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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   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.   
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."

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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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
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President Camilla Boolootian 


Jeff Kirk and Penni Bengstom

They inspire us to make the Rotary Firecracker Race a very fun and successful fundraising event. 



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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Sue Gochis
    January 2
  • Rob Slawinski
    January 3
  • Rod Caborn
    January 4
  • Penni Bengtson
    January 5
  • Sean Venables
    January 11
  • Bill McDermott
    January 13
  • Greg Lukina
    January 16
  • John Flaniken
    January 22
  • Dave Mello
    January 29
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Mark Boolootian
    January 24
  • Romney Dunbar
    January 26
Join Date:
  • Christopher Smith
    January 1, 1995
    24 years
  • Linda Carter
    January 1, 2006
    13 years
  • Rob Slawinski
    January 1, 2000
    19 years
  • Dave Culver
    January 5, 1999
    20 years
  • TiKay Kuehne
    January 6, 2015
    4 years
  • Sue Gochis
    January 9, 2018
    1 year
  • Peter Truman
    January 15, 2011
    8 years
  • Keith Henderson
    January 27, 2003
    16 years
  • Camilla Boolootian
    January 29, 2013
    6 years
  • John Flaniken
    January 29, 2013
    6 years
  • Patrick Rooney
    January 29, 2013
    6 years
  • Peggy Pollard
    January 29, 2013
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