TREE OF JOY Launched 31 years ago by club members, the Tree of Joy provides clothing, underwear and shoes for underprivileged children at Christmas.
SUNRISE IN TANZANIA The Rotary Foundation has given a $45,000 global grant for the Tanzania computers literacy project. Students at the Global Outreach/Rotary computer library in Iringa, Tanzania, performed the Sunrise club's signature tune, 'Zippity Do-dah, in English and Swahili in a Skype broadcast to the Sunrise club meeting May 2, 2014. Here is a link to the youtube video of the song, sung as - 'Zippy De Doo Dah' by the students
PINEAPPLE ANTIQUE SHOW
March 21-23, 2014
Its mission has always been - and remains - to donate proceeds locally to help children and families in crisis. The 2014 Show raised $15,000 which was distributed to five local charity organizations.
The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise, chartered in early 1981, is active in community and international projects ranging from helping under-privileged local children to supporting the worldwide drive launched by Rotary to eradicate polio.
Members of the Sarasota Sunrise club meet every Friday morning at Der Dutchman Restaurant at the corner of Beneva and Bahia Vista for an hour of fellowship, networking, discussing how to raise funds for projects and listening to a local or nationally known speaker talking about issues of current interest.
Sunrise is one of more than 50 clubs in Rotary's District 6960 spanning Southwest Florida. Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary's constitution and bylaws. Rotary districts support these efforts and are led by district governors.
During Florida's mild winters, Sunrise attendance is augmented by more than a dozen Rotarians from colder U.S. climes, Canada and Europe.
The club's longest-running signature project is the Tree of Joy, in which approximately $150 is spent on each of some 100 under-privileged children who lack necessities such as underwear, clothing and shoes. In 2013, the club took over the annual Pineapple Antique Show and Fair, clearing $17,000, which was distributed among five local charities.
Club members also contribute regularly to Rotary International and Rotary Foundation efforts such as End Polio Now, computer literacy in Tanzania and the Shelter Box for Disasters program.
Sunrise also helped start the Pine View (High School) Interact Club, which in just over two years has made a mark in fundraising for the local community and also a project in Haiti. And it has also got into the Guinness Book of Records for making the most sandwiches in an hour.
» Paul Harris Fellows Sarasota Sunrise now a 100% Paul Harris club, with PH to Chris Caldwell 11/13/13 as reward for her work, notably with the Pine View Interact Club. Other longtime PH members honored were Len Wilson and Tom DeBrosse.
» Fundraing Dinner
The "Million Dollar" Rotary Foundation fundraising dinner Feb. 8 at the Hyatt Regency, Sarasota, raised $3.8 million, nearly four times the target, according to District Governor Tim Milligan. Rotary International President Ron Burton attended the dinner.
» Pine View Interact Club set a Guinness World Record on May 30, 2013 for most sandwiches made in one hour. Pine View students made 5,721 sandwiches, more than doubling the previous record. All sandwiches were donated to local food pantries. Learm more.
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