Brief History of Syracuse Sunrise Rotary Club
MEETS: Fridays at 7:00 AM, The Oaks at Menorah Park, Dewitt
Syracuse Sunrise Rotary is proud of its accomplishments over the last 30 years and looks to the future with much optimism.
With a committed membership, we have made a significant difference locally and internationally. As a centrally based club in Syracuse, we draw membership from the city and many villages and suburbs in Central New York.
Membership classifications are diverse and the majority of members are Paul Harris Fellows.
Internationally, we have assisted in building and staffing of a school in India for children who previously were not welcome to get an education. In Chile, we started a major project to build and staff reading and computer labs to teach residents English which is the language of international commerce.
In 2013, in the Chief Sigola village located in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, we adopted four villages and drilled a well in each, saving 3,500 girls, women and their children from walking many miles each day carrying sometimes a 5-gallon jerry can of the family’s water supply.
Our Youth Exchange is an ongoing commitment with Rotary Clubs overseas. We are privileged to welcome and receive incoming and outgoing students. We learn from them, about their culture, family and country of origin. We always look forward to continuing our international service with our allies.
Locally, we have a multitude of successful projects such as the Enjoy the City Books, Syracuse Nationals, Youth Music Festival, Christmas Food Baskets, and more. Most notably, we have adopted a one-mile stretch on the old Erie Canal, which we commit to cleaning multiple times each year and where we have constructed five benches where canal visitors can sit and admire the natural beauty.
Every Christmas season, we deliver a grocery cart full of groceries to about a dozen families who need a helping hand during the holidays. Recently we added on our list our local refugee families, who truly appreciate all we do.
We also donate our time to help the Salvation Army during the bell ringing season during the Christmas holidays.
Our club often participates in the WCNY’s on-air fundraisers to help make money to support local charities.
Our members have donated their personal time towards painting the exterior of a house that benefits a local group home.
Many other projects have been accomplished over the years and, as such, our fundraising efforts continue throughout the year. All monies raised go towards supporting our local and international projects and many worthy organizations in our community.
The last 30 years have been a time of growth, challenge, and success, and we expect nothing less for the next 30 years to come.