Chaffee County Celebrates DPIL Milestone

Chaffee County Celebrates Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

200 Millionth Book Milestone

"Dolly’s gifting a special bookmark to seven children in her Imagination Library program as part of “200 Million Reasons to Celebrate”
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is turning over a new chapter in The Imagination Library legacy - celebrating 200 million books gifted globally since inception in 1995.  The early childhood book-gifting program mails a high-quality, free book each month to children from birth to age five. Salida Sunrise Rotary’s program in Chaffee County is excited to celebrate with every child/family enrolled locally. The Chaffee County program launched in March of 2015, and there are currently 566 children enrolled.
Chaffee County Celebrates DPIL Milestone 2023-07-18 06:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary Trail Clean Up Day!

Salida Sunrise Rotary Helps with Trail Clean Up!

On June 23rd, members of the Salida Sunrise Rotary Club worked together for a trail cleanup of the spur recreation trail. The project started near the Holman parking area and went toward Milk Run.  Our club will be adopting this section for two years to help in the maintenance of the trail in coordination with SPOT (Salida Parks, Open-space and Trails).
Weeding was our focus during this event. Everyone is encouraged to work together or independently to help in monitoring and cleaning our section.
Thank you to all our volunteers along with Donna Rhoads from SPOT and Jessica from Envision Rec Adopter.
Sunrise Rotary Trail Clean Up Day! 2023-07-02 06:00:00Z 0

Junior Achievement Economics for Success

Junior Achievement Economics for Success


Salida Sunrise Rotary was pleased to sponsor, coordinate and present Junior Achievement Economics for Success at Crest Academy on March 16th, 2023.  

As a pilot program for the school system, “JA Economics for Success reveals the heart of a successful economic life: choosing the right career and managing money properly.”  Through this program, the students learned the importance of education and expertise in job fields. Taking set salaries, they then learned how to budget their money.  Financially, they explored the difference between a debit and credit cards, how to invest their savings, write checks and use a register to properly track their expenses.

Thanks to the support of Nichole Imm and Amy Drengler of High Country Bank and Jami Smith, Alexia Gillespie and Amanda Wilson of Collegiate Peaks Bank as well as Mike Harris and Deb Payton as instructors, this program was made possible.

Thanks also to the teachers, Deb Bass-O’Brien, Samantha Bahn and Courtney Miller, at Crest Academy who opened their doors to ensure the programs success.  Samantha Bahn did a wonderful job coordinating the students and making sure that the audio-visual support was on board.

Our hope is to bring this or a similar program district wide.

With much appreciation,
Deb Payton
Salida Sunrise Rotary Junior Achievement coordinator
Junior Achievement Economics for Success Debbie Payton 2023-03-17 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Park 2022

A Wonderful Holiday Park 2022!!

This year’s Holiday Park has been amazing!!!  The Salida Sunrise Rotary Club is grateful to the 101 individuals, non-profits and companies who adopted and decorated trees this year. 

Because of your generosity, $5200.00 will be added to the Sunrise Rotary Club’s Charitable Fund and then awarded in scholarships to Salida High School graduating students.

Holiday Park 2022 Janet L Franz 2023-01-08 07:00:00Z 0

“Lucky Ducky Race” Scholarship Fundraiser

“Lucky Ducky Race” Scholarship Fundraiser
Welcomes High Country Bank as Event’s First
2022 Platinum Sponsor
On Sunday, August 28 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, creatively decorated ducks – sponsored by local businesses and individuals – will once again race down the Arkansas River to cheering spectators who are helping to raise money for Salida Sunrise Rotary’s scholarship fund and celebrating the Salida community.

The Lucky Ducky Race, held at Salida’s Riverside Park, is a key component of Salida Sunrise Rotary’s efforts to raise scholarship funds for local students. The top three winning sponsors of the event’s final races will have scholarships granted in their names during the next school year. These range from $1,000 to $2,000.
This year, High Country Bank is setting the bar by becoming the first platinum-level sponsor of the 2022 Lucky Ducky Race and pledging its support for the second year in a row.  “We’re more than happy to be supporting the race again this year,” said Robin NeJame, High Country Bank Community Outreach Director. “At High Country Bank, we’re really invested in supporting our community, and the Lucky Ducky Race gives us a great opportunity to help some of our neighbors continue their education.”
The ducks for this year’s race can be sponsored at three levels -- $450 for platinum, $250 for gold, and $125 for silver. Platinum-level businesses decorate the large rubber ducks to creatively reflect their industries while others simply have fun with artistic flair. And children at the Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County are already busy decorating ducks in preparation for gold-level sponsors. Silver sponsors will be assigned a numbered yellow duck.  “Without the Lucky Ducky Race, our ability to provide area students with much-deserved and much- needed scholarships would be severely limited,” said Jan Schmidt, Chair of this year’s event and Treasurer of Salida Sunrise Rotary. “That’s why we so appreciate every business and every individual who support the race through these sponsorships.”
Those interested in contributing to the Salida Sunrise Rotary’s scholarship fund by sponsoring a duck for this year’s Lucky Ducky Race can find a sponsorship form at or by contacting Jan Schmidt at
“Lucky Ducky Race” Scholarship Fundraiser 2022-07-17 06:00:00Z 0

Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the Salida Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Recipients!

On Monday, May 9th seven Salida High School seniors were awarded Salida Sunrise Rotary Scholarships.  Much of the funds raised from the 10th Anniversary Celebration & Lucky Ducky Race provided individual scholarships.  In addition, funds have been raised throughout the year to provide the first annual Sonia Walter Memorial Scholarship.  (The names of each Scholarship are in Italics).  Joining member David Armstrong for this exciting Scholarship Awards evening at the high school are the following recipients of this year's scholarships:
Maya Vallevona.  Maya is the first recipient of the Sonia Walter Memorial Scholarship.  She will be attending Colorado State university with a planned major in International Studies and her planned career is to be a Diplomat.
Kate Adams.  Kate is the recipient of the Cliff Wurster Scholarship.  Kate will be attending Montana State University with a planned major in Mathematics and History and career as a Federal Court Clerk.
Kaya Schwarz,  Kaya is the recipient of the Richardson Family Scholarship.  Kaya will be attending the University of Colorado/Boulder in the Fall and her planned Major is Biochemistry with a career as a Physician's Assistant.
Jessie Rollins.  Jessie is the recipient of the Murdoch's Home & Ranch Scholarship.  Jessie will be attending Columbia University in New York City this Fall.  Her planned major is in History with a planned career in Immigration/Civil Rights Law.
Gwen Ramsey.  Gwen is the recipient of the Adriana De Anda with Pinon Real Estate Group Scholarship.  Gwen will be attending California Polytechnic State University and her planned Major is Sociology with a planned career in Law.
Ethan NeJame Zeiset.  Ethan is the recipient of the Chaffee Printing Center Scholarship.  He too will be attending California Polytechnic State University with a planned Major in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering and a planned career in Engineering.
Araya Rodrigues.  Araya will be attending the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs this Fall.  Her planned Major is in Communications with a planned career in Public Relations.
We wish all of these students success in the exciting years ahead and hope that they will come to our club to visit regularly to share some of their experiences in college!
Scholarships Awarded Janet L Franz 2022-05-17 06:00:00Z 0

Another Great Chaffee Home & Garden Show!


Another Great Chaffee Home & Garden Show!

The 2022 Chaffee Home & Garden Show is now part of our history, and we would like to thank everyone who came out and supported this year’s Chaffee Home & Garden Show on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 – from all the vendors and visitors to the entire staff at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds who went above and beyond to help our club’s volunteers host an amazing and vibrant show. We especially appreciate the support of our Chaffee County Commissioners who generously partnered with Salida Sunrise Rotary to hold the event at the fairgrounds again after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.

It was so exhilarating to see the 1,800+ folks from our region who visited the show and our 50+ vendors. We were also happy to offer a host of children’s activities in the South Building, where members from the Girl Scouts volunteered to help out. And with support from the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), recycling containers were available for the first time at the show, helping to make it a more environmentally friendly event.  For some fun photos of the event, take a look at the Chaffee Home & Garden Show 2022 Photo Album on the lefthand side of this website.

We’d also like to thank all the local businesses who sponsored the show, including Platinum Sponsors: American Overhead Door, Brady’s West, High Country Bank, and Pelino, Inc., as well as Silver Sponsor: The Mountain Mail. We also had several Friends of Show who helped make this year’s show such a success: Alpine Culligan Water, Altamont Landscaping, Bear Country Cabinets, Coffee by Topo, Complete Tree Care, Clutterless Concepts, Cutco, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp., High Rockies Home Inspection, Kate Woolman State Farm, Peak Solar Designs, Renewable Energy Outfitters, and Valley to Valley Senior Care Center.

Most of the vendors submitted a survey, and many have indicated they will be returning again next year.  Some have even asked for larger booths next year! 
We truly appreciate the community's support – and look forward to seeing everyone again next year at an even bigger and better Chaffee Home & Garden Show!
Another Great Chaffee Home & Garden Show! Janet L Franz 2022-04-09 06:00:00Z 0

Chaffee Home & Garden Show

It's Time for
The Chaffee Home & Garden Show Again!
April 1 & 2, 2023
Chaffee County Fairgrounds


The Chaffee Home & Garden Show returns for the 10th time at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 1 & Sunday, April 2, 2023.

More than 60 companies from the Chaffee County area – and from across Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah – will showcase the latest in landscaping, gardening, energy-efficient products, window treatments, flooring, lighting, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, patio furniture, storage systems, greenhouses, decks, spas and more.

This show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local home professionals.

Chaffee Home & Garden Show Janet Franz 2022-02-28 07:00:00Z 0

A Wonderful Day!

It’s a Wrap! 
The 10th Anniversary Celebration
&  Lucky Ducky Races were a Success!
What a fun afternoon we had on Sunday, August 29th at Riverside Park!  The 10th Anniversary Celebration of our Salida Sunrise Rotary Club was truly a celebration of service to our wonderful community!  The kids had a great time racing small ducks in gutters and painting rocks and small ducks.  Everyone enjoyed the fabulous live music, the amazing performance by the Salida Circus, and meeting with many local non-profit organizations.  And of course, we had the Lucky Ducky races in the Arkansas River!   
Congratulations to our Lucky Ducky Race winners!  At all three levels, the prizes are a scholarship in the business/organization's choice of name during the next school year.  First place is a $1500 scholarship, 2nd place is a $1250 scholarship, and 3rd place is a $1000 scholarship.
Silver Sponsors:         1st place – Julie Richardson
                                       2nd place – Chaffee Printing Center
                                       3rd place – Murdoch’s Ranch & Home
Gold Sponsors:             1st place – American Overhead Door
                                         2nd place – Cliff Wurster
    3rd place – Mount Princeton Hot Springs
Platinum Sponsors:    1st place – Monarch Manufacturing
                                         2nd place – Adriana De Anda with Pinon Real Estate Group
                                         3rd place – Kate Woolman State Farm
Best Decorated Platinum Duck (determined by a public vote):  KW Construction & Restoration
Favorite Youth-Decorated Gold Duck (determined by a panel of judges):
                                       1st place – Mackenzie  from Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County
                                       2nd place – A duck decorated by the team of Scarlett, Tegan, and Curtis from the 4th grade class at Longfellow
A huge thank you goes to everyone who sponsored a duck and to those who helped make this event happen.  We met our goals and generated $19,000, and the Salida Sunrise Rotary Charitable Fund will use the proceeds for scholarships and non-profit grants.
A Wonderful Day! Becky Leonard 2021-09-07 06:00:00Z 0

State of The Club

A Note From President Cecil Rhodes ...

At last week's meeting, President Cecil gave his "State of the Club" speech.  It was so well received that we decided to let you all read what he had to say.  We hope you enjoy it too.

State of the Club 

We have endured a pandemic for a year and a half. There appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel, and life is beginning to return to a semblance of normalcy. 

I believe that Salida Sunrise Rotary has done more than just endure. I believe we have a lot to be proud of. 

Despite having to cancel our fund raisers, we have acted boldly and wisely to help our community face unprecedented challenges. I want to thank Gary Olson for his leadership during the first 6 months of 2020. We proceeded with our Spring 2020 Scholarships and Community Grants. Additionally, we donated to Robins employees who lost their jobs when Robins had to close. We donated to The Grainery and obtained matching Districts funds to help them keep the food bank open during those early months, and we contributed to Chaffee County Community Fund’s program to supplement the income of those in need in our county. 

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Meet Another New Member!

Welcome to our Newest Member 

Kate Woolman

We are very excited to welcome Kate Woolman as the newest member to Salida Sunrise Rotary Club.  Kate was born and raised in a small-town in Minnesota before moving to Colorado.  In September, she and her husband (Chris) and 20 month-old daughter (Madelyn) moved to Poncha Springs. 
While in Colorado Springs Kate was a State Farm team member working primarily with business insurance and life insurance needs.  Fortunately for Salida and our surrounding areas, she was chosen by State Farm to represent their brand beginning in January, 2021 as an agent.
When asked a little about her background, Kate's response is "[I] have been involved with community Ed programs, instructor for several fun classes for kids 2-13 and was a chaperone on multiple trips; aquatic centers, museums, parks. I taught a range of things from cooking, baking, gymnastics (the kids taught me how to do a cartwheel), Spanish, juggling, bocce-ball, flag football, bike safety, Coached tennis lessons, playground time, bead work, doll-making - etc.


Meet Another New Member! Janet L Franz 2021-04-08 06:00:00Z 0

Meet our Newest Member!

Welcome to Salida Sunrise Rotary Carol Melzer

Member picture
Carol Melzer and her husband Jim moved from Denver to Salida in 2018. Because they have moved 8 times in their first 20 years of marriage Carol has worn many professional hats over the years.   During that time she worked on a Pediatrics floor as a Child Life Worker, worked in a college bookstore, sold Tupperware, sold cable TV, and did medical billing. Her final, and most gratifying professional career was to be an Ultrasound technologist for 10 years, and her only regret was not to have pursued that career earlier in her life! 
After several changed plans and cancellations during this last year, they both are ready to get back to traveling and camping and hiking and biking.  They are a part of a tandem biking group.  Plus, they have created a beautiful yard and garden of their own and kept the Las Colinas neighborhood in shape through road improvements and front entrance plantings.
Carol is active in this community - as treasurer of the Las Colinas Property Owners Association, the Noteables, Peak2Peak Pickleball, Heart of Colorado Weaver’s Guild, Ark Valley Helping Hands, helping with Blue Bird boxes through Parks and Wildlife - and has become proficient with the Ukulele group of Salida.  
She will be a strong addition to our club.
Meet our Newest Member! Janet L Franz 2021-02-28 07:00:00Z 0

ColoradoGives Day ... December 8th!

ColoradoGives Day in only 1 Week!

Because of the effects of Covid-19, we have had to cancel our usual fundraising efforts.  Thus, Colorado Gives Day is an important fundraiser for Salida Sunrise Rotary Charitable Fund.  Donations help us support the community and ensure our awarding of scholarships, community grants, and the sponsorship of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
You may choose to designate your donation to the Scholarship, Community Grants or the Imagination Library Program.
We encourage participation and have hopefully made it easy for you to do by clicking on the ColoradoGives icon (below) which will take you directly to their website.  You may also wish to encourage others to donate by sending information about our participation in ColoradoGives Day.  Keep in mind that you can donate now by going to the ColoradoGives website, but your donation will not take actually take place until ColoradoGives Day on December 8th.
Thank you for your wonderful support!  And don't forget to encourage your friends and neighbors to donate too!
ColoradoGives Day ... December 8th! Janet Franz 2020-11-23 07:00:00Z 0

Winter/Spring Scholarships Now Due

Salida Sunrise Rotary Scholarship applications will be accepted beginning October 15, 2019.  All students who will be attending Voc/Tech School, Community College, College or University in January of 2020 are encouraged to apply.
The Deadline is December 1, 2020 at 5 PM.  Please let anyone you know wishing to apply for one of the Scholarships to visit the scholarship page at for further information.
Beginning in January of 2020, Salida Sunrise Rotary is proud to offer the Lee Sohl Memorial Scholarship.  We are excited to give this scholarship of $1000 in honor and in remembrance of our dear friend and fellow Rotarian Lee Sohl.   We miss her terribly!  In addition to the requirements listed by the Salida Sunrise Rotary for all scholarships, (see (scholarship link) (choose the scholarship that applies to you and apply) the Lee Sohl Memorial Scholarship is intended for a woman whose major will take her on a path to a business career.
Winter/Spring Scholarships Now Due 2019-11-10 07:00:00Z 0

2019 District Conference Huge Success!

The Rotary District 5470 Annual Conference was held on October 11 through October 13 at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. Mr David Wood our District 5470 District Governor presided over the event.  Over 140 district members and family enjoyed many events and superb speakers giving Rotary International information and motivational enthusiasm to the participants.
2019 District Conference Huge Success! Janet Franz 2019-10-16 06:00:00Z 0

Salida Sunrise Rotarian of the Year 

Congratulations to Janet Franz, the Salida Sunrise Rotarian of the Year!
Service Above Self conveys the many valuable contributions Janet makes each year.  She is active in the following ways; on the club board where she serves as a member, the Chaffee Home and Garden show committee , documenting policies to help run the club and stepping in to help when roles in the club need to be filled.  She is also a past president of the club and often provides important insight to current presidents.
Thank you Janet for devoting so much time to Salida Sunrise Rotary!  We appreciate your time and passion for the club!
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Spring 2019 Scholarship Recipients 2019-05-01 06:00:00Z 0

Spring Scholarships Applications!

Salida Sunrise Rotary accepts applications for spring semester scholarships

Salida Sunrise Rotary will be accepting scholarship applications from March 1 through April 10th for Fall semester 2019, scholarships.  Four scholarships are offered.   They are:  New student scholarship (high school graduate), Current student scholarship (renewing scholarship applicants), and Graduate student scholarship (post bachelor applicants).  Applications will also be accepted for the SSR/ American Overhead Door scholarship (all post high school applicants).

Preference may be given to those planning to attend or who are attending accredited technical and vocational schools and Community and State colleges and Universities in the state of Colorado.

To be eligible, students must be permanent residents of Salida School District R-32-J and have a minimum accumulative 2.5 grade-point average.

To apply, students should visit the Salida Sunrise Rotary website online and follow the Scholarship links to download information regarding the scholarship process, scholarship criteria, scholarship application and remittance forms.  All of which are listed on the left margin of the Salida Sunrise Rotary Scholarship page.

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Salida Sunrise Rotary Spring 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Salida Sunrise Rotary is happy to award  Scholarships for Spring 2019  to the following recipients: 

They are (first row, from left)  Claire Zwaan, PhD in Physical Therapy at CU- Anschutz Medical Campus, Ian Olson, Mechanical Engineering, at Colorado School of Mines, Faith Spino, Elementary Education, at Clemson University, Reya Sunshine, Art Therapy, at Naropa University.  The next student is Jade Fell, recipient of the American Overhead Door scholarship, she will take EMT studies at Colorado Mountain College. The last recipient is Susan Wadsworth, Agricultural Science at Colorado Mesa University.

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Fall Semester 2018 Salida Sunrise  Rotary Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations go out to the following Spring 2018, Salida Sunrise Rotary Scholarship recipients:  Susan Wadsworth, Michael Feather, Faith Spino, Ian Olson, Reya Sunshine, Bre Rocksund, and Claire Zwaan.
Congratulations to Michael Feather for being the American Overhead Door Scholarship recipient.
These Scholarships are awarded for the Fall 2018 semester.  We are so happy to be able to help them financially to reach their goals. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
Fall Semester 2018 Salida Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Recipients 2018-10-10 06:00:00Z 0

Spring Semester 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Salida Sunrise Rotary is happy to announce the Spring 2018 Scholarship Recipients: Ian Olson, Grady Petit and Faith Spino! The most important criteria for applicants are: Salida residency, evidence of Service above Self, (Rotary’s motto) attending Colorado Universities, Colleges, or Vocational/Technical Schools and a 2.5 GPA. We are proud to take an active part in furthering these students education and helping them to attain their goals. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
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Who's A Lucky Ducky?? It Could Be YOU! 2018-04-16 06:00:00Z 0

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program

2022 Year in Review
In March of 2023, Salida Sunrise Rotary Club and Buena Vista Rotary Interact will celebrate 8 years of sponsoring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Chaffee County.  This outstanding program mails a free age-appropriate book to every registered child each month.  All children in Chaffee County are eligible from birth until they turn 5 years old.
This program promotes and encourages a love of reading among children and helps ensure that children enter kindergarten with a strong ability to read and an eagerness to learn.  It also promotes parent-child interaction and bonding.  If a child is registered at birth and remains in the program until he or she turns five, the child will accumulate 60 high quality books.
This program has been very successful in our community.  Since our launch, we have mailed nearly 29,000 books to over 1,025 children in the Salida School District!  Across Chaffee County, over 45,000 books have been mailed to over 1,600 children.
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2017 Fall Scholarships Go to...........?

The Salida Sunrise Rotary Charitable Fund will be accepting applications for scholarships to students beginning October 15th and ending November 28th of 2017.
Congratulations to all the Scholarship winners!  Go into the world strong and proud! 
Recipients of the Spring 2017 disbursement for Fall Semester 2017 are:
Sydney Fesenmeyer - attending Colorado School of MInes
Faith Spino - attending Elon University
Grady Petit - attending University of Kansas
Ian Olson - attending Colorado School of Mines
2017 Fall Scholarships Go to...........? 2017-05-15 06:00:00Z 0

5th Annual Home & Garden Show

It's a wrap folks! The 2016 Chaffee Home and Garden was a huge success even with 2 feet of snow. Steve Wyatt (Chaffee Country Fairgrounds Manager) and Susan Roser (Salida Sunrise Rotary) lock the doors after the final cleanup. A HUGE thanks goes to Steve Wyatt, who worked countless hours often starting at 5:30 in the morning making sure everything was in great shape for the vendors and the show participants. THANKS STEVE YOU DID AN AWESOME JOB!!!!!!
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Congratulations to the Winter 2016 Scholarship Recipients 2015-12-26 07:00:00Z 0
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Junior Achievement Project

Posted on Jan 11, 2015


Salida Sunrise Rotarians sponsored and presented the 3rd annual Junior Achievement Program for the 4th grade classes at Longfellow Elementary School in January.  The program teaches economic and entrepreneurship through games and activities, and helps to prepare the students for the business world.

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23rd Annual Mt. Shavano Car Show 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Salida Sunrise Rotary!

This year, board members from the Salida Sunrise Rotary Club (SSRC) and Salida Sunrise Rotary Charitable Fund  (SSRCF) celebrated membership in the Salida Chamber of Commerce by participating in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Board Members include (from left to right): Gary Buchanan, SSRC Director, Dennis Ridley, SSRC President Elect, Becky Leonard SSRCF Board Chairman, David Moore, SSRCF Board Member, Janet Franz, SSRCF Board Member, Gary Olson, SSRC Director, Steve O'Neill, SSRC President, Chris Muecke, SSRC Immediate Past-President, Maureen McElroy, SSRC and SSRCF Treasurer and Andrew Stossmeister, SSRC Director.  Not pictured from the SSRC Board is Carol Preiss and from the SSRCF Board are Susan Roser and Dave Armstrong.


The Salida Sunrise Rotary Club was started on August 4, 2011.  It is the second Rotary Club in Salida, Colorado making the total number of Rotarians in our community of over 100!  We focus on service to local youth, the environment and international service.

Our club meets weekly on Wednesday mornings.  We gather over coffee from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Snow Angel Bar & Grill which is located at the Salida Golf Course (404 Grant Street, Salida, Colorado).  Everyone is welcome; you do not need to make a reservation.  If you have questions, feel free to call the current Club President or Club Membership Chair (See Home Page for contacts).  Or visit the link on this website to find out how you can join the Salida Sunrise Rotary Club!

In addition to the Four Way Test we all "Think Say and Do" ... we know how to have fun! Every year we participate in the Salvation Army Bell Ringing and our members love it! We also participate in other Community Service Projects like Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, the School Garden, and Central Colorado Conservancy Projects.  For the past four years, we participated in the Imagination Library Project which brings books to local children from the ages of new born to five years of age. 

We raise funds for these projects as well as Scholarships for college-bound students and Community Grants to non-profit organizations through our very successful Home and Garden Show (held in April each year), and in 2018 we started a new fundraising event called the Lucky Ducky Race. 

Rotary International was the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Welcome to Salida Sunrise Rotary! 2014-10-20 06:00:00Z 0