Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club
Burlington Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Fridays at 7:45 AM
In Person & Zoom; 2nd/4th Fridays Jan-Oct, 1st/3rd Fridays Nov & Dec
645 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401
United States of America
Meetings are held 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month (1st and 3rd Fridays Nov-Dec)
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Trotting of the Turkeys
Raising funds for Feeding Chittenden
(formerly Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf)
Imagination Library
Providing Free Books
for Burlington's Kids
Kenya Safe Water Project
Making Clean Drinking
Water in Kenya
Hope Lodge
Serving Meals to
Cancer Patients &
Care Givers
Dragon Boat Festival
Celebrating Cancer Survivors,
Funding Research &
Raising Funds for
Rotary Charities
Light the Night
Raising funds for the
Leukemia & Lymphoma
With half of the world's wheat coming from Russia and Ukraine, the risk of hunger is increasing globally, as the cost of even the most basic food items increases.  Internationally, Rotary will be stepping up relief efforts.  Locally, the Sunrise Rotary promotes the Little Free Pantry concept and opened the Little Free Pantry in Hinesburg.  We also hold the annual Trotting of the Turkeys to support Feeding Chittenden, their food shelf, and their other hunger relief projects.  You can support the pantry by texting "LittlePantry" to 44-321.  Above, Alison and Jesse from the club after grilling for the cancer patients staying at the American Cancer Society's Burlington Hope Lodge.
Join us on Tuesday, 3/22, 4-10pm.
American Flatbread, Burlington
Every Flatbread you buy that night helps Burlington children become better readers! 
American Flatbread donates $3.50 per large and $1.75 per small flatbread for the entire dinner shift (4pm - 10pm)... including take out orders!
The Burlington Sunrise Rotary club believes that improving childhood literacy should be a top priority. With that in mind, we are committed to fund all the free books provided by the Burlington, VT chapter of Imagination Library

Registration is open for this years FUNdraising event. 

Create a team and register to participate! You can choose to walk with us down Church Street on November 7th in a safe family-friendly event, or choose to support the event virtually. The funds raised help support Feeding Chittenden.

Trotting of the Turkeys event on Church StreetSign Up Online!

The $250-team, $100-family or $50-individaul registration donation covers the cost of the turkey and provides the needed resources for the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club's community support efforts. Donations at any level are also welcomed.

The Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club would like to thank the Burlington Rotary Club for partnering with us on our Imagination Library Initiative.  Imagination Library is a charity established by Dolly Parton, whose organization sources top quality children's books from publishers at low costs and then works with local partners, like our Rotary clubs, to enroll participants and share in the cost of distributing the books.  In the past 8 years, the Sunrise Club has facilitated the donation of over 30,000 books to children in Burlington.  Any parent can register their child to receive a book in the mail monthly through age 5.  The program has been successful, and the partnership between our two clubs will help make it more sustainable. 
Our clubs will also be collaborating on this year's Rotary Spelling Bee, which will be held on Thursday, September 30, in the Maple Ballroom at UVM's Davis Center.  Companies or groups can sponsor teams of 2 or more spellers to participate in this fun event, and our hope is that it will be successful enough to not only keep the books flowing into the homes of Burlington kids, but to expand the program to include other towns.  Please use the contact options on our website if you're interested in participation.
2021 "Second Inaugural" spelling bee postponed to Spring 2022
We're sad to announce that our second iteration of our Rotary Spelling Bee, which kicked off with a successful and fun evening event in the fall of 2019, has been "re-postponed" in response to ongoing concerns about the global Covid-19 pandemic and variants.  We had partnered with the Burlington Rotary Club to grow this event, which supports our local sponsorship of the Imagination Library project, and we're tentatively planning a late spring 2022 event, when we hope to be able to have an in person event either indoors or outdoors as circumstances permit.  A huge thanks to the sponsors and teams who have already signed up for the bee; we will be announcing alternate fundraising initiatives.  One of those will involve kicking off our new Text-to-Donate platform: all donations to the text to donate number below will go directly to purchasing books for Burlington children, and we'll be working to spread the word about this easy way to support literacy in our community.  The text to donate number is already active...
The lack of in-person meetings creates opportunities for unique virtual speakers! Upcoming speakers include Vermont Congressman Peter Welch and Navy Rear Admiral Douglas Perry.
These meeting (like all of our meetings) are open to the public. Please join us on 9/18 to hear Congressman Peter Welch at 7:45 am. Then on 9/25 Rear Admiral Douglas Perry will be speaking at special time at 11:45am to accommodate his west coast location. The login information for the Zoom meetings is in the speaker events.
Our club's Little Free Pantry in Hinesburg has taken off, addressing and exposing the issue of food security in our community.  Installed at the Hinesburg Community Church in 2018, the pandemic has led to a large increase in use of the pantry.  Anyone can access the pantry at any time to take or donate non-perishable food items, and recently the pantry has been seeing a complete turnover of contents daily, sometimes even more frequently.  
We could not have done this without support from the community, so thanks to:
https://vermontdiscountstore.com/ for food donations and providing us with a discount on food purchased with donations from club members
- Aubuchon Hardware in Hinesburg for help with rebuilding the doors of our pantry
- Giroux Body Shop in Hinesburg for providing metal plates for the door latches- nicely fabricated and finished with only 15 minutes' notice.
- All of the community members who have dropped off food items at the Pantry
- The Hinesburg Community church for hosting and promoting the pantry and helping to keep it full
- Steve Hartmann from Affiliated Associates for organizing a food drive
We've helped coordinate, advise, and inspire the installation of additional pantries, including one that opened today, June 5, at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, a pantry located inside Champlain Valley Union High School, five recently opened pantries in Burlington neighborhoods.  Our goal is to spread the word and get a free pantry opened in all 14 Vermont Counties.  
Our work on food security also involves support for Feeding Chittenden, and their broad efforts to make sure our entire community has access to food and to address the underlying causes of food insecurity.
See more about the pantry in this video created by club member Andy Duback: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BurlingtonSunriseRotary/permalink/10157203474393947/
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Executive Director
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Executive Director