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Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of August auctions.
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Burlington Sunrise

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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.

Aug 26, 2016
Sep 02, 2016
No Meeting
Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Sep 16, 2016
Al Getler
Sep 23, 2016
Ricky Klein
The art of making craft mead
Sep 30, 2016
Oct 07, 2016
Oct 21, 2016
Oct 28, 2016
Nov 25, 2016
No Meeting
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec 23, 2016
No Meeting
Happy Holidays!
Dec 30, 2016
No Meeting
Happy New Year!
Meeting Responsibilities
January Greeter
Jenkins, David
January Greeter
Puzey, Ken
February Greeter
Limoge, Joy
February Greeter
Bowe, Laura
March Greeter
Rackliff, Henry
March Greeter
Bosen, Phillip
April Greeter
Pigeon, Stefanie
April Greeter
Kelley, Julie
May Greeter
Davis, Alison
May Greeter
Frenette, Christine
June Greeter
Getler, Al
July Greeter
Hanson, Eric
July Greeter
Rivolta, Nikki
August Greeter
Jenkins, David
August Greeter
Duback, Andy
September Greeter
Babb, Guy
September Greeter
Stoilov, Todd
October Greeter
Walsh, Brendan
October Greeter
McInnis, Kate
November Greeter
Frenette, Christine
November Greeter
Puzey, Ken
December Greeter
Gentile, Steven
December Greeter
Rivolta, Nikki
December Greeter
Obuchowski, Joseph