Registration is now open for the 7th annual Wine to Water fundraiser


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~ To all 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 2020 we resumed our regularly scheduled club meetings using Zoom.
In addition, we're also holding weekly Zocials for fun and frivolity.  They've been fantastic...   please join in!
Visit our Zoom Meetings & Account page for all of the details
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The Coronavirus epidemic and corresponding Shelter-in-Place order radically changed the day-to-day lives of most people in the world.  Within a few weeks, businesses were shut down, schools were closed, and uncertainty and fear seemed to be a common emotion.  In true Rotarian style, the Santa Cruz Sunrise club responded and adapted to these unprecedented times with a "can do" attitude and the "service above self" motto.   Under the leadership of President Peter Truman, the club scheduled a Zoom board meeting immediately to discuss plans for the continuation of the club meetings and the projects and fundraising events in progress given the  new national and local landscape.   With a new plan in place, the club proceeded to schedule their first ever "virtual" Rotary meeting.  On Tuesday, March 31st, at 7:15 am, the Santa Cruz Rotary Sunrisers "zoomed" in  for their club meeting.  It was a huge success.  The club has continued to meet weekly and the meetings include all the traditional face-to-face meeting items:  guest speakers, the Detective Report, an inspirational message, club updates, the Rotarian of the Month, and of time with one another.   At the last meeting, over 60 Rotarians and guests were in attendance and the number keeps growing each week!
Following  Rotary protocol, I  even applied the Four Way Test to our new club delivery method in the assessment of how well things are working:
#1.   Is it the truth?  YES!   Our club meetings are STILL amazing and informative.  I am excited to attend each Tuesday morning.  But, to be completely honest ...  I must admit that our club has had one thing not go well during our Zoom Rotary meetings ... that's the Pledge of Allegiance.    We are really struggling to sync together for that part -- but we continue to try each week. It may take some more time, but we will eventually get there.   
#2.   Is it fair to all concerned?  YES!  We are so lucky to have Jon Winston as a club member. Jon has been so wonderful in sharing his technology expertise (and patience) with us to ensure that our members and guests get connected.  He and many others are willing and able to help connect people to the new club meeting format.    
#3.   Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  YES!   The club has continued to thrive and do good work.   Most recently, the "Sew-tarians" were created by member, Lisa Krigsman.  This group makes masks for various workers in the community.   Sunrisers are still delivering  meals to shut-ins and donating time and funds to several good causes.  Additionally,  Sunrise Zoom "Zocials" have become the newest way for members to hang out.  Trivia contests, themed parties, and other festive ideas have been included in these fun and wacky nights.
#4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?   DEFINITELY!  In addition to the wonderful friendships formed through our club, members are treated to a special presentation each week.  These presentations inform and inspire club members.  The Zoom Rotary meetings have kept club members active and engaged with one another as well.  I would have to say that ANY time you get a group of Rotarians together, it WILL always be beneficial. 
So....the Sunrise Rotary Club meetings certainly passed the four way test!   Stay tuned to the website for the latest updates with the club.  We invite anyone to join us for our Tuesday morning 7:15 am zoom meetings.   Stay well and stay connected. We hope to resume face-to-face meetings sometime this summer.  In the meantime...have a ZOOMabulous May.
      The ISLAND THEMED Sunrise Rotary "Zocial" held this month!  
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. 

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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