Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club

Burlington Sunrise

Service Above Self

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South Burlington, VT  05403
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The Burlington Sunrise Club is proud to welcome new member Gail Deuso!  Welcome Gail!  That's Gail on the right in the picture above, with her sponsor Laura Bowe and President Elect Todd Stoilov.
Seven Rotarians put the "sunrise" into Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club with a 6am to 8am volunteer sessions this Saturday morning to help set up the Northern Vermont Girls on the Run/Walk 5K.
The Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to announce that Ryan Layman has officially joined the club!  Welcome Ryan!  That's Ryan above with Club President Julie Kelley (left) and his club sponsor, Laura Bowe (right).
Kyle Bostwick, VP VT Lake Monsters
Kyle Bostwick, VP of the Vermont Lake Monsters, paid our Rotary club a visit this morning, encouraging us to root, root, root for the home team and visit the Vermont Lake Monsters this summer.  The Lake Monsters, an A-Ball Affiliate of the MLB Oakland A's, are Vermont's only professional team, drawing fans from all 14 Vermont counties.
(photo by Todd Stoilov)
It was a beautiful Tuesday evening along Lake Champlain just off North Avenue. Ten Rotarians showed up to plant trees along an attractive park entrance to the bucolic lake path.
Jane Mitchell (left), Development Director for the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association (and fellow Rotarian), spoke to us Friday about the group's efforts to fight the brain disease and assist family members supporting Alzheimer victims. 
A big hearty welcome to Jesse Robbins, who as of today officially joins the Burlington Sunrise Rotary club. Welcome Jesse!
The Logger, Rusty DeWees, helps introduce this year's Gear Swap!
Welcome Eric Lafayette and Diana Wood to the Burlington Sunrise Rotary!
Today we had the pleasure of hosting Dan Cahill from Burlington's Parks and Recreation department.  Per Dan's presentation and the Parks & Rec web site, "The Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront oversees all of Burlington’s 35+ Parks, 550+ Acres of Open Space, 4 Public Beaches, Street Trees & Greenways, Community Gardens, 3 Cemeteries, Miller Recreation Center, Leddy Ice Arena, Champlain Senior Center, North Beach Campground, Community Boathouse Marina and all Recreation Programs."  They manage an impressive portfolio, a vast array of assets that needs help from Burlington's residents.
Steve Gentile Laura Bowe
Today we were presented an award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Gail Deuso (Vermont Coordinator), Maureen O'Brien Thornton (Executive Director), and Jen S. McGarry (Director, Patient Access Volunteer Development) from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter graciously delivered our "Top Corporate Fund Raising" award for raising funds for the past fall's "Light the Night Walk".  In addition to the top team award, Laura Bowe also won the award for "Top Individual Fund Raiser".
Our speaker today was Chelsea Frisbee, Development Manager of the Intervale Center in Burlington. Chelsea supports the important work of the Intervale Center by managing community fundraising and events. She grew up on a small farm in upstate New York and has a passion for sustainable agriculture and food systems. 
Ken Crites joins Burlington Rotary!
The members of the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club regularly serve a meal to the guests at the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Burlington. 
Join us in service as we serve, dine with and have plenty of laughs the guests at Hope Lodge.
Each year, the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club holds its yearly Gear Swap at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond.
Here are some of the sites. Watch for the next Swap. Better yet, join the Rotary Club and take part in the fun!
Rotarian Ken Puzey just had his hard work for safe drinking water in Kenya recognized by the USA Today!  USA Today and Burlington Free Press writer Dan D’Ambrosio beautifully articulates how Ken's solar powered water boiling system can help thousands of Kenyans avoid unsafe drinking water.  1.1 billion people around the globe do not have access to safe drinking water. This lack of access results in a large disease burden with 1.7 billion cases of diarrhea annually.

This year was the 10th year that the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club donated dictionaries to the 3rd grade class and thesauri to the 4th grade class at Christ the King. Alison, Steve, and Todd visited the school this year, and they had a great time meeting the kids, telling them about Rotary, and why our club has chosen literacy as an area of focus.


The kids LOVE getting their own dictionary. Steve (pictured, right) gives the kids three simple rules: 

#1 - Write your name on the inside cover under the Rotary sticker. 

#2 - Highlight words you don’t know when you look them up. 

#3 - Always say “thank you!"





Since Todd became involved with the project three years ago, the kids have also gotten a bonus geography lesson when their Rotarian friends come to visit. Todd was born in Bulgaria, and he always challenges the children to find his birthplace on the map! 


On Saturday, January 18th, Burlington Sunrise Rotary joined 28 of our friends from Partners in Adventure to cheer on the Catamounts as they battled UMBC. The ladies were victorious and a good time was had by all. After the game, some of the players stopped by to sign autographs and chat with the group. Image

Lt. Governor Scott spoke to the Club about his ongoing efforts for our state, and his role as a conservative politician in an otherwise liberal Vermont administration. Image

A group of 25 community minded individuals make up the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club. Since it's inception in March of 2002 this group of members listen to, act on, and work to the betterment of inhabitants within and beyond where they live.
Catherine Shahan & Kimberley Diemond
Jul 14, 2017
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont
Jake Elliott from SunCommon
Jul 28, 2017
Solar Power
Eric Denu
Aug 18, 2017
New Rotary theme - Rotary: Making a difference
No Meeting Labor Day
Sep 01, 2017
Meeting Responsibilities
June Greeter
Crites, Ken
June Greeter
Hanson, Eric
July Greeter
Duback, Andy
July Greeter
Lafayette, Eric
August Greeter
Puzey, Ken
August Greeter
Robbins, Jesse
September Greeter
Kelley, Julie
September Greeter
Wood, Diana
October Greeter
Walsh, Brendan
October Greeter
McInnis, Kate
November Greeter
Frenette, Christine
November Greeter
Zellem, Rachel
December Greeter
Gentile, Steven
December Greeter
Rivolta, Nikki
December Greeter
Obuchowski, Joseph
Gear Swap
Every April
2018 Details TBD