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Burlington Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 07:15 AM
Sheraton Burlington
870 Williston Road
Tuckaways Pub
South Burlington, VT  05403
United States
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
Home Page Stories
Theresa Snow of Salvation Farms, spoke to the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club on February 17, 2017. The club learned about Vermont's farm gleaning effort. Salvation Farm is not a physical farm, but a group that gleans food from farms unused harvest. Some 14.3 million pounds of food is either not harvested or is placed in storage and spoils.
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!

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

The Sunrise Club gathered at the Winooski Senior Center on October 27th to help carve the 800 pumpkins that will be on display in downtown Winooski next week in celebration of Halloween. It would seem that there's something about giant orange squash that really gets our creative juices flowing!pumpkin carving 10.27.13

Mayor Miro Weinberger on October 25th

Mayor Miro Weinberger joined us on October 25th to update the club on the many things his administration has done and is planning to do for the City of Burlington. His energy and enthusiasm for our beloved town was much appreciated. Here, President Phillip asks him to sign a children's book for our Imagination Library campaign.

(Photo credit: Todd Stoilov)



Our September Service Project was to prepare a meal at the Ronald McDonald House for families of sick children who are receiving care at Fletcher Allen. We had a great night cooking in this beautiful kitchen for a very worthy cause. To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House, check out their website: McDonald House 2013
Thanks to Laura Bowe for getting us in touch with the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department to assist with their annual Senior Picnic at Oakledge Park It was a beautiful day to be in the sun, enjoying good food, fun entertainment, and great company!Image
Special thanks to the "Big" Burlington Club for inviting us to join them on their changeover cruise on Lake Champlain tonight. It was a perfect evening on the water, and we had a marvelous time enjoying the food, fun, and fellowship.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.

Champlain Dragon Boat Festival will be held on  Sunday, August 4th, 2013 Waterfront Park, Burlington, Vermont.  This is a fund raiser for our participation in the Imagination Library Program.  Come join in the fun.

Erica Marks & Rachel Cummings
Feb 24, 2017
Age Well
Chelsea Frisbee
Mar 03, 2017
Intervale Center in Burlington
Leisa Pollender / Kathy Fleury
Mar 17, 2017
Sara Holbrook Community Center
Ken Crites
Mar 24, 2017
Classification Talk
Dan Cahill
Mar 31, 2017
Burlington Parks & Recreation Department
Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Apr 07, 2017
Montpelier Update - Current Topics
Denis Finley - Editor - Burlington Free Press
Apr 21, 2017
Meet the new Free Press Editor
Gear Swap Meeting at West Monitor Barn
Apr 28, 2017
Preparation for 4/29 Sale
Kyle Dodson - CEO - Greater Burlington YMCA
May 19, 2017
News from the YMCA
Kyle Bostwick - VP, Vermont Lake Monsters
Jun 02, 2017
The 2017 Season Preview
Patricia Preston
Jun 16, 2017
Vermont Council on World Affairs
Speaker Needed
Jun 23, 2017
Speaker Needed
Jun 30, 2017
Meeting Responsibilities
February Greeter
Bosen, Phillip
February Greeter
Bowe, Laura
March Greeter
Davis, Alison
March Greeter
McInnis, Kate
April Greeter
Zellem, Rachel
April Greeter
Stoilov, Todd
May Greeter
Walsh, Brendan
May Greeter
Babb, Guy
June Greeter
Duback, Andy
July Greeter
Hanson, Eric
July Greeter
Gentile, Steven
August Greeter
Puzey, Ken
August Greeter
Obuchowski, Joseph
September Greeter
Kelley, Julie
September Greeter
Bowe, Laura
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