Trotting of the Turkeys is Almost Here! Ken Crites 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Speaker News: Dr. Naiim Ali from Imaging the World Alison Davis 2017-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Speaker News: Miss Vermont Erin Connor Ken Crites 2017-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Aug 18, 2017
 New 2017-2018 District 7850 Governor Eric Denu visited our chapter this Friday.  Eric shared his family's history with Rotary, discussed the importance of teamwork, announced the upcoming Rotary 5-District Summit and presented us with a nice gift.  
New DG Eric Denu Visits Burlington Sunrise Ken Crites 2017-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Three Club Meeting in Williston Nikki Rivolta 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Aug 06, 2017
It was a beautiful morning out on the lake front today as Burlington Sunrise Rotary helped support the 2017 Dragon Boat Festival for the 12th year in row. The club was split into two teams: one that worked the docks, helping teams in and out of boats.  Thanks to Steve Gentile for leading the dock effort, in some cases for all three days of the festival.  The second squad worked the food table on Sunday, selling bagels, donuts, hot coffee and fruit for Rotary charities.  Thank you Eric Lafayette for leading the food table.
Dragon Boat Festival 2017: Good Times Raising Funds & Assisting Boaters Ken Crites 2017-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Aug 05, 2017
Good times were had by all at the joyful Changeover Party at Chris & Paul Frenette's house.  A peaceful and productive Presidential changeover occurred as Julie passed the presidential baton on to Todd.
Good Times at Changeover Party Ken Crites 2017-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Aug 02, 2017
Jake Elliott from SunCommon spoke with us Friday about the advantages of going solar.  In addition to reducing our carbon footprint, Solar energy can be a positive investment, saving you money on you monthly electric bills while also adding significant value to your home. Their local financing allows Vermonters to go solar with no up front cost making it easy and affordable for everyone.
Speaker News: Jake Elliott from SunCommon Discusses Going Solar Ken Crites 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Speaker News: Kyle Dodson of the YMCA Dan Van Der Vliet 2017-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Speaker News: Kimberley Diemond from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont Ken Crites 2017-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Jun 16, 2017
"65,000 Americans died from Opiate use this past year" stated Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo.
Our club was honored to host Chief del Pozo on Friday, June 16th. The Chief took time out of a very busy day to discuss the current Opiate Crisis here in Vermont and across the country. He added that we as a country must go back to Word War II to find that type of annual American death toll from one source.
Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo Discusses Nation's Opiate Crisis Ken Crites 2017-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Jun 16, 2017
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.
New Member: Gail Deuso Ken Crites 2017-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Girls on the Run VT 5K: Volunteering Fun Ken Crites 2017-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Jun 02, 2017
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).
New Member: Ryan Layman Ken Crites 2017-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Speaker News: Kyle Bostwick, VP of the Vermont Lake Monsters Ken Crites 2017-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on May 23, 2017
(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.
Planting Trees with Burlington Parks & Rec Ken Crites 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Speaker News: Jane Mitchell from Alzheimer's Association Ken Crites 2017-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on May 05, 2017
A big hearty welcome to Jesse Robbins, who as of today officially joins the Burlington Sunrise Rotary club. Welcome Jesse!
New Member: Jesse Robbins Ken Crites 2017-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Apr 19, 2017

Over the past seven months, Rotarians Ken Puzey, Nicola Elkins and Phillip Bosen traveled to Kisumu Kenya to further advance efforts to deliver safe drinking water to the people of Kenya.

In November of 2016, Ken and Phil visited Kisumu to kick off the purchasing of raw materials for additional solar boiler panel construction.  The Safe Water Project was able to buy materials due to a very generous donation from the Canadian Rotary District 7040, which Nicola helped lead. The generous donation will lead to the production of 260 solar water biolers at a cost of $77 each.  

(From left to right: Ken Puzey of Burlington Sunrise RC,  Allen Abol the President of the Maseno, Kenya RC, and Phillip Bosen of Burlington Sunrise RC)


Kenya Safe Water: Two More Visits to Kisumu Ken Crites 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Gear Exchange Saturday, April 29th Ken Crites 2017-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
New Members: Eric and Diana! Ken Crites 2017-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Mar 31, 2017
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.
Speaker News: Dan Cahill from Burlington Parks and Rec Ken Crites 2017-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Mar 10, 2017
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".
Award: LLS Light The Night Fundraising Ken Crites 2017-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Getler on Mar 03, 2017
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. 
Speaker News: Intervale Center - Helping Vermont's Farms Al Getler 2017-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Crites on Feb 24, 2017
Rachel Cummings (Chief Operating Officer) and Erica Marks (Director of Volunteer Services) today shared with us the mission of Age Well VT.  Rachel is a former Rotarian and Erica is currently a Rotary member at a neighboring chapter.  Age Well is known for their tremendous "Meals on Wheels" work, but officially Age Well carries out "programs authorized by the Older Americans Act - federal legislation that calls for local organizations to take the lead in creating a coordinated system of services for older persons across the country," per the Age Well website.
Speaker News: Age Well VT Ken Crites 2017-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Getler on Feb 17, 2017
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.
Speaker News: Salvation Farms Al Getler 2017-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
New Member: Ken Crites Al Getler 2017-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Hope Lodge - Rotarians In Service Al Getler 2017-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Gear Swap: A Yearly Rotary Event Al Getler 2017-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Kenya Safe Water: Rotary Chapters from VT, NY & Canada Contribute Ken Crites 2016-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Kenya Safe Water: NBC Channel 5 Broadcasts Ken Puzey's Safe Water Solar Solution Ken Crites 2016-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2015

Boiling drinking water saves lives

1.1 Billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.  In Kenya, 1.3% of the population dies each year from drinking unsafe water.  The under 5 mortality rate is 22%, with water borne illness as the leading cause of death.
3 Billion people in the world cook with wood or charcoal.  3.5 Billion tons of wood are burned every year, forcing 111,600 square miles of forest to be cut down every year (larger than state of Nevada).  In Africa today, wood is consumed at twice a rate as tree growth, producing 6.79 Gigatons of carbon dioxide produced each year.
The objective of the Kisumu Kenya Safe Water Project is to provide a sustainable method of creating safe drinking water, to save lives and reduce dependency on wood burning fuel.
Kenya Safe Water: How Ken's Solar Water Boilers Save Lives & Improve the Environment Ken Crites 2015-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2014
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.
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Kenya Safe Water: USA Today Recognizes Ken Puzey's Safe Water Work in Kenya Ken Crites 2014-05-05 04:00:00Z 0 Kenya,clean water,ken puzey,kisumu kenya,solar power clean water,usa today
Posted by Rachel Zellem on Jan 20, 2014

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! 


Fostering literacy in the local community remains one of our most important missions! Rachel Zellem 2014-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rachel Zellem on Jan 18, 2014

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

UVM Women's Basketball Game with Partners In Adventure Rachel Zellem 2014-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rachel Zellem on Dec 13, 2013

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

VT Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott Drops By Rachel Zellem 2013-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Kenya Safe Water: Ken Puzey Launches Foundation Ken Crites 2013-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rachel Zellem on Jul 11, 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
These Rotarians are Serving Up Something Good! Rachel Zellem 2013-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Burlington Wine & Food Festival Rachel Zellem 2013-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rachel Zellem on Mar 27, 2013
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
Carving Pumpkins! Rachel Zellem 2013-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Burlington Sunrise - New Member Induction Damon Dubuque 2011-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Carleton
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.
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