Club Information
Cedar Rapids Sunrise

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe
201 3rd Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
United States of America
We are meeting "live" at Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe. Order your breakfast on the way in.
Home Page Stories
  •  March 25 - John Tursi - Boys and Girls Club! Learn of their big future plans for our youth! 
  • March 16: Meredith Crawford helped us re-discover the CR Public Library.  Rich on-line resources! Many free tools, books, and audio. 
  • This week:  Rotary Blood Drive Challenge ends!  See story below. 
  • 2023 Golf Fundraiser Planning: Meeting Fridays at noon at Red Cedar Advisory.  Zoom option is in your calendar sent by Theresa. 
  • Families Helping Families - Sunrise Rotary Golf Event - May 25 
  • Program/Speaker suggestions are always welcome.  Contact our new Program Chair- Penny Foy or email
  • We hold our weekly meetings at 7am Thursdays, at Matthew 25 201 3rd Ave SW. Cedar Rapids.   All are welcome! 


    Use the link above to Track the Flight!   Contribute to Rotary Foundation - Polio Fund! 
    Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels are raising awareness for polio eradication by piloting a single engine aircraft all the way around the globe!
    Peter and John will take off from Cedar Rapids, Iowa May 5, 2023 in a Cessna T210M (single engine) airplane. Along the way, they will encourage support of ending polio forever throughout the world.
    Tee Shirts are available to order until March 31. 

    Promote the flight, start conversations about Rotary and Polio with friends and strangers!  
    Rotarians and friends may order a t-shirt to support the flight around the world to end polio that John Ockenfels (D6000) and Peter Teahen (D5970) will be completing May - July, 2023.  Rotarians and friends in D6000 and D5970 will be promoting awareness and this fundraising event to raise money that will go toward PolioPlus Fund Contributions. The t-shirts cost $21 and $8.50 of that will go toward a donation to the PolioPlus Fund.  Rotarians and friends in D5970 are encouraged to order before March 31.
    The District Conference is coming up.  It will be held in Waverly Friday April 21 10AM through Saturday April 22 4PM. Come for part or all of the days.  It is close enough to commute or car-pool.   A limited hotel event block-rate is available too.  To register please go to the the District Conference link.   The Conference Agenda is here
    Buy a Duck AND donate to The Rotary Foundation in the District Conference Duck Pluck on-line for $5.42 each.  You can also buy ducks from Theresa Mickelson with a check for $5 each payable to The Rotary Foundation.   REMINDER to those who are PolioPlus Society members, you can fulfill your pledge of contributing $100.00 per Rotary year by buying 20 ducks in the Duck Pluck.
    Our in-bound Rotary Exchange Student - Alvaro - arrived August 21 2022 from Argentina.  He is attending Cedar Rapids Kennedy HS.  
    He working on his classes, and finished his remote Argentina class. He is equipped as any teen is, with a KHS Activity App/Pass, a cell phone Sim card, and his CRB&T "teen" bank account we support.  His English skills improved a lot!  He is a delightful, happy young man. 
    We thank the Beth and Brian his first host family, and Rob and Sara his current and second family. 
    Alvaro is moving from wrestling to track now. 
    Sunrise Rotary awarded these THREE grants.  They were funded 50% by our fundraising and 50% by the Rotary Foundation.
    • Catherine McAuley Center.   Equip their new childcare center, enabling parents to learn without distractions. 
    • Abbe Health/Aging Services.  Prepare at-home older adults to use tablets to connect to others. 
    • ChildServe Coralville.  Assist with purchasing Speech Therapy Apps to help non-verbal children. 
    Sunrise Rotarian volunteers engaged on completing these projects AND volunteered with the organizations in their critical work. 

    When asked this morning, "why are you a member of the Sunrise Rotary?" here are some member responses:

    -"I like the impact we have locally AND internationally"
    -"Carrying out service above self."
    -"I like the local service projects and the community relationship that comes from serving."
    -"It's an opportunity to grow in leadership and make a difference in the lives I care about."
    - "Interpersonal development, networking, and making a difference."
    -"Learning about local organizations and the services they provide this community."

    We invite you to be part of the exciting service projects, amazing network, and morning breakfast meetings. If you are interested in learning more, please message us! Visit our Sunrise Rotary Facebook Page to learn more!  Contact us at


    Amie Hass ARNP and Barbara Peterson DNP
    Mar 30, 2023
    Mercy Medical Center High-Risk Cancer Genetic Services
    Sean Ulmer, Executive Director
    Apr 06, 2023
    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
    Natalie Ross, Landscape Architect
    Apr 13, 2023
    Shakespeare Garden
    Clayton Cubbage
    Apr 20, 2023
    Tour - New Plumb Heart Center - Ryan Companies - details to come
    Kathleen Schoon, Director of Philanthropy
    Apr 27, 2023
    Iowa Humane Alliance
    Aaron Amundson, Development Director
    May 04, 2023
    Willis Dady Homeless Services
    Donna Warhover
    May 11, 2023
    Morning Glory Farm and Event Venue
    MaryHelen Stefaniak
    May 25, 2023
    Doug Elam and Doug Steinmetz
    Jun 01, 2023
    Cedar Rapids Community Orchestra
    Join Great People at Rotary! 
    Are you looking for a way to engage in the Cedar Rapids area community?   Serve alongside some great Rotarians!   
    Check us out.  Visit our weekly meetings, any Thursday morning at 7:00 AM.   Just walk in - breakfast is on us.  Matthew 25/Groundswell Cafe.  201 3rd Street SW, Cedar Rapids IA
    Contact us directly.   Click to Email or our Membership Chair, Eric Harris
    Share your profile with us using this Profile form. It is limited to our Membership Chair and Club Secretary. 
    Not sure yet which club to consider? Start your inquiry at our Rotary Leads portal and we will talk and point you to one or more clubs.  
    Club Executives & Directors
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    Programs Chair
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    Social Chair
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