About the Saint Paul Sunrise Rotary Club

 
Saint Paul Sunrise Rotary Club brings together a local network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle our community’s and the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. The club is proud to be part of Rotary International, an organization connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary International’s work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
 
History and Motto
 
Saint Paul Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in 1985, providing one of the first morning meeting options in Rotary District 5960. The club met first at the Sheraton Midway Hotel (now demolished), eventually transferring to its current home, the beautiful Town and Country Club on the Mississippi River.
 
Saint Paul Sunrise Rotary Club prides itself on being adaptable, involved, relevant and fun! Weekly meetings include good food, networking, opportunities to learn from presenters about the important goings on in the community, updates on happenings in the broader Rotary movement, as well as a healthy dose of camaraderie and spirit. Though the club has changed with the times, it remains true to its motto of “Each day, rising to make the difference” and to the commitment of Rotarians everywhere – “Service Above Self”.
 
“Each Day, Rising to Make the Difference”
 

Saint Paul Sunrise Rotarians take seriously our calling to serve others. The club’s local and global involvements include:

  • Planning and executing the Saint Paul Sunrise Rotary Annual Community Forum discussing urgent topics of public concern. (The eighth installment of the annual forum – Gun Violence Prevention: Exploring Common Ground received the 2013 District Peace Award for exemplifying Rotary’s commitment to the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace.)

  • Partnering with International Village Clinic to offer curative and prevention programs to communities in Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest areas of India.

  • Packing, preparing and serving meals at Feed My Starving Children, Jeremiah Program, Sharing and Caring Hands and Open Hands Midway.

  • Working with Gordon Parks High School on a Student of the Month Award program and the granting of yearly scholarships for post-secondary education.

  • Ringing bells and collecting donations for Salvation Army Northern Division during the holiday season.

  • Sponsoring and cleaning up a stretch of Highway 13 in Mendota Heights.

  • Fundraising for the Saint Paul Sunrise Club Foundation through their annual poinsettia sale.

  • Co-sponsoring with the Highland Business Association the Highland Business Person of the Year Award.

 

Additionally, Saint Paul Sunrise Rotary Club participates actively in Rotary International’s polio eradication efforts. Rotary is close to eliminating the second human disease in history after smallpox, with a 99 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since the 1985 launch of Rotary’s PolioPlus program. In 1988, Rotary spearheaded the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its partners the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018 for polio eradication, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.