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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10th Anniversary Celebration


10th Anniversary Celebration
Join us on Sunday, August 29th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at Riverside Park to celebrate 10 wonderful years of our Salida Sunrise Rotary Club.  This is our club's celebration of the community we all love!  We've raised funds for student scholarships and financial support for area non-profit organizations, and we've been thrilled by the community's participation in our outreach!
On the "Site Pages" section of this website, you'll find more detailed information about the event including a form for businesses and individuals to sign up to become a duck sponsor.
Alsoif you know of a non-profit organization which would like to have a free booth at the event, under the Non-Profit Booth section, they will find a place to sign up!  
We hope you will join us on Sunday, August 29th!  And, continue to watch our website for more information about our Kids Activities!
10th Anniversary Celebration  Janet Franz 2021-06-02 06:00:00Z 0

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.


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Meet our Newest Member!

Welcome to Salida Sunrise Rotary Carol Melzer

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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

What's New on Clubrunner

Check out What's New "About Our Club"

When you have a moment, check out what has been added to "About Our Club" in the column on the left side of the website!  It now contains a little about the origins of our club as well as information about the Four-Way Test, the 4 Avenues of Service and links to Rotary International.
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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.
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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 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!!!!!
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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

2020 Year in Review
In March of 2020, the Salida Sunrise and Buena Vista Rotary Clubs celebrated 5 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 over 21,000 books to over 810 children in the Salida School District!  Across Chaffee County, almost 33,000 books have been mailed to over 1,200 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
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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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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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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.

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