    In January of 2018, I became an official Rotarian and embarked on an amazing journey of new discoveries over the course of the year. 
I moved to Santa Cruz, California in the summer of 2017 and was looking for a way to engage with my community when my new boss told me about this “club” that she thought I would really like.  When she told me the group was a Rotary club, I have to honestly say that I was somewhat underwhelmed.   While I have always had a heart for serving others, I thought Rotary was something my dad would join, not me.   I had a perception that these types of groups consisted of old, boring people who were all rich and retired.  (sorry… but that is what I always thought).   
While I was pretty sure that this club wasn’t going to be for me, I decided to humor my boss and attend a meeting.  I also had no real excuse to not try it because this club met at 7:15 every Tuesday morning and the meeting would not interfere with my current work or life obligations.   I made plans to attend thinking that I would just show up, sit toward the back, gather some information, maybe talk to a few people, and never return.   When that Tuesday morning came, I arrived at the location way too early.    I didn’t want to be in an awkward position  of being “too” early, so I sat in my car until about 5 minutes before the meeting was to start.  I was expecting there to be about 5 people in the room and a very low energy vibe.    Was I ever wrong!
When I entered the room, there were about fifty people in the room, and there was a positive buzz that was palpable.   These people had great energy, and it was readily apparent that all were truly glad to see one another.    I felt like I was at one of my family gatherings – people were laughing, high fiving, hugging, and animatedly conversing.   I was greeted by a person wearing a badge with the word GREETER and his name on it (Rick), and he was very welcoming.    He explained some of the basics to me without being overly invasive to my personal space.  (I typically like to keep a 3 foot window of space between myself and others, and Rick was the perfect host J).   He showed me to a table and the meeting commenced.   
I don’t remember much else about that first meeting other than immediately realizing that this was a group I wanted to join.    My original stereotypes were blown away instantly.  The members were funny and energetic and it was obvious that they loved to serve.  The list of opportunities to get involved was varied and interesting.   While some of the members were “senior” by a chronologic definition, they absolutely didn’t act their age!   I could tell that this was a group that liked to work hard but have fun (two main requirements for any project I undertake). 
From day one, my club has embraced me and made me feel at home.    I became a Red Badger, then a Blue,  and I have not looked back.    In the past year,   I have participated in a multitude of service and social activities through my club, I’ve learned about a local, state, and national topics through our fantastic guest speakers, and I’ve been able to personally witness the huge impact that my club makes on the lives of others.  Additionally, I’ve made many new friends who I adore and cherish.  My first year in Rotary has been an amazing journey.   
 As I reflected on my first year, there were three revelations I had:  
#1.  Being involved in Rotary will make you live longer.   It’s true!    We recently had a speaker on the topic of “Aging Well” and her main point was that we need to ensure that we establish our personal “community” as we grow older.  Having a circle of friends and family who we can be with and enjoy as we age is 100% beneficial to your health.   Rotary provides this sense of relational community.  I’m continually reminded of that every Tuesday when we gather before the meeting to catch up on one another’s lives and celebrate our connections.    At our projects or other events, we also get to enjoy one another and create memories. This is truly a special group of individuals who serve as my “community.”
#2.  Rotary enriches your purpose in life.     By helping others, we also help ourselves.    Doctors around the world have stated that our mental health is directly related to our satisfaction with our own lives, and there is certainly no better sense of satisfaction than being a part of a positive impact on the life of another person.   Through Rotary, I have been able to witness the joy on the faces of children with disabilities who were able to ride an adaptive bike for the first time.  I was able to watch as an international village transformed the lives of its community members through our Rotary clean water project.   Rotary allows us to do things for others that we never thought possible, and it is through that process that we also get to experience the magic that is created. 
#3.   Rotarians are FUN.    Despite my initial stereotype, I now  have an informed perspective of Rotarians.  There is never a dull moment in our Club, and there are always new and interesting fun times to be created and experienced.   I have learned a lot about these remarkable people and their zest and zeal for life. Sunrise Rotarians Rock!
As I enter my second year in Rotary, I look forward to another incredible year of service and all of the new and exciting experiences that this next year will bring.   I would encourage anyone who is seeking an avenue for service and an opportunity to personally and professionally grow to consider Rotary.   With over 1.2 million members in 35,000+ clubs across the world, there is a place for everyone!  
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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: The Rotary Ride

Announcing the 2020 Sunrise Rotary Charity Bike Ride
Thu Oct 1 - Sat Oct 3, 2020

Visit our ride website for registration details

Wine 2 Water
4 Uganda
THANK YOU to all who
participated in this year's
Wine 2 Water 4 Uganda.
helped us bring clean
water and safe facilities
to Kasese Uganda!
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Member Birthdays:
  • David Campbell
    April 2
  • Jeremy Lezin
    April 5
  • Lyndsey Marks
    April 24
  • Tom Stelling CCIM
    April 28
  • Bob Langseth
    April 30
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Jill Winston
    April 8
  • Kimberly Truman
    April 11
  • Creedence Shaw
    Amy Foxgrover
    April 8
  • Tony Giannotti
    Connie LeBaron
    April 9
  • Roger Swenson
    Keri Swenson
    April 22
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  • Jason Braley
    April 1, 2012
    8 years
  • John Gallagher
    April 1, 2009
    11 years
  • Ken Whiting
    April 1, 1988
    32 years
  • Beth Powanda
    April 4, 2013
    7 years
  • Brian Parselle
    April 8, 2014
    6 years
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    April 14, 1998
    22 years
  • Matthew Marichiba
    April 19, 2016
    4 years
  • Tiffany Wise-West
    April 21, 2015
    5 years
  • Charles Baylis
    April 28, 2015
    5 years

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